SBS 2011 Migration to new Dell T320

poweredge-t420-2-500x500 vxnbe8Client: PlatinumIFS

Job: Server Migration

OS: Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011

Reason for Migration: Upgrading hardware from Dell 1950 16GB memory, 1 TB HDD 3×5 500GB Raid 5 Quad 3.0hz CPU to Dell T320, Intel Xeon E-24XX v2 Processors, 16GB memory, 4 x 1TB HDD 3 in raid 5 configuration 1 reserved as hot swap, 2 power supplies 1 redundant.

Work carried out: Performed full disaster recovery on old 1950, reason raid card failed and killed raid configuration. Managed to install temporary raid card and replaced 1 failed HDD to perform bare metal recovery.

After recovery of all data and repair of Server a review of the Servers functionality and lifespan was discussed with the client. It was agreed that the 1950 should be decommissioned and a new server put in place.

Research, specification and recommendations were given to the client and it was agreed that the Dell T320 with our recommended specifications was to be purchased and used for the migration.

The Server originally was configured with raid 6 but we thought it best to use raid 5 with 1 spare hot swap drive. Raid 6 performs a lot better in speed but we prefer at least 1 hot swap in any raid configuration.


The specification can be viewed below.



210-ACDX PowerEdge T320, Intel Xeon E-24XX v2 Processors 1 1,985.60 1,985.60 SR
329-BBXR PowerEdge T320 Motherboard, TPM 1 SR
338-BEBH Intel Pentium 1403 v2 2.60GHz, 6M Cache, 2C, 80W, Max Mem 1333MHz 1 SR
340-29652 T320 EMEA1 Ship Docs No Power Cord (English/French/German/Spanish/Russian/Hebrew) 1 SR
350-10048 No Bezel Option – Rack Chassis 1 SR
350-11268 3.5″ Chassis with up to 8 Hot Plug Hard Drives 1 SR
370-22145 Performance Optimized 1 SR
370-AAKW 1600 MHz UDIMMs 1 SR
370-ABCM 4GB UDIMM, 1600 MT/s, Low Volt, Single Rank, x4 Data Width 4 SR
400-20161 1TB, Near-Line SAS 6Gbps, 3.5-in, 7.2K RPM Hard Drive (Hot-plug) 4 SR
405-12091 PERC H710 Adapter RAID Controller, 512MB NV Cache 1 SR
223-10221 Performance BIOS Setting 1 SR
412-10187 Heat Sink, Dell PowerEdge T320/T420 1 SR
429-16308 DVD ROM, SATA, Internal 1 SR
450-13370 UK 250V 2M Power Cord 10A 2 SR
450-17884 Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 495W 1 SR
450-18477 Power Distribution Board for Hot Plug Power Supplies 1 SR
470-13163 PERC Cable for 3.5in 8HD Hot Plug Chassis 1 SR
227-10206 LCD display for T320 1 SR
540-11217 On Board Network Adapter 1 SR
611-10036 No Operating System 1 SR

Migration to take place on Thursday 26/6/2014 an we will keep you updated on our progress.


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