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  1. I cant say I have ever tried it on W2K8 but i assume it would be the same except for the server's firewall. I would try this: 1) VPN to the server internally with no server firewall 2) Turn on server firewall, get VPN working internally 3) configure external firewall 4) Test VPN externally 5) check firewall logs & repeats steps 3&4 as many times as needed Although im sure you have tried all of this its worth a go, I think this pretty much covers everything
  2. Have you forwarded port 1723 (presuming you are using microsoft PPTP VPN) and the GRE Protocol through to your RAS server? This should be all you need to get this working Thanks
  3. Sorry to drag up a dead topic but I wanted to tell you that after a reinstall with Server 2008 R2, the newest Storport drivers and a firmware upgrade on the card all is well and has been for weeks A big thank you to everyone who helped me with this
  4. I have run Memtest 86+ for 12 hours on the server and found nothing. The Card originally had 256mb ram and still gave me the errors, I upgraded to 1gb in the hope of eliminating the issue but I still get the errors So I think I can say the Card's Ram is ok. I am considering a reinstall anyway so now might the time. With regards to drivers for the card I have a choice of Storport or Scsiport. Currently I am using Scsiport at the moment as I remember storport bluescreens when i/O becomes heavy. I think a reinstall might be good for it, at least then I can try to use Storport drivers again, who knows they may have updated them since 2008. Also I will look into buying locking sata cables, I wasnt aware they even existed to be honest And I will certainly have a thorough read through that thread you linked to. Thanks again for the help
  5. Ok you asked for it.... here is the whole story. I built a server at the back end of 2008 that has the following: Areca ARC-1230 Card with 1GB of ECC Ram. 2GB of DDR2 Ram Intel Q6600 An Asus Desktop Motherboard (I forget the model but its just a standard desktop board) 12 x 1TB Drives. All was good until I noticed I was getting errors every now and again in the event log, NTFS ID55 errors IIRC. Im running server 2008 and self healing NTFS kicks in and repairs the problem and everything is fine again. But it is annoying me like mad, I just want things to run without these errors. I have worked with countless servers and never seen an error as frequent as this, So I am lookinng at replacing the ram + board for something ECC Compatible to see if it stops the errors. Thanks
  6. The same happens as on your regular PC: usually nothing, or very close to that. My question is: and what do you think happens when a CPU does something similar (they all have errata)? Or when a network packet is corrupted? Or when a bit is corrupted on magnetic storage? Or a driver that has a bug screws up some data somehow? (all of these being FAR more common) It's a massive waste of money IMO. Even more so on a home server -- it's not like you're providing services that can't ever go down, or that you are going to countless thousands of dollars every time it does. Most fancy RAID controllers don't even require a x16 slot. I have some (the cheapo kind admittedly) in x1 slots. I think the most I've seen is a x8, but that's serious overkill. Sure, you can saturate a simple x1 card in RAID as it's limited to 250MB/s (that's still more than acceptable performance in my book for a home server though), but even just a card that fits in a x4 slot has access to 1GB/s of bandwidth -- you're going to need a lot of really fast hard drives to saturate this, or preferably RAID'ing expensive SSDs! A PCI-e x16 2.0 slot has a 8GB/s BW which you probably wouldn't hit, even with 16 high end SSDs in RAID so it doesn't make much sense for them to use that. Then again, your network is nowhere near that fast (good Gigabit ethernet stuff with jumbo frames and everything has about half the BW of a single x1 slot -- that's ultimately how fast you'll be able to get data off from it). Just sit down for a sec and think what you're going to need this for. Personally, I hardly ever need very large files really fast. Most large files I access are movies and the speed required for this is pathetic (around 1MB/s -- a ATA33 drive from the 90's could easily handle it speed-wise) Hmmmm, very good reply CoffeeFiend I shall re-consider this entire build. Thank you for the help; as usual your knowlegde amazes me
  7. Is ECC Ram not used as often now? What happens with in memory errors? flipped bits and all that? dont they make it down to disk and corrupt the filesystem anymore? The 2 PCI x16 slots are because I have a raid controller to pop in there too and Im thinking If I stick it into the only x16 slot it might not work, at least with 2 i could have a low end vga card and the raid controller in the other slot and it should detect both ok, or maybe Im wrong about this one but I just wanted to make sure it would work. and both those boards look great thank you but I really want/need ECC Ram......do you know of any whitepapers on ECC vs non ECC I could refer too? ... im still not comfortable throwing non ECC at it. Thanks again
  8. Hi, Its for a home server hence the need for the ECC Ram and maybe such a board does not exist but I just wondered if anyone might have used one of such spec recently Thanks
  9. Hi Everyone, I dont know where to look to narrow my search so if anyone could help that would be fantastic. Basically I am looking for a motherboard with the following qualities: support socket Intel 775 (Q6600 to be exact) Support DDR2 (must be ECC RAM) have 2 PCI x16 slots have 2 PCI-express 1x (the really small ones) that is all really, if anyone knows of a decent one i would appreciate your help, otherwise I will keep on looking Thanks
  10. Are there any hidden devices in device manager that it could be referring to?
  11. I barley use the start menu so im neither Pro nor Con on this one. Winkey + R is the way forward
  12. EDIT: Sorry i got this wrong in my orginal Post, now edited: I have seen this type of thing before, steps to replicate problem as follows: 1) Use a fairly large file (ie 15-20gb) 2) On a 2008 server UNC back to a vista /win 7 machine and copy the file to the server 3) Bring up taskmgr on vista/win7 and watch the ram usage increase until all available Ram is consumed and the transfer grinds (almost) to a halt. Any other way round (UNC'ing from to vista/win7 to server etc) is fine but this paticular way produces this error. I have tried this with various machines and clean installs. Has anyone else seen this and does this sound like what you are experiencing agreenbhm? Thanks EDIT 2: From testing i have done in the past i can say that this also happens between 2 Vista clients but NOT between 2 server 2008 servers.. Anyone got insight into this issue?
  13. logically it would seem that only one would have to autosense but im not 100% sure and have never tested this.
  14. None of my family have actually been infected you understand. As i said before and please quote this part IT IS JUST A PRECAUTION, it is my opinion and im sticking by it, of course i use protection, far more than you guys seem to think..... I only gave my point of view on this and got burned

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