Computer hardware is the collection of physical elements that comprise a computer system.

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Additional hard drive not detected in BIOS

So I'm working on a server which has a Tyan S2937 motherboard, and 2 CPUs. I have a drive bay capable of supporting 6 drives, and the motherboard has 6 SATA connectors. I want to setup the system ...
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Extended dual monitor white and blank [closed]

This may not be the appropriate place to ask this question, but I tried and couldn't find the one where I can ask about the Monitor. I have two Dell P2412H (24")monitors, in the extended set up. ...
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IBM Power 750 Express SCAN_ERROR_CHRP message

I'm seeing the following error on my IBM Power 750 Express (8233-E8B) server. From errlog, I see: Sep 15 sysplanar0 P PLAT_DUMP_COMPLETE Sep 15 errdemon T ERRLOG_ON Sep 15 sysplanar0 P ...
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Hardware mods: kludging a conversion from U320 SCSI to SAS/SATA

I apologise if this isn't an appropriate question for this forum. I've an elderly server that works well and that I'd therefore prefer not to scrap entirely. But I would like to replace the current ...
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HP ProLiant dl360 G4 with external backup

We are running a HP Proliant DL360 G4 with external HP Storageworks Ultrium 960 tape drive attached at the moment. Unfortunately the tape drive failed over the weekend and we are looking to upgrade ...
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How would you go about connecting 500 users to a corporate network? [closed]

I was referred here through superuser; I have used stack exchange sites for years, and this is my first time posting in one. Original Post: I have been searching the Internet trying to find a ...
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Is there a way to tell the runtime of a RAM module?

I'm planning on buying used RAM which was supposedly only used for a very short time. However, I'm afraid the seller might underestimate. Is there any way I can confirm the time for which the RAM ...
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CPU clarification in vCenter

So i'm running a lab on a Dell PE R410 2 X 4C 2.26Ghz, this evening I saw that vCenter is showing that the processor is @ 2.27Ghz. It's not that big of a deal but was curious as to why there is that ...
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Allow Non-Administrators to Install Specific Devices - Classes

I'm automating driver installation with the use of a central driver store. An important part of this approach is to add the Class GUID's of the devices/drivers to the GPO (Allow Non-Administrators to ...
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HP DL360 vs DL160 Gen9 [closed]

What is the advantages of HP DL360p Gen9 comparing to HP DL160 Gen9? I need server for HFT trading, requirements are: Solarflare or Mellanox network card latency speed one Xeon E5-2690 v3 processor ...
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Is it possible to disassemble an APC Netshelter SX enclosure?

I need to move an APC Netshelter SX 48U from one room to another, but the new room is lower than the current one and I cannot install it without disassembling it. According to APC, these enclosures ...
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Theoretical hardware recommendation for low-latency infrastructure [closed]

I do algorithmic trading as a hobby, and I'm about to step up my game in terms of latency. I have two questions regarding appropriate hardware and database software. Question 1. Before I will ...
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HP DL380 Gen8 doesn't turn on

We have a HP DL380 Gen8 in one of our data center and it is connected to a UPS, I checked the ILO and know that due to unstable electric powe,r the server has been shutdown with the following error: ...
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Can I take a mirrored raid drive and use it in another machine

I have about a dozen low end servers of varying makes and models and most have mirrored raid. I'm a bit confused about whether after a disaster (that hasn't harmed the drives) can I can take a drive ...
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Which STONITH hardware for power fencing?

I'd like to setup a two node high availability cluster using corosync/pacemaker/drbd. For that, of course, I need fencing. As far as I understand, all IPMI/iLO/... solutions do the job, but only as ...
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Windows server 2012 R2 drivers for Fujitsu CELSIUS R930 Power

I'm trying to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on a Fujitsu CELSIUS R930 Power workstation and have problems finding the right drivers. Fujitsu "tech support" won't help me - they don't support server ...
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lvm and hardware raid: hardware raid 5 and raid 1 in single volume group?

I have a system with pre configured hardware RAID. It has 2 disks in a RAID1 configuration. It has a further 6 disks in a RAID5 configuration. The 6 disk RAID5 is split (by the hardware) to look like ...
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Put NIC under heavy load [closed]

I think I've got a faulty NIC so I want to put it under heavy but controlled load to see if and when it dies. How can I generate such a load? The NIC is in a Hyper-V host with Windows and Linux ...
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1 x Raid card and 6 sata drive over 1 SFF-8087 port [closed]

I have a question regarding LSI00328 LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i Can I connect 6x sata drives to -4i card or I need -8i version
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HP ProLiant DL380 G6 with 2 x Intel x5650 CPUs

I have an old HP DL380 G6 server, I am trying to upgrade the processor. I added 2x X5650. but each time I powered the server on, the fans stat working loudly and keep like that. the server never never ...
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How big are my disk arrays?

On my SunOS 5.10 host are there 3 Sun 6140 disk arrays, and I would like to know the disk capacities. According to zpool list do I have a 5TB and 16TB pool. format shows me only 12 disks c2t1d31: ...
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What RAM options do I need to know before buying Server RAM?

This is a proposed Canonical Question about Server Memory. I have to buy a Dell R420 server and there are various combinations (1600 and 1333 MHz RDIMMS and UDIMMS) and Performance Optimized vs. ...
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What is the difference between a HBA card and a RAID card?

I thought I knew the difference between HBA and RAID. In my mind, HBA is offloading from the main motherboard/CPU and is simply JBOD... usually has an external SAS ports, whilst a RAID card does the ...
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Is there a way to check that the hardware of one server is the same as that of another?

We have three Ubuntu (trusty) servers taking requests. One of them is having a variety of weird problems that we are trying to find the cause of. Firstly, we want to rule out hardware differences. So ...
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Why does a low level format take very long time?

I can write ~100MB/s on a particular 4TB SAS drive when it have a file system on it, but a low level format on this drive took >16 hours. That's ~70kB/s. Since there is not filesystem and only zeroes ...
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Cisco switch, white residue in switch ports

I have 2 cisco small business switches, unknown age and provenance, both have developed a white residue on some of the switch ports as below image: Any ideas what causes this? It looks a little ...
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Is it safe to put non-standard units inside racks?

Is it unsafe or might the request be denied by some companies that offer colocation to put non-standard units inside a full rack? This is my case and, speaking of dimensions, it fits. Also, as you ...
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Proliant DL380 G7 won't boot, solid amber power LED

I have a problem with an HP Proliant DL380 G7 that leaves me without much in the way of troubleshooting approaches. This server will not boot. It was stored in a datacenter, and I went to retrieve it ...
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Hardware solution for small IT company [closed]

I'm starting up a small programming company for web development soon, so I have couple of questions and dilemmas in my mind. First of all should I go for standalone machines for each programmer or ...
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Can I Use Different Versions of CME and CUE

I am running CME 8.6 on a Cisco 2811. I would like to install NM-CUE and run CUE 7 with this. It this possible, even with a version mismatch?
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Are AMD Opterons more reliable than AMD FX CPUs?

AMD Opteron CPUs are marketed for servers, and FX CPUs for desktops. However, both support ECC, and while only Opterons support registered RAM, the issue is unrelated to reliability. So, what makes ...
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RAID consideration for 24 Disk Array

I have here a 24 Disk Array with 3.7 TB disks in it. What would be, performance wise a good configuration when using a RAID 6: RAID 6 over all 24 disks or should I use 2x12 disk RAID 6 and than a RAID ...
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Hot spare host vs cold spare host?

We have several hosts where we have an identical hot spare host, which is patched and updated so it is very close to have to same software and config. In case of failure the network cable is switched ...
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Performance of HP SSDs in HP servers

I am trying to find performance data about the official SSDs offered by HP for their servers. I can hardly find any specifications on the HP website or somewhere else on the Web. The device I am ...
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Box to create a VNC to multiple servers' VGA output and keyboard

My boss has ordered me to find a box that we can connect to our 8 servers, so that we can view the VGA output and use the keyboard as if we were sitting directly in front of the server (i.e. see that ...
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DHCP server hardware [closed]

I have a user who needs to set up a DHCP Server for about 8000 users. Can I set it up on regular PC hardware. So far we have not set it up for more than 200-300 users. Are there anything which I need ...
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How many power circuits do I have in a rack?

I'm planning to get some colocation space from someone in my area, and like most companies that offer colocation, ask about power supplies (of course) in the quote form. I'll need a power of 1000W ...
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CentOS not detecting Intel 10G (ixgbe) interface

I have a server with CentOS 6.5 installed with 2x 1Gbps Ethernet Cards, I have added a new interface (Intel(R) 10 Gigabit PCI Express Network) but the problem. is the system is not detecting the ...
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Are transceivers hot swappable?

Are transceivers in general hot swappable, and if not, how do I find out if these are? Using these adapters 665243-B21, HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 560FLR-SFP+ 665249-B21, HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port ...
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Pros and cons of virtualization [closed]

I'm aware of many questions here discussing similar topic, but in this case, I'll try to be much more specific. One target scenario is small to mid-size ISV, the second scenario is an enterprise ...
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Windows laptops similar to macbook pro [closed]

My employer provides a macbook pro with core i7, 16GB ram and an SSD drive. It is an awesome laptop. I am able to run 2 VMs, glassfish, mysqld, IntelliJ IDEA at the same time. Is there a equivalent ...
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SMI generation / detection in GRUB / real mode vs. in Linux

I'm trying to get an idea of the frequency and duration of SMI events on a Supermicro X10SAE C226 board (2.0a BIOS) with E3-1245v3 Haswell CPU. The Intel BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS) SMI ...
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Determine what MAC addresses are connected to a given port on a Netgear GS724T via SNMP?

In looking through the output of an snmpwalk against our GS724T Netgear switch I was surprised that it doesn't list what MAC address(es) are connected and/or using a given port on the switch. This ...
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Is Dell Poweredge 2950 faster than Dell Poweredge R820? [closed]

I have a 10 year old Dell Poweredge 2950 that will be replaced with a Dell Poweredge R820. Both of these machines are set up as a Virtual Machine Host Running Hyper-V. Both Operating Systems are ...
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Change Hardware Resources During Certain Times Of Day On Windows Azure Virtual Machine

I thought I read you could change the hardware resources during certain times, days, etc for Windows Azure Virtual Machines. I however don't see this option, am I missing it in the Azure portal or is ...
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Benefit of Dell PERC Card for SSD

I bought a dell workstation for using with mysql and python. It came with a single HD and PERC 310 controller. I then installed the OS on an ssd instead to speed things up. However, there seems to ...
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HP Proliant DL380 G3 not booting. Error “1611 fan 7 not present” after changing power supply

I inherited an HP proliant DL380 G3 some years back and it's been working faithfully as a games/web/build server. At some point during the past year where I haven't been using it the power supply ...
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How to determine VMware ESX server requirements for n VMs?

I am going to buy a high-end server for my department's daily usage. On this server, I am planning to launch 2 DB servers, 2 Application Servers and around 10 ordinary development PCs on the VMware ...
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Upgrading RAID controller to 4kn - do I have to reinitialize the array to use 4kn?

I have an enterprise-grade workstation with an Adaptec 6405E RAID controller in it. According to Adaptec, this RAID controller does not, and will never be able to, natively support 4K disk sectors. If ...
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Why do we still use power supplies on datacenter servers?

Computers mainly need three voltages to work : +12V, +5V and +3,3V, all of them are DC. Why can't we just have a few (for redundancy) big power supply providing these three voltages to the entire ...