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Disk IO Errors when writing / Linux + Windows / HDD is OK

The problem: I have a lot of Disk IO errors on my server, these are causing multiple server failures. VMs are rebooting because of IO errors "task xyz/sdaX blocked for more than 120 seconds" Backup ...
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Four lane SFF-8088 to SFF-8470 cable, 6G/12G

I need a couple of SFF-8088 to SFF-8470 cables and the HP manual says the HP 408771-001 is the right one for me. My hardware dealer has them in stock for about 100$. I browsed a bit and found the HP ...
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Building large RAM Computing Server with a limited budget (Bioinformatics) [on hold]

In my institution, there is a lot of talent available, but for computing we only have a handful of rather old servers available. My expectation is that many institutions do have the budget to buy ...
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IBM Xseries 3400 only working while power button holding pressed

I have an IBM xSeries x3400 Intel Xeon server which only works while someone holds in the power button. My server stopped working and I sent it to IBM Service. After a few hours they told me I could ...
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HP ML150 G6 upgrading RAM/CPU beyond specs?

I am being told that some limits on some HP servers can be crossed. Do any of you have any experience with that? A ML150/G6 is limited to 48GB RAM but I have been talking to a German company that ...
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Weird smartctl output. Is my disk in danger?

I have a disk, that gets me kinda weird smartctl output. I have never seen such large nubmbers on other disks. Does anyone now how to interpret these ? Is the disk likely to be faulty ? SMART ...
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intel server board s5520ur graphics card support? [on hold]

so i got my hands on one of these boards for dirt cheap, and i wouldnt mind shoving a graphics card in it. problem is theres no pci-e x16 slot on board, and according to people on the internet the ...
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Where do you find your MTBF data?

Mean time between failures may be difficult to interpret, but there is a wealth of statistical method that you can use if you have some hard data. Trouble is, nobody reports their MTBF numbers ...
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ProLiant DL580 G7 E7 Upgrade Issue

I'm an administrator IT and also repair desktop computers & servers for many years. We have an DL580 G7 whose warranty expired 12/31/2015. Originally supplied with Xeon E7530 and standard memory ...
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MGE UPS Switched PDU

I have an old MGE Switched PDU unit. The one described in this manual: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/102923/Mge-Ups-Systems-Switched-Pdu.html I didn't use it in years and couldn't remember the ...
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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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NAS Built With Consumer Grade Components Won't Boot [migrated]

I have recently switched out the power supply and boot drive of a NAS I built. I also added a DVD drive and two screws to the motherboard (which have since been removed). After I did this, pressing ...
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ECC CE (Correctable Error) occuring every 5 minutes exactly

On one of our computing nodes I am getting ECC CE (correctable errors). What is a little bit peculiar about is is that errors are not massive, just a single occurrence exactly every 5 minutes. ...
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Will a H310 Mini or a H200 support Samsung SSDs (840/850 Pros)?

I've been searching around and struggling to find out of a H310 Mini or a H200 will run Samsung 840/850 Pros. I know Dell have their officially branded SSDs, but unfortunately cost is a major issue ...
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Is a PERC310 Mini compatible with an R610?

I'm going to purchase an R610 soon which is sans RAID card. The spec sheet lists 2x PCIe x8 + 1 "storage x4" slot. However none of the X10 series cards are listed on the spec sheet. I presume that's ...
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Purpose of vent holes on the top of rackmount servers?

Edit: Because of the high number of downvotes on this question, I would appreciate if you could comment on why you think the question deserves so. I believe the question is clearly asking for the ...
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What is the command to flash a NIC link light?

I remember using a command line tool to flash a NIC's link light to identify it. I can't remember for the life of me what it was.
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Dell PowerEdge R720xd outputs a typical fan noise

I've recently bought an R720xd and set it up with Win2012/Hyper-V. Well, the server was running without any issues for two weeks until a disk a failure. I have already requested for a replacement of ...
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What are these black plastic things

I just bought my first server case (Yay me). With it came a box full of these plastic things that I have no idea what they are for or what they are called. There are twenty of these things in total. ...
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Need 80 422/485 serial ports [closed]

We need to have 80 physical 422/485 serial ports on a Linux rack server. Custom connectors are an option. Trying to think of a best way to do that. There are some 4 or 8 port PCI cards out there. ...
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2 systems freezing up ¿probably RAID/MB sata controller failure? [migrated]

I have 2 systems with approximately same age with similar Trouble: 1st system: ASUS P8h67-m-le mother r3 version i7 2600 (3,4ghz) 8gb ram ddr 3 (2x4gb dual channel) RAID 1 via intel RST with 2 hd ...
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Hardware/BIOS - IBM x3200 m2

When I turn on my machine, the display is not throwing any output to it. The fans are running fine. The LED lights indicate no error, ' Only two LED's are blinking "Mini-BMCheartbeat LED" and ...
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HP B120i RAID0 very slow to read data from disks

I have a HP DL320e g8 v2 server running CentOS 7.1 (kernel 3.10.0-229.4.2.el7.x86_64). This server comes with a B120i onboard SmartArray controller, and it was configured with two identical 3TB ...
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Get LCD To Work With pfSense

I got a hold of a new firewall and got pfSense installed on it and setup, but after trying for a day I could not get the LCD to show anything after trying multiple drivers and settings. Hope someone ...
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C602 Chipset and PCIe Gen3

I've been working recently on a Supermicro X9QR7-TF+/X9QRi-F+ server. I took the user's manual and saw two things: the chipset is Intel C602, and the expansion slots are PCIe 3.0. According to ...
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Foreign cards in a HP server, do they cause the server to operate outside of specs?

I have a Proliant DL380 G7 I am going to be staging as lab server. As part of the server I plan to run ZFS as the base filesystem and installed 2 LSI 9211-8i cards for the disk controllers since the ...
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Server 2008 R2 does not boot and won't restore

A Server 2008R2 machine was found restarted, asking to insert a bootable disk. I booted from a DVD and tried to restore from a backup image made a day before to a separate HDD (with repartitioning and ...
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PowerEdge T410 with GeForce GTX 970 - Independent power source needed?

I am attempting to install a GeForce GTX 970 graphics card in our Dell PowerEdge T410 server for the purpose of rendering 3D graphics. After inserting the graphics card into the PCI-E slot it became ...
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HP Proliant DL360 G6

I am working on a HP Proliant DL360 G6 Server.. When I boot it up, it shows the first screen, then a command was prompted that the Server will shut down in 5 seconds, due to Processor Fan failure.. ...
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Mongodb, we can't go over 100 insert/sec on 200iops HDD

Thanks in advance for your help, we get a strange behaviour in mongodb. So we have a cluster of 20 shards, each composed of 1 master and 2 slaves. This database has a heavy load of write only. However ...
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TP-Link TG-3468 on an IBM x3850 M2

I got a networks card from TP-Link. It is the TG-3468. I wanna place it into my IBM server x3850 M2. It has PCIe x8 slots. The slot is a little bit longer than the lenght of the card, but it fits. ...
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Can I detect hardware RAID infromation from inside Linux?

When I'm inside of Linux, I can get the following information from lsblk (irrelevant drives removed from output): NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 298G 0 disk sdb ...
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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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HP P4500 G2 system board replacement

Initially, I had such a problem: HP P4500 G2 does not turn on. So we buy new system board (spare 583736-001) and when i replace it storage start to power on, but with error code 1611 - Fan Solution ...
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No screen on boot, server is very noisy

I am able to use an outdated server from my work to do some testing at home as I'm pretty new to the hardware part. When booting the server remains very noisy, even after 15 mins. I'm also unable to ...
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SQL server 2008 R2 - Hardware Requirement

I have to give SQL server hardware requirement for the below specifications Number of instances <= 5 Number of databases per instance > 50 Number of concurrent users per instance <= 2000 Daily ...
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Installing new memory purchase 1 set of 6x4GB or 2 sets of 3x4GB?

I have a server that is old and has a maximum per stick limitation of 4GB (240pin) per stick of memory. There are 6 slots. (This question is not specific to: 6 sticks or the maximum memory per stick ...
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Incorrect Disk space usage in Linux server [duplicate]

I can see the used disk quota on server is 81G for partition /dev/sda3 mounted to '/' as follows. Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda3 106G 81G 20G 81% / tmpfs ...
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Install CentOS 7 on N54L

currently Im using Scientific Linux 7.2 on my HP Microserver N54L. To get more "mainstream" and out of curiosity (and to try out my ansible-playbooks), I wanted to install CentOS 7 on it. So I ...
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Hosting a ZFS server as a virtual guest

I'm still new to ZFS. I've been using Nexenta but I'm thinking of switching to OpenIndiana or Solaris 11 Express. Right now, I'm at a point of considering virtualizing the ZFS server as a guest within ...
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Turn off output/force DPMS on unloaded GPU without driver

I'm running a KVM VGA Passthrough VM on my desktop, passing it my dedicated GPU. This VM does not automatically start as I don't always need it. When the VM isn't running, my desktop doesn't touch the ...
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How to dump usb stick with corrupt partition table?

Question at the bottom. When I insert the 8GB usb stick I get this in dmesg [168699.879019] usb 1-4: new high-speed USB device number 24 using ehci-pci [168699.994177] usb 1-4: New USB device found, ...
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DL380 Gen9 which processor and what impact on NUMA

We are about to build a new server and I was wondering what would the impact on NUMA with the options available. The system will be built using a Proliant DL380 Gen9 8SFF which has 2 sockets, and 12 ...
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HP MICROSERVER GEN8 819185-421hard drives not recognized in the front bay

I bought that server and a SEAGATE ST1000DM003 1TB Hard drive. I've installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a SD card on the server. It seems that the server doesn't recognise the 1TB hard drive in the front ...
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Do I need some kind of power conditioner or UPS?

In one of my boxen, both my power supply and network card died while in overnight hibernation - why? And: What must I do to appease the electricity Gods so that I don't lose more hardware? In ...
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Controlling HP ProLiant DL380 G6/G7 fan speed

I'm having fan speeds and noise level issues from my most recent batch of HP ProLiant DL380 G7 servers. Most of the systems are nearly silent with low fan speeds (as reported by hplog -f). The ...
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What is this wiring panel and what are these Ethernet “ports?”

In my office's building there is a stone-age LAN rack with some Ethernet ports I've never seen before. I need to find the name of this ports, if they have one, and then buy some cables or adapters. ...
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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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Can Running a Server's Redundant PSU on Different Circuits Damage It?

So I've been tasked to document and review the status of the UPSes for my current employer and identify any changes that need to be made. Generally easy stuff, however I came across a few units that ...
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How to hook up a Supermicro JBOD expander to an HP DL380

I'm totally new to the subject of high-availability / distributed storage, and have to figure out a solution for a particular project. I am looking at using Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces to ...