Opinions Wanted: Dell PowerEdge Servers ... ?

Joao Barros joao.barros at gmail.com
Mon Jun 26 17:02:37 UTC 2006

On 6/26/06, Mike Galvez <galvez at virginia.edu> wrote:
> My problem was with my backup server being FreeBSD and running AMANDA. The Powervault
> autoloader was generating SCSI errors. After I setup AMANDA on Linux and got the same
> errors, they were willing to replace the Powervault autoloader.
> With the new autoloader in place, I replaced the Linux OS with the same instance of FreeBSD
> I was using before. No more SCSI errors.
> All of this took more time than it should have.

I can't start to tell you the time I and another collegue wasted with
Dell Support (we're talking Gold Queue here) on a Powervault PV660T.
Logs here, logs there, exercise this, reflash that... I think the damn
thing must have been replaced part by part about 2 times, excluding
the chassi!
And having to reboot a bunch of (Windows) clusters because of the PV
was the icing on the cake! This coating was perfomed many times....
At a certain point in time we upgraded the PV from 4 to 6 loaders. It
took Dell 3 wrong scsi cables to finally send the right one.

Joao Barros

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