The Gartner report released this week revealed the top three daily challenges data center administrators have on their plates. We want to hear from our members: What are some of your toughest obstacles in the data center? What are the solutions you’ve considered, tried, or vetoed? The best stories get 100 knowledge points!
Answer Question | November 11, 2010 5:48 PM
Data Center administration, Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Open IT Forum, Storage management
How can we set power save mode properly on new Windows 7 machines and wake on LAN to save on electricity costs?
Answer Question | November 4, 2010 3:10 PM
Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, LAN, Power management, Power Save Mode, Wake on LAN, Windows 7
We want to monitor our Windows 2008 server in our data center 40 minutes away. What is the best way to monitor its health remotely?
Answer Question | November 19, 2010 2:20 PM
Data Center in 2010, Data Center management, Remote monitoring, Server monitoring, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Administration
We have 3 20Amp 110 PDUs in our rack and our currently paying 675$ month for them. Is this typical data center cost or is it excessive? We are charged a flat rate- but our usage on the 3 during the day is 37amps total.
Answer Question | April 9, 2012 7:23 PM
Colocation facilities, Data Center Cost, Data Center management, Data Center power management
I need to find a new solution for cooling in my data center. AC is getting very expensive. Are there cheaper alternatives? Is chilled water safe? How can I reduce the overall electricity usage in a Windows IDC?
Answer Question | October 13, 2010 3:35 PM
Data center air conditioning units, Data center cooling, Data center design, Data Center management, Data center operations
Is it possible to block cell phone activity or wireless broadband cards from being able to function within our server room to prevent data theft? Is there a way to capture what they are trying to send? Can I have activity set off an alarm?
Answer Question | August 18, 2010 1:38 PM
Data Center management, Data Center Security, Server room, Server Security, Wireless in 2010, Wireless security
In office, one of our servers sometimes just shutdown randomly. I have check for virus, but there is no virus found. I have even checked the logs and all the log will say “server shutdown unexpectedly”. The hardware is all in good condition. our servers are in the datacenter and I don’t think that it [...]
Answer Question | August 12, 2010 3:35 AM
Data Center management, Dell servers, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Windows Server 2003 error messages, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server Error Messages
How to start a Data Center’s Tech refresh in existing facility? Any high level pointers would be very helpful Second but related questions – During tech refresh planning you find out about a delay in delivery of networking equipment, how do you deal with that?
Answer Question | July 30, 2010 12:22 AM
Data Center administration, Data Center management, Data center planning, Data Center Tech Refresh, Networking Equipment
A Data Center’s capacity is re-classified as 5 MW lower than it was previously, how to handle this situation? What all options do we have? Some high level points would be really helpful Thank You!
Answer Question | September 10, 2010 12:20 AM
Data Center, Data Center administration, Data center maintenance, Data Center management, Data Center power management
We have a data center I was thinking of acquiring a SAN unit from, then using DFS to copy server files to the SAN and then back that information to a remote storage site. How do I accomplish this with laptops? Do I use folder redirection, that takes too much time when logging in?
Answer Question | June 16, 2010 4:28 PM
Backup, Data Center management, DFS, Remote backups, SAN, Storage in 2010, Storage strategy
We are one of the leading private data centers in India, and are planning to expand our data centers there. Keeping in mind the environmental consequences, we are planning to establish inert gases for fire suppression in data centers, other than using FM gases. The problem is that we need 300 kg of pressure, with [...]
Answer Question | April 8, 2010 5:46 PM
Data Center, Data Center management, Green data center
I work in the financial sector and was curious if you’ve noticed an average ratio between production space/power/cooling and what is set aside for DR space/power/cooling. i know there are a million variables to consider but was just interested if there was a generic 2:1 or 1:1 or 1.5:1 ratio you have observed over time.
Answer Question | March 1, 2010 7:53 PM
Data center cooling, Data Center management, Data Center power management
How expensive are GETMAINs to a transaction in CICS? Some of our transactions can use over 10,000 of them. Would reducing the number have significant performance results?
Answer Question | February 25, 2010 7:23 PM
CICS, Data Center management, Data Center Storage
Hi, I’ve been tasked with coming up with some kind of monthly reports on the state of our data center, and I was wondering if anyone had advice on what kind of information is relevent to non-IT people, or advice on writing reports up that don’t skimp too much on the technical data but get [...]
Answer Question | January 24, 2010 2:29 PM
Data center budget considerations, Data Center management, IT Business Alignment in 2010
In the wake of floods warning i would specify the locating your DC on the first floors would be dangerous as ” first hit “.
Answer Question | October 6, 2009 7:45 AM
Data Center Cost, Data center disaster recovery planning, Data Center management, Data center planning
We are embarking on a 3 year project to modernize one of our data centers in New Jersey. Does anyone have any idea where I can get information or recommend any books about the optimal design / layout for the facility – especially to comply with some of the green initiatives we have internally?
Answer Question | September 30, 2009 9:18 PM
Data center design, Data Center management, Data Center Topology, Green data center
There has been a lot of talk around the concept of a Dynamic Data Center. Can you explain that in layman’s terms? This question is from the Microsoft Virtualization Chat held on August 27th.
Answer Question | September 9, 2009 9:16 PM
Data Center management, Dynamic Data Center, Microsoft virtualization, Microsoft Virtualization Chat 8/27
Have you gone through a data center consolidation within the past year, or do you plan to in the near future? What factors most justified your decision?
Answer Question | August 25, 2009 9:24 PM
Data center consolidation, Data Center management, Data center operations
What are some data center upgrades that you’re planning to make in the near future? Are there certain upgrades you would like to make but can’t afford to in the current fiscal year (in regards to time or resources)? In what areas do your budget priorities lie?
Answer Question | July 21, 2009 8:47 PM
Data center budget considerations, Data Center Cost, Data Center management, Data center planning
where can I find large data centers with heavy power?
Answer Question | August 25, 2009 4:28 PM
Data center design and infrastructure, Data Center management