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How To Back Up the Dell FlexAddress

If you own a Dell blade chassis, you are probably familiar with the FlexAddress feature however you have probably not wondered how to back it up – something that is well documented.  Fortunately a few of my Dell peers have put together the steps for a definitive backup method.

A Closer Look at the Dell FD332 for FX Architecture

[updated 4.13.15]  Today Dell officially started shipping the FC430 and the FD332 Storage blocks for the Dell FX Architecture.  The FC430 is a slick, server offering for many workloads, but many questions pop up around what the FD332 is and how it can be used, so in today’s post I’m hoping to clarify it for

A First Look at Dell’s FX Architecture

Today Dell announced a new server architecture that combines characteristics of both rack servers and blade servers into a new architecture, known as PowerEdge FX.  Today I’ll give you a first look into the platform.  First off – according to Dell’s Product Development team, this platform was not designed to replace Dell’s blade server portfolio. 

Industry’s First Ever See Through Blade Chassis

Are you one one of those people who feel that blade servers are too complex?  Do you have problems understanding what’s going on inside of a blade chassis?  If you said yes to either of the above questions, then you’ll want to check this blade chassis out. One of my peers at Dell, Max Abelardo,

PowerEdge VRTX CMC Licensing Details

As I noted in my original posting of the PowerEdge VRTX, the Chassis Management Controller, or CMC, is available with an “Express” license and an “Enterprise” license. To help you determine which would be best suited for your environment, check out the chart below.

A Detailed Look at Dell PowerEdge VRTX

What happens when you merge rack servers with blade servers? You get the newly announced Dell PowerEdge VRTX. Three years in the making, the Dell PowerEdge VRTX (pronounced “ver-tex”) is advertised as a revolutionary, easy-to-manage office-optimized data center that converges servers, storage and networking into a compact package. In the following post, I’ll give you a deep-dive look

An Introduction to Dell PowerEdge VRTX

An Introduction to Dell PowerEdge VRTX Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an

Dell Adds Multi Blade Chassis Management, But Wait – There's More

Dell recently notified me the latest version – ver 3.1 – of the Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) added multi-chassis management capability.  In other words, you can have one IP address to manage multiple chassis.  Now you may ask, so what?  Other vendors have had this feature already, so what’s the big deal.  Here’s what’s big

The Best Blade Server Option Is…[Part 2 – A Look at Dell]

Here’s a couple screenshots :

From the Chassis Overview – http://www.twitpic.com/33vv87
From the Server Overview – http://www.twitpic.com/33vvj2
From the Individual Server Overview – http://www.twitpic.com/33vvz0

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