HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Vs Dell Poweredge 2950 III

Jul 1, 2008

Right im about to invest in some new equipment for the business and am looking at one of the 2 above servers. Does anyone have any experience with both or either?

The spec of the machine to start is as follows:

HP Proliant DL380 G5
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 2.5Ghz
4GB Ram
3x 146GB SAS Hotswap RAID5 (OS)
5x 146GB SAS Hotswap RAID5 (Storage)

Dell Poweredge 2950 III
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 2.5Ghz
4GB Ram
3x 146GB SAS RAID5 (OS)
5x 146GB SAS RAID5 (Storage)

Both are near identical specs and the price of the HP is slightly more, is it worth it?

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I've just received an off-lease DL380 (G3) machine. It's up and running in CentOS 5.3 now, and seems to work great... But I'm wondering what people using these machines recommend for updates / firmware / monitoring. I'm mostly a "whitebox" guy with limited experience with Dell's OpenManage, but his HP stuff is all foreign to me.

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May 25, 2009

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* When I setup and installed Windows 2000 on the server, I had installed a sound card in it as well.
* I then installed all the necessary software to run the server, and one of the drivers that were installed throttled down the fans.

Everything has worked flawlessly for 24/7 for 9 months up until today. Today I uninstalled the sound card drivers from device manager, then shutdown the server and removed the sound card. I then powered up the server, and now all the fans are running full blast and no longer throttling. If anyone hasn't been around a proliant, imagine 6 hair dryers running.

Right now, I cant hear anything else that's going on around me and if anyone has any experience with proliants I'm very open to suggestions on getting these fans back down to a tolerable level.

The only errors I'm getting in event viewer are the usual DCOM errors. Event ID 10005

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My 15 websites are presently on a dedicated Celeron win 2003 server. Would the SC1435 make much difference in speed and tasking?

I presently am using an MS SQL DB hosted on a shared server. Is there any problem in putting the SQL DB on the same server as the sites are on? Is this a good or bad idea? Should the DB go on its own separate disk if on same server?

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I'm thinking about purchasing a Dell PowerEdge 860 and use it as a web server. I need your guy's inputs on what you guys think of this server regarding the quality, performance, & price.

This server retails for about $420 + s/h.

Here are the specs:

PowerEdge 860 Intel® Celeron® Processor 430 at 1.8GHz, 512K Cache, 800MHz FSB
Operating System No Operating System
Memory 512MB DDR2, 667MHz, 1X512MB Single Ranked DIMMs
Riser Card Riser with 2 Slots: 1 PCI Express x8 slot and 1 PCI Express x4 slot
Primary Hard Drive 80GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive
Primary Hard Drive Controller Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID
Network Adapter On-Board Dual Gigabit Network Adapter, No TOE
Bezel Bezel
Documentation Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit
Hard Drive Configuration Onboard SATA, 1 Drive connected to Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID
Rack Rail Options No Rails Included
Hardware Support Services 3Yr BASIC SUPPORT: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite
Installation Support Services No Installation Assessment
Power Cords Power Cord, NEMA 5-15P to C13, 15 amp, wall plug, 10 feet / 3 meter

I know this is a newbie question but with the specs above on the server, will this server be working right out of the box (equipped with PSU & other neccessary equips.) and ready for installtion of linux servers?

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i notice the Dell do not configure the on board SATA to any RAID unless you purchase add on RAID adapter.

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May 9, 2008

what is the difference in the PE 1950 III vs the original 1950? We're trying to get a couple in house but 1st must get a better price than $2,475 for the following specs below.

If anyone has a good sales rep at Dell (ours no longer works there), please send it via PM.

Dell PowerEdge 1950 III Specs:

2xQuad Core Xeon E5410 2.33 GHz Processors
4x1GB Ram
PERC6i RAID Controller
2x500GB 7.2k SATA 3Gbps HDs
3yrs Support (5x10 HW, 5x10 NBD)

Price: $2,475.00

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I have a Dell Poweredge 2650


Dual Xeon 2.4 GHz 400 MHz FSB

ServerWorks GC-LE Chipset supports five PCI buses: three PCI-X (1 x 64bit/133MHz,

2 x 64bit/100MHz), one 64bit/66MHz, one legacy bus (32bit/33MHz)

12 GB DDR PC 2700 ECC Registered

(X5) Maxtor Atlas 15k II 3.5 series Ultra320 SCA II 80 pin in RAID 5

PERC 3/DI RAID controller with 128MB or Cache with back-up battery

(X2) integrated Broadcom Gigabit BaseT with load balancing and failover support



Dual 500 watt power-supplies

I have a few questions.

1) How many websites could a server like this handle on a 100 Mbps synchronous line?

2) Are there any colocation companies that would hook up to the fiber card for connection?

3) What is the best choice of action when dropping line to in in a colocation center? The dual on-board or the Dual Intel Pro/1000MT? I know that there is load balancing on the on-board Broadcom NICs but how do you use them for load balancing mode?? Then are seen as two separate NICs. I can drop as many lines as needed in the data center I am planing going into so number of lines is not an issue. let me know the best action on connectivity for my server with my specs provided.

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We have recently received some new Poweredge 2970s with Rapid / Versa rails, and it seems that the front and rear mounting brackets are only 24 inches (609 mm) apart.

Am I missing something? I can't find any way of adjusting the length of the Rapid / Versa rails.

It looks like we are going to have to pull all the gear out of the rack, move the rear mounting brackets forward, and put everything back in. This is a real nuisance (and I would do pretty much anything to avoid it).

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Assuming this doesn't end up working out, does anyone have any suggestions for a different firewall solution to use for a hosting company?

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PE R200
CPU: X3360
Ram: 4 x 2GB

PE 210
CPU X3450
Ram: 4 x 2GB

PE R410
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3x72 GB in a RAID 5 with LD 1 of 144GB
1x72 GB as a HotSpare

The 'problem/chalange' is as follows:

The LD 0 RAID 1 is getting too small (2x36GB seen as 36) for my Windows 2008 server C drive. So I changed one 36 GB disk for a 72GB and after a couple of days the other 36 GB to a 144 GB disk (because I had those two and not 2x72 GB or 2x144 GB). Everything is working fine in this RAID 1. But now I want to enlarge/expand de Logical Drive (LD no. 0) from 36 GB to 72 GB.

I only managed to make an extra (third) Logical Drive (LD no. 2 of 36 GB).

Now I do not know how to delete this extra LD 2 on RAID 1 AND how to expand the RAID 1 LD 0 into a LD of 72 GB.

The problem is that I do not know which option to choose in the RAID controller panel (ctrl+m during the bootup progres screen).

Who knows which buttons to press or a Windows based program to configure the RAID?

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Looking at the market (eBay mainly) for used SCSI harddrives, it's pretty pricey to get drives of a decent size (73gb+, $50+ each). I would like to use SATA drives instead (get them brand new vs. used SCSI). Problem is this server does not have an embedded SATA controller, just the SCSI Perc3/DI controller. So maybe get a 3ware 8000 series SATA controller + sata drives + trays? Is that possible? There are no molex connectors inside the server. Power to the harddrives comes from the SCSI backplane.

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PowerEdge SC1435 Dual Core AMD Opteron® 2212; 2.0GHz,2X1MB Cache,1Ghz HyperTransport 143G20 [222-6400] 1
Operating System No Operating System NOOS [420-6320] 11
2nd Processor Single Processor Only 1P [311-3928] 2
Memory FREE UPGRADE! 2GB, 667MHz, 4x512MB Single Ranked DIMMs 2G4D6P [466-7879] 3
TCP/IP Offload Engine Enablement Broadcom® Dual Port TCP/IP Offload Engine Not Enabled NTOEKEY [430-1765] 6
PCI Riser Riser with 1 PCIe Slot PCIE [320-4982] 7
1st Hard Drive 80GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive 80S2 [341-3801] 8
Primary Controller Onboard SATA Controller - No RAID OBSATA [430-1949] 9
Network Adapters On-Board Dual Port Gigabit Network Adapter, No TOE OBNIC [430-2008] 13
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Bezel Bezel FRTBZL [313-4477] 17
System Documentation No Hard Copy Documentation, E-Docs ONLY and OpenManage CD Kit EDOCS [310-8261] 21
HD Configuration Onboard SATA, 1 Drive connected to Onboard SATA Controller - NO RAID MST1 [341-3957] 27
Chassis Configuration No Rack Rails Included NORAIL [341-3089] 28
Hardware Support Services 1Yr BASIC SUPPORT: 5x10 HW-Only, 5x10 NBD Onsite U1OS [980-9530][985-5117][985-9057] 29
Installation Support Services No Installation Assessment NOINSTL [900-9997] 32
Power Cords Power Cord, NEMA 5-15P to C14, 15 amp, wall plug, 10 feet / 3 meter WAL10FT [310-4450] 38

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