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    Dell Servers

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    I am about to purchase some 2nd hand dell PE 2950 servers, and wanted to know if there is an ISO I can download, but to a CD and then run this CD on the servers and it will check the hardware for any errors b4 I purchase them and find I have 2 rather huge door stops..

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    Does the server have an OS on?

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    memtestx86 could be a start - bartpe from which you could then run chkdsk on it - apart from that not much really.

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    There are several things you could use....

    1. Dell Diagnostics Utility - This will test all hardware within the server (or a specific subset) and would be the best utility to run first or if you have limited time.

      Dell Diagnostics are designed to verify proper operation of the hardware in your system outside of a high level operating system environment. The packages in this release are designed to create bootable media from which to run these diagnostics. Both packages are capable of creating bootable USB flash drives, diskettes, or CDs as well as diskette or hard drive images capable of being used for PXE booting or as virtual media images with additional hardware and/or software. These packages are also capable of being used to update an existing diagnostic (utility) partition on a system supported by the package.
    2. Ultimate Boot CD - Burn the ISO to a CD/DVD or USB flash drive and then boot from it. Use MemTest86+ to test the RAM (the plus is important, btw) and MHDD32 or the relevant hard drive manufacturers diagnostic utility to test the HDDs e.g. SeaTools for Seagate's. If you want to check exactly what hardware is in the server, use Hardware Detection Tool (located under the System menu).

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    They are quite old servers now if I am thinking rightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewL View Post
    They are quite old servers now if I am thinking rightly.
    Not that old, pretty good specs and can handle a large amount of RAM. Still in warranty and stuff..

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    Looking at the times on those posts, do you guys not sleep :-)

    I have downloaded the dell Diag application from dells website, thanks for that, so guess I will find out later today.

    Matt, the servers were built at the end of 09, so they are only 2 years old, and as FN-GN says they hold allot of memory, for example, the ones I am looking at getting are the below spec

    Dell 2950
    Bios 2.7.0
    64Gb RAM (8 x 8Gb DDR2 FB-Dimm)
    2 x Intel Xeon E5430 2.66Ghz quad core processors each with 2 x 6Mb of L2 cache
    1333Mhz bus speed
    Perc 6/i raid controller with 1.21.02 firmware
    6 x 250Gb enterprise 250Gb SATA drives
    Single PSU

    so the spec looks good, and they are going to be used with VMWare, so hopefully they will have a few years left in them yet! :-)

    Thanks again to all for your help!

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    With a single psu make sure you provision n+1 boxes (and spare psus) to cope should a box go down with a single psu.

    Good spec boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    With a single psu make sure you provision n+1 boxes (and spare psus) to cope should a box go down with a single psu.

    Good spec boxes.
    Hi

    have already got prices for new psus so they will both have 2 in by the end of next week :-)

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    Good call

    Some nice boxes, will be interested in hearing your experiences.

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    I will update this evening when I manage to get esxi installed

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    Well machines are now home.. Just had one open to take a look, and noticed they have an internal USB port... Hmm so was thinking about getting a 32GB or even 16GB USB Pen drive, and putting this into that internal slot, and then installing ESXi onto that...

    What do you guys think, then I can use all 6 SATA disks for the VMs??

    Your thoughts please :-)

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    Yup its do able - I do it with SD cards in my hps

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKWeb View Post
    Well machines are now home.. Just had one open to take a look, and noticed they have an internal USB port... Hmm so was thinking about getting a 32GB or even 16GB USB Pen drive, and putting this into that internal slot, and then installing ESXi onto that...

    What do you guys think, then I can use all 6 SATA disks for the VMs??

    Your thoughts please :-)
    Yeap, that is what it is there for and gives you that tiny (miniscule) bit extra throughput to you're VMs as they don't have to compete with the hyperviser.

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    Did the same on a HP DL385 G5P with internal USB header, with ESXi. Just make sure you use a decent quality USB stick!



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