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    Dell onsite warranty is excellent, next day you'll get replace parts. The only worry is the extra bits you add. So if your order extra ram\hdd, get an extra stick\hdd.

    For the cost tho, you could generally get more servers. So if 1 fails you're not to bothered about waiting till the next morning for the new parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Dell onsite warranty is excellent, next day you'll get replace parts. The only worry is the extra bits you add. So if your order extra ram\hdd, get an extra stick\hdd..
    You have better experiance of Dell with servers that I've seen in the past... brand new server and the tape drive doesn't work - after months of having to run a cleaner tape 6 times through it and reboot to get something backed up we ended up paying for a new tape drive ourselves.... it was only the the SIM's server so nothing important

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    What's your LEA?

    With Dell you just need to know how to deal with them, my calls normally go along the path of, Tag no, Tag No, item, it's dead, i've replaced it with another one and it now works. Long wait whilst they type, normally repeat "and the replacement worked?" followed by a call ref and a eta on the replacement part.

    Key part is to say you've tested it with a replacement part. Only problems occur close to the end of the warranty. Then it's just of question of call your Dell Sales rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAckroyd View Post
    I had a sales email from ebuyer earlier which had an HP ProLiant ML115 G5 server: Quad core AMD, 1GB RAM, 160GB SATA HDD for 199.99 inc VAT

    that may do the trick with a little upgrading on the RAM and a couple of HDD's to stick in RAID for System Drive
    Someone beat me to it. :-)

    Got the Ebuyer mailshot with this on earlier. Cracking deal.

    Tempted to get one for home for playing around with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    What's your LEA?

    With Dell you just need to know how to deal with them, my calls normally go along the path of, Tag no, Tag No, item, it's dead, i've replaced it with another one and it now works. Long wait whilst they type, normally repeat "and the replacement worked?" followed by a call ref and a eta on the replacement part.

    Key part is to say you've tested it with a replacement part. Only problems occur close to the end of the warranty. Then it's just of question of call your Dell Sales rep.
    it was bucks and some of the problems were caused by it being bought through county (problem you get when ICT co-ordernators exist). they wanted results from diagnostics test sending over and because it would back up the first 6MB or so the diags said it worked so dell said it worked

    it wasn't actually me who was dealing with this one and I have had fairly good responce when getting laptops delt with (the engineer once dropped the laptop when working on it and tried to get away without replacing the casing but got that sorted also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayatollah Pies View Post
    Someone beat me to it. :-)

    Got the Ebuyer mailshot with this on earlier. Cracking deal.

    Tempted to get one for home for playing around with.
    with a bit more ram it would be a good test bed for anyone wanting to try out Hyper-V or ESXi for virtualisation

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAckroyd View Post
    with a bit more ram it would be a good test bed for anyone wanting to try out Hyper-V or ESXi for virtualisation
    That's my plan at some point. Don't think I've got room for one at the moment though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayatollah Pies View Post
    That's my plan at some point. Don't think I've got room for one at the moment though.
    buy 2 slice up the case of one of them and fit them in together?

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    Thank you all for your help and advice, please keep your opinions and advice coming as its all helping.

    The one thats thrown a spanner in the works is the barebone Dell server idea.

    Ive just been on the site and priced up-
    Poweredge T105
    Dual Core AMD Opteron™ 1216, 2.4GHz, 2X1MB Cache
    3Yr Basic Warranty - Next Business Day
    2GB Memory, DDR2, 800MHz ECC (2x1GB Dual Ranked DIMMs)
    SAS 6iR Internal RAID Controller Card
    2x500GB, SATA, 3.5-inch, 7.2K RPM Hard Drive (Cabled)
    48X DVD/CDRW Combo Drive with SATA Cable
    £578 ext VAT
    and I will buy and extra HDD for the server OS

    the other route would still be build my own but in less than 10 days to research and order and pay dosn't give me much time (or put another way, i dont feel confident i would make the best decisions based on the time)

    The CPU's would be 1 of these three:
    Intel Xeon X3230 S755 2.66GHz 8Mb cache 1066FSB
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz 6Mb Cache 1333FSB
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 S775 2.66GHz 6MB cache 1333FSB

    With an Intel MoBo (as suggested from advice given in this thread) but which one?
    Kingston RAM 4GB
    2x1TB HDD (Software RAID 1) and a small 80Gb Hdd for OS

    I would preferre to build my own server for the satifaction of working on it but is that the best decision or am i just being selfish, what would the most professional opinion be? my hearts saying build your own but my heads definutly saying customize a barebone server.

    When it comes to the EBuyer option of the server im not sure I could do this because the Admin needs the invoice before the end of the month, or is this: HP ProLiant ML115 Tower Server - Misco.co.uk

    the same deal on Misco.co.uk?

    Thank you all for your time

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1a View Post
    When it comes to the EBuyer option of the server im not sure I could do this because the Admin needs the invoice before the end of the month, or is this: HP ProLiant ML115 Tower Server - Misco.co.uk

    the same deal on Misco.co.uk?

    Thank you all for your time
    that server looks the same but cheaper



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