ESXi 7 (my hypervisor of choice) has native drivers built in for these, and so does linux. Windows drivers can be installed from Cisco's UCS B-series server driver ISO, which I'll link down below (and also rehost since you need a Cisco account to access the drivers)
I will mention that these have worked really well for me except with one minor issue - a couple of the cards I bought a while back didn't support VLANs exactly like they should've under ESXi.
I want to showcase some more stuff I've been using so other people can benefit from the research and work I've put into my homelab.
I've been using these cheap 10 gigabit NICs that were made by Cisco for their UCS line.They're $13 a pop at the time of writing, and you can get them in low profile and full height brackets.
Sweardle day 19 3/4
Lewdle 08 3/6
Risers and RMM4 should arrive on Thursday and will give us pcie slots and remote kvm. I’m excited!
Still haven’t put this thing through any kind of serious load yet, but idling around 86W seems like
Looks like the processors boost up to a decent speed just fine, and it looks like the manufacturer has put the model number in everywhere they could - was sort of expecting less
I'll also mention that the eBay listing said it wouldn't come with rails, but it did.
Bought 2 risers and the RMM4 module. Even spending the extra $35 on those, it's still cheaper than replacing that other motherboard I was talking about. Definitely this server seems like a great deal for the price.
Here's what the BMC reports for power usage - so far the system has only been through a linux installation and such - no full load yet!
Noise at idle is what I would say is typical(?) for a 1U server - I can try and get real measurements later. I did notice there was a fan offset setting in the BIOS, but it was set to 0 already, and it didn't seem like we could go negative.
and now we wait.
I’m installing CentOS on it now - only weird issue was that it didn’t detect the my SATA SSDs in the two front left slots - I’m assuming that’s because I didn’t configure anything in the raid setup for them on boot.
I did notice that this server had 10 slots, and looking at the cabling inside I’m assuming that the first 8 slots are SAS and feed into the integrated raid card on the motherboard, and that the two slots on the right are just regular SATA. I put them in those slots and it works!
Here are some more pictures, since the eBay listing isn't super detailed
It came without PCIe riser cards and the network management module, so I'm not sure how the BMC will work just yet - hoping to find some settings for it in the BIOS once I get it booted up.
Luckily, seems like those aren't too expensive on eBay either.
It's based around the Intel 2600GZ server motherboard platform, which is nice, at least for me - it's the same platform my NAS runs on, so I can compare between the new server and the NAS.
Also, the manuals online for the motherboard are really solid and very helpful. Those are available here: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/motherboards/server/sb/s2600gzgl_tps_r2_4.pdf
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