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Supermicro AS-2042G-6RF Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 18, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Supermicro

BIOS

 

The BIOS for this motherboard is standard for server motherboards, so we will only show a few BIOS screens.

 

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This is the main BIOS screen, which shows basic system information.

 

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The advanced tab brings you to the main advanced screen.

 

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The advanced CPU tab shows the CPU options for this board. For our tests, we disabled features like power saving and PowerNow.

 

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Next, we see the Advanced CPU NorthBridge options. In this tab, we have memory configurations.

 

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Moving along, we come to the advanced SouthBridge tab.

 

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Now we get a look at the PCI/PnP configuration tab.

 

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This is the Remote Access tab where you can set how you want these features to work on your server.

 

 

Remote Management

 

Remote access is supplied by the IPMI 2.0 port with virtual media over LAN and KVM over LAN support. Be sure to have a LAN cable plugged into the dedicated IPMI LAN port.

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We find our remote access IP address located in the BIOS under the Remote Access Tab. In our case, this was 192.182.1.14. Enter that into your browser and you will see the login screen.

 

To login, use:

Username: ADMIN

Password: ADMIN

 

As a best practice, Administrative users should change factory default Username/Password logins before connecting any new server to their network.

 

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After logging in, we come to the home screen where system information is displayed.

 

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The next tab is Server Health. Here we can see sensor readings and event logs.

 

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Next up is the Configuration tab.

 

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Under the Remote Control tab, we can launch the remote KVM console and get access to the machine. This will launch a Java console and then take you into the remote access screen just as if you were sitting down at the machine itself.

 

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Looking at the Maintenance tab, we can see that you can update firmware and issue a unit reset command.

 

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The Miscellaneous tab allows you to query the post snooping code or set UID On/Off.

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