I have a Dell Poweredge 2600 and I wanted to know, seeing that I am using it for a non-critical application (Server for video in a home) I don't want to sink the money into SCSI drives. Can I remove the backplane that the drives plug into, and load SATA drives into the caddys and run them off a SATA card? (I know that I would loose the convenent hot swap feature, as I would have to pop the top to plug and unplug the drives.)
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Dell provides lifetime tech support for all PE servers. Call them at 800-945-3355 and give them the service tag or express service code from the server. If it can be done, they will tell you how. Good luck!
I am not sure what you mean by "slow" so I will anwer in general terms. I would recommend 1st that you make sure the PowerEdge meets the recommended hardware specs for Windows Swerver 2003. (Memory, CPU speed, Hard drive capacity, etc.) 2nd- I would run two Xeon processors instead of one and add as much memory as you can put in your system.
I run MS Server 2003 on one of my servers and here is the configuration that I am using: 2 Xeon 2.8GHz processors 6GB ECC Memory 120GB hard drive for the server operating system (Nothing else is on this drive) 750GB hard drive for all other applications External NAS storage for files, data, etc. (connected to my netword via Ethernet 5e)
With this setup, my server has been running very well for 6 years now. I do maintanance every week on it to keep it up to par. (Simple dusting, checking cables, etc.)
Did you experience a power event? Go to BIOS (F2), and make sure that RAID is Enabled. If RAID got turned off (power event, BIOS reset), then it will give you that message. If RAID is already enabled, then you may need to repair your operating system. If something else happened (drive failures, drives removed, etc.), then the array may be completely gone. Call Data Recovery services if it is critical you retreive the data.
Go into CTRL-M, go to Configure>View/Add, accept and save Disk View if prompted, and check the status of each drive. What is your RAID configuration (F3) and the drive statuses? If you are in the States, call Dell support 8008228965 - it is free whether in or out of warranty. It will be much easier to explain what you see.
The Dell original standard CD drive shipped with the PE2600 is incapable of 'understanding' the latest generation of bootable CD's (no matter what the BIOS says).
As far as I can tell, it's not fixable in the firmware ..
However you can swap it out for a more modern drive - such as the TS-L462C (which is a plug in replacement combined DVD reader / CD reader/writer - and Dell post the required drivers on their PE 2600 web pages, so I assume it must be a 'supported' solution)
Look at the service tag on the unit and go to support.dell.com to get the specs on the exisitng drives. Mine came with Seagate Ultra320 SCSI 80Pin 15K drives, You can shop for the 146GB versions and use your existing caddy's if you would like.
I hope that you fixed your problem without troubles by now, but if you still have not, I can help. I added a second xeon processor to my Dell PowerEdge 2600 a couple of years ago.
Lay the server on its left side then loosen the three thumbscrews on the right front side and "slap" the cover off backwards.
You should have by now identified the current processor by running cpuid software that I think comes from Intel's website in order to buy an identical cpu. That was the hardest part, finding an identical one still for sale. If I remember the Poweredge 2600 could only use xeon processors with only up to 512 kb of cache or someother small amount and are not that available still new in the box.
You also have to get two identical voltage regulator modules (vrm). I was not able to get a second one for some reason and just bought two identical ones specifically for the xeon processors that I was using. Be sure to do your homework on this. MATCHING cpu's and MATCHING vrm's.
That's it. Each processor has two cores and you should see all four after you boot.
Another thing to think about would be setting the processor afinity to run your most intensive process to all four cores while only letting most applications to only use the first core.
I hope this helps if you haven't already had any success.