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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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Can you see if reasonable to have 2-post rack this way?  Attached.  Any other pros/cons please?  Designing server room/lab.

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I have an older server Dell Power Vault NF 500.  It was running Windows 2003 storage server.  A week back the drive holding the OS failed.  There are two drives on one controller (C: drive)  and 3 drives on another controller.  The data is held on an array (Raid5) with three drives.  I simply want to get the data off the array (Raid 5) drive and onto a backup disk. I am guessing the two drives holding the OS were a RAID 0. How do I go about getting the server back up and not risk the drive with the data?  I can stick another drive in there and install an OS on the drive but will it see the data drive after?   Will the install leave the RAID 5 alone?

I have never had to do this in the past and I cannot afford to make a mistake.  I would love to get some advice and queue up a conversation with someone who has experienced this before.

Reggie
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I have a server with multiple virtual servers on it, was wondering is adding a network card with more ports will help for performance, since I use gigabit switches so the most throughput on the network is a gigabit how will I gain with a card with 4 ports each a gigabit if the switch highest capacity of the switch is a gigabit plus the switch is handling not only the server?

Any recommendation for a nic card and if not much more expensive can do nic teaming.
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Hello - need ideas/options.  I have two large juniper 9000 switches to mount to 2-post racks.  Each switch is about 130lbs.  Is it possible to achieve that?
I know its possible to find shelves but not clear how to secure it.  Please advice if possible at all.
Thanks in advance.
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I'm trying to configure a new server (dell), but keep going back and forth on the hard drive configuration. I'd like to get the best bang for my buck.
I'm trying to choose between:
1. (2) 10K SAS drives mirrored (RAID1)
2. (4) 7200 NL-SAS (RAID10)
3. (6) 7200 SATA (RAID 10)

It's just going to be a Hyper-V host for a DC, and file server for a small group (less than 40 users), if that matters. All three configurations are about the same price, a little more storage with the third. Any thoughts or suggestions please.
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Attempting to restore 200r2 server from Windows Backup on a 2TB Seagate Portable HDD and recovery isn't recognizing the drive.  Not only that but the server is either not booting or booting extremely slow when the drive is even plugged into the server.  I can plug the drive into a Win10 machine and it's recognized (and can see the data on it) normally.
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recently acquired an HP DL380 G6  (2x E5649/96GB) and an IBM X3650 M2 (x5570 x 2/74GB) and am looking for information on getting these two machines updated to the latest bios and other versions without getting a support contract for either
It appears that the IBM documentation is now on the Lenovo site and the hp.com links are now somewhere on hpe.com
I think both computers hare maxed for CPU but open to upgrading the cpu's
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Dear wizards, can you please recommend some best models of Firewall appliance?

The requirements are:
- Can detect and automatically block network attacks (IDS/ÍPS), virus, worms, volummetric ...

- Including routing, HA, failover features

- Reliable
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I have a power distribution rackmount device connected to the servers. This might be stupid question but if I purchase a UPS. Can I run one power cable from the power distribution device to the UPS and it will be intelligent enough to power down all the devices in case of a power outage or do I need to directly connect each device into the  UPS.
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What power parameters do I need to know before bringing the equipment into the server room?  Want to make sure I plug things in and not kick the breakers.
I'm bringing two large switches, two large firewalls, and UPS.
Do I need to ask electrician for watts available, or Amps, or VAC?
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I have restarted IBM x3550 M3. The server never boots up and hangs on "Connecting Boot Devices and Adapters". I tried rebooting it several time and it always hangs "Connecting Boot Devices and Adapters"
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We have a ML310e Gen 8 that we just re-installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials (not Essentials R2) on and it keeps having an issue with rebooting.

Here's what happens:

You can reboot from the GUI with no issues.

When you reboot from command prompt, it locks up and the processor starts to overheat. You get the red hardware light on the front and you have to power it down manually.

We have updated the BIOS and intelligent provisioning. We did hardware scans and they came back clean. There's a post that says that this version has this same problem when you use a password with special characters in it. We changed the password and we are not using special characters.

Any ideas? This is really weird.
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Hello Experts,

     I have a bit of an odd one, we recently got a cheap new UPS to replace the one in our server room that was having issues.  Its a Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD (900 watt capacity), it uses a PWM sine on battery output as opposed to a pure sine (obviously pure sine is the best choice). Currently we have a 2950, an optiplex, an r610, an sg200-26, and an asa 5506 connected to it.  When on utility power the load on the UPS sits at between 500 to 600 watts depending on server load.  But if you unplug the UPS from the wall to switch the unit over to battery power, the load skyrockets, nearly doubles, with everything connected it immediately goes into overload on battery power.  

To try and figure out if it was a particular device causing this issue I started unplugging things until the issue went away.  What I found was that the issue didn't go away until it was just the switch and firewall connected.  Whether its the R610, the 2950, or even the Optiplex the load increases, and nearly doubles for whatever is connected.  The load presented by the Optiplex is obviously much lower, but never the less it doubles just like the when servers are connected.  

I know that there are issues with modulated sine UPS's and PFC power supplies, and I know that PFC has been the standard in Dell servers and computers for many years now to ensure they are energy star compliant (not sure if they are 80 plus or not).  Is it possible that when the UPS is unplugged, because its a …
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Hi Folks,

I'm a Server Admin albeit for a small company with a Single Gen 9 HP Prolinient Server that is Virtualized.

The storage is RAID 10 (8 x 1.2TB Drives).

Am running low on space so need to increase.. want to add another (4 x 1.2TB Drives) giving me an extra approx 4TB of space.

Looks like this is all I need to do? Start an Expand and once started I can boot up server? Do it on a Friday night probably let it go over the weekend.
https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03510253
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I'm having some issues with the performance of my Dell Poweredge r900.
I'm using this machine at my house as a test/lab unit (if you know what the fans sounds like, you are probably thinking this guy is crazy - it basically sounds like an airport in our house) but that is for another day!

Equipment Details:
Dell Poweredge r900 (super old)
Intel X7460 – 24 Cores Total (4 x Intel Xeon Hex Core 2.66ghz 16mb 1066fsb CPUs)
128GB RAM (32 x 4gb DDR2 ECC Memory)
Perc6i - Raid 1 - 2 x 500GB SSD
WIndows Server 2012 r2 - Datacenter
DRAC 5 Remote Access Card
4x Gigabit Ethernet
2x Power Supplies
8x Fans - Boeing 727 engine fans (joking ... it is super LOUD)

Note: I found one of the RAM chips to be bad so I've removed that and the same chip from the other 3 risers so right now I actually have 112GB RAM. Before I did this, I couldn't even get an OS installed. I was originally getting alerts in my log files but they are all clean now. Including logs from drac.

I've been using virtualbox and hyper-v for a few years now and I know what to expect so the results I'm getting are alarming (actually more frustrating).

Rather than start testing from within a virtualbox/hyper-v host, I ran my test on the actual server running 2012 r2 with nothing else running.

The results look like this:
CPU Mark: 9683 - 81st percentile
2D Graphics Mark: 190 - 4th percentile
3D Graphics Mark: N/A
Memory Mark: 6167 - 7th percentile . <-----------
Disk Mark: 2356 - 61st …
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on server 2016, each time someone logs in it says that it is a temporary profile, would anyone know how to fix it?

I've tried restarting the machine, I've deleted the profile folder and tried again.
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This is an alert received from IBM 3650 M4 server. Please see the alert as attached. Obviously, this is the alert configured through iLO. We log in to the iLO and found nothing wrong (or warning) on any hardware. This alert is frequent once or twice in 3 months' time. However, when it occurs, no impart and disruption to our production. Just curious what are those components, such as, system internal expansion board 1, ENET[CIM:ep1], ENET[CIM:ep2], ETHERNET[IMM:ep1], ETHERNET[IMM:ep2], and so on. If possible, can this be disabled? or else?

Thanks in advance
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My customer, after replacing a Dell PE 29050 system board when she determined the old board had a faulty CPU1 port, has a LED error displaying "E1422 CPU Machine Chk - E171F PCI Fatal Error B1 D0 F0".
What advise can I offer her to correct this?
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Where are the least expensive places for purchasing a used Intel S2600cp server board from?

I need to replace an existing defective board and am looking for the lowest prices for purchasing a replacement system board from.

I already have the processors and the RAM I just need to purchase a replacement server board.
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Hello,

Can you help us here please

Since we have to swap one of the domain server to a new version.
we are gettting error logs on two of our domain controllers and also having problems in syincing or replicating from each other.
could you help on fixing this of us.

Windows Serever 2008 R2

I have attached some of the error logs.
much apreciate it


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Client has a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. It is a 64 bit machine, however it has reserved half of the 8 gbs of RAM for "hardware" leaving only 4 gbs  usable for the OS causing any file transfer or job across the network to be very slow. Any ideas on how we can resolve the issue?
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I received a E1810 Hard Drive 4 Fault. Review & Clear SEL on my Power Edge T610 server hardware display. This server is out of warranty, and is no longer support.

I am also receiving the following pop ups generated by Dell Open Manager:

         Predictive Failure Report: Physical Disk 0:0:2 Controller 0, Connect 0

      Predictive Failure Report: Physical Disk 1:0:4 Controller 0, Connect 0

      Command Time Out on physical disk: Physical Disk 1:0:4 Controller 0, Connector 1

I have 2 146 Seagate SAS drives configured in  a RAID 1 housing the OS - Windows Server 2008 R2, and 4 configured in a RAID 10 for data. It is the RAID 10 that is showing the failed/predictive fail drive.

I'm feeling all I really need to do is pull the bad drive (hot swap-able) and insert a new Seagate Cheeta SAS drive (same drive as original) to start an auto RAID rebuild. But, nothing ever goes that easy.  I would feel a lot more secure in my pursuit if I had expert advice.

Should I be safe and shut down to change the bad drive, then enter the RAID interface? Should I shut down, replace the drive-boot, then attempt the build from within the Dell Open Manger? Or, can I just hot swap the drive and let the existing RAID perform it's own rebuild?
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Good Morning Experts,
I have a question about SAN units. I need to replace my current Equallogic PS6100 which has approximately 32TB of storage with 22TB currently used. We are a medical practice and our application vender which provides the application which uses this SAN normally drives my purchase decisions. This unit is over 5 years old and I am ready to replace it and the server that uses it. Currently the server using it boots from the SAN and is the sole user of the device. We won’t be booting from the SAN in the new setup and will have two servers attached to the new appliance. The servers that will use the SAN will be physical servers not VMs. The SAN will probably be setup so the SAN has dedicated storage (volume groups) for each of the two servers; one a production PACS (Picture Archive and Communications Server) and the other an EA server (Enterprise Archive). Because I need roughly 50TB per server to store what I have plus grow over the next 5 years I am looking at around 100TB of storage total.
I originally wanted to stay with the EqualLogic platform but my vendor is advising against that with the main reason being the platform will be phased out. I understand they will be discontinuing service on EqualLogic appliances sometime around 2024 which would carry me past my next 5 year cycle.
The vendor is recommending either Dell/EMC Unity the 300 series with around 100TB in the hybrid configuration. I don’t have a problem with the unit but price is a …
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I have a production server running Hyper-V software with guests running Windows Server 2012 R2 AD and Windows Exchange Server 2016. I have a mirror on the first two HDDs and RAID 5 on three HDDs. Most of the guests are running off the RAID 5. The guests servers are networked via HP Flex Fiber 534FLR+ SFP+ Adapter with 1G SFP Transceivers. Recently the client had a request to upgrade the 1G SFP Transceivers to 10G SFP Transceivers. We have managed to purchase the 10G Transceivers but when we replace them with the 1G in the adaptor, they do not seem to work. After getting in touch with HPE, they have requested to upgrade the system drivers and firmware by running "Service Pack for Proliant (SPP)" which should then correct the situation. My question for you is two fold:

1. Can we make use of the 10G Transceivers without upgrading the System Drivers and Firmware?
2. If we do upgrade the System Drivers and Firmware, is there a chance that we might lose the data on the RAID HDDs on the server?

Looking forward to your quick answer.
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Server Hardware

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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.