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[Dell] Dell PowerEdge T30 ($739) w/ 3.5" 1TB HDD, 8GB DIMM, Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3GHz 8M 4C/4T CPU, DVD+/-RW

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[Dell] Dell PowerEdge T30 ($739) w/ 3.5" 1TB HDD, 8GB DIMM, Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5 3.3GHz 8M 4C/4T CPU, DVD+/-RW

Update Apr 21: This is back now, but at $739 rather than $699 (which was the Mar 6 sale). Still, Dell is very unpredictable about making this particular version of the T30 available (more than a month passed with only the 4GB Pentium model being available), so anyone in the market might not want to wait.

You can get a 5-year warranty for less than $100.

(The T20 is no longer being sold on either CA or US sites, so this is it for low-end servers.)

$739:
http://www.dell.com/ca/business/p/power ... eredge-t30
http://www.dell.com/ca/business/p/server-deals

This T30 sale is about $250 more than the last (and most common) T20 Xeon sale, but here you get: twice the memory, a later generation CPU and chipset, and a later generation of the management feature (v11 vs v9), at least.

T30 Spec sheet:
http://i.dell.com/sites/doccontent/shar ... _Sheet.pdf

T30 documentation:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/ ... 30/manuals

CPU spec sheet:
http://ark.intel.com/products/88168/Int ... e-3_30-GHz

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Is it possible to add ram or ssds yourself? If so, this is a great deal.
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Yes, it supports up to 64GB DDR4. Added storage too, including SSD.
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Of course, just check the number of SATA ports this server has. More it's better if course, but even if you have to add more drives you can eventually get a PCI express card with more SATA ports.
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Is it the best server that we can get for the bucks?
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No hardware RAID, only software RAID.
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rui wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 1:04 pm
No hardware RAID, only software RAID.
Hardware RAID is usually more expensive and for the average user looking to build a home NAS I think software RAID should be enough. RAID 6 and RAID 10 should give the average user peace of mind. As usual, RAID is not backup so don't fully trust your setup of you have important information stored in your server.
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Planning install windows server 2012 on it, is it possible to install windows 7/10 on it as well(using separated ssd or via VMware)? And aslo, want to upgarde the RAM to 16GB, where should I buy it?
Is the GPU good for 4K?
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rui wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 1:29 pm
Planning install windows server 2012 on it, is it possible to install windows 7/10 on it as well(using separated ssd or via VMware)? And aslo, want to upgarde the RAM to 16GB, where should I buy it?
Is the GPU good for 4K?
I can't imagine it not supporting Win10, but there is this odd note at the end of the spec sheet regarding Server 2016 (I know you mentioned 2012, but 2016 is the same codebase as Win10): "2016 (only on ECC confguration with Intel Xeon CPU)."

I think what they must be talking about there is what's "supported" in the sense of contacting support, not what's technically possible.

On RAM, note that the 8GB included is going to be ECC. While the server supports the cheaper non-ECC, I'm not sure that they can be mixed and matched, or if they can, if you'd want to.
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SergioAri wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 1:10 pm
Hardware RAID is usually more expensive and for the average user looking to build a home NAS I think software RAID should be enough. RAID 6 and RAID 10 should give the average user peace of mind. As usual, RAID is not backup so don't fully trust your setup of you have important information stored in your server.
I don't even care about hardware RAID any more now that I've discovered ZFS.
It's better in basically every way.
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rseiler wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 1:36 pm
I can't imagine it not supporting Win10, but there is this odd note at the end of the spec sheet regarding Server 2016 (I know you mentioned 2012, but 2016 is the same codebase as Win10): "2016 (only on ECC confguration with Intel Xeon CPU)."

I think what they must be talking about there is what's "supported" in the sense of contacting support, not what's technically possible.

On RAM, note that the 8GB included is going to be ECC. While the server supports the cheaper non-ECC, I'm not sure that they can be mixed and matched, or if they can, if you'd want to.
thanks for reply!!!

"Operating systems : Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012; 2012 R2; 2016 (only on ECC configuration with Intel Xeon CPU)
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (only on Intel Xeon CPU)
Ubuntu Server 14.04/16.04 "

Yeah, I saw this part so I asked if win7/10 is supported? I just want to know how much it cost for adding another 8 GB ECC ram to this server and where and what brand should I go, I'm thinking the main use of this server is running windows server 2012 and MS SQL Server 2012, no rush for the ram though but want to be ready when there is a deal for that.
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rui wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 1:51 pm
Yeah, I saw this part so I asked if win7/10 is supported? I just want to know how much it cost for adding another 8 GB ECC ram to this server and where and what brand should I go, I'm thinking the main use of this server is running windows server 2012 and MS SQL Server 2012, no rush for the ram though but want to be ready when there is a deal for that.
You mentioned virtualization -- there's no question that Win7/10 would work there. But aside from that, you'd probably have to ask in places like the Dell forum.

There's an article here about injecting USB3 drivers into 2008R2SP1 (i.e. the equivalent of Win7), so if that OS works it's highly likely that Win7 would work for the same reason that it's highly likely that Win10 would because of support for 2016.
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter ... -t130-t330

As for RAM, I'm not up on recommended brands for PowerEdge, but short of a sale, the cheapest you'll find 8GB ECC is in the $90's, for Kingston:
http://www.pricebat.ca/kvr21e15d8-8ha-8 ... -2rx8-cl15
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Agreed - I've been using ZFS since 2012 instead of hardware raid. Just ensure you properly plan out your pools.
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Does anyone know what are version of HDMI and DISPLAY PORT on T30?
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SergioAri wrote:
Mar 6th, 2017 12:41 pm
Of course, just check the number of SATA ports this server has. More it's better if course, but even if you have to add more drives you can eventually get a PCI express card with more SATA ports.
Would you know if the additional 2 SATA ports is a proprietary card (and expendable)? Or would it be better to buy a SATA RAID controller? 4 SATA ports is too little.
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