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Hi,

I am purchasing a new server from Dell and have a few questions...

1.  I was intending to get 12GB RAM.  However, none of the 12GB selections came in ECC.  I have always purchased ECC RAM for servers.  I should change my selection to insure ECC shouldn't I?

2.  My OS selection is "Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Academic Edition,x64 Includes 5 CALs".  This is downgradeable to 32-bit server 2003 isn't it?

3.  The interface didn't offer me any media kits... any reason why that might be?

4.  I selected a RAID5 configuration and 4 identical 300gb hotswap drives... this should give me 900gb of usable space correct?  I am going to separately purchase another 300gb hotswap drive which I should be able to later add to the system and configure as a hotspare without affecting anything else - right?  (The reason I am not ordering it with the server is that Dell would just add it to the raid configuration and I want it configured as a spare).

5.  I am ordering 10k drives even thogh the 15k drives are not much more.  I have had a much higher rate of failure among the 15k drives... consensus?

6.  The internal controller could be "PERC H700 Integrated RAID controller"... or "PERC H700i, 8hd chasis"... I didn't see any online references to the difference.  But I have selected H700i because it also says "8hd chasis"... which is my chasis configuration.  Do I need the H700i?

7.  I can save $173 if I purchase iDRAC express rather than enterprise.  Do I need this at all... I usually just manage the system through remote desktop?
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LEEW - Great advice!

PowerEdgeTech: To answer your questions...
1. Poweredge R510... none of the 12MB memory choices say "ECC".
6.  Here are the two raid controller options as listed
a.  "PERC H700 Integrated RAID Controller 512MB Cache [subtract $138.00]"
b. "PERC H700i INTG RAID CTL NVDIMM 512MG Cache, 8HD Chassis [Included in Price]"

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Thank you once again!
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All 12GB configurations are in an Optimized configuration.  From the R510's manual:

Memory Optimized Mode
 
In this mode, the MCHs run independently of each other; for example, one can be idle, one can be performing a write operation, and the other can be preparing for a read operation. Memory may be installed in one, two, or three channels. To fully realize the performance benefit of the memory optimized mode, all three channels per CPU should be populated.To maximize performance it is better to add DIMMs across channels before adding more DIMMs to a channel that is already populated.


All configurations, however, use ECC memory (whether UDIMM-Unbuffered or RDIMM-Registered).

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Thanks for that last answer PowerEdge.
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np ... I also meant to mention on the controller options:

The first one is the standard H700 controller with 512MB of battery-backed cache, guaranteed to hold unwritten/cached data for the drives for up to 24 hours - helping prevent data corruption.  The second option has 512MB of battery-backed cached that, when there is a power loss, moves unwritten/cached data to non-volatile (flash) memory for stable, semi-permanent storage.

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