How to View and Change DELL Server BIOS Settings

by Ramesh Natarajan on June 20, 2013

From DELL BIOS, you can view and changes several system settings. If you’ve not played around with these BIOS settings, just go to your system BIOS, view these settings to understand what they means.

For most part, you don’t have to change any of these default settings.

If you are running DELL servers, it is recommended to enable BIOS password. This is will prevent accidental changes done to DELL BIOS settings by others who get physical access to the server.

If you’ve purchased a DELL server only with two disks in a RAID-1 configuration, you might want to add more disks later as your space requirement grows.

This article explains how to create a new Virtual Disk in both RAID 0 a d RAID 1 configuration using PERC H700 Integrated BIOS Configuration Utility, based on the new hard disks you just inserted into the DELL servers.

All the new DELL PowerEdge Servers (for example, Dell PowerEdge R610, Dell PowerEdge R710, etc.) comes with PERC H700 utility to manage the server’s hardware RAID controller.

Question: I installed VMWare ESXi 4.1 on a Dell Poweredge Server. I created a Virtual machine, and while installing Red Hat OS 6.1 64-bit, it gives the following error message. My server is a new Dell poweredge R710 server, which support 64-bit CPU. Why do I get this error message and How do I fix it?

How to Fix DELL PowerEdge Server E1810 HDD 1 Fault error message

by Ramesh Natarajan on December 14, 2010

Question: On my DELL PowerEdge server, the front LCD displays “E1810 HDD 1 fault” error message. How do I fix this issue?

Answer: The message itself is self explanatory as it says “HDD 1 fault” indicating that the hard drive #1 failed. Following are my recommendations on what you can do to fix this.

Question: How do I find out the DELL service tag and express code of a PowerEdge server that is running VMWare ESXi (or VMWare Server)?

Answer: Depending on what you are running (i.e VMWare ESXi or VMWare Server), use one of the methods shown below to identify the DELL service tag.

DELL Server LSI Logic Create Hardware RAID
Disk space is never enough. On an on-going basis system administrators will be getting request to increase the disk space on a server.

In this article, let us review how to add new physical disks and create a virtual disk with a RAID configuration on an DELL PowerEdge Server using PERC 6/i Integrated BIOS Configuration Utility.

The new DELL Servers has the ability to create RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 using the hardware controller.


[Dell Server] OMSA is a web based application to manage DELL PowerEdge Servers. Using OMSA you can perform proactive system monitoring, system diagnosis, troubleshoot hardware issues and configure RAID etc., You can also view and manage hardware’s embedded system management (ESM) log using OMSA.

This is an jumpstart guide that explains how to install Dell OMSA on Linux. I have also provided few screenshots of DELL OMSA web application.