Supermicro S10SAE Board Hanging at boot with RAID enabled

I purchased this board to run the 2erver 2012 OS and serve as Hyper-V host.
Its been in place for several months and installed with all new components but been kinda buggy since the start.
If the host has to restart it takes like 20 min to get to a login. Now- yesterday I moved the host into a new rack and after plugging it back in it has refused to start. Except for once and then it went back down sometime last night.

When I enable RAID everything slows way down. I have sent for a real raid controller.
After post I get the Windows splash for, as I said, about 20 min but now I get to a repair screen with no options.
This is a very obscure issue I think.
 Going to try to boot to windows 7 thumb and update the BIOS while I wait for advice.

Just nolw I switched over and there wa a login screen. What info can I get you from error logs while server is up?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
what you can install is the windows performance toolkit. and analyze the boot process. When you say it was buggy from the start why didn't you stop then and analyse the situation.. Long logons could be a bad group policy.. a specific program stopping the logon process until it times out.. many many things.. personally I wouldn't have continued on if it didn't meet the design objectives at the very start..
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
This sucks!
I think that the problem might be in my drive array. I had a raid 10 setup and now it has converted to raid 5 with a non-member, 4th disc.
I have lost all my media that the whole family uses as the source for our TVs.
I noticed in Windows Disc management (on the host) that there were 3 "Media" Drives all with the same letter  and this made 5 partitions so the disc became dynamic on its own.
I dumped 1 of the 3 and low and behold... they all dumped and the backup server is malfunctioning all at the same time!
The disk is not convert5able back to basic for some reason so I added a media volume and it made 2.
I think my problem may be outside of Windows and in the Intel raid.
I'm going to get the performance toolkit now. Thanks
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you used the intel fakeraid then you can't go into disk management to manage these volumes. You have to use the intel software or the bios boot options.
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A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
I agree but would you happen to know why CTRL-I wouldn't work at boot? All the other key combos work so its not a keyboard/driver issue.
I have real raid coming via amazon
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
check your bios options
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
How many drives, what kind (SAS, SATA, 7200 RPM, 10K RPM, SSD)?

What RAID setup have you configured in the software RAID setup?

If it's RAID 5 there is no memory cache available for software RAID so no ability to utilize write-back cache. As a result, performance is painful.

If the software RAID chosen was LSI and not RSTe then an LSI RAID controller can be dropped in, booted into the RAID BIOS, and the "Foreign Configuration" imported. Then, off you go.

Make sure to have a battery backup for write-back cache mode or non-volatile flash backed cache.
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
I have SATA raid and the version that ships with this S10SAE board with no additional drivers. I don't want to waste too much more of either of your time because I'm waiting on a PCIE SATA 2 6G card to ship but its obvious you have the knowledge I need to perfect this and I'm eager to learn. I started with SATA 10 and somehow it became RAID 5 with a non-raid drive?? But my LD structure is the same.

David- I installed Windows performance toolkit but have not had the time to run it and I'm very reluctant to reboot again. Is there anything specific I should do with it? I know the server was initiated.
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
Also have not rebooted to install BIOS update
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
My new raid card is here. Its a highpoint rocketraid 2640. Shouldn't I be able to install the new card and re-feed my back plane without screwing with the LD structure?

I think the reason for the slow and failed reboot events may have to do with Group Policy like David said. The reason is the absence of my backup DC and the primary is a guest VM on the machine in question. So it cannot load until hyper-v loads that guest.
I have a 3rd rack machine that I built that is running W10 that I'm going to setup a backup DC on. Then I'll know
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The only way to direct import an existing RAID array AFAIK is when the software RAID is LSI* based in the BIOS settings and an LSI/Intel RAID on Chip PCIe is dropped in.

Outside of that it's a wipe and reload of the entire setup unless someone can prove me wrong.

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A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
Well  I've been working on a way to back these large drives but I guess theres no harm in powering down/ connecting to new card and reboot without trying to build a new array, right? I can always power back down and reverse the process I would think.
Actually I have a 3TB drive- the one that somehow got kicked out of the old array. That should get the backup job done
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
High-Rely has a good setup for backup destinations in a large volume setting.

We would not make any changes to anything until we knew we had a known good backup. No backup and something goes sideways is not a happy place to be in.
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
Still not resolved but I need to clear this post
A_AmericanELectricAuthor Commented:
I'll re-vist this but thank you all for your time
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