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Hi,
Where could I get server parts (power supply, hard drive, ram) in an emergency--(say middle of the night) in NYC?
I just had a power supply die on me which ended up becoming quite a mess....
My machines are not warranteed by Dell, etc. at this time.
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by:Callandor
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I don't know of any place that stocks server parts and is open 24 hours a day in NYC, and I've been here all my life.  There are plenty of computer stores, from CompUSA to small shops that carry desktop parts, but they operate on regular store hours.  Your best bet is to maintain your own stock of spares if you need it that urgently.  Otherwise, FedEx and UPS can deliver parts next day from a server supplier.
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by:moruda
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do you know if dell or others will sell me their 4 hours onsite service?
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by:Callandor
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Sorry, I'm not familiar with Dell service policies - someone else should be able to help you on that.
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by:MattsBusinessCentre
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The 4-hours onsite probably only applies within 'normal' business hours anyway.

Dell are probably the only ones who can answer!
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by:bigjimbo813
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If you have the 4 hour onsite its 4 hours on site...those guys are on call 24-7.

Is your existing hardware dell?
If yes, how long have they been out of warrranty?

If they are not dell, I would keep a small stock pile of parts. Heck we even do this for desktops that could die during working hours.
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by:jhance
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If these are key systems, you might consider stocking the required replacement parts, perhaps even a complete spare system for just such an eventuality.

This problem is one of the factors that is pushing the acceptance of server virtualization.  If your server is running in a VM, then you can substitute any suitable physical machine and move that VM to the new hardware and get it up and running again almost immediately.
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salikuddin earned 1000 total points
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These guys are available 24 hours a day: http://www.1hoursupport.com/

if you are willing to pay for it they'll do what you need.
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by:xcromx
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First lesson is to have all or any production server on warranty just for this reason...

I have been there and unless you have the parts in the data center always get 4 hour response time

Good luck
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by:jamietoner
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you can still get 4-hr parts through dell even if the system is out of warranty but its going to be very very expensive. also it can only be done monday - friday.
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by:ECNSSMT
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server parts are a little harder to come by especially in the middle of the night, regular stores big and small are closed by 10:00PM.  For servers; unless you have the contract support from the vendor like Dell, you are looking for a service contract from one of the local VARs.  IPM and Prism or any of the companies that cater to the financials would be groups that you would be looking up.  If you are a small shop with close to no budget; which may be why you are asking this question; you will be looking to beef up your servers to ensure that everything is redundant enough to live thru a minor disaster say in the 1-72 hour period.  From there you can get whatever part you need FedEX to you.  This is probably your best option.  

Otherwise, you may really want your management to re-evaluate the way they view computer equipment.  The implication here is "The cost of maintaining a contract is expensive"; it may be advisable to ask "If I lose this data; what is the loss going to cost me".

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Now, if you have included in your server or PC inventory no-name brands

If you are downtown, J&R is opened till 7:30PM
http://www.jr.com/templates/information/directions.tem 

midtown is compusa as previously mentioned opened till 8:00PM
http://www.compusa.com/locations/StoreDetail.asp?storetype=&store=551

then there are a bunch of stores in Flushing Queens at Northern and Main Street that are opened till about 6:00PM 7 days a week.

Regards,
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by:ECNSSMT
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Hi moruda,

did that help at all?

Regards,
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