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Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

Mathieu Poussin
Occasional Advisor

Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

Hi everybody,
I own an old HP Proliant DL360 G2 who is very loud (no fan speed regulation), and i want to know if the new Proliant servers all includes an Hardware fan speed regulation ? Are they useable in an office, it's not too loud ? (i can't use towers, only racks)
Do there is good drivers for linux ? (Debian)

(In one sentence: I need quiet racks servers who have great linux support)

Thank you and sorry for my bad english ;)
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RHall1340
Occasional Advisor

Re: Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

They are very loud still. They go from very loud, to extremely loud when the fans go to high speed. Especially the 360 series because of its small fans.
Mathieu Poussin
Occasional Advisor

Re: Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

Is it louder than other constructors like DELL ? with my utilization, the fans will normally never go to maximum speed (low cpu utilization)
Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

ALL (ok.. most) HP Servers have "Management Agents". Without the management Agents, the servers usually don;t kick down the fans autoomatically.

I remember the G2. I remember the G2 very well because the early bios(es) have a few bugs where the fans would NEVER kick down. Even with the proper management agents.

I believe that is fixed though. Check your BIOS date and upgrade if necessary. Also check your management agents. If there are none, install them. If they are already installed, maybe you need to upgrade them.


Steven
Steven Clementi
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Mathieu Poussin
Occasional Advisor

Re: Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

> ALL (ok.. most) HP Servers have "Management
> Agents". Without the management Agents, the
> servers usually don;t kick down the fans
> autoomatically.

So the servers don't use Hardware based fan control ? why ? is the Management Agents easy to install under debian ? (on my old DL360 G2, that was buggy (and no .deb's) )
Are Proliant Servers usable in an office environment ?
Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Are the HP Proliant Servers still noisy ? // Linux Support ?

Did you know today is the International Noise Awareness Day.

From this point of view I would prefer to keep servers outside the office ... don't care about how noisy or quite they are.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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