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Why would you ask the internet about this? There's so much WTF here, that I don't understand where to start!! This question shows a fundamental lack of understanding of hardware, RAID arrays, storage, monitoring, and general IT best-practices. I read this question and can't help but think: Who is actually responsible for this server hardware? Where is ...


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With RAID 5 you can only lose 1 disk and have your data remain available. You have lost 3 so you will need to rebuild the RAID and then restore the data from backup. We have a canonical Q&A about RAID levels that may help your understanding.


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For non-PXE capable devices, the CD/DVD approach is actually something that's built into WDS. It's called a Discover Image. For the "official" Microsoft instructions, see this TechNet article. Their own instructions only tell you how to create an ISO image, but I found this article that explains how to build it by hand for a USB device, or you can use ...


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You need DDR2 registered ECC memory. Any consumer type non-registered, non-ECC simply wont physically fit in the slot - the notch between groups of pins is in a different place. If you dont care about warranty or support you dont have to use Dell branded modules - most memory manufacturer sites will let you pick your server and show you compatible RAM. Or ...


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Firstly, to configure the iDRAC for network access (outwith the defaults specified in the Dell Documentation), you will need to access the iDRAC at boot-time by pressing ctrl+E keys to interrupt the BIOS POST procedure, which will give you the option to directly access and configure the iDRAC. Once you have accessed the iDRAC and configured the network ...


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but when I delete the configuration from the controller and try to retrieve it I can't Did you perform this configuration deletion while the disks were still seated? If so, this does not simulate the config "going missing" from the controller - this action actually clears the config from the controller and from the drives. To test this accurately, ...


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If you switch for a same controller the configuration the disk got will be use, then if you switch a disk in the raid, then the controller will re-built. You can't make a copy, to switch on another controller platform at all. And you must note where your disk was placed (slot 0, etc..) Make a full acronis/ghost, or those kind of image of your volume, and ...


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From the spec Maximum Internal Storage 2TB (2 x 1TB) SAS 2TB (2 x 1TB) SATA You really can't use the backplane ? as I would assume the powersupply can't supply more than those 2 drives efficiently


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This is a workaround for anyone experiencing the same issue, it's not solving the original problem rather just stepping around it. I used MDT 2013 and eventually got it to work. In fairness to MDT it's quite intuitive and I just consulted the documentation once to see where it puts the boot images. In summary, after installation I: Created a deployment ...


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I needed to expand the OS partition to upgrade my Dell server with a PERC array from Windows Server 2003 to 2008. Dell publishes a custom utility, ExtPart.exe (32-bit), to extend the OS partition on a PERC array. http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverid=R64398 Notes: 1) It does not run under 64-bit; you need to boot a ...



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