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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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We have an old 2850 we are going to setup for a small client of ours, but this morning we noticed there is some kind of black goop on the motherboard (picture attached), its sticky and takes a good scrubbing to get it off your fingers.  I did some searching online and compared the area where the black substance is to pictures of 2850 motherboards online and I it looks like this little black pyramid/tower thing in front of the RAM slots turned to goop (I circled the black thing i'm talking about in the second picture attached).  Can anyone tell me what that thing is for, what its made out of, why it might turn to goop all of the sudden, and if it poses any threat to continued reliable operation of the server?  Thanks in advance for any help.
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Hi All,

My (new) company is looking at redoing our infrastructure.  
Our current setup consists of
1 SQL Server (2008 R2) / File Server
1 Terminal Server - Used for external sales people (figure 10 max concurrent, 31 external people total)
1 Watchguard appliance - url scanning and what not (also old).

We have no active directory server, no VPN.  The terminal server is mapped to an exposed port which is then forwarded to 3389.

I know the setup is less than ideal but I'm dealing with what's here.

The idea was to buy a new server to replace our failing TS Server but I've been pitching a VMfarm as we're dealing with multiple single point of failures.  

I'm currently thinking 2 Physical servers, that would need to be attached to a SAN to replace all of the above.  Our company in total is maybe 50-60 people with low CPU utilization currently.  Ideally I'm thinking for 4 or 5 VMs:

1)  Windows Gateway for Routing / VPN (or is it better to run a hardware appliance for this?)
2)  Active Directory Server
3)  Terminal Server
4)  File Server
5)  Sql Server

I would ideally like to split the VMs utilizing both machines, and enable vMotion(?) to allow the VMs to failover in case of a physical hardware failure.  

So Questions:

1)  What kind of licensing is needed for the physical servers?  (Vmware? If so what edition to enable failover)
2)  What kind of licensing do we need for the servers besides the OS (Always get confused about user CALs and what not)
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hi,

i have supermicro server x7dva-8.
when i try to install windows server 2012, there is an error "we couldnt find any drives.to get a storage driver, click load driver"

i install sata driver from the super micro cd...
but the error still remains...

how can i config hard drive or bios.

thanks
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HPE gen 9 server boot normally when the hdd is selected as first boot device. when we select pxe as first boot device and on exit of pxe  the disk is not getting detected and getting illegal opcode redscreen error.  Ethernet 1Gb 2-Port 361i Adapter is installed. does anyone seen  this issue before ?
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I have a software that is graphic intense .

I want a server that I can run tests on , that multi session can run the software and have the server do the work for the stations.
either remote desktop or VM , or hyper V .

I have two quadro graphic cards. what server would you recommend me getting I would need two slots for the graphic cards , the software uses 16-32 gb in a desktop environment. fast hard drive are not required.

budget: $7k- $15k.
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Experts:

Please advise. I have a Dell PowerEdge T420 where the hardware is fine but SNMP for Solarwinds MSP Remote Monitoring is reporting a battery issue  for:
DELL PERC H310 SCSI - "Dell - RAID - Storage Management" and "Dell - Battery State - State of battery" is reporting "Unsupported SNMP variable. Everything matches the other working servers. However I want to compare the OIDs from the Dell Server vs. the Reporting Software. For the monitoring software it is reporting (battery) OID: 1.3.6.1.4.1.674.10893.1.20.130.15.1.4.1
Controller: 1.3.6.1.4.1.674.10893.1.20.110.13.0
Please advise
FYI: Could not find matching hardware when I ran the SNMP Walk on the problem server unless I am looking for the wrong thing? Searched for "battery" and "RAID"
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hi all

stumbled recently on the following problem. think you might have some insight.

my current company is working on a gameserver project.
they stuck 2 NVIDIA M10 cards on a sever class supermicro computer ( i'll provide the reference of the case ASAP if requested or at some point anyway. )
the machine has 5 PCI-x buses. the cards are plugged on 2 independent ones, apparently both adressed by the same CPU
on each of the bus is a separate additional network card ( references coming )
the os is windows 7
the server is not used for virtualisation

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windows would not install more than 6 GPUs. other 2 are stuck with a code 43 error in the device manager and no explanation

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disabling/enabling them makes the error disappear but the GPUs actually still don't work ( the device manager does not show a screen attached to them when viewing devices by connexion. GPU-Z can list them but does not show them as cuda-enabled nor shows any information such as the GPU speed ). and rebooting produces the initial code 43 errors again.

disabling other devices does not help

disabling other GPUs including on the other M10 card plugged on the other bus will let me activate the non-working GPUs properly

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i have little knowlege of PCI-x specs/limitations ( insight welcome ) and windows is not my field.

any idea what would be the limitation ? PCI-x lanes ? driver ? PCI-x memory adressing ?
how to actually confirm what the problem is ? circumvent ?

thanks …
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Hi Guys,

I have rebooted by server and its giving an error about accelerator battery/cache module its on a p400 controller. Do i need to replace the battery? its getting to the windows splash screen and then not getting past that.

Any ideas?
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I have a few automated testers that have a windows 7 machine that controls and processes all the other test equipment in a rack.  We have a revision controls placed form the client and due to no AV being installed putting them on the network is not an option.  I am looking for a IP KVM at least one port that we can view and interface with the tester and use the mouse and keyboard if intervention is needed.  I know that they have ones but I am looking for an interface that goes over HTML 5 ones we have used in the past that require JAVA or ActiveX have been nothing but problems.  Any suggestions?
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we have two UPS and getting one connection to Server Room  and connected to Servers . but it did not give us the real redundant power due to one single connection to Serevr room  . what is the recommended practice  ? do we need 4 UPS for that ?
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We have an new LSI mega raid 9341-8i. This card comes with 2x internal ports. 8643 SAS ports. We need to connect 24 Drives to the card. However we are connecting theses drives through a backplane.

The card says it can connect up to 32 drives in a RAID configuration. How can we connect more than 2 banks of drives using this card. Can we use a SAS Expander and how do we go about doing that?

Thanks,
Robert
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Hello dear Experts!

I have ML110 G5 Server that I have pulled out of retirement, to try a pilot project.
Latest BIOS on it is dated 10/25/2010, installed via SP51267.exe which I was able to get from HP website without goign into support contract.
I have also installed HP ILO 100c Card for that server.
This little guy, powers on, flashes the BIOS Prompt screen and shuts off.
As soon as I take the card out, all is well. To make sure the card is not defective, I have actually tried two 100c cards with same result.

BIOS is in default state, settings wise.

Hoping, someone else had this issue and could shed some light on the resolution.

Thank you as always and best regards,
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We recently started getting a bunch of fatal errors listed on our main server's RAID.  checking the status it shows as no errors and system is optimal, but these errors keep showing up and once I started a consistency check it started listing a bunch more.

not sure what to do next as these errors don't tell me much....

and am I at any risk of losing data at this point?

Thanks

Denten
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Hello Friends,

i have Buffalo TeraStation 7000 device. configured 3 of 12 disks Arrays each 4 disk drives

Arry 1 and 2 are RAID5 = copying speed over network is and within drives is 10-12 Mbps Only.
Arry 3 is configured as RAID0 but speed is same 10Mbps

copying speed on other network devices reaches up to 200Mbps but very slow on this even within the gigabit NIC

could you please help.
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Where i can find the proliant dl380p gen8 firmware upgrade dvd?
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HI everyone, sine about 10 days ago a server 2012 I manage suddenly became very slow, virus scans have come back clean and i cant seem to figure out what the problem is.

Memory is running at about 30%, CPU between 35% to 65%

The only thing i see under resource monitor is "system" PID 4 seems to have a very high disk I/O

System obviously has many processes under it, can anyone point me in direction to determine the problem

Thanks
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I'm currently at school studying i-t and got this assignment to make a proposition on how to replace the outdated servers, where i need to increase the number of servers and improve the cooling without physically expanding the server room. My question is if you guys have any good information on where to look for server hardware as well as cooling. the idea is to virtualize it to save room. Any virtualization tools? There is a need for future upgrading as well, so what would be a good suggestion? I've surfed the web for a bit but haven't really had any luck to find sites i don't have to register a business to be able to see the hardware. Any good websites with information on servers as well? unfortunetly i'm a bit of a slow fellow and i'm a bit behind, so my information when it comes to hardware is a bit simple. Any tips on how to do this assignment properly? Thanks. Excuse my lack of knowledge.
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I run a coaching and personal development business, and I have staff helping to run the coaching programs. All the coaching programs we run are videoed (so that we can keep records). We currently keep all the videos on many portable external hard disks. However the number of external hard disks has grown to an unmanageable number now and I would like to centralize the solution.

Requirements:
- Have at least 10 TB of storage space
- Backup capabilities available
- Restrict user access - configure user access for certain users to upload files to the storage but is unable to access/read/write to the storage
- Accessible remotely
- Less than $1000 cost over 3 years

I am currently thinking of setting up a dedicated desktop with owncloud.org. Does anybody know if this will work?  Or of a better solution that I can adopt?

Thanks
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1- How to set a server that is in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11?

2- What audit trail can be used?
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Hello!
 Have a client that had 2 drives fail on a HP 212 Smart Array which caused a rebuild.  Upon opening the U1 rack HP server (DL120 G6) I see the raid controlled circuit board looks a little brown, like its beginning to burn up.  The system with the replaced drives is operational and the server reinstall is completed.  For the extra $50 for the controller I don't mind replacing it, however, my concern is will replacing the controller wipe out the array config (3x1tb raid 5).  I don't want to go through the install again. The cables will stay in the same spot, and the array controller only has 1 connection which then branches out to the hard drives.
 Anyone know for certain if replacing the raid controller will be a safe and non-destructive swap?
 Thanks in advance.
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I need to PM and or phone/skype with someone using hyper-converged solutions who likes them and understands them.

We are in Houston and our data center flooded and we lost all.  We are now considering going to hyper-converged but my boss is asking if we "know" anyone using it who can talk to us about pros, cons, etc.  We don't want a sales person.  We want the real world usage people.

Is there anyone who is using hyper-converged who is willing to PM and or Skype call and discuss?

I'm sure I can make it worth your while.

Thanks

Cliff
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When I try to boot to the thumb drive it doesnt let me

only when I choose legacy BIOS one time boot menu

then I install windows and still doesn't let me boot regular I have to choose again the legacy BIOS....

and suggestions?
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We had 2 identical R620's both using K09CJ PercH310 Controller. Our main server went down with error "R620  A bus fatal error was detected on a component at bus 0 device 2 function 2" which turned out to be the K09CJ controller.  We took this controller out of our secondary server and our main R620 started working again.

However, we purchased a good K09CJ controller and put it in our secondary sever and it wont come up ?? What gives ??
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Hello guys,

I´m trying to setup monitoring for LSI Megaraid controller...I´ve already found a really nice template for it but unfortunately it´s for a newer version of Zabbix. I run Zabbix 3.0. Any ideas how to easily monitor LSI controller?

Thanks for any ideas

Jiri
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getting the following error when im trying to set my DNS hostname::

Invalid DNS hostname. DNS hostnames must not begin or end with a dash (-); they must only consist of letters, numbers, and dashes; and they cannot be entirely numeric. (2SN72406Z4 (Standby))

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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.