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Server vendor that allows 3rd party disks

As noted here, Dell is no longer allowing 3rd party disks to be used with their latest servers. As in, they don't work period. Which means that if you buy one of these boxes and want to upgrade the ...
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Why do rack switches have their ports on the front?

I've ordered some rack hardware from Dell. A 42U rack, a 3U EqualLogic SAN, two 1U PowerConnect 5424 switches, three 1U PowerEdge servers, and some other stuff such as a tapedrive, firewall, UPS, etc. ...
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Is it okay to put a 2U server in a 2-post rack?

I have a Dell R710 2U server. It's pretty heavy, so it seems to me like it needs support in the front and the back, but we only have a 2-post rack. The rack is bolted to the floor, so it's pretty ...
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Are there any good reasons for disabling hardware-assisted virtualization?

We've had a number of servers from Dell recently, all of which have had hardware-assisted virtualization disabled in the BIOS. As far as I know hardware-assisted virtualization is a good thing - so ...
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Alternatives to Dell's mirrored SD card module for booting a small OS from flash?

Dell offers an add-on hardware card for some of their servers that provides a poor man's RAID1 between two SD cards (one card gets all the reads until it dies, writes are mirrored) for booting a ...
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Batch Query Dell Service Tags

Anyone know of a way to get a bunch of information for a list of service tags, does Dell have a section on their site for this? I would also be open to any Perl / Python libraries or *nix shell ...
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What is the added value of installing Dell / HP / IBM / etc. supplied drivers?

I manage a couple of hundred Linux servers, most of which are HP, if they are not virtualized. Historically, we have installed the HP ProLiant Support Pack (PSP) since before I started working here. ...
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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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What are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a SAN for a small office virtualization project?

I am in the process of consolidating 6 physical servers running 6 different operating system flavors (don't ask) into two identical physical servers (Dell PowerEdge 2900), using the free VMware ESXi ...
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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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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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ESX3.5 Cluster & MD3000i — Both servers see iSCSI Targets, Only one server can use partition

Alright. First and foremost, Warning. This is a bigger-then-normal question. I like to be thorough and try to eliminate all possible "easymode" answers, as well as give everyone a feel of what i've ...
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How would you apply a BIOS update for a Dell M610 blade with VMware ESXi installed?

We've got a Dell M610 blade with VMware ESXi 4 installed and we need to update it's BIOS to the latest version. Unfortunately, Dell only makes available a Windows (.exe) and Linux (.bin) versions of ...
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Poor read performance on Dell Perc H200 RAID10 with (4) 1TB 7200rpm 64MB drives

I am seeing only 50MB/s reads: ensnare@box:~$ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda [sudo] password for ensnare: /dev/sda: Timing cached reads: 4592 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2296.48 MB/sec Timing buffered disk ...
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Dell Perc 6/i and 3TB drives?

Does the dell Perc 6/i controller support 3TB drives?
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Server health monitoring software [closed]

Hey all! I am looking for some software to monitor the health status of our servers. Our environment is a pretty typical mix of HP/Dell running Microsoft Server and VMware vSphere. We are currently ...
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Dell MD1000 and an x4 SAS connector throughput / layout

I'm trying to get my head around how a multi lane x4 SAS connector works in a DAS system such as the Dell MD1000. I understand that each lane is 3Gbps, and that multiple hard drives can share a lane. ...
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How to upgrade an iSCSI Switch stack with minimal downtime?

We have several Dell 6248 swtich stacks (of 3 each) that form the backbone of our iSCSI Storage network. We need to perform firmware updates on the switch stacks, but are concerned about the downtime ...
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control startup order of several servers

I'm looking for recommendations on how to control the startup order of a rack of machine should they all need to be booted back up. In more detail: Group1: DHCP/DNS/LDAP Server Group2: NFS ...
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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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Force Dell iDracs and BMC's to use lanplus instead of lan interface

Is there a way to force my Dell BMCs and iDrac cards to only use the lanplus interface and not use the insecure "lan" interface. I understand that there are some "firewall" features in the IPMI spec. ...
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Do dell perc 6i cards support online expansion of a raid 1 array when both drives have been replaced with larger ones?

Do Dell perc 6i cards support online expansion of a raid 1 array when both drives have been replaced with larger ones? For example the the Logical Drive 0 (LDO) has two member 73gb drives. We have ...
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Dell OEM XP downgrade Keys

I am working with a small company that purchases the XP downgrade when they order there computers from dell. They then apply an image to the systems, and need a CD key when it is finished. ...
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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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How to grow a hardware Raid 5?

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2970. Currently it runs as a ESXi server with a handful of VM's on it. I have 3 300GB drives plugged in to it, and 5 open trays across the front. It is setup as a hardware ...
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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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Dell SSD options and 3rd party SSDs in Dell hardware

Anyone have any experience with Dell's SSDs? We're looking at using them for a machine running a key value database like Tokyo Tyrant. They're expensive as well as being pretty small. Only 25/50GB ...
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Hardware checks for Dell R820 Servers through Nagios using SNMP

We use Nagios for monitoring. Is there a way to create hardware checks using SNMP MIB for R820 servers running ESXi5.x on them? Right now we are using this python plugin: current python plugin But ...
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Does Dell Permit 3rd Party Hard Drives on Perc 6/i?

I have various Dell servers (all 2950's) I would like to put some SSDs in. I have spoken to Dell on the phone and asked for a quote for 128GB SSDs for 2950's, they told me they don't sell them for ...
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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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How can I manage Dell H700 RAID controllers from the Linux command line?

Previous PERC controllers could all be managed/monitored by the LSI MegaCLI tools. The latest release of those tools does not appear to recognize my H700 card: $ sudo /opt/MegaRAID/MegaCli/MegaCli64 ...
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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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Provisioning DELL servers using only linux tools

We have taken delivery of a bunch off Dell Poweredge Rack servers. Unfortunately when ordering it was neglegted to ask for dhcp to be enabled in the built in iDRAC controlers... So they are all stuck ...
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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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What type of SAS/SATA cables do Dell SAS6/iR and SAS5/iR controller cards use?

I'm considering buying a bunch of these to upgrade our servers at work (with SATA drives, not true SAS). We are out of ports to plug disks into, and these cards are decently supported and cheap. The ...
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Will 208v Hurt My Servers?

I've decided to move most of my servers out of our closet at work and into a datacenter. All of our servers are 110v, however we're starting to purchase some new ones, and the datacenter tech ...
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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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Beginner SAS and server questions

I am a c++ programmer and database administrator looking to expand my knowledge of server administration and maintenance. I have read the Wikipedia pages and several other documents I found by ...
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Turning Dell laptop network drivers on with no network cable plugged in?

I have a rather nonstandard installation - Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Dell Latitude E6520 laptop. I want the Windows DNS server to run when the laptop starts up, but it looks like the network ...
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Dell 2950 - Can I mix SSD with spindle HDDs?

I have a Dell 2950 with a Perc 5/i controller inside it. I don't want to spark a debate about drive types and which is "better" etc etc. Just simply; I would like to put in 2x Cheetah 15.5k SAS ...
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2008 Sever Randomly reboots

I'm out of ideas here. We have a 2008 Server that keeps rebooting 2-3 times a day at completely random times with an "Unexpected Shutdown" event. There are no Dumps, no events leading to it just like ...
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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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Easily patch Dell firmware without OS support?

On our HP servers, HP provides an image we can put on a USB key (or CD), boot from and patch the all the firmware in the system. On our Linux Dell servers there's a convenient yum repository we can ...
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Set 802.1Q tagged port on VLAN1 on Dell PowerConnect switch

I'm having big troubles when adding this Dell switch to my network. Here we use several VLANs to segment traffic. All switches (3com and DLink mostly) have configured the same VLANs, most ports are ...
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How do I secure a Dell Idrac card?

I'm trying to completely lock down a server which has to exist outside of a firewall/directly routed to the internet and whilst I have hardened the base OS to the best of my ability, I had a moment of ...
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Upgrading RAID 5 array drives in a DELL 2950 with Perc 6i controller

We currently have a DELL 2950 with 4 x 400Gb 10krpm SAS drives in RAID 5, and one of those drives has failed. Not having any identical spares (don't slap me, it's not my fault), and not being able to ...
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please demystify the 10Gb ethernet interfaces, cables

this really is a Dell question but tempted to ask the experts @ serverfault. choosen a Dell powerconnect 8024 10GbE switch. per the spec sheet this has 10GbaseT ports. "24x 10GBASE-T ...
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Dell PowerVault MD3000 2TB partition size limit

I've a MD3000 and the max partition size that I can allocate is 2TB. Is there any way, through firmware updates or other trickery, to allocate a useful amount of space to a partition, 4TB say? Is it ...
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Dell PowerEdge IO and performance related problems

I have an Dell PowerEdge 830, but after installing a 4:th disk and while copying backup files to this new disk the overall performance of the server just plummet. The system degrades to a point where ...