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Supermicro Denverton Series

Motherboard compatibillity with XigmaNAS, questions, answers, suggestions
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Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by crowi » 22 Apr 2018 14:14

Hi guys,
searching for a new board for a power efficent but yet powerful server, I stumbled across the following board:
Supermicro A2SDi-8C-HLN4F:
https://www.supermicro.com/products/mot ... -HLN4F.cfm
- 8-Core Denverton, C3758, 8 cores, 8 threads / 16MB cache just 25W TDP
- 12 SATA3 (6 Gbps) ports
- Up to 256GB Registered ECC DDR4-2400MHz,
- 4 GbE LAN ports
- 1 PCI-E 3.0 x4,
- M.2 Interface: PCI-E 3.0 x2 and SATA
- M.2 Form Factor: 2242, 2280
- M.2 Key: M-Key
- IPMI

The board series is also available with 2 or 4 cores, which are a little cheaper. ;) And with 12 cores.
And similar boards with 10GBaseT Ethernet are on the market:
https://www.supermicro.nl/products/moth ... i-H-TF.cfm

And no, I am not paid by Supermicro. ;)

I ordered one of these boards and will test it next week and I will share my experience here. ;)
NAS 1: Milchkuh: Asrock C2550D4I, Intel Avoton C2550 Quad-Core, 16GB DDR3 ECC, 5x3TB WD Red RaidZ1 +60 GB SSD for ZIL/L2ARC, APC-Back UPS 350 CS, NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded
NAS 2: Backup: HP N54L, 8 GB ECC RAM, 4x4 TB WD Red, RaidZ1, NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded
NAS 3: Office: HP N54L, 8 GB ECC RAM, 2x3 TB WD Red, ZFS Mirror, APC-Back UPS 350 CS NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by JoseMR » 28 Apr 2018 17:20

Hi, welcome back to forum, very powerful hardware for a NAS indeed, also looking forward for your experience with that mobo and latest NAS4Free, I saw it uses "AMI UEFI", I'm still experimenting for best way to bring NAS4Free Embedded EFI transparent support though.

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by crowi » 29 Apr 2018 22:23

Thank you ;)

The board is a little picky regarding boot devices, indeed, I currently run it on ubuntu 16.04. The next test will be the latest N4F.
NAS 1: Milchkuh: Asrock C2550D4I, Intel Avoton C2550 Quad-Core, 16GB DDR3 ECC, 5x3TB WD Red RaidZ1 +60 GB SSD for ZIL/L2ARC, APC-Back UPS 350 CS, NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded
NAS 2: Backup: HP N54L, 8 GB ECC RAM, 4x4 TB WD Red, RaidZ1, NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded
NAS 3: Office: HP N54L, 8 GB ECC RAM, 2x3 TB WD Red, ZFS Mirror, APC-Back UPS 350 CS NAS4Free 11.0.0.4.3460 embedded

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by ivannn » 19 Jun 2018 08:47

I have the board with 8 cores and a fan - legacy boot is working well with the current n4f build as well as the past few ones, but NIC is not supported OOB. However the latest n4f beta based on freebsd 11.2 has oob support for the built in Intel NIC. I am happy to test UEFI booting despite I don't need it.

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by Chucko » 26 Sep 2018 05:03

I just installed the latest XigmaNAS on the 8C+ (fan) version of this motherboard. NICs are supported out of the box with FreeBSD 11.2. I did a root-on-ZFS install on an M.2 SSD and transferred 6 hard drives from my old Core 2 Quad system. This thing is SWEET for a home/small office NAS. I have yet to see the CPU cores get seriously loaded down - ZFS scrub performance is limited by my hard drives.

If you only need to support 6 drives plus boot SSD, or are looking for a router platform, the -4C version is a great choice too. I set one up for our router on pfSense. Release 2.4.4 is FreeBSD 11.2 based and supports it out of the box.

All the Denverton chips have AES-NI, so they're ideal for a VPN or encrypted file system.

One important note: You need to go into the BIOS Security tab, switch to Custom Secure Boot Mode, and enable CSM Support to boot from MBR-formatted drives - like the Live USB installer. I fumbled around for a couple hours until I found that hint on this board.

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by gomario » 27 Sep 2018 09:21

Thanks for the last bit of info. Saved me the 'run around'. Installed it for a small business. It is a bit of overkill for my private NAS.

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by mmalluck » 14 Oct 2018 21:14

Any secrets to getting the NIC working correctly? I keep getting "interface present. Wait Failed" messages and for the life of my can't get a good uplink.

I'm running 11.2.0.4 (rev 6062) on an A2SDi-4C-HLN4F. I have the I/O configured to give me 4 miniSAS and 2 standard SAS to support 6 drives.

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Re: Supermicro Denverton Series

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Post by Chucko » 02 Nov 2018 04:50

I had no such problem. Maybe your motherboard is defective?

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