Options for a Dell PowerEdge Server?

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My old web server has just gone pop and I want to replace it with a low end Dell PowerEdge server. I have a few questions. I want to drop in my own pair of SATA drives rather than buy from Dell. I plan to install Ubuntu Server Edition and use software RAID1. Please tell me if this is a mistake or if it's doomed to fail! Dell make no mention of support for Ubuntu, but I'm hoping this isn't an issue? Which Cn option should I select when placing the order (C1, C2, C3, etc) or does it not matter? Any help or advice appreciated. For reference, I want to use Ubuntu Server as that is what was running on my now dead server, albeit without RAID, which I have no experience of. Or should I just go for Dell hardware RAID and not worry about it?

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You’ll want to use the Dell disks. Disks that aren’t from Dell aren’t going to be supported.

The Dell disks have code in their BIOS that the dell server uses to diagnose problems before they become problems so that you can proactively replace the disk before it completely fails.

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    Why not go with a fully supported and certified Ubuntu server from System 76? link
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