We utilize uniprocessor 1U units for virtualization, Web application hosting, sometimes secondary domain controllers, and for a few other task specific reasons.
Before doing any system integration on a new platform, we like to know what we are getting into. So, here are a couple of technical advisories relevant to Intel uniprocessor and dual processor 1U units both new and existing:
- Intel Technical Advisory TA-0878-1: SR1530HAHLX backplane amber fault LED issue (PDF document)
- Products Affected:
- SR1530HAHLX MM:887336
- SR1530HAHLXNA MM:887436
- Backplane: FSR1530BPSATA MM:887408
- Intel Technical Advisory TA-0861-00: Intel® Server System SR1530CL and Intel® Server System SR1530AH May Have Shipped with Two Identical Rack Handles (PDF document)
- Products Affected:
- SR1530AH MM# 888104
- SR1530AHNA MM# 888105
- SR1530AHLX MM# 888106
- SR1530AHLXNA MM# 888107
- SR1530HAHLX MM# 887336
- SR1530HAHLXNA MM# 887436
- SR1530CL MM# 888004
- SR1530CLNA MM# 888070
- SR1530HCL MM# 886910
- SR1530HCLNA MM# 887390
- SR1530HCLS MM# 887244
- SR1530HCLSNA MM# 887391
The second is also a manufacturing issue. The systems may have shipped with identical rack handles instead of one right and one left handle. A call into the Partner Hotline and a replacement will be had very quickly.
Being prepared when it comes to integrating new generation products means we can work a little "engineering" time into our timeline ETAs with our clients. Think Scotty of TOS (Wikipedia) or B'Elanna Torres (Wikipedia) - two of my favourite engineers. Their time quotes were usually 50% longer than the actual task would require under regular circumstances and 100% longer under duress. :D
As long as the delay we face falls within that timeline we are okay. If it doesn't, then a call to the client with an explanation of why we need to delay delivery is usually acceptable to our clients.
For the most part though, we end up with everything ready for delivery ahead of schedule. Nothing beats a phone call to our client stating that we are ready to integrate a new system ahead of schedule. It makes us look good and our client happy that they are going to receive their solution ahead of schedule.
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