Supermicro SuperServer 5015M-UR
Posted on: 02/10/2007 06:00 AM

Inside the 5015M-UR

From the outside, the 5015M-UR really isn't going to look any different than other 1U server's you've used in the past. The face of the server has four hot-swappable hard drive bays, a slim cdrom, a slim floppy drive, several LEDs that provide status on a variety of items (power, disk access, network activity, etc), and a power and reset button. Nothing astonishing.

Once you slide back the cover and take a look inside, things start to get more interesting. The first thing you'll probably notice is the slim nature of the proprietary board that's in the 5015M-UR. It's tiny. The next thing your eyes will gaze upon are the tiny high rpm blowers that run from left to right. There are 6 spots for these blowers and my unit came pre-packaged with three lined up to the right to ensure the heat is being blown away from the heatsink and circulated out through the grill at the back of the case. The blowers are understandably loud given the fact that they spin at ~10,000 rpm.

The shot to the right is meant to show the compact nature of the board. The memory slots are positioned very close to the oversized copper heatsink but I don't anticipate any problems with this configuration given the fact that the blowers are forcing enough air through the area to keep the components happy.

An optional component for the 5015M-UR is the AOC-SIMSO Intelligent Management card. If you haven't administered a server with an IPMI card like this, you really don't know what you've been missing. The SIMSO in the 5015M-UR is connected via mini-USB to a dedicated NIC. After you boot to dos and run a network configuration utility you can access this card from a web browser and do a variety of wild functions such as: KVM over IP (OS independent), event log, hardware monitor, remote power on, SNMP trap, etc. Once configured, I actually installed Windows Server 2003 to this machine remotely.

The third shot to the right is a picture of the UIO card that Supermicro bundled with my 5015M-UR. The LSI USAS-L411 works flawlessly with the backplane in this particular server. It supports RAID1, RAID0 and RAID10 and will let you enable a hot-spare when using RAID10.

Before we start digging into the test systems, workloads and benchmarks, let's take a more detailed look into the BIOS and IPMI functionality on this SuperServer 5015M-UR.

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