Workaround for Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installation fails prerequisite checks

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When trying to install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) on a PowerEdge R610 server running Windows Server 2003 R2,  I received the following error from the prerequisite checker:  “This is not a supported server. Server Administrator software can only be installed on supported servers.” I recevied this error when trying to install OMSA 5.4, 5.5, […]

Howto: Change the IP address of a Dell 4/P DRAC from the command line without rebooting the server

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Normally you configure a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) when a server is initially commissioned. Once the card is set, administrators rarely if ever need to modify the settings. If you do need to change the settings, the server needs to be restarted so the DRAC BIOS can be modified, which obviously results in system […]

Dell Dset utility default password

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I always forget this, so I’m posting this here for the next time I need to review a Dell Dset report, that the default password is ‘dell’. If you are not familiar with Dset, you can download it from It’s a nifty utility that provides configuration and diagnostic information for Dell’s technical support staff. […]

Dell PowerEdge 1950 NIC teaming test results

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I’ve completed testing of the NIC teaming on our new Dell PowerEdge 1950 servers.  I’m more than a little bit surprised by the results, which I’ll get to in a moment.  My initial assumptions were that the network adapters would perform in the following order, from best to worst performing:  1)  Teamed Intel NICs 2) […]

Fix for Windows Server 2003 Setup error: “Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load OEM driver from floppy disk”

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Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit setup error when specifying additional storage drivers:   “Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load OEM driver from floppy disk   Press ESC to Cancel loading OEM Drivers Press F3 to quit setup”   This error occured when trying to install Windows Server 2003 R2 onto […]

Free Dell Server and Storage Stencils, including EMC

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I’m working on a Visio drawing of our proposed Groupwise upgrade environment, and needed some better stencils to represents servers and SAN storage than the ones that come with Visio 2003. I found some very nice stencils at for Dell servers and storage and EMC storage, including Dell branded EMC storage and EqualLogic. I […]