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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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I have a client where it appears every few days their server creates an exact copy of it's drive on the office computers. So, for example, the server's drive everybody uses is S:  then after a few days the server will make a copy of it and the users will see an S: and an F:. Both are exact copies of each other. Both drives have all the files and the files have no issues opening. When saving in the usual S: the file instantly is also copied to the F:. Deleting the F: has no impact on the S: and the main drive continues to operate as normal until a few days later then we'll see a G: that is a copy of the S: again.

Any thoughts?
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Could you give me an in general overall topics on what would be your recommendation for publishing / hosting a portal (similar that) to go into production?

A similar site


Thanks in advance.
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What's the function\ reason of adding external battery pack to existing uninterruptible power supply (UPS)?
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Greetings,

This question is for product recommendations for LSI MegaRaid cards.  I have been using the Megaraid LSI 9260-4i SATA RAID card with BBU for c. 5 years with great success and, knock on wood, 0 card failures or issues.  Unfortunately, the card has been out of production and EOL for c. 5 or 6 years now, so I figure for future setups I need to move on to another card that is in production, being supported by Broadcom, and getting ongoing firmware updates.  I called into Broadcom storage support and was advised to look into using the 9361-4i RAID card with CacheVault daughtercard for future setups.

Street pricing for the 9260-4i was typically $260 for the card and $160 for the BBU.
I'm seeing pricing for the 9361-4i at c. $350 and c. $120 for the CacheVault daughtercard.

Note that I use the MegaRAID cards for mostly in-house operations, or for secondary and peripheral client servers.  For primary client operations - SQL, Exchange etc. - I always use Dell servers.

My typical server setup when using MegaRAID is a simple one - SATA drives, either RAID-1 or RAID-5, though RAID-6 is possible where justified.  Add an additional drive as a hot spare and ensure email notifications for status updates and it's a reliable setup.

I'd appreciate any feedback and recommendations from pros who have experience with these cards as to whether the 9361-4i / 8i is the way to go, or if you recommend I standardize on a different adapter, and which one you've had good …
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Hi I have this new poweredge server but I wanted to put my own perc controller in it, and ran into a problem.  So the power supply dosen't have regular power to hard drive connectors, it just has the power and ssd cable in one thing.  There is one hd power cable, but I need four for my configuration.

Question, is there a cable i can get that converts this?

Thanks all.  I'll try to post pix.
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Hello everyone,

We are interested in upgrading specific Dell servers in our infrastructure to 10 gig over Ethernet.  The models in question are listed below.  We have a card in mind which was the Intel X540-T2 card, but it isn't listed as being compatible with the R410 servers which we really need it to be.  Does anyone know if it will work?  If not does anyone know of a single card that will work for all the servers listed below?  We don't want to do gbic cards, we want straight 10 gig ethernet and we will use Cat6A cables to connect them.  Any insights are appreciated.  

Server Models:
Poweredge R410              
Poweredge R510              
Poweredge R610              
Poweredge R720xd        
Poweredge R730
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Hi, 

I'm not that familiar with Dell servers and their error codes. I have a client with a PowerEdge T420. The front LED indicators are showing a flash amber heartbeat indicator. Can someone tell me what this indicates and how to troubleshoot this (i.e. are there any logs generated, etc.)

Thanks in advance for the assistance with this. 

Regards, 

Bill
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Hi All,

We have just received a few new HP servers which we have paid for the ILO Licence and 3 yr support. I may be going crazy here, but I am certain that the last time we bought some kit from HP (gen10 servers) our reseller sent me through the serve certificates that I had to register with HP for the Care Packs and the ILO licence codes.

Do I need to chase our reseller for this info, do I ring HP or do I need to complete something online to get this info?

Sorry for the basic question
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the office had a power failure. I have a PowerEdge T320 that will POST, but displays No boot device once it attempts to load.
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I'm in the process of recommending a new server for a small office and would like some recommendations on storage.  Cost is rather critical here, so I'm wondering about cost-effective drive arrangements.

There are about 7 users in the office, basic file and print sharing, and an SQL server.  The SQL server is a primary application for them now, but that is getting moved to the cloud and will have very light use in the future.  The data and log file for the SQL application take up about 2G of disk space.

The server will be configured with Server 2019 as a host, with a VM for the DC (with DHCP and DNS), and a VM for file/print/SQL.

Their present disk use (single, non-VM Server 2012) is less than 250G total.

I'm looking at Dell, HP, and Lenovo servers.  Probably 16G of RAM, 8-core CPU, and 900G-1T of storage.

I'm trying to keep the cost down and storage is the issue.  I'm expecting to use RAID1, but am debating using a non-cached "FRAID" controller, using Windows to do the mirroring, or purchasing a PCIe RAID controller with RAM and battery backup.  In most cases, I'd always go with the last choice, but I'm wondering if the cost could be avoided here.

I've not decided between SATA, SAS. and SSD for the storage either.  Whatever I recommend will be enterprise-grade devices.

I don't have hard numbers at the moment, but the cost differences between the two different sets of choices are substantial, both in actual cost and in percentage of overall cost.

The …
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I am preparing to buy a Dell PowerEdge R710 Server for my home Lab. I plan on installing VMWare ESXi on it and host multiple VMs. I currently already have 6 Crucial 2.5 SSDs MX300 drives. Does this server support SSDs? Do i need to buy a special storage controller? Also does anyone know the max Ram storage and is the best RAM i can get for it PC3 -12800? The chasis is costing me $115 on ebay. Do you recommend anything better for a budget of under $200. I dont need to spend money on Ram or Hard Drives as i already have plenty. Does anyone know if its compatible with VMWare ESXi? (Network Adapter Drivers).

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Moore's Law and IBM's Summit

Does anybody have a recent chart  that would confirm or refute Moore's Law which says that "the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years."

Is it faster? Has that rate increased? Held steady? Or is it in decline?

And I wonder about is there were some similar measure of processing power from a super-computer that would help us see the growth in processing power over time?

Thanks.
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I have a Dell R810 I with Dual Xeon X7542 CPUs.

I'm getting "Invalid Memory Configuration" and it won't boot.

Here is what I have installed:
> All 16 "white" slots:  16GB 2Rx4 PC3L-10600R 09-11-E2-D3  (Samsung M393B2G70BH0-YH9)
> All 16 "black" slots:  8GB1Rx4 PC3L-10600R 9-12-M1  (Kingston KVR13LR9S4L/8)

Any ideas what I have wrong and why it is complaining?

Thanks.
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Hi,

I have Dell Power Edge R 510
I have the enterprise IDRAC card installed.
I can launch the virtual console; but confused with the function keys:
How to do “F10”?
How to do “CTRL – E”?
Etc

tjie
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Trying to install Windows 2012 on an HP Proliant G8.  Server has an HP Array 420i and 8 1.2tb sas drives.  I create a partition and use both the intelligent provisioning and just a boot DVD.  Get to the Windows portion, select the partition and get the error message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in computer's BIOS menu".  I have changed to AHCI and are still experiencing an issue.  Any suggestions?
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I have a PERC H330 card and would like to build an 18TB raid 5 array out of four HGST 6TB SAS disks. Two disks are 512b, 6Gb/s and the other two 4KB, 12Gb/s.

For some reason though I cannot add them into the same array. They work in separate raid 1 arrays but that isn't what I want.

Is it perhaps the case of an old firmware version on the PERC card (4.290.01-8335) or I simply cannot combine the two types of disks together?
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Hi,

I need to know the difference between
-  HPE 128GB (1x128GB) Octal Rank x4 DDR4-2933 CAS-24-21-21 Load Reduced 3DS Smart Memory Kit
And
- HPE 128GB (1x128GB) Octal Rank x4 DDR4-2666 CAS-22-19-19 3DS Load Reduced Memory Kit

I mean which one has better performance

Thanks
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On 9/21/19 the computer shut by itself. It reboots fine but shuts off again at some point. Along the right side of the motherboard LEDs 5 and 7 are green when the system is on. All other LEDs along the upper-right are off. There is an LED in the bottom middle that solid green.

After the system shuts itself off, LEDs 7 and 8 flash back and forth green while all others are off.
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Hello, All.

On my S5000PAL Server Board, it has the

Intel® RMM NIC Connector

My question is...
What is the name/model number of the WHITE Ribbon that connects to this card and to the board?
So I can attempt to find it on eBay or another site.

All I need is the white ribbon and I will be good to go.
Any help on this would be great.

RMM-NIC.jpg

This shows the connector closer up. J2A1
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Thanks.
Wayne
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Dear Experts,
 Application is running on my server and using Admin Domains account credentials. Because I changed the password of that admin account and that application still using the old password. That is why this domain admin account gets locked. Can you tell me how can i figure it out, which particular application using the credentials.

Many thanks in advance.
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Hello everyone.

For starters, I do not make a lot of money in my self-business.
So, I have to get what I can get, in order to grow.
With that said.

I have just purchased an Intel SR2500ALBRP
The motherboard: S5000PAL

In the following image, you will see a BLUE set of SATA cables with a single PLUG at the end.
Intel SR2500ALBRP RAID SATA Connector
Now, The PCI riser assembly has only a NIC Card on it with DUAL 1G nics.
My question is simple.
WHAT RAID Card do I need to get, to connect this with?

Thanks.
Wayne
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hello expert.
The server is connected to the computer with the remote desktop.
I restarted the server computer.
Such an image appeared on the screen.
I waited a long time but the server did not start again.
How can I solve this error?
'symantec' is installed on the server.
server hangs.
should I physically shut down the server?
thanks
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I have an HP Proliant ML110 Gen 10 Sever and he customer wants Windows 10 Pro on the server.   I know that this is not the best thing to do, but that is what they want.   I cannot locate the driver for the "HP Smart Array S100i sr Gen 10" for Windows 10 Pro.   I downloaded and extracted the driver for Server 2012, 2016 and 2019, but the driver doesn't seem to be in those.   Any idea where I can locate it?
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VM Host CPU over subscription, if a VM host has 24 logical processors and has say 40 vcpu configured would you consider that oversubscribed? I'm not sure anyone does 1-1 right? this host is in a cluster and DRS enabled.

CPU Cores : 12 CPUs x 2.00 GHz
Sockets : 2
Cores per Socket : 6
Logical Processors : 24
Hyperthreading : Active
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Hi,
I have Dell PowerEdge R510 server.

The Goal: To reset the iDRAC

The things that I do:

I find the “I” switch (It is at the front panel of the machine)> I press that “I” switch around 30 sec> then,  I release it.

The outcome: I saw the DISPLAY blinking  blinking  continuously (Not Stop).

My question:

1) How can I know that  the “reset” has been successful?
2) Is there any other way to reset this iDRAC? Which ones?

Thanks,
Tjie
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Server Hardware

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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.