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Need hardware device that will route server requests to another server if one is down

Question: Need hardware device that will route server requests to another server if one is down

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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Preferred Solution: Need hardware device that will route server requests to another server if one is down

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Like to ask for ur advice, the below error mail header shown that mails sent
to user
mailbox directly from internet which also bypass the virus scan server. I
using iplanet application software in my pop server. What could led to this


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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 play cod 2 frequently and for the past month my ping has gone way up. The problem is my route to the server I play on has changed. It used to go through 12 hops and now for some reason I go through and have 18 hops (and they go to kc, to chicago, back over to Denver and finally to Dallas). I have complained to my provider but they keep saying they have no control after it leaves their system. It switched back to the old route for about 4 days and was fine now I am back on level3. Is there anyway to manually force my route to go through something other than level3? or any other suggestions to fix this?

Answer:route to server help

tsc said:

Is there anyway to manually force my route to go through something other than level3? or any other suggestions to fix this?Click to expand...

Your ISP is correct: They have no control of the packets once they leave their network. You can try complaining to Level 3, but I doubt that they will do anything, unless someone made a mistake.

It doesn't hurt to ask, but based on your description, it sounds like "someone" upstream changed to Level 3 for their bandwidth, and the additional hops are the result. I'd need to see the trace route logs from before and after, though.

But, if you have the trace route from before and after, send them along with your email to Level 3 support - if someone made a mistake somewhere a network engineer will look at it, say "Whoops!" (or something similar ), and then hopefully take whatever steps are necessary to fix it. Or, it could be a permanent, planned change, and there's nothing to be done.

With regards to the question of whether or not you can force the route: Short of having access to the routers, no.

Your only other options at that point would be: Change to a server that is closer, or if that isn't an option, switch ISPs (find out who they get their bandwidth from, first) to one that doesn't use Level 3.



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Created RAID1 and RAID5 on my Physical server
Created a
Bootbale  USB to install  ISO Window 2012 r2 on supermicro x9drl-if Server.

But it is returning with an error:


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I'm trying to decide on the type of file server that I want:

The D-Link DNS-323
A different pre-fabbed model (with or without HDs?)
Or to build one on my own.
Basically, I have about 350GB of data that consists of music, video, images, and documents, all on my external enclosure that houses a 400GB Seagate. My main reasoning for a file server is that, along with that I assume I would be able to access these files with a wireless receiver (such as my HP Digital Media Receiver that I've yet to implement) and easily play my music on my stereo downstairs, I would also be able to lock down some directories, but share others (like the music and whatever else) with the other PC on the network (Westell 327W Verizon DSL modem/router).

Additionally, I would like to periodically copy this data in some fashion that I could store it offsite at my parents' house, to address some sort of onsite disaster -- house fire, theft, whatever. Yes, this is all worst-case scenario, but that's why we backup, for what could happen, not what did happen, right?

I've looked at the DNS-323, as specified above. What limits would this include? I'm thinking that I could get two speedy 1TB drives that would suffice for quite a while, as my content doesn't increase at a large per-month/per-year rate. I could RAID 1 these drives to survive a failure of one drive. If the house burned down or was burglarized, I would still have the offsite backup.

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Answer:File Server - which route to choose?

I think you should use an actual computer, put FreeBSD 7 on it and use the ZFS filesystem. Use SAMBA to let Windows devices access it. You can look it up and find out more info. than I will be able to remember here, but here are a few advantages:

-Large userbase (much larger than any network appliance)
-The ability to use RAID-Z (part of ZFS), hardware RAID-5 or 6 or other better RAID levels than 1 (unless you're sure you only need 1TB)
-With more drives in a RAID, you should be able to hit much faster I/O speeds than the D-link
-The ability to upgrade to multiple network interfaces and/or 10Gbit later if you want
-The ability to use the server for multiple purposes. I plan to make a router and fileserver box in one.

-Some might list cost here but if you have an old P3/P4/Athlon box, then it'll be more than enough.
-You said you don't know Linux (and I assume Unix), but it's not that hard to learn and hey, knowing it can be beneficial. It sure looks good on a resume.

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Perhaps this should be posted in a "general intarweb" forum, but I'm not sure what forum is most appropriate so here it is.
I play a lot of counterstrike, I live in Birmingham, Al. The server of the clan I am a part of is based in Atlanta, Ga, 2.5 hours from me. I sometimes get substantial amounts of lag, and running tracert in the command prompt tells me that the lag is happening in servers the are 4-6 connections away form me. According to my service provider, they are owned by AOL(no wonder they suck). This is beginning to make CS:S unplayable quite a bit of the time and frustrating the hell out of me.
Is there any way to force the route by which I connect to the server to change. If so might it get any better, or does the connection generally happen thru the most efficient route by default?

Answer:Changing the route thru which I connect to a server?

Normally it takes the route with the least amount of hops, meaning once you leave your network and enter the great cloud of Unet (in GA so i'm guessing thats where the slowdown is) you really have no say as to how you get to a destination.

Unet has always had crappy spots

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I've got 2 servers, ones a domain controller and one strictly does IIS and Exchange (not a DC). Both are Server 2003. How can I point any requests for from the internal network to the IIS server?

Answer:Forward requests for DC to IIS server

Why would you want to?

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Here on site we already have two separate server closets. One room contains three Brocade Gigabit 48-port switches, the other four Brocade Gigabit 48-port switches. The tie-in from between the rooms is a Cat 6 line - there are four of those. Currently, the switches in each closet are cascading down.
I'd like some suggestions please in regards to connectivity between the two rooms.

Should I daisy in the last switch in the 1st room to the first switch in the 2nd room, and cascade the switches? This would mean i'm only using one tie-in between the two rooms.

Or should I use a 1:1 switch tie-in (since I have four lines between the server rooms)? I'm aware I won't be able to have a direct 1:1, so one of the switches in room one would have to feed two switches in room two.

Additional Info:
These switches do have fiber ports, but they are not being used for the daisy chaining. This is something we might use in the future, barring cost of the fiber connect for each switch. We only run Cat 6/5e - right now bandwidth is not an issue. The site will eventually house roughly 200+ devices.

Any insight or tips would be quite helpful.


Answer:How would you route two separate server rooms (switches)?

You select one switch as the core. You connect to that all the other switches, and any high-bandwidth devices (file servers, etc...)

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Not sure where to start with this. Ok, I have a 2003 server with IIS that host my website. It has two nic's installed in it. One is connected to my static DSL which hosts my website. The other nic is configured for my private network. Is there a way for me to setup routes so when on my private network I can get to this server but anything related to the website always uses the default route related to the web server? Currently I had to remove the default gateway of my private network because the website kept going down after a few days. I determined that gateway to be the problem when I went on it showed the wrong ip. Any help would be greatly appreicated.


Answer:Solved: Default route on 2003 server with two NIC's

You already have the proper setup. You don't need any routes if your connectivity on the private end is all on the same subnet. Traffic which stays in the same subnet is just layer 2 switched traffic.

One thing you need to factor terms of security. Be aware that you are exposing your private network to possible hacking as your web server can be used as the entry point into your private network.

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This is a weird one: I start a scan like I always do.
I get the preview, but then instead of finishing, the scanner stops and I get a message:
"Please install Desktop Experience from the server manager."

I don't have a server manager. I am running W7 Ultimate SP1. Also, I have no idea what experience a desktop would give me.

I tried doctoring around with switching W7 features on and off (web services, Media Player) because those were mentioned in connection with a Desktop Experience most frequently, but this changed nothing.

What I HAVE done a few weeks ago, is remove all instances of the built-in Photo Viewer, as it always kept creeping back as default.

Can manually deleting anything called Photo Viewer impact the scanning process?

Any pointers?


Answer:Scanner requests Server Manager

Quote: Originally Posted by AndySA

This is a weird one: I start a scan like I always do.
I get the preview, but then instead of finishing, the scanner stops and I get a message:

Here's a screenshot

Is there a way to re-install the Photo Viewer, which I suspect is the cause of this?

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For about 3 years now, I've been experiencing slow/sluggish response accessing my eBay messages when logged in to my eBay account. Typically, it takes 3-5 minutes (and sometimes I'm just unable) to view or send a message on eBay.

It's interesting that the problem only occurs with the eBay message server ( but not on the rest of eBay where eBay listings are hosted ( And, it only happens on my DSL internet connection. But, I don't seem to have any such issues anywhere else on the web outside of eBay, just the eBay message server.

To confirm, my smartphone does not have this problem with eBay messages when using my cellular connection to the internet. However, if I connect my smartphone to my home WIFI DSL connection, I get the same slow/sluggish response on the eBay message server.

I have ran a trace route on and I consistently get time outs from hops 15 thru 30, which is right after it makes it to ebay (hop 14). I have attached a screen capture of the trace route results here. I also get the same trace route results on which makes me believe the issue may not be related to the trace route time outs at all. I'm not sure why the time outs are happening on when I don't seem to have any issues with the main website, just the message server. However, I do realize that is a sub-domain of and time outs occur right after it hits (see image below).

I have cont... Read more

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I have little experience with Windows 8 and our organization does not yet support it but some end users have it.
Users running Windows 8.1 and IE 11 have presumably created a live tile referencing our secure application.  We are seeing user requests to <server>/browserconfig.xml with no authentication cookies while the user is currently authenticated in
IE.  Windows appears to not send existing authentication session cookies in the request but is processing response cookies.  This is causing the user to become unauthenticated.  One user claims to have removed the tile from their desktop but
we are still seeing requests to browserconfig.xml from that user.  When that user ran IE developer tools and logged network traffic, we see the transition from authenticated to unauthenticated once our authentication cookie value changed.  IE did
not log the request that changed the cookie.  IE did not log the request to browserconfig.xml at all, presumably because it was in a different thread.  Our server did log this additional request.  The request to browserconfig.xml consistently
occurs between the change from authenticated to unauthenticated.

1.  Is the request to browserconfig.xml expected to include cookies (both session and not) in the request?  If not, why does Windows appear to process response cookies?
2.  The user claimed to have removed the tile.  If this is true, is there a differ... Read more

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Several months ago I set up a VPN server using Windows 10 (the method I used is described in this tutorial: How To Setup a VPN in Windows 10 - YouTube)

This has been working fine until last week when I suddenly was unable to connect to my VPN server at home (I connect to it when at work).

I have checked my routers port forwarding rules and cannot find anything wrong there.

When I follow the tutorial mentioned above I get an error message when trying to set up a new server. The message is in Norwegian but it reads something like:

Windows cannot set up a connection

Incoming connections depend on the service Route and Remote Access, and it could not be started. See the event log for more information

I'd be very happy if someone could help me fix this.

Answer:My VPN server has stopped working - Route and Remote Access error

Anyone who knows how to start the Route and Remote Access service..?

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I've reached my wits' end. Our home network is bogged down with constant chatter between something called Sony Science Labs (with its own MAC address and everything). It appears that this device is constantly requesting DHCP addresses by sending requests to ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff. But it also regulary reports to -- an IP address that doesn't appear to exist on our network.

I'm posting the Hijack This! log below in the hope that it contains a clue about what's going on. This log file is for my computer -- I believe we've isolated the problem to this machine. It's a Sony VAIO notebook. Yes, I've installed all the relevant Windows and other patches. At least I'm pretty sure I have.

Thanks in advance for any advice. I'd rather not re-format the hard drive but I'm approaching that solution. - Tony Lima

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:36:31 PM, on 9/3/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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I'm trying to set up a pfSense vm as my OpenVPN server. I'm using a Mikrotik RB750G as my edge device and forwarding UDP 1194 to pfSense ( I also have a Layer 3 switch that does all the vlan routing, and includes a default route for to the Mikrotik inside interface ( I set up pfSense with one only one interface and made it's default GW the L3 switch (, that way it can go to any other vlan (ie. or to the internet (via without having to set up multiple gateways.

I set up the server, exported/imported config, changed the public IP in viscosity, and connected. It sees the server, asks for my password, authentication works, and it gives my tun interface an IP in the VPN network (

But when I try to ping or connect to anything, all I get is no route to host... I used pfSense as my edge router for months and OpenVPN worked perfectly, what am I missing?

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Is this possible? I've got my free copy of server 08 and a 'older' spare PC that I'd like to install it on (I hope). Putting system requirements aside, is this attainable? The main thing that attracts me is the advertisement that server 08 can run php and side by side.

I've searched and looked around, but I haven't really found anything useful. That might be a sign...

Answer:Server 2008 as a Web Server/File Server/Print Server

I tested Server 2008 on an old HP Compaq nx9600 laptop (P4 3ghz, 512mb RAM, ATI Radeon Mobility X300) I had lying around in my cabinet in an attempt to practice migrating and upgrading WSS 2.0 from a 2003 server to WSS 3.0 on the 2008 server on the laptop. It ran slow as shit when the WMSDE database running lol.. but without it, it was as smooth as Win2003.

I say give it a try.

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I am going be moving all the shared folders on my Server 2003 file server to my new Server 2008 VM and want to do it in a way that will allow my clients to be able to access them as if nothing happened. I have been reading about the Windows FSMT (File Server Migration Toolkit) and it will copy over all the permissions and everything but I am not sure how to go about making sure the client will still be able to access the shares especially if they have mapped any of them. If i change the IP and host name of the new machine to the old one after the migration is complete and then shutdown the old server will everything run smoothly? What is the best way to go about doing this?

Answer:Migrate Server 2003 file server shares to new machine (Server 2008)

you can do this or you can change DNS so that the old server name points to the new server IP. You need to turn off StrictNameChecking

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


this means that you can name the server what ever you want but if you go to the old host name it will also take you to the new server.

Don't forget this needs to be completed and rolled out after the users log off but before they log back in

As old user move on and new users join make sure that you link them to the share via the new host name so eventually the old host name is fased out and you can remove the above reg key.

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What do I need to buy in order to stream music/video files from Location A (Home) to Location B (work) via internet alone?

Linux server?

Any tips would be MUCH appreciated.

Will this work?

Answer:Building iTune server/ Music server/ Video Streaming server

linux box...a little know how and then

and you are all set.

The web pages/playlist interface it creates is pretty sweet. used to stream all my tunes to work using a similar setup and WinAmp

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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My thinkcentre M57 6072 BH7 (not sure if it is M57 but I just got 6072 BH7 from label on the machine) has windows 2003 serverinstalled. I installed all the drivers from DVD comes with. However, there are 3 remaining devices that cannot be installed: PCI Serial DevicePCI Simple Communications Controller (there is no modem installed)Unknown Device I was trying crazy to download the drivers for AMT and HECI but most of them do not work on WIndows 2003 server. I also tried the newest flash BIOS with no luck. Anyone has any ideas? Thanks in Advanced and I really appreciate any help.

Answer:PCI Serial Device Controller Unknown Device for WIndows 2003 server on 6072 BH7

what are the hardware IDs of each device?   this can be found in each device's properties under the details tab.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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'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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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.

We also dreamed of having alot of memory, which we can also add to later - does anyone have any advice on how memory... Read more

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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 have a Dell Desktop running Windows XP SP3, two days ago during the start up, following error message appears:

HP AiO Device Object Server
WaitForService (RPCSS) failed: hRes=0x8000405,
Unspecified error
Maximum retry attempts exceeded

Now a lot of programs don't run (including Internet Explorer).

Any one knows how to solve it?


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I have encountered the following on-screen message after I re-installed McAfee Total Protection on my Fujitsu Siemens (Scaleo L) computer using Windows XP Home Edition.

HP AiO Device Object

RegisterClassObjects failed; hRes =0x800706BA

The RPC Server is unavailable

Maximum retry attempts exceeded

​A similar posting occurred last year but the thread has expired.

None of my desktop icons will connect to the internet and IE will not open.

Please keep any replies in simple language as I am a complete beginner!

Thank You
John​ ​

Answer:HP AiO Device Object Server


McAfee have messed-up! It appears 1,000's (perhaps millions) of PC's have been affected.

Please go to this link for reports:

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I've finally got to the stage where I've had enough of the printing problems to a computer running Windows 2000. The whole problem with the usernames and passwords that computers must be logged on as in order to print is just too much, and so I've decided to get a print server device.I have an EPSON Stylus Color 760, which can connect by USB and parallel.Could someone recommend to me a good device that will run independently of a computer that I can attach my printer to and print flawlessly from the clients running Windows 98, 2000, XP Home and Pro.Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Print Server Device


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I have three accounts on my computer; mine, my husband, and guest. No one has used the guest so this is why I am puzzled. I was going to delete the account and when I signed in there was an error message that said: HP AiO Device Object Server Wait for service (RPCSs) failed: hRes = 0x80004005 Maximum retry attempts exceeded.

I have no idea what this is and cannot find out. I am not computer illiterate but close!! Also, I was not given the option to delete the Guest account as I am with the others.

At the same time, when I tried to delete the account, I noticed another account in Account Users on the Control Panel which said ASP.NET Machine....A. I did not put this on! Do you have any idea what it could be?

Thank you so much for any help you can give me. My daughter said you were the greatest so I am checking her out!


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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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i have acer e1-571 notebook.running windows 10.from last few days my pc giving this error-Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)

To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer.

A request for the USB device descriptor failed.                                                            
                                                                i have tried all kind of suggestions
given by microsoft related this problem .but   cant solved.card reader ,pen drive ,external keyboard ,or external mouse no one working.2.some  random  keys  is not working .please fix my issue .

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HI. I am brand new here. Not new to computers, but basically computer illiterate. I just don't get it most of the time.

Our son has been playing games and this has happened a few times and just by messing around, turning computer on and off and doing control/alt/delete getting the task menu up I could figure it out but today I'm going on 4 hours and cannot get the computer up.

We have a HP Pavilion computer with windows XP. I am getting this message this morning:

HP AiO Device Object Server Register Class Objects failed: h Res=Ox800706BA The RPC server is unavailable Maximum Retry Attempts Exceeded

Can anyone help me out? We are supposed to leave for vacation tomorrow and I had a lot of e-mails and stuff I had to get to before we left! Thanks in advance.

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This article at got my interest up. I have been looking at the possibility of setting up a SnapStream Personal Video Station using a dedicated server I intend to place next to the family TV. I've also been looking at Hauppauge WinTV Personal Video Recorder products, several of which are listed.

My question is about the MPEG-2 decoder. What difference does it make whether the MPEG-2 output decoding is done hardware or software in this situation and usage?

If anyone has set up anything like this, I sure would like to hear from you, too.

Answer:Setting up a TiVo-like Server/Device

I have a system/network set up like this. I can't say anything about the wintv card as I use a kworld tuner card purchased for $25, and a ati all-in-wonder in a second system - $40. Whether you use hardware or software decoding and encoding really depends on the machine, and what you're viewing the output on.

We view the output on a average sized TV set, which really doesn't require any higher resolution than 640 X 480, If your viewing it on a large monitor, you'll want hardware encoding so that you can get higher resolutions without putting so much strain on your cpu.

The hard part of putting a system like this together is getting the remotes to work like you want. I highly recomend a gyration wireless suite (keyboard and mouse) - $80, a RCA d940 remote control sender and reciever (for IR remotes) - $15, a saitek p3000 wireless joystick -$40 (circuitcity). You should get a IR remote with the tuner card, the RCA sender/reciever will allow you to place the pickup for the remote more conviently. The saitek p3000 can't be beat for playing games on the big screen.

As far as a keyboard and mouse for when you need them, the gyration is what I use. Logitech and microsoft wireless suites don't have enough range to reach the couch.

Other things of note, you may still need to have a monitor for the entertainment system. We have a desk in the corner of the living room with a monitor. We use extension cables to place the monitor up to 25ft away from... Read more

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I'll try to be brief as possible. Have a wireless network I was connecting to just fine over the past 2 days. Today, with no changes to my computer, I suddenly get the yellow exclamation mark over the connection and the error listed above when I try to troubleshoot it. Weird thing is I can connect to other networks just fine and I'm the only one in the seminar I'm attending who is having this problem. Clearly a computer problem. Okay, here's what I've attempted based on advice I've found here and elsewhere:

1. Disabled and enabled wifi adapter
2. Went in to adapter properties and checked to make sure IP 6 and IP 4 were set to "obtain IP and DNS server address" were set to automatic. They were.
3. Went to the command prompt and flushed the DNS
4. Rolled the computer back to a week ago
5. Reset the computer after 2, 3, and 4.

None of the above has helped. Still can't connect to the network. Any other ideas I'm missing?

Answer:Device or DNS server is not responding error

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

In the upper left corner of the Network and Sharing Center there should be a link named manage wireless networks.

Remove the one that you are attempting to connect to.

Restart the computer.

Attempt to connect again.

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With a new windows 10 update I can not more use my device to run windows phone program.

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A buddy of mine has a few servers stored in a data center and wanted a better way to monitor them, so he bought an APC NetBotz 500 Monitoring Device.

I'm not looking to buy one of these at all, but his purchase made me really curious to see if anyone has utilized one of these/if it's actually worth the investment. I think it has air flow and humidity sensors too, which is kinda cool (especially since everything's obviously done remotely over a network).


Answer:APC NetBotz 500 Server Monitoring Device

i've seen a couple people in the network pics thread post up about them. I'm curious about adding something like this to my bedroom where i keep my servers to keep track of like temps and such. Would also love if i could use it to monitor like power usage of devices.

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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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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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A Small Business Server was demoted from Primary Domain Controller to Secondary Domain Controller.

Since then, it has been unable to contact the network. Pinging the network produces a HARDWARE ERROR in dos.

The network connection is working, and a replacement network card produces the same issue.

Do you know what is causing this?



Answer:Windows Small Business Server PING HARDWARE ERROR

Windows only does primary domain controller emulation. There is no such thing as a primary domain and secondary domain controllers anymore, that was an NT thing. If what you did was demote it and remove active directory, then I would check to make sure the static IP for the now member server is not pointing to itself for DNS.

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I am responsible to administer a windows 2003 domain server and about 5 xp computers. The server's motherboard appears to be dying - it is about 7 years old - an old pentium 4 setup. The mirrored boot drives keep unsynching, and the synching process for two 80 Gb drives takes hours and hours and the machine is unusable during the resynch. I'll need to update the hardware, but would prefer to just drop the Windows 2003 server software as is with financial databases, logme in settings, gpo settings, file shares, ad structure, and backup settings onto the new hardware without spending the time to rebuild everything. The server is light use.

I know when I've tried to drop an existing OS install onto new hardware it does not work well in XP -- it never seems to run fast regardless of driver re-installs and replacements. However with Vista and Windows 7 it works great. Has anyone tried to do this with Server 2003? I've not tried it yet, but I'm considering trying it to save hours of administration time. I'd just try one drive from the mirror first and assuming I can replace all the drivers and get it moving smoothly then I'd just mirror the other drive back into synch. In an ideal world this wouldn't happen and I'd reinstall from the ground up. But I don't want to spend the time if I don't have to. This is volunteer work and it otherwise works fine and is setup properly as it is.

Cliff Notes: From its existing p4 server, coul... Read more

Answer:Can existing install of Server 2003 be picked up and dropped onto new hardware?

You're going to end up with problems. And being that this is your only domain controller, it would make recovering difficult if anything bad happened (and it probably will). Windows 2003 and Windows XP are very similar. Becuase of this, the experiences you have for WinXP should be similar to what you see with 2003.

If you don't want to reinstall, I would just invest in a new controller card and move the RAID off the motherboard and on to a dedicated card.

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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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