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Sudden and permanent increase in CPU input voltage, core temperature and fan speed without corresponding increase in load

One of my servers shows strange change in its monitored parameters. Last Sunday evening one of voltage measures ( in0 which I think is Vcore) suddenly increased by 20% from ~1V to ~1.20V on average. ...
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Must partprobe before using drive?

This is a followup question to Cannot mount /dev/sdc1 on Debian 5.0, special device /dev/sdc1 doesn't exist Basically, I have 6 SATA hard drives in a machine and I'm trying to create a RAID6 ...
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Are there any good hardware VPN clients for SOHO use? [closed]

We've had numerous support hassles with software VPN clients. Our remote devs need to connect to a number of different customer VPNs. Are there any reasonably priced VPN client boxes we could supply ...
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mdadm raid1, drive failure lost 14days worth of data?

I am rather confused. One evening I had a server which had died. I went to reboot it and noticed it was stuck on the "GRUB" boot screen. I then noticed a hard drive had failed. I put a new hard drive ...
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Dropping Packets Randomly

I have a SuperMicro Server based on the X9DR3-LN4F+ motherboard from SuperMicro. Original intentions for the system were quite different from what it has ended up serving, but that happens. It is ...
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How to understand the LSI HBA connector specs?

When reading the specifications for the LSi SAS 9206-16e HBA, it says Storage Connectivity; Data Transfer Rates * 16 ports; 6Gb/s SAS 2.1 compliant SAS Bandwidth * Half Duplex 2400MB/s, x4, ...
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How do I re-enable the IPMI temperature sensors?

I've never had a problem reading temperature sensors with ipmitool on my server, but recently the temperature readings started showing up as disabled: # ipmitool sdr list Temp | disabled ...
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Which hardware I need for building up a backup server, which is able to store 100TB+? [closed]

we are managing a pool of 40 PCs with an attached storage of up to 3 TB each. Every weekend we copy this data to 3 other PCs with several RAID5-systems inside to have some kind of backup. We chose 3 ...
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Can I put in laptop 2.5" SATA drives into an HP ProLiant DL380 G5?

I have an HP DL380 G5 server and I was wondering if can I put in standard notebook 2.5" SATA drives? In the front where the drives go, the SATA connections dont seem to fit.
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RAID - buy spare disks at same time as originals?

When using RAID1, is it best practice to buy spare disks at the same time as the original disks to ensure you have the identical type in case they become unavailable in future?
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Performance drop after hours of runtime - how to detecting bottleneck

I am running a local database server for 1 client machine. My DB server runs redis (version 2.6.13) and mysql (5.5.31-30.3-log Percona Server (GPL), Release 30.3). I have 1 Client machine that runs a ...
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Screw size for Dell PowerConnect rack ears?

Does anyone know what the Screw size is (Thread and length) that Dell use on their PowerConnect Switches, to connect the ears to the switch? In particular the 6224 and 8224?
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Dell PowerEdge 850 PSU FAN always on [duplicate]

I have a Dell PE 850 wich is used unfrequently. I've noticed that the PSU fan is always running as soon as I plug the power cord in. So I have several questions regarding this behaviour: 1.) Is it ...
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SSD head / cylinder / cluster details

A customer of ours makes industrial robots that run on very old, but stable, hardware and software. The only bottleneck has always been the hard drive in these moving machines. Due to constant ...
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HP Proliant DL380 G4 - Can this server still perform in 2011?

Can the HP Proliant DL380 G4 series server still perform at high a quality in the 2011 IT world? This may sound like a weird question but we are a very small company whose primary business is NOT IT ...
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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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What kind of hardware does Microsoft use to build Azure? [closed]

I'm curious about Azure virtual machines and Web/Worker role hardware. What kind of hardware (CPU, Disk, network cards, chipsets, etc..) does Microsoft use to run Azure on? Is there public information ...
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Install RAID1 without Second Hard Drive?

HP P410i Raid Card. I am waiting for a second hard drive to arrive. Is it possible to start with 1 hard drive and enable RAID1 without loosing data when the second drive is installed?
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What is the name of this screw? (from HP ProLiant quick-deploy rail kits) [closed]

I need the name of the screw for the HP quick deploy rail kit. The screw clicks into the square holes of the rack. It is a Gen4 Rail kit but the screw is like the Gen8 Rail kit ones. I called HP ...
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Is it possible to hardware accelerate LUKS encryption?

My Linux server spends a lot of time computing LUKS encryption. Is there any way to hardware accelerate it (with a PCI express card for example)?
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Mounting ssd. Expectations vs reality about server load

I'v installed SSD on my server and moved tmp folder, mysql data folder and 2 most loaded websites(php) on it. I'v expected that server load will fall a little bit, but it seems that it is on the same ...
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HP DL360p Gen8 for low latency trading - what to upgrade? [closed]

I'm using HP DL360p Gen8 for low latency trading (but not ultra-low-latency!). It means that i'm working in frame about "10+ microseconds" and i don't care about "1-5 microsecond" or nanoseconds. I ...
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What servers do I need to set up the following simple scenario? [duplicate]

I've founded a start-up recently and am about to add a little structure to it, regarding management, communication and data. I am a software developer and do not know any details about server ...
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Refresh a specific page in ilo 4

I use iLo 4 for my HP dl380 gen 8. I access iLo webpage using internet explorer 10. (Although I would gladly use another browser if anyone can recommend a better one for iLo access). How can I ...
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my ibm x3550 server can't find the hard drives

I recently purchased a used ibm x3550 server with two 2.5" SAS hard drives included. When I boot the server it doesn't recognise them. I get into the bios and I can't see them there. I try to install ...
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16 HDD bays in an off the shelf standalone server? [closed]

We currently are using custom built servers as standalone backup machines (using rsync/zfs snapshotting). They run freebsd (just so we can use ZFS) and have 16 SATA HDD's in them all connected as ...
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debian Read-only file system error

I logged on to my debian box and tried running some commands and I was presented with the following message. sudo: Can't open /var/lib/sudo/username/0: Read-only file system After doing some ...
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What Testing for Secondhand Servers?

I've recently bought a used rackmount 2950 server on Ebay to use for a specific project. I'm going to be spending a lot of time on this server, so I want to try and identify any major problems before ...
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Installation of Ubuntu Server Edition on HP Proliant DL360 G3

I want to buy a HP Proliant DL360 G3 server, but I have heard there are some problems with installation of Ubuntu Server Edition on such a server. Is that true and is there any way to fix the ...
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Graphing temperature over time for HP iLo 4

Server: HP DL380p Gen 8, running latest iLo 4. One sensor, Sensor #25 for the HD Controller, tends to run a bit hot when compared to the other sensors. It tends to read 75 C. Caution temp is 100 C. ...
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Internal LTO tape drive becomes hot

We use an internal LTO3 tape drive (HP Ultrium 920) in a PC (no particular server hardware) running Linux. The tape drive becomes quite hot - I don't have the exact temperature, but you may touch it ...
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Choosing a processor for web server: what is more important, GHz or Cache size? [closed]

I'm choosing a new server that will run linux, nginx and php-fpm based web server. Mostly, all the work server is doing - rendering of Twig php templates. Current server has the fallowing processor, ...
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RAID 10 — how do you know a drive is going or is bad?

I have some servers with a datacenter all the servers have RAID 10 setup. How do I know when one of the drives is going bad or is bad and needs to be replaced? EDIT: These servers are unmnaaged and ...
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Linux hard drive serial number as non-root

First of all, I would like to apologies for the title for not including hardware details. This is because I am looking for a command that will work in all Linux distribution. Question: I am very ...
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How to use a switch as a network tap?

I would like to tcpdump all traffic that my router does when it makes a firmware update. So I have taken a HP ProCurve 1800-8G switch and mirrored port 7 to port 8. I have connected: Internet ...
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Something is burning in the server room; how can I quickly identify what it is?

The other day, we notice a terrible burning smell coming out of the server room. Long story short, it ended up being one of the battery modules that was burning up in the UPS unit, but it took a good ...
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Is this a sign of a bad drive? [closed]

smartctl --attributes --log=selftest /dev/sda smartctl 5.43 2012-06-30 r3573 [x86_64-linux-2.6.32-379.22.1.lve1.2.17.el6.x86_64] (local build) Copyright (C) 2002-12 by Bruce Allen, ...
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What are cables/boxes called for listening in on a RJ45 cable?

I would like to capture the traffic from a router, so I assume there must exist a cable or hardware box with 3 RJ45 socks, where two of them are IN and OUT, and the third is for capturing device (a ...
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HP proliant microserver won't boot

I was installing an ethernet driver for VPN on an HP Microserver (on PCI 1). Then, suddenly the server shut down while I was installing it. When I tried to boot it back up it only shows the health ...
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Hardware Virtualization Technology Enabling Issue

I have purchased an Intel i7 3770 and an Asus P8Z77-M Pro; for some Windows Server 2012 testing. In the BIOS I have enabled the "Intel Virtualization Technology", and have several Hyper-V based ...
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What is this terminology and how is it applied?

What is it called when multiple physical servers share resources amongst each to act on behalf of a single opperating system or application for a common purpose? I think Microsoft calls it ...
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IBM DS3512 Connection to IBM HS22 BladeCenter

I have a BladeCenter HS22 with 14 bladeservers. Attached to the BladeCenter I have a DS3512 storage array. I'm trying to access the DS3512 to configure it but can't manage to do it. I have connected ...
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hosting machine capability [duplicate]

I'm curios what's the traffic a dual-socket CPU server machine can handle? Just hypothetical, does anybody have a clue what are the keystones? Is it more about hardware or connection or anything else ...
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What to do with an out-of-warranty Barracuda Spam/Web filter?

I'm working with an organization that would like to start using a old Barracuda Spam Filter 300 unit. I've sold and configured plenty of these, but was surprised to see that this unit's warranty ...
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Difference between storage and operating temperatures [closed]

What is the difference between Operating temperatue & storage temperature of switch C3560E ?
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linux freezes - how to find out if hardware or software is the cause?

a couple of weeks ago, my linux server (kubuntu 10.04) started to give me trouble. it freezes after a certain uptime, seemingly between a couple of minutes and a few hours - GUI is unresponsive, no ...
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May a low DRAM router be a bottleneck for a LAN?

I need to install a LAN that is a hybrid between a star LAN and a cascade LAN. There are two levels (I mean that the maximum number of link to go from the central switch to the most external switch is ...
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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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How to bind stackable switches

Let's say that I have a non modular switch, and that in future I might need to expand my LAN, connecting it to more switches. If I take stackable switches, physically how do I bind them? May I take a ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard welcome screen hangs

Windows Server 2008 R2 appears to be hanging while loading the OS. The server gets to the welcome screen and appears to be loading, but this process for 20-30 mins before the OS loads. The screen ...