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  1. Sniper_X

    Identical Win2019 Images - One wont accept KNOWN password

    This is likely the most bizarre thing i have seen in decades. I have just imaged a working server with Windows 2019 Standard to another IDENTICAL server. The original server allows a login using "p@ssw0rd". The server with the exact same image from the other server will NOT accept that...
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    DELL FC430 systems and dual On CPUs - strange days...

    I have an FX2s setup with 8 FC430s. I loaded them with 128G RAM, and dual XEON E5-2696 v3 Processors. However, I'm really confused about why these aren't booting with dual processors installed. With dual CPUs installed, I get the following over anfd over in teh Lifecycle controller log...
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    Server and Storage liquidation (DELL, HP, etc.)

    I am about to receive a large amount of gear and I need to empty many shelves of server gear. - If you can come pick this up, that is best (Zip Code 30043). - I have rails for all these things, but I'm not including that cost below. - Prices do not including any shipping costs - I will accept...
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    DELL FX2/FX2s 8 bay chassis w/ FC430 servers...

    In an attempt to build out an FX2 based lab myself, I have actually made a bulk purchase of them. I now have WAY MORE FX2 hardware than I needed! So, I'm going to liquidate what I don't need. Here is the deal: 1 DELL FX2 Chassis configured for 8 bays. Each chassis will contain: 8x FC430...
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    Cannot make "gauge interest" posts, but I need to gauge interest...

    Forum Procedural question... I know posting gauge interest posts are not allowed, but I have an opportunity to buy a limited number of DELL servers. I would like to share the low pricing I'm getting with folks here. My problem is that to get the price, I have to buy them ALL. I can do this...
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    WTB: Dell Poweredge FX2/FX2s gear...

    I'm looking around for Dell Poweredge FX2/FX2s parts and maybe whole chassis to expand my lab. Anyone have stuff you would like to sell?
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    Need Quanta SAS cables…

    I’m having a helluva time connecting my SAS3 drives to my HBA. Standard SAS cables don’t seem to work. Is there a difference between the SAS2 and SAS3 cables that may be preventing my drives from showing up? If there is a difference, and if that difference would prevent SAS3 drives from...
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    Trouble finding right SAS cables...

    I have a Quanta T41S-2U server (converged 4 node system) I am trying to replace the internal SAS cables that go from the SAS3 Mezzanine card to the front of the motherboard. I purchased two of these: 23" Internal HD Mini SAS SFF-8643 - Mini SAS SFF-8643 Right Angle Amphenol Cable However, when...
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    Cannot determine device path /instance id for HDM firmware update in Windows.

    I have tried several ways to assemble the windows version of the device path in the Windows version of HDM. The dump of the device info shows no path. ================================================= C:\Program Files\HGST\HGST Device Manager 3.4.0>hdm get-info -u 5000CCA02B3CE0F0...
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    Inconsistent SAS link speed behavior.... back/midplanes compared...

    This is on a Quanta T41S-2U chassis. SFF form factor (2.5" drive x 24) I am having a terrible time getting consistent link speed negotiation on SAS3 (12Gb/s) drives. The 1.2TB drives are linking at 12Gb, but the Toshiba SSDs are linking at odd / random speeds. The RAID card BIOS shows...
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    Toshiba 12Gb SAS3 SSD usually negotiates link at 6Gb/s

    I have several Toshiba PX02SMF080 800GB SSD's. These are 12Gb/s (SAS 3) drives. However, on my Quanta chassis, these negotiate at 6Gb most of the time, but if i change slot, or remove and re-insert them, they can negotiate at 12gb. It's just very inconsistent and it usually only links up at 6...
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    Maxing out SAS 12Gbps disk performance - Which drives will be fastest?

    I want to maximize the speed of the 12Gbps SAS interfaces in my 2U - 4 node QUANTA servers. I know my choices are to either go full SSD, or SSD cached Hybrid HDD. I have 6 SAS 12Gbps slots per server node. Right now I have an SSD in slot 1 and the remaining 5 slots are HDD. When I benchmark...
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    Cable confusion - How can I recognize which will do 56Gb?

    I have seen so many QSFP+ cables and own several copper (passive) and Optical (Active) cables. I can get 40Gb Ethernet all day long. However, how do I recognize if a cable can go 56Gb/s? I know that eBay sellers mostly post proper specs on their auctions, but sometimes they don't. I'm trying...
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    ESXi only getting 10Gbit but link at 40Gbit...

    My vSAN isn't seeing the 40Gb speed that the cards and the switch report. ESXi, using ConnecctX-3 cards with in-box driver... Thoughts?
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    Mellanox SX6036 switch - No Battery - Why Battery?

    I was made aware of the button cell battery during my reviewing the documentation. I also just acquired two SX6036 switches (HP version). When i opened them to check the battery for leaks, etc. I saw neither had a battery. Why is it used? Is it normal to not have one? Is it required? I plan...
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    Mellanox SX6036 Switch with HP part number - What should I know?

    I have access to a few Mellanox SX6036 switches, but they have HP part numbers (674865-001). I have read many threads here about EMC/IBM/HP versions of these switches, but I am unclear as to what "gotchyas" I sould be on the lookout for. Are these as functional as the MLNX version? How easy is...
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    Stumped by 10Gb speed limit on 40/56gb IB cards...

    I'm using a pair of dual port Connectx-3 cards (Part# MCX354A-FCBT on FW 2.42.5000 ) and I seem to be stuck at 10Gb. My ultimate goal is to get to pure Infiniband connectivity between the servers and the storage. I have Dell PowerConnect 8132(N4032) switches AND a pair of Mellanox IS5022...