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Dell PowerEdge 1950 & 2950 CMOS/RAID battery

Panasonic CR2032 CMOS/BIOS battery in Dell PowerEdge

The Dell PowerEdge 1950 3rd generation server uses a standard CR2032 battery for CMOS/BIOS purposes. If your server is showing an orange warning on the front panel about low battery, you can buy a replacement battery here for less than $5 USD: 3 Volts, 2032, 2 batteries (Lithium Button Cell) CR2032 pair of three-volt lithium coin batteries is perfect for servers. 20mm diameter and 3.2mm height. Likewise, if the RAID controller’s battery is low you can find replacements starting at

Dell PowerEdge 1950 III Drivers and Firmware Updates (2013)

I recently set up two new Dell PowerEdge 1950 III servers. One for (free blog hosting) and one for Branson’s Nantucket (a lakefront resort in Branson). Dell makes very nice servers but their support pages can be a bit confusing. Therefore, here are the latest updates/drivers for the PowerEdge 1950 III, as of July 2013: Latest Dell PERC 6/i Integrated Update, v.6.3.1-0003, A14 1. Fixes an issue where the Perc battery does not always charge up properly, causing Virtual Disks

Download the latest version of ESXi for Dell

Today I needed to download the latest Dell customized ISO of VMWare ESXi. It took me a moment to find the latest version, so here is a link to help you find it faster: This is VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 and it was released on April 29th 2013. You can burn it to a CD or mount it via an IPMI/DRAC interface if you so desire. Also, you will need a USB thumbdrive to install ESXi to as you

Determine if TRIM is supported and enabled on an SSD!

Today I was installing a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in a new server. Everything went smoothly, but I wanted to make sure that TRIM was actually working. This turned out to be slightly trickier than one might imagine! 😉 First Samsung’s SSD Magician Tool was of no use. CrystalDiskInfo reported that my SSD supported TRIM (which I already knew) but really gave no indication that Windows 7 and the SSD were working in concert to accomplish TRIMming. Nothing really

Hotel Booking System help links

  Language translations How translate to spanish language? file is located in app/locale/ folder Changing the wording of titles Changing the wording is external language file where all titles can be changed include/config/en.php Example of script integrated at actual hotels Coral Rooms & Suites Dining & Catering Meetings & Events Leisure & Fitness Facilities Reservations Photo Gallery Latest News & Updates Contact Us Google Map Check Our Latest Promotions ©… Welcome to the Bell at Alderminster bar, country pub, drinking

Bluetooth Keyboard Reviews: Logitech, Amazon, Anker (for iPad and Android)

Anker, Logitech, AmazonBasics packaging

I am in the middle of evaluating three new bluetooth keyboards: Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad, AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard, and the Anker Ultra Slim Mini Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard. The initial review will focus on using the keyboards with an iPad. A followup review will focus on Android. Conclusions to follow shortly, but here are photos to get things started Initial packaging: Side views: Side-by-side Compared to an oldschool keyboard purchase links with free shipping Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad, iPad 2,

Permalink Updates on WordPress

For a very long time this post’s permalink URL would have been: But now it is: I made this adjustment primarily because an old URL like this one: Even if the actual content was updated the URL made it look like it was only updated in 2012. The new permalink structure is shorter and more relevant, so far I love it! However, one should exercise caution when doing this type of update as it can wreak havoc

Run a Java .jnlp file without installing JRE

Java iKVM Viewer v1.69 r10

NOTE: these instructions are tailored toward working with an IPMI remote console JNLP application called launch.jnlp, however, the same principles will work for other .jnlp applications as well Some of my favorite Supermicro servers use IPMI for remote server management. Using a simple web browser interface the Supermicro servers expose a wide variety of configuration options. However, if you want to view the remote console (and thereby remote control the server), you have to use Java to launch a VNC

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