Computer hardware is the collection of physical elements that comprise a computer system.

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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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PowerEdge 2950: Can E2118 result in E1422

The past few days I've been setting up a used Dell PowerEdge 2950 server. It's been running fine until just now, when it suddenly stopped while running a fairly heavy task (svnadmin verify). The LCD ...
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Deploying Production Linux Servers on hard drives [on hold]

When deploy Linux servers how would your partition the drivers within servers that use mySQL, LDAP, storage, etc.? Do you have a separate RAID array in RAID 1 with the Linux OS on it then have a ...
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New server causing weird noise in headphones and speakers; Is this electromagnetic interference? What's causing it?

I work for a small radio station that recently acquired a refurbished Dell PowerEdge 1950 server. After placing it in the server room along with several other servers and sound processing hardware ...
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R610 PERC 6iR - Incompatible with SATA

I purchased a couple R610 servers which has been a constant source of frustration lately. I got a heck of a deal on them with a single 2.93 Ghz processor and 96GB RAM, so I cannibalized one and got a ...
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hp DL380 G4 won't boot with disk plugged into front USB

We outgrew a few older external USB backup drives, and purchased WD My Passport 1 TB USB 3.0 drives to replace them. When they are plugged into the front of our G4, it will blink forever after the ...
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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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The importance of ECC memory

Are ECC memory modules important to have on a non-critical server? I was thinking about getting myself a toy dedicated server for lots of random, non-critical stuff. Sporadic reboots are no big ...
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PCI-E with mPCI-E Sandisk won't boot

Configuring a 'new to me' Dell R610 with 6 15K SAS drives, each set paired up into a RAID 1 and then a Sandisk 256GB mPCI-E ...
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Are my disks failing and causing high load on linux?

Today I did apt-get update && apt-get upgrade on Linux Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS server. Everything went fine. Four hours later monitoring tools alerted me that disk I/O is overloaded. I/O wait has ...
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Bios clock sets itself forward by 8 hours when the computer is rebooted. [migrated]

Some quirky things just started happening recently. I built a new computer about 6 months ago. The motherboard is a Asus x99 deluxe. Here: http://i.imgur.com/7CQmW6O.png is a basic rundown of ...
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Can I use Emulex LP9802DC-E Dual Channel PCI-X host bus adapter to replace failed LP9002DC-E?

One LP9002DC-E HBA card has failed, and I have trouble finding an exact replacement. However, I was able to find a supplier for LP9802DC-E. From what I can understand on paper, the only substantial ...
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IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server hard drives - Novice help needed

We have just bought a used IBM X3850 M2 (7233) server. The plan being to use it for CFD analysis calculations, taking the workload off our workstations. Not being an expert on these matters... Can I ...
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Automated hardware testing of HP servers?

As part of provisioning servers we run HP's Insight Diagnostics to test the hardware. This is a manual process. Is there a way automate the running of Insight Diagnostics? There is the hpdiags ...
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How can you test an external (USB) hard drive?

I have an external drive that has had issues with corrupt data in the past. However, I'm not sure if this is a physical problem with the drive, or whether it was just a file problem. Typically, I ...
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What RAM options do I need to know before buying Server RAM?

This is a proposed Canonical Question about Server Memory. I have to buy a Dell R420 server and there are various combinations (1600 and 1333 MHz RDIMMS and UDIMMS) and Performance Optimized vs. ...
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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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Is this price right? [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right place for this, but I do feel as if it is related. I recently bought what I was told is a server from a local Computer Shop. In total the price is £225. I have ...
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Recommendation for hardware upgrade: thin clients? Or…?

I work for an animal shelter in Upstate New York. We have about 50 machines running XP Pro. They're connected to a Windows network with a domain. About half of these computers are used for nothing ...
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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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Single E5-1600v2 on Dual Socket motherboad

Is it possible to install one E5-1650 v2 on each node on twin 1U, dual socket supermicro 1027TR-TF server? I know that E5-1600 series cannot run in dual socket configuration. The question is that ...
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Physically Identify the failed hard drive

So, let's say your server had 6 healthy hard drives. A drive fails (will not mount/detect, drops out of raid with errors) or is failing (SMART getting worse, etc). You need to swap out the bad ...
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Getting Rid of the Old/Worthless Data Center Equipment [closed]

I have old and completely worthless routers/modules that are rotting in my office closet from various data center upgrades. I doubt anyone would want to buy this stuff (feel free to contact me ...
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How do I find out correct server hardware configuration for a application [duplicate]

I was trying to find out the correct hardware configuration to setup my server. Basically mine is a web based application(LAMP) expecting medium to huge traffic. It includes lot of database ...
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Itanium Development Dabbling Kit [closed]

A few years back you could buy a development kit that had a next generation processor, perhaps some memory, and a little IO. Further back was the world of transputers that came on a board in various ...
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Server destroying and burning my Hard Drives [closed]

Before I start, let me inform you that I have been working as an IT Manager for large international companies for my whole life, and I have received masters degree from IT technology. I therefore ...
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How do I replace a drive on my NAS?

I have a Thecus N8800+ NAS. It has 8 2TB drives and is RAID 6. One of the drives recently has been reported as having bad blocks, though the RAID is still reported as healthy. I want to replace the ...
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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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2U rack hardware, budget but stable, what to buy? [closed]

So, I'm tasked with helping buy motherboard/CPU/ram for a 2U server, that will be brought in luggage to China. The requirements are that the hardware is reliable/stable (read: long lasting) at the ...
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HP ProLiant DL380 G6 with 2 x Intel x5650 CPUs

I have an old HP DL380 G6 server, I am trying to upgrade the processor. I added 2x X5650. but each time I powered the server on, the fans stat working loudly and keep like that. the server never never ...
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Advice on hardware for VPS hosting [duplicate]

I am planning a VPS setup that will allow me to quickly (within 1-2 months) host 100 VPSs with the following specs for each VPS: 1 GHz CPU 512 MB RAM 20 GB SSD I plan to use Cloudstack to handle ...
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How standardized are rack server components? [closed]

I have a couple of servers at home for personal use, and I'm considering replacing them with rack servers that I'd scrounge up in used condition, just for easier management and whatnot. I don't have ...
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Cost effective way to handle high SSL traffic?

Some time in the future, I may need to build a dedicated SSL farm (as described in Making applications scalable with Load Balancing) or something similar to handle lots of SSL traffic. While it's not ...
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Rack layout for future growth

We're getting ready to move to a new colo facility and I'm designing the rack layout. While we have a full rack, we only have 12U worth of hardware right now: 1x 1U switch 7x 1U servers 1x 2U server ...
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DNS Server Hardware Specifications for 100,000 or 200,000 Queries Per Second (QPS) [duplicate]

I hope everyone is fine. I am planning a load testing on DNS Server. I want a single client to send upto 200,000 QPS. The thing is that now I am going to buy/utilise the Hardware that will run the ...
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Is it possible to find a computer's physical location in a room?

I'm currently working on our network monitoring system (NMS) project, and I want to know if there's a way for me to pinpoint where each PC is currently at. Say, for example, we have a room with 40 ...
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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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Is it safe to use PoE injector for routers that do not support PoE

We bought an Asus router n66U to be installed in a tourist bus along with a server. The bus has a inverter to supply a 220V AC. However, there can be abrupt power fluctuations specially during ...
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Are web servers/services more prone to fail outside of working hours?

I've just had a server outage at 4.59AM on Sunday morning, and looking through our uptime records going back to 2006 all except for 4 outages out of 20 occured between 11PM and 6AM. (Only looking at ...
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Build two servers or buy one from manufacturer?

I'm replacing three 7 year old servers with one new one. We are a small k-12 independent school, running AD, exchange, a database, and 3 3rd party apps. From my research it looks like I can build 2 ...
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Do you continue to use your end-of-life server/network equipment?

So you spend lots of money on nice servers, storage arrays, or network equipment and it works wonderfully for you for years. But after 3-6 years your vendor no longer offers maintenance for the ...
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Belkin Flip KVM keyboard skip problems

I have just bought a Belkin Flip 2 port KVM. Functionally it is almost there except I have a keyboard sticking problem. So if I type the word 'Hello' it will often (about 25% of the time) output ...
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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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What factors affect the noise level of a server?

I have a Dell PowerEdge 1950 rackmount server. It hosts an important SQL database, and in the past month or so, it has become very loud, which is irritating and distracting me. I ran some basic ...
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How do I lubricate a noisy fan?

I have a case fan that can be quite noisy. I can take the fan out of the case, peel back the sticker on the center to expose access to the bearings, and lubricate the fan. Thus far, I've been using a ...
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What to do With Power PC Mac Systems

I have a customer - a small business where IT is a cost center, not a profit driver - with six high-end PowerPC machines (dual-CPU Power Mac G5, 2G RAM, the works...). These machines will shortly be ...
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Hardware to remotely reset a server which doesn't have a built in IPMI module?

I work for a hosting company, where we offer colocation services. Since we offer colocation for client hardware which we don't own, a lot of the client devices don't have an IPMI module to allow ...
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Save the Dell PowerEdge blue indicators

I'm staring at several racks of Dell Poweredge servers, which have behaved very well for us, but... The blue power indicators (LCD backlight on newer machines) fade out over time. I think I could ...
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Belkin Enterprise KVM - Displays 88

I just picked up a used Belkin OmniView Enterprise (F1DE216C), and it powers on, but both displays show 88 instead of the expected bank ID. There isn't any output on the attached console screen, ...
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What features of a HP DL server make it so much more performant than commodity hardware?

I've used HP DL machines at work. I found them to be blazingly fast, but very expensive - up to $15k, I am curious though, although the spec we typically used (e.g. dual AMD Opteron 2.6GHz, 8 or 16GB ...