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Windows Thread, reinstall 2003+active directory in Technical; Thanks for the clarification cookie_monster, much appreciated As for RAID, (as already mentioned) hardware RAID is transparent to the operating ...
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    Re: reinstall 2003+active directory

    Thanks for the clarification cookie_monster, much appreciated

    As for RAID, (as already mentioned) hardware RAID is transparent to the operating system, whereas software RAID is controlled using Computer Management > Disk Management, (2000/XP/2003) where you specify whether you want a mirrored, striped or RAID 5 setup. Remember to convert your basic disks to dynamic first!

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    Re: reinstall 2003+active directory

    I hate to say this, but twice before when clients have had Dell SBS 2003 Servers fail with HDD problems (Both SATA Raid), they have diagnosed the problem with the clients and sent out new disks.

    Both times, Dell Engineers were despatched to replace the faulty disks and to do a factory OEM image restore. The customers are advised that they need to restore all data, exchange and AD from a backup themselves.

    Both times I got there just before Dell did and ran a chkdsk on the defective drive from a system CD boot.

    Both times the system came back from the brink. Simply replaced the defective drive and rebuilt the mirror.

    Both times these systems disks had failed after an unexpected power outage.
    If Dell are so good why did they never manage to sell a UPS with these servers in the first place?

    As always, prevention is often a lot less stressful than cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    If Dell are so good why did they never manage to sell a UPS with these servers in the first place?
    Surely its the decision of the buyer when it comes to getting a ups with the server.

    We have a few Dell servers here and generally they arent bad, have had some hardware die but after sales servise from dell was good.

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    Must admit Dell replaced my knackered hard drive within 4 hours by courier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apeo View Post
    Surely its the decision of the buyer when it comes to getting a ups with the server.

    Absolutely! If you order on-line (or even just get a quote on-line) then UPS is offered as an option (as are tape drives and all the other things which are useful in a server system)

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