New Intel Servers Freeze for half a second
Hello everyone :)
I'm having an interesting problem with 2 new Intel Servers that just arrived.
Its an Intel 1U Urbana Platform SR1600URHS with 16GB RAM & 2x Intel Xeon 5530 - 2.4GHz Processors.
I installed Server 2008 R2 on them and everything installed fine, but as soon as I logged in for the first time, I noticed (on both of them) that everything seems to freeze for half a second every 3 or so seconds. After some fiddling I have discovered that it's somethign to do with the network cards:
Simply unplugging the network doesn't seem to do anything, but if you boot them up without the network cable in, they both work fine (but are obviously useless without any network). If you plug the network cable in after boot, the link light stays off and Server 2008 still says the cable is unplugged, but the data light on the NIC blinks. To get it to reconnect you have to reboot with the cable in. Same thing if you unplug the cable after boot, you have to reboot to get it to reconnect. The drivers were installed automatically when Server 2008 R2 was installed, I've done a Windows Update and it says there are no newer drivers.
Just out of interest sake, I reinstalled one of the servers with Server 2008 (Not R2) - it didn't pick up the NICs automatically and I have to install them manually using the driver disk that came with the servers. The servers then work perfectly, no freezing (I haven't tested the unplugging and reconnecting issue yet).
Does anybody have any suggestions? If all else fails I'll just use Server 2008 (without R2) but it seems silly to not go with the latest software.