06-16-2012 08:03 AM - edited 06-16-2012 08:10 AM
I couldn't resist trying a ThinkServer TS130 at their current pricepoint. I picked up the 1105-1EU, which is nicely equipped.
As a sidebar, Lenovo should definitely just buy an HP Proliant ML110 G7 and copy it. Not being able to use more than TWO hard drives in a "server" is inexplicable. The ML110 G7 can support up to 4 large SATA or 6 small form factor drives. That being said, there are room and connectors internally on the TS130 for a third drive, but I do not believe RAID 5 is an option with the integrated Intel RAID controller.
I'll start with the bottom line, using the most recent BIOS, to actually get a fresh installation of Windows Server 2008 to boot up using drives larger than 1TB, I had to 1) set the BIOS to UEFI (not Legacy or Auto), and 2) set the BIOS SATA as RAID (not IDE or ACHI). Then I confiigured the two installed 1.5TB drives as RAID1. (You can use the default WS2K8 RAID driver during install, just update after installation.)
Using a 500GB drive, I was able to set the SATA to ACHI (with UEFI) and install/boot WS2K8. Installation was not possible on any of three, single 1.5TB drives. During installation, Windows reported tha the disk would not be bootable and that I should check the BIOS settings. WS2K8 installed, but wouldn't boot after installation. I have no idea why the larger, brand new drives would not work in single drive mode.
To further annoy/confound, the Intel RST monitoring utility would not work until you enable the .NET 3.5 feature under WS2K8, no matter what version of the RST was used. In the end, after enabling the .NET 3.5 feature, I was able to install the most recent RST drivers & monitor directly from Intel's website.
All is up and running for now, but it wasn't easy or confidence inspiring at all.
Regarding the server, it's a very small, light and quiet machine, just what I wanted for a home server. However, as mentioned above, it should support at least 4 hard drives. All four SATA ports should be USB 3.0 and available for the same RAID config. It should have USB 3.0 ports. It should also come with a mouse & keyboard, perhaps a Lenovo condensed trackpoint style combo keyboard. It should also come with a decal on the inside of the side cover that shows the motherboard layout and memory slot use order. In fact, the only stick of RAM installed by the factory was in the wrong slot according to the Lenovo Hardware Manual (it was in Slot 2, not Slot 1). To be competitive, Lenovo has to copy and or improve upon the HP entry level servers.
11-19-2012 11:28 AM
When I was setting up my ts130 for raid 1, I noticed an option for raid 5 when you hit ctrl+i
It was strange to see that since there is only 2x sata3 & 2x sata2 ports, and I cant imagine a raid 5 working 100% on different interfaces.
10-27-2013 09:36 PM
How do you "configure the two installed 1.5TB drives as RAID1"?
I did step 1) set BIOS to UEFI and step 2) set BIOS SATA as RAID successfully but don't see how to set the RAID configuration settings.
thanks for your help,