We are building out a number of pedestal based servers over the next couple of months that will be standalone Hyper-V hosts for SBS 2011 Standard, at least a Remote Desktop Services server, at least one Windows Desktop OS, and in a few cases a dedicated BlackBerry (BESx) server.
The perfect platform for this setup is the Intel Server Board S3420GPRX (Intel Ark Site) as it has four Intel Virtualization Technology accelerated Gigabit NICs that can be teamed together along with a fifth Gigabit NIC that can be bound to an Intel Remote Management Module 3 (Intel Product Site) for external Web based console access.
The catch with this setup though is that the S3420GPRX is designed to be installed in a 1U form factor chassis. So, the retail box comes with _no_ I/O shield for the back of the pedestal chassis.
However, we are able to order them . . . hopefully:
- Intel S3420GPRX I/O Shield: AGPRXIO
We will see what our distribution channels say as we have put out inquiries to all of them and we have a request into our Intel sales representative.
So far, no one has indicated the what/where/when with regards to the parts. But, we remain hopeful.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book