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USB 3.0 USB PCI Card in DELL PowerEdge T320

Posted on 2014-04-02
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Hi,
 
 I noticed that DELL PowerEdge T320 does NOT come with USB 3.0 Ports.
 So I am considering an internal card that has multiple USB 3.0 ports.
 IF YOU HAVE DONE THIS on your T320, what brand name product did you buy?
 I would appreciate the product link.

Thanks.
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by:sglee
ID: 39972992
I forgot to mention that I will be setting up VMWare ESXi 5.1 on the server, so it has to be compatible with that as well as SBS2011 which will be installed as a VM.
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by:Lee Ingalls
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The T320 comes with the following 5 PCIe slots:
One x16 slot with x16 bandwidth, 3.0, full-length, full-height
One x8 slot with x4 bandwidth, 3.0, half-length, full-height
One x8 slot with x4 bandwidth, 2.0, half-length, full-height
One x8 slot with x4 bandwidth, 3.0, full-length, full-height
One x8 slot with x1 bandwidth, 2.0, full-length, full-height

Which OS are you running on the T320?
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by:sglee
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I will be setting up VMWare ESXi 5.1 on the server, so it has to be compatible with that as well as SBS2011 which will be installed as a VM.
My SBS2011 must see an external 2TB USB Hard Drive connected thru this 3.0 USB Card as "backup destination".
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Lee Ingalls earned 1300 total points
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Dell's site lists the StarTech.com as preferred.
Check here depending on the port quantity...
http://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/USB-3.0/Cards/?filter_BUSTYPE=PCI+Express
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by:sglee
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I just spoke to Tech Support at STARTech and yes PEXUSB3S2 model is compatible with Windows 2008 R2 OS, but they  can't guarantee that it would work in Virtual environment.
Have you personally set up any USB 3.0 card on VMWare environment?
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by:Lee Ingalls
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Not in VMWare... only in Windows 7 VirtualPC and Server 2008 r2 RDP/MSTSC.
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by:sglee
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I could go with Hyper-V/Windows 2012 Standard OS instead of VMWare.
Will this card work with Windows 2012?
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