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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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With Cisco UCS, how do you expand your fabric interconnects for additional ports to accommodate more chassis as you
fill up the 48 port fixed module and 16 port expansion module? Thanks!
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I will be adding a new chassis soon. One thing that got caught on the last time was that one of the blades had an ESXi and it had an IP address that conflicted with another ESXi in another chassis. Is there a way to wipe the UCS blades that are coming up to make sure there's no overlap?
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My AD Domain's functional level is Windows Server 2012.

I currently have two DC's that are both Windows Server 2012 servers. The primary DC: Prometheus holds all the FSMO roles,
and the other DC is simply a replicating DC. Both of these DC's reside on server hardware that is now 6+ years old.

I just installed a Windows Server 2019 server (Host Name: DC) to the network, and promoted it as a DC.

My goal is to install another Windows Server 2016 to the network, and promote it as a DC (Hostname:  DC2).

I then want to move all the FSMO roles from the DC: Prometheus to the new Windows Server 2019 Server: DC.

Then I want to demote and remove both Windows Server 2012 servers (Prometheus and Chronos),
and simply remove them entirely from the network since they have a high probability of incurring hardware related failures.

I am thinking once I have both new DCs operational I can raise the functional level of the domain to Windows Server 2016.  Not a big deal, but if an option I may do so.

Do you foresee any issues moving forward?
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Hello,
I have an HP Proliant DL380 Gen9, where i want to install Windows Server 2012 R2.
After updating the BIOS firmware with the latest Service Packs, and trying to install the OS, i get the following error message at 79%, that i do not know the exact cause, or how to resolve that problem:
error.PNGI will be so grateful if anyone can help me,
Thank you in advance,
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I am a database person who was asked to see why users are getting timeout messages on their workstation when using a client/server application. One of the things I saw was on their server, which is a Dell Power Edge 110 II running W2012 Standard Essentials, was when I checked the power settings there were settings in their to turn off hard drives after 60 minutes and settings to auto negotiate network speeds. I told these folks to check with their IT people and was told they have no IT people. Any suggestions as to what major settings I could check would be appreciated. I do have their service tag so I could take them to the Dell website and download and install the latest drivers.
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Hi there,
i'm just finishing upgrading the pc/laptops in a company to Windows 10 at the moment & am now going to look at the server.
They are currently running Windows SBS 2008 x64 on a Lenovo Tower Server TD100 Type 6429 & i'm hoping to upgrade to Windows Server Essentials 2019.
The server has an Intel Xeon E5420 2.5GHz with 6GB RAM.
I was hoping to install 2019 on an SSD if possible & keep the shared files on a 2TB Mirror Raid 1 setup. The SSD is not a necessity just thought it would be a good idea if possible.
Would i be better off looking into buying a new server or should this be ok on the Tower Server?
Any ideas or help is much appreciated.
Cheers,
Steve.
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Hello all!

I have a Dell Optiplex 5070. I will be supporting more that one chassis going forward.

I’ve done a capture
Got a new task sequence where I’ve pointed it toward my gold capture.

Deployed the capture with no problems.

The thing is I want to add drivers to the task sequence. When I add new chassis to the estate I want to use my gold image and just inject the drivers.

 I’ve downloaded a load of .exe (chipset, audio etc). And other EXEs that extract it’s contents (the setup.exe included)

I done a bit of research and found that I should create a folder under ‘out of box drivers’ and name it Win 10. Then under thar create another folder with the chassis type. Then another folder with the name of the driver itself (folder named video, chipset, etc). I take it you can’t just get MDT to run the EXE like you would an application? Do you need to extract the contents of the driver and then copy or import it to the relevant driver folder?

Also how do I get MDT to detect different desktops and then select which drivers to load?

Thanks!
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This is using Veritas NetBackup 8.1.1. There are 2 Master server in veritas cluster, 4 Linux Media servers, and 2 Windows-based data movers.

Backup jobs to for both physical servers and VMs are working fine. However, backup jobs for a tape is dedicated for a selective media server. For example, if tape a4008 is used by media server nbu03, then this tape is dedicated for job from nbu03 only.

On Media host properties of Master server, I found this options - Enable unrestricted media sharing for all media servers (currently is disabled_. What would be the results with this option enabled? any side impact or other considerations?
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Environment We have an Remote Desktop Services server running Windows 2012 R2 connected to a SQL Server database server running in Windows 2012 R2. Both servers have 64 GB RAM and are linked using a 1Gbps high speed link.

RDS Server specs
Processor Intel XEON-6140-GOLD-Skylake 2.3GHz
Drives in RAID 1
SCSI In Raid config: Hard Drives      Intel S3710 Series      800 GB
SCSI In Raid config: Hard Drive      Micron 5200 MAX TCG-E      960 GB

SQL Database specs
Processor: Intel XEON-E5-2650-V2-OctoCore-IvyBridge 2.6GHz
SATA in RAID config: SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000 SSD      960 GB

The RDS server runs applications that interact with the SQL 2012 database on the database server. Both Servers have SSD disks in RAID configuration.

Problem: The users on the RDS  experience timeouts and the consequent work slowdowns.  Setting the RDS server to "Balanced" power saving mode reduces the timeouts but users then experience slow performance.

Any ideas to prevent timeouts and slow performance is appreciated
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Have a HPE DL380 Gen9 24SFF CTO server with 64GB RAM installed. How to check whether I can add more RAM to the server without shutdown the server? How to check max RAM can be installed and what's RAM model is compatible to the server?
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Seems SAN expensive, gonna use NAS  for share storage in new hyper V hosts setup.  How to have good performance of NAS design ?
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Gonna buy servers and network equipment for new office. How to determine\ calculate the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) requirement needed to protect servers, switches and routers?
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Hi, i am new to the Storage world so hopefully i can explain while keeping things as basic as possible....

I have a vnx5400 with 6 additional arrays (Shelves) which has moved datacenters.. This has resulted in the cabling and the order of the disk shelves not being noted prior to removal so now it has been re-installed into a rack without the same configuration as before (Also Possibly missing 4 disks from 1 shelf)

As a result the storage pools are showing offline and i am unable to access storage, Is it possible to force the storage online?

If not, is it possible to wipe everything and setup as a new storage array (Factory reset the VNX while not loosing any licensing ect as we have no other backup of this data and config)

Ideally we would like to save the 40TB of data but if not possible we are happy to wipe and setup as a new out of the box vnx.

Side note:  I would be happy to pay a fee for any assistance or if someone is confident they could save the data and get the volumes back online.. if not i would also pay a fee for someone to setup as a new out of the box system (While preserving any licensing that is on there

We have unisphere access (Web GUI) and cli access, we also have access to the control station.

However we have no warranty or active service contract in place with Dell EMC

Thanks
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Wanna procure hardware servers, which brand (Dell, lenovo, HP) is better? Consider the stability, support..etc
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I have a Dell R810 I with Dual Xeon X7542 CPUs.

It is complaining of "non-optimal memory configuration" at boot, but is sees all 320GB installed.

 

Here is what I have in the system, any ideas as to why it's complaining?

White Slots (A1-4, B1-4, C1-4, D1-4): Samsung M393B2K70DM0-YF8 (16GB 4Rx4 PC3L-8500R 07-11-AB1-D3)
Black Slots (A5-8, B5-8, C5-8, D5-8): Samsung M393B5273DH0-YH9 (4GB 2Rx8 PC3L-10600R 09-11-B1-D3)

 
Thanks.
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Hello Experts,

I have a small project and I want to setup a lab, I need recommendations on the items below

1. I need a layer 3 switch but good one and not so expensive that is programmable and easy to be purchased from a store or online.
2. I need a good server hardware that can run ESXi with just 3 VMs . 1 ) AD 2) File server 3) data base server. Any thing small will do
3. I need you to recommend a storage for at least 2 TB only.

Please note that this environment is small lab to do some testing and I only have small budget.

Thank you,
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Hi,

We have a small office with about 10 PCs.

It is time we got a new server.

My manager wants a server with both physical and virtual elements.

He mentioned that HP may supply this.

I am not talking about virtualisation on Windows.

The reason for this is that we may close our office and the 3/4 people could work on the road and at home instead.

My manager does not like fully hosted services as there is a risk the company offering it may not be around forever.

Based on the above, what would you recommend?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hello,

We are in the process of building a new server for all of our vessels. With the G8 DL380 we used all mechanical SAS drives in a raid 1 config with 2 arrays.

In order to duplicate the server (all our vessels run the exact same server) we would simply switch off the server and remove slots 1 and 3, place them in the new server and boot - no problem, worked every-time as long as you pressed F2 to accept that there was drives missing from the array. We would then put new drives in and mirror both arrays before being able to repeat the process.

Now with the new Gen 10 its not so simple it seems. When we have the drives in the new server it will recognize the the arrays, if we go into the array controller we can see that its aware of the missing drives and presumably would mirror OK however we have not tried. The problem is that it will not boot, even if we set what the boot volume is in the array controller. If we try to use Hirens boot USB with the array controller driver added it will see the SAS SSD (boot array, we use SSD for boot as the vessels need faster boot times in case of emergency) however the disk is not initialized and wont. The mechanical SAS is seen with a volume but its not accessible.

Does anyone know what process we should follow to move the array? We are making sure the source server is fully shutdown before we take disks 1 and 3 out. The drives are new HP drives. The process has been tried twice. Hirens boot USB can see the volume's OK on …
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How to sort out Logical disk transfer (reads and writes) latency  is too high...i know why it happens but need to know how can we sort this out so that no scom alert generated..We are getting high number of tickets since last  month..Average 2-3 tickets per day
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If core box hosts some virtual server,  the OS for the Core Box should have the same or higher OS version than that of the virtuals. Is it right?

Thank you!
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Hi,

We have a HP Compaq dx2400 Microtower PC.

1. Which is the best power supply to buy for this PC?
2. Where would be the best place to get this power supply?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hi I have two VNX5500,

I have created a storage pool "pool 0" and expanded it to 10TB.

There is no data on it but it has 3TB used by 18 Virtual Disks which I can see under private luns.

I want to delete the pool but cannot delete it directly or delete the 18 virtual disks.

Any idea how I can do this?

I have checked and I cannot see and mirrors, san copies or snapshots associated with it.
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Hi,

We have a PC that we use as our server with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server (Service Pack 2) installed.

Our Server PC has the following specs:

Operating system: Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Version:                   5.2.3790 Service Pack 2
Processor:               Intel(R) Core 2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80 GHz
RAM:                        3.99 GB
System Type:          32-bit operating system

This PC turns off by itself about once a week and it is hard to get it turned back on after it turns off.

Using "Event Viewer" on the PC, an error message says that the PC shutdown was unexpected. (Event ID: 6008)

To get the PC turned back on we usually have to;

1. Take all cables and plugs out from the PC, which includes:
   - Power cord, mouse, keyboard, ethernet cable, VGA cable going to PC from display, external hard drive.
2. Take out CMOS battery from PC
3. Hold power button on PC for 30 seconds
4. Plug in power cord only to PC
5. Wait for 30 seconds then press power button on PC

The PC starts turning on. We then do the following:
6. Put CMOS battery back into PC
7. Plug in other cables to PC

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,
Robbie
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We have a PowerEdge R410 with a PERC S300 Raid Controller.  We had an issue with one of the drives not being recognized by the Raid controller, so we decided to rebuild the RAID and reinstall Windows.  The RAID appears to be set up fine in the card, but no OS installation is able to detect it.  We've tried Windows 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 and Linux, but none can see the virtual drive.  Any suggestions??
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I am looking for procedure to change machine ID of HP C8000 server . Machine ID is part of the system board.
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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.