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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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Is there a reason to change a server's hard drive before it faults?

Just a quick question: is there a reason to change a server's hard drive after x years before it faults (it eventually will at some point) or should I just leave it until it faults? I have little ...
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Noob question: What is inside a server? [closed]

This is a real noob question. I have never taken a proper look at a server. Can someone kindly explain what is inside a server (the hardware)? And how the user interacts with it? All the images ...
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Are keys for HP ML 150 G6 chassis all the same?

Recently we dragged a heavy box next to the HP ML150 G6 Server which had a chassis bezel key sticking out of it. So the bezel key broke in half. Is it possible to buy just a replacement key or they ...
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Determine RAM type in debian server

How can I determine the exact specs of the RAM modules in my server while the server continues to run? I have a server with three 2GB sticks of DDR2 running a custom linux distro based on debian. ...
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Recommended motherboard with hardware raid for Linux

We want to setup an internal office server for testing jobs (LAMP), email and samba. Only about 5-10 users. We are also considering starting to virtualize, initially by a base Ubuntu Server with Xen ...
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What are the the potential drawbacks of using non-OEM hard drives in a server?

I'm currently speccing a Hyper-V host for my company and would like to use solid state drives for local storage. The problem is, most oem drives have a hefty premium when compared to retail ...
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MultiCPU servers - which one can you suggest? [closed]

We want to install a couple of big servers for our customer to run Oracle on one and Java applications on another. Tired with clusters, replications, want to run everything on one big server. We ...
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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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What type of SAS/SATA cables do Dell SAS6/iR and SAS5/iR controller cards use?

I'm considering buying a bunch of these to upgrade our servers at work (with SATA drives, not true SAS). We are out of ports to plug disks into, and these cards are decently supported and cheap. The ...
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Difference between SAS multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander backplane?

What's the difference between multilane, direct-attached HDD and expander for SAS backplanes? Supermicro chassis description page Direct attached HDD backplane (TQ version), multilane ...
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Colour Coding Convention for Server Architecture Block Diagram

Do any colour coding conventions exist for system architecture block diagrams? If not, who/what would be considered the de-facto standard? Is block diagram the correct terminology in this context? ...
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Dell's equivalents for HP's hpasmcli and hpacucli tools?

As per title. Basically what are Dell's online tools for checking or changing BIOS/RAID-controller level conf. For Linux.
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Which CPU for XEN - LAMP testbed - Budget

Dear serverfault knowledgeables, im in a decision dilemma right now, which I can't resolve due to lack of hands on experience. I need to build a testbed for basically virtualizing a LAMP application ...
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BladeCenter basics

Every manufacturer seems to have different standards for what ships with their hardware; mounting rails, cable arms, power cables etc. I've got used to that for standard rack-mounted gear, but now ...
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Non-ECC memory on Proliant DL385 g5

Is it possible to use non-ECC memory in the HP Proliant DL385 g5, the server is a test system so error checking is less important
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Is there a complete reference for HP's diagnostic port 84 and/or port 85 codes?

The HP ProLiant DL580 systems (G5 is the one I'm interested in at the moment) have a two-digit 7-segment display on the system board (visible only inside the chassis) which displays various diagnostic ...
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ZFS server hardware questions

I'm a photographer by trade and I've yet to find a method I'm happy with for archiving my work. Currently I'm looking at building a NAS server using OpenSolaris, so I can use ZFS. That way I can take ...
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What is a maximum useful length of SATA/SAS cable

The server in question is DELL PowerEDGE SC1435. I am thinking about buying a LSI 1068e based card with two internal SFF-8087 ports. I intend to use the machine with external multiple hard disk ...
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processor - dual core or quad core for ad/ss

I'm looking at getting a few additional servers. Can someone enlighten me as to which I should prefer based on the following uses? Active Directory/DNS Server (<50 users): Dual Core Intel® ...
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Determine the motherboard/chipset type on FreeBSD box

I need to know what chipset / motherboard type for a FreeBSD box. Is there a quick way to do that without ports ? Thanks
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Windows Server 2000 hardware question

I’m the resident IT Guru for a Non-Profit and we have an Exchange server that has issues and I’m wide open to any suggestions. The server is an older DELL PowerEdge 1400 with 1GHz Processor, 512MB ...
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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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Place to purchase decent used servers? [closed]

We're in the market for 10 or so servers and everything we're finding on ebay is either too slow or scsi and we want sata. Are there some goods sites to find deals on used servers?
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How does one 'qualify a server'

Here is the scenario. Say you are going to be a purchasing great deal of servers, but first are trying out hardware from a vendor, and you need to qualify it. Also, say that the custom software that ...
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RAID 5 with hot spare or RAID 6 for Production System running two virtual Servers

We are buying a dual hex core ibm x3650 with 64 GB RAM and 7x300 GB HDD. This server is hosting two virtual servers, web server and database server. I am using Double take high availability to ...
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HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 early system initialization hangs on 90%

just unboxed a brand new HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server. I can reach the iLO webinterface but the Server hangs on the early system initialization on 90 % with the status code 0114. I did not find any ...
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HP DL380 G3 2U For Basic Web Server in 2012

I have an opportunity to pick up a used HP DL380 G3 2U for $100. I'm looking for a basic entry level web server that I can host a small - medium size website on and more or less learn the ins and outs ...
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HP ProLiant DL380 G7 servers will not POST

We have just received 2 HP DL380 G7's from our DR site. They have been running fine at the site for some time but we have tried to power them up in our DC and they will not post. We get a very brief ...
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Whats better, Higher GHz and fewer cores or more cores with lower GHz for a ruby app [closed]

I just finished developing a web crawler that essentially allows users to crawl their site and it informs them on errors through out their site. However my app is very server resource intensive. it ...
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MySQL Hardware Specs

Currently we have a database that is 35gb in size and is running on a Virtual Machine with 2GB of RAM. The database is expected to increase at a rate of 3 to 4Gb per day continuously. What are the ...
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Inexpensive (used) hardware for Xen virtualization test?

Virtualization is one of the areas where I could really use some experience. I also run quite a few services (web, mail, dns, etc.) out of my home. Since most of my hardware is getting a bit old (I'm ...
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Building a business network from scratch

Looking to find the right hardware/software for a new computer system for a retail company with about 10 on-site computers. The company is growing and has no online business yet but is ripe to expand ...
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Point in which server (machine) efficiency drops, cores and ram

If a server is going to run virtual machines on it, each with 2 cores and 3gb RAM, is it more efficient (processing-power-wise, not in energy costs or parts cost) to run one huge server with quad ...
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Testing faulty on-board raid card

One one of our file servers I keep getting delay write failures to the OS disk array. Its built on a Raid1 array using an on-board raid card. So far I've verified both harddisks are ok by pulling ...
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Adaptec pm80xx Driver Drops Drives Randomly

I'm building a ZFS NAS using an Adaptec ASA-71605H HBA on Ubuntu 12.04.4. Modern Linux kernels ship with the open-source version of the required pm80xx kernel module. Adaptec provides a driver for ...
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Netra X4270: How do I enable the locator LED from command line (without iLOM)?

Title says it all really - I have a bunch of servers in our lab that I want to set the locator LED on (so they can be identified and serviced). However the iLOM IP addresses are not accessible (the ...
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Suggestions for a small lab server hardware [closed]

I'm looking for suggestions for a small lab I'm going to have to build. The requirements are as follows Virtualization support (so I can run vmware esxi, kvm, hyper-v, etc) - just a couple of ...
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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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Should I buy server or build it? [closed]

I need a server for a small company with about 20 people. The server will be used as a fileserver for many MS Office files simultaneously. I tried to look at complete servers but I don't like any of ...
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Hardware vs Software Raid: How to choose between 2 example server specs

I am currently looking up servers on hosting companies. I have finally chosen 2 reliable and tested companies, but their specs vary. Company one (dedicated server): CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ ...
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Precautions for moving servers across town?

EDIT: of course after asking the question an exact duplicate is shown...I apparently suck at searching correctly...requested close with link. This is more of a curiosity question that could probably ...
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What hard drives does a HP Proliant BL20p G3 Blade Server take?

Full name: HP Proliant BL20p G3 Blade Server 380634-B21 I'm currently a student and got a Proliant with no hard drives for £19.99. Could anyone point me to the right hard drives to get for it, I'm ...
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Should I upgrade Exchange 2003 or just upgrade the hardware?

My organization currently has a 4 y/o Exchange 2003 email server (32-bit, Intel Pentium D @ 3GHz, 3GB RAM). It's run very well over the past 4 years but it is time to upgrade its hardware. This server ...
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Somewhat powerful server needed for computationally expensive stuff

So here's my problem. My Dad runs a company that does some rather computationally expensive stuff. This is not supercomputer level stuff, but it does take several hours to run the average job on his ...
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Intel server board S1200BTL: KVMoverIP?

Do I need to buy AXXRMM4LITE module in addition to server board S1200BTL to get KVM over IP functionallity, or is it already built in?
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Why can not use 'Engineering sample' cpus? [closed]

I've seen some used CPU offers on ebay, with very attractive price tags. However we are being told that the cpu is an 'Engineering sample' and can not be used on servers in Europe and North America. ...
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IBM x3500 Server managament/monitoring tool

I took over monitoring an older IBM x3500 7977 server and i don't have much knowledge of IBM servers. I'm looking for the equivalent of Dell Server Administrator from IBM, just to monitor and alert on ...
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ASP.NET Web Server Hardware Configuration

I'm planning on deploying my ASP.NET Web app in the production environment using a Windows Server 2003 machine. But I know nothing about the CPU brand names and what's best. I know 4 GB RAM, with ...
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Buying a server — mainly want many DIMM slots and hard drive bays [closed]

I want to buy a sever that has: Many DIMM slots for memory expansion Many hard drive bays What are the best options for this? I don't want service warranties, or anything like that...