> > I'm currently weighing options ... my last two servers were HP Proliant, > and I *really* like them, but I might have a line on a supplier in Panama > that deals in Dell Servers and not HP ... > > Looking at Dell's web site, the PowerEdge has an optional "Remote Access > Controller" that will it *sounds* like will give me similar functionality > as HPs iLO ... > > But, I've heard bad things about their 'desktop offerings', and am not > sure if that follows through to their "Servers" ... > > So, I'm kinda looking for both good, and bad, experiences with the > PowerEdge stuff ... anyone with opinions?
We had about 70 sites with Dell Poweredge servers and they ran FreeBSD just fine. They were used for general purpose network servers and didn't do any desktop stuff. They did name service, web, email, listservice, radius dialup authentication, web proxy, etc. The number of users on each varied by site from a handful to a few thousand. The only trouble was with the DAT tape drives. Most of our sites had problems with the DATs. Dell service had to replace lots of them, some more than once. But a couple of sites spent the extra money to buy the DLT drives and they worked just fine, with no problem. It seemed to be mostly the DATs couldn't handle the service load we put on them. Recently one site decided to get an HP Proliant 350 just because they had a bunch of HP machines and it has been almost the same to work with as the Dell PowerEdge machines except the NIC driver was different and the HP was bought with the HP LTO Ultrium tape drive which I have come to like a lot - it is fast. SO, functionally, they seem to both be good and about the same. I have never made use of the Dell (or HP for that matter) remote diagnostic stuff. I don't know if that is hardware or requires some installed software. We completely wipe and rebuild the disks so anything Dell might put there is gone. ps. I have had no particular problem with any Dell desktops either, but haven't been completely happy with the HP desktops I have encountered. But, there haven't been many of them. ////jerry > > Thx ... > > ---- > Marc G. Fournier Hub.Org Networking Services (http://www.hub.org) > Email . [EMAIL PROTECTED] MSN . [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Yahoo . yscrappy Skype: hub.org ICQ . 7615664 > _______________________________________________ > email@example.com mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"