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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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recently acquired an HP DL380 G6  (2x E5649/96GB) and an IBM X3650 M2 (x5570 x 2/74GB) and am looking for information on getting these two machines updated to the latest bios and other versions without getting a support contract for either
It appears that the IBM documentation is now on the Lenovo site and the hp.com links are now somewhere on hpe.com
I think both computers hare maxed for CPU but open to upgrading the cpu's
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I have a power distribution rackmount device connected to the servers. This might be stupid question but if I purchase a UPS. Can I run one power cable from the power distribution device to the UPS and it will be intelligent enough to power down all the devices in case of a power outage or do I need to directly connect each device into the  UPS.
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What power parameters do I need to know before bringing the equipment into the server room?  Want to make sure I plug things in and not kick the breakers.
I'm bringing two large switches, two large firewalls, and UPS.
Do I need to ask electrician for watts available, or Amps, or VAC?
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I have restarted IBM x3550 M3. The server never boots up and hangs on "Connecting Boot Devices and Adapters". I tried rebooting it several time and it always hangs "Connecting Boot Devices and Adapters"
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We have a ML310e Gen 8 that we just re-installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials (not Essentials R2) on and it keeps having an issue with rebooting.

Here's what happens:

You can reboot from the GUI with no issues.

When you reboot from command prompt, it locks up and the processor starts to overheat. You get the red hardware light on the front and you have to power it down manually.

We have updated the BIOS and intelligent provisioning. We did hardware scans and they came back clean. There's a post that says that this version has this same problem when you use a password with special characters in it. We changed the password and we are not using special characters.

Any ideas? This is really weird.
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Hello Experts,

     I have a bit of an odd one, we recently got a cheap new UPS to replace the one in our server room that was having issues.  Its a Tripp Lite SMART1500LCD (900 watt capacity), it uses a PWM sine on battery output as opposed to a pure sine (obviously pure sine is the best choice). Currently we have a 2950, an optiplex, an r610, an sg200-26, and an asa 5506 connected to it.  When on utility power the load on the UPS sits at between 500 to 600 watts depending on server load.  But if you unplug the UPS from the wall to switch the unit over to battery power, the load skyrockets, nearly doubles, with everything connected it immediately goes into overload on battery power.  

To try and figure out if it was a particular device causing this issue I started unplugging things until the issue went away.  What I found was that the issue didn't go away until it was just the switch and firewall connected.  Whether its the R610, the 2950, or even the Optiplex the load increases, and nearly doubles for whatever is connected.  The load presented by the Optiplex is obviously much lower, but never the less it doubles just like the when servers are connected.  

I know that there are issues with modulated sine UPS's and PFC power supplies, and I know that PFC has been the standard in Dell servers and computers for many years now to ensure they are energy star compliant (not sure if they are 80 plus or not).  Is it possible that when the UPS is unplugged, because its a …
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I'm having some issues with the performance of my Dell Poweredge r900.
I'm using this machine at my house as a test/lab unit (if you know what the fans sounds like, you are probably thinking this guy is crazy - it basically sounds like an airport in our house) but that is for another day!

Equipment Details:
Dell Poweredge r900 (super old)
Intel X7460 – 24 Cores Total (4 x Intel Xeon Hex Core 2.66ghz 16mb 1066fsb CPUs)
128GB RAM (32 x 4gb DDR2 ECC Memory)
Perc6i - Raid 1 - 2 x 500GB SSD
WIndows Server 2012 r2 - Datacenter
DRAC 5 Remote Access Card
4x Gigabit Ethernet
2x Power Supplies
8x Fans - Boeing 727 engine fans (joking ... it is super LOUD)

Note: I found one of the RAM chips to be bad so I've removed that and the same chip from the other 3 risers so right now I actually have 112GB RAM. Before I did this, I couldn't even get an OS installed. I was originally getting alerts in my log files but they are all clean now. Including logs from drac.

I've been using virtualbox and hyper-v for a few years now and I know what to expect so the results I'm getting are alarming (actually more frustrating).

Rather than start testing from within a virtualbox/hyper-v host, I ran my test on the actual server running 2012 r2 with nothing else running.

The results look like this:
CPU Mark: 9683 - 81st percentile
2D Graphics Mark: 190 - 4th percentile
3D Graphics Mark: N/A
Memory Mark: 6167 - 7th percentile . <-----------
Disk Mark: 2356 - 61st …
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on server 2016, each time someone logs in it says that it is a temporary profile, would anyone know how to fix it?

I've tried restarting the machine, I've deleted the profile folder and tried again.
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Where are the least expensive places for purchasing a used Intel S2600cp server board from?

I need to replace an existing defective board and am looking for the lowest prices for purchasing a replacement system board from.

I already have the processors and the RAM I just need to purchase a replacement server board.
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Client has a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. It is a 64 bit machine, however it has reserved half of the 8 gbs of RAM for "hardware" leaving only 4 gbs  usable for the OS causing any file transfer or job across the network to be very slow. Any ideas on how we can resolve the issue?
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I received a E1810 Hard Drive 4 Fault. Review & Clear SEL on my Power Edge T610 server hardware display. This server is out of warranty, and is no longer support.

I am also receiving the following pop ups generated by Dell Open Manager:

         Predictive Failure Report: Physical Disk 0:0:2 Controller 0, Connect 0

      Predictive Failure Report: Physical Disk 1:0:4 Controller 0, Connect 0

      Command Time Out on physical disk: Physical Disk 1:0:4 Controller 0, Connector 1

I have 2 146 Seagate SAS drives configured in  a RAID 1 housing the OS - Windows Server 2008 R2, and 4 configured in a RAID 10 for data. It is the RAID 10 that is showing the failed/predictive fail drive.

I'm feeling all I really need to do is pull the bad drive (hot swap-able) and insert a new Seagate Cheeta SAS drive (same drive as original) to start an auto RAID rebuild. But, nothing ever goes that easy.  I would feel a lot more secure in my pursuit if I had expert advice.

Should I be safe and shut down to change the bad drive, then enter the RAID interface? Should I shut down, replace the drive-boot, then attempt the build from within the Dell Open Manger? Or, can I just hot swap the drive and let the existing RAID perform it's own rebuild?
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I have a production server running Hyper-V software with guests running Windows Server 2012 R2 AD and Windows Exchange Server 2016. I have a mirror on the first two HDDs and RAID 5 on three HDDs. Most of the guests are running off the RAID 5. The guests servers are networked via HP Flex Fiber 534FLR+ SFP+ Adapter with 1G SFP Transceivers. Recently the client had a request to upgrade the 1G SFP Transceivers to 10G SFP Transceivers. We have managed to purchase the 10G Transceivers but when we replace them with the 1G in the adaptor, they do not seem to work. After getting in touch with HPE, they have requested to upgrade the system drivers and firmware by running "Service Pack for Proliant (SPP)" which should then correct the situation. My question for you is two fold:

1. Can we make use of the 10G Transceivers without upgrading the System Drivers and Firmware?
2. If we do upgrade the System Drivers and Firmware, is there a chance that we might lose the data on the RAID HDDs on the server?

Looking forward to your quick answer.
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Hi All,

I'm creating a bootable USB for SSP for the HP Server, i downloaded the ISO From HP and When I use RUFUS to create the bootable usb, it says vesamenu.c32 needs to be updated, when I do that and boot to the server it says vesamenu.c32 is not there, same issue when I don’t update the file.


does anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks,
Jen
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Hi. We have currently 2 Servers (Dell PowerEdge R530) and a Windows Server 2016 Standard OS. We want a high availability setup. If one server breaks down, then the other one will take over directly and the shared files, DNS, DHCP are still accessible. We want to use 2 physical servers only and get rid of ISCSI configured storage server. This could be possible with "storage spaces direct" but the required OS is Windows Server Data Center edition. What will be the approach for this setup? Thank you in advance.
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Hi There,

can you guys help me please? I'm trying to set up server 2016 on a HP ProLiant DL360G7, I can't find a smart start install for.

does anyone know how I can set this up?

Thanks,
J
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At a remote site is an old Buffalo Terastation III NAS. Last week it apparently stopped allowing access to it's shares. When a workstation tries to connect they just get an error that the connection was not found. We have tried all the documented fixes and nothing seems to have worked so far. There are desktops running XP, Win 7 and Win 10. Issue is not the usual SMB 1.0 issue. I'm not trying to troubleshoot that part.

We still have access to the web management page.

The decision may be made to stop trying to fix it and just replace it. So the actual question at the moment is: How do we get the data off this thing? Has anyone every actually done that, or know of how it might be done?

Thanks!
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Hi,

I am working on  a HP ProLiant 580 Gen9(rhel 6 is the loaded os) I am trying to eject a SAS SSD safely while using the ssacli command line utility. I have the single drive configured in a RAID 0 Array w/encryption. I am basically just trying to unmount the disk while the server is turned on so that I dont receive any health errors and the do not eject light turn off.

Is there any command to be able to achieve this through ssacli
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I have some bad keys on the keyboard of an HP KVM unit (LCD8500). The actual HP replacement part # includes the screen, so is fairly expensive. Wondering if anyone has ever tried to replace just the keyboard (i.e. take apart) one of these things? What keyboard did you use?

I know it's a ton simpler just to plug in an external keyboard, but I have to cover all the options.
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I help out a charity that has a Windows server 2012 R2 running as Essentials. Exchange is done by office 365.  Twice now, they are loosing access to the server and internet (as the DNS server for the machines on the LAN) after a few days.  A reboot cures everything.  I have an RMM agent on the server and both times, the server last checks into the RMM tool around 4AM.

Wondering how to troubleshoot that.

Some background:

Recently, there was a lightning strike nearby. Fried the key card door entry system, alarm system, phone system along with some of the computer network

Side note / question: the other systems were OLD... electronics are more susceptible to surges as they age, right?  caps dry out, etc.  A surge that might have not affected a newer machine could cause more harm to an older system?

Anyway, it blew out the main 16 port switch in the telco closet.  Getting that replaced.  Blew out a couple older data switches in a couple offices (using a single data line to that office to put the printer and PC on the internet), blew out a PC and monitor in another office.

The server appeared to be OK... but we're starting to see that need to reboot it.  twice now, they lose access to the server from the machines on the LAN.

Sitting at the server, I can ping it's own IP address.  Can't ping any other IP addresses.  From other machines, can ping other machines and the router.  I can do most anything - browse files on the server, check event logs, open apps. …
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Where are the best websites for purchasing a "SAMSUNG PM863a MZ-7LM1T9NE 2.5" 1.92TB SATA III Solid State Disk - Enterprise" hard drive from?

I have already found the following websites for purchasing this hard drive from and am now looking to see if I can find any better prices for this hard drive from anywhere else.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5EM57P1463

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PM863a-Enterprise-Internal-MZ-7LM1T9N/dp/B01MA34RLJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532197326&sr=8-1&keywords=SAMSUNG+PM863a+MZ-7LM1T9NE+2.5%22&dpID=519RgWqJGUL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
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I'm looking for the best prices for purchasing Enterprise 2 TB SATA SSD server hard drives.

I need to purchase 2 of these hard drives for my server.

Please provide me with URL hyperlinks of where I can find the best prices for purchasing Enterprise 2 TB SATA SSD server hard drives.
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We have two new HP servers (HP ProLiant DL360 G9) with 3 SSD (Intel SSD DC 240GB S4600 series ) drives in each. I will be setting them up as Domain Controllers (to run 2016 standard). Normally our file servers, etc. those with many drives were setup using RAID 5 and our Domain Controllers with simple mirroring. However, as RAID 5 is now outdated and we only have 3 drives I thought of using RAID 1e since that seems to be the best and recommended option based on my reading (e.g. https://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/raid-controllers/4047-raid-levels#11), but could someone who does this a lot (we only build 3-4 servers a year and many are virtual) confirm this or make alternative suggestions with explanations. As always greatly appreciate expert insights and feedback.
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Dear Experts, we are moving our Data Center in the next 2 months. What should we consider and take note in order to move DC smoothly?

Our environment:
- 4 x Server ESXi6.5 (HP Gen9)
- 2 x Routers Cisco 3925
- 2 x Core Switch Cisco 3750/3560
- 1 x Firewall Sophos XG
- 10 x Access Switch Cisco CE500
- 5 x WAP Cisco Meraki MR18
- 5 x Physical Server IBM x3650

Many thanks!
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Are the power supply to SATA hard drive power cables the same for both the Corsair AX1200i and Thermaltake TGB1200W power supplies?

Is it safe to interchange these power supply cables between the two power supplies?
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Please provide me with some URLs where I can purchase Thermaltake TGB1200W hard drive power cables that connect to the power supply and then plug into SATA hard drives.
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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.