EU ebay: Supermicro X10SLE-F (Micro-Cloud node) usually under 10 Euro

DanAnd

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Hi,
A seller on Ebay Germany is currently auctioning single nodes of a Supermicro Micro-Cloud cluster. The Mainboard ( Supermicro X10SLE-F ) can be used with E3-1200 CPUs (V3-V4) and 4x DDR3 Memory.
It includes 2x 1GB Ethernet and 5x SATA Ports.

Specs: X10SLE-F | Motherboards | Products - Super Micro Computer, Inc.

I got one for awesome 1 Euro (they usually go for around 1-6 Euros).

I will try to run one of theses without the micro-cloud chassis as the control pinout from the Chassis to the single mainboard are basically near to nothing (Power-Supply + 6 control cables).

With 5 SATA ports, this little boards sounds perfect for a remote-controllable E3-1220L CPU Mini-NAS.

Have a look at:
Artikel zum Verkauf von unitedcolo | eBay

PS: Yes, the seller also sells the whole package (Chassis + 16 Nodes). Since the single node are so bad in the pricing (in the Sellers perspective) I sniff huge reduction if you ask the whole thing.

PPS: May be the following direct links to the auctions help:
Barebone nodes:
drive bay SuperMicro mit X10SLE-F Motherboard- LGA1150 / Intel / DDR3 / | eBay
drive bay SuperMicro mit X10SLE-F Motherboard-LGA1150 / Intel C224 / DDR3 / | eBay
drive bay SuperMicro mit X10SLE-F Motherboard-LGA1150 / Intel C224 / DDR3 / | eBay

Whole Server-Chassis with 12 barebone Nodes:
19" 3U super Micro SuperServer 939-16| 5038ML-H12TRF|16*SM X10SLE-F|Lüfter | eBay
 
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I think thats due to your location, I see some.
Had the same with US sellers before


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I think thats due to your location, I see some.
Had the same with US sellers before
I used the .DE site not-logged in and the .COM site logged in, neither had any products listed... that's odd normally they say "WIll not ship to your location" or something along those lines, I haven't seen items hidden ? Especially not when Logged out... very strange! But good to know this behavior exists.
 

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Update:
On desktop I see 0.
On mobile they're all there.

Very odd
 

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Possibly. Very weird though that it only hits some articles and then only some browsers.
IPs on mobile and desktop both should be of regional pools ...
 

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interesting find. based on the pictures i'd say it will mostly just be 12V coming from the backplane as well as a standby rail or similar. What looks tricky is the fact that you've got that thin cable, which is clearly for signaling of some sort. According to SM manual, it is a connection to the PDB (power distribution board), but that board is again connected to the backplane, so I bet there is some i2c going on between the boards and the chassis. it may also just be fans, but i would be surprised. In any case, definitely an interesting project. Keep us posted on your findings if you try to power one of those directly.
 

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Hi



The connector on the small daughterboard looks very similar to some other proprietary SM motherboards.

Some time ago I had a lot of fun getting the information required to power a single motherboard node from a Fat-Twin unit. Specifically a X9DRFF. I posted a thread about it

It looks to me like the connector is very similar and I think you might have some luck with this approach using a SM Mid-Plane PDB, these have some logic and will power fans etc.


I used the SM BPN-PDB-F418.

This will provide power to 4 blade units. It can also be to power peripheral devices with the use of additional add-on units such as the BPN ADP F418.


BPN-PDB-F418  node side C.jpg BPN-PDB-F418  PSU Side C.jpg PDB ADP F418 C.jpg


I hope this helps and good luck.





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Finally, I got my CPU. I had a Heatsink and Memory at home, so I can give it a try.

On these auctions you have the AOM-PDB-MC12 included.
X10-AOM-PDB-MC12.jpg

Based on the colors and common sense I expected these boards just need 3x 12V and 4x GND lines, as well as +5V Standby.
So I used an ATX extender cable, cutted and rewired these cables and connected PS_ON to GND on the ATX power supply to power it up.

The LED5 is going solid green and after a while it starts blinking green.

I checked out the MAC address of the IPMI LAN, connected an ethernet cable and checked out what I can see on the line:

Code:
root@danielpc:~# tcpdump -vv ether host 00:25:90:f0:88:5b
tcpdump: listening on enp4s0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes
13:54:51.541757 ARP, Ethernet (len 6), IPv4 (len 4), Reply 146.0.33.34 is-at 00:25:90:f0:88:5b (oui Unknown), length 46
13:54:52.047896 IP6 (hlim 255, next-header ICMPv6 (58) payload length: 16) fe80::225:90ff:fef0:885b > ff02::2: [icmp6 sum ok] ICMP6, router solicitation, length 16
      source link-address option (1), length 8 (1): 00:25:90:f0:88:5b
        0x0000:  0025 90f0 885b
13:54:52.352702 ARP, Ethernet (len 6), IPv4 (len 4), Request who-has 0.0.0.0 (Broadcast) tell 146.0.33.34, length 46
13:54:53.358659 ARP, Ethernet (len 6), IPv4 (len 4), Request who-has 0.0.0.0 (Broadcast) tell 146.0.33.34, length 46
13:54:56.047886 IP6 (hlim 255, next-header ICMPv6 (58) payload length: 16) fe80::225:90ff:fef0:885b > ff02::2: [icmp6 sum ok] ICMP6, router solicitation, length 16
      source link-address option (1), length 8 (1): 00:25:90:f0:88:5b
        0x0000:  0025 90f0 885b
13:54:56.207861 IP6 (hlim 1, next-header Options (0) payload length: 36) fe80::225:90ff:fef0:885b > ff02::16: HBH (rtalert: 0x0000) (padn) [icmp6 sum ok] ICMP6, multicast listener report v2, 1 group record(s) [gaddr ff02::1:fff0:885b to_ex { }]
13:55:00.047942 IP6 (hlim 255, next-header ICMPv6 (58) payload length: 16) fe80::225:90ff:fef0:885b > ff02::2: [icmp6 sum ok] ICMP6, router solicitation, length 16
      source link-address option (1), length 8 (1): 00:25:90:f0:88:5b
        0x0000:  0025 90f0 885b
^C
7 packets captured
7 packets received by filter
0 packets dropped by kernel
root@danielpc:~#
Looks good! So I just added that IP-Range to my ethernet card on my PC and give it a try:
Code:
root@danielpc:~# ifconfig enp4s0:1 146.0.33.1
root@danielpc:~# ifconfig enp4s0:1
enp4s0:1: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 146.0.33.1  netmask 255.255.0.0  broadcast 146.0.255.255
        ether 2c:56:dc:74:80:ea  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)

root@danielpc:~# ping 146.0.33.34
PING 146.0.33.34 (146.0.33.34) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 146.0.33.34: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.800 ms
64 bytes from 146.0.33.34: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.347 ms
^C
--- 146.0.33.34 ping statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 received, 0% packet loss, time 19ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.347/0.573/0.800/0.227 ms
root@danielpc:~#
Great! So I tried ADMIN/ADMIN on http://146.0.33.34:

X10-ipmi-password.png
... but sadly the username/password is wrong.

I tried out Factory-Resets on the mainboard as well as adding a fully installed drive which will run an SSH-Server on every ethernet device it will find, to get on the IPMI locally. However, that didn't work so far.

Since I have no VGA/Console-Cable for it, I am currently out of ideas. If someone has another idea what I can do on this headless unit, let me know.

I will hunt for such a cable (CBL-0218L, mentioned at Supermicro | Products | SuperServer | MicroCloud | 5038ML-H12TRF ) and will try again.


TL;DR: I see some live-signs, IPMI user/pass is not factory. Will figure out more soon.

Cheers

Daniel
 
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Guillem

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That cable looks almost exactly like the ones for HP blades. P/N is 409496-001. Can't say 100% sure it will work, but it definitely looks very very similar, and I bet its much easier to source than the Supermicro one.