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Is Dell Poweredge 2950 faster than Dell Poweredge R820? [closed]

I have a 10 year old Dell Poweredge 2950 that will be replaced with a Dell Poweredge R820. Both of these machines are set up as a Virtual Machine Host Running Hyper-V. Both Operating Systems are ...
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How to determine VMware ESX server requirements for n VMs?

I am going to buy a high-end server for my department's daily usage. On this server, I am planning to launch 2 DB servers, 2 Application Servers and around 10 ordinary development PCs on the VMware ...
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False flag multibit errors on highest populated DIMM socket on second CPU of Sunfire x2200. Faulty CPU or faulty motherboard?

I'm testing 2GB ECC Registered DIMMs in a Sunfire x2200. Recently the system event log (SEL) began logging Multibit Errors on the highest populated DIMM socket on CPU1. With 8 DIMMs on CPU1, the SEL ...
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Benefit of Dell PERC Card for SSD

I bought a dell workstation for using with mysql and python. It came with a single HD and PERC 310 controller. I then installed the OS on an ssd instead to speed things up. However, there seems to ...
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How to diagnose repeated “Starting up database '<dbname>'”

I have a SQL 2008 server which is predominantly used as a development server, in the last two weeks it has been having occasional "fits", I have isolated the cause of these fits as CHECKDB being run ...
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PCI Extender and 1GB Ethernet Performance

One of my server has 2 PCI slots which has already plugged with 1GB Ethernet cards. I want to add two more 1GB NIC to this server. I've found on ebay this pci extender. I want to ask, because I ...
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HP Proliant DL380 G3 not booting. Error “1611 fan 7 not present” after changing power supply

I inherited an HP proliant DL380 G3 some years back and it's been working faithfully as a games/web/build server. At some point during the past year where I haven't been using it the power supply ...
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DDR3 10600 memory running at 533mhz

I bought a second-hand HP ProLiant DL160 G6 a year ago with 48GB configured in it. I discovered checking with cpu-z and doublechecked with speccy the memory runs at only 533Mhz. I checked the ...
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Building vs buying a server for an academic lab [duplicate]

I'm looking for advice on the classic build vs buy question. We need a new linux server to run Matlab computation on in our lab (academic). Matlab parallel computing toolbox licence allows up to 12 ...
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Buy or Build systems? [duplicate]

Should I be buying workstations and servers from Dell/HP or build them myself? What exactly are we paying these companies extra for?
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Why do we still use power supplies on datacenter servers?

Computers mainly need three voltages to work : +12V, +5V and +3,3V, all of them are DC. Why can't we just have a few (for redundancy) big power supply providing these three voltages to the entire ...
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Why are “sectors per track” still relevant on a modern OS with modern drives?

I am building out a new machine and the raid controller is asking me for sectors per track. I haven't had to deal with disk math in a long time (1998?), and I can't find anything that pertains to ...
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Upgrading a PERC h310 to a PERC H710 mini RAID controller on a Dell R620

I have an ESXi 5.0 Free license host using an internal Datastore (RAID 5, 5 Disk) that was configured with a Dell PERC h310 RAID controller. The disk performance was very poor, so I upgraded to the ...
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If I connect an interface which is not set up in operation system to a switch, should the link LED light up?

Patch-cords are checked with a tester and they are OK. LEDs are not burning neither on switch ports, nor on the blades' interfaces. Interfaces on blades are NOT set up, so the question is: should they ...
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Is it possible to make KVR800D2D4P6 memory work on Intel DQ45CB

We have a self-made Intel DQ45CB based server/workstation in a server case in a datacenter. The system works just fine for it's purposes, but would do perfectly with a small memory upgrade. I've ...
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is there a better PROCESS for picking office printers? [closed]

I run a small Mac/Linux/Android network and finding options for our new printer has been difficult. We have a few criteria, and as you all know, the market is pretty convoluted, with long feature ...
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HP ProLiant DL180 G6 Fan Noise?

Recently i did bought an HP ProLiant DL180 G6 Everything is OK except fan noise , it's too loud. I did some research but found nothing useful , I just wanted to know if there is anything I can do ...
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Intel Xeon E7-4807 vs Intel Xeon X5690

We replaced our main line of business server with a new one. The old server had dual Xeon X5690s in it (2 generation old chip), the new server has quad Xeon E7-4807s. We expect processor performance ...
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HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF won't boot from USB drive

Can't get an HP 8200 Elite Small Form Factor to boot from USB. It's done so in the past & the USB boot drive works in a different machine (HP 8440p laptop). Have tried upgrading BIOS (from 2.09 ...
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Stacking Servers on top of each other without a using a rack [closed]

I have ten 19" servers each with 4 hard drives and an average 160W usage. For a 2 month test run of a service i want to put them just on a table without purchasing a rack. Maybe in two stacks 5 each. ...
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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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Minimum Processor Requirements to set up Openstack on a Laptop/Desktop(not for Devstack setup)

I am planning to do a POC and setting up OpenStack in nonCommercial setup.I do not want to go with Devstack.I am confused as to how much is the minimum processor requirement if i plan to setup ...
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Can I mix Low Voltage (LV) ram wiith Regular Voltage RAM?

I heard from our vendor that it is okay to put Low Voltage ram with regular voltage RAM. They said all that would happen is that the LV RAM would ramp up to match the 1.5v ram (in other words, the ram ...
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HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 how to choose correct heatsink? [closed]

We purchased a new HP Proliant DL360 gen8 server (670640-425) (HP DL360p Gen8 E5-2620 Base EU) at the same time we purchased the cpu/heat-sink package for a 2nd CPU (654782-B21) (HP DL360p Gen8 ...
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Is it possible to use a blade server without the chassis?

Call me stupid, but is it possible to use an IBM BladeCenter HS20 server as a standalone unit without the BladeCenter?
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Difference of HP network adapter types?

HP have a special type of cards they call FlexibleLOM, and I can't figure out what the differences are of the following HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530FLR-SFP+ Adapter HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port ...
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Consumer level motherboards that play nicely with large numbers of drives [closed]

I currently have a system with 25 hard drives - 24 for data and one for OS. This machine is built on a budget, featuring a cheap Gigabyte motherboard (GA-990FXA-D3), a four port LSI SAS controller, a ...
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HP plan to restrict access to ProLiant server firmware - consequences?

I've been a longtime advocate for HP ProLiant servers in my system environments. The platform has been the basis of my infrastructure designs across several industries for the past 12 years. The ...
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RAID 0 InnoDB speed - Comparing 8 x 7,200 RPM drives or 4 x 15,000 RPM drives

I am planning to set up a RAID array for scratch space use in a computational server (16 cores, 128 GB RAM). The users will routinely be creating large (500GB) MySQL InnoDB databases and storing these ...
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ESXi host losing connection to vCenter

I'm having a very odd issue with a single ESXI host. I have 2 identical hosts, core i3, 6 nics, 16g ram. 4 of the nics are used for Management, vmotion, vm network, all on different vlans. They ...
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Are there different kinds of Mini SAS to 4x SATA reverse breakout cables?

I have an RPC-4224 case that has 24 bays with 6 Mini SAS ports. I needed a cable to break out one of them into 4 SATA ports, so I went down to my local Fry's Electronics and bought one. The cable came ...
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Windows Server TCP sockets random disconnect: how to reproduce?

We rented 10 Windows servers from a large provider in Europe. They all work as expected. One server suddenly crashed and customer care found that both disks were broken. They replaced disks and also ...
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Removing raid metadata from drives

Normally when I have a drive which contains raid metadata e.g. from fakeraid or a hardware raid card I can get rid of it with: dmraid -r -E /dev/sdX Or if that doesnt work, doing a simple dd ...
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Intel SSB temperature sensor

I have an Intel server motherboard that is reporting an issue with the SSB temperature sensor. I have searched for the acronym but cannot find a definition. What does SSB stand for?
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ECC errors in L3 cache - critical or not?

On a linux server (8x Quad-Core AMD 8378), I'm getting the following errors: [Hardware Error]: MC4_STATUS[-|CE|MiscV|-|AddrV|CECC]: 0x9c294c00001d018b [Hardware Error]: Northbridge Error (node 4): ...
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Difference between SAS multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander backplane?

What's the difference between multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander for SAS backplanes? Supermicro chassis description page Direct attached HDD backplane (TQ version), multilane ...
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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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Adaptec pm80xx Driver Drops Drives Randomly

I'm building a ZFS NAS using an Adaptec ASA-71605H HBA on Ubuntu 12.04.4. Modern Linux kernels ship with the open-source version of the required pm80xx kernel module. Adaptec provides a driver for ...
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Protecting Servers from Dust

I have a single server rack (31 of the 42U occupied) in a small (about 10'x10') basement room in a building that is seeing some light renovation... nothing huge, but some non-load-bearing-walls going ...
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Can a properly wired reset switch fail to reboot a frozen system?

Context: We rent unmanaged server hardware. The hoster's web dashboard offers a "automatic hardware reset" command (next to a "send ctrl-alt-del" command), but it fails to reboot the machine when the ...
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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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HP ProLiant DL360 G6 reporting missing fan

I have several refurbished HP ProLiant DL360 G6 servers and several of the systems are reporting fan failures - possibly incorrectly - on fan #2. When running: hpasmcli -s 'SHOW FANS' I get the ...
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HP SNMP Traps signalled every 10 seconds for a NIC

I'm trying to setup SNMP traps on my HP DL160 G6 (Xenserver) to notify me whenever I have issues with the server. Following suggestions from this serverfault post, I've installed the HP SNMP agents ...
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Implementing hardware virtualization for custom hardware

When using QEMU/KVM there are certain network adapters that are supported and emulated. If one wanted to emulate the guest OS's original network adapter (e.g - a Broadcom interface that was present on ...
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No advantage from SSD boot drive for 24/7 server? [closed]

Since my OS and applications are loaded into memory upon boot, isn't there no advantage from having my OS on an SSD boot drive for a server that is kept up 24/7? I know there are several assumptions ...
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HP ProLiant DL360 G7 hangs at “Power and Thermal Calibration” screen

I have a new HP ProLiant DL360 G7 system that is exhibiting a difficult-to-reproduce issue. The server randomly hangs at the "Power and Thermal Calibration in Progress..." screen during the POST ...
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Development DB server with dedicated hardware [duplicate]

I'm planning to move one of my development database servers to its own machine. I'm currently running it on my laptop, which is not very convenient. DB Servel is PostgreSQL 9.0.1, OS is Gentoo. ...
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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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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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adding a 2nd network card to linux

I'm on linux mint. I've just installed a PCIe gigabit network card (from eBay!) into my linux machine. I've already had to follow this guy's instructions to get the onboard NIC working correctly. I ...