Thanks for info.If you dont like the Intel Management Engine / Intel SPS, maybe this can be helpfull
Tool for partial deblobbing of Intel ME/TXE firmware images - GitHub - corna/me_cleaner: Tool for partial deblobbing of Intel ME/TXE firmware imagesgithub.com
Tried the wohle process on our favorite little Fujitsu Server and everything seems to work quite well.
The SPS is stuck initialising and BIOS displays an empfty SPS version number, there seems to be no watchdog issues and no
reboots after the typical watchdog counter timeframe. The first boot/memory training after the flash took some time but my
System ist running proxmox without issues for several weeks now.
Only caveat so far: The Fujitsu IPMI will Log Errors regarding the missing SPS, but i can live with that. ^^
What i did:
- Locate the BIOS Flash Chip near the Drive Cage
- Attach flash clip
- Read the flash several times and compare the results to be sure you got a valid image
- Clone the repository
- Run the script as stated in the Readme
- After a succesfull run there should be a modified firmware file at the specified location
- Flash the modified image
- Boot and check the SPS Version in BIOS to verify the process
Note: I tried this after updating to the latest BIOS and IPMI Firmware.
I am running my tx1320 with an LSI HBA and Mellanox Connect-X 3 Dual 40G and it works flawless.
I'm using a 12TB 3,5" disk without any issues for exactly this purpose.
I also use a 2x 2TB consumer SATA SSD zfs mirror for more critical data and VM/LXC storage.
I stand correctedI think most ppl here dont consider this a NAS
From which 3d printing company have you ordered your drives ?
Fujitsu made the version of the tx1320 M3 with the slot for two 3.5" (not hot swappable) sata disks instead of the 8 2.5" removable one. But are pretty difficult to find on the second hand market.Budget is definitely on the lower side of things and 1 Gbps speed will be fine, which is why 3.5" HDDs look so attractive. I'm weirdly stubborn about thinking of shoving 2 3.5" HDDs in there somehow. One 3.5" can indeed fit into the bay where the RDX drive is supposed to be, as da8833 said above and a few pages ago.
I'm mad at Fujitsu for not making the OEM 2x3.5' cage a separate part that you can buy. The 8x2.5" inch cage part is hugged by another U-shaped metal part - that part is attached with rivets to the chassis. This means that the whole unit chassis is either for the 2.5 version or the 3.5" version (see attached picture from PRIMERGY Illustrated Spares Catalog).
I guess a sufficiently motivated individual equipped with shelving rails and a drill could improvise a 2x3.5" cage in place of the 8x2.5" one. Something like mounting one drive in the top left, and another in the bottom right, both horizontally.
Another thing I'm wondering about is how to get at least 2 SATA power receptacles. The OEM cable that comes with the 8x2.5" version (plugged into the 8-pin connector labeled "SATA POWER" on the label on the cover) has a 4-pin Molex, but as the old adage says, "Molex to SATA lose all your data".
I am usign one of this servers as a sort on NAS. I have attached to it a netapp ds2246 (that I have bougth for about 70 euros) , that is powered via the tx1320 Monitor Power Out, so that I can start the two remotely (are in my cave) , in practice the ds2246 have about 12 5TB seagate disks that store the data and the tx1320 has 12 2TB disk grouped in 3 zraid arrays of 6TB that hold the data party.I think most ppl here dont consider this a NAS
The majority of the rest prolly thinks it perfectly fine to run an all SSD setup (maybe large cheap SAS SSD drives)
and only a tiny fraction would consider your option 2 - ppl here tend to overkill things
But all jests aside, that totally depends on what your use case is - if you get 4 or 8 x2 TB 2,5" drives then u should be ok for a gigabit attached NAS device.
U also can get 2 large NVMe drives (AIC) and put them in the pcie-slots, or via cable into the regular drive bays...
Its all a question of requirements and budget
Tried this in a Supermicro case. used an aliexpress cable for the 16pin connector in combination with the Supermicro 1u psu.Maybe there is another Option: Swap the Case and PSU. You can get a PSU Adapter on Aliexpress for around 10€.
Even if you just use the mainboard, the price compared to supermicro x11 seems to be worth it.