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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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How to improve poor SQL Server performance

We have a virtualized environment using VMware vSphere 5.0 U1 which hosts our Microsoft SQL Server and have very poor performance. the host server is a HP DL360 G5 with xeon X5450's, and the disk ...
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intel server motherboard S5520HC not booting

This server was working fine when we took it out the rack, now it seems lifeless. I have tried all the normal checks, booted off one cpu, changed memory. When you put power to the board, it turns on ...
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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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Web Server Hardware - What Do I Need?

I need a web server for static web content, a corporate blog and the company e-commerce system. I have some ideas, but thought of seeking additional feedback from the world's best server pros! NOTE ...
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X7DWN+ 14GB Memory Fitted - 10GB Detected by BIOS

We have a Supermicro X7DWN+ motherboard with two Xeon L5420 CPU's installed. There is a total of 14GB memory installed, however the BIOS is only seeing 10GB. The memory has been tested in another ...
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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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Raid Data Help

I have a server with a RAID 1 config. The data on the RAID is in a critical state, how is that different that a rebuild state? The OS is booting up fine and I can sort of read the machines data ...
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HP DL165G7: NMI error

One of "my" DL165 G7 Proliants has rebooted out of the blue for the second time this month. The reboot was accompanied by these system event log entries in LightsOut: Event Type Date Time ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does a 500 watt power supply always use 500 watts of electricity? [closed]

Does a 500 watt power supply always pull 500 watts? Or does it depend on the load being placed on the computer? It's a n00b hardware question. I'm trying to figure out how much it costs to run my ...
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HP ProLiant DL380 G7 servers will not POST

We have just received 2 HP DL380 G7's from our DR site. They have been running fine at the site for some time but we have tried to power them up in our DC and they will not post. We get a very brief ...
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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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What causes hard disk failures?

What causes hard disk failures in general. I would like to know the common causes and how to prevent such incidence.
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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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Can IBM System x3650 passthrough SAS?

I am looking at the specs and manual for the IBM System x3650. According to the specs a ServeRAID-8k-l hardware RAID comes standard, but there's an option to upgrade to ServeRAID-8k. If I understand ...
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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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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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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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New office cabling: should we use CAT7 or CAT6a? [closed]

We are going to do the cabling in our new office building and we are thinking to lay down 10Gbit cables since we use HP switches that come with 10Gbit ethernet ports. We will also lay down few fiber ...
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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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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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How could I recover data from a physically damaged hard drive?

What hardware do I use to recover data from a physically damaged hard drive?
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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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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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Choosing a Server Chassis based on Server Board's Requirements [closed]

I'm a newcomer in the world of assembling servers from ground up. First of all, I can choose a server board based on my needs. Then, the getting the following components are pretty much ...
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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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What is the recommended temperature range for a hard drive?

What is the best temp to keep harddrives running in? I have harddrives that keep failing due to the temp being to high.
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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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SMS Gateway Hardware/Software

What would be the best hardware and software to set up a Linux-based SMS gateway using a Sprint texting plan?