SSD Drives In A Server Setting

Oct 4, 2009

Does anyone have experience with SSD drives in a server environment? I've seen now a few offers with SSD (Intel) and wondering if the speed is noticeable?

Are they worth it? from what I have been reading is that they a superior in reliability, but have issues with limited write cycles.

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Do Hosts Use Enterprise Drives Or Desktop Drives

Nov 5, 2009

i want to know if there is a difference between enterprise drives and desktop drives and which ones hosts use

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Sep 11, 2007

am getting new server with 2 (73GB) hard drives i need to know the following:

1.I need to put /home in one hard drive 73GB and the other partitions like /boot, /tmp,/usr and /var on the other drive

where should i put /home? on the primary or or secondary drive?is there any effect on the speed?

2. Am used to servers with 1 drive. is there any difference when it comes to security aplications such as APF,BFD,mod security and other aplicatuions settings?

3. in general should i take the same actions when handling a server with 1 drive and server with 2 drives?

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What Is The Difference NAS And Many Hard Drives Server

Mar 28, 2008

i feel the NAS are not very cheap,

it looks likely just a low-level server with many hhds,

but why people not buy a server and put many hhds on it?

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Low Power Server, 1U, 2 Hot Plug SAS Drives

May 27, 2008

I'm currently running Dell 1750s, 1850s, and 1950s in a colo facility. I am not happy with the 1850s and 1950s power consumption. My 1950s have a single quad core 5310, 2GB memory, dual 15k 73GB drives, dual power suppies and are running at about 1.9 amps with spikes up to 2.4 amps. My applications are disk bound and the servers typically run at a load of .1 to .2.

I'm looking for alternatives to the 1950 that use significantly less power. I need at least 2 Hot Plug SAS drives and would like to have it in 1U. I run 2GB of memory. Dual power supplies would be nice, but are not absolutely necessary. I'd rather not go with a non-hot plug solution, but may have to consider it. I will probably buy 10-15 servers soon and would like them to be identical. I'd prefer buying a name-brand.

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Dell Drives In A RAID Array With Non-Dell Drives

Sep 14, 2009

I have a couple of Dell 1950s and in one of them, I have 2x Seagate 15K.5s that I purchased through Dell and I also have a spare sitting in my rack in case one goes bad, also from Dell.

I was going to be repurposing one of my other 1950s and was going to get two more 15K.5s for it, but wasn't planning on getting them through Dell (rip off?). This way, could still keep the same spare drive around in case a drive went bad in that system as well.

When I was talking to my Dell rep recently when purchasing another system, their hardware tech said you can't use non-Dell drives with Dell drives in the same RAID array because of the different firmware between them.

Anyone know if it is true? Anyone have any experience with using drives from Dell in conjunction with the same model drives from a third party retailer?

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Cpanel Domain Name Server (DNS) Setting For Email On 2 Seperate Server

Nov 7, 2009

This is the scenario, are setup on server1, however server2 also has the same profile of as we use ns3 and ns4 using This works fine with the nameserver setup on server2.

However I encounter problems as the emails from server2 won't reach server1 as there are duplicate profile on server2.

My question is how do I setup the DNS in cpanel/whm from server2 so the emails from server2 will reach server1?

Server1 (


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SSD Drives

Oct 5, 2009

Has anyone begun implementing SSD drives? We're thinking about using them as OS drives.

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Using 2TB Drives

Sep 30, 2009

I'm not sure they make sense yet, especially in bigger raid arrays...

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1.5TB Drives

Nov 4, 2009

I know there are a lot of experienced hardware guys on here, so I wanted some input on 1.5TB drives. Are they reliable enough to be used in non-mission critical storage servers? 99% of what we do is OEM (Dell) equipment, so I don't test raw hardware much these days.

I've read a lot of negative things about Seagate lately. Can anyone chime in with specific models they've had positive or negative experiences with from any vendor? Reading some reviews on the WD 1.5TB Caviar Black drives, there seems to be some weird issues with them going into a recovery cycle.

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What's The Best Setting For VPS Server

Jan 6, 2009

I got a VPS server and i want to setting up it.

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Setting Up Second DNS Server

Apr 16, 2009

I've bought a VPS and would like run it has a 2nd DNS server and host WHMCS on it. I run a typical CPanel setup.

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Setting My Own Server

Mar 26, 2009

I am interested in setting up my own server, more than anything just for the experience. I would like it to be a linux-based server and to be managed purly through the command line [i.e. no GUI].

Can anyone point me towards any goods book/resources for learning this? From what I read I believe that sitepoints own book does not cover any command line stuff, and everything happens purly through the GUI.

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Setting Up Dns Server

Feb 9, 2007

i bought a dedicated server but i dont know how to configure the dns,finally my brother said that he will setup the server on Wednesday after his work is over..but its quite a long time.can some one pls help me how to set the dns

my nameservers are and .

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Setting Up Dns Server

Aug 13, 2007

i bought the dedi recently. now since i will be moving all my sites over the server, the nameservers needs to be changed. i asked my host and they said they charge $90 to setup the nameservers, or i can buy the managed package. both costing more money than i thought.

i was wondering there must be a way for setting up one myself? it's a centOS 5. is there a tutorial out there?

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Setting Up A Server

Aug 7, 2007

I got a VPS, with Ubuntu server on it. I was wondering how i make it so that when it gets http requests, it shows a certain directory? I dont want to install a control panel, i want to learn to do everything manually, so that i can make the VPS show one domain only, with PHP and SQL and all that.

I can find out how to install PHP and SQL, but further than that,

FOr example. resolves to an IP. If you visit that ip directly, you get the site. How do i do that??

No control panel, nothing. ONly one domain.

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Setting Up A Web Server

Feb 25, 2007

We have a database developed in oracel which is accessed be a lot of clients in our organization in our own domain ( a lan within the same building).

My own laptop is a cleint and I have access to the oracle sever finely.

Now I have developed a website in asp which has several quries for the databse. I am using my laptop as a webserver and broweser and the website is working excellent.

Now I want to

(1)All the people in my domain should have access to this website.
I dont know how to do it. As it should be using a local network and my own computer should be a webserver. Please advise.

(2) Is it possible for my to uplodoad my site to a third-party webserver like yahoo or brainnet and people should have access to this site globally.

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Setting Up A Server Running ZFS As A Backup Server

Mar 30, 2009

setting up a server running ZFS as a backup server. My only problem is that it's very new to me, and naturally I'm skeptical of it's redundancy capabilities etc, I don't want to get burned. Anyone used ZFS, what's your experience with it?

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Kernel Drives

Aug 4, 2009

What is the best way to find out which filesystems and harddrive drivers you can remove? Obviously, i need ext2,3 but how do you find which HD you only need?

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WDC Drives, Caviars Vs Re

Oct 1, 2009

I was just wondering whats the real live experience or difference on using Western Digital Caviar series (green, blue or black) on a DC environment vs the RE which are suppose to be for enterprise business.

On the WDC website the caviar series are targeted under desktop disks not servers. But allot of servers and providers use them. If you have servers your suppose to use the RE series, I exclude raptors as I only want to compare medium performance disks here.

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Hard Drives For VPS

Apr 23, 2009

I'm building a couple of VPS host servers for a client.

Each server have to host 20 VPS and each server will be 4 cores with 32GB of ram. So CPU and ram should be just fine, my interrogatioon now is hard drives. The company owns the machines, but not the drives yet.

I searched a lot on your forums but found nothing relating on VPS. I'm basicly a DBA IRL, so I have experience in hardrives when it comes to databases, but it's completely different for VPS.

According to my boss, each VPS will run a LAMP solution (having a separeted DB cluster is out of question for some reason).

First, raid1 is indeed a must. There is room for 2x 3.5 drives. I might be able to change the backplane for 4x2.5, but i'm not sure...

I've came to several solutions:
2x SATA 7.2k => comes to about 140$
2x SATA 10k (velociraptor) => comes to about 500$
2x SAS 10k with PCIe controller => comes to about 850$
2x SAS 15k with PCIe controller=> comes to about 1000$

They need at least 300GB storage.

But my problem is that the servers do not have SAS onboard so I need a controller and in my case the cheapest solution is best.

But I'm not sure that SATA 7.2k will hold the charge of 20 complete VPS.

Does it worth it to go with SAS anyway or SATA should be just fine? With SATA better use plain old sata 7.2k or 10k drives?

That's a lot of text for not much: What is best for VPS: SATA 7.2k, SATA 10k or SAS 10k?

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What To Do With 6 Hard Drives

Mar 25, 2007

I am about to buy a Compaq server with 6 SCSI hard drives. In you opinion, what is the best RAID configuration with 6 HDs?

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Sep 30, 2009

So I have designed some software for my brother who owns a business and needed a website to manage his clients and send emails to them and stuff. Right now we are using Hostmonster, which has been pretty good so far.

He was talking to me how it would be nice to be able to email the website and have the site automatically store the information in these emails into a database for information regarding his clients, which I know is possible, but not on a shared host it seems. I have tested my own email receiving script on a test server on my computer and it works fine. So we are continually finding our limits with a shared host. We have been looking into dedicated hosting, but as you all know its quite a price jump to go from $7 a month to $200+.

I got thinking and remembered that my dad has always had a business web plan from our ISP at home (cause he likes fast internet), which according to there website serves 1Mbps upload speed. We also have 2-3 old computers sitting at home that we don't use anymore (2)2ghz pentium 4 Dells and a 3.0ghz+ Pentium 4 HP. I was thinking we could probably just plug one of those into the router, forward some ports and have our own server up and running. For now we would only host this software I made for my bro, which is used by only 4 people, and that's not even at the same time usually. So there is very little load to deal with. But in the future we may put a few other sites that we have in mind which would use PHP and MySQL quite a bit.

I was just curious what some of your opinions were on creating a home server. I was looking at Ubuntu Server edition as a possibility, or XAMPP since all my machines are Windows XP. One machine doesn't work cause the hard drive is out, so if I use that I would probably have to put Ubuntu on it. Any suggestions on good server software would be great! I believe the business web plan my dad has also comes with a static IP as well, so that will help. Look forward to hearing your suggestions!

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Nov 7, 2007

as you may know i am fairly new at setting up my own servers, well i was wondering if anyone out there could help me with setting up a dedicated game server to run halo or battlefield i have halo server installed on my windows xp box and followed the read me from start to finish, have port forwarded to the box but i just get the command line coming up saying dedicated server is running on map timberland <0 / 12 players>

im looking to host this game to the internet for people to play off my server not just for a lan server of the game.

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Setting Up A SMTP Server

Feb 5, 2009

I'm setting up an invite and request email notification system for my website. Its pretty process heavy (since all the invites and requests will need to be sent right away), so I'm planning to setup another machine that is only designed to send the emails.

So I guess a SMTP server right?

I have no problems installing PHP and linking the user generated emails, but how does this work in regards to the domain name?

When the user imports his or her contacts on the main server ( which then triggers the invite emails to be sent out with the SMTP server then how does that effect the clients' inboxes?

Since the website that they've registered to is and the SMTP server domain name is

How does this all work?

What I worried about is the inbox seeing the emails as apart of a different domain name and then tossing it all to the junk box.

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Setting Up Home Web Server

Oct 10, 2009

I am running windows 7 Ultimate.

I have installed Apache, PHP and MySQL cus they are |33t.

I am using free dns.. the domain name is

localhost WORKS does not work... Here is my VirtualHost in my httpd.conf..

ServerPath D:/www
DocumentRoot "D:/www/"
<directory D:/www/>
allow from all

I dont know why isn't working. I remember in linux I had to start up named or dns or something for it to work but I'm not quit sure with Windows.

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May 21, 2009

when I get a server it comes with cPanel and I don't have to do much to get it going, but this time I don't need all the bells and whistles. What should I do to get a server with only CentOS to start running a pretty simple web server that just listens on whatever ip? I just want it to run php,mysql, and a web server which I know how to setup already. What I want to know is what else is necessary to setup? Resolvers, the hostname, bind, named, etc?

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Jan 5, 2009

setting up a preview server.

We have a number of clients and develop our work on a local preview box running IIS and XAMPP.

We need to setup a preview server with CVS and client preview areas i.e. a directory for each client locked down for them to view.

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Setting Up Remote Sql Server

Apr 24, 2008

i am trying to setup a remote sql server , the web server which runs everything but sql is cpanel/WHM and the SQL server is Centos 5. I have installed mysql on the SQL server and it is running.

When i put the information in cpanel for remote sql setup it comes up with an error of :

usr/bin/mysqladmin: connect to server at 'IP Address' failed error: 'Host 'hostname' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server' mysql has failed, please contact the sysadmin (result was "mysql has failed").

Is there something i have to enter in the remote sql server to allow the IP address of the cpanel server to be able to connect to the SQL server?.

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