Hi. I have an Intel Server System configured as follows:
(1) R2312WFTZS - Intel® Server System R2312WFTZS
(2) CD8067303561500 - Intel® Xeon® Silver 4108 Processor (11M Cache, 1.80 GHz)
(2) AXX1300TCRPS - AXX1300TCRPS - 1300W AC Power Supply
(8) KSM26RS8/8HAI - KINGSTON 8GB 2666MHZ DDR4 ECC REG CL19 DIMM 1RX8 HYNIX A IDT
(1) VROCSTANMOD - Raid On CPU standard Module
(1) AXXCBL600CVCR - 600 mm long, accessory cable kit (1 cable included), straight OCuLink SFF-8611 connector to right angle OCuLink SFF-8611 connector
(1) AXXCBL620CRCR - 620 mm long, spare cable kit (1 cable included), right angle OCuLink SFF-8611 connector to right angle OCuLink SFF-8611 connector
(2) SSDPE2MX450G701 - P3520 (450GB, 2.5IN PCIE 3.0 X4, 3D1)
(1) RMS3AC160- Intel Integrated RAID Module RMS3AC160
(1) AXXRMFBU6 - Intel MFBU6 RAID Super Capacitor Module BACKUP FOR RMS3AC160
(4) SSDSC2BB016T701 - DC S3520 Series 1.6TB 2.5inch SATA 6Gb/s 3D1 MLC Brown Box
When I attempt to configure the VROC RAID in the BIOS there are no options to configure. I am able to configure the RMS3AC160. Everything I have been reading says in order to enable the Raid in the CPU (VROC) I need the VROC Key which I have installed, but there seems to be no way to address the NVME u.2 drives to configure. Where am I suppose to go to configure the RAID so I can boot up on it? I have read the Configuration document(https://downloadmirror.intel.com/27135/eng/RSTe%20VROC%20Users%20Manual_1.0.pdf https://downloadmirror.intel.com/27135/eng/RSTe%20VROC%20Users%20Manual_1.0.pdf) referenced in another thread( ). I configure the Intel VMD and then restart and try to find the "Intel VROC HII interface" in the Bios and cannot find it. I have installed the newest BIOS (S2600WF_EFI_BIOSR0009_ME04.00.04.288.0_BMC1.29.7d703f59_FRUSDR1.29). I have tried in uefi and in legacy boot. Help, all I want is a mirrored nvme boot drive to install Windows Server 2016 on. With a 4 drive RAID 6 SATA disk to hold our data and hyper-v vm's and vhdx's.
Also, I have not been able to get a windows installation to boot up on this system.
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The SATA drives were installed in drive bays 9 8 7 and 6.
The NVME drives were installed in drive bays 10 and 11.
I removed all of my SSD's from the server.
I carefully inserted the NVME drives back into BAYS 10 and 11.
I carefully inserted the SATA drives in BAYS 0 1 2 3.
I restarted and then the VROC management in the BIOS appeared.
Are there bays that are not usable when using NVME drives and VROC?
Is this just a fluke?
What is going on?
I have spent hours trying various different things to get this thing to boot via USB. I have created an image with Windows 7 USB creation tool. I have used RUFUS with a 16GB USB3.0 key and the UEFI MBR option. I am currently using RUFUS to create an 8GB USB2.0 key using UEFI GPT options.
It seems ridiculous that none of the Intel Windows installation documents, that I can find, say what these systems are looking for to boot a UEFI USB stick.
OK. RUFUS UEFI GPT partition on an 8GB usb2.0 stick booted into windows server 2016 install. I do not know what the magic thing that fixed it was, but now I may be under way.
What advantage did this hard to boot UEFI system give?
NUC's just boot installation media. Why not a 15K server?
OK, I have a server OS installed.
I am not overwhelmed by how fast it is. I do not have all of the drivers installed so the jury is still out.
It seems to take quite a bit longer to start the OS than a NUC with a Samsung 960 NVME drive. Not counting the very lengthy POST. Windows 10 NUC's take 1-2 seconds of the wheel spinning. this is 8-10 seconds.
I will get the drivers installed tomorrow afternoon. Then I will have a better feel for how it is performing.
I am confident it will be zippy, but I was expecting to be blown away.
I do want intel staff to answer my questions. Each earlier question is still valid.
Thanks for joining the community.
I am glad to hear that you are getting things done. I think you have been answering the questions by your own which I think is great but probably time consuming.
Let me refer you to the technical product specification document when you will find most of the answers about this board:
and for the RAID controller too:
Hope this helps a little. If you have further questions just let me know.
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