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We have an Exchange 2010 server that will be decommissioned shortly but right now I need it to work.  It is rejecting mail from outside the organization as it only has 25GB of space left on the E: drive.  I'm worried about adding a drive to the RAID 5 the E: drive lives on and I want to know if it's possible and if it would be better to add a single drive to the server and set it up as the F: drive, create a mailbox store on the F: drive and move some of the mailboxes to that F: drive

Also how can I tell if a mailbox store is being used?  I believe I moved all mailboxes off of one of my mailbox stores but it is still showing that it is using 25GB of storage
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I just put a 1TB (Official/expensive) Dell disk in as an additional disk, and when clicking 'Manage Unassigned Disks'
I get this message:

Hello experts,

I got to do a replacement of my T320 server failed hard disk drive.  I am currently in RAID 10 with 4 Hard disk drive, while each drive is (Part number:F617N, HARD DRIVE, 300G, SAS6, 15K, 3.5, S-EG, E/C), one hard disk is failed.

The supplier sale offer me "400-AJRR 300GB 15K RPM SAS 12Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive,3.5in HYB CARR" , I am not sure if this model of hard disk drive compatible with my server or not. the sale said it is compatible, so please help to advise any problem when I replace with this Hard disk drive, the server are running Win2008R2 and SQL 2008.

My Raid is PERC H710 Integrated RAID Cont roller, 512MB NV Cache, Full H eight

I have an Intel S2600CP server board with 10 SATA hard drives.

The problem is that when I install Server 2016 I can only choose between 4 of the hard drives as possible installation drives.

The remaining SATA hard drives are connected to a PCI Express RAID card that came with the Intel S2600CP server board.

I need the exact URL hyperlink of where I can download the right driver that I can load at the very beginning of the Server 2016 installation process that will allow all of the server's SATA hard drives to be recognized.

Please provide me with the exact URL hyperlink of where I can download this driver from.

In my past question here I was directed to the website https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22831&lang=eng&OSVersion=Windows%20Server%202008%20%20R2*&DownloadType=Drivers.

This website only has drivers for Server 2012 and doesn't have any drivers for Server 2016.

Are there any updated Server 2016 drivers available for this? Or will the Server 2012 drivers work within Server 2016?
Hi.. I'm a newbie and I need some help..
- I created a storage pool called images, the capacity of this HDD is 500 GB
- Then I create a Virtual Disk (Simple / Thin ) with a capacity of 2.00 TB

my issue is that that even though the capacity is 2 TB, I can only use up to 500,  I read somewhere that it doesn't matter, that I can add another physical to the pool and somehow with this new disk add that capacity to virtual disk and problem solved..

Well I have no IDEA how to do that, any help will be appreciated..

Just trying to get a handle on this and have a couple questions:

1) Everything is going 4Kn?
2) Still SAS over SATA for performance?
3) Why in the world would anyone buy a 512e today?
4) I love Neweggs'  reviews but none of their 4Kn drives have any reviews. Any idea why?
5) Would Seagate be everyone's choice?
The original problem was yesterday when the user would click his mapped drive to the server c:/themainserver/bridgette. Well when he clicked on the shared drive and went to c:/themainserver/bridgette it would load a few times and allow him to edit the files and then when he would go to save everything it would freeze up and he would not be able to save any files.

When I was on the machine yesterday (The Actual Server) I was able to find the bridgette folder and started to copy it to a usb drive and it would fail after 30 seconds. I tried 2-3 times and same issue. I rebooted the machine and her whole profile disappeared. I read online there are issue with profiles and windows server 08 but  how would I go about getting the profile back? There are no server backups. I just took this job over so I'm slowly working to get it up to the proper standard.

The server has a RAID setup but idk what kind. The BIOS doesn't show me much at all. The hard drives plug into a controller. I'm unable to hook either drive to an external pc because the hard drive has  AIO for the sata cable and power adapter. I cant plug them into the drive individually

Now when I boot the pc it says "reboot and select proper boot device" in the BIOS, I have that hard drive set to boot first. I'm not a RAID pro but i think the RAID was setup to mirror. There were some files I needed off of it.

I have a newer server I'm going to move everything to assuming I can get this booted somehow so I can pull…
Seeing the following and hourly replication is failing...

11/13/2017 2:48:02 PM :: Processing SR-99EXCH01 Error: NFC storage connection is unavailable. Storage: [stg:datastore-277,nfchost:host-279,conn:]. Storage display name: [VRTX6].
Failed to create NFC download stream. NFC path: [nfc://conn:,nfchost:host-279,stg:datastore-277@SR-99EXCH01_replica/SR-99EXCH01.vmx].
I'm stuck. \ can't seem to get my ISCSI to bind.  It sees it but it will not bind..  Here's some screen shots..  I can't seem to figure out what's wrong... Also I'm not sure of which network card belongs to which IP and which to make active and which to make standby
I there,

i'm working on a small project that need a lot of space for a short time. I need around 80tb, i need to run windows desktop on it. I'm considering in doing something i haven't done in over a decade, building a computer. Does anyone know of a motherboard that supports 8 10TB or 12TB HD?

thanks for you help.
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Dear Experts,

The OS installed is Win 7 Pro 64-bit and using GPT disk

I mounted the Win 7 Enterprise ISO image into my flash drive.
My flash drive can boot up but when it comes to SSD, it is unable to run the drivers I mounted using dism.

Does the Error: 0xc1420127 affects the dism mounting of the SSD drivers which I got from Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver?

I saw a video that says to do diskpart but I am not sure if that is correct.

How should I go about executing the installation?
I am running a Dell T110 ii server with a PERC S100 controller, in what I am told is RAID 5, I am remote from the site so I cant confirm that it is defiantly RAID 5

We had a problem a few days ago when I saw the following errors in Dells Open Manager

Disk medium error detected: Physical Disk 0:1 Controller 0, Connector 0
Redundancy lost: Virtual Disk 1 (Virtual Disk 1) Controller 0 (PERC S100)
There is an unrecoverable medium error detected on virtual disk: Virtual Disk 1 (Virtual Disk 1) Controller 0 (PERC S100)

Disk 0:2 was Offline, and the Virtual disk was showing Degraded

I set disk 0:2 as Hot spare and it started to Rebuild the Virtual drive, which failed after 7 or 8%

I now have all 3 disks online but the Virtual disk is showing as Failed, the only option it gives me is Delete, which I am hesitant of doing, any pointers on what to do next, I don't know the condition of the drives apart from they say they are online

Disk 0:2 was offline but Disk 0:1 had the error?

So rebuilding a network and having to use existing hardware due to budget limitations, until we can replace hardware next year.

The server itself is an old Dell PowerEdge R900 - specced out with multiple CPU's and ~64GB of RAM. It has the PERC 6 / i RAID controller with 5 x 2TB hard disks.

My initial plan was 1 x RAID 10 Array with a hotspare. This worked and Windows loaded, however due to its age and non UEFI BIOS, it can't see anything more than 2TB. So i went back to the beginning and tried to create 2 partitions within the Windows server setup screen - but again it will create one partition and then throws errors trying to create additional partitions on the 1.6TB of remaining hard disk (doesn't matter what size).

From reading online it appears you can't create multiple virtual drives on a single RAID 10 array like i've done in the past with HP servers.

This leaves me with two options that i can think of..

1) Create 2 x RAID 1 mirrors and use 1 drive as a hot spare. This will give me 2 x ~2TB drives

2) Create 1 x RAID 1 mirror and 1 x RAID 5 with no hot spares (I actually have a physical spare drive so the hotspare isn't critical). This will give me maximum storage.

The server will run 1 x 2016 Domain controller for about 20 users, 1 x 2008 RDS server for 3 - 4 users, and i was planning to run 1 x application/file server too.

Open to suggestions and ideas.
Server: R710
RAID controller: PERC 6i
DELL Openmanager system management version: 8.3
RAID 1 disk: 750G, not OS, for share data drive
Need to change two 750G to 2TB HD. I already changed one 750G to 2TB by offline one old drive, pull out old, push in new 2TB  HD, then do the rebuild.
The question is how can I replace second 750GB to 2TB and increase disk size to 2TB.
Simply replace just create another 750GB disk.
I wish I do not need to initialize disk or take any risk to lost data.
This is one I have come across a few times and never did find a solution. When the hard drive that contains the operating system is removed from a Windows 10 machine and placed in a caddy or similar to be attached to a different computer (running Window 7), The drive will not show up in my computer. When accessing Storage in Computer Management the Windows 10 drive (now an external drive connected by USB) shows as unallocated space and no drive letter can be assigned. The only option is to Initialise the disk but then the data would be lost (without some serious time spent on recovery). My guess is that this is to do with the 'GPT' rather than MBR partitions that was originally the case with Windows Drives... This doesnt however explain why it wont mount in Linux either or Mac OS (even when using Fuse software etc). I did try changing the settings for the drive so that Fast Boot/Fast shutdown wasnt enabled beforte I removed it, hoping this would enable it to mount but no joy. Whilst I have tried all the major platforms this question is really about getting it to mount on a Windows 7 machione

Does anyone have an explanation for this or perhaps a solution?

Thanks so much in advance,

A friend got a new server with 8 HDDs, he created a raid5+1 hot spare. and installed the os. after that he wanted to test whether the hot spare would would and he pulled a disk from raid5. successfully the hot spare was added to the raid5 and rebuilt the raid5.

Now the question is that the HDD he earlier pulled; he wants to put it back and use as the new hot spare. since there is some data in this HDD since it was participating in the raid5 earlier, will this work as hot spare? or else will he have to format this disk? if so, how to format? from ACU?
I have a student account that needs removed and was trying to delete their Home Drive folder on our storage server but it says I do not have permissions.  I am the administrator for our district and can remove all other old user home drives with no issues.  His folder shows a lock on it.  I tried adding my username as the owner and giving security rights but that still will not work.  The server is running 2008 R2 as the OS.
Hello, I was wondering if I could get some feedback/suggestions regarding a failed RAID hard drive.  I'm helping an office and they have the following configuration:

HP ML350 G6
Smart Array P410i controller
1 Array/ 1 Logical Drive - 6 TB
Drive configuration: 8 drives.  Bay's 1 - 8 have: HP 1 TB drives inserted

The drive in Bay 7 has recently failed (Red amber light).  The office believes the drive in Bay 8 was configured as a "hot spare" and automatically rebuilt (I see activity/green blinking light on the drive) when Bay 7 failed.

A replacement HP drive (same part #/size) has been ordered.   This is a production environment so I can't shutdown/reboot the server until this weekend.

Can I just insert the replacement drive into Bay 7 while the server is running?
Will the RAID controller automatically configure Bay 7 as the "hot spare"
Will the RAID Controller keep Bay 8 as an "active" drive in the array

Based upon the info provided, I'm basically trying to determine

1) What's the "best practice" on how/when to add the replacement drive into Bay 7
2) What actions will automatically happen when the replacement drive is inserted into Bay 7 (What would the RAID controller do?)
3) Do I need to reboot the server and make changes in P410i ORAC to get a similar setup as before (seven "active" drives in the array and one hot spare)

Thank you

Thank you
Some ESXi hosts were set up several years ago in what seems to be a 'temporary' fashion.
One Host has all datastores in RAID0.
The other host, all but one are RAID0, and of course ESXi was installed on one of the RAID0.

I checked this in vCenter by going to Configuration -> Hardware -> Storage -> Device View and looking for the devices with 'VMware Diagnostic' and 'Legacy MBR' partitions. This is the right way to check where ESXi is installed, right?

So now I want to fix this by making these datastores at least RAID1. The VM's I can handle migrating them between datastores as I swap disks but I'm not sure how this would be done for the ESXi install itself.

Is there a way to move the install to another datastore?

Ideally, I'd like to copy the install to another datastore and then test ESXi boots from that location before I swap out the current disks. Is that possible?
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I have a LSI 9260-8i HBA controller with a 3 drive RAID 6 configuration.  I'd like to add a 4th drive to it.  I've read the docs but am not sure how the controller behaves exactly.  Does it bring in the new drive in the background while the array is in use, or do you have to wait until the process is complete through the card's BIOS UI?  That could take a while with 3-4TB of data on the current set.


We are developing an app and what to store user data in a central location for multi-device and also multi-user access to the same database

We looked at using AWS DynamoDB. What other options are out there? We want to make it as simple as possible

App is being developed using PhoneGap/Cordova
Hi everyone:
i have  my dsm.opt on TSM 6.4 Configured to backup the following path:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.BES\MSSQL

But the backup is failing with this error:

ANS1076E The specified directory path 'C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient\Server\MSSQL12.BES\MSSQL' could not be found.

My question is: Why the tsm client is searching the file on : C:\Program Files\Tivoli\TSM\baclient if the dsm.opt is pointing to: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL12.BES\MSSQL

Thanks in advance.
Hi tricky one (for me).

I have a few systems needing to have 20% free hard disk space.
The systems are already in use and I cannot delete files.
So the Final total size of each disk must have 20% free.
Not as simple as getting a 39GB Drive and clearing 20% on it, since there is (for example) already 6GB in use..
I tried to write an excel formula, but I'm not sure this is straightforward. Can some one help.
I have been given figures for: 1. total disk space 2. Free space (GB) 3. Free Space (%) and I need to increment the hard disk size (new total) to have 20% free.
Further to my last question, here goes.
I have a gigabyte z97 mb with intel rapid technology on it that provides raid 1 that I require with a pair of Samsung ssd,s. I also need to encrypt the drives with bit locker  however I am confused regarding the mechanism when and if one of the drives fails.
Could someone please clarify if I am chasing my tail or is what I want to do practicable ?
I was looking at the Intel 545s as it seems to perform well in tests, but only 2.5 inch models seem to be available. It's meant to go into a desktop machine.
a. not sure about the connectors - is that likely to be a problem?
b. can you direct me to any other highly regarded SSDs? Smaller size is better as it's just for the OS






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