As powerful as modern PCs are, sometimes it feels like a waste having just a single person using a PC at a time. By using various server virtualization technologies including virtual machines and PCI passthrough, we created a multi-headed gaming PC that allows up to four users to game on one physical PC at the same time.
Virtual desktops with NVIDIA GRID offer a great way to provide users with tons of computing performance without the need for each user to have their own individual PC. We took the time to setup and use a virtual desktop for a variety of applications to see if we think virtual desktops will be the future of computing or if they will simply be another niche technology.
ECC (error-correcting code) RAM is essential in servers and many workstations as it dramatically improves the reliability of the system's memory. This is great, but we have learned that it is very difficult to verify that ECC is working correctly. In this article, we will go over three methods that we have found to at least semi-reliably show if ECC is working as it should.
We often talk to people who are interested in running multiple operating systems on the same machine. Sometimes that's Windows 7 + XP, sometimes it's Windows 7 + Ubuntu Linux, or various other combinations. One of the most common ways to achieve multiple usable operating systems on a single computer is known as 'dual boot'. Desktop virtualization is a newer way of running multiple operating systems on one desktop system.
The Intel S1200BTS (based on the C202 chipset) is a micro ATX server motherboard designed for small to medium-sized business applications. Puget Systems is already offering another micro ATX server motherboard - the Asus P8B-M based on the C204 chipset - but Intel motherboards are often better choices for a server platform than other brands. In this article we will be examining the Intel S1200BTS to determine if there is enough of a reason to replace the Asus P8B-M.
The C204-based Intel S1200BLT motherboard is a server-class motherboard designed for use in small to medium size business applications. It's large number of PCI-E slots makes it very flexible and the remote management options make system maintenance easier than ever. Overall, the Intel S1200BTL is a very solid choice for a wide range of server-class systems.
With Puget System's recent launch of the Summit series of servers, we have begun to discover a whole new series of computer accessories. One of the more exciting is hardware-level remote management chips like the Intel AXXRMM4LITE that are available for use on a select number of server-class motherboards. These chips allow for remote management of the server (including KVM functionality over LAN) without the need to be at the physical computer for anything short of hardware replacement. In this article we will be reviewing this module for use in server-type systems.
The Asus ASMB5-iKVM is a BIOS-level remote management solution, allowing it to work at any point; whether the system is in the OS, the BIOS, or even halted due to a bluescreen. Most current remote management solutions are software-based, so they only work when an OS is running, which makes the Asus ASMB5-iKVM an attractive solution for network administrators and many home users alike.