Thanks for your comment below, Paul. We couldn’t agree more on reading up on the pros and cons of having your own home server/homelab. (P.S., see our blog post which covers this in some detail, “Advantages, and Some Considerations, for Using a Home Server.”). As for your T710, I don’t think we could help as 11th Gen Dells are pretty much out of the secondary market now. That said, you would be able to use that RAM in a 12th Gen server if you’re looking to reuse some of the parts. Thanks for inquiring nonetheless!

— TechMike

I couldn’t agree more with having a home server for WFH whether it’s a full-time WFH or hybrid. If you’re in the Tech industry (which I would be most of us are if we are reading this blog) then you definitely should look at the pro’s and con’s of such a setup.

Question for TechMike – I have an aging Dell T710, does your company offer trade-in’s for ‘newish’ gear?

— Paul Friedrichsmeyer

That’s a good question below, Clyde, and great food for thought. We think it’s pretty safe for a couple of reasons. Server fans are capable of running extremely fast, usually around 10,000 RPM. We don’t think the air from the canister is causing them to blow much faster than that. Also, what seems to be most effective is not a direct shot on the fan but instead blowing around the corners and seams of the fan chassis – that’s where most of the dust has accumulated (P.S., for really dirty fan blades, you can also use a Q-Tip). As for the fans turning in a different direction from what they usually do, that shouldn’t cause any structural damage to the fan since they are mechanically capable of spinning in either direction. Thanks again for the query! Good stuff!

— TechMike

Really nice video. My servers are in a dusty basement setting so unfortunately they need regular cleaning. This video was very helpful in pointing out all the things that need to be done to properly clean them out. Thanks for putting this out there.

— MikeP

I wonder about any detrimental effects of high velocity compressed air spinning the fans faster than they were designed to go and perhaps in a reverse direction.

— ClydeM

Hi Richard. Thanks for the comment below. The blower is an electronic compressed air duster. You can use any compressed air canister; we use the rechargeable electronic ones in our warehouse due to the volume of prepping and cleaning our techs perform. As for the rectangular vac, you can use any handheld vac with a slim nozzle, like a Dustbuster. The idea is to capture dust in hard-to-reach places and dust blown into the air, so it doesn’t settle back into the machine. Hope that helps!

— TechMike

what is that blower 1000 thing? thanks for the guide

— Richard M Brown

Thanks for the positive comments below, guys. Much appreciated!

— TechMike

I just want to say you guys are terrific. You stand behind your gear and if a configuration isn’t working, you do whatever it takes to make it right.

Terrific team at TMNY!!

— Greg Williams

It’s great to see that Mike doesn’t hide in an office away from customers :) Role model leader right there!

— Travis

Hi Joanne. Thanks for the comment below. It’s me. Hope all is well. Need a vacation to visit sometime!

— TechMike

Not too sure. Hard to tell from the photo of him from the back. But I think I was his Boss on his first part time job after school we hen he was around 14 years old! Is that you, Michael?

— Joanne H

Thanks for sharing below, Mike. Good to hear that the 10K and 15K SAS platter drives worked well and could be an alternative to SSDs. 400 movies/70K songs is quite a collection!

— TechMike

Had a Plex server running on a Dell
R510 with server 2012R2 forget the exact processors nothing special. drives were a mix of 10k and 15k sas stored about 400 movies and 70,000 songs it ran great no issues

— Mike

Hi Mike. Thanks for your question below. The frame of the chassis is the limitation. The R630 has a version that could take one half-height slot and one full-height/full-width slot. From what you describe, it sounds like your R630 chassis is the version that ONLY takes the half-height cards. The good news is that we can often accommodate customers who have specific riser needs when buying PCIe cards from us. Drop us a line at info@techmikeny.com.

— TechMike

Thank you for the information. I do have one question: I have an R630 6 bay that, in it’s current configuration. only accepts half-height PCI cards. Is it possible to replace a riser and allow a full height card?

— Mike Simonelli

Thanks for sharing this tip below, Austin. Good to know.

— TechMike

More tips:
If you are in a NIC-connections limited environment, you can piggy back the DRAC onto the LOM NIC. The OS will share the NIC with the DRAC and you can add a separate MAC address reservation for just the DRAC in your DHCP

— Austin Locke

Thank you

— Louis

Thanks, MS! That’s why we write these blog posts! : )

— TechMike

Very helpful information, thank you! Didn’t even find this on Dell documentation

— M S

Chris, thanks for the comment below. For whatever reason, we almost never receive any R900-series servers in our reseller pipeline. So we are extremely unfamiliar with that model’s features and architecture. That said, we’re going to add it to the post. Thanks again for the catch! P.S. I did a quick look at the R930 specs, and it looks like that model supports Split Backplane as well.

— TechMike

Split mode is also supported on the Dell R920.

— Christopher E Young

I don’t want to see or deal with my electric bill either so I use the auto-pay feature and never see a bill — problem solved :) In actuality, the power consumption is generally low. I only turn on all servers at the same time for short duration performance characterizations (e.g.: 30-60 minutes) and usually only a few times a month. I don’t really notice an increase in my electric costs. A good analogy is owning a top fuel dragster; you probably don’t care how much the fuel costs for a short 4-second 1/4 mile run, even as she burns ~1 gallon of nitromethane per second.

— Adrian Michaud

To your comment below, Lee, we were thinking the same thing, hence our question about solar or wind power. I guess you can’t have an off-the-charts homelab without the juice to run it!

— TechMike

I do not want to see the electric bill on #1.

— Lee Wilbur

Hi Jim. Thanks for asking below. You are not alone in this query and we expect to announce a repair kit soon. You can visit our site periodically or sign-up for our weekly newsletter where we usually announce these types of new kits. Thanks!

— TechMike

Where do we get the clips from?

— Jim

You got it, Steven. Thanks for the kind words below!

— TechMike


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I realize we aren’t a large customer just wanted you to know I wasn’t MIA and appreciate the information received.

— Steven Giuliano