Jump to content
RESET Forums (homeservershow.com)
  • I had been running Windows 8 Release Preview on my GA-Z77X-UD5H and when I noticed on July 26th that the official Gigabyte Windows 8 drivers were posted on Gigabyte’s website.  I downloaded them and found that they loaded well and actually cleared up a minor issue or two I had been having with with Windows 8 Release Preview.  Before that I had loaded all of my drivers in Windows 8-RP by first loading Windows 7 onto my GA-Z77X-UD5H and then upgrading to Windows 8 RP.

     

    I decided to again rebuild my Z77 and try installing Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate using the new drivers from Gigabyte. (I’ve lost counts the number of times I’ve rebuilt this machine, moved parts around, and load different/new operating systems.)  I am using the current the F8 BIOS.

     

    Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate ("Server 2012RC") installed very smoothly onto a Corsair GT 240GB SSD mounted on GSATA III Port 8.

     

    On SATA III Port 0 I had a Corsair GT 60GB SSD to eventually be my ISRT Cache SSD and on SATA III Port 1 I had a ST3000DM001 that would be my drive for VM’s for Hyper-V.

     

    Server 2012RC recognized my Atheros LAN NIC immediately so I didn’t see the need to install its drivers.

     

    I installed the following drivers next:

     

    1. Intel Management Engine Interface 8.1.13.1502 7/25/2012

     

    2. Intel INF Installation 9.3.0.1021 7/25/2012

     

    3. Intel LAN 82579V NIC Driver 17.2 7/25/2012 – This installation Failed

     

    4. Intel Rapid Storage Technology (“IRST”) 11.5.0.1207 7/25/2012

     

    5. Intel VGA Driver 9.17.10.2792 7/25/2012

     

    6. Realtek driver 6.0.1.6662 7/25/2012

     

    I was not that concerned about the installation failure of the drivers for the Intel LAN 82579V NIC since this had happened before when I had installed Server 2008R2SP1 -- I used the procedure outlined earlier on how to modify the inf files for the Intel 82579V NIC Driver installation for Server 2008R2SP1 with these changes to modify the Windows 8 drivers to work with Server 2012 RC:

    • The file downloaded from Gigabyte was mb_driver_lan_intel_v17.2_w8.exe

    • I went to the subfolder Intel that contained the extracted files from the Gigabyte file
    • I opened folder Pro1000
    • I opened folder Winx64
    • I opened folder NDIS63
    • I opened the file e1c63x64.inf with NotePad

    Note in the [Manufacture] section Ntamd64.6.2.1 refers to Windows 8 while Ntamd64.6.2.2 refers to Server Next (I believe Next is a placeholder for Server 2012)

    • [Manufacturer]

    • %Intel% = Intel, NTamd64.6.2, NTamd64.6.2.1

    In the [ControlFlags] section – I deleted all 3 lines of that section following the section header so that all was left was the section header [ControlFlags] – I left a blank line after [ControlFlags] which then leaves the [intel] section next. So it looks like

    • [ControlFlags]

    • [intel]

    At the [intel] section, the [intel.NTamd64.6.2.1] relates to Windows 8 and the [intel.NTamd64.6.2] relates to Server 2012; you can see that the five E1503 lines in the Windows 8 section are missing from the server section, I copied/pasted those five lines from the Windows 8 section to the bottom of the Server 2012 section. So it looks like:

     

     

    • [intel.NTamd64.6.2.1]

    • ; DisplayName Section DeviceID
    • ; ----------- ------- --------
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_00011179
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_00021179
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_80001025
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_00011179
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_00021179
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_80001025
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_04911025
    • [intel.NTamd64.6.2]
    • ; DisplayName Section DeviceID
    • ; ----------- ------- --------
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_00011179
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_00021179
    • %E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502&SUBSYS_80001025
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_00011179
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_00021179
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_80001025
    • %E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.2.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503&SUBSYS_04911025

     

     

    I then saved the e1c63x64.inf file then backed out of subfolders until I was in the folder Intel and clicked AutoRun.exe.

     

    The installation with the modified inf file failed.

     

    I then went and attempted to install the Intel 82579V NIC driver manually and got an error message similar to what Phil Howard had gotten referring to “The Hash for the file is not present in the specified catalog file”

     

     

     

    The light bulb finally clicked – this was different than the error messages I had gotten before and wasn’t so much an error message as announcement that my digitally signed driver had been modified and Windows was refusing to load it. The solution was/is to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement for the installation of this driver.

     

    There are a number of places on the web that explain how to Disable Driver Signature Enforcement -- I followed the steps outlined at http://laslow.net/2012/03/14/disable-driver-signature-enforcement-in-windows-8-cp/

     

    Once driver signature enforcement was disabled I was able to manually install the Intel 82579V LAN NIC Drivers.

     

    The next time I rebooted my 82579V driver was installed and driver signature enforcement was again enabled.

     

    Using the methods outlined in the Home Server Show Forums I next installed ForeFront Client.

     

     

     

    Performance of Initial Set-Up After all Drivers Installed but ISRT not enabled

     

    I first loaded Server 2012-RC with the following setup (for information about RAM, CPU, etc. please see the 1st report ins this series):

    SATA III Port 0 === Corsair GT 60GB SSD to eventually be the ISRT Cache SSD

    SATA III Port 1 === ST3000DM001 that would be my drive for VM’s for Hyper-V

    GSATA III Port 8 == Corsair GT 240GB SSD OS drive

    (Note: The SSD’s I had used in earlier builds (see references) had been cannibalized for parts on other projects during interim rebuilds with the GA-Z77X-UD5H.)

     

    clip_image002 clip_image003 clip_image004

     

    The Corsair GT 60GB SSD on Port 0 performed well and was consistent with its projected specs of Max Reads up to 555MB/s and Max Writes up to 495MB/s.

     

    The ST3000DM001 on Port 1 performed well and was consistent with what I had been seeing with ST3000DM001’s on my MicroServer as well as earlier builds with the GA-Z77X-UD5H on SATA II and SATA III ports.

     

    The Corsair GT 240GB SSD performance on Port 8 GSATA III was dismal when compared to its projected specs of Max Reads up to 555MB/s and Max Writes up to 525MB/s. I suspected that the issue was having the Corsair GT 240GB SSD attached to a GSATA III port instead of a regular Intel SATA III port.

     

    I decided to experiment by moving the ST3000DM001 to an Intel SATA II port and putting both SSD’s on Intel SATA III Ports.

     

     

     

    New Configuration:

    SATA III Port 0 === Corsair GT 240GB SSD OS drive

    SATA III Port 1 === Corsair GT 60GB SSD to eventually be the ISRT Cache SSD

    SATA II Port 2 ==== ST3000DM001 that would be my drive for VM’s for Hyper-V

    SATA II Port 4 ==== WD30EZRX that would be my Server backup drive

    clip_image005 clip_image006 clip_image007

     

    I was very pleased with the improvement of performance of the OS drive Corsair GT 240GB on SATA III Port 0.

     

    It was time to engage the IRST/ISRT and check it’s acceleration performance.

     

    clip_image009

     

    clip_image010

     

    This is excellent performance for what will be my drive for VM’s in my Hyper-V lab.

     

    On a whim I also tested the performance of a WD30EZRX Green drive that I attached to SATA II Port 4:

     

    clip_image011

     

    The WD30EZRX’s performance with acceleration from the IRST/ISRT was actually slightly better than that of the ST3000DM001 – which is interesting indeed.

     

    The final moment of truth arrived when I decided to test my Seagate GoFlex USB 3.0 4TB external drive to confirm that I had true USB 3.0 speeds.

     

    clip_image012

     

    Apparently, I do have USB 3.0 speeds – this had been the major issue when I had installed Server 2008R2SP1 last Spring.

     

    When I had shut down my machine earlier in the week, before this latest rebuild, I had exported all of my VM’s that I had been running in Hyper-V under Windows 8 RP. It’s now time to copy those VM’s into Server 2012-RC and add a few more.

     

    clip_image014clip_image016clip_image018

     

    It’s a start – plenty of room to grow!

     

    Things wouldn’t be complete without turning on backups. The local backup drive is a WD30EZRX.

     

    clip_image020

     

     

     

    References:

     

    A Server Build with a GA-Z77X-UD5H in a Lian-Li PC-K9WX

     

    A Server Build with a GA-Z77X-UD5H in a Lian-Li PC-K9WX–Part 2

     

    Updating a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and i7-3770 in a PC-KW9X with a Zalman CPU Cooler

     

    Intel 82579V NIC on GA-Z77X-UD5H and other Motherboards with Server OS's

     

    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H

     Share


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    I noticed that the Atheros NIC driver built into WS2012 only supports 100 Mbps vs. 1 Gbps. Did you force speed/duplex or set to Auto Negotiation?
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Nice write up. I am just doing the same with exact same Mobo, Ram, and CPU, just slightly different Hard Drives (Samsung 830 512Gig SSD, ST2000DL003 x 2) Out of interest i have cut and paste your report and taken ATTO benchmarks from my drives/system. If you would like a copy of my results send me an email andrew at andlin . com . au Thanks for the time saving on the intel nic. Also miles267 My system runs the Atheos at 1Gig.
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
        • Like
      • 3 replies
    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
        • Like
      • 0 replies
    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
      • 0 replies
    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
      • 1 reply
    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
      • 4 replies
×
×
  • Create New...