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Servers are computing devices that are similar to desktop computers in that they have the same basic components, but are significantly different in size, configuration and purpose. Servers are usually accessed over a network, and many run unattended, without a computer monitor, input device, audio hardware or USB interfaces. Many servers do not have a graphical user interface (GUI), and are configured and managed remotely. Servers typically include hardware redundancy such as dual power supplies, RAID disk systems, and ECC memory, along with extensive pre-boot memory testing and verification. Critical components might be hot swappable, and to guard against overheating, servers might have more powerful fans or use water cooling.

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Dell R730 disk upgrade

Looking for some best buy disk upgrade combo
i have 6x bays empty so was thinking of RAD10 cappable controller + 6x SSD disks
which controller and disks should do the job ?

Samsung sm863a disks ?
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Hi, I was wondering the difrence between SAS and regular SATA drives.  Is the only difrence the fact that they can be on a hot swappable back plane?  Or is there more to it?

Thanks all.
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Are Xeon processors better than an i7 for a small server with just one CPU?

I use a site Ill put below, and frequently wonder why Xeon's are so expensive.  I'm assuming its a reliability factor.  

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
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Having a nightmare with a server which has a failing hard sisk and is dragging the server down completely to a halt. The worst thing is we added 3 drives to the array and started the expansion just before the drive started alerting. This expansion is going to take weeks, is it possible to remove th failing drive (its not failed yet or I would just tak e it out) mid expansion?
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High Point has a SSD7103 RAID controller that supports 4 NVMe drives in RAID 0, 1. 1/). Don't NVMe drives have the sames issues with TRIM that others SSD drives have where if you put them behind a RAID controller TRIM just won't happen?

   Are SSD and NVMe drives so reliable that RAID 1 is all the fault tolerance you'll ever need?

   Are there any NVMe RAID controllers that anyone has tried in a small server environment or is that still pushing it?
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Dear Experts
Would like to understand how many cores license we require for 20 users for SQL enterprise edition, below posted server hardware details.  At present we are 10 users and next 5 years’ maximum another 8 to 10 users not more than that. Would like to size the proper core packs of SQL enterprise edition please help me on this, thank you very much in advance.

PowerEdge R730- 2 physical CPU’s
16 CPUs x Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Logical processors      32
Processor type      Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v3 @ 2.40GHz
Sockets      2
Cores per socket      8
Hyperthreading      Yes, enabled
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What is the minimum requirement for a server CPU  in terms of cores and Hertz.
I speak about a windows 2016 server which it will work only as file server without any virtualization

I think a 10 cores cpu at 2GHz it will be ok. Isn't it?
If not what are the minimum requirement?

In another case for a server with 2 VM what are the minimum requirement for the CPU?
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Short description: Dell PowerEdge T300 logical drives keep disappearing about an hour or two after boot!

I've got a Dell Poweredge T300 server with 20GB RAM, 1.50TB storage, and running Small Business Server SBS 2011. The main function of this server is handling Exchange 2010. Roughly 1 to 2 hours after boot the server slowly begins to crash.

At first it looked like the SQL server database was full and something was possibly swamping the processes causing the server to freeze. While watching the disk accesses in the Resource Monitor I saw that the logical drives (C: and E:) would suddenly disappear . Once that happened all functions on the server would slowly crash and I would have to do a hard reboot. The reboot would take about 20 minutes before I could get to the actual desktop to view the event logs, task manager and resource monitor. Everything would run like normal then after about an hour or two the crash process would happen all over again (e.g. - logical drives would disappear, explorer freeze, need to do hard reboot, etc.).

This led me to check the RAID controller (Dell SAS 6IR). At times it froze while I was trying to go through the menu options. Having dealt with this before with another Dell server I suspected that the RAID battery might be failing. Looking at Array SAS1068E it shows a status of Degraded and and 0% Syncd. As I type this I'm about to return to the office to confirm which physical drive has failed.

On Friday afternoon I got in touch …
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You guys ever use a movie service like 'AppleTv'? To me it's frustrating...

First of all, you don't own any of the movies you supposedly buy. Instead you have 'unlimited watch rights'. If you spend $20 on a new movie and Apple removes it from the list you just wasted $20.

Second you can only watch movies when it is 'available'. Want to watch a popular movie Saturday night? Be prepared to wait or not watch at all.

Therefore, I want to build my own movie server where my family can access it within our house. What steps would I need to do this? Can I buy a DVD and copy it to the server? If so how and is it legal? What equipment would you recommend? etc.,
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What would be the disadvantages of installing a server on a workstation machine?

For instance, on a DIY machine with i9-9980XE and SSD 905P, a motherboard I've not decided on yet (any suggestion?), I'd install Win Server 2019.

But still, that's workstation hardware, not server hardware.  It is not cheap, but fast, and it seems it is even more reliable, especially due to the  905P.

A server as fast as this from Dell would be double the price probably.
And now I wonder what I loose buy installing a server on a workstation...
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Good Afternoon, I have an old Intel Server Board S1200V3RPS in a old custom built server. I have been asked if that box can be re-purposed for a Desktop Machine (The hardware is still in great shape), but running Windows 10 Pro

--I can find a few drivers on Intel site that are for Windows 10, but no clear answer on if this board would work with Windows 10 Operating System

--I can't determine if the rest of the drivers would be pulled by the Windows 10 OS and so I would be good to go after running Windows Update.

--Does anyone know how to tell if a MotherBoard can be re-used for another OS, and which drivers would be required to get from the Vendor and which ones would be pushed through Microsoft Windows Updates, or would already be baked into the OS?



Thanks,

Justin
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Hi

I have been quoted for DELL ME4024  SAS solution and  with PowerEdge R640

I would like to connect the PowerEdge  and the storage directly through 12 Gb SAS connection

Firstly how may SAS connecttion will be between the Storage and PowerEdge ?

Secondly, please let me know how much maximum RAM and  how many CPU cores that PowerEdge R640 support?
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Hi,

I have a server running Vmware ESXi on a Dell Power Edge R510.  It's setup with RAID with 4 10K SAS drives.  The capacity is 1.64 TB.  All 4 of the SAS drives have been recently replaced.  I'm not at all familar with Vmware as I've always used Hyper-V and other VM solutions.  There's only on VM setup running Server 2016.  Xeon X5675 (8 processors) with 48 GB RAM allocated to the VM.  The host has 64 GB RAM. 12 CPUs.  A software vendor (I'll call vendor A) recently upgraded their software on the server and it looks like they're using SQL 2012.  They have another db on the server that also uses SQL 2012 well call from vendor B.  There were a bunch of log errors from vendor B's database.  10 GB worth.  They cleared them but their storage benchmark said that the write speeds to the storage were around 22 Mbps.  On 10K SAS drives that seems excessively slow.  I've logged into the ESXi navigator and have spent a few hours going through all of the settings in there.  Is there a way that I can test if all four of the SAS drives are working properly?  Under Storage, Datastore01 and Monitor, there are a few lines from June 13th (nothing listing anything after that).  

Device naa.614xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx performance has improved. I/O latency reduced from 47132 microseconds to 14417 microseconds.      Thursday, June 13, 2019, 03:10:40 -0700      Info
Device naa.614xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx performance has improved. I/O latency reduced from 238928 microseconds to 47132 microseconds.      Thursday, June 13,…
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Get-EventLog system |?{$_.EventID -in 6008,41,1074,1001}| ft -w

I'm using the above PowerShell comment to find the server restart/shutdown event. Using this comment, how to find the server unexpected shutdown (like power failure/hardware failure )

I have attached a screenshot below but using this output I can't find the   unexpected shutdown
powershell-screenshots.png
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Which UPS??

I'm looking at ordering around 16 UPSs and about 16 PDU's, managed/metered and I've narrowed down either APC or Eaton.

I know the hardware is the hardware, but in regards to the software, between Eaton's IPM and APC's Struxureware software, which is better?

I have looked at both, and both have +/-'s, so I'll have a total of 36 managed IP devices, and just wondering which is easier to use, easier to manage, etc...
Looks like with APC, I have to install the network powerchute software on every physical server, not with Eaton, so there's a plus for Eaton.
I'm open to suggestions.
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I am having issues connecting to ESXi 5.5 using Vpshere Client 5.5. I am able to ping the server and the DNS from my PC. However, I am failing my Test Management Network test. It will fail the DNS  and hostname.
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How important is a 2.9kW Single-Phase ATS / Metered (Switched PDU) PDU, 120V Outlets (24 5-15/20R, 1 L5-30R), 2 L5-30P, 2 10ft Cords, 2U Rack-Mount, TAA from some company like Tripplite in a small server enviornment?  We are talk 2 - 3 servers plus some routers and switches.  It looks like a fancy device that does not deliver UPS features.    I think this is more what I need but this fancy PDU was offered in a quote so I figured I get acquainted with it before shutting it down...  

  • Tripp Lite PDU Basic 120V 2.9kW 30A 5-15R 24 Outlet L5-30P Horizontal 1URM - horizontal rackmount - power distribution unit - 2.9 kW
  • SmartPro LCD 120V 1500VA 900W Line-Interactive UPS, AVR, 2U Rack/Tower, LCD, USB, DB9 Serial, 8 Outlets
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I have two Dell Poweredge R420 servers, with iDRAC, VMWare 5.1 (prepping for upgrade), and two Power supplies each.  One of them though refuses to setup the second power supply in redundant mode.  The iDRAC setup indicates that there is a missing license.    I looked at my licenses on my Dell Account and there is none,  other then the two licenses for the iDRAC's which are held in perpetuity.  I am thinking there is something else going on.  All of the current firmware and updates are installed.  (this was done last week in the hopes it would resolve this.)  Looking for Ideas while I wait for Dell to respond.
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I have a Dell PowerEdge R810 server and I would like to install Server Standard 2019 on it.  Dell says it doesn't support it, but I guess my question is, will it definitely NOT work?  I have to get rid of Server 2008R2 because of the EOL and I want to go with Server 2019 ideally.
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Hi, i have a DELL T330 server running vmware esx 6.0, recently the motherboard went bad.

It boots up now, but hangs on RUNNING VPXA START

any ideas?
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I have plugged in this dell dual pcie nic card ( Link ) into port 0 of my pcie slot on my HP Z800 Workstation and it is now beeping 5 times when i start the server and it also shows the following during boot:

207-incompatible DIMMS Detect
       slot CPU0 DIMMS
203-Memory module failed self-test and failing rank was disabled
       slot CPU0 DIMMS
207-incompatible DIMMS Detect
       slot CPU1 DIMMS
203-Memory module failed self-test and failing rank was disabled
       slot CPU1 DIMMS


When i allow the workstation to load it states that it is only using 8 GB out of the 12 GB that is actually installed on the Workstation

When i remove this PCIE card the workstation will load without any beeping or reported errors as above and will show it is using all 12 GB of memory installed!

Any ideas how to resolve this?
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I'm trying to figure out pricing for Server 2019, I'm looking at Performance Tab in Task Manager, it shows 16 Logical Processors, & 8 Cores.  Does this mean 8 cores per processor, or just flat out 8 cores?
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Hi I was wondering how to setup two servers to be a mirror of each other same data and if one went down the other would pick up where the other left off.

Thanks all, this is Windows 2016r2
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We have a super weird thing happening.  We have two Dell R730 servers, both with Perc H810 controllers in them.  The two servers are connected to an IBM V3700 and a Dell MD1220.

Last week, we rebooted the first host and at the boot, we got this error:

"LSI-EFI SAS Driver:
Unhealthy status reported by this UEFI driver without specific error

UEFI0116: One or more boot drivers have reported issues
Check the Driver Health Menu in the Boot Manager for details.

One or more boot drivers require configuration changes.  Press any key to load the driver health manager for configurations."

So, we got that after the reboot and after some googling, we decided to move the Perc H810 out of the second server into the first and it booted right up, no issues.  So, we chalked it up to a bad card, ordered a replacement, put it into the first server and it booted just fine as well.  There you have it, we had a bad Perc card.

Now, fast forward a week.  Server 1 has it's new Perc and it's running great, seeing all of the storage and we are happy.

Server 2 is running great with it's Perc card that we stole from server 1 last week and life is good.

Now, tonight, I need to reboot server 2 and boom, it hangs and is now reporting the exact same error as noted above.

Pressing any key does nothing.  The machine will not boot into anything...iDraq doesn't even kick work when it's in this state.  All we can do is remove the Perc card and it boots normally.

It "could be" that…
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ProLiant ML350 G6 Server doesn't boot, No any LED lights

We disconnected the server power to move it.
After 15 minutes we reconected it and the server no longer starts.

When I connect the power cable, NO ANY LED light gets on (neither in the rear or front lights)
Pressing the power button does NOT bring any LED lights on.

I tried to use other power cords (to figure out whether the current one is damaged) but no success.
I tried to swap the power supplis but no success.

The server has 2 power supplies.

So this is my problem, I get NO ANY LED light ON.

What could be the problem and how can I solve this please?

Thanks in advance for any inputs, Fabio
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Servers are computing devices that are similar to desktop computers in that they have the same basic components, but are significantly different in size, configuration and purpose. Servers are usually accessed over a network, and many run unattended, without a computer monitor, input device, audio hardware or USB interfaces. Many servers do not have a graphical user interface (GUI), and are configured and managed remotely. Servers typically include hardware redundancy such as dual power supplies, RAID disk systems, and ECC memory, along with extensive pre-boot memory testing and verification. Critical components might be hot swappable, and to guard against overheating, servers might have more powerful fans or use water cooling.