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Does the NUC9VXQNB support VROC and AMT?

GRIFFCOMM
New Contributor I
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Hi, as title, the NUC9VXQNB is a Xeon Element, so does it support VROC and AMT for management?

 

Many Thanks

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AndrewG_Intel
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

 

Regarding your concerns, please take a look at the following details:

 

Question # 1: Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) support:

Intel VROC is primarily targeted to professional workstations and server platforms. It requires the Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD), a hardware feature only available on the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB does not come with a Scalable processor, meaning this Intel VROC is not supported.

 

Question # 2: Support for Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel AMT):

Yes, Intel® AMT is supported. The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB supports Intel® vPro™, therefore Intel® AMT is available. For more information, please refer to the following links:

 

Question # 3: BIOS/SMBIOS customization:

The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB uses the Aptio V* BIOS core. For Intel® NUCs that feature the Aptio V* BIOS, you can use the Intel® Aptio* V Integrator Tools for BIOS/SMBIOS customization, OEM Windows* product key injection (OEM Activation 3.0, OA3), changing the Logo, etc.

You can use the iCHLogo tool to change the default Intel logo image with a custom image. Here is the User Guide (iCHLogo-User-Guide-v3.0.pdf)

 

We hope this clarifies your concerns.

Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician

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AndrewG_Intel
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

Thank you for posting on the Intel® communities.

We are checking further regarding these concerns. Please allow us more time to look into this and as soon as we have more details we will be posting back in the thread.


Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician


GRIFFCOMM
New Contributor I
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Thanks.

 

While here, how do i change the BIOS boot screen, does this still use the VCUST64 application the same as the other NUCs?

 

PDF link https://downloadmirror.intel.com/28900/eng/VCUST-User-Guide.pdf

AndrewG_Intel
Moderator
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

 

Regarding your concerns, please take a look at the following details:

 

Question # 1: Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) support:

Intel VROC is primarily targeted to professional workstations and server platforms. It requires the Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD), a hardware feature only available on the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB does not come with a Scalable processor, meaning this Intel VROC is not supported.

 

Question # 2: Support for Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel AMT):

Yes, Intel® AMT is supported. The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB supports Intel® vPro™, therefore Intel® AMT is available. For more information, please refer to the following links:

 

Question # 3: BIOS/SMBIOS customization:

The Intel® NUC 9 Pro Compute Element - NUC9VXQNB uses the Aptio V* BIOS core. For Intel® NUCs that feature the Aptio V* BIOS, you can use the Intel® Aptio* V Integrator Tools for BIOS/SMBIOS customization, OEM Windows* product key injection (OEM Activation 3.0, OA3), changing the Logo, etc.

You can use the iCHLogo tool to change the default Intel logo image with a custom image. Here is the User Guide (iCHLogo-User-Guide-v3.0.pdf)

 

We hope this clarifies your concerns.

Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician

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GRIFFCOMM
New Contributor I
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Hi

 

Thanks for the clarification....  As this does not support VROC, i assume an external RAID controller would be required?

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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That is correct. Unless you want to RAID0/RAID1 two NVMe SSDs installed into the NUC, you are looking at an external RAID controller.

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GRIFFCOMM
New Contributor I
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Hi

 

Thanks for the clarification, i would like to explain why VROC would be nice in this very compact XEON server format.

 

- The ASUS HYPER M.2 X16 CARD allows 4 M.2 storage devices to be added, so the NUC would see the drives AND allow RAID (as this card is VROC compliant)

- We want to install VMWare Vshpere, as you may know "softraid" cant be used with ESXi / vSphere so that negates the used of the Intel onboard RAID

- We are VERY aware the VMWare ESXi / vShpere does not support VROC from factory, however you do have drivers for this, so a creation of an ESXi installer with the drivers would be an easy(ish) path

 

The result is a physical super small server with some real power which we wanted to exploit the Intel name to our clients, no longer needed huge 24inch deep, heavy servers, especially now as most of your offerings are DUAL CPU (over kill for under 100 staff).

 

Can you please escalate these notes as we feel a NUC Element with VROC would be of great use when selling this kind of of hardware to SOHO and small enterprises of between 1-100 staff.

 

We can add a RAID controller, however cant find any case that allows either a 3.5inch or 5.25inch bay to hold extra drives, it also makes it hard to add M.2 storage as the extra slot has been used for a RAID card (which needs external drives generally).

 

If we could find a case with a space bay, then this would be a good option as a replacement for the lack of VROC support.

 

Generally we have used Tough Amour from IcyDock for hot swap drive bays when its not a dedicated server chassis.  All of this would be negated if the board had supported VROC.

AndrewG_Intel
Moderator
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

Thank you very much for your response and for your feedback, it is really appreciated it.

We have shared your comments with the proper department and as soon as we have more details available we will be posting back in this thread.


Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician


AndrewG_Intel
Moderator
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

We have shared your feedback with the relevant department. It is worth mentioning that we as a community won't have visibility regarding further decisions taken and/or future product/upgrade releases.

We recommend keeping checking our official websites for the most updated information, for instance, Intel® newsroom, Product Specifications website, etc.


Please kindly let us know if you have additional inquiries or if we can consider this thread solved.


Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician


AndrewG_Intel
Moderator
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Hello @GRIFFCOMM

We have not heard back from you and since the thread was marked as "Solved" we will proceed to close this inquiry now. If you need any additional information, please submit a new question as this thread will no longer be monitored. It has been a pleasure to assist you.


Best regards,

Andrew G.

Intel Customer Support Technician


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