I am not sure what you don't understand....
They are the most current drivers for the chipset on the Supermicro SAT2-MV8 cards...
Just trust me on this one.
Do the Sonnet drivers support AHCI? Or do I need to get an additional SATA card for that? I was also thinking of getting this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998183) to mount an SSD. Is there enough space to do this? I could just stick it with velcro on the inside somewhere but that doesn't seem too neat.
I've had a really busy couple of days but finally got around to running this. And since it bears repeating, this thing is LOUD !!
I felt a strange kind of pride running this data center beast in my tiny apartment :) Or maybe it was foolishness. It completely drowned out the tv + home theater and will be perfect when the neighbors make too much noise!
Quick video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmLZW36P7tQ
Good news is everything seems in good condition. Powers up, memory and RAID cards are recognized, and I updated the bios to 3.5. While I wait for all the parts to arrive, I think I'm going to try installing Server Essentials 2012 beta on the included IDE drive, and verify that the 3 SAT2-MV8 cards work, as well as play with IPMI. Also I should be able to replace the 5 fans since they're hotswap and see if it makes any difference, right?
Is it normal that the psu's don't turn off when I shut the server down from the front power? Is it because they need to be up for remote start via IPMI?
Another question - can I remove the AOC-USB2RJ45 card? As I understand its there to provide a dedicated network connection for IPMI, but the IPMI card can also get its own IP from the network used for data. Is this correct? I could use the slot for other cards.
edit - looking at the motherboard manual it seems like that card is in a dedicated SIM slot for IPMI.