I recently obtained a HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server. This is my first time working with a commercial server and want to put it into my office. We already have a server but it's just not cutting it with a dual core and 8gb ram. I figured the quad core ML350 with 16gb ram and a separate server for exchange would be a much more efficient setup.
So, I realized there are two power supplies in the back of this thing. Should they both be hooked up at the same time for redundancy or should only one be plugged in and one's just there for backup?
Also, the front of the server has (empty) carriage for 2.5" drives. I have 3 brand new 3.5" 1TB Seagate enterprise hard drives. Is there a way to swap out this carriage for one that supports 3.5" drives or is there a way to mount 3.5" drives inside the server (besides using 5.25" to 3.5" mounting brackets)? If so, where can I buy one?
Most HP ProLiant servers come shipped with a drive cage assembly that fits 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Many times you can just locate the proper drive assembly that you want to use (such as switching to the LFF 3.5" cage) and install that. However, sometimes you have to use specific drive cages with specific chassis otherwise there is no compatible other sized cage assembly. I know this is the case on many of the rackmount servers, but the pedistal servers like you have may support either cage without issue.
The problem comes into locating the proper cage assembly and all the necessary additional components that might be needed to get it installed. Ebay may be your only shot, but there are some websites out there that also sell refurbished server hardware and accessory equipment. Unfortunately I don't know the part numbers you will need to look for. The only way I know of to do that is hunt around the internet in support documents for that specific model and see if they list out part numbers for compatible drive cage assemblies.