Server walkthrough: inside the Dell PowerEdge T410 tower server

A tower server for small businesses

  • It connects to the drive interfaces at the front of the case. The cable management inside the server is quite neat, so there won't be many stray cables impeding airflow.

  • You can choose to configure the PowerEdge with an optional SAS storage controller such as the one pictured.

  • Six drive bays reside on the front panel and are accessible once the cover comes off. Tools aren't required to remove the cover, and the drive caddies can be removed just by pressing the release button and pulling the lever. The storage options for the Dell PowerEdge T410 are 3.5in or 2.5in SATA or SAS drives, depending on the controller you choose.

  • The shroud is a little fiddly to remove and replace, and it needs to come off if you want to access any of the internal components.

  • Dell's PowerEdge T410 is a tower server that's designed for small businesses. It has plenty of room for expansion and can be factory installed with either Windows Server 2008 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It's approximately 62cm deep, 22cm wide and 45cm tall, and because it can just sit on the floor or a desk, it's the perfect solution if you don't have rack-mount infrastructure.

  • The front panel of the Dell's PowerEdge T410 houses two USB ports, an optical drive and a one-line screen that can display diagnostic messages. It's useful for at-a-glance monitoring of the server.

  • When the side of the PowerEdge is removed (it doesn't require tools), there's not much to see except a huge one-piece shroud that is used to optimise the airflow within the case.

  • The PowerEdge T410 tower server's motherboard runs Intel's 5500 chipset and has two CPU sockets, which can support up to eight cores using Intel Xeon 5500 series or X5560 CPUs. Our test model had one CPU installed (pictured with the tall heatsink. It can support up to 64GB of RAM via its eight RAM slots, which are located above and below the two CPU sockets. It runs DDR3 memory modules and supports speeds of 800MHz, 1066MHz or 1333MHz. It can use unbuffered or registered modules with error correction (ECC).

  • The onboard Serial ATA storage controller is used to connect the optional optical drive, which in our test system was a DVD burner.

  • Here is the PowerEdge T410 Tower Server with the shroud removed. You can see that it has an upside-down layout, with expansion cards are at the top and the power supply is at the bottom. This is a similar layout to Dell's desktop machines (such as the [[artnid:312345 |XPS 730x gaming PC]]).

  • The rear of the PowerEdge has a 12cm extraction fan, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, D-Sub and serial ports. Five PCI Express expansion card slots are located at the top of the case. At the bottom there is one 525W power supply. This is a non-redundant power supply, but the server can be configured with a redundant option.

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