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this article is a guided solution for most of the common server issues in server hardware tasks we are facing in our routine job works.

the topics in the following article covered are,

1) dell hardware raidlevel (Perc)
2) adding HDD
3) how to increase the storage space and upgrade RAID.
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So you have an old Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server laying around with a few hard drives and your thinking I would really like to use this equipment as a NAS drive.  It could happen, in our case it did.  There were some stumbling blocks on the way though.  Here is how we got through them…
 
The goals we wanted to accomplish were creating a RAID5 array of 8 (7+1 Hot Spare) 1TB hard drives and then wanted to connect this FreeNas volume through and iSCSI channel to a file server that will present the NAS as a shared folder all of our servers could use.
 
We quickly found that using the factory PERC (PowerEdge RAID Controller) to create a RAID 5 Array was not going to work.  Mostly because the drivers for this device provided in FreeNas are not very stable.  Sometimes the system would boot, other times it would just hang during start up.  We found that there other drivers available for FreeBSD that some folks have had success with but we still came across some comments that made us question them.  So we opted to let FreeNas do the work instead.
 
FreeNas has the ability to create RAID arrays in the form of ZFS Volumes.  We chose to do a RAID 5 or ZFS1 volume.  Before you say it, we know that a ZFS2 or ZFS3 provide better redundancy.  Frankly, this NAS drive is going to be as a Backup storage unit and is not as critical as using it as a storage drive for a VM Server like Hyper-V or ESXi, therefore additional redundancy is not an issue for us. The steps that follow are not specific…
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by:Frank McCourry
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This is an original article written by me.  Please read the last line of the article:  

"This is a reprint of my original article found here: http://xpertnotes.net/blog/2014/08/18/freenas-9-x-on-a-dell-server-with-perc-controller-as-an-iscsi-device/"
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by:Frank McCourry
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I don't understand,  every article I have written here is a reprint from my site http://xpertnotes.net.  I've already enable Google+ authorship and every article until now has been approved.

Please explain, is Google+ authorship not validating this?   Why were my other articles accepted and not this one?  Is there a site other than xpertnotes.net where this article appears?  

BTW, I'm not looking for link backs or to drive traffic to my site.  I write these articles based on my real life experiences and use my own site to archive my thoughts and experiences.  I simply put them here because I know that there are many others that will face the same problems and I want to share this information with a community that has provided me with so much help.
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Dell XPS 12 CoonvertibleI am not new to IT, I have been working in the field since 1985.  But recently I came up against something that stumped even me (it doesn't happen as often as I would like).  I was running a screencasting session from the laptop to my TV via ChromeCast (I love it).  About half way through the movie that my wife and I were watching, the screen on the laptop went black.  I figured it was because I didn't have it plugged in and it was conserving power.

When we finished I tried to wake up the computer in all the normal ways.  The keyboard lit up but the screen stayed black.  

I tried rebooting, but holding the power key for the 10 seconds I usually do for my desktops, if they have a similar problem, did absolutely nothing.  I decided to wait until the next day.  In the meantime I charged it up, it was down to 20% according to the lights on the side.

The next morning I woke up and when I had gotten dressed I tried waking it again - no luck.  No luck trying to reboot either (this time I held the power toggle for a count of 20).  On the bus on my way to work I asked the one person I thought might know the answer, my son Aram.  He is a wiz with computers, has one of these very laptops, and has a degree in Computer Science/security (check him out at aramzs.me).  I texted him and after a couple of back and forth questions he suggested trying the reboot again, by holding the power toggle longer (these machines apparently need that) - his words were "a long …
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by:bill slevin
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Having the same problem but it will not come back on, I held it for 60 and nothing.. the screen will not come on at all and the laptop is 3 days old. the system starts up because you can see the lights on the keyboard.
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I had the same problem recently with a Toshiba laptop. After going through all this with their tech support, it turned out to be a bad motherboard and had to go back for replacement.
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I have been very hesitant about purchasing any windows 8 computers.  There are several reasons, which I am sure many of you have gone over ad infinitum.  Let me delineate my own reasons first for not adopting windows 8, and then for purchasing a Windows 8 laptop.

Why I didn't, and mostly still don't, want windows 8 computers in the workplace:

(You can also see this article I wrote about Windows 8 and the corporate Environment)

Primarily, it is the expense.  When you purchase a new windows 8 system you are only asking for trouble if you don't purchase a touchscreen along with it.  This is not like previous upgrades where you could keep your monitors, keyboard, mouse, etc, and save a ton of money by just purchasing the towers.  Yes it is possible to do, but the end users will complain and complain loudly.  I've worked with several windows 8 machines that did not have touchscreens and was extremely frustrated.

Next there is the learning curve on the part of the user and the support personnel.  You can customize windows 8 and especially windows 8.1 to look almost exactly like windows 7.  And this is what I do for most people.  Then if they express the desire to use the Metro interface more, a quick toggle can change it back.  The point is that learning to use windows 8 is NOT inconsequential for users used …
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In my previous Experts Exchange Articles, most have featured Basic and Intermediate VMware Topics.  As a Virtualisation Consultant, we implement many different virtualisation solutions using VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, as per client requirements. Most fall into the VMware vSphere camp, but that does not prohibit us, from using equally good Corporate Enterprise Hypervisors from Microsoft or Citrix, as both are now "considered equal".

In this article, we will show you HOW TO:  Add a Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 as a SMP Provider.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 SP1 supports the same storage arrays that were supported in SCVMM 2012, plus the SMP provider. For more information see this SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balancer Provider Downloads

Why and What is a SMP Provider? (Andy's Laymans Definition)

It provides the ability to integrate SCVMM and your storage array, e.g. the ability to create logical units (LUNs) from within SCVMM, traditionally you would login to your SAN, via command line or Dell PS Group Manager using a browser. Integrating into SCVMM, you can create and manage Pools and LUNs from within SCVMM.

1. Prerequisites

Compatible Dell EqualLogic PS Series Array (SAN) running 5.2.4 FW or higher
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM)
Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools 4.5.0
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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@LHerrou

Its' been a real pain in the arse, software release from Dell for Windows 2012, Bug ridden rubbish, and we told them!

Andy
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Currently, the Dell Latitude Tablets are very attractive to companies looking for inexpensive mobile options. For roughly $350-400 you get a 10.1 inch tablet running an Intel Atom processor, a built-in stylus, 2 GB of memory, a 64 GB Solid State Drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a Gobi 3G card you can use to connect to Verizon, AT&T and possibly others.

Unfortunately it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, which means you can't connect to a business domain, and Dell charges $85 to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro and officially stating that it cannot be upgraded to Windows 8. Another disadvantage of Windows 7 is that it does not work particularly well on tablet platforms.

My company owned some of these Latitude ST Slates, as well as their newer sibling, the Latitude 10 (ST2) Slate which costs almost twice as much and comes with Windows 8. The two devices are very similar, although the ST has a less powerful processor, smaller non-swappable battery, and slightly lower screen resolution.

It was obvious that the ST would be a very useful and economical tablet if only it ran Windows 8 Pro.

I was able to upgrade the Latitude ST to be fully functional with Windows 8 Pro, but only after dozens of hours of old fashioned trial-and-error and using scientific methods to work around the problems.

Here, in a nutshell is the method I found for upgrading the Latitude ST to Windows 8 Pro:

1.      First, download or create an *.iso file of the Windows 8 Pro 32-bit installation disk. These …
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One of the benefits of using a Dell PowerEdge Server versus a HP ProLiant Server to host a VMware vSphere Host, is the ability to Create and Manage the virtual disk (RAID array) on the server with ESXi 5.0 installed, without restarting the server, and using the Storage Controller RAID BIOS configuration utility.

Currently (July 2012), the only way to create and manage a HP SmartStart RAID Array, is either to shutdown the VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi 5.0) server, and use the SmartStart RAID Array BIOS at POST or BOOT the server from the HP SmartStart CDROM and use the Array Configuration Utility (ACU). HP have still not provided a software alternative when the ESXi server is running.

The Dell documentation seems to complicate this process in how to complete this task, and due to the many questions, I have decided to create a Tutorial Walkthrough in few easy steps of how this can be easily achieved.


Prerequisites


1. Download and Install the Dell OEM version of VMware vSphere 5.0 U1 (ESXi 5.0 U1), on your Dell PowerEdge Server.

Download the ISO here - VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update1-623860.x86_64-Dell_Customized_RecoveryCD_A00.iso

2. Dell OpenManage System Administrator for ESXi 5.0 must be installed on the ESXi 5.0 host to be managed.

Download here - Dell OpenManager System Administrator for ESXi 5.0

3. PUTTY - used to establish an SSH connection to the ESXi 5.0 host server.

PUTTY download

4. WinSCP - used to transfer the Dell OpenManage software to the ESXi 5.0 Server.

WinSCP Download

5. Optional Manual for reference only

Dell OpenManage with ESXi 5.0 Systems Management Guide

1. Upload [url="http://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER00655764M/1/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-7.1.0-5304.VIB-ESX50i_A00.zip

Dell OpenManage VIB Bundle[/url] to ESXi server"]Using WinSCP upload the Dell OpenManage VIB Bundle downloaded above to the /var/log/vmware
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Take a bow, Andrew. Nicely written with excellent screenshots added to it.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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@arunraju Thanks for your kind comments.
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