The following Intel® Rapid Storage version will be compatible for Windows® 2012 Server: IRST: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)
I would also recommend contacting Supermicro since they may have customized Intel® Rapid Storage software for your motherboard model.
This was my first post on the Intel forums.
Wow fast response and great support.
Some follow up questions.
I found a command line version of the RST manager.
I would prefer to use this since it is a single file.
1) Where do I download the latest version of the CLI RST manager for win2012
compatible with my hardware (ICH10R)?
2) Will the CLI handle these requirements?
I will only ever do RAID 1
and want to assign a hot spare.
I need to monitor the RAID.
Do you generate events in the event log when one of the RAID drives fail?
I could set up a schedule task to run the CLI and log the results if I have to but
would prefer log entries since I already monitor them.
Can all recovery actions be performed from the CLI and BIOS?
3) This is the driver Win 2012 installed.
When I choose update driver it says I have the latest.
Is this the best driver to use?
If not where do I download the latest?
Does it have to be installed when the OS is installed or can it be updated after the OS is installed?
Thanks again for great support on a 3 year old product that is just now being put into service.
The Intel support team does not support CLI, this is provided as-is on our site. Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) RAID Driver
When one of the drives fails, this is reported on the Intel® Rapid Storage main screen
I see you already have the latest version supported by your Intel® Rapid Storage controller. This is version 12.0, no matter if you tried version 14.0, the utility will install what is needed for your system.
The RST and Driver suggested in this reply actually does not work.
When I install RST it wants to install an older driver.
If I refuse the driver install RST will not run.
(Also the command line version of RST will not run with the newer driver.)
If I install the old driver and RST on reboot RST runs but the system becomes unstable,
lags for seconds at a time, file copies become erratic and will actually drop to 0 for long periods of time.
With the newer driver Win 2012 installs every runs more then fine. It runs very fast and reliable in RAID 1.
I need to get this older hardware running under win 2012.
Everything is done.
Al I need is a way to monitor the RAID health.
I didn't tell you to install the latest. I told you to install that one. Past that revision, it doesn't work for x58, except for a few boards.
And you can find the ROM version on boot when the RAID or AHCI rom pops up(hit CTRL+I while booting).
Second option is open the Intel RST Gui. Click on 'help', then on 'system report'. It will be the second data set down, under 'Intel RST'.
Allan will tell you what Intel supports. I will tell you what works. The difference is one is a dead end and the other has options.
Read through these forums so you can get a better idea of what's what.
Keep in mind that before you experiment, you need a full OS backup. If the driver blob pukes, you aren't going to be booting. But as you said, you've experienced that. So just anticipate it, and work safely with a bare metal backup in hand(I use Macrium Reflect w/network img backups). Get a full backup. Get a differential backup. Create usb/cd bootable media. Restore the diff(takes 5 minutes since it's just the driver blob).
I wish you luck.
I had to get back to you to thank you again.
I spent weeks! trying to get this hardware working on W2012.
Intel and Supermicro tech support really didn't help.
To be fair to them I purchased these servers 4-5 years ago before windows 2012 shipped.
I have everything working super good in RAID 1 configuration.
Two things I did made this hardware usable.
I switched to Micron M500 data center SSDs for the disks
and took your advice on the driver and RST software version.
Just in case this can help someone else.
The motherboards are Supermicro X8DTT-F
These versions are working very well together.
The servers have been in busy production for two weeks now no problems at all with good performance
And thanks for the tip on Macrium Reflect.
I will check it out.