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Best Practices for virtualizing servers onto the SAN?

Alright, so I want to start leveraging my SAN a little more than I have been, and at the same time, take advantage of ESXi. Currently, I've got an array of Dell PowerEdge 1955 blades connected to a ...
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Should I use bios “Advanced ECC” in Dell PowerEdge R710 Bios with ECC DIMMs?

I have a Dell PowerEdge R710 with dual Intel Xeon E5503 CPUs. It has 96GB(12x8GB) of ECC DIMMs. In its BIOS, memory is configured for "Advanced ECC". My question is if my DIMMs are already ECC, does ...
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Dell PowerEdge server crashed, how to repair? What happened? Information inside

I am currently in high school and run our school's website. This summer, our SysAdmin was diagnosed with cancer, and he went off for treatment, so I have been thrown into an interesting situation. ...
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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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“power limit notification” clobbering on 12G Dell servers with RHEL6

Server: Poweredge r620 OS: RHEL 6.4 Kernel: 2.6.32-358.18.1.el6.x86_64 I'm experiencing application alarms in my production environment. Critical CPU hungry processes are being starved of resources ...
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Monitoring Dell/HP Servers Running ESXi (Free)

What are you all doing to monitor ESXi servers that run the free edition? With the lack of SNMP support, it seems fairly limited to me. What'd I'd like to be able to do is get some type of alert when ...
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Network Cable is NOT unplugged Windows ARGH

Okay this is driving me NUTS. The server will sit with a Network Status of "Unplugged" for ages until it is rebooted. This seems to occur at random times (2am, 10pm, 8:30am, 3pm etc) it does once ...
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New server causing weird noise in headphones and speakers; Is this electromagnetic interference? What's causing it?

I work for a small radio station that recently acquired a refurbished Dell PowerEdge 1950 server. After placing it in the server room along with several other servers and sound processing hardware ...
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Linux drivers for Dell PowerEdge Server?

I am looking at purchasing a Dell PowerEdge R720 with no OS on it. Then, I will likely put on Fedora Core or CentOS. My question is this, will the drivers on Dell's support site under the OS heading ...
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w1228 romb batt < 24h

I just got this message on the front panel of one of our servers, a Dell PowerEdge 2900. I believe this means that the RAID controller card battery is nearly dead. The question that I have is what ...
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Dell OpenManage Server Administrator - doesn't display storage devices

I'm running CentOS 5 on a Dell PowerEdge R200. I have installed OpenManage Server Administrator specifically to monitor the HDDs (x2 250GB RAID1) in the machine and alert of any issues or failures. I ...
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Dell PERC 4 (PowerEdge 2850): Unresolved configuration mismatch between disks(s) and NVRAM

We had an extended power outage (almost four hours); now I have a Dell PowerEdge 2850 server which is giving me this error (from a PERC 4e/DI) on boot up: All drives are listed in the PERC ...
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Ideal way to deploy SSL to blades/chassis

I have about 14 Dell M1000e chassis and corresponding 224 blades. I just received a wildcard SSL cert, but don't want to manually visit each administrative page to upload the cert/key. I understand ...
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Install 2.5" SSD drives into PowerEdge 2950

I have a PowerEdge 2950 (not III) rack-mounted server with a 3.5" SAS backplane. I'd like to put one or two Intel X25-M drives into it for hosting of a few virtual servers on faster disk. Can this be ...
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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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Disable hyperthreading from within Linux (no access to BIOS)

I have a system running a financial trading application at a remote facility. I do not have access to the ILO/DRAC, but need to disable hyperthreading. The system runs Intel Nehalem 3.33GHz X5680 ...
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Dell R510 vs R710 [closed]

the Dell R510 and R710 can both hold regular configurations (e.g. X5650, 24 GB RAM, etc.) and these usually come out to about the same price. Is there a particular reason why one would choose the ...
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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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Should I install vanilla ESXi or the Dell customised version on a new cluster of R620

Pretty much as the title says, clearly there a pros from having the Dell customisations but what are the cons? Will it still work with VMware Update Manager and similar. This is for a cluster of many ...
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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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Problems installing OS on Dell PowerEdge R410

I have inherited a Dell PowerEdge R410 and no disks. I have downloaded the Dell Systems Build and Update Utility for the R410 and booted from the optical drive. In the management console you have the ...
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can I use US servers in Europe?

I have a couple of Dell Poweredge R200 coloed in the US and thinking to move some of them to Europe. I am wondering if this is possible without modification (regarding 110 vs 230 voltage difference)? ...
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BitLocker Setup requires the drive file system to be NTFS

We are running a new Windows 2008 R2 Server on Dell PowerEdge R620 Hardware. I am trying to enable BitLocker Encryption on the C Drive, I have already enabled the TPM from the BIOS. During the ...
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Samsung 840 Pro SSDs in a Dell R720

We have a MySQL database server running on an Dell PowerEdge R720 (PERC H710 Mini RAID controller) ( (Ubuntu 12.04). We're considering upgrading the 2 x 146GB 15k SAS drives to Samsung 840 Pro SSDs. ...
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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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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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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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unable to log into DRAC5, stuck at logging in please wait

Dell 2950 III, DRAC5 I was able to previously log into to the DRAC but probably haven't done so in a year or so. I have three of those servers and I am unable to log into any of them remotely. I ...
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Dell PowerEdge t710 virtualization suggestions

My company just bought a dell PowerEdge t710 server with 48 gig ram 4tb disk 4x4 gb ethernet ports. My job is to configure virtual (hyperV) system infrastructure on this server. The requirements are: ...
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JBOD SAS adapter for Solaris/Nexenta on Dell PowerEdge 2950?

Given: One or more available Dell PowerEdge 2950 servers The desire to deploy ZFS iSCSI storage using Nexenta or Solaris ZFS uses software RAID Dell's PERC 5 RAID controllers do not support JBOD ...
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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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Poor Disk Performance on VMs; Host using PERC H310 RAID 5

I have a Dell R620 running 5 500GB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drives in a PERC H310 controller (which I am beginning to regret buying). I am getting awful read/write speeds on Linux ...
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Any trick to connect to the DRAC console from a mac?

I have two Dell PowerEdge 2950 with DRAC5 cards, and I'm a mac user, running Snow Leopard. Is there any trick to benefit from the remote console capability? I am open to any suggestion, including ...
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What are the iDRAC 7 default settings?

My company has purchased a server in one of our foreign offices. As this office is very far away, management has asked me to set it up remotely, to save on travel costs. The server (a PowerEdge T320) ...
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Slow parity initialization of RAID-5 array on HP Smart Array P411 controller

On 29th October 2011, I built a RAID-5 array using 4 x 146.8GB Seagate SAS ST3146855SS drives running at 15k connected to a PowerEdge R515 with HP Smart Array P411 controller running Windows 2008 (so ...
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How to DISable display sleep on Dell PowerEdge R310

The display on these PowerEdge systems goes to sleep after some period of time. Normally, when you plug in a KVM, you have to press a key to "wake up" the display. I'm connecting these servers to a ...
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Dell PowerEdge Server BitLocker Hotswap Hard disks

We have a Windows 2008 R2 Server running on a Dell PowerEdge R310 Server with Bitlocker enabled. There are two physical Hard disks configured as RAID 1. One of the disks recently started having an ...
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Install existing SSL certificate on Dell iDRAC7

I've got some servers with iDRAC7 Enterprise and I want to add my existing wildcard SSL certificate for my domain so that when I load the iDRAC webpage I get a valid certificate. I've tried the ...
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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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How to determine the Java version needed for different versions of DRACs

We have two different server machines in our workplace, they are: Dell - PowerEdge T620 - runs drac 7 (ver 1.35.35) Dell - PowerEdge 2950 - runs drac 5 (ver 1.65) Is it possible for me to ...
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PERC 6/i RAID on Dell R710: Slow disk… RAID10 on single controller?

There are multiple questions here - but it starts with this: we've a Dell PowerEdge R710 with a PERC 6/i RAID controller (or controllers) in a RAID10 configuration. The system is running Ubuntu ...
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Why 10GbE card cannot negotiate 10Gbit with Windows 2012R2?

The Problem I've got four identical blade servers. I've got Windows Server 2012 R2 on one blade and Xen on all the others. On the Windows-hosted server (only) the 10GbE NICs cannot negotiate ...
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Why is domU faster than dom0 on IO?

I have installed debian 7 on a physical machine. This is the configuration of the machine: 3 hard drives using RAID 5 Strip element size: 1M Read policy: Adaptive read ahead Write policy: Write ...
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Dell Poweredge 2950 firmware upgrade bricked DRAC 5

We recently tried to upgrade the firmware on a DRAC 5 in a Poweredge 2950 with the latest "Update package for Red Hat Linux" as available here. This failed half way though with an error and ...
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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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Network traffic to server keeps dropping out

I have a production server that is responsible for controlling a factory. The server runs a number of control applications and a SQL server. The problem I have is that one of the applications that ...
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How can I get WMI to return info on physical disks in Dell Poweredge server with RAID enabled?

I'm using WMI to gather stats on some of our servers, and I'm trying to get details of the physical disks that are installed in each server. The servers are various Dell PowerEdge models. Windows' ...
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Save the Dell PowerEdge blue indicators

I'm staring at several racks of Dell Poweredge servers, which have behaved very well for us, but... The blue power indicators (LCD backlight on newer machines) fade out over time. I think I could ...
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Dell PowerEdge server acoustic noise

I'm currently searching for a server to put in my office. The mains specifications for this server is to make the less acoustic noise as possible and be rackable. I already tried an HP DL360 G3 and ...
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What is the “bezel” and why does Dell charge 15€ for it?

I'm in the process of shopping around for a new server and came across the "1U Rack Bezel" option for Dell's PowerEdge™ R310 server. The only hint is the german heading "Frontblende" which seems to ...