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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Looking for hard drives for a Dell Power vault MD3000i??

You may be looking just a bit harder. If you didn’t purchase the Dell MD3000i and hard drives from Dell directly there are a couple of hard drives that are not able to be used in the Dell Power vault MD3000i.
Fujitsu SATA drives and all Maxtor drives are unsupported drives for that machine.
It seems Dell is moving more towards specific firmware for their drives (similar to HP). So in the event you purchase a newer Dell Powervault storage array or Dell Poweredge server make sure if you did not purchase the drives from Dell to check out the drivers and downloads section at for the latest disk firmware.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Need help installing an OS on your Dell server?

The easiest quickest way is to use Dell Systems Build and Update Utility.
This allows you to create a bootable DVD disk to boot the server to and allow you to install your server OS without the need to download drivers. Supports from Server 2003 R2 and up. Also Linux and ESX VMWare.