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The 2U, Acer AR380 F1 uses Intel Xeon 5500 or 5560 series processors to provide up to 12 CPU cores.

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The AR380 has 18 DIMM slots for a maximum of 192 GB of DDR3 RAM and hot swappable components throughout.

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Nearly tool-less

Getting the AR380 into the rack and opening the chassis requires a screw driver. I spent a fair amount of time pressing on the two thumb pads on top of the chassis before discovering the tiny screws holding the cover in place.

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To the right you can see room for seven PCI-E cards. Because we have a stock of legacy PS-2 style KVM connectors, I as pleased to see that these older type connectors are supported on the AR380. The system is powered by redundant 720W power supplies.

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Chassis Intrusion

It is true that I opened the chassis to inspect the physical configuration and take the pictures seen in this slideshow. The Acer Smart Server Manager appropriately flagged that as a critical event.

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Status Good

After I cleared the chassis open flag in BIOS, the server summary returned to good status.

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Network Configuration

I could access the management controller to change the network settings used to access the BMC (baseboard management console).

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Smart Console

I was able to access the web console from the Smart Server Manager and gain access to the AR380. This feature came enabled by default with no additional licensing required.

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