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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Hi All,

We have a storage and compute migration requirement but stuck with the storage migration, can anyone please suggest how to perform the storage migration without downtime. The existing setup details are,
Storage - 3PAR 7200 2N with M6720 disk enclosure
Compute - HPE C7000 blade enclosure with HP VC Flex-10 Enet module and Brocade 8Gb SAN switch(VC). There is no external SAN switch in the existing setup.
The above setup is directly connected between 3PAR and C7000-Brocade SAN with 4 no of FC cables (2 from each SAN switch connected to 3PAR N0 and N1)

And coming to the new setup(yet to implement),
Storage - 3PAR 8200 2N
Compute - HPE Synergy 12000 with HPE VC SE 40GB F8 module and Brocade 16GB/12 FC switch
External SAN Switch - HP SN3000B 16GB 24-port FC Switch.
Can anyone suggest how to migrate the VMs without downtime which are in 3PAR 7200 to 3PAR 8200?

We thought of removing 2 FC cables out of 4 between C7000 and 3PAR 7200 and connect those 2 cables via new external SAN switch. And connect new 3PAR 8200 and HPE Synergy to SAN switch, so that all devices communication will happen via external SAN switch.
I'm not sure if this solution works.

Thank you,
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I am trying to migrate from a 6120XP fabric interconnect to a new 6332-16UP.  I understand that there is no direct migration however, I do not want to lose my settings, pools, profiles etc., as I have never installed an FI out of the box.  The new FIs are up, however I do not know what to do from there.  I am looking for some help including step-by-step instructions if possible.  Please advise.
Need help determining if the files below can be deleted? They're located in System Volume Information folder on the D: partition.
I have a HP blade chassies with two interconnect modules in it. There are some VLANs created and some system profile for blades located in the chassis.Six  Network Logical cards are created.
I am trying to understand how the whole thing is configured and I am looking for any good explanation or article how blades and interconnect modules are configured. We do not use SAN, so only network part, plans, logical nic card, how logical cards are mapped to physical card. Blades have vmware installed on them. How to know which logical NIC is connected to which physical NIC and interconnect so I can create proper configuration in VMWare ESXi servers.
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  I have two HP rack mount servers Proliant DL380GS (2U) and DL360GS (1U) and noticed that there was a amber light blinking constantly. So I did looked up user's manual and learned that an blinking amber light indicates a dead power supply. So I took some pictures from the back of both servers and noticed that they all have redundant power supplies, but on each server, one of two power supplies do not have GREEN LIGHT.
  Since I have not replaced the power supplies on these models, I like to make sure that:
 1. This light status (blinking amber on front panel and no green light one the power supply) indicates that one of two power supplies have died.
 2. If in fact I need to replace power supplies on both servers, then what is the procedure? Can I simply pull the one with no green light out and put the new one in while server is powered on?

 What would be HP part numbers for these power supplies?

I've got 20+ Dell servers at remote locations for clients and I'd like to figure out a way how to monitor hardware events remotely. All the servers are Dell PowerEdge Gen 9 and newer and all have an iDRAC card. Most are running esxi 5.5+ with server 2012 on the VM's. I've got OMSA installed and Support Assistant Enterprise on the servers that are still under warranty. Basically I'd like something like Support Assistant Enterprise that will run on the out of warranty and older hardware. At this point I pretty much just need to know the status of the hard drives, firmware versions of everything and get some alert when something changes. Ideally I'd like a single window where I can monitor everything from. Any advice would be helpful or at least a direction to start looking into.

Thanks in advance
t610 power green light no power on
Hello, I have a t610 (7z5bjq1) and the probelema is, with the green lights on the 2 power supplies and one on the maderbord, the light display but no letters at all, I charge the power button and nothing does nothing, does not start
PF help
This is a strange one.  I have a desktop pool with 30 linked clone desktops.  When I look at the parent VM, the VMware Persona Management service is set to auto and is started. I recompose my desktop pool with a fresh snapshot of the parent VM,  After they complete many of the VDI desktops the VMware Persona Management service is not running and is set to disable.  Mind you not all 30, but a random amount.  I can recompose the pool again and again several (maybe more or maybe less) desktops the service is not running.  BTW, this is not a problem with the one desktop pool.  It is doing the same thing with another pool as well.  This pool only has 15 desktops.  Sometimes after a recompose half of the desktops the service fails to start and sometimes after a recompose may 3 of the 15 fail.  There just isn't any pattern I can find.  

I modified a power shell script that scans all my VDI desktops to see which ones the service is running on and which ones it is not.  Here is the results from me recomposing both pools just 30 minutes ago.  As you can see 20 of the 45 desktops the persona service is not started.

vm-dept-01       VMWVvpsvc       Running
vm-dept-02       VMWVvpsvc       Stopped
vm-dept-03       VMWVvpsvc       Stopped
vm-dept-04       VMWVvpsvc       Running
vm-dept-06       VMWVvpsvc       Running
vm-dept-07       VMWVvpsvc       Stopped
vm-dept-08       VMWVvpsvc       Stopped
vm-dept-09       VMWVvpsvc       Running
vm-dept-10       VMWVvpsvc       …
Hello! I have an SBS 2011 server that uses SBS Fax service to route faxes in and out, delivering inbound to an email user. Worked like a champ for years, and then the ZOOM USB modem that was doing this job died and was replaced with a USB USR 5637. I have removed the drivers from the previous fax modem and installed the drivers for the new unit, and was able to run the fax configuration wizard from the SBS console and two problems occur. The first is the option for "route through email" is grayed out and not selectable. I opted to select store in a folder instead to complete the wizard successfully, and it errors out on Configuring US Robotics v.92.  Manually attempting to start the fax service results in a message that is does start successfully, but immediately stops, and the app log provides these errors 32108 and 1000 (below).  I have also removed and reinstalled the SBS fax service on the server with the same results.  Any thoughts on how to get this service functioning again as soon as possible?  TIA!

Log Name:      Application
Source:        Microsoft Fax
Date:          8/26/2018 9:46:02 AM
Event ID:      32108
Task Category: Unknown
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      NRV2012.domain.local
The Fax Service encountered a problem and needed to close.
 Error Code: 0x00000000
 This error code indicates the cause of the error.
 A Windows Error Report was generated with full details about the problem.
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit was "reserving" half the memory (when observed under system properties). We subsequently added the max amount of recommended (according to scan) and the issue persists. It currently has 16GB installed (with 6.99 usable). Any help greatly appreciated.
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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.

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.
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
Data Protection Manager 1801 fails to create a replica for VMware 6.5 virtual machines
I'm using a disk as my storage pool.
The virtual machines are running Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS
I have reset the cbt files for individual virtual machines already.

It fails with an error; DPM encountered error from VMware Disk Subsystem  Server x.x.x.x Error code 14009 (ID 33620 Details internal error code: 0x80990EF1)
can also be seen in the attachment.
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.
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?
Have a client with 5 sites, each running on a 6KVA APC smart UPS
Each site is equipped with routing and switch gear, plus 2 powerfull Dell Rack mount servers.

I need to configure theses HyperV host and VMs to gracefully shutdown when UPS has about 40% battery run-time left
Then once power resumes, I need hosts and VM to auto start up again.  This has to work 100% as the site are on average 200-300KM apart and the furthest site is 600KM away from my office.

Please will someone send me the exact parameters to get this right. All UPSs has an SNMP card installed and the hosts already have to Power Chute client installed and configured, but I need to confirm if my config is 100%.  Please i need the best practiced way to do this as well could you advise if the UPS should also initiate a Self shutdown in the event that input power fails.  

UPS and Current Firmware is as follows:

Model: Smart-UPS RT 6000 XL
Position: RACK
Firmware Revision: 452.18.W
Manufacture Date: 10/04/12
Hi, we have an HP ML350 G9 server with a raid 5 array, now i am adding 2 new SSD drives and wanted to build a Raid 1 array additional. Does anyone have steps for this so i dont screw it up?

Dell PowerVault MD1200 with 8 drives in RAID 5, (2 TB each) (2, 4 drive arrays).
There were 3 arrays but two drives simultaneously crashed so I pulled all 4 out. About 2 weeks later the whole system died. When you unplug it (and reboot the server too) and replug it in, it starts to boot, recognizes all the drives the the fans in both power supplies go FULL blast and REALLY loud.
The virtual drives are recognized by the OS for about 10 or 20 minutes until the system dies again.
Only thing I can find is on the back the EMM light is blinking amber twice at a time but I'm not sure thats it.
I've tried booting up with either one or the other PS plugged in, same result.

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Does anyone know the trick to getting an IBM 81Y7007 Redundant Cooling Kit (3x fans) to be recognised in a X3500 M4 IMM2? They have been installed in positions 4, 5 and 6 (redundant positions) however do not show in the IMM2 even after rebooting the IMM2. Fans are running.

IMM2 GUI and CLI only show the 2x factory fans:

system> fans
Fan 1 Tach 40%
Fan 3 Tach 40%

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Do dual processor work as redundancy?  If one fails will the server or PC still boot up?  Or Dual CPU only speeds up the process ?
10gbe network server 2012 essentials windows 2016 essentials.

Have just installed a new 10gbe switch all with Cat6a cable which currently runs into a netgear XS728T

In server 1 running 2012 is a x550t
in server 2 running 2016 is a x722

I have noticed that I have installed on server 1 the new proset drivers which gives me full access to teaming etc, as seen in attached.

Now I've put on jpref and achieve full 100% network usage on the 10gbe cards.

When I go to use windows i Get 150-250mb have checked if it was the disk by using a ram disk and all the raids will easily outperform this. I'm testing a file which is 7gb and not lots of little files.

Hello Experts,

We have a Dell MD3260 storage array. on one of the two raid modules has a error battery status "Not Available".  The battery has been replaced multiple times and this error still remains.  No amber lights are lit on the raid controller.  Could it be the raid module its self that is the issue?    

Thank you,

Is it possible to erase all my previous presence on internet? If not possible to 100 %, what percentage approximately would be possible to erase of all my previous presence on internet?
I have few offices that I need to support, I always assist remotely the business users.
Was wondering if there is a KVM switch that connects to the internet, and then I can plug it to a computer via USB and VGA so I can control the machine remotely, even via the bios. Kinda like HO iLO.

Any recommendations ?

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.