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

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I am planning to build a small home sever, What would be best configuration?

My requirement is to build a custom server. On which I will install vmware esxi and then create 2 hardware level virtual machines one Windows server 2008 r2 and one ubuntu server. What do you think ...
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What is the best hard drive for random-reading small blocks

We need to do random reads (seeks) on 5 KB blocks from a huge file (150 gigabyte). What hard drive is the best suited for this type? What is the expected performance from an SSD in this scenario? I ...
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SMART warns me but I don't trust it

I've got a server with four Samsung hard drives. All drives are the same model and have been bought together. The drives are SAMSUNG HE753LJ with firmware 1AA01113. I'm getting SMART errors but I ...
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restoring a failed SBS 2000 box

I read a post where you had mentioned you have had a PERC card blow up on you in an SBS box... I've got a similar situation where one of my RAID drives failed and then the power supply failed before ...
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Need a dumb switch or a smart hub

So here is my goal. I have a number of interfaces that I want to use to playback recorded traffic. I also have a number of interfaces that I want to use the listen to the recorded traffic. I'd like ...
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ASP.NET Web Server Hardware Configuration

I'm planning on deploying my ASP.NET Web app in the production environment using a Windows Server 2003 machine. But I know nothing about the CPU brand names and what's best. I know 4 GB RAM, with ...
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How to detect undetected hard drive volume in Windows Server 2003

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2650 and I'm running Windows Server 2003. Here is some back ground on the hardware of this Dell PE 2650. I have 4 (not 5) 17GB RAID drives and has set up two containers. In ...
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Calculating the maximum number of sectors per track for a hard disk

If you know the media transfer rate of a hard disk, how do you use that information to calculate the maximum number of sectors per track?
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Is there a way to test RAM on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 machine?

Is there a way to test RAM on a Windows 2008 R2 x64 machine? I have 6GB of RAM, and I suspect one of my 4 sticks may be bad.
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Database or website of kernel config files? [closed]

I've experienced some kernel panic after trying to compile gentoo kernel for a Sun UltraSPARC T5120 Server. The kernel panic came from a missing support for the SAS disk controller in the menu config. ...
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Need to build new FTP server

I manage an AD domain (functional level Win 2003) and am currently using a stand-alone server (Win 2003 also) with BulletProof FTP server installed. I have used BPFTP for close to 10 years now (back ...
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Specify hardware for minimum transfer rates

I will possibly be working on a system that collects images from a vision system and stores them in a dB along with status information. Because the system is tied to a continuous production process ...
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Connect an ethernet device to my local computer and forward using ssh to a remote computer? [closed]

I have a device that connects to the network. Unfortunately, I cannot connect it at my desk due to the IT department not wanting to put non controllable devices on the network. Is there a way that I ...
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What do you do with all the leftover components from a server purchase?

So when I buy a server from HP, it typically pays to start with a pre-configured Smart-Buy and then add all the junk I want in it to the order. So what should I do with all of the stuff that came ...
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Installing Windows 2008 R2 Server halts at grey screen

Two weeks ago when I rebooted our Win2008 R2 Server (64-bit) it started to power up and load Windows (Windows 2008 Server) but would then suddenly turn-off and start powering up again (and then just ...
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Why is hotswap so much more expensive?

I am currently looking a building a server, and am comparing hardware. In particular I have been looking at hard drives. It seems like hotswap hard drives are significantly more expensive than normal ...
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Why did our raid array fail?

We have an old HP DL380 G3 with 6x36GB Ultra320 SCSI drives in a RAID 10 array. We monitor the drives carefully as they are old - the SMART pre-failure indications all said OK. Then 4 days later, 2 ...
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What is modem MAC MTA address?

I've read about some modems having a MAC MTA address. Could you tell me what is a MAC MTA address? What is it used for and what kind of modems usually have it?
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Server config for PHP/Apache2/MySQL for 250,000 hits per day?

Can anyone recommend a config, or better yet point me to a full case study for this web setup? Basically we have a php site getting about 100,000 hits per day. It's already getting connection ...
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Adding another HardDisk to my server

I have a ubuntu server and I am planning to add another harddisk to it. Currently installed harddisk is iSCSI drive and I can add new SATA2 harddisk using NAS or SAS. I lack knowledge of linux in ...
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More RAM or More Cores for a MySQL Database Server?

Here's the scenario, which I'd love your expert advice on: I've got about 2GB of database currently, maybe double that in a year. I want the optimum server performance for the dedicated DB server I'm ...
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2wire router - every 600 seconds latency jumps up for 110 seconds

Exactly every 600 seconds (10 minutes) my 2wire 2701HG-B has latency go from around 15ms to between 400ms and 800ms. This lasts for between 108 seconds and 113 seconds averaging 110 seconds. This is ...
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Remote hard reboot using APC Smart-UPS 1500

I have a situation where every now and then a server crashes (so Powerchute software won't help) and needs a "hard reboot" - someone needs to switch it off and on again manually. It would be great to ...
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Delays on Dell Servers?

Is anyone else experiencing delays in getting orders for servers fulfilled from Dell? We ordered some servers in late November of 2009 and got an estimated ship date of early Dec. That date has ...
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How do I know if a SATA HDD controller is compatible with my computer?

I recently acquired a NASA-surplus server to use as a NAS server for my household. It's the perfect computer for the job; it has two Xeon 2.4Ghz processors, 2Gb of ram, and 7 front-mounted hard drive ...
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Power and fans but no post, no nothing…sometimes

I'm troubleshooting a laptop. If I let it sit for a couple hours and turn it on, I get a post message, and it boots up just fine. However, if I turn the computer off then back on or reboot, it has ...
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Hardware/BIOS Monitoring Tools with Email or other Reporting Functionality

I am looking for recommendations for good software that can report the status of hardware it is installed on through an email or IP Connection. A bit of background, my organization has 160 locations ...
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Passwording an external hard drive on Windows Xp/Vista

Was wondering if there is a way to protect the contents of an external hard drive on windows Xp/Vista? Is it possible to password an external hard drive, such that when its plugged to a system, a ...
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Video card for a Dell 2900?

I want better graphics on a Dell 2900 server, to replace onboard 16M vga. The machine has PCI-E 4X and 8X sockets but no 16X socket (so most graphics cards are excluded immediately). However it does ...
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Highly random PostgreSQL database host

We're working with PostgreSQL very successfully on a moderately large project (approximately 12GB of data in our working set) Currently we're on a 2GB RAM machine with 7200RPM disks. You can imagine ...
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HyperV Server Recommendations [closed]

Looking to implement HyperV on 2008 R2... We currently use an HP DL380, but we are looking to expand a bit and were thinking maybe a blade solution was the answer... Or an HP DL370 G6... Or the Intel ...
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how to speed up a database - hardware only

simple question - what is the best way to improve a database's performance using hardware only? in this situation a few very very large tables are being queried very regularly by 1-4 processes at a ...
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Multi slot CPU mainboard running Linux

Soon we will receive a 2-CPU mainboard with 2 Quad-Core Xeons on it. We have also a GNU system with Linux kernel (preconfigured). Currently, this Linux runs on a multi-core 1-CPU (Quad Core). My ...
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What features of a HP DL server make it so much more performant than commodity hardware?

I've used HP DL machines at work. I found them to be blazingly fast, but very expensive expensive - up to $15k, I am curious though, although the spec we typically used (e.g. dual AMD Opteron 2.6GHz, ...
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Server Hardware Recomendation [closed]

I'm ready to buy a few servers and I'm wondering what the best setup would be. My site serves about 1M php pages day. And the database has about 4M rows that are constantly growing. (60% read, 40% ...
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SMART attribute CRC error count raw values high + errors logged, time to replace drive?

I have 2x Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 about a year old in RAID 1, md0 is boot and md1 is used by LVM. Just recently I got a warning in X (FC11) that there are one or more disks failing. I looked at the ...
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What do I need to transform my network from Ethernet to WiFi?

I'd like to know what is the best Hardware to install/buy to transform the whole network of my company from Ethernet to WiFi (keeping Ethernet for security first...). There are 2 servers and 12 ...
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How to get info about my network software & hardware?

I have a lot of computers in my network and I need to get information about the software and hardware installed on all of them. In other words I want to have something like the pc network inventory, ...
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Have I bricked my Sun V20z?

I have a small pile of Sun V20z computers. I was trying to update the SP and BIOS firmwares in order to bring them all up to the same standard -- mostly to get the updated (ie actually useful) SP ...
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Recommend server hardware [closed]

I'm trying to transfer my organization's website from the university server to a separate machine on the network and need to know what the hardware needs will be. This will be a Linux server (you can ...
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IRQL Levels: which are high and which are low

In IRQL (Interrupt Request Levels) which are the high levels and which are the lower levels? I'm talking in terms of numbers? Are the high numbers the high levels or are they the low levels... ...
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Free Hardware and Software Logging Software

Just wondering if anyone knows of some software that will log windows based computer hardware, software, license keys for OS, Word etc. Preferable a exe that I can run that produces a html/text file ...
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Virtual networking base system

I'm thinking of repurposing a Dell XPS 1710 laptop (dual core 32 bit CPU, 3 gigs of RAM) for a virutal networking machine. Should I use Server 2003 or Server 2008 as my base operating system for this? ...
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Where to Find Cheap Server Hardware? [closed]

I want to build a server for my small business, but my budget is incredibly small (would prefer to stay under $1,000, not including operating system costs). I'm perfectly content with refurbished ...
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Old Pentium 4 server - should I put it to use?

While cleaning up junk left behind by the sysadmin before me, I came across a Pentium 4 server in good working order. Prior to the installation of our current (dual Xeon) DC, it was used as the ...
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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 ...