The ability to remotely monitor servers utilizing IPMI 2.0 is a key differentiator between server grade hardware and consumer hardware. Supermicro’s IPMIview software is an often overlooked piece of software that makes managing multiple servers remotely a simple task. While there is a simple web interface that Supermicro uses on many of its boards, the IPMI 2.0 features, including KVM-over-IP can also be accessed through a utility that Supermicro provides. For those users with multiple systems, IPMIview allows for up to twenty machines to be managed and monitored at a time from a remote PC. Best of all, with the KVM-over-IP features, remote temperature and fan speed monitoring, [...]
I often get questions regarding good ways to stress test home servers, especially new drives. As part of the in-development FreeBSD 8.x based Mesa ZFS Web Interface, sub.mesa has released 0.1.7-preview of the interface with a built-in benchmark that runs for 12+ hours on many systems. Running this a few times on a new build is probably a good way to stress your storage and find any early failure drives.
This week, using the benchmark as a burn-in tool, I found one of a new batch of a dozen Western Digital Green 2TB drives that failed during the benchmark. Also, sub.mesa does development of the Mesa ZFS Web Interface in Sun/ Oracle VirtualBox so for those folks not able to [...]
Unlike Intel, AMD produces a full line of triple core processors including the AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz that will be reviewed here today. STH has already reviewed the single core Sempron 140, the dual core Athlon II X2 260 Regor, and the quad core Athlon II X4 640 Propus so hopefully this helps fill in the performance picture between the dual and quad core offerings.
Since the Athlon II architecture has been covered in-depth already in the other reviews, this review will be mainly focused on the power consumption and performance of the Athlon II X3 at 3.1GHz versus the quad core variant at 3.0GHz (the 100Mhz difference is fairly negligible compared to the additional core in [...]