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Backplane Degraded on Dell Poweredge 2950 but non-critical?

My dell PE 2950 is today telling me that the Backplane is running in degraded mode but that the warning is non-critical. My question is, what is the actual problem here? How can i find out? The ...
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Monitoring multiple remote Dell PowerEdge servers

We have a number of remote PowerEdge servers that we would like to monitor for hardware issues. Some of the servers are accessible by VPN while others are only accessible over the internet behind a ...
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Dell Poweredge power management

I have a Dell Poweredge 840 and the moment it boots up it's fans are roaring full bore regardless of how little usage there is on it - idle speed is 100%. I am running windows server 2003 r2. The ...
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Installing VMWare ESXi 4 on Dell Poweredge T710 Server

I want to purchase a Poweredge T710 server to install ESXi 4 on it, and I am not sure about its compatibility. Can anyone inform me if it is supported? Thanks
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Dell Poweredge 2970, 2 Logical drives failed

We have a Dell poweredge 2970 with 4 drives. Someone claimed to have shutdown the server and no one mention of any hardware changes. But when we tried to start we have a Memory error saying is not ...
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Wake on Lan for Dell Poweredge 2950?

I'm looking into the possibility of using Wake On Lan for a machine used in a test lab to run VMs. It doesn't really need to be on all the time, so it would be nice to be able to power it down when ...
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No hard disks detected while installing Ubuntu GNU/Linux server 10.04 on Dell PowerEdge 2900

I'm trying to install Ubuntu GNU/Linux server (10.04 LTS, 64-bit) on a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server hardware, and when it comes to the disk and partition detection phase it says: No disk drive was ...
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Can the PowerEdge 2420 24U Rack Enclosure Be Completely Disassembled?

We have to relocate our existing Dell PowerEdge 2420 24U Rack Enclosure to another room in our office. Unfortunately, the door (to the new room) is too small for the Dell rack enclosure to fit ...
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Dell Server HDD failing

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 which has 3 drives configured as a RAID 5 array. One of the disks is in a failing state. My question is: if I have a similar drive can I simply pull out the failing drive ...
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Slight network lag on Small Business Server 2008 R2

I recently upgraded a network from a SBS 2003 server to a SBS 2008 R2 Server. Both I and users have noticed a slight delay in network applications and browsing network drives on the new server. It is ...
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How do I install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell Power Edge 2850?

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850, with an old PERC 4 controller. In the installation wizard (using the latest Dell Server Assistant DVD), I run into a snag when trying to target my disk drive. It sees ...
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Are Dell R610 4 Port NICs as good as a Second NIC in terms for Redundancy

So my general question is does a multiple port NIC supply the same redundancy that two complete NICs do? My Specific question is in what is the case with the 4 port NIC that comes in Dell R610s. I ...
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1950 Replacing drives in a predictive fail state

I have a Dell 1950 server with two 70Gb SAS drives. Both drives are showing an amber flashing light, and OpenManage displays both drives in a predictive fail state. Dell have sent me to two new ...
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Remotely power on PowerEdge 2900

Is there a way to remotely power on a PowerEdge 2900. I can ping the ip address that the BMC was set to, but I don't know how to access it. I've used ports 80, 443, and 1311. What port should I be ...
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“Unable to retrieve BIOS information”

While trying to update the BIOS' of PowerEdge 2950s to 2.6.5 from 2.2.6, I got this message, "Unable to retrieve BIOS information." These are remote servers so updating via boot-disk isn't feasible. ...
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Dell PowerEdge Server - What is a Maser Daughter Card?

In the inventory of the components of the Dell PowerEdge server that we are wanting to procure, i see the following :- Maser Daughter Card - Quantity 1 Maser SW - Quantity 1 - Am assuming this ...
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Mid Sized Server - Tower - Dell PowerEdge 11G T410 - Usage CONS? [closed]

The configuration of this Dell PowerEdge 11G T410 consists of :- 1 CPU - Intel(R) Quad Core E5520 Xeon(R) CPU, 2.26GHz, 8M Cache, 5.86 GT/s QPI, Turbo 16GB Memory (4x4GB), 1333MHz, Dual Ranked ...
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Does Dell Openmanage software require a reboot to install?

I need to install Openmanage to get the system temperatures and would ideally like to do it now instead of waiting until the weekend. Can someone tell me if I can do this without interrupting the ...
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How to open R410 chassis

I just got a brand new R410 server with a single SATA disc, and want to add two 2TB dics to it. But.. a rather silly problem is preventing me: I cannot open the chassis. How is the chassis opened? ...
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Can a RAID array be rebuilt through DRAC?

I have a Poweredge T610 and I was wondering if it is possible to completely erase and rebuild the RAID array remotely with DRAC
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Dell Poweredge SAS issue

I've got an open case with Dell, but I wanted to throw this out here. Brand new PE T610, PERC H200 controller, 32GB of memory I've got 8 drives in it currently. 2x 146GB and 6x 500GB. The first 4 ...
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Dell ServerAdmin SMTP settings with username/password

Dell's OpenManager server admin tool can send email alerts, but the config for the SMTP server has no field to enter username/password. Can it only make use of non-authenticated SMTP servers, or is ...
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Can I move a one drive RAID 0 array on a PERC 6 to another server?

We have a Dell Poweredge 2970 with a PERC 6/i RAID controller. We have a one drive RAID 0 array (we wanted to add the drive as a JBOD but the PERC forces you to create an array to access it from the ...
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Dell Management Packs in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2?

I recently set up SCOM in a small business network environment. The root management server is a Dell Poweredge 2950, and I'd like to use SCOM to monitor it using Dell's management packs. I've imported ...
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What is this Cable for? 4 Pin to 2 Pin from Riser to Perc in Dell R410

I got a new raid card for a R410 server since the S300 that came with it doesn't support raid with Linux (No work around for this if SAS from what I could find). The new card is the SAS H200. ...
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Raid 1(Mirroring) in Dell Poweredge 2850

I need to setup a Raid 1 in Dell Poweredge 2850 Server. It has 2 scsi 73 gb disks, i am trying with Dell Server asisstant but i can't see no disk utilities. any idea ?
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Static IP settings on Windows 2003 server not getting saved

We have a Dell PowerEgde 1950 server with Broadcom NetXtreme gigabit ethernet card, and we are facing a strange problem with static IP assignment. When we assign a static IP to this broadcom NIC, ...
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Updating Dell PowerEdge firmware on Ubuntu?

The company I work for recently got hands on a batch of second hand PowerEdge SC1425 machines. We'd like to put these to good use. Our operating system of choice is Ubuntu Server 10.04 64-bit, which ...
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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 PowerEdge R410: System asks to press F1 or F2

We just installed an option card (PERC 6/i) into a brand-new Dell PowerEdge R410 and now the system does no unattended startup but instead asks me to press F1 to continue or F2 to enter system setup ...
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Dell PowerEdge 860 always does PXE boot

We bought a Dell PowerEdge 860 and installed Windows Server 2008 standard. So far so good. Now everytime the server reboots, it tries to PXE boot and hangs on cannot find pxe bootable, press f1 to ...
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hardware for bulding unified storage solution using nexentastor

looking to build a box for holding 5 to 8 TB of storage using nexentastor OS. without using commercial solutions like netapp. my current list is: Intel Xeon 8GB of RAM RAID controller with 256MB ...
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Dell PE R710 Lifecycle Controller

How would one use the dell lifecycle controller on the new R710 Servers ? I have seen demos on youtube and it can install linux, windows from there without inserting the installation discs ? I am on ...
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New Dell PE R710 - Storage

Dell PE R710, received from Dell in the following state : Windows Disk 0 1800GB ( Volume C & D ) Windows Disk 1 526 GB (Volume E ) Perc6i Integrated Raid Controller 6 x 500GB Nearline SAS ...
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How to configure SCSI hard drives and RAID for Poweredge 2850 web server

I'm trying to set up a Poweredge 2850 as a web server, but as a server novice it's causing me some confusion. Its a virgin install so no data to be lost as yet, so I'd like to get the best ...
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How to monitor RAID in Solaris 10 x86 on PowerEdge 2650 with PERC 3/Di

I have a PowerEdge 2650 with the PERC 3/Di RAID controller. The OS installed is Solaris 10 8/07 U4. Currently RAID is configured through the BIOS and it works fine, but I have no way to monitor ...
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How should I remotely manage Dell Poweredge 2850 running Ubuntu server?

First I've got to say I'm a Linux / Ubuntu novice, so go gentle on me as I'm on day 3. I've managed to get Ubuntu server Ubuntu 8.04 LTS installed and running on the Poweredge 2850 I bought off ebay. ...
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Dell Poweredge 2650 RAM Upgrade

I bought an old Dell Poweredge 2650 off ebay to use as a dev server, but I need to get more RAM for it. From what I understand there were 2 versions of the 2650 released, with the older version only ...
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Why are there two backplane connectors inside a Dell poweredge r410?

Just received a new 1U server - a Dell Poweredge r410. There are four hot-swap drive trays, which can accommodate either SAS or SATA drives. However, the odd thing is, instead of a single SFF8087 ...
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PowerEdge 2800 Server - PERC 4e/Di RAID — Installing Windows

Have the above server (got it for free) with the PERC 4e/Di raid controller inside (according to dell's site). I've downloaded the drivers to a floppy. The Windows Server 2003 Install disk recognizes ...
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Installing ESXi on Dell Poweredge Server

We had two Dell Poweredge servers donated to us yesterday which I want to install ESXi on. I'm used to HP servers, but I understand that it is possible to buy Dell servers with ESXi pre-installed. ...
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What is the failure rate of servers being moved physically from one location to another?

We are moving 55 servers, mostly Dell PowerEdge 2850's 30 miles over a mountain road.
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Poweredge Sc1425 wont boot after install

I'm trying to install ESXi 4 on a PowerEdge SC1425. I have the Bios set as SATA drives as opposed RAID as the install doesn't detect the raid, I've told it to install on drive 0 and everyhting appears ...
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Installing VMware ESXi 4.0 on Dell 1950: Cannot open vmkboot.gz

I am trying to install VMware ESXi 4.0.0 U1 on a Dell 1950 server via a bootable CD-ROM. I keep getting this error right at the start: Cannot open vmkboot.gz I checked that the CD-ROM drive is not ...
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Problems with my poweredge 2970

The company I work for just bought 3 PowerEdge 2970 servers and they all have the same problem. Is this server worth buying or are the problems that come with it make it not worth it? Are there alot ...
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How to speed up boot sequence on a Dell PowerEdge 1950

Everytime I had to reboot one of the Dell PowerEdge 1950 we have, there are very long tests and with them the boot sequence becomes incredibly long. Is there a way to turn off all these tests (or at ...
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Will Power Edge Servers and Cisco Routers Power on when given power?

This post mentioned that servers can be powered on when given power (useful for remote power up by PDU). Does anyone know if Dell PowerEdge servers have this options (particularly 2950 and 2850s). ...
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How do I unlock Dell T610 case?

I've just got a Dell PowerEdge T610 server. The case is locked and looks like it needs a flattish key to open. Two circular ended keys came with the server, but they fit the front of the case, not the ...
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Bizarre file system errors, SBS2003

As a follow up to this question. I've been able to do further testing, and here is what I've found. I'm also working with Dell support on this, here is the email to them. This is not an actual file ...
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Hyper-V on Dell PowerEdge T-105

I am not a hardware expert and am seeking help from them. I bought a Dell PowerEdge T105 server to run a Hyper-V setup for my Dev work. I did not want the OS from them as I already have the OS. So ...