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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    IBM Bladeservers have a standard internal USB slot for virtual images. I think ESX hypervisor images are circa 150 or something equally stupid direct from IBM. Alternatively a 5 usb stick and a free download works pretty well for a hypervisor!
    USB sticks are ok but personally we've been bitten by them failing. at the Open-E training course they also recommended people didn't use them as even the quality ones tended to fail (they are not designed for 24/7 operations.

    All the newer HP servers have Internal SD card slots which are more slightly more robust then a USB stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    USB sticks are ok but personally we've been bitten by them failing. at the Open-E training course they also recommended people didn't use them as even the quality ones tended to fail (they are not designed for 24/7 operations.

    All the newer HP servers have Internal SD card slots which are more slightly more robust then a USB stick.
    Interesting, usb card reader on the older models any better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Interesting, usb card reader on the older models any better?
    Possibly - but it depends on what parts are dieing in the USB. If its the usb parts rather then the memory modules (which I presume it is as they would be the same memory modules most likely in a Sata DOM) you may then get the same/similar failure rate on the USB SD card reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    USB sticks are ok but personally we've been bitten by them failing.
    Perhaps a USB flash drive-sized SSD would be better? e.g. SuperTalent Express RC8 (uses a SandForce SF-1200 controller)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Perhaps a USB flash drive-sized SSD would be better? e.g. SuperTalent Express RC8 (uses a SandForce SF-1200 controller)
    They may work but never used one. I've just found a UK reseller of the InnoDisk Satadom SSD's - Similar as above but on a Sata slot instead of USB.

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    THIS is how to do it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    THIS is how to do it !
    With OCZ SSDs? That's NOT how you do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post


    THIS is how to do it !
    If you need to thin client the whole school and run all the servers on the same VM cluster. I wouldn't mind it for some of my AI ideas though

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    With OCZ SSDs? That's NOT how you do it!
    Google does aim for disposability, that choice ensures it

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    With OCZ SSDs? That's NOT how you do it!
    BSoD in a box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    With OCZ SSDs? That's NOT how you do it!
    They arnt thattt bad

    Only one failure out of 120 so far and we even run our VDI and RDS server off of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    They arnt thattt bad

    Only one failure out of 120 so far and we even run our VDI and RDS server off of them.
    Our failure rate was much higher than that - 10% on the first batch and 30% on the second. I think OCZ did have some serious firmware issues at that time and it was pretty shoddy - but they replaced them really fast and the replacements have been fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Our failure rate was much higher than that - 10% on the first batch and 30% on the second. I think OCZ did have some serious firmware issues at that time and it was pretty shoddy - but they replaced them really fast and the replacements have been fine.
    What model was that one? Weve only ever used the newer Agility 3s and the Vertex 4s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfed View Post
    What model was that one? Weve only ever used the newer Agility 3s and the Vertex 4s.
    The first were Vertex 2 and the second were Agility3. Our Agility 3 were pretty bad but when replaced they have been fine so I suspect its down to the firmware on them.
    Intel and crucial all the way now though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    The first were Vertex 2 and the second were Agility3. Our Agility 3 were pretty bad but when replaced they have been fine so I suspect its down to the firmware on them.
    Intel and crucial all the way now though...
    Sounds about right weve been largely fine on v1.35 that comes on the Agility 3s now - did have pretty weird thing with the Vertex 4s when flashing them to the latest version (needed to remove the power from the SSD before booting the PC again else it stuck on the previous firmware version.

    Either way I think it was a software thing although I am thinking about other options for the next roll out.

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