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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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Hi guys

I'm doing a document to prove that we need a cluster environment for our virtual machines, as we have only one IBM X650 M3 hosting a load of virtual machines at our datacentre. There is no SAN either. All of the disks being used are internal on the actual X3650 which I believe we have around 14disks. I'm about to find out what sort of RAID has been set up.

I am making the documentation simple for board/management, but wanted to include 'what's wrong with his scenario' to show the sort of problems that could go wrong.

The current X3650 M3 has dual power supply, so that can't be a reason. Storage though may be an issue as if more than two disks die, we would lose all virtual machines that are business critical.

What other possibilities are there? Faulty Ram? Motherboard dying? Faulty RAM?

Thanks for helping
Yashy
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Five years ago I purchased Kingston server RAM with the following specs:

Kingston ValueRAM 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 Server Memory (Intel Validated ) Model KVR16R11D4/16I

I understand that this RAM is no longer being made and it is now becoming increasingly difficult to find this RAM.

What model of Kingston RAM has replaced this model of memory and will be fully compatible within an Intel S2600cp server system board that already contains 8 sticks of this RAM?

I need to purchase 8 more sticks of this RAM that will be used on the same Intel S2600cp server system board and I need to make sure that both types of RAM are fully compatible and work without any problems for a Server 2016 Data Center OS that will be running on this server system board.
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Where can I purchase the following RAM from?

I am shopping around and am trying to find the lowest price for buying this RAM

Kingston ValueRAM 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 Server Memory (Intel Validated ) Model KVR16R11D4/16I
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Please provide me with the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) URL address for an Intel S2600cp server board.
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I'm looking for a high quality PCI Express USB 3 card with 4 USB 3 ports that will be fully compatible with an Intel S2600cp server board running Server 2016 DataCenter.

I had previously been running Server 2012 & then Server 2012 R2 on this Intel S2600cp server board (for five years) with a low quality PCI Express USB 3 card and there were no problems.

However, once I installed Server 2016 the Server OS would always bluescreen until I pulled out this low quality PCI Express USB 3 card. Without this card installed Server 2016 runs fine.

I still need to have a PCI Express USB 3 card with 4 USB 3 ports connected to this server and need to be sure it is on this server boards Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) and that it won't cause any issues or bluescreens.

Please provide me with a list of PCI Express USB 3 card with 4 USB 3 ports that will do this.
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I already have a "Server Room" temperature device that
automatically emails and calls me when the TEMP goes
above 75 degrees, allowing me to fix whatever
AC issues I might have.

What "Automatic Shutdown during Overheating"
features can I setup on my Windows 2012 Server,
Dell T630 so I don't have to worry about
the below happening ?

Maybe some type battery backup that automatically
cuts off the power supply after the room reaches 90
degrees, I do not need it to GRACEFULLY shutdown,
it can FORCEFULLY shutdown if needed

 1. server room AC fails, internet fails, but power
    is still on, room goes to 90 degrees, but I never
    get emails and calls since my "Server Room"
    temperature device cannot connect to the INTERNET

 2. I get automatic email at 2am on Saturday morning,
    but cannot drive the 40+ minutes to work to manually
    shut down the servers since it is ICEY outside and my
    home VPN internet connection is down so I cannot
    remote in to shutdown the servers
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I have an Intel S2600CP server board in my lab that is currently running Windows Server 2012 R2.

I need to replace this server board with another Intel Server board that:

- Is fully compatible with Server 2016

- Will accept the two CPUs & RAM currently being used in the Intel S2600CP server board.

What are some Intel server boards that will be able to do this?

Please let me know if any further information is needed.

Attached is the manual and service manual for the Intel S2600CP server board.

g26942005_s2600cp_p4000cp_tps_rev19.pdf
g54899001-s2600cp-p4000cp-sg-r1-3.pdf
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I have a failed disk (146 GB Dual Port 15K SAS Spare: 488058-001) in a mirrored setup on our main Domain Controller (we have another one), an HP ProLiant DL385 G6 and I have a spare identical disk available. The failed disk is showing a solid Amber light which means I should be able to hot swap it with the spare. I will of course do a full backup of the server first and move all the FSMO roles to the backup DC. However, my issue is that the HP Array Configuration Utility will not launch on the one with the failed drive. I was not the one who built the system originally, but when I took a closer look at it I noticed that the version of the software is Version 8.40.4.0 which is not compatible with the o/s on it since that is 2008 R2. The other identical domain controller that I built has a newer version that supports 2008 R2 and it works fine. My dilemma is if I uninstall and update the HP Array Configuration Utility then restarts will be required and I would rather not do that until the failed disk is replaced. Should I try to replace the disk before I update the software?
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I'm using 8G of DDR4 memory in an ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 (spec: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/M5A78LMUSB3/specifications/). The spec says it supports DDR3. Why is it working? I must not understand the difference.
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We ran Best Practice analyzer test on one mailbox server which is VM

we found Outdated NIC and storage driver.

what should be checked on VM level here? which ESX hosts or anything.
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I see that one of my PS in my Dell PE R710 fails. I am not sure if i can unplug and plug the power cable while the server is running. Please advise.
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hi guys,

I've just installed a trial of WhatsUP Gold for server monitoring etc. However, I also want to be able to do hardware diagnosis, which this application doesn't really seem to be able to do very well. I don't have the money to buy Solarwinds either.

Don't HP have their own tools that one can install? I literally have a server in Hong Kong that has had a fan failure apparently, but I have no way of knowing that unless I install the right tools. Any ideas?

Thanks for helping
Yashy
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I would like to upgrade my ESXi server from 5.1.0, 1065491 to the most current patch/ fix.

Does anyone know the Upgrade path from where I’m at to the current patch and how do I go about getting and installing the latest patch?

Thanks in advance for all help in this matter.
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Hello, just picked up a PowerEdge 840 server with a RAID drives.  The power went off in the office for a long extended period of time and now when I start the server the power light goes on and the hard drive lights stay solid.   I get nothing on the monitor and the mouse and keyboard appear to have no connection.

I powered the server down (holding in the power button for 30 seconds) and the power light flashes green.

Not sure if this is a mother board or power supply.  Power is going to the system but the fan from the cpu does not turn on.

Any thoughts?
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Anyone knows the requirements for the racks clearance in the server room?  Or recommended clearance off the walls.

I read front should be 36" and rear 24"  Now, what about the sides of the racks?  Contractor is about to install one of my racks with its side flashed to the wall.  I believe it would be uncomfortable to mount equipment with one side right next to the wall.  Screw rails in, cable mgmt, power, etc.
What are the requirements or suggestions.  Thanks in advance.
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I added some capacity to both virtual hard disks of the only 2012 R2 guest running on the 2012 R2 host. Disk capacity was added to the guest, and I expanded both drives on the guest. All seemed good.

Little while later I received a message that the replication was critical. The 1st event ID was 33680, which only said the replication failed. This was followed immediately by IDs 32086 and 32422.

32422 said:
Hyper-V Replica failed to apply the log file onto the VHD for virtual machine 'xxx-Svr1'. (Virtual machine ID 05EB0EC0-E24E-4F3E-9AB8-CC005C78634D). An out-of-bounds write was encountered on the Replica virtual machine. The primary server VHD might have been resized. Ensure that the disk sizes of the Primary and Replica virtual machines are the same.

Oh crap...didn't realize I had to also resize the disks on the replica, too! Sigh...

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2013/11/14/online-resize-of-virtual-disks-attached-to-replicating-virtual-machines/ said to resize the disks on the replica, then resume replication.

Did all that...to no avail!

Restarting the host and the replication servers didn't resolve the problem. Yikes!

What should I try next?

Thanks

Mark
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Hello,

I've arrived at a scenario where I want (need) to add more space to my HP Proliant DL380 G7 running Windows SBS 2017 R2 server and I read a lot about the MSA range and managed to pick up a cheap(ish ex demo-no drives) HPE MSA 1040 SFF Dual Controller Storage Array... but this is my first 'Storage Array rodeo', so before I purchase / configure any drives... I was going to ask the community here about some pros and cons and best practices.

Please let me know your thoughts about how I could achieve a best performing throughput and data integrity connection between my server and this storage array, whether or not that's a good idea to connect directly via iSCSI,  or should I access the MSA via a swtich?!  because I was thinking iSCSI looks more robust, but is that actually the theory?!

I was hoping to get some performance, so was hoping to achieve a RAID1+0 to achieve 2.4TBs in this storage array via 8 x 600GB 15k SAS 12G DP 2.5" drives.

So, any do's and dont's would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you very much,



DD
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hello everyone,

I have dell m1000e, I tried to configure the CMC but I missed with the vlans configuration. and now it stuck at CMC IP VLAN 1 acquiring IP but not getting one. I also tried to connect to the serial port but I can't also do this. I tried teraterminal, putty and Hyperterminal but still no luck. any help?
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I am investing in another server to take some of the load off another older server that is running 2 Hyper-V machines.  One of the Virtual machines is a SQL server and the other is my exchange server.  Which of these 2 will benefit more from a machine with more available RAM?
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I'm getting intermittently high CPU usage on Win2k8r2 Standard server.  just a little while ago I wasn't even able to rdp in.  my main issue is that we have Symantec Backup Exec on this server and the jobs are failing or going really slow most likely due to this high CPU usage.  At times it would be at 90 - 100%.  

About this physical server:
Dell PowerEdge 6950
The C: drive is in a Raid-1 configuration and is either SAS or SATA drives.  
Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processor 8218 2.59 GHz (2 processors)
12 GB RAM, 64-bit OS
Raid controllers: two Perc 5/1 Adapters and two Perc H800 Adapters (all attached to 4 Quantum tape drives)

I'm thinking that this may be a hard drive issue.  Or it could be a driver issue with the RAID controllers.  What is the best way I can go about diagnosing the hard drives on a server?  I've already contacted Symantec and Quantum and I don't believe it is their issue. Quantum firmware and drivers are completely updated to latest version.  Any other feedback would be helpful?
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Hi
Since I've updated my Proliant ML350p G8 with SPP 20170401 I'm having problems with the memory. Sometimes it does not recognize the memory correctly and then if I reboot it goes back correct until the next reboot. Sometimes I have to remove one memory stick and put it back in to have it work correctly.

Is it possible to roll back this kind of updates?

Thanks
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I have an ESXi host that is running VMware version 6.0 Update 2 and I wish to update it to version 3.0 while performing a new installation that overwrites the existing host settings.

I have a config bundle .tgz file downloaded (see attached instructions).  After practicing on an older ESXI host, I was not able to restore the config bundle with the recommended command.  My objective is to overwrite the existing installation of VMware and then restore the previous configuration settings. See attached Microsoft Word document.  I put htat together myself, it is not an official VMware document.

I am having "invalid argument" errors meesages come up with I tigger the following command from an SSH connection.

vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/restore_config /tmp/configBundle-MOGLVMHOST01.tgz

I was able to successfully install the new version on the Test ESXI host while overwrite the network settings and IP address in the process.  During the VMware installation I set the password.  I then changed the IP address of the ESXi host to what it was before.  I then FTP'd the config to the <root>/tmp/ - folder (as the instructions stated); but, I received an invalid command error when trying to execute: vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/restore_config /tmp/configBundle-MOGLVMHOST01.tgz

Question1:  Can someone explain to me why I cannot restore the config?  
Question2:  Is the config not supposed to be restored this way?  Is it supposed to be restored another way?
Quesiton3
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I have a Dell T605 with SAS 6/iR controller with 2 drives (RAID 1) that failed a drive. I shut the server down and replaced the drive with the same model of disk.  Server booted back up and opened Dell Open Manage and saw drive was rebuilding.  It has been stuck at 1% for 24hours.  Any ideas?

Open manage screen
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I am currently backing up about 7TB of data, file, SQL and Exchange, with the bulk of the storage coming from files.
I am backing up about 5 different Windows servers.  We are currently using veritas backup exec and are backing up to 2 superloader 3 devices, one with LTO7 and one with LTO6.
The backup jobs are taking longer than the entire night and I'm thinking it time to upgrade to backup directly to disk.
So I'm thinking to go to disk to disk to disk, and I would like the disks to be hot swap-able, so I can remove them every day and store them in our fireproof safe until I have to reuse it, which would be once a month, as I'll have like 20 disks, one for each day the backup runs.

Any idea's what's the best way to proceed?  I've been doing some research and there's so many companies out there, that I wanted to know if anyone has had good success with any particular solution?
I would want something that supports at least 8TB drives, so I can do a full backup every night to a single drive.
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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.