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Help identifying HP blade server hardware

Question: Help identifying HP blade server hardware

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
Storage Maximum Storage Capacity 120 GB (none included)
Integrated Lights-Out (iLO)
Dimensions (per unit) Height 1.61 in. Depth 25.35 in. Width 4.72 in. Weight 8.19 lb.

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Preferred Solution: Help identifying HP blade server hardware

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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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Okay my friend has this off brand blade server with no input devices (no floppy, no cd/dvd, etc). How does this person install a OS onto it?

Answer:Blade server question

On the HP blades ive worked with they came with some special cable that plugs in and outputs a usb slot, a VGA and a serial port.

Slot the server into the enclosure and use the supplied cables and connect up a external DVD drive using that weird looking cable. That is the simplest way.

This may be different on some models i have only worked with a limited number of blade based servers.

If you dont have an enclosure im not sure what you can do lol, im sure someone can help you with more experience with blades than me

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Hi there.

I managed to rescue a WORKING HP BL490c G6 Server Blade System 2X Intel Xeon E5540 CPU?s 72GB RAM from the local Tip !!! - some people have more money than sense.

Any idea how I'd go about neatly adding 4 - 8 HDD bays to this. Power of this server looks like it can easily replace my 2 NAS servers with a single "Box".

If it gets too messy I'll have complaints again !!!

Any ideas for a NEAT setup -- I'm reasonable with Carpentry and metalwork.

Answer:Rescued Blade server from the Tip - how do I attach HDD's

I doubt that you'll find a lot of posters here with experience with this sort of hardware.

Just out of curiosity, I checked online. The blade is intended to work with two internal 2.5" SATA SSDs. It can support multiple SAS 2.5" drives if an optional controller is present. I didn't bother checking whether the SAS interface is one of the dual types that can also be used with SATA.

No idea what is possible, but it sounds like you wish to use the box in a way that God and HP never intended.

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Hi there.

I managed to rescue a WORKING HP BL490c G6 Server Blade System 2X Intel Xeon E5540 CPU?s 72GB RAM from the local Tip !!! - some people have more money than sense.

Any idea how I'd go about neatly adding 4 - 8 HDD bays to this. Power of this server looks like it can easily replace my 2 NAS servers with a single "Box".

If it gets too messy I'll have complaints again !!!

Any ideas for a NEAT setup -- I'm reasonable with Carpentry and metalwork.

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Hello Guys,

I play a lot with virtualization in my home lab, and have noticed that I am always running out of RAM in my hosts.

To solve this, I initially looked at just buying more RAM for my servers as generally the CPUs are generally fine for my purposes (except if I want to run Windows!), but then I thought it might be worth looking at replacing the servers instead.

Currently, I have 10x 1U Transport GT24 (B2891) boxes. These boxes each have two AMD Opteron CPUs which run super hot, and loud, and don't have hardware virtualization support. The amount of RAM in each box varies between 4GB-8GB.

I also have two Dell PowerEdge 1950s. I know some people hate these boxes, but they are quite perfect for me! Their fans don't scream, and the CPUs have VT and I have 16GB in each box.

As I am currently running out of rack space, I was interested in replacing the Opteron boxes with a Dell PowerEdge 1855 Blade Chassis with some Dell PowerEdge 1955 Blades, but I was wondering how noisy these actually are compared to 1U servers.

We have some blades at work, but our server room is so loud due as it is, I can't really tell how loud a blade chassis/server is.

It looks like the blade chassis has some large fans on the back for cooling, and each individual blade doesn't have any fans? Or is this wrong? I can't seem to find anywhere that suggests that there are fans inside the blade.

This would, in theory, mean that the blades should be quieter ... Read more

Answer:Blade Servers vs 1U server noise

This is a CMC failover but still you can see what the blade servers put out with those fans.

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I bought a PC about a year ago from MDG (similar to Dell in Canada) which was all pre-loaded with goodies and set up.

There were no CD's included except a Microsoft Works CD. No Windows CD, No driver CD's and well.. just nothing.

So the inevitable happened, my computer got hacked and some kid deleted/changed my boot sector... So, of course I called MDG to get help recovering my system... Well they basically told me that I now have to send them 50$ plus S&H to get a 'recovery CD' from them... I got very frustrated and just hung up on them... I mean I had been told by customer service that all I needed to do was call and they would tell me how to activate the system recovery feature... A blatant lie obviously.

I was about to throw the PC out the window... when I remembered I had an old bootleg copy of Windows XP PRO SP1 laying around... I found it, formatted my HD and installed XP... oh boy, what a mess! I forgot what it was like not being able to update... bleh!

Now most of my hardware wont work... sound card, USB... among other things. And since I have no Cd's for the drivers, I'm really unsure how to find out what is what.

I found out what kind of motherboard I have, Intel 946GZ, tried to download the drivers for the integrated sound card (windows XP version) and the driver doesn't install... it says that this is the wrong driver. There's different versions of the driver, I've tried all of them, none work.

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Answer:Identifying hardware

Tried this?* XP Professional&lang=eng

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I recently purchased a new Dell Inspiron n5010. In trying to identify what motherboard it was that my laptop has, it occurred to me that I don't know what sound / video hardware my new computer has in it either. I looked at the documentation that came with my machine and it's not very clear on whats what. I tried the dell support site to find out my exact system specifications and that wasn't very clear either. I know its all "onboard" stuff because its in a laptop, but I'd really like to know what name I can be referring to them as to answer questions that have to do with wether or not my computer has nvidia hardware in it, etc.....?

Answer:Identifying hardware in my new laptop?!

Type system into Start/search and hit Enter. Under Components, you will find most of that info. More detailed information you find in Device Manager under Properties > Details tab of the device. Takes a bit of searching because there is a lot of detail.

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Have just rebuilt an old PC I had, running Win98SE2 for use by a friend's child for browsing the internet. I have located most drivers for the kit, eg vga driver, etc.

However I can't identify other drivers as either the hardware is an intrinsinc part of the motherboard or the PCI card has no easily identifiable markers on it.

Is there a software tool that I could run (or other means) that would tell me what hardware is on the motherboard so that I can find the driver on the net? Need an answer fairly quickly.

As usual TIA for your responses.


Answer:Solved: Identifying Hardware

You can use the FCC codes to identify components, I've used that trick a few times. google the code like "FCC:[insert random numbers here]" or without the colon.
You should be able to identify the motherboard fairly easily, it should be labelled. You can also track them down with the device manager. I can't remember where it is in 98. Probably in the control panel under system or hardware or some such. Any hardware with an exclamation beside it has no driver. Sometimes windows can identify at least the type of hardware, so at least you know what you are looking for.

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Alright, good morning/afternoon.Ive been struggling to figure out this old pc i found laying around. i decided it might be fun to try and upgrade it just as a personal challenge for a bit of fun. however after getting the pc open the intel core 2 duo cpu doesnt have the usual contraption that allows for easy removal of the cpu and upon closer inspection it appears that the cpu is completely stuck to the motherboard. I find it odd that a cpu would be glued to the motherboard like this especially on a desktop with as much space as the CMT like for someone to just confirm that the cpu is not removable and  also request that they tell me the motherboard thats installed in this particular unit.Many thanks and sorry for the trouble.

Answer:Need help identifying certain hardware in some tech.

Hi: You can remove and replace the processor. Here is the link to a service manual for the dc7700, which will provide the steps for doing that. You want to look at chapter 6, section 6.18, and 6.19.  Now the heat sink in your dc7900 looks different than the one pictured in the illustration in the dc7700 manual, but it still comes off with 4 screws. Removing the processor is the same in both models (6.19). I can't believe that HP has no service manuals for the dc7800, dc7900 or the 8000 Elite CMT's.

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hey can somebody please help me, on how to identify whether my motherboard is acpi compliant or apm compliant, not using THe OS but using the hardware i.e. motherboard or similar

Answer:identifying the hardware for acpi and apm

DOUBLE POSTPlease see response to the other one.  

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I really need some help here. My computer recently decided not to power back up. When I press the power switch, including the kill switch on the back nothing happens, my harddrive refuses to spin and my computer just does not start up. See I came in one day after having left my comp on for several hours and the room smelt like burnt plastic or something. I did notice that there is an almost inaudible buzzing that you can hear when the kill switch is on. I asked someone else and they said it sounded like my power supply. Can anyone help me out here? I need to know what steps to go through to identify the problem, the parts needed to fix the problem and how easy it would be to actually fix it. I've installed RAM, and various drives and am fairly confident that i could piece something together as long as I didn't have to solder anything together. Any help would be amazingly appreciated. The system is a PII 333, has 192 megs of RAM, and a 16 gig harddrive...if you need any other system info just ask I can supply. I'm trying to get the comp fixed for my girlfriend so she'll have something to use for school. Thanks.

On a sidenote if I can get any advice on fixing a noisy processor fan and or price quotes and ease of fixing ratings that would be incredibly helpful. Thanks again.

Answer:Identifying and fixing hardware problem

Actually repairing power supplies really doesn't happen much anymore. It is cheaper just to buy a new one and put it in.
First you need to know what type you need, at or atx, then you can buy a replacement. Generally only a few screws hold them in so it's just a matter of disconnecting all the power connectors, removing the supply, installing the new one, and reconnecting the power connectors.

Only problem being it's not known if something else went with the power supply, like cpu or motherboard, only way to tell is to try another power supply.

Like all electrical equipment there is enough voltage present in the supply to cause death so I don't tell people to open them up and try and trouble shoot them.

If you have a meter I would pull the plug off the harddrive and check it for voltage if you want to double check.

The voltages should be

Pin Wire Color Signal
1 Yellow +12v
2 Black Gnd
3 Black Gnd
4 Red +5v

Your probably better off getting a replacement and trying it rather than trying to troubleshoot it unless your familiar with electronic's.

Your local stores should carry them, you just need to know wattage and if it's an at or atx

250 watts is big enough for what you are describing, as far as what type it is

AT power supplies(which I think you have) have two 6 pin connectors that attach to the motherboard, atx power supplies only have one connector that connects to the motherboard.

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Hi guys,

My spec:
1. motherboard - gigabyte ga-z77x-d3h
2. RAM - 8Gb Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9
3. Graphics Card - msi gtx 780 twin frozr overclock
4. PSU - Corsair 650 txm
5. Windows 7
6. 128G SSD HD
8. CPU - i7 3770k

PC been fine for almost 2 years, haven't changed anything for the past 2 weeks, i.e. no new hardware or software or windows update.
I was away for a few days, went back home.
Hard crashed within few minutes (i.e. ctrl-alt-del didn't work).
Windows reported blue-screen error.
Looked around in safe mode, device manager showed problem with graphics card.
Disabled graphics card.
Re-started windows looked ok except all graphics related programs, still in 1080p.
Went bought a new graphics card.
Put in the graphics card.
Clean installed the graphics driver.
Worked fine for a few hours.
Same problems again (crashing, problem with graphics card in device manger .... etc).
Then all the graphical output started to deteriorate.
Windows can no longer run in 1080p, the same in Ubuntu 12.04, still normal in BIOS.
Then the problematic output spreaded to the screen before the Operating systems start, i.e. in the option page to choose whether to go to the safe mode.

I took some pictures to demonstrate the problem

Performed the memtest86+ and no error was reported.

Any advice/suggestion appreciated.
Many thanks!!

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I have never knowingly updated the drivers on my PC since it was refurbished (if that's the word) some two years ago.
Over the last year I have had 'blue screens' which have disappeared after a reboot.
I just had another and it appears that updating the drivers on my PC may help to solve the problem. Is that correct and, if so, can I identify the manufacturers without taking the PC apart?
Knowledgeable advice would definitely be appreciated.

Answer:XP Identifying hardware for driver updates

Hi Knowsum,

This is possible. Sometimes software or hardware updates can cause driver conflicts.

Have a look in C:Windows\Minidumps to see if your system is saving minidumps. If it is please attach them to your reply and we can debug them to help identify the problem.

If there are none there follow the steps below

1.Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2.Click the Advanced tab, and then under Startup and Recovery, click Settings (or Startup and Recovery).
3.Set Write debugging option to "Small Minidump"

Next time it crashes a minidump file will be written which you can attach to your reply

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ive been experiencing random BSODs since some 3-4 weeks. first just a few came up, then suddenly stopped for more than a week, and then started again.

i have done lots of HDD, RAM & video memory checks, and neither indicated any damage to these parts. but since the BSODs are all memory-related, i suspect it to be the CPU memory controller, or something between the CPU and the RAM, or maybe the chipset or the connection between the RAM slots and the motherboard.

one symptom that is very special is that occasionally, usually right after a crash, one of my RAM modules doesnt get detected anymore. of course, i tried reseating them both, using just one in each slot, and using totally different RAM modules, just to exclude the chance that the RAM modules or one of the two slots became defective.

regarding the BSODs, the majority is error 3B with atikmdag.sys. however after having completely removed all AMD software and drivers and registry keys, and installed a previous version of CCC and the GPU driver, which used to work perfectly before having installed the most recent one (14.6beta), and before the BSODs started to occur, the BSODs reoccured, so it definitely is not related to the GPU drivers, but they just seem to be the first to suffer from the errors.

my suspicion regarding the CPU memory controller or something on the motherboard is strenghtened by the fact that this notebook has always had major heat issues due to its internal design (just one fan and subop... Read more

Answer:random BSODs, suspected hardware fault; need help identifying the part

although i am quite sure this is a hardware issue, not a software/driver one, ive been running the driver verifier for some time now, and got some BSODs, so i am uploading them here now as well.

though as already said, i doubt this will help further, since the BSODs i get do not always recognize a driver, sometimes its just memory fault with no service identified, or in rare cases the system just turns off without a blue screen.

note: ive had the driver verifier select all installed drivers automatically, and not just non-microsoft ones, since quite often system kernel files such as win2k.sys are the ones mentioned in the BSOD.

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I am trying to identify a server class machine using SIW (system info for windows) which is an application that will scan your machine and give you a mountain of info. I will be doing this for a lot of machines and the below is just a sample of my laptop info.

The things that I need to identify are:

Server Class BIOS
Server Class Motherboard

So, what would be the best way to identify this? What info would I need for each of these components? I have a lot of info from the app, but not really sure which fields I need to be looking at. Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

Here is a sample of the BIOS info from my T43 thinkpad, is there anything in here that I could use to identify server class or not?

Property Value
BIOS Version IBM - 1290
Phoenix FirstBIOS(tm) Notebook Pro Version 2.0 for IBM ThinkPad
BIOS Date 08/21/06
Version 1YET65WW (1.29 )
Release 08/21/2006
BIOS Size 1024 KB
Characteristics - supports legacy USB
- supports ACPI
- supports INT 10 CGA/Mono video services
- supports INT 17 printer services
- supports INT 14 serial services
- supports INT 09 and 8042 keyboard services
- supports INT 05 print-screen
- supports INT 13 3.5-inch/720K floppy services
- supports Enhanced Disk Drive specification
- supports selectable boot
- supports booting from CD-ROM
- ESCD support is available
- allows BIOS shadowing
- upgradeable (Flash) BIOS
- supports APM
- supports Plug-and-Play
- supports PC Card (PCMCIA)
- supports PCI
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Good Morning!

I have a server about 200 miles away with a failed tape drive, which we're looking to replace. I need, therefore, to know what interfaces are available on the scsi board.

Neither msinfo32.exe nor Device Manager seem to offer the details, is there any way of doing it besides getting someone to count the pins or phoning HP with the serial number of the old drive?

Answer:Identifying SCSI interface under Windows Server 2003

Should be able to lookup the HP server model at the HP
website support section and get detailed specs and find
replacement hardware.
That is if the server has the stock parts in it and is not

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I am trying to understand how I can determine if retransmits are occurring on a connection?

We have an application connecting to a MS-SQL database.  When the application launches it immediately pulls a select group of records from the SQL DB to the Client App.  This works will 75% of the time, but from time to time this process
takes a long time (more then two minutes vs 10 -15 seconds typically).  We have this running on many sites without this issue so we are quote confident this is a network issue.

We used Message Analyzer 1.4 to analyze a trace and can see the event in the trace.  However, I am not able to really understand what is causing this issue.  I believe it is dropping packets and retransmitting a lot, but I am not sure
how I can see this and prove this is the cause.

What is the best way to see if packets are being dropped or if there is a high rate of re-transmissions?



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I am trying to understand how I can determine if retransmits are occurring on a connection?
We have an application connecting to a MS-SQL database.  When the application launches it immediately pulls a select group of records from the SQL DB to the Client App.  This works will 75% of the time, but from time to time this process takes
a long time (more then two minutes vs 10 -15 seconds typically).  We have this running on many sites without this issue so we are quote confident this is a network issue.
We used Message Analyzer 1.4 to analyze a trace and can see the event in the trace.  However, I am not able to really understand what is causing this issue.  I believe it is dropping packets and retransmitting a lot, but I am not sure how I can
see this and prove this is the cause.
What is the best way to see if packets are being dropped or if there is a high rate of re-transmissions?


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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 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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Specs: WinXP SP1; Intel 915GEV mobo, Intel Pentium IV 3.2Ghz

In Device Manager, under Other Devices, there is an "unknown device". I uninstalled it, rebooted, and the hardware detector thing came up and said it found "unknown" hardware and wanted to know if I wanted to install the drivers for it.

The only thing I know about it is this: "on Intel(R) 82801FB LPC Interface Controller - 2640" and the I/O ranges are 004E-004F and 4700-470B.

Any idea on what this is and what to do to make this go away or install?

Answer:Identifying "unknown" hardware

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Recently I've had a new ethernet connection installed for my desktop, which previously worked with Wi-Fi.

The connection works for a few hours, and all of a sudden stop and enter a loop which looks like this:
Circle - 'identifying'
Red X - 'no internet access'

Reconnecting the LAN cable or restarting the router doesn't work, only a restart to the computer fixes the problem temporarily.

Where do you think the problem lies? The new cables or maybe the windows network adapter drivers or computer hardware??
I'd love to hear your opinions.

Thank you!!

Answer:Identifying... No internet access... Identifying...

No opinions for me.

Install, or reinstall, the latest correct ethernet driver.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Vista through 10.

Start - All Programs - Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt. [For Windows 8 thru 10: <Windows Logo> + x - Command Prompt(Admin)]

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

Reboot the machine after all three commands; no need to boot after the 1st and 2nd.

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I have had a Foxconn G31MX desktop PC handed to me to sort out.It was originally running Vista 32 bit,but its owner decided to revert to XP Home.In doing so,he wiped the recovery partition for Vista & couldnt get online to install drivers for sound/LAN/Ir etc.I have succeeded in getting drivers for sound/Ir but after 8hrs hunting the net I cannot find a driver for the LAN that works.I used SIW to discover the onboard LAN port is a Realtek RTL8168/8111 device,but despite trying several "flavours" of this driver all I'm getting is constant popups saying "identifying/no cable plugged in/identifying/no cable plugged in" etc.I also changed the CAT5 cable incase that was the cause.I also tried installing win7 on a clean partition & testing drivers from Foxconn website and other websites but I'm not paying out for any of the various "Driver Updater" type of programs that Google keeps taking me to.

Answer:Identifying/no cable plugged in/identifying,etc

Stick in a new PCI Ethernet card. click here

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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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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: blade needs help

Hi folks , merry christmas and happy new years . Got a problem thats messing with me . When i'm trying to send a message on MSN messenger , if i take too long , it locks up , the cursor will not move and i have to turn my machine off manually. I run adaware SE, spybot search and destroy, microsoft anti spyware, clenup40,find s**t,eweido,spy sweeper,ccleaner,spyware blaster,norton and error nuker weekly. The problem still persist. Can someone look at my log and see if there's something that i can do . Have learned alot from visiting this site but this has me stumped. Also , my machine take about 4 or 5 minutes to boot up and that also has me bothered . thanks in advanced. Here's my log.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:33:57 PM, on 12/28/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\EPSON\EBAPI\SAgent2.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
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Answer:blade needs help


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

Appreciate any guidance you can give:

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

Recommendations made to us:

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

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

Answer:Server Hardware Recommendations

What are you looking to do with the server.

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

Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR) Restore | Symantec Connect

Answer:Migrate Server to New Hardware

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't need sound of any kind.

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Need server hardware advice...

Howdy there Logie2...

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

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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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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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Question: Blade Runner?

Been having so many problems all nite. Any time I try to type BD Blade Runner 0.80a which Norton keeps telling me someone is trying to attack me with, I lose the web page I was one or it won't load. I am using firefox. I have used hi jack this and have saved the log and will post it here. I feel like I have a ghost in my! thanks for any help bjfromnvLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:46:38 AM, on 9/23/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.e... Read more

Answer:Blade Runner?

Hello bjfromnv and welcome to the BC HijackThis forum. I see no signs of viruses or malware in the log. It is clean.

There is a reported issue between Norton and SlipStream (the download accelerator installed on this machine). Try uninstalling SlipStream and see if the warnings go away.



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Ok, in past few days my firewall has been warning about blocking intruder "BD Blade Runner 0.80a"

Searched around internet, and found out its somekind of trojan/backdoor program


Anyone can tell how to get rid of it? Or give few tips at least


Answer:Getting rid of BD Blade Runner 0.80a

Just had to ask, if backdoors and things can be removed like normal virus. Looks like removing virus/spyware what is causing it will help

I got norton antivirus, trying to update it as much as i can

Thanks for reply

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Anybody know of anyway to get Blade of Darkness to run on XP Pro. It installs fine but the graphics are messed up. Can't seem to get the right video config since it was made for Voodoo graphics cards way back when. I may just take it back since it was a used copy anyways unless someone has a magic config for it to run with Radeon 9700

Answer:Is there any way to get Blade of Darkness to run on XP?

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Question: Blade Defender

Hi allDoes anyone here have more info about "Blade Defender", (Block All Drive-By Download Exploits)? I see it's website here: was just wondering if anyone has seen it in action. It looks like it might help curb some of the many current exploits that so many of us have encountered that brought us to Bleeping Computer for help.It says the download is "Comming Soon" in a free research prototype.Very curious about this one.Alan

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Question: HP Blade System

Hello EveryOne I had a problem with SNMP with ILO 4 (Insight Agent), I mean that The SNMP  was implemented in our Blade servers (HP Blade SYstem C7000), but some servers display this error "Error making call: call=snmp_settings; error=500; message=JS_ERR_FAILURE; details=CONFIG_READ_ERROR" and when I see the "Administration -> management" session i got this erreur "Error making call: snmpv3_settings", and I'am not able to modify settings in "Access settings"  session,  so, please help me to complete this action. Thanks 

Answer:HP Blade System

Hi: You may also want to post your question on the HP Enterprise Business Community Support Forum -- Blade System section...

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Question: Blade Runner

HiWhenever I try to open a particular page on e-bay I get an annoying pop-up which says "Norton Internet security blocked a recent intrusion attempt on your computer" when I look at the details it says BD Blade Runner 0.80a as the threat and it gives the time of the ttack and the Local Host and port Number attacked.I'm running on Win XP (no service pack) and NIS 2005 and am up to date with virus protection. It only happens when I try to get to one particular catagory on e-bay - all other pages load ok. E-bay suggested I delete all cookies and temp files which I did but it made no difference.Help would be appreciated

Answer:Blade Runner

click hereclick herethis may help,good luck...

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Hey, we're looking at maybe migrating our infrastructure over to a set of blades (10 bay enclosure, 8 servers online with two spares at the ready), and I'd like to talk with someone who's worked with them in a production environment.

Some questions I have are:

1. Dell mentions that you can "Provision" a blade slot for a particular OS configuration for easy restore in the event of failure. How does that work? Do you keep a preconfigured 2003 server image on hand? Does it take "snapshots" of that slot's hardware at predefined intervals?

2. How does the OS see the SAN? Is it seen as a network drive or does it appear more inline with how your box would see a SCSI controller and drive?

3. How do you manage filesystems on the SAN? Does it support multiple partitions? NTFS? FAT? Proprietary? Managed through special proprietary software or through Windows' Disk Management Console?

4. MS Exchange server. I assume that you'd store the database on the SAN rather than on the blade itself, but what about recovery in the event that blade fails? This ties back to question #1. If we're dealing with snapshots, that's cool unless they're over 30 days old, in which case you could have some Kerberos problems with that machine on the domain. Not hard to fix, still, but a pain in the a** any way you look at it.

5. What about automatic failover? Can you provision a spare box to keep itself synched, configuration-wise... Read more

Answer:Know anything about Blade Servers?

I am curious about this too. From what I have read and heard they are supposed to be pretty nice pieces of equipment. In a future hardware refresh I am considering a move to a blade-server setup.

I'm pretty close to Rancho Cucamonga, so if someone can invite him to see their blade server, let me know if you can have a second person come and see. I'd like to get some exposure to them.

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My Internet Security just popped up a message about "BO Blade Runner 0.80." I'm guessing this is something very bad. However whenever I go to Google or Symantec and type in Blade Runner in the search field I get a "The page cannot be displayed" message. So what gives, what is it about the words Blade and Runner that causes all webs sites to run and hide?

Answer:What is Blade Runner?

Hi k9595d,

Could you please download HiJack This by right-clicking on the link provided by yours truly, and going to "Save Target As" (or Save Link As" if you are using Mozilla Firefox). Run the program and post the log results, and we will see what we have going on under the hood of your computer!

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Question: Blade Runner

For the second time in 2 weeks Norton has flashed up a warning for and blocked ' Blade Runner 0.80a'. The source it says is a computer on my home network. I only have one and the IP address Norton gives is mine. Various scans with Norton, Adaware, Spybot, MS, Spyblaster show up nothing. Some advice please. Thanks.

Answer:Blade Runner

click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Hardware for a good W7 HOME Server

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

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

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

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

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

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

Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45

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

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

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I'm 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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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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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 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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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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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 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'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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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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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 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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Just got a new 48 Port Gig-E blade for one of our Catalyst 6509's. I have been told that technically these are hot puggable, but I have also heard of people blowing the switch up when attempting this. I really don't feel like coming in at 2AM just to power down the Catalyst and bring it back up with the new blade. Any suggestions? Am I about to smoke one of our core switches? What's minimum wage these days in case I get fired?

Answer:Hot plugging Catalyst Gig Blade. Can it be done?

Come in at 2am or figure out if $5.95/hour while saying "would you like fries with that" is enough to pay your bills

seriously though, I wouldn't do it, have seen some horror stories happen and it's much better to look good infront of the boss for coming in at 2am than to even chance the possiblity of looking like a complete and utter retard when you have just destroyed few grand worth of equipment and put 40 something network clients out of business.

People expect us to work late and do maintenance at weird off-hours, whether you agree with that or not doesnt matter, it's the general "public" opinion and you're much better off following it.

Unless you got a brand new backup switch that is ready to go , then I say f-it and plug away :-D

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We are looking at implimenting 5 Dell blade servers into our new colo. The problem is that individually they do not support more that 2 drives. We need to have raid 5 for 2 of the units, is there some kind of external component we can use to connect extra drives. Like something that fits in a 1-U space perhaps?

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I dont know if this is the right place to post this so please tell me if it is not and i will take it of or whatever.

Here is my problem:
My Friend got a copmuter for Christmas and it doesn't work. What i mean by it doesn't work is that when you log on into a user, after about 1 miinute to 2 it restarts.
Its a custom made computer, with an X Blade case.
I am not sure how much ram it has or hard drive size but his power supply is only at like 150v or something. He has like 4 fans in there as well. I was thinking it's the power supply and he should get a more powerfull one but i am not totally sure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated and if you have any questions then i will try and answer them to the best of my ability.

Thank You in Advance.

Answer:X Blade case trouble?

Hi MrBlinko

Download and run this, it'll tell us what's in the machine.

Welcome to MG

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I am sorry first time to handle sun product, How to install, what commands?

Answer:Can I install win xp on sun blade 1500

Not in native mode. Shame since it was a killer chip. Only a few OS's were ever ported to SPARC. Best to use Opensolaris and install virtualbox to run xp.Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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hi, how to format sun blade 1500, actually i am zero in sun machine, plz help me.....

Answer:formatting Sun Blade 1500

You need to use a Solaris install disk for Sparc processor. It will give you the option to format the disk when you install Solaris.

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Question: Mount & Blade BSOD

? OS - Windows 7 x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Windows XP
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? I ordered ir from a website along with my motherboard so I guess full retail.
? Age of system (hardware) 2007-2010 one of my hard drives is 2005 tho but the OS is not on it.
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? ~6 months
? CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (overclocked)
? Video Card Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
? MotherBoard I dont remember and for some reason everest doesnt know. Besides the same problem occured with the last motherboard too.
? Power Supply - brand & wattage 450W dont know the brand.

BSOD only happens when I play mount & blade or mount & blade warband. And when I played a lot of M&B without realizing that my last motherboard eventually broke.

Answer:Mount & Blade BSOD

Hi -

There are 3 dumps in the attached zip - latest on = Sept 2010.

Undo overclocking.

450w PSU is a likely issue - Power Supply Information and Selection

Run Driver Verifier - Driver Verifier - Windows 7 & Vista (BSOD-related)

Driver Verifier needs to run 24 hours minimum or until it BSODs your system, whichever is less. Then run BSOD dump/ file collection app again - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Windows 7 & VistaRegards. . .



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I?m, new here and I need help getting rid of something called BD Blade Runner 0.80a. It is apparently a Trojan horse.

I am running a Dell Inspiron 8200 with Windows XP SP1. I have subscribed to Norton Antivirus, Personal Firewall, and Internet Security services since I bought the computer. A few weeks ago, I began getting a message that Norton had detected and blocked an intrusion attempt by BD Blade Runner 0.80a with a source listed as ( i.e. my own computer) . When I tried to search for the term ?Blade?, ?Runner?, ?Trojan Horse?, or similar terms and combinations, in various search engines (including Yahoo, Google, and Symantec?s own Virus Dictionary? , I get ?page cannot be displayed?? and, until recently, the intrusion alert from Norton over and over again. I spent a frustrating couple of days on the phone with Symantec?s help desk (the one apparently in India), checking ?hosts? files and deleting Temp files with no success. All they could tell me that whatever BD? was it was resident in my operating system and they kept shuffling me back and forth between their technical support and virus removal groups, trying things they were ?sure would solve my problem? I finally gave up on them,

Subsequently, had a friend do a search on BD Blade Runner from his computer since I?m blocked every time I try. That led me to a similar request for help from someone to the Elephant Boy site. I followed all the malware removal instructions that were given by ele... Read more

Answer:Need Help Removing Bd Blade Runner 0.80a

BD Blade Runner 0.80a I suggest you read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log.When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts.

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It seems like this idea has been completely dropped and I am confused to the reason why. I was so waiting for an alarm clock blade that also doubled as a qi charger for my Lumia and then hopefully (but sadly not) my new Microsoft band. Does anyone know why Microsoft seemed to go away from this concept?

Answer:Microsoft surface blade

Like the idea of the alarm clock blade/ qi charger. Nice!

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I'm updating a spreadsheet comparison of HP C7K and Cisco UCS pricing. I want to work with someone that knows HP C7Ks to make sure it's a fair comparison and I'm not slanting or skewing the numbers. I'm happy to share all my UCS information as well for their knowledge and benefit. The goal is to base the pricing numbers on a single published source, such as CDW, so that no special discount rates can be used to unfairly skew the results.

Anyone game?

Answer:I need someone that sells HP blade servers.

Not a sales person but the ucs vs HP / dell blades ...blades win hands down...more server density per RU.

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HiA big thank you to yo guys who tried to help me before on this topic. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see your suggestions as Blade Runner also blocked any attempt to view the page which contained the topic or allowed me to view my posts. If you guys are willing to help still perhaps you could e-mail me at [email protected]. E-bay are unable to help and the advice from Symantec didn't work. I also did a system restore back as far as I could but nothings worked yet. I can live with it but it's annoying me as I can't sell things on e-bay. Thanks

Answer:That damned Blade Runner again

click here You only need to type blade runner into search forum to see the answer. It is not a good idea to put your email address in a thread.

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hi guys i got my first in Razer Balade Laptop i was playing dota 2 and than when im finished i exit my game and wanted to put my laptop on sleep mode i got BSOD here is the files
System Spec of my Razer blade laptop
Intel? Core™ i7 Processor Dual Core w/ Hyper-Threading – 64Bit CPU: 2.8GHz (Base) / 3.5GHz (Turbo)\
Intel? HM65 Express Chipset
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
ntegrated Intel? GMA HD – Mobile Mode NVIDIA? GeForce? GT 555M 2GB DDR5 VRAM Using NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology
anyone would help it would be great thanks a lot!!!

Answer:Got BSOD Razer Blade 1st Gen

any help would be great thanks a lot!

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I have specific questions about blade servers.
Mostly related to the Dell M1000e series.

So I have a chassis which holds X blades. I buy 3 blades and 6 power supplies.
That part I get. What I don't understand are the following.

What are the KVM modules for? What are you seeing on a monitor if you hook up to these KVM modules for the chassis?

Why do blades need network daughter cards? And why are there multiple kinds? Broadcoms, Intels, etc. Why are there spots for 2 separate network daughter cards for the blades? What purpose do these serve?

Why are there multiple slots on the back of the chassis for multiple kinds of network blades? If I have a Dell powerconnect blade in the back, does that provide a virtual network to all the blades?

How do the blades communicate with each other? Is there a network backplane that allows the blades to talk with each other via the 10gb daughter cards? Does this mean the bandwidth between blades is 10gb?

Answer:explain blade servers to me

Dell should have been able to explain all of this to you prior to the purchase.

KVM modules are so you can control the blades using a keyboard monitor and mouse. If you plug into the KVM module you can use the panel on the front of the chassis to tab through each blade.

I prefer just using the CMC, you can give it an ip address to which you pull open in a browser window. From there you can see your chassis and all of your blades, you can click on them to pop out a window console.

The back of the blade chassis supports 3 network fabrics, each fabric consists of two blade switches (6 total)

If you have 1 network fabric which would be two blade switches in slot A1 and A2 then that's what the built in network cards will connect to, if you get a Fabric B or C you will need an extra mezzanine card in each blade in order to connect to them.

Each fabric has internal ports and external ports, the internal ports are what the blades connect to, external ports are so you can plug into a physical network. Blades communicate to eachother through the network fabrics.

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I was weeding through search results and came across this site where sane people seem to inhabit. I am trying to decide on a network tool kit for punchdowns. The Fluke IS60 Protocol Kit looks decent, but I am a bit confused on the blades. There are 66, 110, and 66/110 cut blades. The cabling being run is Cat6. Which particular blade would be best suited to this? Or, at least, what are the differences between the 3? Taking a guess, I'd say that the 66/110 has 66 on one end and 110 on the other while "cut" implies that the slack wire is snipped when the tool impacts.

Any help regarding this would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there is a better a solution with regards to the IS60, I would like to hear those as well. I've used Fluke in the past and our IT department has what appears to be an IS60, but that only means I could be sheltered and they could be ... well, if the IT department was competent, I wouldn't be running on my own line.

Thanks again.

Answer:Fluke blade connector

Hello jformica,

I'm only just entering the world of networking and am not quite at the stage of wiring installations so none of what I say is from experience.

It looks like your assumption is correct and the 66/110 cut blade is a reversible blade that can be used for either 66 or 110 blocks. The individual blades are for the specific block and would be incompatible with the other block type so I would go for the 66/110 reversible cut blade as it gives your more options.

With regards to differences, it appears to come down to the exact connection type used on 66 and 110 blocks. They both have slightly different connectors and so require different tools when punching down. As to the benefits of each I'm afraid I can't comment as have never used either but from what I have read in the last 10 minutes it looks like you will be best off using a 110 for Cat6.

Hope that helps a little and hopefully someone else maybe able to give you a more definitive answer.

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So I came across a Sun Systems Blade 1000 and I was told that I cannot simply plug in a monitor to the machine and use it like a regular PC. I was wondering if anyone could and would give me some laymen's term instructions on how to use one.

Answer:Sun Blade 1000 System

The link below gives you more comprehensive information, which might prove useful...

Google might come in handy.

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

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

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

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Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Advice for a Server Grade Hardware Build?

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

Memory: Two or four gigabytes of 800 (or highe... Read more

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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