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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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When you call DELL customer support for any help, they will ask for either Service Tag or Express Service Code. You also need service tag to download drivers and documentations from DELL support website. When you have physical access to the system, you can easily identify the service tag affixed on the body of the [...]

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Expanding the capacity of a server by adding new disk drives is a typical activity for administrator. In this article, let us review how to add two new disk drives to the DELL server and create RAID 1 using "Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller - PERC" configuration utility. This tool is also called as "PERC/CERC [...]

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  PERC/CERC Configuration utility from DELL is used to manage the disks on the server and perform several disk related activities. for e.g. Create Logical Volumes with different RAID options, check for the consistency of the disks etc. During the server startup process, there is an option to Launch the PERC/CERC configuration utility. However sometimes it [...]

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How To Diagnose Memory (Hardware) Issues on DELL Servers

Sometimes it may be necessary to find out whether there are any issues with the memory or other hardware components on a server. Typically it is recommended to perform this kind of test on a server before deploying for production usage. DELL has provided few tools to perform hardware diagnostics on DELL Servers. Let us [...]

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