The SuperMicro series of model 5015 SuperServers fill a very specific niche. Based on the Intel Atom processor, these computers are not powerful enough to act as a file server or enterprise application server. It is powerful enough for router configurations, firewalls and print servers to name but a few examples.
This specific model, and previous, older versions, are currently at use as remote support computer, print server, single application server (e.g. network licensing server for various applications). They support software RAID, sever in use are configured with two 2.5″ drives in RAID 1 configuration. This build is with a single drive.
The model being reviewed is running a single building security software application.
The server was purchased in a “bare bones” configuration, RAM and a hard drive are not included. If a 2.5″ drive is used, notebook or SSD, then a drive adpater must also be purchased. There are only two external USB ports, but there are USB headers on the motherboard.
|SuperMicro MCP-220-00044-0N Drive Adapter||$7.99||Newegg|
|StarTech 4 port USB Slot Adapter||$10.99||Newegg|
|G.Skill DDR3 1333 4GB RAM||$44.99||Newegg|
|ADATA 64GB SSD||$49.90||Newegg|
|Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit||$139.99||Newegg|
The assembly process is straight forward. Remove the cover (there are five small screws, two on either side and one in the back) to gain access to the interior.
The RAM are SO-DIMMS, the process is similar to installing RAM in a notebook computer.
With the drive securely fastened to the adapter, install it in the server chassis. Again, note the orientation of the drive connectors. There are four insulating washers that should be removed so that there is a solid ground connection. Connect the power and data cables.
Lastly, install the four port USB slot adapter. That’s it, now install the OS, configure and deploy!
The SuperMicro SuperServer 5015A-EHF-D525 is a great buy, and comes highly recommended by The Workbench.
|Energy efficient||Not very powerful – Atom Processor|
|Small – 1U||Maximum supported RAM is 4GB|
|Inexpensive||Lack of external USB ports|
|Very stable||Power supply is noisy|
|Wide range of OS support|