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Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server

Question: Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server

I am waist deep in home automation...trek homes you know. So I've of course ripped all my CD's for multi-zone multi-amp multi-soundcard music.

Now the final entertainment piece would be to rip all my DVDs for two reasons: 1 to protect my original DVDs from getting scratched (kids) and 2 so with the touch of a finger on my wi-fi touchpad I can load a movie sit back and relax.

I do not want to go the mult-Dvd disc changer. As with the multi-CD changers I see this as a dinasoaur.

With that Said:

Hardware: What would be the best quality video card for movie playing, HDTV etc. Estimated minimum Drive Requirements? 250GIG?

Server Config: Dell Dual drive raid server. 1 gig of ram. AMD chip? Harddrive sizes? Will of course take server recomendations from this wealth of knowledge.

Recomendations on Projectors?

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Preferred Solution: Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Hardware and Software Question - DVD Server


As far as the "server" specs go, since you are apparently going to buy a Pre-Manufactured unit, eg, Dell, and obviously you don't want to limit your pleasure by anything as trivial as MONEY....Just buy the biggest most badass unit they offer.

And if it is specified as Multi-media, it "should" lean in the direction you want. As for the HD capacity...since you are talking about ARCHIVING all of you CD's and DVD's to Hard Disk, 250GB should be sufficient...for your FIRST hard drive !!! Go on from there.

As for a friend of mine always says, "You never have to make excuses for buying the best." Pick up a magazine and check out the reviews.

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I want to launch a web site containing pictures and images, and using my own server to download and distribute the images, but this is a new field for me and would appreciate any help on software and hardware reqirements, i have been looking at windows 2003 sever but its a bit expensive, what are the alternatives, thanks in anticipation

Answer:help and advice for server hardware and software

I'd suggest that you forget completely about running your own server yourself, manually, and go for a managed server with a hosting company or a plain site hosted with a good web host.You don't learn server administration overnight and keeping the hardware and software configured and working 100% of the time, coupled with having to sort out DNS resolution and an IP address of your own so that people who type in your web site address actually get it loading up in their browsers is no small task.You also have other issues to consider. Not many ISP's will allow you to serve your own site using their service, for good reaon. You will more than likely have to invest in a substantial dedicated line to serve the site and if image transfer is going to be the mainstay of your site you will probably want to consider as fast a browadband line as you can get. Connect a number of browsers to your site at once, all requesting file downloads and what seems like a fast connection suddenly isn't.I used to be involved in network and systems admin but I certainly wouldn't dream of running my own web server when I can get excellent service from any one of a number of web hosting companies for either a single web account or for a managed server to run lots of sites on. A managed server is where your web host looks after the hardware and software (they manage it) and you get to use it to host websites on. They have the headaches while you use it for your webs. It's a fine arrangement and God bless... Read more

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I am looking for a solution where I can plug a USB device into it, configure it with an IP, then install software on a remote system and have the USB device show up as if it was plugged into that PC, then I would install the drivers for the device.

Is there such thing as this? Basically, I want to plug a USB device somewhere on the network, into a VM that is in our ESX environment, without having to physically attach it to one of the hosts then force the VM to not move. I want it to be software based at the VM end, but not require a computer at the device end.

I'm finding lot of stuff on Google, so I'll continue going through, but if anyone has used something like this before, it would be great to hear of it.

Edit: This looks like it may do what I want, but not much details.

Answer:USB over IP hardware server, software client?

The siig one is terrible. I tried it with a client a while back, but had to replace it because it just wasn't reliable. I switched them to a Belkin network usb hub that has been pretty stable. The software isn't great and doesn't run as a service, so I have to leave a console session open to maintain the connection, though.

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software...

Please do your own work

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Hey Everyone,I need some serious help, I have to write a paper for my computer literacy class and I'm not really understanding what she is looking for, I'm going to type out the assignment and any information anyone can give me that will help would be greatly appreciated!I must...Identify the hardware and software components involved in the use of the internet (include components on client and servers)How do these components provide access to information and interact or communicate with each other?Identify the network type and components that are activated when using the internet.HOw does the hardware and software configuration of the client matchine affect (or not affect) its ability to access the World Wide WEb?Identify the differneces between the internet and the world wide web?So much information and I just feel overwhelmed any help would be great thanks!!!!

Answer:Help with paper client/server hardware/software... request will most likely be ignored by others considering the fact we're here to aid people with computer problems and not with homework.

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I am debating on Windows Home Server, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7.

I am building a another pc pretty much for a NAS and a tivo. I was thinking about getting WHS just to get used to servers and the remote access, but it only supports up to 3gigs. I was thinking about just getting Vista and sharing the 2 terabyte harddrives so I can get 4/8gigs of ram.

Also I was wondering what I would really need to run this.? I dunno what type of graphics card I would need to have a NICE 1080p display off my tv. I will give the specs I was thinking about buying. This will be hooked up to my Samsung 32" 1080p tv with a cheap wireless mouse and keyboard.

ASRock N68PV-GS AM2+ $50
AMD Kuma X2 7750 Black Edition $60
Radeon HD 4830 $90
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 $58.99
Samsung IDE 22X DVDR DVD Burner $24
Cooler Master 460W $35
Antec Three Hundred $60
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $198

The only problem I have with the build is the motherboard only has four sata ports...

Answer:Server/HTPC OS/hardware question

WHS is what you want then. You don't need to worry about memory requirements, as it would run just fine with even 1 GB of memory. WHS will work as a NAS, and stream your music and files to your Xbox as well.

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Its warm here in FL -- If the AC dies on us during midnight, we could fry our servers.
Anyone have any experience with scheduling a windows shutdown in the event that, for example, the room gets to 90*F?
We use a temperature probe from Ravica that works to tell temp and humidity but we need to monitor our email to know when something is wrong.

Something that isn't $$$$ would be great!

Answer:Need Software/hardware that schedules shutdown if server/room overheats.

Quick and Dirty way:

1st setup a mail account just for temp notifications. Then write yourself a VB.NET app that checks that account. Have it setup so that if it sees an email in the box it A) downloads it and deletes it from the server and B) shutsdown the server.

For simplicity you can have it launch an external command shell and issue the sutdown command.

Here is simple command line code to schedule a shutdown:

at 01:00 shutdown /s /d u:6:12

This will schedule a shutdown at 1:00AM in the morning. It also specifies that it was an unexpected shutdown as a result of Power Failure: Environment

For more details check "shutdown /help"

*note: obviously you should make the vb program put in the correct time using the system time + like 5 minutes.

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Hey everyone--going to say thanks for even reading this (let alone for any suggestions) before I start.

I work from home with a buddy. It's a two story building with a "warehouse" out in a secured garage outside. The computers look like this:

Two main computers that we use in the office
One computer in the garage (w/ a wireless card, as running wires would be a pain)
One computer in the basement (w/ a wireless card, as running wires would be a pain)
Two laptops (not necessary, but we use in the house)

I'd like for all of these computers to be on a network that saves everything on a server (the computer garage could be the server if needbe, or we can have the server somewhere in the house). I'm upgrading all computers in the next month, so they should all have the necessary software for us (one new laptop and two new PCs).

I want to be able to log into any of these computers in either my name or my coworkers name (and be able to change anything on one, then log into the other and access the know, like a network should be)

I'd also like the computer in the garage to be wireless (we can have a laptop out there, that would be fine).

My questions:

What's the best server to set up (HP, Dell...going to use a newer server that uses SAS 2.5" drives, and we don't need much storage (I think a couple 73gb drives would be more than fine for now)

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Answer:Home Network Server Setup (please help--hardware/software questions!!)

Do you need email or anything like that or just file storage? It its just storage, I'd stick with a mid-grade Synology or QNAP NAS. Get a couple NSAS drives or enterprise SATA drives and call her good. I'd personally go Synology over QNAP. You can then backup to USB HDDs or an online service like Crashplan.

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Howdy Gents,
I'm curious: Besides being able to go with a rackmount chassis, at the hardware-level, what is the big difference between a server and a really, really powerful desktop?

Answer:Hardware question: server vs. high-end desktop

Nothing, really. Servers have more options for power, multiple CPU's, etc...

Our office uses a high end desktop for a server. Dell & HP sell Celeron and Sempron "servers" with no operating system, etc...

If you're looking at using a desktop as a server, just get the right software, a screaming processor, jam it full of RAM, and if you're doing web hosting, get a dual NIC unless your router supports the outside connection protocols.

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I've got an R510 server loaded up with 8x2TB drives to be used as an archive/additional storage server for Veeam image backups, and if there's space additional dumping grounds for non-important data.

My original plan was to load up Server 2008 r2, install Veeam and add it into the Veeam server infrastructure for additional replication of our backups. Turns out, I didn't do my due diligence and this server has no RAID card, so it supports RAID0 or 1 only.

I'm debating purchasing something like the H700 card for cheap off eBay, or just installing some flavor of *nix and using a form of ZFS software RAID.

Any thoughts?

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Hi all,
I plan to install 1.5 dsl and set up a vpn for 2 offices. What is the most efficient way to do it? Should I configure my dsl router to do vpn or configure vpn on the Window xp? My concern of putting vpn on the router box would over load my routers. What do you think? Has any one experience any slow problem with vpn on the router?

Thanks for any help

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I have a Asus g50 gaming laptop with vista 64 and zorin both running. This computer has been great but recently windows is always screwing up and now I can't get on Internet with it. It says connected but nothing. Zorin works this leads to my questions...

Is this pic still worth ,hardware wise, to justify installing a newer version of windows? If yes, which one? I have little experience with windows 7 or 8.

I'm not a big gamer any more but do enjoy it from time to time. No more WoW or the like. So if I where to get a new laptop, what is a good all around for a good price?
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Answer:Hardware/software question

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Is it possible to change motherboards, keep the same CPU, vid card and install a new blank SSD HD, but use the older hard drive, with the installed OS (and all my stuff) from an external drive to get back in the game,
or do I need to reinstall the OS? (windows 7)
or wire the old hard drive to the new motherboard?

Answer:hardware + software question.. re OS

opal219 said:

Is it possible to change motherboards, keep the same CPU, vid card and install a new blank SSD HD, but use the older hard drive, with the installed OS (and all my stuff) from an external drive to get back in the game,
or do I need to reinstall the OS? (windows 7)
or wire the old hard drive to the new motherboard?
txClick to expand...

Are you replacing the mobo with the same make and model? Everything should swap over just fine. If you have an open SATA connection, the new, blank SSD should plug into that connection as a secondary drive. Your external drive should plug into a USB port as before. You shouldn't need to re-install Win 7.

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Had a virus hit windows xp couple years ago and it crashed but I managed to get everything running again.  Only problem is that there seems to be 2 of everything now.  I cant figure out what I did nor which to delete.  Question is, if i add another hard drive and transfer most of my software and information to it, can I wipe the original hard drive, start over, and retransfer all the material.  This is really bogging and slowing down everything we do on the computer.

Answer:Hardware/Software Question

Quote from: doc_jh on July 30, 2007, 09:03:28 PMQuestion is, if i add another hard drive and transfer most of my software and information to it, can I wipe the original hard drive, start over, and retransfer all the material.  This is really bogging and slowing down everything we do on the computer.I assume you intend to format and reinstal your OS on the original hard drive so the answer is Yes, but all your programs will also need to be reinstalled not just copied.

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Sorry guys I may be posting this to the wrong forum. But my problem could be anyone of the above mentioned items (or something else). So switch this thread to the correct forum if needed. This desktop is rarely used (Financial, Taxes, some Word and Excel use) so it has been able to service those requirements very well for years.

It is a Dell Inspiron 531 (bought in June 2009) with an AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 2.6 GHz processor and 2GB memory. Uses Vista Home Premium with the following:
Kaspersky, MBAM Premium, SpywareBlaster and CCleaner. Maintenance for all products and Windows is current.

About 6 months ago it started slowing down dramatically sometimes taking as much as 10+ minutes completely to boot up. Then for a period of 15 to 20 minutes it runs at a very high CPU rate (75-90%) and the memory use is super high (80-90%).

After that initial 15-20 period, the CPU usage drops to 2-5% (sometimes pegging up to around 20%, for vey short periods of time -- about a second). And the memory usage drops but runs consistently at around 50%. This is with no applications like Quicken, Word, Excel, etc. operating.

Around the time these problems started I upgraded MBAM from Free to Premium and soon after that I added Kaspersky switching from Avast.

Personally, I don't think this is a malware problem but of course I could be wrong -- all scans always end with no threats found.

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Answer:Software/Hardware/Old PC Question

How does it behave when booted to Safe Mode?

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Hi all,

Was wondering if someone could advise.

Looking to implement a better backup strategy however I'm not sure I can afford a tape drive+tapes.

What does everyone else use here to backup a server?

Would 5 external USB hard drives not be sufficient enough?

Any help appreciated

Answer:Win Server Backup Hardware Question - Tape drive or External USB

depends on what youre backing up i guess. i use two 1TB external usb drives and ntbackup which works well for me. im going to be picking up backup exec soon though.

I swap drives every week, so at most my backups will be week old.

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Is there any software out there or website of anykind that can detect what kind of hardware you have on your computer?

Answer:simple software/hardware question

Try Belarc Advisor

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I have been dealing with my computer randomly freezing for the last year. I have checked and re-checked all of my hardware (except for the motherboard) but I am nowhere closer to solving the riddle... If my computer freezes while running outside of Windows like during memtest or just idling in the Bios, can I rule out software as the culprit behind the freezing? I am looking for a yes/no to begin with.

Answer:Quick question about hardware vs. software

Quote: Originally Posted by fallenscale

I have been dealing with my computer randomly freezing for the last year. I have checked and re-checked all of my hardware (except for the motherboard) but I am nowhere closer to solving the riddle... If my computer freezes while running outside of Windows like during memtest or just idling in the Bios, can I rule out software as the culprit behind the freezing? I am looking for a yes/no to begin with.

Yes. you can also see if it freezes in safe mode vs normal. that will narrow the focus

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Hi all
Rigs blown (see bottom thread to avoid confusion).
Ordered some new components to fit in with the existing rig.
Boring Part
Existing parts that I am using:
Fractal Design R4 Case
Samsung SSD850Pro 500 MB O/S Programs/Some program data
Barracuda 2TB Drive for furtehr program data
120GB OCZ SSD for audio recording (use this for temporary files on live projects then move to external back up drives once done).
2 other data drives for music, video and random day to day stuff
The exciting part:
New components (purchased and committed, coming tomorrow)
Asus Prime X299a Mobo
I7 7820x CPU 3.6-4.3ghz not sure but its preconfigured
!beQuiet Dark Rock 3 cooler
16gb Corsair RAM 3000mhz (although likely clocked to 2666mhz for CPU o/c courtesy of
1050TI 4GB Windforce GPU
Lanys TI Firewire PCiE card
Seasonic 750W Gold PSU

Question any tips on how to install this into the existing case (all previous components (HD aside) removed.
Things to watch out for? Or is it simple drop in, screw, connect, power on and hope for the best.
Now I am wondering if anone has any experience on this an hoping it will fit in the existing R4 case.

I use Macrium Reflect Pro for system back up. It has a feature where it can clone the existing install to a new/existing drive and different hardware. I appreaiate that there will be serial number issues etc with some software including windows which is a full license (not OEM etc). However has anyone tried this? OR IS IT the same old story fresh i... Read more

Answer:System migration hardware, OS and software question

Make sure the standoffs in the case are in the proper places to match the screw holes in the new motherboard. Just make sure to plug everything into the correct sockets on the motherboard.

The only problem you will have with transferring the existing drive with Windows on it to the new motherboard is if the old motherboard was legacy BIOS (using MBR type disk partitioning) and the new motherboard is UEFI (using GPT type disk partitioning). You will either have to set the new motherboard to boot in legacy BIOS (CSM) mode, or convert the MBR drive to GPT. Won't be a problem if both computers were UEFI. Also you might have an issue if the SATA controllers are different brands or modes (IDE v. AHCI - should be AHCI), depending on the SATA controller driver that was loaded on the Windows on the old computer. It looks like it is too late to run sysprep /generalize on the old system to reset the hardware configuration. To start with you can just boot the computer from the drive you transferred over and hope for the best. It may take right off, install new hardware drivers and you'll be good to go.

See here regarding activation issues:

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I posted a similiar ? in another forum because I dont know how to move it here..
I found a HDD and have hooked it up as a slave (cuz I am nosey) and I want to see what is in it.
But I seemed to have run into a little bump in the road...
well I am running xp pro and the hdd has 98 I think. In the other forum I was told tat they should be compatible as far as viewing but I can only see very few jpegs of thier taste in porn and I cannot open or read any of the text files some folders I cannot even open. I get syntax is incorrect or file has been corrupted or network not available errors.
They had a zip drive also in the tower and almost all the files have weird names with shapes, punctuations, #'s and letters like encryption or something.
does anyone have any tips or do you think like I am getting closer to thinking ,that they corrupted the disk on purpose.
I almost hope they did cuz its not a good Idea to throw your working hdd away with all your info on it..
especiallly with nosey people like me out there felt like christmas when I seen the HDD still in it . I still had my pc open from the last slave I did on a hdd to see what was on it anyways.

Answer:found HDD help..not a hardware question software related

Naughty,naughty, don't think you are going to get much joy out of that by the sound of it,trouble is, its wet your appetite by now I suppose but it really sounds too corrupted to be bothering about,thats probably why it was thrown away,better luck next time,Happy fishing .....

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I guess the title says it all...(I do that so the topic is easier to search...)
Simply..I have a Hp laptop that has a Pentium Hyperthread 1 gig chip in it. Many people tell me to use Windows Xp, and that's all very swell...but I REALLY want to use 2000pro. Most of the drivers should work and I since I basically want the laptop for a digital 'drum machine' of sorts, I need as much memory as possibly, of which it has little. Does it really make that much of a giant difference should I go ahead and run 2000pro on it instead?


Answer:HArdware and Software question (2000pro on hyperthread laptop?)

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I have a desktop and laptop connected to my LAN/WAN, both running windows 7. I have an old computer (Dell Optiplex) with a intel Pentium IV 2.0 Ghz processor, a 40 GB HDD, 512 MB DDR2 RAM that I am working on setting up as a file server. I have a 2TB external HD that I plan to attach for my home network file storage. I have downloaded and installed Ubuntu Server on the computer and am working on allowing communication/sharing with windows via Samba (a process on a Ubuntu forum is guiding me). I plan to connect the externa HD to the "file server", but not sure if this will work properly, given that my external hard drive is formatted in FAT32, as it stores essentially all of my files, which are windows-based. Will this cause file transfer/streaming/windows backup problems if I want to connect it to my LAN via the Ubuntu system?
Also, while installing the Ubuntu Server System, I essentially installed everything except the mail server, and I believe that this included a GUI function, but if I stick with the Ubuntu Server, I was thinking about installing Ubuntu Desktop on the machine as well, so that I have a useable (for lack of better words) OS on the system. Is this necessary or can it be avoided?
Lastly, I have access to several windows OS's (with valid license keys), but not WHS. Is there an alternative to Ubuntu Server that I could install on the computer (preferably windows-based) that would be more easily configured to work with 2 windows 7 computers to act... Read more

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I recently removed a server from a business and cleared the HD.
I replaced it with a new server and Small Business 2003 Full with CAL's (20)

After the migration and upgrade the Small Business 2000 Server software is no longer used for any reason, along with an opened 5 CAL from the Small Business 2000 server.

Can I resell these, or they trash, and if I resell them what needs to take place? The software was registered iirc.
I have all the cds with keys and manuals, etc.

Thanks for any info

Answer:Question About Server Software and Resell

It should be okay to resell, provided you give them all documentation it came with, the legitimate CD, and your no longer using it in your current business.

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Removed Win2K3 from my server last night and installed Windows Home Server.

No hickups, other than I forgot that machine only had a CD drive and had to go to BB and buy a DVD LOL

I was a bit worried about my 3Ware 9500S-8 SATA RAID Controller, but there was no need. It came up yellow in the Device Manager, so I went to update the driver and WHS went to Windows update, found the driver, and installed it

All six 300GB drives instantlly came online, and I was able to add the 6 drives to the pool right away.

Six 300GB drives and the 120GB boot drive netted a 1.75TB pool.

The backup system is amazingly simple. I installed the connector on three machines, and it simply backed them all up. Three machines only took 80GB of space due to it's intelligent use of the drive pool and the backup system.

Now I need to experiment with moving my User folders to it and setting up the replication for redundancy.

Now, my question.

What are people using for AntiVirus software on WHS? Just the standard NOD32/Symantec/etc ? Or do I need an "Add-In".

Answer:Installed Windows Home Server - AntiVirus Software Question...

I use Nod32 on my 2k3 server. Since WHS is built off of 2k3 server (at least from what I've read) I would hazard a guess that Nod32 would work. You can hit up Eset sales or try the 30 day trial.

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I have started searching around for the correct docs on how to do this but haven't had much luck finding one that addresses what I'm trying to do.

I have an existing Windows 2000 server and am going to replace it with a server running Windows 2003 Server R2.

I would like to know the best way of doing that. Most of the docs I have seem talk about it as though you're keeping the same server hardware in place. That's not what I'm trying to do.

So, you don't have to go through all the steps I need to do. If you could just point me to the correct doc and give some helpful hints I would appreciate it.


Answer:Help Needed To Migrate Windows 2000 Server To Server 2003 On New Hardware

Need to know what services you are running on the server to be able to help you further.

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I think Microsoft should step up in the release cycle of upcoming Lumia phones as it is a tad behind in terms of hardware and software features.
Hardware picks: Fingerprint, hearth rate monitor, 2k screen and stylus.
Software features: More toggle options in action centre especially data connection toggle, an health app by swiping to the right from the home screen, app sorting in menu and multitasking window.

Answer:What should the upcoming Lumia phone look like in features both hardware in hardware and software?

No 2k.

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I have a client with a web server running Windows 2000 Professional. They also have a server on the network running NT 4. They have been told that there is a device that will route requests to the NT server if the 2000 server is down that costs about $100. I have not heard of such an animal, and if anybody can shed some light on this I'd really appreciate it. The device should somehow, I suppose, automatically detect that the machine at IP address A is not responding, and route the web request to IP address B. Anybody?

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Hello everyone. Well I finally got the money together to say good to my PII 350mhz file server computer. I just picked up 512MB RAM, and a sempron 2400 proc. I had a friend give me a sockaet A mobo. I also picked up the Cooler Master CM Stacker case to give me expandibility in the future when I buy more drives...

So.. now that I have the juice to run windows without the computer freezing up every 10 minutes, I want to load 2003 Server edition. I think that is the best one for a server right? (don't know linux).

The thing is that I am so confused with all these different 2003 server editions. There's enterprise, corporate, SBS. Which one do you guys think that I should use. I have no idea in the differences among them.

Just to give u an overview of my setup. I have 2 desktops 1 laptop and a HTPC that will always be connected to the network. I need the server to always be running to store all my movies so that I can access any time on the HTPC. I also need to be able to share partions and map them as network drives... In addition I want to have some folders to only be available to my computer so tha tno other computer on the network can see it. In addition I would like to be able to log in to the server and make changes any time as I please form a remote PC. ( I am doing that right now with ultraVNC but as I understand 2003 Server edition is specifically made for this purpose). I am really excited about the new server and I am completly new to all this. I loo... Read more

Answer:Finally got parts to build a normal file server, Need help on server software

You are going to need the help of some MCPs (MS Certified Professionals) to help you make your OS choice. I am one myself (only on 2000 at present), but most of them hang out in Operating Systems, which is where I'm moving this thread. While they will gladly advise you and help you answer some of the tougher questions, it would save all of us, and most importantly yourself, quite a bit of time if you pick up some MCSA and/or MCSE books for whatever product you decide to implement. It will also be a tremendous investment in yourself to learn how to make a server work, rather than simply setting it up however someone else tells you to. Furthermore, it will also be significantly easier for you to troubleshoot if you design a system and use practices that make sense to you.

For an answer specifically on which version of 2003 to get, check out this chart which shows the differences between many of the versions. Looks like Standard is a good call for you, although I am not 100% familiar with your needs. Cost will be a factor I'd imagine, and I don't think you need the web services and/or increased scalability of the premium versions.

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Please does anyone reading this post know of any open source or freeware software that can be downloaded and burnt to a cdr or dvd so as to create a bootable disc and capable of checking system hardware and software at startup? I have a Lenovo Thinkpad R61 running Windows 7 which has developed a problem whereby immediately after the initial Windows 7 welcome screen it throws up a blue screen of death message, resulting in continual restart. I need to determine whether the fault lies with the operating system, in which case I'll re-install this from the original W7 disc, but if the problem lies with ram etc. then I'll need to sort this out first. I have used the systems own hard disk checker from bios, which runs and says that the disc is okay. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Answer:Windows 7 Hardware and Software Checking Software

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I've got a laptop that needs OS updating. It has pointsec on it. My impression is that pointsec is both hard and software level encryption so it would have to be unencrypted before itsOS can be updated. Others are telling me it's just software level, I can format and proceed. Anyone have personal experience with this?

Answer:Pointsec: Hardware + Software or Just Software

I've used pointsec, if you don't need any data off the hard drive you can wipe and reinstall the OS.

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I'm researching possible inventory options for my network. Auto software inventory is the requirement, but good hardware inventory is a huge plus.

I've used spiceworks, but I've had issues with it finding the same system multiple times ( and thus, adding to the number of "installed locations" ) that have never been adequately resolved. I'd love to hear personal experiences with different software packages.

Answer:Inventory software ( software, hardware )

Still learning 'n dorking around with Lansweeper
So far impressive...esp for a free product.

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Question: server hardware

I will like to build a File/FTP/Web Server using RAID 0 or +1. What would you recommend (e.g. make):Processor:Motherboard:Memory:RAID controller:Hard Drives:NIC (how many):Do I need a video card? Do I need a CD-R writer or or a DVD/CD?Do I need a Sound card?How can I get just terminal to attach to the server or do I need a proper PC client.Help much appreciate.loco

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Question: Server Hardware

Hi there, I've looked online but can't seem to find advice about which type of hardware you need for different servers. I guess for Exchange or SQL you'll need a number cruncher with 2 Processors and lots of Ram, but what do you need for a Fileserver and a Printserver?Any ideas?Thanks

Answer:Server Hardware

click hereclick hereclick here.

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okay, the budget is about 1500 Euro.
this thing will be doing the following:

- Webserver
- Gameserver (think BF: Vietnam and the llike with 24 player max orso)

what would be the best setup for this thing?
keep in mind it has to be one pc as we're not allowed to have more than one pc running as a server on the Business ADSL we've got.

Answer:Server, what hardware?

addendum: HDD's are all accounted for so we don't need those, nor do we need floppy drives or cd-rom drivers or a monitor

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Okay, I'm buying a new hard drive and I'm looking for the best deal I can find. I have a K8V special edition motherboard and a 120 GB hard drive (Maxtor, not sure if SATA or not). My motherboard can support 2 SATAs but beyond that I don't know how many hard drives I can support. What I'm looking at is a 300GB hard drive "Maxtor 300GB 7200RPG Ultra16 PATA Internal Hard Drive" with 133MB/sec transfer speed. For the same price ($149) I can get a 200GB SATA with 150MB/sec speed. Three questions:

1) What's PATA, and can my motherboard support it?
2) Which hard drive am I better off getting, assuming I can use both?

Next, I recently tried upgrading my Windows (from XP to XP <_< there was a problem with getting SP2). I made it to the point where you have to reset your computer and go from there, but when I did the Windows setup ran into a missing file and couldn't go further. I restarted and had the option of choosing whether I wanna start up in normal XP or in the XP setup, so my original Windows is intact. But now I get that choice whenever I turn my computer on, and I'd like to know how to remove the XP setup as an option for starting up. Thanks for the help guys.

Answer:Buying hardware question, also Windows question <_<

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Hello all,
I am just wonderinf if it is possible to call a custom function from a linked server.

Here is my call:

ServerName.DatabaseName.dbo.fnc_GetAverageUsage(param1, param2, param3)

I get
The object name 'ServerName.DatabaseName.dbo.' contains more than the maximum number of prefixes. The maximum is 2.

On a side note I really hate Apple.

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Hi I have a server running XP 2003 server. My boss just asked me to forward all the email from one exchange account to another. the employee quit so he wants all thier mail to go to someone else in the exchange. so instead of going to [email protected] it would go to [email protected] even though it was sent to [email protected], and then she could read it.

I don't know where to go in 2003 and how to forward the account. can anyone give me an idea of how to do this? It is nothing elaborate. we only have 25 people and jsut one sever and one exchange. it is whatever MS exchange is in windows server 2003. nothing fancy.


Answer:Exchange server (xp server 2003) question

Go into the administrative tools -> Active directory Users -> The User-> Specific User->Properties->Exchange General Tab-> Delivery Options button-> Under Forwarding you have option Forward to, then use the email address where you want to forward the emails, and there is also option under modify, That will allow you to get email on her old address and forward also to new address (check it)

Let me know if than makes sense and thats what you wanted.

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I am looking to run SQL Server 2000 and Exchange 2003 on a Windows 2003 server and I need to buy a new server. I have approximately 75 users who will use Exchange and about 5-10 users who will use SQL. I was going to buy a server with dual Xeon processors, 2GB RAM & RAID 5.
I was told that I should not use RAID 5 and that I should use RAID 1.

My question is, why not RAID 5? I checked online and found that RAID 5 is recommeded for email and database servers, so why would I be told not to use RAID 5 and to use RAID 1?


Answer:Server Hardware Requirements?

raid 5 uses multiple drives and it is hot swappable. If 1 drive dies, you can put a new one in and it will rebuild itself. it is fault tolerant. Raid 1 is mirroring. whatever data you have it, is copied to both drives, it is fault tolerant. Generally speaking, you get a lot better performance with raid 5. You could use raid 15 if you wanted, it is a where you mirror your raid 5. i personally would just use raid 5, depending how many disks you get

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I have to PC's of similar spec, and I can't decide which one is better to run game servers on like COD, COD4, UT2004 ect and a teamspeak server. Both run windows XP Pro
(This is only for a LAN btw)
First one is an old HP ProLiant Server ML 310 G1
It has a 2.80Ghz CPU
2gb RAM PC2100R
2 WD800 setup in RAID 0 (supposedly 7200 rpm but they are old now)
Intergrated 1gb/s network card.
Only has USB 1.0 ports
IDE Raid Controller
Also put page file on another intenral system disk

Or a Dell Optiplex GX270
2.6Ghz Pentium 4 With Hyper Threading.
1.5 Gb RAM DDR PC2700
PCI 1gb/s Network Card
WD5000 Harddrive (seems to get very hot short time, case has s*** airflow but nothing i can do about that)
Has USB 2.0
Overall the Optiplex seems the faster PC, but the harddrive although new (about 8 months old) is rather loud / cranky

The Proliant is about 6-7 years old atleast, but has more RAM and slightly faster CPU but with hyper threading on the optiplex, would the slightly faster cpu make any difference or not?. However even with the RAID setup, it still seems to have the harddrive as the limiting factor and is noticable secong lag every now and then.
EDIT: Also just bought a high speed usb memory stick, so was thinking i could use a program like eboostr to act as vista ready boost?

Also was thinking of switching the fast ram to the ProLiant server, would this help at all? currently it has ECC Ram, can you mix the too or not?
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I'm planning to build a new data server for my small business. Very small businesss. I don't need enterprise capabilities since we only have 5 client PCs in the network. I have a good idea of what I want in the system... except for the video card. The server won't be used as a workstation at all, so I don't need all of the features that are loaded on video cards that are found in every tech shop. I just want something simple. Can anyone recommend a brand and model?

Also, the following is a list of what I plan to put into the server. If anyone sees any mistakes that I might be making, please steer me in the right direction.

Abit KX7-333 mother board
Athlon XP 1900 CPU
Antec SX635 Mid Tower
350W Power Supply
512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Standard Floppy
CD Writer (brand not yet determined)
3COM 56K Modem
Net Gear NIC
2 UDMA 133 7200 RPM 60 GB HDD
(maybe raid, but I'm not knowledgeable on the set up)
15-inch Monitor
Standard keyboard & mouse
NT 4.0 OS with SP6

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

Try going here and look for the cheapest PCI card you can find ( just make sure that it has drivers for NT ), also I would upgrade NT to SP 6a...

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hai guys,
i want to know one thing, is there any hardware proxy server available. ie., some thing like display card, ethernet card like that.
iam asking this because, i am using wingate proxy server, there is often problem with it.
so i want to know, whether there is any hardware proxy material so that i can buy it and use it
reply me as early as possible

Answer:hardware proxy server

There are internet appliances that are very expensive that allow you to share a connection. Just get a Cable/DSL router and a switch chained to it if you need more ports.

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Hi i want to make a server the min requirements is SQL server Standard or Enterprise

RAM 1GB - 2GB, But in most cases 4GB + 30MB for Reporting Services + Analysis Services, 50-60MB for SQL Management Studio & its recommended each user connection takes 24KB

CPU 64Bit Proc Intel Xeon 3.4GHz

HDD Internal for the Min of 500GB

We will need Fibre connection to external storage array, Fibre cards in servers for connection to storage array, UPS & a Rack & the server should be cheap & upgradeable in future.

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I'm in need of some suggestions on what type of PC (hardware requirements) would be good to run versions of Windows Server. The PC would not be used for business purposes, purely for learning. All I need is for the PC to run Windows Server and run it without being too slow ie, I want an old PC to run Windows Server not a new one but I dont know what would be sufficient.

So if anyone can provide some suggestions, such as a PIII 700mhz, 256MB RAM etc it would be great.

Thank you.


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My knowledge is quite limited but could anyone provide some insight and/or recommendation of the following type of servers (hardware). That is, should we looking to go for the RackMount servers or Blade? To provide some context, were essentially a small team of less than 15 people but looking to expand over the years, we trade daily and have a huge amount of data input. Server hardware is something we do not wish to go cheap (but within reason for a small shop like ours) on given how crucial it is, simply we want something that is effective and wont create any major headaches in the future.

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

Min Requirements (I've been told I have been misquoted - but this what I was told):
- Server is to have 8 or 16 cores (2 to 4 CPUs) using the fastest processor available and 4GB memory.
- Raid 1 with 2x15k hard drives and Raid 10 (1+0) array are required for log and data either via direct storage or SAN.

Recommendations made to us:

Rackmount: DL360 G7 Model 579240-421 (1 Xeon 5650/6Gb Mem)
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives Model 512545-B21

Blade: BL460c G6 Model 595725-B21 (1 Xeon E5650/6Gb Mem) with HP SB40C Blade
Raid 10 of 4x15k 72Gb drives Model 512545-B21

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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We're starting to plan a server migration. Mgmt wants us to follow procedures similar to a recovery process, which means they want us to restore a backup. We backup our servers a couple different ways. One is to a online hosted service and another is to tape using Symantec Backup Exec. The catch to this is that we're buying different hardware for the new server. Backup Exec has IDR to cover this; see link below. I wanted to ask if anyone has been through a similar process and if they would share the experience.

Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Restore | Symantec Connect

Answer:Migrate Server to New Hardware

Have you resolved this issue yet?
I would be happy to give you some more info on a VPS solution if you're considering that avenue.

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I'm taking a college course in networking basics. I have an assignment that requires me to spec out a server for a small business network that supports less than 30 users. I have found sites where I can pick and choose servers and server hardware upgrades, but I don't know what is overkill or underkill.

Can anyone refer me to a site that offers guidelines to help me with my research?

Many thanks,

Answer:Server hardware specifications

Don't really know the exact info you need but try these links

Computer Bits

PC Mechanic

Practically Networked

World of Windows Networking
hope they offer some advice

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Hey Guys and Gals:
I have a Compaq Prolaint ML370 server that does not want to turn on.
Seriously: YES! The power cable is connected and yes I press the Button!
The Leds on the mother board and Raid card are on but when I press the power button nothing goes on not even the main fan on the tower.
The interesting thing is that the power leds on the power connectors are off, but the server seems to be getting power.
Another crazy thing is that there are three small leds lights in the middle of the motherboard and when they go on everything seems to start going, but then they just turn off and the system does not turn on.
It seems like the system is not holding on to the power charge.
I have checked all the cabling and everything seems to be on least I thing they are...
If anyone can help, I would be very grateful...thanks a million!
The one and only grateful one......TASKWON....."smiling always fixes everything!"

Answer:Server hardware problem

Try a different power supply. How old is this server?

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Am new and have been wondering for some time how you go about replacing a single processor on a server with a faster processor. Maybe even installing additional processors and upgrading the operating system for multiple processes

Answer:Hardware installation on a server

Good question. What motherboard is it running? That way I can try to find out some info on it.

I'm wondering if all the CPUs have to be identical, or would it run with different speeds... I am leaning toward identical, but I'd like to pull the specs to be sure.

I the server is only running a single processor, period, then changing it out would be just like changing a cpu on a PC.

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There are some cool free ware programs that you can setup to run as a server:

Note: I've tested them all under Firefox Browser as they will work with IE 6, 7. for the past 6-7 months now.

Web Server
KF Sever this is found on the KeyFocus web site has one of the easiest to install and configure plus you can access all your documents, media, pictures, audio from this server also

Mail Server
DeskNow easy to installed and configure, the best part you can try out the full pro for 28 days then after that it converts to a free ware version. Still not a bad program for free.

Music Server
Vibe Streamer is another good example if you want to stream all you audio files to any PC using the web browser. Again this is 100% free ware and works very well easy to setup and use.

Note; All the programs here will work with XP Workstation and does work on Server also. KeyFocus one you can also play videos too using VLC media player (optional) that one is also free as well.

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I am attempting to set-up/configure OpenDNS, and when I try to get into my wireless router (to set preferences), and type, I get this screenshot, attached.

Would this mean I still have Comodo SecureDNS, please?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Not sure if this is a "Hardware" or "Software" question?

How exactly are you typing that in? Are you putting anything before or after What type of router do you have? What OS are you using?

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Hello there folks,

i recently bought myself a little server. Now i want to test it for high availability and endurance. What tool can be recommended? I normally use the linux tool stress, but this only gives me evidence for short time usage.
I would also like a tool which is os independent and that tests all installed components.

Does anybody know what Dell or HP uses for stability and high availability tests?

All information is very appreciated! Even if the solution is non-free!

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This is more of a hardware / networking question. Here is what's going on.

Currently we have a Whatsup Gold Dell T400 server that just can't handle both WhatsUp and MSSQL. We are deciding to split the boxes up and get a R510 (Or T610, depends on the price our rep can get for us) for the SQL server and keep WhatsUp on the T400. The hardware requirements will be very much satisfied (1xQuad core, 8 gig ram, 300 gig 15k SAS drives, 64 bit Win2k8, dual GigE NICs) with the new server but I've never worked with SQL server that was as utilized as this one so here is my question:

What type of network congestion will this create being there will be a lot of traffic going between these two boxes? Since both boxes have GigE NICs, I'll probably be putting them on their own GigE switch since the rest of the network is 10/100 so I'm hoping that if there are any network problems they would be resolved.

I've heard of fiber channel but don't know what it is or if it would be worth the cost in this (as I would need fiber channel cards in both servers).

What is the best way to set this up? I guess I'm just looking for some insight from some SQL gurus.


Answer:MS SQL Hardware server setup questions

1 GB should be fine, i would break them off into their own VLAN if there is going to be a lot of broadcast traffic to cut down on congestion

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Hope this is the 'best' forum to post this query in, heres a little backstory and our thoughts so far:

Some friends and I are going to rent 1u in a data center for all our geeky needs; our 'needs' to start with are a bunch of websites (and databases), a VoIP server and a few dedicated game servers. We'll be running some form of *nix if that matters (seen some anti *nix specs regarding RAID?)

I was shocked how expensive 1u chassis can be, is there a big premium on this or should we look at renting 2u to save here? On the 1u front we don't need hotswap bays or a slim optical or anything flash, some decisions will be based on MB/CPU - more on that later.

Our 'dream' was to go straight to dual processor but it looks like we will have to be abit more economical; Im under the impression you can get a dual socket MB and run with 1 cpu, hopefully we could/would upgrade down the line if neccessary; we were looking at going Xeon not sure whats the best cache etc for our needs, what chipsets are good. Can you rely on built in raid (that isnt anti *nix)?

Storage isn't really an issue, we'll be using gigs rather than terabytes of data however we'd like to have 2+ harddrives for some form of RAID (important stuff will be backed up offsite). SATA will be fine I think, we won't be taxing the HDDs much.

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Answer:Building a 1u server - Hardware advice

What is your budget for this project? You may find it is more cost effective to buy a "gently used" 1U server off ebay rather than building your own.

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Well my boss has decided to go crazy and has tasked me with trying to buy server hardware for a new Citrix farm he wants to implement.

The problem is the talks I have had with Citrix people I can't get ANY kind of help as far as number of users per server CPU, RAM requirements and things of that nature, this is making it difficult to tell my boss the hardware we should get.

I already know we want Raid 5 and a fair amount of storage (as citrix has to have the applications images loaded onto the server correct?), will multi processor help the number of users that can connect?

With this in mind and knowing we only use standard applications I.E. windows XP pro, Office 2003, and fery few other applications does anyone have a clue what type of servers I should be looking at? I.E. RAM requirements and CPU speed.

Is CPU speed directly proportional to the number of users who can connect to any given server? I know we are going to have some kind of load balencing solution for failover but I wanted to get some ideas on what to prep for.

Answer:Server Hardware for Citrix farm?

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Hi all,

We have system for our work that uses a web/application server and a database server. Around 150 people use this application and the data stored are usually text, ms office documents, pdf files and images. Suppose that about 50 people are using the system at any given time, what do you think will need better hardware specs, the database server or the web/application server?

Could you give any recommendations for the hardware specs? Like cpu, ram? A friend of mine suggested that it would be good to use the nVidia Tesla GPU for parallel processing. Is this a good idea or is this going a bit overboard?


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I have a some lab software that we are setting up to run on a server, with the users running clients. Prior to that each user had the software on their personal PC or laptop.

Since setting up the server, the software is running much slower than previously. The computer acting as the server is a typical Dell P4 3.4 Ghz, 2GB ram, and a 250 GB hard drive.

What upgrades are necessary to run more efficiently? The software is used by about a dozen clients.

Additionally, how could I tell if the bottleneck is more of an internet issue or a hard drive speed (file transfer) issue?



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I of course could just build one from scratch, but this is a recommendation for a friend for his business and they have to have a vendor-bought system. Now, I realize this could turn into a whole lot of "I like Dell" and "I like HP" posts, so I'm going to clarify. I'm looking for a few good resources (websites) that review/compare pre-built Server systems. An example would be READY GO.

Answer:Where can I find some server hardware reviews?

Good question, my anwser is that there are very few sites that do this.

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Hello, I was wondering if any of you could recommend some Hardware Specs and/or prebuilt model #'s (ex. Dell, HP) for a new work server. It will be supporting 20 users, 26 PC's, and 6 printers. I will be using the Windows Server 2K3 OS and it will be used in the following roles:

DNS Server
Primary Domain Controller (Active Directory)
Application Server (minimal)
File Server (currently converting all paper customer files to electronic)
WSUS Server
Printers will be networked through it

I would like to put the OS on a RAID 1 array, and Data/Files on a 500 Gb to 1 Tb RAID 5 or 10 (suggestions?) array. Also, I would appreciate suggestions on favorite backup software suites.


Answer:Server 2k3 Hardware & Specs Recommendation

You'd be well served (no pun intended) by any entry level server. I was running AD on dual P3 1ghzs for 100 people and it sailed along.

What's the budget?

I'm partial to dell 2950s - they're solid servers.

HP makes a nice server in the 380-385s are nice too.

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I am looking to buy a server for my home and i dont really know what hardware i really need to do this.

Here is what i want to do.

I want a central location to store all of my files. I am a photographer and i end up with about 750GB - 1TB per year of data
I really only need the last 2 years of data available to share. the rest i would archive.

From this central location i want to be able access these files from any one of 3 machines - all running XP. I want all of my application to reside on these 3 machines such that the server is really just a storage device. I would like the server to act as a print server also, so i dont have to install printer software on each machine as i have now.

I have no interest in accessing any of these files outside of my little home network. I do not want this to be a web server either.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Answer:home server hardware requirements

You may want to consider a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution. Buffalo's TeraStation would hold 1.5 Terabytes on a RAID 5 drive set for less cash than most servers. NAS is designed to do exactly what you want, just provide a file share for networked computers.

You can also attach external USB drives directly to it for backing up if you want to. It looks like it also supports a printer connection. You will have to install the printer software to each computer. This is always the case, just most servers will auto install it for you when you connect to the share.

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I have the opportunity to buy some hardware but I'm having a tough time finding out what the specs are of the equipment. I'm not real familiar with blade equipment so I might end up passing on this hardware, I'm looking at this hardware for office use but since there is so much I will probably resell some of it unless I get a major influx of business.

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.

The stats list that each of these have 2 Opteron 2.4 Ghz CPU's and 8000 series MOBO chipset, so it seems like these are pretty new CPU's? Can anyone help identify possible CPU's from this info?

Also, it says that the RAM available is 4x4GB 333MHz, 400Mhz speed, what does that mean? Which speed is that, I've seen other servers list that as well- My IBM has the same PC2-3200 4GB sticks that say 333Mhz on them but all info pn the net say 400Mhz. Any ideas?

This stuff is at an auction house and the only info available is the following:
3 Gigabit LAN adapters
2 AMD Opteron 2.4 GHz Number of Installed Processors 2
16gb installed - 4x4 GB DDR SDRAM - RAM Speed 333 MHz, 400 MHz Number of Memory Slots 8 x DIMMs
Motherboard Chipset AMD Opteron 8000
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Answer:Help identifying HP blade server hardware

tankman1989 said:

Can blade servers be used outside the "cage"? I don't see a PSU on these things so I'm wondering is a PSU can be rigged to attach to it by making an adapter with 12v & 5V rails. Basically getting either a regulated Bench PSU or modified computer PSU to a custom build connector to run the units.Click to expand...

Blades have proprietary ports. So unless you're hellbent on hacking something together, your answer is "no".

Honestly, I'd say skip this purchase. The extra cost to get this stuff working might exceed your budget. It's better to get something new, or at least has a warranty and SLA.

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Hi all
It's very difficult to get really good advice on this but I'm now trying to build the "Ultimate" HOME server machine.

Note the machine will be essentially used as a HOME (not a commercial / work) server so it doesn't need all the fancy gaming state of the art graphics cards etc.

What it DOES need is enough RAM and horsepower to run 4 Virtual servers, whilst also file and print sharing to a number of "remote" (actually a LAN) workstations.

A "Blade" type server would be OK in a commercial environment but my server needs to be a bit like a conventional workstation.

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Most of the stuff I've looked at seems to be more geared to high performance gaming or running NASA's next Mars mission.

A SERVER doesn't need hideously expensive gear - but it does need the capability to have loads of memory and disk drives to be connected to it.

Any IT admins out there who use this type of stuff at work -- recommendations.

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's pro... Read more

Answer:Hardware for a good W7 HOME Server

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

The ability to run 4 Virtual servers decently is essential so 16GB of RAM is the minimum -- Ideally I'd like 64GB but that's probably like asking for the moon.

Jeez...I run a handful of ESXi servers at work and I usually put 24GB of RAM in those to run 10-12 concurrent Linux and Windows servers and that usually doesn't max out the RAM. So, I would have to imagine that 16GB of RAM is going to be more than enough for home use and 4 VM's.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need around 16GB RAM (seems hard to get a basic motherboard with enough memory slots these days), and a QUAD CPU. The I/O subsystem nust allow for around 8 drives and two DVD/CD units to be connected and have video output capability to drive 2 monitors (although most of the tine the monitors will probably be disconnected.

Quite a number of new mobo's support 16GB of will just have to be a 4 x 4GB setup. Quad core CPU's are a dime a dozen. The I/O subsystem to allow that many drives will likely just involve adding on 1 additional controller card. And just about any modern video card can easily handle dual monitor support.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

I need to have as well at least 2 but preferably 3 Network cards on it.

Quite a number of mobos have 2 NIC's...You will... Read more

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I'm kind of at a loss. This server as been running ok now for 6 months but after moving it I am having all sorts of problems.

Looking for pointers on how to troubleshoot and/or narrow down the source of the error.

Answer:Win Server 2008 R2 BSOD's -- bad hardware?

Hi. I just read the posting instructions so here is some more information:

? OS - Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Same
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Retail
? Age of system (hardware) - 15 months
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 15 months

? CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
? Video Card ATI Radeon HD 4250 (on board)
? MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3
? Power Supply - Strider 1000W

? System Manufacturer - Home Built
? Exact model number

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Hi all,
I would like to know what are the minimum server hardware specifications for the following requirements:
25 concurrent users
print server (4 network printers)
Domain controller
backup server
Can someone help me please?

Answer:Server Hardware Specifications vs Requirements

Are the 25 concurrent users just file and print users or are these Remote Desktop users?

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Does there exist some kind of hardware solution to proxy sever for home use? Where I live many of the online proxy server services are blocked and I'm a computer lay person. I need a solution which is very simple and effective (I think a hardware solution is both simple and effective). Could you please help me with it? Thanks.

Answer:hardware solution to proxy server

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I'm looking for any hardware recommendation for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Can be pre-build (Dell/HP) or something DYI. It will be development system with three databases (1st - 20 tables and 2nd - 50 tables and 3rd - 2 tables) and around 3000 new records each day overall.

Thanks for any suggestion.

Answer:Hardware recommendation for MS SQL Server 2008 R2

First of all, I would not go with a custom-built machine. If you're doing any production work, having a top-tier vendor with an on-site SLA and direct access to the exact identical parts throughout the warranty period is very important.

Few thoughts come to mind:
1. Will users be remoting into machine to use it, or interfacing with the data through a web/client application?
2. Is the database part of a vendor product? If so, what product? If this is part of a custom/homemade solution, what can you tell us about it?
3. What kinds of data will this be returning? Any embedded types, such as blobs? Any idea on column and row counts, both for the pool of data and some potential resultsets?
4. What is the network and infrastructure like going from user to database and back again?

5. What is your budget? Do you have any existing business discounts with top-tier vendors?
6. What is your uptime and availability requirement?
7. Anyone familiar at your site with backup/rollback procedures of databases and transactions in SQL Server? If so, have you decided how to roll this in with existing backup procedures of your other data?

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hi! we have a project right now and we're supposed to configure hardware requirements for a fictitious company. i'm really not good at hardware so it would be really great if someone cud help! i'm not sure if i'll be able to put enough information here so anyone could understand..just reply if there's any important information that i missed... the "company" is supposed to be an international sports broadcasting company that would like to build a new library system for their stats and videos. we're supposed to work around the present hw and sw that they have and produce an efficient ( cheap but excellent ) specifications..they already have:-100-user license for a database server(Oracle 9i RDBMS)-50 Pentium 3 pc's running at 933 MHz-existing open-system architecture consisting of pc's connected thru WAN via TCP/IP and SPX/IPX, UNix and Windows2003 boxes and Novell Netware file serversthe "company" prefer that the proposed hardware follow the following specifications...SERVER:RDBMS- specifically supports Oracle RDBMS 9i- supports othermajor RDBMS (i.e. Informix, Sybase, etc) for future upgradeOS- supports Unix OR Windows2003 OR Novell Netware 4.11 higherCLIENT:OS- supports WindowsXP OR any Linux flavor OR MAC OS higherAPPLICATIONS- can accomodate Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and Oracle DeveloperMULTIMEDIA- suports audio and video playbackNETWORK- supports TCP/IP and SPX/IPX network protocolthanks to anyone who could help. I like learning this stuff but i'm a... Read more

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Hi all,

I'm looking into buiding a small server system (2nd computer), in order to access my files when at school, share files and maybe host a small web site. Nothing fancy or ultra-mega performant. Not much applications would run on it, the OS and maybe some software firewall. It will be my first experience in networking.

I want a quite small hardware system, since space is an issue. Probably I'll build a custom case. I already have some parts from my previous (dead) computer: 40Gb IDE Western Digital HD, Asus A7V133-C mb, 256mb PC133 Kingston RAM, original Duron heatsink/ARX fan, Radeon 7000 32Mb, LAN PCI card, L&C (ever heard of L&C??? ) 350W PSU. I'd like to run Windows 2000 on the machine.

Here's the options I've looked at for now, all with the 40Gb HD, a micro-atx PSU and maybe a CD drive:

A- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.

B- Dump the A7V133, LAN and Radeon. Use the money to help buy an A7N266-VM mobo (Micro-ATX), still with a Duron/T-bird, or an used Athlon XP + some RAM. Onboard graphics & LAN a biiiig advantage. Still, quite big, but manageable.

C- As above, but with a Mini-ITX board/CPU. Space-wise, the perfect solution for me, but a little bit more costy. Due to monetar... Read more

Answer:Hardware advices needed for a small server

Originally posted by jeece
Hi all,

IA- Start building from my a7v133 mobo (supports up to 1.3Ghz cpu). Buy a Duron or T-bird and install it. Most economical choice, but ATX board eats up much space. No onboard video nor LAN, so it has to have a graphic + LAn card, taking more place. Last resort system, but cheapest one too.Click to expand...

This would work best imo....most of my servers are cobbled together from spare parts
Originally posted by jeece
My questions:
1-Is RAM an important issue when building a server? (remember I don't want a cutting edge machine, but not a "bare minimum requirements" one too.) Click to expand...

Yes, RAM is important, but only as important as decent speed disks/processor. you should b e fin with 256Mb

Originally posted by jeece
2-What about processor speed? (would a Duron 850 do about the same job as a 1.2Ghz?) I heard CPU cache is an important factor, server-wise, so a T-Bird would be a better idea.Click to expand...

My file server is a dual 200mhz pentium pro. my webserver is a single 200mghz pentium pro. My game servers are all dual 350Mhz pII boxes.

Originally posted by jeece
3-Since I don't want a second monitor/keyboard/mouse for the server, could I plug 'em all on a kinda splitter/switchboard, so I could control both computers from the same devices? I'd prefer this solution to the "remote PC" software, so I could access the server's BIOS on boot, for example.Click to expand..... Read more

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I have a Dell Poweredge 1750 with Intel Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's.

Does anyone know if the 2008 x64 OS can be installed on a system with Xeon 2.4 GHZ CPU's?

All the other stuff looks right like RAM, storage ect.

According to the MS web site it seems like it just lumps them all together. I guess the main thing is does the CPU have to be a specific 64 bit CPU or will it install on a 32 bit CPU.
Windows Server 2008 System Requirements

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Windows server 2008 x64 hardware requirements?

A Xeon is not a Itanium based CPU. So it falls under the catagory of the rest. It is above the 1.4GHz required for x64 you should be just fine.

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I have a WSE I use for backing up and stoaring data. I have like 10 hard drives connected to it 8 of which are running drive pool.

The Motherboard is toast, and well although it wasn't having any issues keeping up with some cameras and file storage and backups, I guess it might be time to replace it with my 4770k office PC (ex gaming rig) and upgrade that machine.

If I simply swap out the MB's are boot off the Hard drive with WSE be able to adapt to the new hardware? Can I at least recover the CD Key because I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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Hi everyone,

I was hoping for some hardware advice/recommendations for a SMB server build.

We currently have a server that's built on consumer hardware (Phenom II X6, 16 GB RAM, and a gaming mother board) but we've grown frustrated with frequent stability issues.

Our server is a virtual machine host running Centos 6.2 minimal, with about 8 VMs on top of it. It has 4 Hard drives in a RAID 10 configuration, and each VM uses a logical volume instead of file based images.

The guest VMs are:
Ubuntu Server with OpenLDAP
Ubuntu Server running NFS (including NFS home folders for all our users)
Windows XP (1)
Windows XP (2)
Ubuntu Server with MediaWiki
Ubuntu Server with Bind 9 name server
Ubuntu Server with Cyrus IMAP server
Ubuntu server with DaviCal calendar server
... room for growth ...

Right now, the host machine kernel panics on a regular basis and the log seems to indicate an I/O related issue.

We're ready to spring for some solid, server grade hardware, but I'm not sure what to buy. I've built tons of desktops so I'm familiar with the components and how to do the building, but I do have some questions about performance and stability since both are paramount. I hoping to get about 5 years of uptime!

I found this bare-bones system and it has the features we're looking for like rack mount-ability, 8 hot-swap drive bays, plenty of room to add more RAM or a second processor, etc. But I've never heard of TYAN and I don't know if... Read more

Answer:Advice for a Server Grade Hardware Build?

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I'll appreciate some ideas on how to safely migrate an existing ATA Center installation across server Hardware. The capacity of the present ATA Center Server was sized for a Pilot deployment. Now we plan to move into full blown deployment. In-place
Hardware resource upgrade is not a likely option. Additionally, the motivation is not to do a fresh install of the server, more importantly not to start learning the environment afresh.


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I'm looking to build myself a new server for my home network. The catch is I also want it to act as my router and as such a hardware firewall. I'm looking for fast/gigabit ethernet if possible. It'll need at least 4 ethernet ports (Internet In + hookups to 3 computers).

Anyone have any suggestions, both hardware and software-wise? This is just in planning stages and I want some opinions. I have a copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (32-bit, from MSDN ages ago), and if I can use that that would be excellent. However Linux is fine as well.

Answer:Hardware Firewall/Router + File Server?

djBon2112 said:

I'm looking to build myself a new server for my home network. The catch is I also want it to act as my router and as such a hardware firewall. I'm looking for fast/gigabit ethernet if possible. It'll need at least 4 ethernet ports (Internet In + hookups to 3 computers).

Anyone have any suggestions, both hardware and software-wise? This is just in planning stages and I want some opinions. I have a copy of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (32-bit, from MSDN ages ago), and if I can use that that would be excellent. However Linux is fine as well.Click to expand...

First, I would recommend that you have your firewall as a dedicated device for security purposes. Every service you have running on machine increases its attack surface. For a security device such as a firewall, you want that to be as small as possible.

Second, unless you have a current MSDN subscription, your license of Windows Server 2003 is no longer valid. Also, the licensing restrictions for MSDN doesn't allow you to run it in a production environment. Basically, the only people allowed to use MSDN software in any way are people who have current MSDN subscription.

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The current setup I have is as follows:

* CoolerMaster Elite 330 Case
* Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G motherboard
* AMD X2 AM2 BE 2400 2.3GHZ
* 4GB Crucial pc2-6400 (2x 2gb)
* 1 Samsung 80gb SATA (Operating System)
* 1x 1TB Seagate SATA 3.0GB/s

I received my 120 day trial of WHS yesterday and plan to install it on this setup. Will I be able to find all the correct drivers needed to run it on this system? Any suggestions during install/setup of the OS? I have another Samsung 80gb to match the one I currently have. Would it be effective to run the OS on a RAID setup, while all my media is on the 1TB drive alone, not on a RAID setup?

I was also wondering if it is possible to run this Windows Server Connector on machines "outside" my own network and run weekly backups (like my mother and fathers computer's 300 miles away). If so, how do I go about doing so?

Answer:Windows Home Server: My Hardware Setup

You might find this info useful. WHS does not use raid it uses "Drive Extender"

And under normal raid setups the data drive is the one being raided not the os drive. The os can be reloaded but if the data drive dies it's lost. This however doesn't pertain to WHS - the more disks the merrier with WHS because it copies data from one drive to another for backups.

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I am working on a network that has < 75 concurrent users that might possibly connect at the same time. I setup an extra computer with a new installation of Windows 7 Pro and installed Filezilla to run it as a FTP server.

This computer is for school use in 3 classroom labs and will have at most 75 students connecting to the FTP server. Realistically, probably 20 students will logon at the same time, with the transfers of small MS office files at different times, pictures, and other small files < 1MB.

Computer/Server specs are more or less 2Ghz Core Duo, 2GB Ram, 1 TB WD Green 5400 Drive, and OS 7200 Samsung F3 Drive. It seems like the biggest bottleneck is the network, of which I have no control over. I have the FTP files setup on the 5400 drive, not sure if a 7200 would help any if at all.

It has been running 1 day and so far so good, much better than the school provided solution that was being run by a non-reliable server. The school provided solution was on a full on server, but it was run by somebody else and was never consistently reliable with it only available about 25% of time. I do not have a raid setup, but I am going to use the built in windows backup to do a nightly backup of the windows and student files.

In summary I am doing the best I can with what I have. I am more or less wondering how much the hardware might be limiting things if at all or any recommendations to improve things without a complete rehaul. I am really unsure as to how much... Read more

Answer:File Server (FTP), is hardware sufficient for the workload?

You mention file size, but not the quantity. That said, your biggest bottle neck on the server will be the harddrive, but even then I wouldn't expect to see any issues. Now, granted, I would have used something like CentOS + vsftpd, but honestly for the work load 7 will do fine as well.

If you are looking at reliability options, then yes RAID is definitely recommended ( RAID isn't a backup solution ). But it's all a question of the needs of the business owners vs the resources they want to dedicate to it. If they are ok with the downtime between rebuilding and restoring the server in the case of catastrophic OS loss, then they can get away with cheaping out on the hardware.

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So, I'm thinking of building a personal (file-)server. I have some ideas about what I should get, but seeing as I currently don't have money for building it, it's still in planning stage.

I'm thinking of building a RAID5 server, which runs on Linux (which distro, I do not yet know, but I'm considering later Ubuntu versions). While I say 'personal', I will still allow my family (and closest friends) access to it (maybe over LAN only, for security reasons, if this is possible).

Seeing as I have many, many large files, there is also a great need for disk space.

Therefore I am thinking of buying five hard disks (one terabyte each) for RAID5 (where one will be 'lost' for parity) and one small(ish) hard disk for the O/S to run from.

I also am thinking of running software RAID, so I am *not* going to use money on external RAID controller, unless absolutely necessary.

Requirements for hardware are:

Chassis: Must be able to house six hard drives and at least one CD/DVD rom drive. Does not need floppy. Must be able to install sufficient cooling. May or may not include PSU.

Motherboard: Integrated sound/graphics/network card. RAID5 support. DDR2 800MHz (or higher) RAM support. At least six SATA connectors. Also at least one IDE connector for CD/DVD rom drive.

CPU: Probably dual-core with decent frequency. Not sure what to say here. Obviously must be supported by mobo.

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Answer:Taking suggestions for personal server hardware

What did you deside on?

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I have a simple question:

If i set up my Windows 2000 Server with the PER SERVER licensing mode with 5 concurrent connections does that mean that only 5 computers/users will be able to connect simultaneously to fileshares and other stuff shared on the server ?

Answer:Win 2K Server: Question about Per Server licensing

Win 2k server allows unlimited connection to the file shares, hardware dependent. Liscencing wont affect this.

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It's possible to make a hardware independent image from
Windows 2003 Server?
When Yes give me some information how to make it?
When Not tell me to what extent is it possible to
create a hardware independent image of a Windows 2003 server?

should I use 3rd party software for this...e.g. from PowerQuest?


Answer:Hardware independent images with Windows 2003 server??

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Dear All

I been thinking a lot about disaster recovery at the moment and was thinking what would I do if i had a major disaster at the school I work at. i.e. all servers down due to a natural disaster water, fire etc.

So i decided on a little project for myself with restoring the schools active directory on a test server using VMware to see the results. If I manage to get that working I was then going to restore the whole of exchange on there as well. Basically more or less a replica of our main DC but in a test environment.

I wish I hadn't started because from day 1 I been having problems. I think the issue is because I am using different set of hardware to restore AD.

From my knowledge I know if you want to backup AD you need to backup the system state of one of your DC's which I have done. The problem is with systemstate it does everything such as HAL, registry as well as AD of that particular server you take the backup from.

Problem is when your restore that you get all sorts of problems. Everytime I have tried all I have been getting is BSOD (blue screen of death) errors once I restart the test server.

I have followed some whitepapers from Microsoft and I get the feeling that Microsoft dont really recommend restore AD onto different hardware, in fact they don't seem to support it. All the Server 2003 books I own dont really have much useful information on this either.

So I was wondering if fellow managers and technicians have addressed this pr... Read more

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Could someone please help me? I need to get a server to run NT SQL. I will have 4 workstations running Windows 98. I don't know what type of hardware to get for my server. Do I need a lot of RAM? A really fast CPU? A huge hard drive? Will my server need anything more that an ordinary beefed up computer already has? Please help me!

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Windows NT SQL server hardware recommendation?

Need to know more before that can be answered.

How much data do you plan on storing? That will determine your hard drive size.

How big are the databases programs going to be? That will help with the RAM. Of course, with and MS product, more RAM is always a good thing.

CPU speed... well, I would go with something decent. With only 4 users I doubt you'll need an 800MHz or anything. Of course, I don't know how much data you are planning to have this maching process - so even 1 user could need a really fast CPU.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
(4/29 free $5 added - free computer headset ends 4/30!):

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I have a computer which seems to have the BIOS Hardware RTC broken (Time in bios gets reset to the same value every time the computer is shut down, battery has been replaced and is ok).
Windows always has the wrong time when booting and if the windows clock is changed, after some time it somehow syncs again with the hardware clock and getting wrong time again.
Is there some scheduled task, which does the second time sync? I want to set this computer up to get the time from or some other ntp server at boot and completely ignore the hardware clock. The computer always has a steady internet connection
and is not a part of a AD domain, just a simple machine to do office stuff and browse the web.

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can i install windows 2000 advance server on a p4 pc.If yes than what more will b required to add in it.any link guiding how to install windows 2000 serverstep by step. what configuration i will b needed for?


You'll find all the answers to your questions by Googling for them.W2k minimum requirements: W2k...

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I need to test several systems, Dell and HP. Mainly Poweredge 1650, 2650, 2600 and their SCSI drives, different brand drives.

I downloaded the ISO with the online diagnostics on it but what curious if you guys had any better suggestions for testing the hardware to make sure it all works fine. With the Dell CD it seems to work fine but I noticed on the 1650's it doesn't test for the SCSI drives, I would also like to find a few good hardware testing CD's that I can keep on hand that will test for everything.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Diagnostics tools for Brand name server and SCSI hardware

There is hitachi drive fitness test software, which checks scsi,ide,sate etc. I have not
used myself. But its free.
Support - Downloads and Utilities


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I'm building a new Windows Home Server box with a 2 year old Shuttle PC. The server will be used for a home network that has 5 computers. I don't think it will have too much traffic, as everyone has their own music library stored on their local computer, thus there shouldn;t be any streaming. It will mainly be used for back-ups and to store documents.

My questions are:
1. Currently have a Athlon 64 3500 (socket 939) running @ 2.2 ghz (not overclocked). The processor can be upgraded to a 939 dual core. Is the single core 3500 enough or would it be better to have a dual core processor.

2. The ethernet port on the PC is only 100mbps, should I upgrade to a gigabit? The router on the network is not a gigabit, but the 2 switches can run at gigabit speeds. All the PC's and this server are connected to switches, not to the router directly.


Answer:Build a new Windows Home Server box, some hardware questions

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In your opinion, what's the best antivirus software for Windows server 2003 and Exchange server 2003, both on the same machine. I have Symantec SEP 11, but when I step through the install I get a crazy error message and install fails. Thought I'd try something different.

Answer:antivirus software for Windows Server 2003 & Exchange Server 2003

Being a Server based OS you cant get much. Eset, ForeFront, AVG, CA and BitDefender. We have a topic similar to this in our Enterprise area since a Server Based OS is not made for home use.

Server AV

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I have a toshiba satellite Laptop, deleted a user account now when trying to start up frist DVD rom Light comes on , drive spins, Keyboar & mouse Light come on Hard drive lights comes on . Then bang it stops Nothing comes on screen stays black all the waty through this. Power stay on .
Any suggestion?????


Answer:Hardware Or Software I Don't Know

Did you delete the only user account you had on the computer?

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hey guys i just put on a motherboard last week called abit vt7 and when i installed it its giving me problems... like my games fps are 20-40... there choppy is it a software issue or wat? cuz be4 on my old motherboard none of this happend when i put the abit vt7 on problems started so is this a software issue or is it my motherboard?

Answer:software? or hardware?

Im guessing you didnt reinstall windows?

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ok my friends mom brought me two old computers[highlight]one with win me is labeled shawn and the one with old xp home is emily[/highlight]ill describe whats up with both of them and you guys can chose which one to work on firsti cant really give great detail about them cuz they dont work right..they both were sitting forever and they both were cover in dust it took me a little while to clean them both out and i think i sacraficed parts of both my lungs and i looked like a miner when i went to classshawn(winme) might have a mix of both hardware and software problems. first once i cleaned it and got it running a box poped up and said updating hardware databasebut it stopped at 66% and wouldnt move. after that i busted out the restore cds and restored it and it looked like it was going to work but the magic windows error came up and said files were missing, so when i get home im going to reformat the bugger and see what that does.ok now for emily(xp home) ok hers just wont show video when i hooked up my monitor and turned her computer on the monitor just continued to do the self check thing, it has an onboard video card so yea and i dont know what kind of slots its has cuz i have a vid card i could put in it to check. there is no rush on this emily's mom told me to get it done when i want but i love a challengethanks for the helpunlovedwarrior

Answer:software guy needs help with hardware

A reformat for the ME machine seems best.As for the XP one, does it show video with another monitor?Try your video card if not, you won't be able to insert the wrong video card so that's safe.Make sure the PSU has enough juice to handle it first.Does the PC run and not show video, or just not start?

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I have an acer desktop L100. Recently I have noticed the power LED has started blinking. After an hour or so the PC locks up completely, and i have to manually turn the computer off. I gave it to a local PC techie and he advised the PCwas overclocked, so he reduced the CPU temperature and cleaned the computer and declared it was fixed! But sure enough two days later the PC started doing it again and the power LED button is still blinking. The main opinion online is some hardware is dying. Any ideas anyone? Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 2 GHz Chipset NVIDIA nForce 430 Operating System Microsoft Windows 7HDD Size 160 GB Optical Drive Type DVD-ROM ? DVD Burner ? CD-ROM ? CD Burner Processor Type AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor Speed 2 GHz Processor Manufacturer AMD Motherboard Bus Speed 2000 MHzRAM Technology DDR SDRAM Installed RAM 2 GB Number of Memory Slots 2 x DIMMs Supported RAM Speeds 533 MHz ? 667 MHz Installed Cache Memory 1 MB Hard Drive Capacity 160 GB Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA II Graphic Processor NVIDIA GeForce 6150

Answer:Hardware or Software?

if it was cleaned properly this should have eliminated an overheating problem unless the techie did not clean it or check that oine of the fans was not operating at the correct speed. The next simplest thing to do is to change the power supply as this is a quick relatively inexpensive operation. You could easily do this yourself. Note the rating of the psu and as long as the one you get is equal or has a larger rating that will do the job. Next follow each cable from the psu to the motherboard and note the number of connections. Also note the power connectors to the optical and hard drives. These could be either the older white 4 pin almost rectangular plug with slightly rounded corners on 1 long side or the newer sata connections which are very much smaller with a thin slot with a right angled tiny slot at the end.

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I think that it is software, but I could be wrong... One game will not start anymore, and this started after I updated my ATI vid card to Catalyst 5.2, but at the same time I re-seated the video card after dusting out the old desktop...



Answer:Hardware or software?

What do you mean by will not start? Do you recieve an error message?

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Hello everyone ! Things have changed quite abit here as its been awhile but I have an issue that I'm not sure what it is related to, anyway things are sorta off center in my attachment and have no way of understanding what happened. The lettering that is when I right click on my desk top and this is what I get ? Anybody ?

This only happens when I right click on a empty space on the desk top if I right click any folder or Icon then everthing is ok ?

Answer:Hardware or Software ???

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I am running Windows 7 Home Edition, an old celeron processor, about 3.06 ghz I believe and all updates are current. A month or so ago I started having issues when shutting down and restarting the computer. When I restart I have noticed that the Start Menu is open, stays open for a while, then disappears. I don't think this has always been the case. The biggest problem is that when I try to click on an icon on the desktop, like My Computer for instance, about 5 or more of the folder or icon will open up. The mouse does not function properly as well. For instance if you just happen to drag the mouse over an icon or folder, it tries to open up the folder many times. The only thing I have found that fixes this proble is to type something into the search box on the start menu and let it search for can be chkdsk, or you can type in jibberesh such as kkkkkkkkk and it will fix the problem of the multiple page/folders opening up when u click on them. It's like the search function needs to "do something" before things return to normal.  I've also notice that there is a problem most of the time when trying to schedule chkdsk. Most of the time upon restarting the computer I get a message that chkdsk has been scheduler, and then below that it says it's been cancelled and it will not run. I think I've managed to get it to run once like that, and have no idea why it worked that time. Not sure if the two problems are connected or not. It'... Read more

Answer:Hardware or Software ???

!) What do you mean "changes to the registry"? EXACTLY what did you do?2) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?3) Have you run a full system scan with both your AV and MalwareBytes? If not, please do so now.4) How does it run in safe mode?

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