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Re: Choice of a new core i7 motherboard

On 04/04/2009, at 4:54 PM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
We want to upgrade some of our motherboards, and I was wondering if some
of you had tried the X8ST series of motherboards from Supermicro. My
concern is, above all, hardware support.

I used to be a big supporter of SuperMicro, but after their 6014P range....

I found there support in Europe friendly, but in the end, they seem to
have their hands tied.

I found that these boxes ate memory. I would need to swap out dimms
once every 12 months. (We had about 30 of these boxes).

The IPMI cards also only worked half the time in these boxes.

We have since then swapped to the HP DL360 (G5) series, and
have been extremely happy.

This having been said, I have no idea how these new boards are.

Also, how about the KVM & virtual media over LAN? It seems to me that
it's now integrated in the motherboard and that it doesn't need any
daughter board. Am I right? Does it still have virtual media (eg:
emulated CDROM over a samba shared folder)? Do we have BIOS access level?

If it is anything like the old version, you have access to the bios,
and and the basic bootup stuff - but after that, it is your job
to make sure that linux sends the rest of the data back to the ipmi
card via the serial port.



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