Server walkthrough: Taking apart the HP Proliant DL380 G6 server

HP has released the sixth generation of its popular DL380 server

The front panel of the HP DL380 G6 has a different layout to the DL380 G5, but all of the key aspects that made the DL380 G5 an administrator's dream are still there.

1. This is the status panel, which lets you know if everything is running smoothly, and which has a UID so you can identify which server you are working on. On this portion of the front panel you will also find the monitor and USB ports.

2. The DL380 G6 has eight hot-swappable drive bays. They accommodate small form factor (2.5in) SAS and SATA drives.

3. The DL380 G6 has a SATA optical drive bay, in which an optional slimline DVD drive can be installed.

Unlike the DL380 G5, the connectivity on the front panel of the server does not mirror the connectivity on the rear. You only get the monitor and USB ports on the front, while the rear also has PS/2 and serial ports in addition to the monitor port and USB.

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