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BUG message on xenserver 6.5 - bad memory?

Several times a day I receive the following error in /var/log/messages. The server hangs and requires a reboot to respond again: Feb 1 13:44:54 xenserver-abfuqvrs kernel: [35023.166776] BUG: unable ...
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How many hours of SMART power on hours use should a new hard drive have?

Purchased a new HGST hard drive. Using smartctl on OS X the new drive shows 71 hours of power on hours Does this make sense or is this a sign of a refurbished drive? I can't imagine why the ...
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Fan Speeds on SuperMicro System via IPMI

I have a SuperMicro 4027GR-TRT server that I am running multiple GPUs in. I would like to set the cases fan speed higher that what they are right now using IPMI, although I am not sure how to do it. ...
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Does the SAS Expander / Backplane matter?

If I am buying some used servers with 24-25x SAS that I hope to someday upgrade from 6Gb/s to 12Gb/s RAID, do I need to be concerned at all with the backplane that the drives are plugging into not ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud Server - Disks gone Read Only

Disks on our cloud server with our web host went read-only this morning for no apparent reason. Following that a reboot to try and rectify the issue resulted in a non-bootable system. Our Web Host ...
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What are the differences between consumer grade SSDs and the much more expensive enterprise SSDs?

I am in need of a terabyte or so of storage space for Lucene indices on a testing server. I'm having a hard time differentiating between disks like the Samsung 840 evo for about $450 vs SSDs with ...
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Dell R410 and X5690 wont boot

I have an R410 that we opened up to upgrade from 2 x E5520 to 2 x X5690. However after the upgrade network didnt work and we could not even get a monitor output. We tried swapping CPU positions and ...
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Problems with DL380 Gen9 Smart Array

I recently bought a ProLiant DL380 Gen9, i've had some trouble getting it up and running...I ran the ProLiant SPP ISO to uprade firmwares but felt the system became less stable as a result, at one ...
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cannot remove faulty device from LVM2 raid1 mirror

One of the three disks went off in my LVM raid1 logical volume. (It was a bad experiment actually). The volume is a pure LVM raid1 one (no, not an LVM mirror), without any mdadm / fakeraid. The ...
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Which is the physical device behind the logical /dev/___ device

From time to time I get myself dealing with this same problem: from a linux logical block device (something below /dev/), I need to find the actual hardware behind it (something probably being listed ...
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Data Transfer Speed Hardware Config

First off, I am sorry if this gets a little scattered, it encompasses a large problem for me I have been dealing with for some time. Here is a little background: I operate an educational website ...
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Replacing a failed drive - RAID 1

I have a Dell PowerEdge r310, MS Server 2008, RAID 1 setup. I had a two drives fail in the RAID 1 - leaving only one drive in a healthy state. Picture of disk management: I changed the primary ...
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What does “disti 5 pack” mean in the context of Intel's server boards? [closed]

I've just ordered a motherboard for a new server I'm building. It's description says "INTEL DBS2600CP4 BOARD S2600CP4 DISTI 5 PACK BOARD". However, since I had previous issues with Amazon's ...
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IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server hard drives - Novice help needed

We have just bought a used IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server. The plan being to use it for CFD analysis calculations, taking the workload off our workstations. Not being an expert on these matters... Can I ...
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Parallel disk seek with JBOD

I'm looking to build a 80 TB file based storage system. Ideally, I'd like to do this with a large JBOD and one server with a lot of cores. My question is: Will JBOD containers (like Intel's) allow ...
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What are the the potential drawbacks of using non-OEM hard drives in a server?

I'm currently speccing a Hyper-V host for my company and would like to use solid state drives for local storage. The problem is, most oem drives have a hefty premium when compared to retail ...
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Can I use Emulex LP9802DC-E Dual Channel PCI-X host bus adapter to replace failed LP9002DC-E?

One LP9002DC-E HBA card has failed, and I have trouble finding an exact replacement. However, I was able to find a supplier for LP9802DC-E. From what I can understand on paper, the only substantial ...
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Using a JBOD for redundant NFS

I have a Xyratex sp-2224 JBOD enclosure (dual controller) and a pair of Dell servers with SAS HBAs installed that I'm looking to utilize in a redundant NFS cluster. The hardware isn't what I'm ...
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E5-2667V3 or E5-2640V3 for HP BL460c Gen9 and Oracle Linux 6 + Oracle 12c

We are currently designing a new shared environment (2-4 nodes cluster) which will have: HP BL460c Gen9; OEL 6.6; Oracle 12c database on Oracle Grid infrastructure (with ASM). The plan is to have 8-10 ...
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Can I safely mix RAM (ECC) sizes in a server board?

I have a server (actually used as workstation) with a Supermicro X8DA6 motherboard, with 2 installed Intel X5650 processors. It uses ECC RAM. It currently has 6 Kingston KVR1333D3D8R9S/4GHB dimms ...
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“//” button on hp server case [closed]

I was wondering what the button with the symbol "//" does? I couldnt find much from a google search. It is a HP server case, product number SCS299UP.
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HP ML310e Gen8 v2 is really noisy [closed]

I have a ML310e Gen8 v2 and a problem on initial setup the server. The problem is with the Fan noise and speed. The server is fully updated with the latest firmware available from HP and the setting ...
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Can nodes with an Intel Atom processor keep up with glusterfs? [duplicate]

I'm considering hardware for a glusterfs replica volume. Each brick would reside on a node each, and I've been looking at a Supermicro 5015A-PFH for the nodes. This server comes with an Atom ...
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Choose hardware for MySQL server with 1-2k rps [duplicate]

I am looking for new DB server. I'd like to know your opinions and recommendations. Current server spec: We use DB server for website with 100-200 req per sec(i plan growth up to 200-250) Today we ...
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Possible to cascade HP StorageWorks P4300 G2?

From my understanding HP StorageWorks P4300 G2 is intended to be multiplexed over 1Gb ethernet when used as a SAN, where half of them should be in a remote location. If all 4 are next to each other, ...
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What should an Ops person know about hardware for an interview? [closed]

It is easy to find typical interview questions for sysadmins and network engineers, but when I search for hardware engineer (hardware operations engineer) I can't even find one site with typical ...
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Layout for virtualisation of 50 desktops [closed]

We are planning to deploy 50 virtual desktops(for normal users) using thin client hardware and VDI solution(using VMware or Citrix).Currently we have'nt virtualised any of the physical servers.I heard ...
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SAS Expander backplane performance drops when more than 8 drives are active?

We are using an LSI 9211-8i raid controller (flashed in IT mode) in a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot. It's connected to a supermicro SAS 836EL1 backplane with 1 SFF-8087 cable. We have 16 drives installed. When ...
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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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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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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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any help on how to build a rack server? [closed]

i have no experience with servers at all, but i would like to know how to build a rack server in my freezing garage, i have done some research and bought a cabinet, an Ethernet switch and loads of ...
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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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Which port is the High-speed USB 2.0 port on a PowerEdge R900

I want to connect a relatively low-speed SSD to a PowerEdge R900 because I need something with a decent read/write speed (nothing over 35-40MB/s) and I was having trouble identifying which USB 2.0 ...
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Router/Firewall Hardware Failure Testing

My company has a Sonicwall Pro 3060 Enhanced that has been in service 24/7 for about 10 years since it was originally purchased. Lately the box has seemed to have hiccups in passing traffic (although ...
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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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my dell power edge 2900 power off after 1- 1.5 hours automatically

My Dell PowerEdge 2900, running Windows Server 2012 powers off after 1 - 1.5 hours automatically. Is a fan speed fault on the front panel is, but that should not stop the server. I swapped a ...
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Can you put different CPUs in a dual-cpu motherboard?

I have an ASUS KCMA-D8 motherboard with two Socket C32 CPU sockets. Only one is used right now. Can if put a different (better) CPU in the other socket and have the motherboard use both? Or do ...
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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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Adding second RAID controller to a motherboard with onboard RAID controller [closed]

One of our server ASUS M4N78AM motherboard that comes with an onboard RAID controller. We have already utilised it and are running out of space. Would it be possible to install an additional RAID ...