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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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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.

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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?
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hi,

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 ?
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We just purchased a Netbotz Sensor Pod 155 to go over our server rack.  But I don't see anyway to configure it.... Is this just an external pod that connects to a main device?  If so, what device?  I'm trying to get temperature alerts for the room.
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I updated one of our supermicro servers to windows 2016, i have the onboard network causing problems (Motherboard SYS-1027R-72RFTP), is a two port network card and it keeps showing me like 8 cards, they dont work, and i have downloaded the drivers from supermicro for 2016 and still i get the same result. Any help will be appreciated.
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Good day!
Well, not good for me...
Yesterday I installed 2 drives in a Dell Poweredge T320/Perc (H310 adapter) . Drives initialized, Virtual drives etc created, and both virtual drives online. I installed Openmanage and then the install insisted on rebooting the server. After an hour I decided to go on site to see what is happening to the server - "no boot device".

After digging, I tried tried the Bios boot menu. No Luck. Back To UEFi, Still no luck but apparently some more info:
"Windows Boot Manager" greyed out.
"Add a boot Option" - I can select the OS drive, but still no luck booting. I gives me an explorer view - where should I go in the explorer view?  

ANY ideas to get this server up and running? And searching o the internet it seems I am not the first one to get a kick in the arse following an OpenManage install...

Ben
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Consider the following scenario:

Customer wants to deploy a new lab hypervisor running a Intel Kabylake family CPU.  They want to install Server 2016 on it, which supports Kabylake.  However, the guests they want to run on this hypervisor are 2008 R2 and Server 2012 R2, and Kabylake doesn't support those.  Will the guests be unable to obtain Windows updates, as documented in this article?

"The processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using" error when you scan or download Windows updates

I connected to a random Server 2008 R2 VM on the current lab hypervisor, and ran msinfo32 on that guest.  Sure enough, I can see that an Intel Xeon E5645 CPU has been detected as the system's processor.  So it seems guests are aware of what specific hardware they're running on, and I won't be able to get updates?
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Hi All,

Can anyone here please share some explanation and the comments on my Lefthand P4300G2 Storage array warning alarm?
LUN Utilization

Event: EID_RECLAMATION_THRESHOLD_STATUS_SOFT E00020401
Severity: Warning
Component: SAN/iQ
Object Type: Cluster

The cluster 'PROD.CLUSTER.2.1' is becoming full.  The cluster 'PROD.CLUSTER.2.1' Space Reclamation value is at 94.13% of capacity.  This value exceeds 90.00%. When the cluster exceeds the Space Reclamation limit, the application writes to thinly provisioned volumes in this cluster may fail, and other tasks that require cluster space may be impacted. Some actions to reduce capacity utilization on the SAN are to delete volumes and snapshots, reduce snapshot retention, add nodes to the storage cluster, use thinly provisioned volumes, move volumes to other clusters, etc.

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I have created RAID10 LUN and maximize it as 11.5 TB VMware VMFS in the production environment but I'm worried about the above alarm if it is safe to continue or not?

Any help and comment would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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We have a VMware environment at my work and I have been mounting a the CD/DVD Drive to the Windows 2012 R2 .ISO file located on our VMware DataStore location.

Now I have a physical server that I would like to install Windows 2012 R2 on; but, the .iso file takes up more space than I can burn to a DVD.  My questions is:

1).  How can I use the Windows 2012 R2 .ISO file  (5.2 GB large) to install on a physical Device?

2).  May I use the virtual Clone Drive software program that I use to install Microsoft office ( http://download.cnet.com/Virtual-CloneDrive/3000-20432_4-173879.html )?

It is important to mention that the Device in question does not have an option to boot to a USB device.  See the attached screen shot below.

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Since I have never done this before I wanted to ask the experts before i screw up a computer.  I was able to trigger the installation files from a Windows 10 Pro.; but, I usually trigger the setup for Windows from a boot-up process, not from an already running device.
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Hi,
I'm putting a specification together for a new remote desktop server for a client with 6 users. They will be running normal office applications, as well as 2 quite large access databases.
Is there a guide to what specs I should be getting? I'm mainly concerned about how to calculate how much ram is needed and what cpu to get, but any other advice is appreciated.

At the moment I've decided on the following:
Windows Server 2016 Standard
3 x 8GB DDR4 ECC UDIMM modules
RAID 5 with 3 x 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drives
Either a Xeon E3-1270 v5 3.6GHz, 8M cache, 4C/8T, turbo (80W) or a Xeon E5-2620 v4 2.1GHz 20M Cache 8.0GT/s QPI Turbo HT 8C/16T (85W)

Thanks in advance!
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Need to buy a Nas server which will be used for the following purpose.

1. Backup my local server which is like 500GB ssd. Of vm.
2. Used as a central storage by each department that way everyone in the depart can access other people file.
3, I am not sure it's wise to buy 2 nas server. because I want to get a 4k tv and be able to download movies and access via the nas server straight on the TV, but this is for personal use in the office.
 
I will appreciate you point me in the right direction.
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Purchased two new servers, not initially thinking of going with VMs & am wondering if there are any things I need to reconsider as far as hardware goes.
T430, This is going to be my Exchange server
Xeon E5-2620V4 / 2.1 GHz processor
64 GB Ram
2 - 300 GB - SAS 12Gb/s - RAID 1
4 - 2 TB - SATA 6Gb/s - RAID 5
T330, File & print, remote access,
Xeon E3-1220V5 / 3 GHz
40 GB Ram
2 - 300 GB - SAS 12Gb/s - RAID 1
3 - 2 TB - SATA 6Gb/s - RAID 5
Will these be suitable for running 2 VMs on each?
From what I've been reading, RAID 10 may have been a better choice, but, but not sure if that's for those unlimited pocketbook kind of environments!
Any suggestions greatly appreciated, as I find myself wondering if I need to change horses mid stream, here!
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Hi People,

I'm currently running 2x Thecus NAS N-16000 Firmware 2.04.06a across two different Campus building.
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Can anyone here please assist me how to assign the 4x Hot Spare disks that were replaced with new ones into the existing RAID60 group:
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Into this degraded RAID group:

3Any help would be greatly appreciated.

It has already lost 4x HDD hence I notice they are all must be replaced manually on the physical slot and then manually added again to the RAID group as above, but I do not know how to do it and what's the risk ?

Thanks.
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Hi

Currently we have dispute with our external vendor and I in the Administrators in the office. After a one week break one of the finance team told me all the folder were gone in the network drive L.

Question how to write a powershell script to audit who have modified or deleted the files? Or how to check from the file server.

Regards
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Hi All,

How to detect or get some evident if the one big VM is too large to be running as a Virtual Machine ?

I've got one VM:

vCPU 16x
vRAM 112 GB
C:\ 400 GB - Thin Provision

The ESXi that I run is like below:ESXi

I need to proof and show some evidence to the management team that if this big VM is too big to be virtualized or it can be good candidate to be splitted into two VMs instead.

Thanks.
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Hello All;

  OK, I got the RMM2 boards to work on my server, and I am finally able to load the website via the IP Address that I assigned to it.
However, when I click in the Page, to view the {KVM Console}
I get the following warnings. (See image below)
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Intel RMM2 - Remote management Console not working.
I have Java installed.
I added the IP Address to the JAVA Security.
So, what needs to be performed next, is the question.

Wayne
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People,

I'm having very serious issue with the VMFS access to iSCSI presented LUN from HPE Lefthand P4300G2 that is currently full due to unknown reason overnight:
LUN Full
Symptoms:
1. The VCenter VM is unable to be accessed since it is running in the VMFS datastore that is full like the above.
2. I'm unable to browse to the VMFS LUN from any ESXi servers.
3. After Rescan All, the VMFS datastore is listed as inaccessible.
4. Directly accessing the ESXi where the VCenter server VM is running with root password from Windows vSphere console was hung/cannot be accessed while the LUN is presented to the ESXi servers group.
5. Directly accessing the ESXi where the VCenter server VM is running with root password from Windows vSphere console is now possible after the LUN is unpresented or not published to the ESXi servers group.

So how can I access this VMFS datastore to erase unused VMs ?
VMware support has mentioned that this is not their problem due to the HPE iSCSI LUN is HPE Storage team issue.

Since this is running on the old HPE Lefthand P4300 G2 (4x nodes) it has already out of support.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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I had this question after viewing Unable to access VCenter VM (not pingable) and unable to connect directly to ESXi server ?.

Hi All,

How can I start or present the Thin Provisioned iSCSI LUN that is already full on the HPE Lefthand Storage Array to all of my ESXi servers ?

Because at the moment it was full with no disk space left, hence I need to unpresent it from the ESXi servers group.

Presenting the LUN to one of the ESXi server and then performing the Re-scan has caused the ESXi server to be hung and cannot be accessed directly by vSphere console ?
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Hi all, i have just inherited a Dell PowerEdge server that wont run a full Bare Metal Backup due to a small 2GB FAT32 partion.

Does anyone know anything about this partition, i found a few websites with people complaining, some say you cant delete it as the server wont boot after that, can i convert it to NTFS perhaps?

Would this have an effect on the server boot, i have even tried to image the drive with Macrium and create a recovery disk but it keeps giving errors relating back to this 2GB FAT Partition.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance
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I have a server Dell PowerEdge T710 A raid 5 and one faild and needs to be replaced. Also need to add a drtive for more space.

The current hard drive are Seagate SAS 15K.5 500GB

the server is a domain[DHCP/DNS/AD/GP..] server and file server. Serves about 10/15 computers, mainly used for MS office documents but also an access data base QuickBooks. The D drive has a TB of data (which needs the new drives the c drive which has the OS is ok) since there is a big difference is price between a SATA ($55 http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294945772+4294923635+665&Ntt=&prt=&sku_list=&Ntx=&Ntk=all) and SAS ($130 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4A05451091) but client run on a tight budget I am not sure what to recommend (part lack of knowledge on server hard drive specs).

Your advice will be greatly appreciated

PS dell charges $619.99 http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/pfydresults/202892?categoryId=7748
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hello

new to Lenovo server.
got one new X3550 M5 in hand and want to install Win2012, please help to guide on how to configure Raid and OS installation.

thanks
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I currently have a Dell R310 server.  Yes I know it is old but it works.  I am running ESXI 5.5 on it for my virtual environment.  The problem is that the on board USB ports on it are just USB 2.0.  I am trying to use external USB 3.0 drives for my backups so I can get faster speeds.  Maybe even SATA III but I already have the USB 3.0 External drives.  

I am not able to find any PCI cards that will work in pass through mode for I/O devices.  I have the following cards
Inatek KTU3FR-4P US
StarTech PEXUSB3S4V

Neither one of them were recognized on the VM after assigning them in pass through mode.  The VMWare HCL does not give me any options for these cards.

I am hoping someone out here can provide me with some information that can help in this setup.
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I has a Dell PowerEdge T710 which was originally purchased for a exchange server but was never used. I want to use it now to mirror the main server (also a PowerEdge T710) is has 2 hard drives RAID 1 for the OS and then a set off drives for the data RAID 5
One drive of set one (OS) and one of the RAID 5 or dead. Since I will only use this server for backing up and theses hard drives are very expensive [SCSI (SAS) RMP 15k] is there a way I could I just ignore the dead drives? (to my knowledge the RAID 1 yes but the RAID 5 one missing will kill the others)

Server 2008
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temp.JPGBased on my previews experiences this temp is to high and need a new heatsink fan. but before I make my client spend money I want to confirm I am right with my diagnose.

This is a Dell server PowerEdge T110 II
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Hello, I need to  know which name have this port in order to buy the cable for that port, pleeseee i need help. The one highlighted in yellow.

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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.