Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of computer components and recording media used to retain digital data. In addition to local storage devices like CD and DVD readers, hard drives and flash drives, solid state drives can hold enormous amounts of data in a very small device. Cloud services and other new forms of remote storage also add to the capacity of devices and their ability to access more data without building additional data storage into a device.

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I have the following situation: 1 physical server that runs Oracle 11g (2 x E5-2643 v3, 64GB RAM) on Oracle Linux.
The client bought another identical server, for fail-over and redundancy purposes.

This looks like a good opportunity to virtualize the server.

Basically there will be 2 physical servers in a cluster.


1. What is the recommended virtualization solution for Oracle?
2. What licenses will be necessary, if he goes with VMware ESXi?
3. What type of shared storage do you recommend for the cluster?

Thank you.
Hi experts,

we are looking for a new windows-based Storage server.
I have a question regarding Windows Server licenses:

Some distributors sell their windows based storage appliances with Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard licenses.
Some distributors who don`t sell aplliances sell thei storage systems with Windows Server 2016 Standard or Datacenter.

Does anybody know, if there are features available in Windows Storage Server, that are no included in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter?

I only found, that Windows Storage Server is selled only as OEM and that the licensing model is different (No CALs needed, Socket-based licensing).

Many thanks in advance!
i have the codes in mvc / c# below. The "CA' actually came from javascript localstorage from previous pages.
How can I get the local storage value and pass into MVC controller below?
I don't want to hard codes in html hidden value in cshtml.

public ActionResult AdditionalInfo()
         return View(getvalue("CA"));

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

            I am wondering how to backup Playstation online purchased games from a PS4 console.

            Thank you

Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

           I am wondering how many Playstation online purchased games can be downloaded to a 500GB internal drive of a PS4 console.

           Thank you

Hi, everyone!
This is my first post,
I need some help, Im ussing veritas backup exec16 to backup ndmp emc storage.
All the backup is ok, but i need restore 1 file, but the media is expired. How to put the media in state to restore the file?

We have four hyper-v nodes (Windows Server 2016) in the cluster, also we use ISCSI connection with storage.
This morning we got a situation that CSV goes on pause mode for some reason. In Failover Cluster Manager we got error 'STATUS_IO_TIMEOUT (c00000b5)' in failover cluster manager. SCOM monitoring system reports this error on nodes:

Windows Storport Miniport Driver has timed out a request
The monitor alerts when event 153 error occurs: Storport miniport driver times out a request.
Miniport driver may time the request individually instead of letting Storport perform the request timing.
If the requests need to be retried regularly, investigate the health of the disk subsystem concerning any performance issues.

We suspect that storage disk had a problem and send dump data. Somebody have an idea what can cause this issue?
I purchased four HP DL 380 G7 servers off ebay. The final goal is to eventually load ESXi 6.0 on each, but my question here is about the first step -  configuring the RAID array.

I've looked through some youtube videos and it appears the folks are using HP SmartStart Setup and Install CD (ver8.70) and using the Maintenance/HP Array Config & Diag utility to control the P410i in creating the array.

I had a very hard time finding this software CD. I had to choose HP DL 380 G7 and then choose an O/S in order to see it listed. I saw it listed under Windows 2003 and Windows 2008R2.
Windows 2003      - Shows a 32 bit version
Windows 2008R2 - Shows a 64 bit version

Does it make any difference which "HP SmartStart Setup and Install CD" I choose? I downloaded the 64 bit version from Windows 2008R2  thinking it doesn't matter if all I'm doing is using the RAID utility. Does it matter if its 32 or 64 bit version? Again the end game is to install ESXi 6.0.
Is there any way of adding a Western Digitial My Cloud EX4100 Network Attached Storage device to an Active Directory domain?

If so how can this be done?
How do you create a backup testing schedule/strategy or what are the best practices?

I am currently reviewing our corporate schedule but I’m not really sure if it is adequate.
It covers 3 areas for testing backups via restores (there is a separate DR testing strategy that tests more than just the restore of data).
  • Exchange
  • Server

Currently, every quarter we review how many ‘real-life’ restores we have conducted and use this to identify any areas from the above three areas that have not been subjected to a restore (i.e. a user requesting a restore of a file they deleted a few weeks ago).  If for example during that quarter we didn’t do a restore of any mailboxes, we would then conduct a restore test of a mailbox.  
However if we recovered data for a server that an application sits on, that would satisfy the server requirement.  However we have thousands of servers so therefore we are saying if we can restore data from one server, the backups for the other servers are presumed to be OK.  I’m not sure how suitable the above is as this means there are likely to be some servers which never have their backups tested.  Although I appreciate we can’t list each server and make sure each servers backups are tested, we just don’t have the resources to do this.

Is there anything missing from the above process?  Whilst it makes sense to me, I’m just concerned we’re missing out other key backup tests.  What do other …
I have a small VMware environment with 3 ESXI hosts and a physical Dell ISCSI SAN.
We have a MS SQL server that I need to install on to the above environment.  It just has 5 databases in it and all are not heavily used.

I would like to set this up on 2 x VMs running Windows & MSSQL server using Windows Cluster but I am not sure whether I should be using separate storage for this and If i need 2 Volumes\Luns. After reading Dells best practices it suggests creating 5 volumes for a SQL instance which I feel is overkill for our fairly light weight use. It also doesn't mention SQL Clustering.
Does anyone have any guidelines they could share?
Thanks very much.
Looking at changing my current backup regimes, at the moment I have two sites that have two separate backup solutions.

Site 1.  All VMware Servers which get backed up to Dell SAN Storage via VEEAM which then gets replicated off-site to another Dell SAN which sits in a Data Centre and has a site to site leased line.

Site 2.  Mix of VMware Servers and Physical Servers which all get backed up to HP via MPLS and then to HP

What I would like to do is set a new backup solution that will backup to onsite SAN then replicate to the cloud for both sites.

I know this is a wide subject but my only stipulation is that I can backup virtual and physical servers using the same software and cloud storage platform.

Helo i own a dell latitude E5450 its been in storage for a little while and ive forgotten the password i had set when u power the laptop on there a way to reset this as i have long forgotten what it may have been .thank you for your has alot of personal info and even more importantly pics of my 1st marrige and kids baby pictures .irreplaceble urgent i get sum help figuring this out..sincerely my gratitude.good day

We have Dell server poweredge 610T and one of the disk is failed.  We need to replace the disk and rebuild the raid 5.
What are the steps I need to do after I put the new disk.  Can someone explain step by step? Thanks in advance.
I am working on IP remediation project and I have to change the IP address of Nimble SAN. Currently, ISCSI target volume on Nimble is shared eight windows server initiator. Couple of them involves DB drive and SQL. Couple of them are Windows server with RDP hosting service for citrix VDI

Once the IP is change in target. How seamless is the process of discovering it on Windows initiator and to map IQN and direct the storage on each sever to new storage IP
Dell R710 - 4 disks in a RAID5
Disk in Slot 3 - Predicted Fail - status light blinking green to amber, back to green to amber..
NO IDRAC in this server
Host OS - XenServer 6.2
VMs - 1 Virtual Machine running on XenServer

Using MegaCli ran the following command to force the drive offline
./MegaCli -PDOffline -PhysDrv [32:3] -a0
(returned that drive was offline)

Verified drive was offline by running
./MegaCli -PDInfo -PhysDrv [32:3] -a0

*** NOTICE LINE BELOW THAT SAYS Firmware state: Offline ***
Enclosure Device ID: 32
Slot Number: 3
Drive's position: DiskGroup: 0, Span: 1, Arm: 1
Enclosure position: N/A
Device Id: 3
Sequence Number: 3
Media Error Count: 21
Other Error Count: 0
Predictive Failure Count: 34
Last Predictive Failure Event Seq Number: 17284
PD Type: SAS

Raw Size: 279.396 GB [0x22ecb25c Sectors]
Non Coerced Size: 278.896 GB [0x22dcb25c Sectors]
Coerced Size: 278.875 GB [0x22dc0000 Sectors]
Sector Size:  0
Firmware state: Offline
Device Firmware Level: 0008
Shield Counter: 0
Successful diagnostics completion on :  N/A
SAS Address(0): 0x5000c50048669fa9
SAS Address(1): 0x0
Connected Port Number: 3(path0)
Inquiry Data: SEAGATE ST3300657SS     00086SJ3FV95
FDE Capable: Not Capable
FDE Enable: Disable
Secured: Unsecured
Locked: Unlocked
Needs EKM Attention: No
Foreign State: None
Device Speed: Unknown
Link Speed: Unknown
Media Type: Hard Disk Device
Drive Temperature :36C (96.80 F)
PI Eligibility:  No
Drive is …
Windows 10 Machine
C Drive:  1 Solid State with Windows 10
D Drive:  1 Physcal Drive 1 TB

Ok as I guessed the drive ran out of disk already.  I went to setting and changed all the default to D so it can save.  Also programs were saved to D drive.

Since the user profiles default to C I am guessing data is also saving to that drive.

So my question:
1) How can I have the USER directory on the D Drive.  Do I need to reinstall Windows to do this?  
2) Should I make the C and D Drive one large logical drive?  What is the best way to do this.  Should I versus just go to number 1 (above.

Any other solutions?  

I just got the machine back from dell a few days ago and they replaced the two drives (Solid State drive and Physical drive)
Hi there,

this is a very simple question. What's the Dell utility that allows you to monitor the state of the server, including HD status..?

the point: i worked on a new client the other to replace a HD in a raid system, it was a Dell poweredge t130 i belive, it was running windows.  The utility was loaded on the server and one of the office person logged in into it for me, i was able to see the faulty HD id, sn, etc..

we're replacing that sever but i don't really remember the name of the Dell utility they had me use, i found it so useful that i'd like to purchase along the the new server.

Your help is greatly appreciated..
Hi, I use Dell PowerEdge 2950, controller is PERC 6/i integrated
In OMSA web interface I see a warning related to one of my two virtual disk.
(some times ago I replaced one disk, probably I was not aware that rebuilding failed to start!)

What is correct process (see attachment) to fix this warning ?
In "available task" I have only blink , unblink.
I have 2 UCS blade enclosures in 2 different places.  The blades in each location are the esx hosts for those locations.  Connected to these are 2 separate VNX storage arrays in a 1 UCS enclosure to 1 VNX proportion.  vShphere can see everything but the hosts are provided storage only to the VNX in it's physical location.  Provided we get the networking right, what are the steps to add UCS hosts to the VNXs in the distant location?  I.E. have the hosts in location 1 have access to the storage in location 2 and vice versa so that all hosts have access to all storage.  Any info or a point in the right direction is appreciated.

I'm using a Neoseries T24 (Flexstor II) autoloader with two drives. I have tapes (11 of them) in a pool labeled 'Full'.

When I run two jobs, both for the 'Full' pool, they will wait in sequence so they can both use the same drive (0) instead of one running on drive 0 and one running on drive 1.

Is it possible to have any tape from the Full pool an available drive in the autoloader so that two jobs can be run simultaneously?

Do two SD daemons need to be running?

** bareos-sd.d/server-sd.conf**

storage {
  Name = server-sd
  Maximum Concurrent Jobs = 20
  # Plugin Directory = /usr/lib/bareos/plugins
  # Plugin Names = ""
** bareos-sd.d/autochanger/autochanger-0.conf **

Autochanger {
  Name = "FlexStor_II"
  Changer Device = /dev/tape/by-id/scsi-1BDT_FlexStor_II_xxxxxxxxxxx_LL0
  Device = ULTRIUM-HH7-0
  Device = ULTRIUM-HH7-1
  Changer Command = "/usr/lib/bareos/scripts/mtx-changer %c %o %S %a %d"
** less bareos-sd.d/device/ULTRIUM-HH7-0.conf **

Device {
    Name = "ULTRIUM-HH7-0"
    DeviceType = tape
    DriveIndex = 0
    ArchiveDevice = /dev/tape/by-id/scsi-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx001-nst
    MediaType = LTO-7
    AutoChanger = yes                       # default: no
    AutomaticMount = yes                    # default: no
    MaximumFileSize = 500GB                  # default: 1000000000 (1GB)
    AlwaysOpen = yes
    Autoselect = yes
    RemovableMedia = yes
** bareos-sd.d/device/ULTRIUM-HH7-1.conf **

Device {
    Name = …
I've been using Dropbox at the Premium level for ages, always believing that any file stored in it that I change in the original on my HD gets automatically synced.

I was just merrily running along on this premise, when ― imagine my surprise! I was taking a close look at my Dropbox and it was working furiously at the same time to upload tens of thousands of new/(changed??) files while I was there !

What the heck? If I'm paying a premium price I expect to at least get auto-syncing.

Am I asking too much?

PS: I've also found the same thing with my Amazon Unlimited drive.
We are in the process of updating our file storage environment.  We previously ran VMWare v4.1 then updated to v5.0 so were stuck against the 2TB vmdk size limit and at the time just did not have experience to trust vmdk's. Therefore we chose to build R6 Disk Groups on DELL MD Fiber Storage and then mount carved out Virtual disks as RDM's to the VM... killed 2 birds quickly.   We lost any HA type features for the storage, but not that big of a deal in our scenario.  Have ran like that for several years with good performance on file storage, backups of the VM's from a Windows VCenter and files via BackupExec to 4TB and 8TB RMD chunks and using CA RHA for replication where needed.  Also 200GB quota's kept things simple.

We're moving to v6.5, looking at Diskpools on DELL MD fiber storage, and now looking at higher quota's for users... looking at 1 - 1.5TB and some are going to need 3 - 4TB.  Could still go with RDM's again easy enough, use DFS to unify the presentation, but seeing that 64TB (62TB usable) vmdk's are supported was hoping to hear if anyone has had decent luck and performance from larger vmdk files... or gotcha's.

Lots of posts with users getting around previous 2TB limit with spanning, etc., but only a few (maybe my poor googling) where very few are talking about success and/or performance with 4 - 8TB, let alone 10, 20, 30TB.  The one thing that has been pointed out over and over is large VMDK's for Veeam snapshots and Storage vMotion is pretty costly time …
DB2 10.5 on Windows

I have a storage group (SG1) set up on 2 drives (T: and Z:).  T: has 4 GB free and Z: has 300 GB free.  All tablespaces are in SG1.  

If I want to add a new tablespace in SG1 and make sure it is on Z: where I have plenty of free space, how do I do that?  Looking at the CREATE TABLESPACE command, I can chose the storage group but I don't see a way to chose the Z: drive?

My issue is that I am running out of space on T: and I have a large table 10 GB that I want to move to the new tablespace.  I just need to make sure it is on the Z: drive.


Never had this problem before.  Guess I should have bought a bigger Mac.
My Adobe photo library is outgrown my 1 TB SSD storage on my MacBook Pro.   I am going to move the libraries to a 5TB USB drive linked to the Adobe Applications for processing.  Obviously, off the shelf USB drives are not the professional drives that are in the Apple's notebooks.   So, to avoid losing years of photo processing I will need to back up the USB drive to Cloud Storage.  Could you suggest a cloud backup system and backup software?

I do use Time machine to backup my MacBooks SSD alternately  to two 2 TB USB drives.  Doubtful if they both would fail at the same time.







Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, is a technology consisting of computer components and recording media used to retain digital data. In addition to local storage devices like CD and DVD readers, hard drives and flash drives, solid state drives can hold enormous amounts of data in a very small device. Cloud services and other new forms of remote storage also add to the capacity of devices and their ability to access more data without building additional data storage into a device.