Dell Viking DCS

8 Overall Score
Build Quality: 8/10
Performance: 8/10

Very Effective | Compact | Energy Effecient

Build quality | No USB Ports | Pripriatary Video Port

Advanced Settings allows you to tweak a little bit: Power Now, PowerCAP, etc etc. You can also raise or lower your HT Link Speed from the default 2000MHz.

This is one section were I would have really loved to see some sort of RAID. You have 4 500GB drives, Raid 10, or Raid 0 would have really helped in the server arena.

Basic network settings, and iSCSI settings.

USB Settings. You are able to enable ports depending on were they are.

Boot settings pretty normal. Allows you to select what comes first.

Each blade server come with IPMI on board. So this allows you to setup the Lan Configuration for each. But you can also setup AC Power loss settings. You are also able to choose if you want to stagger power on AC Recovery. So in this instance your not powering up 12 servers at once, but 1 here, 1 here, 1 here…

This is actually a VERY important setting. Having this as the Shared-NIC, will power cycle the IPMI every time the server is reset. If you want to be able to access IPMI when the server is restarting, you need to select Dedicated-NIC. This also allows you to setup IP/Subnet/Gateway.

Remote Access. This doesn’t really have a serial port on-board.

Save and Exit! Ok, So now that we’ve seen the BIOS settings. Lets jump into the IPMI Console and see what makes it tick.


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