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

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Should old servers be retired

I have servers which are still running well but are over 5 years old. They are still doing the job perfectly and there will be no advantage to upgrade the servers, should I just let them run forever ...
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What is the difference between hardware and software load balancers?

How does each work? I currently use PerlBal...is that ok? It's just round-robin non-session-based load balancing.
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Cheap servers, or expensive servers

I am in the process of building a server setup with a DB server and some web servers for the web tier. We have a DB server. One option is to get a good web server, Xeon processor, 24GB of memory, ...
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Recommend openSolaris file server hardware [closed]

On the SUN communityONE video they show a demo of openSolaris running on pretty beefy hardware, and the test I did in a VM (virtualbox) was definitely a hog resource-wise. My questions are regarding ...
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Many dropped packets on NIC

I've noticed a very large count of dropped packets in the NICs of some of my servers. Have you seen something like this before? Any idea on what can be the problem? Below there's some information ...
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Best hardware for ESX VMWare virtualization [closed]

We have a 200 person firm with 3 offices and we are about to go virtual with ESX VMWare. What are your hardware suggestions? Thx.
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GUI tools to administer Linux Box

What GUI tools do you advise to improve the usability of Linux for those accustomed to doing system administration the windows-way? Users new to Linux often get confused when they need to configure ...
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Low-profile PCI network interface card with Windows 2003 64 bit drivers [closed]

Can anyone recommend one of the above? Cheers, Rob
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Buying new machines: brand loyalty

Hypothetical: The specs and hardware are the exact same between two machines, but one brand is, Dell for example, and the other is, Sony. The Sony is X dollars more expensive They should both run ...
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Build a low-power file server

I would like to build a file server for backups. The server needs to be available 24/7 in a mixed Windows/Linux network, but service should not exceed 1 hour per day. Thats why power consumption is my ...
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AC Input for 48 Volt DC Powered Server

I bought a Rackable Systems PSCH-SR/IDE off of eBay not realizing it has a 48V DC power requirement. Is there any way to replace the power supply, or connect up an inverter of some kind? I ...
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How to choose server hardware for software development company?

we need to choose some server hardware for a small software development company (10-15 developers and 15-20 network users in total). We have some common tasks like Internet access (firewall), e-mail ...
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Recommended access point with remote management

As a bit of background, one of my primary responsibilities at my day job is wireless, but we're running about 1,000 APs, all the higher-end BlueSocket and Meru stuff with the expensive controllers. I ...
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BladeCenter basics

Every manufacturer seems to have different standards for what ships with their hardware; mounting rails, cable arms, power cables etc. I've got used to that for standard rack-mounted gear, but now ...
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Steps to debugging a PCI-Cardbus bridge on Linux

I have a PCI to PCMCIA adapter card that's installed in a Dell server running Linux 2.6. The documentation indicates that it works with both 3.3V and 5V cards, and with both 16-bit PCMCIA and Cardbus. ...
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How can I destroy data on a failed hard disk without voiding warranty?

Suppose I have a hard disk with data I don't want to expose to a third party. The warranty period for that disk still lasts. Now the disk starts malfunctioning. I can't use a disk wiping program on a ...
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What's a good policy concerning hard drives when relocating a company?

Our company has moved recenty. Although each computer was packaged into bubble wrap and hopefully handled carefully we now see a burst in hard disk failures. Some computers failed to boot immediately ...
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Embedded devices hardware comparison

Not sure if this is a 100% serverfault compliant question, but here goes: I need to choose the hardware for an embedded device I plan to develop and I'm looking for tips. Ideally there'd be a ...
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How can I configure a home proxy server only with router?

I want to connect: [work] <-> [proxyWork] <-> [myHome] <-> [www] I want to configure myHome as a proxy server but I don't want to switch on my home computer for all days. Does it exists any ...
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Which hardware can I use, when I want to run my software in areas with high humidity and temperature?

I have to create an application which will run in or near a kitchen. That means high humidity, temperature, and perhaps even fat splatter. I doubt standard PC hardware will work very long under these ...
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Drive fails to automatically assign a letter

I have 2 identical SATA-2 drives I use for backup purposes. Basically I have got e-Sata/USB2.0 cradle and 2 drives. When I need to do a peform a backup I "on" the drive cradle, do a backup, when ...
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Power switch when turned off will remotely turn off another switch? [closed]

Just wondering if there is any hardware device that when it loses power, will send a remote signal to another power switch to turn off? This is more for media equipment, but I figured if anybody knew ...
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Recommended hardware for Microsoft ISA Server standard?

The scenario is a small company with a few hundred users. ISA Server 2006 (at time of writing) will be implemented primarily to restrict websurfing and various applications like instant messaging per ...
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DIMMs: Single vs. Double vs. Quad Rank

What difference does the 'Rank' of DIMMs make to server memory? For example, when looking at server configurations I see the following being offered for the same server: 2GB (1x2GB) Single Rank ...
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Small business utilizing virtualization

We're a small business (about 10 people) looking into a virtualization setup mainly for disaster recovery reasons, but also for backup and possibly some server consolidation capability in the future. ...
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SATA Drive and RAID Controller Recommendation for FreeNAS [closed]

I'm looking to build a RAID Array for storage of media (Audio, Video), file server for both CIFS/NFS and as a repository for backups. Performance isn't a huge concern but reliability is as this is ...
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Best Commercial Data Recovery Software [closed]

What is the best (that you know of) commercial data recovery software? If a hard drive fails (SATA/ATA/SCSI), what is the best software to use to recover data from it? edit: the reason I specified ...
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Postgresql and Hardware

Just a question about your Postgresql server(s). On what hardware are you running Postgresql? (CPU, Memory, Disk configuration, RAID...) I'm planning to buy a dedicaded server for my postgresql ...
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Small computer that can run on power provided from CAT5e or USB? [closed]

I am wondering if such a thing exists. I am looking for a small computer (board, etc..) that I can literally just put a usb drive on in order to boot from, and then it get its power from USB or CAT5e. ...
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Itanium Development Dabbling Kit

A few years back you could buy a development kit that had a next generation processor, perhaps some memory, and a little IO. Further back was the world of transputers that came on a board in various ...
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What network equipment do I need for a small quarter-bay server farm?

I've just bought four servers, rented a quarter of server bay, bought some Internet connectivity, bought a specialized line to a private network I'm using, and now I need to buy a router (or two?) to ...
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Virtual Machine Dedicated Harddrive in ESX

Is it possible to give a virtual machine a dedicated hard drive in ESX. I want to do this to improve performance but my co worker says it's not possible.
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Hardware H.264 video encoders for production use?

I'm involved in a project that will involve encoding H.264 video from several sources for live, real-time transmission over the 'net, and it'd be nice to avoid having to dedicate an entire CPU-heavy ...
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Does KVM-over-IP typically hijack a NIC

I'm working with a Tyan S7010 motherboard, which has a built-in AST2050 IPMI module with KVM-over-IP functionality. The board has 2 physical NICs built in. There appears to be 3 MAC addresses on the ...
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Please help me add to this script to get server hardware info

(If this should be on stackoverflow just tell me...but it seemed more fitting here) I found the script below online from this site: http://forums.webhostautomation.com/showthread.php?t=8667 Can ...
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Testing software on lots of PCI cards

I am developing software that needs to work across the largest possible array of PCI adapter cards. Consider PCI ethernet cards. I can collect dozens of different cards, and I have a Windows XP ...
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Power on fan at timed interval

We are setting up a small 9U server cabinet in our office to house a single server along with a switch, UPS and some other miscellaneous components. When the two fans are powered on at the top of the ...
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RAID hard drive configurations

I'm building a linux traffic shaping routing box for a leased line connection. This box has to be reliable, so I'm planning on installing the operating system and data files on a RAID 1 configuration. ...
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Server Bandwidth requirements for a website?

I am currently developing a website application which should be able to handle around 2000+ users simultaneously when fully operational, what would be the server and bandwidth requirements to handle ...
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Best practices for recording hardware faults

In an environment of a couple of hundred of PCs and maybe 10-20 servers, what are the methods that are used to keep track of hardware failures and fixes either under warranty or otherwise? My ...
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hardware spec for vmware server

I'm considering buying a server for my home network to run vmware server, I use a number of virtuals for testing and web development (sharepoint, ie 6, 32bit windows, linux etc) and running ...
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harware spec for vmware server [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: hardware spec for vmware server I'm considering buying a server for my home network to run vmware server, I use a number of virtuals for testing and web development ...
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Moving a RAID array from one machine to another

I'm not too familiar with RAID arrays, but I plan on making a RAID 5 array for a fileserver. However, once I get the RAID running for a while, I have plans to move it to another machine (with ...
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Power on machine when there is power?

Is there a solution for powering a machine back on after power loss once the power is back on? I could use wake-on-lan, but if there is a solution (software or hardware) to automatically power-up once ...
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Is it mandatory to have my own server?

I wonder what are the benefits of having my own hardware hosting my website, and when exactly do I have to own my own server and the costs of that. For example from an average user who is running a ...
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Can anyone suggest best SSL VPN Gateway (Clientless 10 users) [closed]

Can anyone suggest best SSL VPN Gateway (Clientless 10 users)
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Can a (hw) loadbalancer check on HTTP status codes?

We're currently developing several websites using 2 web front-end servers (using apache and tomcat/jboss) with a loadbalancer in front of them. Since I'm a programmer, not a sysadmin, I can only guess ...
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Replacing a single controller domain with new hardware

So I have a small domain with a single controller running server 2k3. I want to replace the domain controller with new hardware. Is it possible to simply build a new domain with the exact same ...
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Low-budget, value-for-money, NAS unit with NFS support [closed]

I'm looking to buy a NAS unit for file storage on my network. It doesn't need to be massively fast, but high stability for a low price point is the ideal. I have a maximum budget of about AUD$1000, ...
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What are the Benefits of Server Hardware? [closed]

What are the benefits of using Server Hardware versus just placing server software on top of Desktop Hardware? I've been running a small time webserver for a couple of websites, a blog and a ...