This tag is appropriate for questions dealing with the physical environment of a system/deployment (e.g. dust, vibration, etc.) with no better, more specific tag.

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VmWare image to HDD [closed]

!Hello, I am virtualizing a Windows 2003 Server in VMWare Server 2.0.2. My goal is to take the virtualized HDD and make it a physical one so that i can boot a real server from it and run it outside of ...
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What's the smallest physical server available? [closed]

To comply with licensing rules I need to use dedicated physical servers for a particular solution. These can be relatively low spec. Due to physical hosting considerations I need to maximise the ...
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How to connect 2 Physical Networks with 2 Separate WAN together

My customer has two small companies in two separate buildings that have merged. The buildings are 30ft apart, so they ran an outdoor, buried CAT6 cable between them. They want to use the main ...
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How to safely raise server room humidity

We've just completed an office move and had no time after the construction of the office to run any sort of environment testing on the new server room. The server room is a good size and the ...
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How to migrate entire running VM image to a physical server?

We have a VM hosted windows running an important application. We need to migrate this application to actual physical server. Is there a way we can transfer entire running VM image to bare new physical ...
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How to find best datacenter in China? [closed]

I guess this question would be applicable for most countries but in this case, more specifically: if you do not speak Chinese how to find top tier data centers in China?
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What is the purpose of a Physical Standalone Server

What is the purpose of a physical standalone server Vs a server which hosts several logical servers? I am from a development background and constantly build sever client - server systems. However, I ...
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Server room in shipping containers

I was wondering if anyone have experience with building server rooms in shipping containers, how viable it is, and what to look out for. We need more space, but can't build due to restrictions, so we ...
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Tool for creating networks configuration on real machines or VM ? simulating internet networking [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can simulate and create networks with different machines , kind of intranet , tool for creating networks configuration on real or VM ? Thanks
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Virtual vs. Physical server reading from UNC path error

Setup: We have an environment that is heavily IO bound (we are reading hundreds of images on a web page and hundreds of connections at peak times). Our environment consists of 4 physical servers and 4 ...
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Is carpet, or another floor covering, appropriate for a server room?

Ive requested the carpet to be removed from my server room, a disaster was almost waiting to happen air con leaked and the carpet UNDER the rack was soaked. (air con unit 0.3 meter from rear of ...
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How to mount server into a rack - rails? [closed]

I am setting up a "server closet". I have not worked with server racks before. I got a server rack free on Craigslist. I am not sure how many "U" it is - it's about 6 feet tall. I bought two 4U ...
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Feasibility of servers running on one side?

This question is specifically about Sun X4100, but general information about all servers would be helpful. This is a 1 rack unit server, and these would typically be placed into a rack with the top ...
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Is it bad to stack rackmount servers?

I have a couple of Dell 1U rackmount servers that I need to temporarily move out of a rack. Is it bad for them to be stacked on top of eachother?
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Ionization option on our A/C turned on or off in a server room?

Our server room is a converted closet, and we have a pair of wall-mounted air conditioning units to cool the room. These are both pointed towards the front of the server racks, and there are a couple ...
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A computer in a dusty environment (factory)

We have a computer in a dusty environment. Worked for more than a year and then PSU died, probably because PSU fan wasn't cooling enought good. I tried to rotate the fan by hand and it was rotating ...
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Are there general guidelines for fan configuration/capacity for operating at altitude?

Background: The server I'm configuring needs to be able to work at altitudes up to 10,000 feet. Are there any rules of thumb or guidelines on how much faster fans have to spin at altitude (due to ...
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network rack types

When I go shopping for network infrastructure, I see lots of different kinds of racks available and I don't understand the difference between them. What are the different types of racks you would ...
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Best ways to move a server room and 80 desktops to a new building

Need to plan the best way to physically move a server room (12 IBM x3400 towers) and all associated networking equipment to a new building. Everything is going, comms (80 strong call centre ...
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Advice on collapsing a physical network?

As we expanded throughout the building we now own completely, offices were physically disconnected. This was back when 10Mbps was still usable, and there were printers and workstations acting as ...
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How to keep your physical server environment manageable

Anybody who's ever worked with servers and even a small LAN environment knows (or should know) how messy things can get. Cables, routers, hubs, servers and so on. Everything crawling where it ...
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Do you work in your server room? [closed]

I once had a job offer from a company that wanted my workstation to be in the AC controlled, noisy server room with no natural light. I'm not sure what their motivation was. Possibly it made sense to ...
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Computer in cold and damp environment (a shed) [closed]

Background I am hoping to convert a shed in my garden into a home office. The shed has a concrete base and brese block walls. It already has Power and Ethernet and will soon be watertight. However I ...