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adam_2218

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Dell Powedge 2400
« on: October 14, 2008, 01:02:49 pm »
Hi,

I have just started with my linuxmce project i am planning on using a dell poweredge 2400 as the core. Has any1 had any experience with it or any advice to offer.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Adam
« Last Edit: October 14, 2008, 01:04:54 pm by adam_2218 »

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Re: Dell Powedge 2400
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 03:07:57 pm »
Personally, I would ditch it! The 2400 is ancient ... over 8 years old. You could use it as a dedicated core, no media functions but I don't know what the NIC support would be like. BTW, electrolytic capacitors are usually rated to 7 years before they break down, so if this machine has been used over that period, I wouldn't rely on it too much :)

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Re: Dell Powedge 2400
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 01:57:28 pm »
cheers for the info, i was planning on having it as a dedicated core, locked away in a cuboard. the main reason i wanted to use it was cos all my linux mce machine will be diskless and as this has scsi i was going to get them to all boot from there. my house is wired with cat5 cable so was going to do a 100 mbps setup.

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Re: Dell Powedge 2400
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 01:01:31 am »
this'll take an age to install properly.you could wait 15 minutes for each orbiter to render

I'm talking from personal experience here.

we went down the router of "surely a core can be run on an old server" with this exact server and gave up

In theory it could work if you have patience

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Re: Dell Powedge 2400
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 10:28:34 am »
cheers for the info, i was planning on having it as a dedicated core, locked away in a cuboard. the main reason i wanted to use it was cos all my linux mce machine will be diskless and as this has scsi i was going to get them to all boot from there. my house is wired with cat5 cable so was going to do a 100 mbps setup.
If you're using old drives as well I would strongly suggest a RAID.....  however, Dell PERC cards tend to be picky in ANY linux distro.  I'm sure you could get it to work and get it running but it would take some effort.... and if you are using old drives it would really suck if you put the effort into getting it all set up only to have your drive(s) die on you.

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Re: Dell Powedge 2400
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2008, 12:37:03 am »
I have just started with my linuxmce project i am planning on using a dell poweredge 2400 as the core. Has any1 had any experience with it or any advice to offer.
Aside from it being old, it's a Dell. Good server perhaps for other stuff (I own a PE840), but not for LMCE. I used to run the core on it, and had HUGE trouble with a serial port z-wave interface. Turns out it was the Dell motherboard's serial port that caused all sorts of strange problems.
Perhaps that's just the 840, but would you take the risk?
Good luck,
Mark