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Are SSD drives as reliable as mechanical drives (2013)?

SSD drives have been around for several years now. But the issue of reliability still comes up. I guess this is a follow up from this question posted 4 years ago, and last updated in 2011. It's now ...
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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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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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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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How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions

Please let me know if my question does not makes any sense as I am not sure if I am interpreting it correctly from my thoughts due to my lack of technical knowledge on this. If I am using a ...
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What happens when the USB key or SD card I've installed VMware ESXi on fails?

An SD (SDHC) card installed in an HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 server running VMware ESXi just failed :( I encountered some ominous looking messages on the vCenter console and in the HP ProLiant ILO event ...
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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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ZFS best practices with hardware RAID

If one happens to have some server-grade hardware at ones disposal, is it ever advisable to run ZFS on top of a hardware-based RAID1 or some such? Should one turn off the hardware-based RAID, and run ...
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HP D2700 enclosure and SSDs. Will any SSD work?

I've got an HP D2700 enclosure that I'm looking to shove some 2.5" SSD drives in. Looking at the prices of HP's SSD drives vs something like an Intel 710 and even something less 'enterprisey', there's ...
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Should servers be turned off at night?

There is a server that is used from 4:30 am in the morning until ~ 22:00. Should it be turned off? I think that it is a server and that it won't have a problem to stay on, but serious professors are ...
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What should I pay attention to when I'm buying a network switch?

Since I'm not a hardware expert, I don't know what features make a network switch a good network switch. What should I pay attention, when I'm comparing the different models from different vendors?
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Probability of Blade Chassis Failure

In my organisation we are thinking about buying blade servers - instead of rack servers. Of course technology vendors also make them sound very nice. A concern, that I read very often in different ...
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What are the Benefits of Server Hardware? [closed]

What are the benefits of using Server Hardware versus just placing server software on top of Desktop Hardware? I've been running a small time webserver for a couple of websites, a blog and a ...
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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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How to find out details about hardware on the Linux machine?

-i.e - how to get a full list of hardware components in command line (on a machine with no window system) Thank you.
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Why are enterprise SAS disk enclosures seemingly so expensive?

I will begin by stating that I do not believe this is a duplicate of Why is business-class storage so expensive?. My question is specifically about SAS drive enclosures, and justifying their expense. ...
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Do I need to RAID Fusion-io cards?

Can I run reliably with a single Fusion-io card installed in a server, or do I need to deploy two cards in a software RAID setup? Fusion-io isn't very clear (almost misleading) on the topic when ...
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GUI tools to administer Linux Box

What GUI tools do you advise to improve the usability of Linux for those accustomed to doing system administration the windows-way? Users new to Linux often get confused when they need to configure ...
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High Failure Rate of Large Drives?

I recently deployed a server with 5x 1TB drives (I won't mention their brand, but it was one of the big two). I was initially warned against getting large capacity drives, as a friend advised me that ...
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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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Is it necessary to burn-in RAM for server-class hardware?

Considering the fact that many server-class systems are equipped with ECC RAM, is it necessary or useful to burn-in the memory DIMMs prior to their deployment? I've encountered an environment where ...
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Should old servers be retired

I have servers which are still running well but are over 5 years old. They are still doing the job perfectly and there will be no advantage to upgrade the servers, should I just let them run forever ...
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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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How to find RAID configuration/level and RPM speed having only remote access to the server?

Having only remote access (no physical access), to a server (that is SSH), how do I (or may be is it possible): find out whether it is RAID configured or not? If it is RAID configured, whether it ...
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Reliability of ssd drives

The main advantage of SSD drives is better performance. I am interested in their reliability. Are SSD drives more reliable then normal hard drives? Some people say they must be because they have no ...
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How do I get my HP servers to email me when a drive fails?

Ideally, with as simple of install as possible and without requiring rebooting the servers. Mostly for DL380 G5's if it helps. Thanks.
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Consumer (or prosumer) SSD's vs. fast HDD in a server environment

What are the pro's and con's of consumer SSDs vs. fast 10-15k spinning drives in a server environment? We cannot use enterprise SSDs in our case as they are prohibitively expensive. Here's some notes ...
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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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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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What are the cons to using a PC/cheap PCs as servers vs hardware designed to be used for servers?

What is it with server hardware that actually makes it more suited for server hosting vs. say a collection of cheap PCs or a good PC?
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MegaRAID JBOD substitute

It seems that certain MegaRAID chips don't support JBOD (unfortunately). I've read online that to make these controllers act as a pass-through, I should configure the disks in RAID0. What RAID0 ...
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Dell Perc 6/i and 3TB drives?

Does the dell Perc 6/i controller support 3TB drives?
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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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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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What is the difference between RDIMM vs UDIMM

I don't quite understand the differences between the two besides the obvious price differences. What does each offer over the other?
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hardware spec for vmware server [closed]

I'm considering buying a server for my home network to run vmware server, I use a number of virtuals for testing and web development (sharepoint, ie 6, 32bit windows, linux etc) and running ...
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Hardware Requirements & Tuning - Flash Media Server 3.5 Interactive

I am trying to spec out a server to purchase (physically, not rented from someone like softlayer.com) to run an intranet instace of Flash Media Server 3.5 Interactive. In general, the server will ...
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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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What are the performance differences between Raid 0,1,5,6,10

I have heard/read different performance stories on the various raid flavors. I am curious what the agreed upon best answer is.
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DIMMs: Single vs. Double vs. Quad Rank

What difference does the 'Rank' of DIMMs make to server memory? For example, when looking at server configurations I see the following being offered for the same server: 2GB (1x2GB) Single Rank ...
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ECC chipkill errors: which DIMM?

We often get DIMMs in our servers going bad with the following errors in syslog: May 7 09:15:31 nolcgi303 kernel: EDAC k8 MC0: general bus error: participating processor(local node response), ...
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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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Hyper-V and Drobo Pro

I'm considering getting a fully loaded Drobo Pro and using it to store VHDs that would run our on a pair of Hyper-V host machines. The host machines would connect to the Drobo Pro via iScsi. Anyone ...
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How to best migrate a server to new hardware

I'm getting ready to migrate a server from old hardware to new hardware. I'm thinking of doing a P2P migration rather than actually rebuilding, reinstalling and migrating databases. The servers are ...
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What is an edge server / router / device?

What is an edge server? We see some references to them, but we never see a definition.
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what cpu will work with hyper v

how do i verify if a cpu has the necessary requirements to run hyper v ?
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Hosting a server for websites, ftp and random use at home? [closed]

I'm wondering what's the best option for me if I want to move all my hosted websites (from a hosting company) to a server at my own home? Basically, the needs I have are: be able to host websites ...
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How to correctly move a server inside a rack up and down

Maybe a bit stupid question, but Sometimes (rarely but it happens) I need to move a server in a rack 1-2U up or down. What do you think, which of the ways is the most correct and useful and why? ...
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Moving a RAID array from one machine to another

I'm not too familiar with RAID arrays, but I plan on making a RAID 5 array for a fileserver. However, once I get the RAID running for a while, I have plans to move it to another machine (with ...
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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 ...