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Hardware RAID controller cache battery failure frequency/lifetime?

I'm in an environment that contains many Supermicro servers equipped with Adaptec and LSI MegaRAID hardware RAID controllers. These controllers contain battery-backed cache modules to help boost write ...
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Netbook vs. Notebook for Programmers? [closed]

I have an IT question, I hope that's the place to ask it. I'm building a team for a specific project and am considering buying Netbooks for the first time, the reason being cost-reduction (we are a ...
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Hard drive fail - How to regain confidence on the drive or make some use of it

After a hard drive fail (lots of corrupted sectors) I reformat it, but the drive give me no confidence to use it in production. Is there a tool to stress test so I know I can use it? In which ways ...
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Notebook for Sysadmin

For those of you who still not tired of "XYZ for sysadmin" questions: This subject is bothering me for a long time. I had number of problems selecting notebook for job. For example: Notebook vs ...
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Why would wireless routers become less reliable over time?

I've been curious about this for awhile now. I don't know if I'm seeing a real pattern or not, but having worked with many home office/small office wireless routers for a few years now, I've noticed ...
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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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Copy Linux host to new hardware

I need to do host to host migrations from old hardware to new hardware. Specifically, from HP BL460G7 to HP BL460G8. Both the old and new servers have 2 x 600GB 2.5" drives and are configured for ...
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How to recover from a drive failure in a RAID 5 configuration?

This morning a drive failed on our database server. The drive array (3 disks) is setup in a RAID 5 configuration. While we wait for a drive replacement we are preparing for a recovery strategy. Users ...
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Should I be concerned about a high SMART Hardware_ECC_Recovered value?

I got such a message in /var/log/messages: Jun 25 06:29:27 server.ru smartd[4477]: Device: /dev/sda, SMART Usage Attribute: 195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered changed from 46 to 47 #smartctl -a /dev/sda: ...
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What's the bandwidth and form factor for PCIe x1 x4 x8 and x16?

What speed, number of pins (physical size) are PCIe x1 x4 x8 and x16? Normally I would google to find a photo showing the various types of PCI Express cards and their max bandwidth. Now that ...
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Understanding NVMe storage and hardware requirements

I'm a bit confused about the recent developments in PCIe-based storage, particularly as it relates to the NVMe specification and its hardware compatibility. While I've worked extensively with SSDs in ...
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Computer in cold and damp environment (a shed) [closed]

Background I am hoping to convert a shed in my garden into a home office. The shed has a concrete base and brese block walls. It already has Power and Ethernet and will soon be watertight. However I ...
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What hardware makes a good MongoDB Server ? Where to get it?

Suppose you're on dell.com right now and you're buying a server to run your MongoDB database for your small startup. You will have to handle literally tens of thousands of writes and reads per minute (...
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What does “low profile” stand for, connected to hardware?

When it comes to hardware I often read something like "Apple Mac computers, and other lower profile ...." For me it sounds like a better word for low end segment hardware but I am not sure about it. ...
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rack-mount goodies? [closed]

There's tons of rack-mount stuff around. What accessory you didn't know back then and now can't live without? HTTP controlled power switch with ACL has saved a lot of time. Just give customer access ...
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Bad disks in ancient server

I have a 1998-era Netware 3.12 server that runs everything on our campus: general ledger, purchasing, payroll, student information, grades, you name it. The server has an Adaptec RAID controller with ...
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Quick method to determine SSD drive health?

I have an Intel X-25M drive that was marked "failed" twice in a ZFS storage array, as noted here. However, after removing the drive, it seems to to mount, read and write in other computers (Mac, PC, ...
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What are 19mm high 3.5" hard disks called?

According to Wikipedia a normal 3.5" harddisk is 25.4mm high, but then there exist also a 19mm version, which I need for a HP ProLiant MicroServer. Looking at our resellers webshop I see the ...
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How do I inventory the type and speed of a remote computer?

I'm on a Windows 2003/2008 corporate network with 100 users. I've been tasked with increasing the RAM on all end-user workstations. The problem is we have a mixture of different computers in our ...
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Force renegotiation of PCI Express link speed? x2 card reverts to x1 width

In an effort to circumvent compatibility and cost barriers to using SSD drives with newer HP ProLiant Gen8 servers, I'm working to validate PCIe-based SSDs on the platform. I've been experimenting ...
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Linux kernel detecting wrong processor frequency

After a cold boot of a 6.0.8 Debian server (HP ProLiant), ntpd played havoc with system time: offset and jitter with respect to the usual and reliable reference time servers growing without limit. (...
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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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Why is a 19“ rackable box only 17” wide?

I'm about to buy (for the first time obviously) a bare rackable box to build a server. As I understands things, standard rack size is 19" wide. But some boxes specs (Antec's one to be specific) says ...
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Exclusive of cost, what is the ideal monitor set up for a team of programmers?

Given a new office, new desks, and very little limitation on per-person costs (within reason - virtual reality helmets are not likely) what is the ideal number, size, and orientation of (presumably ...
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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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Incredibly low disk performance on HP ProLiant DL385 G7

As a test of the Opteron processor family, I bought a HP DL385 G7 6128 with HP Smart Array P410i Controller - no memory. The machine has 20GB ram 2x146GB 15k rpm SAS + 2x250GB SATA2, both in Raid 1 ...
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Why are Large Form Factor (LFF) disks still fairly prevalent?

Small Form Factor (SFF) / 2.5" disks seem to have become more popular than LFF disks now due to them being preferable over LFF disks in many scenarios (lower power consumption, higher density, etc). ...
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Hyper-V and Drobo Pro

I'm considering getting a fully loaded Drobo Pro and using it to store VHDs that would run our on a pair of Hyper-V host machines. The host machines would connect to the Drobo Pro via iScsi. Anyone ...
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Using 48v for servers

I'm currently in the middle of a process to specify and design a new server environment for graphics and video rendering. We know we want to use blades, and we're pretty sure of our vendor decisions. ...
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Is there a reason to change a server's hard drive before it faults?

Just a quick question: is there a reason to change a server's hard drive after x years before it faults (it eventually will at some point) or should I just leave it until it faults? I have little ...
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What effects do magnets have on HDDs and SSDs? [closed]

What do magnets do to hard disk drives and solid state drives upon contact?
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How to make my HP server boot faster?

I have an HP ProLiant DL370 G6 server that I am using as a workstation. It takes 60 seconds during reboot and cold boot before screens post with a discrete Radeon HD6xxx GPU. What can I do to make ...
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How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions

Please let me know if my question does not makes any sense as I am not sure if I am interpreting it correctly from my thoughts due to my lack of technical knowledge on this. If I am using a ...
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What is the term for this piece of hardware?

This is a silly question but what is the "official" term for what is carrying this hard drive? I need to know if I can purchase it separately from the hard drive.
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Laptop waking from sleep

I have a laptop which has "recently" turned into the proverbial baby, and refuses to sleep through the night, or for that matter, through some days. I'm a little lost when it comes to trying to debug ...
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Is there a Linux equivalent of CPU-z?

I need to inventory the hardware on some Linux clients I recently "inherited". In the past, on Windows, I've used the excellent CPU-z to generate the hardware inventory. Is there a Linux equivalent?
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How Serviceable are Tape Drives?

I'm contemplating an auto-loading tape drive as part of a backup strategy. This would be my first experience with tape backup. The cost-effectiveness of tape drives seems to depend on the assumption ...
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Cost effective way to build a server with lots of RAM

I have a Java application where scalability is primarily limited by RAM, that I would like to run on one or more servers in a datacenter. Where should I be looking for server hardware that can ...
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Hard drive read errors that… stop?

My story starts out quite simply. I have a light-duty server, running Arch Linux, which stores most of its data on a RAID-1 composed of two SATA drives. It was working without any problems for about ...
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Standard Bolt Pattern for Racks in Datacenters

Is there a "standard" way of bolting racks down that is interchangeable between vendors? At our datacenter we've standardized on a Damac rack for our builds. Because we're building in volume, the ...
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Recommendations for Elastic Search hardware [closed]

Are there any good guides for hardware level to support ElasticSearch? Are recommendations for Lucene or Solr a good place to start? We're looking at rolling out a deployment starting with 27 ...
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How can I tell if the server supports hot-swapping drives?

I recently purchased a used server (the type that fits into a rack, rather than a free-standing machine). One nice feature, is rather than having to open up the cover and unscrew the harddrives, this ...
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Whats the average lifespan of a server?

i'd really like to know what the lifespan of a server is, or could be. Is there something like lifespan in the world of PCs at all? Lets assume it runs 24/7, how many hours/days/years/etc could it be ...
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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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DIY Hadoop Cluster - Heat & Dust issues?

Following are links of my DIY 6-Node Hadoop Cluster using i3 Machines, What is the best possible way to protect my design from dust & provide better heat transfer? What should I use to cover ...
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Rack layout recommendations

We have a 24U rack in our lab and I'm going to completely redesign it during the next weeks due to the scheduled big hardware upgrade. I have a couple of the questions about the layout of the server ...
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General Advice about an archive solution. ~15tb and growing.

I need a better storage and archive system for my small business's files. Specifically the files are completed video projects. Beyond time and cost limitations what is holding me back is I don't ...
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High load on a nagios server — How many service checks for a nagios server is too many?

I have a nagios server running Ubuntu with a 2.0 GHz Intel Processor, a RAID10 array, and 400 MB of RAM. It monitors a total of 42 services across 8 hosts, most of which are checked using the ...
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Proper method for connecting multiple non-stackable network switches?

I deal with many clients in warehousing and industrial applications who have IT staff or local consultants. Many of these sites are still using a 10/100 Megabit switching backbone... I've managed to ...
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Is post-sudden-power-loss filesystem corruption on an SSD drive's ext3 partition “expected behavior”?

My company makes an embedded Debian Linux device that boots from an ext3 partition on an internal SSD drive. Because the device is an embedded "black box", it is usually shut down the rude way, by ...