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Reasons to Replace Exchange Server

A little background info first. The company I work for is being put under pressure by their IT consultancy contractors to replace their current dedicated Exchange server. The machine is working ...
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What is the life expectancy of a server grade fan?

The title is telling, I guess. In particular, I am wondering how risky is it not to change the fan of a 4 years old Supermicro server?
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What use is a dummy heat sink assembly?

Cleaning out our server room, we found two of these: IBM eServer xSeries dummy heatsink assembly I can't find any documentation on what they were used for (presumably during shipping or for a ...
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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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Bad disks in ancient server

I have a 1998-era Netware 3.12 server that runs everything on our campus: general ledger, purchasing, payroll, student information, grades, you name it. The server has an Adaptec RAID controller with ...
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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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DIY a simple .inf on an existing .sys?

In continuation of attempting to get an old Digi ST-1032 working on a new server, we've downgraded a server to Windows 2000 in an attempt to use the NT4 drivers. And it works, the old software setup ...
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Getting something out of an old Digi ST-1032

I'm trying to update a setup of a shipping and packaging unit, that makes use of two Digi ST-1032 'Terminal Server' units. I find it a strange name for the devices, but pre-the-nineties it apparently ...
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Linux for very old hardware

I have a friend who wants to learn unix-like CLI (linux or anything, doesn't care) for some web admin tasks (installing apache and so on) He only has very old hardware to spare: AMD P6 II 300MHz ...
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How can I prevent an old Sun PC from freezing when its keyboard is unplugged?

I'm responsible for an old (5-10 yrs?) sun PC providing an important service. However, whenever the keyboard is disconnected, it stops everything it's running (even stops responding to pings), and ...
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Best use for old server hardware?

We're rapidly migrating to a nearly all-virtual server environment, using high-end hardware to host it on. This is freeing up a bunch of our old (but not too old) mid-range server hardware. What are ...