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Dell 2950 - extra AMP connector to power up HDDs

I am running 5 external HDDs in an enclosure that takes SATA cables + 2 AMP connectors. As I am not using any extra peripherals, I am sure that there is more than enough power in the 2950 to deliver ...
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Unpredictable Boot Failure of Dell 2950 II

We recently purchased a refurbished Dell 2950 II to use as a development box in our lab. After installing the OS (Debian Wheezy) and booting for the first time, I received the following errors in the ...
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What is the meaning of “deassert” in this context?

The English majors over at Dell provided me with this error message provided by a PowerEdge 2950. CPU2 Status: Processor sensors for CPU2, IERR was deasserted I've Googled it, random forum posts ...
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2950 internal backup SATA drive

We have a Dell 2950 II with 4 76GB drives in a RAID 10 configuration, running ESXi and 5 virtual machines. The RAID controller is Perc5/i. There is a low transaction rate, so this gives us minimal ...
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Dell PE 2950 PERC 6/i Controller. How to add 2TB local SATA as a Raw Disk Mapping to ESXi 5.1 VM

Dell PE 2950, PERC 6/i Controller. - ESXi 5.1 installed/Boot from USB drive - 2 x 1 TB SAS drives in RAID 1 - Datastore1 - 1x 2TB SATA drive set as RAID 0 We wish to host all our VMs from ...
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Install MegaCli to Monitor Perc 5/i in Nexentastor 3

I have a Dell 2950 with a Perc 5/i Raid controller that we've already installed Nexentastor 3 Community Edition on. We setup a raid-10 array that and put a ZFS pool on top of the hardware. As I ...
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Performance gain on upgrading from Xeon quad core 1.6GHz to 3.1Ghz

What kind of performance gain can I expect to see when doubling my processor speed? I have a Dell 2950 with (2) quad core 1.6GHz processors and am considering upgrading to (2) quad core 3.1GHZ ...
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Dell PowerEdge 2950 III running XenServer with 2 VMs gets sluggish after a week and needs rebooted?

It has weird hangs and then random CPU spikes that do a ton at once. While remoted into the VMs I get an update all at once then it hangs for another 20 seconds. When it lets it go through I get a CPU ...
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Is Dell's server software bundle necessary? (Poweredge 2950 in my case)

Dell includes a fair amount of software with its servers, but I'm having a hard time determining from the documentation what each of them does, and whether or not I should install it. Dell's support ...
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Dell 2950 with Perc Controller, can I swap my SAS drives for SATA drives?

I'm struggling to find any documentation on this, I know the Dell PowerEdge 2950 supports both SAS and SATA drives but I'm not sure if I need to anything to swap them over, do I need new caddies for ...
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