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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I have 2x IBM IMM2s which are reporting that a disk has been disabled due to a reported fault. This was a legitimate and real error over the weekend and the disks in question have been replaced, and the arrays rebuilt.

The Megaraid/LSI software reports no issues and if you look at the storage devices within the IMM2, they all report as normal and online with no errors. If I click on the disk that had failed a few days ago (and has since been replaced), it still shows as the disk has been disabled with a date stamp of after the replacement.

I have upgraded the firmware on both IMM2s to 6.20 and restarted them numerous times. It appears this error is 'sticky'? It is of course reporting into our SNMP management software a critical fault when there is none.

The machines in question are IBM x3500 M4 and IBM x3650 M4.
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I have a Dell PowerEdge with a raid 5 and one if the drives is failing.  Is this hot swappable?

      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!

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.
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 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
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.
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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?
Please provide me with the URL addresses to download the  video & other Server 2016 drivers for an Intel S2600cp server board.
Please provide me with the URL address so that I can download the latest BIOS update for an  Intel S2600cp server board.
Dear All,
We would want to upgrade the firmware for our HP Storageworks P4000. We access this through HP storageworks centralized management console version 9.0

This SAN system is not connected to Internet and it is connected to a private switch/ Network with 3 HyperV host system on a cluster.

How can we upgrade this SAN to latest firmware for
P4000 VSS provider
P4000 DSM for MPIO
P4000 CLI

Thank you for helping out with our issue.
Harry S

We have recently purchased an DELL XPS 8910 Tower.  It came with Windows 10 Professional and it has an i7 Processor and 16 GB RAM.  It is our intention to put Windows 2012 R2 Standard on this box.  I know tht int eh past it was easy when you had a DVD; but, not we have to boot from a USB.

I do have a boot-able USB that I have used in the past to install Windows 2012 R2 Server Operating System on other DELL hardware ( ); but, I am having a problem installing Windows 2012 on this partition.

After I boot into the Windows 2012 R2 Installation wizard I get the error message:  "Windows cannot be installed to this disk.  The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."  Please see the picture below.

Will I need to blow away that partition?  Just we did in the old days with RDisk?  How can I install Windows 2012 R2 on this newly purchased DELL PC?  

Dell support states that this is out of the scope of their support.
Hi All,

I'm using HPE Lefthand P4530 G2. My current free unused disk space on the array is 1600 GB, since I'm using RAID-10 (2-way) so effectively it is just 800 GB available.

Since my backup software using Storage Array Snapshot as per this article:

Therefore based on this discussion:

I have been told by the support team to use Thin LUN to utilize the Storage Snapshot with less disk space usage.

My current LUN for all VMware VMs are on Thick LUNs to avoid over-provisioning, so what're the steps to convert it back to Thin LUN with no data loss?

Does the converted LUN will be reduced in size or will it be at the same capacity as it is now?

Info on server :
DL 385 G8
Server is running VMware ESXi 6.0
Controller card P420i

We rebuilt 2x600GB SAS drives in a raid 1 to 2x1200GB without any issue.
When trying to expand the disk space on the logical volume it prevents us of doing this or there is no option as it complains there is a 600 GB Hot-spare drive configured to the same array (Array A).
I do not have any option in ACU on removing of Hot-Spare drive, i have the option to erase the drive.
Will an erase of the drive tell it that it is no longer a hot spare drive ?

How can i remove the Hot-Spare drive ? I would like to repurpose it to another Array B as a hot-spare.

Update, i tried to do this from ESX console using hpacucli using command ./hpacucli ctrl slot=0 array A remove spares=2I:2:8
but got Assignable spares not available (see attached screenshot).

Show command on Array A

We were getting a replace battery pulsating beep and have since purchased a Tripp-Lite Smart1500LCD.  However, there's some UPS curiosities that have come up and I hope to have answered here.  

    Does everyone always replace the UPS unit or do they ever simply replace the battery in the unit?
      The servers were shutting down as if there was a power outage on the APC Smart-UPS SC 1500 but there was no outage.  Why would this happen?
        Tripp-Lite Smart1500LCD has a USB cable for initiating safe shutdown of my ESX Host.  How do I ensure that process works?
        Due to budget restraints, we recently purchased 3 Dell R720xd servers for a small VMware cluster. I’ve always purchased Dell Direct but the budget just wasn’t there at this time for new servers. I spent a while looking for a reliable company that specialized in used hardware and found one that was in business for over 20 years and had a decent return & warranty policy.

        I received all three servers Friday, visually inspected everything, and racked all equipment. Over the weekend I ran a 48 hour memtest86 running all the cores. I wanted to make sure there were no memory issues and check the heat of the processors to make sure everything was cooling correctly. While no errors were reported on memtest86 and the IDRAC showed health good, I was kind of alarmed on how high the CPU temperatures were getting and how slow the fans were running. What really struck my attention was how high the non-adjustable Warning & Critical Threshold are reporting.

        When I look up the processors on the intel website (Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 0 @ 2.70GHz) it shows the T Case at 85 C, yet the IDRAC shows warning at 97 C and Critical at 102 C. Now even after a 48 hour test the max the temp a CPU got to was 82 C. During that time though I noticed the fans were only running around 18%. I’m not sure if the fans weren’t speeding up because of the thresholds showing in the IDRAC or if there was a setting I could change in the BIOS. I did see a post where Dell claimed to …
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        My purpose would be to circumvent the limitations with "upstream aggregation" in a country I visit now and then:

        "...upstream aggregation. Even if your local speed is high, there’s not enough “pipe” upstream to support the demand, especially for downloading international content."

        So the internet speed is fast locally, up to a point when it just "breaks down" (because of upstream aggregation).

        I further found out that this country has a "fair usage policy" for the different regions locally. I found this explanation also:

        "The ISPs are trying to serve too many customers with minimal Internet bandwidth. Throttling is one way they stretch their capacity."

        So my idea would be to keep a local server with very large capacity, and somehow bring it with me to, for example, Hong Kong, and make the downloads there of a lot of websites, then bring it back with me on the plane. But I'm not sure it would work; the server would need to update all these websites on a daily basis.

        For example, to download all of Experts Exchange, how much storage capacity would I need? And how much to update on a daily basis?

        Based on last time someone suggest I use treesize to find the largest file which occupy  most of the disk space, can c:> dir can do the same thing ?
        I had this question after viewing Mixing new ESXi server of HPE DL gen 7 and 9 servers ?.

        Hi all,

        CPU Question:
        The current ESXi cluster PROD-DRS01 is running:
        5x HPE DL 380 G7 - Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5660  @ 2.80GHz - [ESXi 5.5 Update 3a]

        While the new ESXi host that I will be adding to the above PROD-DRS01 DRS cluster is:
        1x HPE DL 360 G9 - Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v3 @ 2.30GHz - [ESXi 6.0 Update 2] taken from PROD-DRS06 cluster

        Would this be working or do I need to enable this option below by clicking OK ?EVC Mode

        Network Question:
        There is dvSwitch running on the PROD-DRS01 and PROD-DRS06, so I assume when I drag n drop the ESXi host to the new DRS cluster, there is no outage on the existing VM running on the PROD-DRS01 cluster?

        The new dvSwitch configuration will also be downloaded to the newer but smaller DL 360 G9 server?
        This is the situation now:

        We are looking at upgrading are SAN to a MSA2040 SAS with 12x 6Tb SAS 7.2k 12G disks, the servers we have are DL380 G7 Servers.

        Looking at the HBA Cards this one seems to fit the best: HP H241 12Gb 2-ports Ext Smart Host Bus Adapter

        However does the PCI-Express slot on the DL380 G7 support the 12G speeds?
        Hey Guys,

        I have 250 new TS cals i need to install on a server, and our vendor sent them in stacks of 25. In the past i had to call Microsoft to have them 'join' it so i can add it to my Terminal Server.

        Would anyone happen to know the number for Microsoft to do this?
        I have a LSI SAS 3000 1068E SAS PCI Card... It's used for our tape changer... Recently it started to get an error "The device cannot start code 10" on the device's general tab.  We even tried a new card and same thing...  We are running Windows 2008 R2.  I searched for a new new driver but no luck.  What should we try?

        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.