Bottom right connector. It may not be 'proprietary' but it doesn't appear to be a standard we could easily adapt to.I'm not sure what proprietary connector you mean. But it its the one in https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/djEAAOSwVpRe8BAH/s-l1600.jpg right below "3>" that one is called XDP. Its used for debugging directly towards the CPU.
Some info can be found here. https://www.intel.com/content/dam/w...ts/white-papers/jtag-101-ieee-1149x-paper.pdf
It's probably the same hardware underneath but with different software/support licensing. One of the more nausea-inducing aspects of buying HPe is that even small things like BIOS updates require a support contract/entitlement. You might (note: might) be able to cross flash the EC200a with the BIOS/firmware with the TM200 and hopefully that'll allow it to run normal software stack instead of whatever the heck HPe sold with it. If you bought one, better start looking here for someone who has HPe entitlement through work who might be able to get you firmware downloads.That led to finding the HPE TM200 (similar box), which also led me here: https://forums.servethehome.com/index.php?threads/hpe-proliant-thin-micro-server-tm200.14042/
The ECC and ilo make this a "true enterprise nuc" that, IMHO and for the price of $150, is a better deal than the tiny/mini/micro parts. In some SMB environments, a 1 gig network is still plenty for simple file sharing, printing, browsing etc. I think this little box is aimed at those spaces.This system certainly has its shortcomings but at $150 it’s hard to find something comparable for the same amount. 6700t chips alone are near that price (sure better deals are out there).
At least with this you get registered ECC support and ilo.
The closest I have come to this in terms of budget has been the ASRock Xeon D-1541 board at ~$200...but that was just the board.
Eh, "true enterprise NUC"? There are actual enterprise NUC out there like the Lenovo P320/330s and the Z2 Mini G3/G4 (they have workstation graphics with either PCIe or MXM slots, VPro/DASH and support for ECC RAM up to 64GB. I think my t740 thin client could, too (the Ryzen embedded supports ECC as well) - that being said, I don't want to pay 90 bucks for an 8GB DDR4 ECC SODIMM to test that one out.The ECC and ilo make this a "true enterprise nuc" that, IMHO and for the price of $150, is a better deal than the tiny/mini/micro parts. In some SMB environments, a 1 gig network is still plenty for simple file sharing, printing, browsing etc. I think this little box is aimed at those spaces.
With a link aggregation of the optional 4 x 1 gig ports to run file services, print server, AD and the 2 x 1 gig ports used for the gateway, this is pretty awesome.
If ran as a cluster set-up, the limitation of the 2 x HDD is easily overcome.
Also, the issue of the bios updates....well, subject to correction, I think this box is EoL. If it is, then there's really no point to the whole bios update fears.
My only issue is the very curious software licences tied as the optional parts together with Zynstra role in the whole thing.
If the licences are there to support the SMB space fine. If, however, the box is really tied down to those licences, like some then that would be the huge "gotcha" here.