Server Hardware





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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One of the new server HDD failed today.

I have 6 physical disks installed on raid 10.

Question of is the faulty tolerance that server will still be able operate?  as I have to wait few days  for the new HDD  to arrive
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Current situation: 16 users/computers in a workgroup, NAS drive to store standard company data including Sage Line 50 data, Sage manufacturing data stored and shared from one of the PC's and another LOB application running on one of the PC's which is just used by a machine on the factory floor for weighing ingredients in production.
Managing the machines, and users access etc is becoming a pain so I think it's about time they invested in a server and this is where I'd like some recommendations from experts. They don't think they're likely to go above 25 users or 50 devices in the next 5-7 years so keen to use Essentials as there's a significant cost benefit due to the fact that no CALs are required, however I want to make sure that the hardware is capable of giving them the best experience and also allow for stepping up to Standard Server should the need arise.

So essentially we are looking for a recommended specification for say 20 users, running as a DC, file server, running Sage Line 50, and a couple of LOB applications. Also how do most experts tend to configure the drives these days? I know RAID10 is a must but I see some people suggesting RAID1 for the OS, and then running RAID10 for everything else. Would there be any benefit in having 2 processors and using SAS drives over a single decent processor and SATA drives considering the fact that it's only around 20 users?
I got a question, how to add an additional language pack in terminal server. default is English. but, there is just one user who needs Chinese language. How do I add extra language pack in office, so when that particular user logs to terminal server, he can switch to Chinese from English?

Thank you
I have a Dell PowerEdge with a raid 5 and one if the drives is failing.  Is this hot swappable?
Hi all,

Picked up a client where the customer had installed a new DELL Poweredge T330 and someone had started configuration and performed setup with the 4 disks in PERC H330 controller as individual disks (non-RAID).  Is this the default configuration when these servers are delivered with the OS pre-installed.

The domain controller role is already up and running with about 30 machines joined.

They are are now asking to have their primary vertical market software system loaded asking where on the server it should be located.  Right now we have this:

Disk Mgmt
 do not want to install their production operation software on a non-RAID volume, so I am wondering if it would make sense to go into the PERC controller BIOS and allocate two of the 3 remaining disks to a RAID 0 mirror. Or should I just use the Win2012 Disk Mgmt to build a mirror array in software?
Proliant ML350 G5 with Smart Array 200i embedded.
Firstly the cache battery failed and was replaced with no problem.
The Raid is set up as 2 logical drives with 2 drives in each - mirrored. Logical drive 1 is composed of 2 SAS drives with Windows Server 2012 R2 on it. Logical drive 2 has 2 SATA drives mainly with data.
One of the drives failed in Logical drive 2 with a warning in Smart Storage Administrator and an amber light on the drive. 2 SATA drives identical to the remaining one were purchased and one was inserted with the server off. F1 was pressed on re-starting the server in order to rebuild the array and all seemed to go well, however when it finished Smart Storage Administrator reports 'Logical drive 2 is queued for rebuilding' and on rebooting I am asked to press F1 again to rebuild which it tries to do again.
The second purchased SATA drive was thoroughly tested using WD software and a full delete was carried out. This was then inserted to see if the fault was with the first replacement drive but exactly the same has happened. The rebuild seemed to finish at around 87% complete.
I have looked at what is on the first replacement drive and it looks as though it did mirror successfully. There are no errors in the Smart Storage Administrator reports other than the drive queued for rebuild and the lights on the drive seem to be acting normally.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Building a new vcenter environment with the below components

1x UCS 5108 chassis with embedded 2x 6324 Fabric Interconnects (each interconnect has 1x 40G QSFP, 4x 10G SFP+, 1x 1G)
8x B200M4 blades (dual 10C CPU) . Each blade has a VIC 1340  (dual 4x 10Gbps ethernet)
1x Nimble CS1000 with 10GbaseT ports (dual controller)
2x Brocade VDX6740T-1G (48x 1G/10G ports + 4x 40G QSFP ports)

What would be the recommended design for performance and high availability?

The main difference with most designs is that we are using the Brocade VDX switches instead of Nexus.

      I have been asked to move a Terminal Server/RDP server that is a VM machine on a Server that serves also as a DC within two days! The server and their Dell Sonicwall TZ400 will be moved across the city to a temporary location but they still want it accessible to employees during the interim. Honestly, I am not certain what all settings I will need to change to point the employees to the new IP address on the sonicwall and server. I am aware they will need to adjust the IP/port on their RDP clients individually, but I need some direction as to what on the firewall and/or the Physical and VM server to make this work. I do have available static IPs at the new location.

      I have tried using the trusty Google, however I only find ways to trransfer license and CALs etc, but that is not the case. I am just physically moving the server and firewall from one location to the next with no hardware changes other than ISP/IP address. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Hello -

I have a DELL PE R710 and it currently has 6 HARD DRIVE, 146G, SERIAL ATTACHED SCSI, DU, 15K, 3.5, SEAGATE, HUR and a PERC H700 Integrated RAID Cont roller, 512MB Cache, x6. I would like to use two Samsung SSD 850 EVO (Model: 75E120) as a RAID 1 (OS), and 4 more drives as a RAID 10 (DATA FTP). My question is if I replace my existing drives, what hardware will I need to convert the server drive bays and will this work with my existing PERC? Will it recognize new drive and speed capabilities?

Thank you so much!


Ive got Production ESXi v5.5 servers on HPE DL 380 G7, I wonder how to reset and configure the iLO access from the ESXi server without rebooting it ?

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Hello all,

Recently a Windows 2008 server is displaying the following message  

"please wait for the system Event Notification service"

This issues occurs this morning, A user will go and log off and he will get "Please wait for the System Event Notification Service..." on his screen.

I try and manually log the user out from task manager and even tried to reset the connection from Remote Desktop Services Manager .

Please kindly advise........

Can you please tell me how to factory reset the UCS CIMC 220 Server
I'm putting together 2 new servers for our business.

I'll be using HP or Dell hardware but have some generic questions.

The servers will be running some Windows Server VMs. One will be a Domain Controller, one will be an RDS server and another will run a business specific application.

The business specific application uses Firebird SQL of which its' databases are not large.

One question I have is RAID. I've read that RAID 5 is pretty widely disliked these days and that RAID 10 is the way to go. Does that sound correct?

Should I use SAS or SATA disks? The current servers use 15K SAS disks.

 The current servers don't hold alot of data, maybe only 100 - 300GBs of data and as mentioned there are no significant databases to speak of.

Thanks for any help.
I have a hp proliant dl380p gen8 server. The fan has been very loud for a couple days. I was hoping to boot into a diagnostic utility to run hardware tests.  I thought I was supposed to boot into intelligent provisioning to get to the diagnostic tests.  I cant boot into intelligent provisiong though.  I downloaded an update ISO from hp for IP. I booted from the dvd and attempted to update but got an error message that said iLO unresponsive - unable to continue.    Should I be booting into IP to run diagnostic tests?  I dont use iLO. Is IP dependent on iLO?
Set up eth0 on server with an IP address for Intelligent Provisioning to dial home to check for firmware, etc updates. However, I want to use Eth0 with a few other NIC ports to create a LACP link to the switch with the IP that I used for Intelligent Provisioning.  The OS is VMWare.
I can't seem to be able to remove the IP information. Only thing I've found is to disable Intelligent Provision (not recommended).


If I configure the ports (including Eth0) with the same IP address as the VMWare management IP, will this cause IP conflict or some other network incident?

Or since I cannot remove the IP address, should I just assign a different IP to a different  server Ethernet port that will not be used for LACP or networking  purposes?

Please advise.
At the time of starting of my ibm server it stuck on uEFI starting error. I have waited for 1 hour still it was the same. at the same time it is unable to detect the usb devices (like keyboard and mouse) . so that i cant able to enter into BIOS set up .i have tried all the possibilities like disconnect all HDD , remove DVD drive but it does not work. please give me further suggestion.
I just got a general question :
If there is a company with 2 Managed switches(Dlink) and all computers and servers are connected to the switches. And has a dlink router.
If a user complains, accessing files to the server is slow from my computer .
How do i troubleshoot? from where do i start? is there any specific tools/softwares to troubleshoot.
I AM just new in networking career. so sorry guys if its a simple question.
My SCO Unix RAID 5 server have 3 HDD. Today 1st and 2nd HDD failed only 3rd HDD showing ONLINE. Is there any chance of data recovery if i install new HDD in 1 and rebuild and then the 2nd HDD and rebuild.
Is there any chance of data recovery.
I have a failed disk on an IBM V3700.  a new disk was provided under warranty but we tried the "fix me" procedure which has marked the problem as fixed.  the disk has now been "excluded by system" and the new disk isn't being detected.

How can i resolve this?

thanks in advance
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I am building a server 4 VM on it 1-domain controller 2-file 3- exchange 3-terminal
Will serve 15 employee over the next 5 year it may increase to 25
20 mailboxes may increase to 30 over the next five years
receiving about 75 per day. email in very important to the company
most of the use is light applications lick word and excel
at the moment willo may have 2 users the server remotely (cal)
Data about 250GB

What is your opinion about this quote

To batter explain my question. since there is only place for 8 drives if I go with Raid 10 I can only have 2 sets even If I go with Raid 1 for the host domain and terminal still there is only place for one Raid 10 so this means that the file server will or have to be on with the host domain and terminal set or with on the exchange set.
The other option take a less powerful machine and have a cheap machine for file but it more difficult to manage and involves more licensing. and the client runs on a limited budget
I am fighting a virtual cloud host. They are not in the office for another 8 hours. I have a VM which can't make up its mind whether it is failing from inaccessible boot device 0x7B or HAL incompatibility 0x5C. I assume disk detection comes first, then it loads the HAL from the OS disk. Can anyone add to that? I know in the bad old days, windows loaded the HAL from the boot block on the HDD. This is Server 2008R2, which was backed up under XEN and reinstated on KVM. They have said that they have an upgrade process, but lets see if we can beat the 8 hours.
Hi, recently I've been looking into blade servers.

What I want to ask here is what are the mezzanine card slots in blade servers? Seen here:

What I've gotten after looking around abit is that they are like expansion slots where I can insert types of cards like network cards to further enhance or compensate for my blade functions?

For example this post answered that they are just an expansion possibility like extra PCI slots:

So am I actually able to use a blade without inserting any cards in these slots, leaving them empty?

Also, concerning network interface cards, blades themselves do have these right? So I wouldn't need extra ones in the mezzanine slots if the one on my blade itself is sufficient.

Thanks alot!
Looking in buying a new exchange server for about 25 mailboxes and will grow to 35 wit in the next 5 years receive a lot of emails (close to hundred) and need help on hardware specifications recommended.


Looking for a new server which will be a domain server/file server/exchange/and terminal server

Currently there is 10 users but estimated to grow in the next 5 years to about 20 currently have 10 mail boxes estimate over the next 5 years to go up to 35 terminal server will start with less than 5 but maybe over the next 5 years will switch more office staff to terminal server.

The way I would architect this, 2 servers one for exchange a domain and one for file and terminal, the terminal server should be a box that can expend so if we decide to move to terminal it can be upgraded.

Also would add power so each server can back up to each other and in case of deserter host for temporary.

Does this make sense or am I off? Also what spaces would you recommend?

Server Hardware





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.