Has anyone installed a PCI to USB 3.0 add on card onto the server running windows 2008 R2? I see that there are just a few available on the market, but I am curious if there are any issues with Hardware compatibility with the Dell server? Any help advice would be appreciated.
I haven't seen anyone try USB 3 on a PowerEdge yet, but on the older servers (pre-USB 2.0), the USB 2.0 cards with the VIA chipset didn't have a good success rate. The cards with an NEC USB2 chip had a better success rate.
I don't know if this also applies to the more modern servers and the USB 3.0 cards, but I wanted to share this experience with the VIA chips on PowerEdge servers as it may help you on your 'trial and error' process.
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Well after speaking with Dell they are saying that I should just use StarTech's PCE-E USB 3.0 Card so if you have a riser card already in place with PCI-E I guess that the solution once we test it ill post here for future reference which ever way it goes. The Card is a Dell Part# A3337171. For those that may need it, you can get it through various suppliers since its not a DELL product.
Sorry for the long delay. We did not go through with that project. We decided to go with a different solution, but from what I was able to to pickup if you are in windows server 2003 environment that are products that should work. I just can't confirm which ones since I nevr ordered anything to play around with.
Excellent, I'm going to order this card and give it a go. I think I recall someone mentioning the need for a power cable, you wouldn't happen to what this cable is and where I should order it from? Again thanks for your help!
The Startech card will work without power cable, but according to the information I found to achieve full 3.0 performance manufacturer recommended to connect the power to the card. but give it a shot without the power cable first.
How do I connect power to the card?
There are no power wires coming out of the power supplies.
Any help is appreciated.