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Even for non-RAID, plain-old desktop hard drives, buying drives from the vendor (at the expected ridiculous markup) can often make a difference. For example, Apple is careful to only ship drives that are actually capable of honoring Mac OS X's F_FULLSYNC fcntl() flag, which goes a long way towards making sure things like Time Machine backups work reliably. ...


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All IBM uEFI Machines take ages to boot, as after the eon-taking uEFI initialization and module startup the legacy BIOS emulation kicks in and the PCI-E option ROMs get executed etc. etc. This is "normal" on all IBM uEFI machines - no matter if blade or standard rack server. You could disable legacy BIOS boot, the option ROMs, optimize the boot order and ...


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I think what you're running into is a ranking issue - the 512MB sticks you picture are single-rank (1Rx8) where the 4GB ones are quad-ranked (4Rx8). Are you running a current BIOS on the 1950? I'm seeing docs that imply you need at least BIOS v2.3.1 to support quad-ranked DIMMs: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/f/4483/p/19417834/19983266.aspx ...


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It is not installed by default but is available with the IBM Portable Utilities for i. Here's a Midrange Wiki article about Setting up an iSeries SSHD server to get you started.


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There's a million and one different ways you can do this. You need to find which one works for you, and your environment. As other's have stated, this question is a bit too broad. I'd start by looking at Windows Deployment Services. If you want to go one step further, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.


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When it asks where you want to install and there's no drives listed, there's a button that says "Load Driver..." Click it and load the storage driver for your system (you might need to put them onto a USB stick or swap DVDs).


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Just don't use the Sun rack!! It really can't be converted. Starting a new project with a round-hole non-standard rack today is irresponsible. Racks are not expensive new. Racks can be purchased used or refurbished, if cost is a concern. If you're going through the steps to rack mount equipment, you may want to future-proof it a bit. A more ...


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We ALWAYS install the PSP with our HP machines - mainly to properly feed HP SIM with the right information. This allows SIM to centrally manage BIOS/driver code and importantly enables system-wide 'pre-failure' warning and hardware replacement. Specifically if a hardware component is about to fail it will alert us, raise a call directly with HP for the part ...


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Yes, I have encountered this with low-end cards and buggy drivers. However, no, not on an up-to-date Adaptec rebranded card. Wow is all I can say. One thing to consider, maybe it is more a bug with the drive than the RAID controller. I don't have a good answer, but since you seem to have exhausted most of your options other than replacing the card, (and ...


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Silent Installation of CC7.1 on Unix (Community Wiki answer: feel free to edit and improve) Prerequisite on Unix or Linux, the installation requires root privileges. you must have a way to copy the proper installation files on the server (like a sftp access) your VOBs must be accessible either locally or through a UFS path Getting the right files To ...


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Sounds like a very old server. Also sounds like it is dying a slow and painful death. There is a reason why most IT departments replace their hardware after a certain period of time. The reason is because it costs far too much money to support old hardware. I'm betting that the server you have is 6-8 years old. Get rid of it. It will be more trouble than ...


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There are errors on your disk. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology The specific errors you mention correlate to mechanical degradation of the drive. You can possibly use this report to obtain a warranty replacement fomr IBM. The drive WILL eventually fail.


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Looks like installing V6R1M0 .net access will adversely modify the permissions on machine.config. Re-adding network service to the permissions of C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework{.net version}\Config\machine.config did the trick.


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The EIA-310 standard does have provision for round holed racks, however the Server industry has pretty much stopped supporting them. Square holed racks are far easier to build for and are much more tolerant of slight variances in rail build. Thus, for vendors who have to sell into a market where buyers can have racks from any of a hundred suppliers it makes ...


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We have IBM blades. Is your chassis the newer 'H' type? It will say "Bladecenter H" on the front if it is. It's also 9u high instead of 7u like the older chassis. Anyway, as regards power to the chassis - yep there is no power button or software control. You just cut the power to the chassis. Sounds brutal, but you would only do this after powering down ...


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You'll need to install the MegaCLI package from LSI. The UI is rather complicated; you would do well to look around the web for cheat sheets and summaries.


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I got explanation from guys on VMWare forum in thread http://communities.vmware.com/message/2012333 . And the reason is that ESXi does no caching and completely relies on the controller for writing data to disks so speed 20MB/s with write-through cache mode (only mode this controller supports as it does not have BBU) is standard. Hyper-V is apparently doing ...


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www. is just a sub-domain and is usually created as a CNAME to the plain domain name. There's nothing inherently special about www other than it was the unofficial standard prefix for web traffic way back in the day. You can have it say www-i-am-awesome.ibm.com if you control the authoritative name servers for ibm.com, it really doesn't matter. www. ...


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Is this common trouble whit IBM that only works while power is pressed? NO. Your system is broken. Get it serviced. Is there other way to repair this beside replacement with new motherboard? Possibly - It depends on whether the problem is the motherboard or the daughterboard the power button is on. I defer to the IBM Support Team's diagnosis on this matter. ...


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In this context a socket is a spot on the motherboard for a CPU. This has room for 4 CPUs total. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_socket


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If you think the copy is slow, you have not seen the VM run yet. The major trouble is that your controller is missing a BBU and ESXi is doing many synchronous writes (where the controller's or disk's write cache which otherwise might have been of use is circumvented to ensure data consistency). Add a BBU (if available as an option) or replace the ...


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Download ESXi from here Read VMware's guides on how to configure it. Install Windows 2000 as a VM. ???? Profit.


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It sounds like you are describing a PDU, or Power Distribution Unit. It's a very fancy power bar. Some have additional management features like measuring current and switched outlets controlled by a web interface. These have one input, and several outputs, usually using the female version of the standard computer power cables. The male socket is where ...


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Vendor-agnostic answer. You should contact the hardware vendor and ask them what the support reprecussions are if you install their drivers vs the OS drivers. Did you purchase the OS from them? Are they supported if they're not running Windows, Red Hat, SUSE, whatever? Typically the value-add itself is just as you imply - additional server management ...


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I don't think it's common per se. However, as soon as you start using enterprise storage controllers, whether that be SAN's or standalone RAID controllers, you'll generally want to adhere to their compatibility list rather closely. You may be able to save some bucks on the sticker price by buying a cheap range of disks, but that's probably one of the last ...


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I wouldn't dream of using SATA disks for a server - none of them have the expected duty cycle of a server quality drive and they don't have the rich command set that SCSI/SAS has for monitoring drive performance and health. Lenovo servers are cheap and great if you have lots of servers with none of them really that important but there's a reason that HP's ...


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The reason for the special cables is so that you can daisy-chain a load of servers together and only need one monitor and keyboard etc - a built in KVM as it were. There should be a button on the front somewhere, which is used to select that server to be the one used by the display and input. Next to it should be an indicator LED with the general 'monitor' ...


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The options can be a bit overwhelming to newcomers. To start with a new H-series will come bundled with the following items: Chassis populated with media tray and blowers. PSUs (pack of two). Advanced Management Module (AMM). Besides your actual blades you will need the following as a minimum: Connectivity - Ethernet Unless you have some very ...


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To quote a cartoon " welcome to the wooooorrrllldd of yesterday!!" or something like that. The problem with System Z is it varies wildly in price and performance. And more so than any other platform, You need sysadmins (sysprogs in the Z world) that know what they are doing. I can be a complex environment and its quite different than any other ( in my ...


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Short answer: no. Those items you're describing aren't compatible to work with each other. Your server takes ECC RAM. All your DIMMs must be ECC, as a requirement of the motherboard. Check out the eServer xSeries 345 memory documentation at IBM's site.



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