Category Archives: Dell PowerEdge 2650

Measuring electrical usage (watts and dollars) of a Dell PowerEdge server

The P3 International P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, which is available from Amazon.com for only $17.48 (a substantial discount from normal retail price of $50.00) is simply amazing, whether you use it around the house or to measure … Continue reading

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Dell PowerEdge 2650 in the movie “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

I was watching the 2011 movie “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” the other night, thanks to Netflix, and at 1:00:28 what do I see in in the server room? Yes, a Dell PowerEdge 2650, and that’s Tom Cruise’s gloved hand … Continue reading

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Adding USB 2.0 to a Dell PowerEdge 2650

Just about the only complaint I have about the design of the Dell PowerEdge 2650 is that it only has built-in USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1.1 According to this web page at Wikipedia, “USB was intended to make it fundamentally … Continue reading

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Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC) – reset password, use

Most servers from Dell have a Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC), “which Dell describes as: “A complete hardware and software solution for remote systems management. The RAC allows you to remotely access an inoperable system to get the system up … Continue reading

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Upgrading Webalizer from version 2.01-10 to 2.21-02

Webalizer is used to create Web (Apache) Usage Statistics and graphs. The home page of Webalizer is at http://www.webalizer.org/. Here is a sample (from the main website): When you use YUM (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) with CentOS, you won’t move Webalizer … Continue reading

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Dell Open Manage Server Administrator (OMSA)

Dell Open Manage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a phenomenal tool for keeping Dell PowerEdge servers running optimally! OMSA is included with the purchase of every new PowerEdge server. It comes on a CD included in the server’s cardboard box. Please … Continue reading

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I am a Blogger! (Installing WordPress)

  As my very first blog, I thought others might benefit from my steps to install WordPress on my server. YMMV of course! The steps below are based on the 9-page WordPress “Famous 5-Minute Install” document: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress Step# Description 1: … Continue reading

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