I have an old server running for my application. I just checked that it has started flashing orange suddenly from blue. Does anyone know what does this mean?

  • I assume you are talking about one of HDD lights? – George May 17 '12 at 19:56
  • What O/S do you have running on the system? – Craig Constantine May 18 '12 at 2:57
  • Craig- OS is Linux – yogsma May 18 '12 at 5:07

Install the Dell Openmanage Server administrator and see what it tells you. Last time I installed this, I don't believe it required a restart, which is good if you possibly have failing drives.

Since I assumed you were running Windows, HERE is the link for the Linux documentation for OpenManage

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According to the Dell PowerEdge 1650 Systems Installation and Troubleshooting Guide it means there's a problem. It's most likely a harddrive related problem, so I suggest you check the HDD lights (link goes to HDD part of the guide).

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  • If it is hard drive problem, can I check from terminal if there is any issue with hard drive ? – yogsma May 17 '12 at 20:24
  • I suggest you check the other answer. While I'm not familiar with Openmanage, I'm willing to bet that it has the utilities needed to diagnose the issue or find the problematic harddrive. – Sašo May 17 '12 at 20:34

If it's a Windows machine yes just install Dell OpenManage, open the webportal and browse to System->Storage->Virtual Disks and it will show you the status of all virtual disks. If it turns out its not the hard drive browse to Systems -> Logs and it will describe why the alert is on.

You can do the same on a unix machine, or there are live versions of open manage you can install on a CD and boot to and read the Dell hardware logs via that.

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