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Newbie to Supermicro redundant PSU

Until recently I have never had a redundant PSU or a rack server for that matter. So, I think maybe I did this wrong? I have a Supermicro FatTwin 6026TT-HDTRF (CSE-827HD-R1400B case) that comes with a ...
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Step up voltage converter in datacenter?

I am setting up a rack in the data center that only has 110V. It is redundant, so I thought I could take one from each leg and get 110V, but when I used a voltmeter last night they somehow are on the ...
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Estimate power consumption based on something other than nameplate

Is there is a more accurate or a "trusted" way to estimate power usage for a server room other than just adding up all of the nameplate values of equipment? Problems with using the nameplate values ...
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Where does the logic live to enable staggered spin-up of drives?

I am specifying a JBOD tower, repurposing a CD duplicator case and power supply. The internals will essentially consist of the SATA drives in 4x hot-swap backplanes, with cabling routed to the ...
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How to secure this power cable on a network switch?

The device is an HP EI A5120 network switch. Is there a way to secure this power cable? Some other devices you can use a zip tie on these tabs. I searched but did not find a retention bracket from HP.
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Can a Vertical PDU be mounted in an enclosed rack?

I purchased an enclosed 12U rack as well as Vertical (0U) PDU, but can't figure out how to mount it in the rack vertically. I assume I need to mount it on the side posts of the enclosure, since, if I ...
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Running a GPU in a PCIe x8 slot on Fujitsu Server Primergy RX300 S6

I recently got my hands on an older Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S6 server. I was thinking about adding a graphics card like a 1050 Ti (low profile because it is a 2u chassis). The board has several PCIe ...
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HP ML350 G6 will not power on

I have no lights on MB or back of power supply. I have replaced power supply and added a redundant power supply. I replaced PD board or backplane whatever you want to call it. Still same result. ...
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Is there a UPS like devices to prevent circuit breaks during short periods of high load?

For example, let's say I have a 10 amp circuit. Under normal load the hardware only draws 6 amps. However, it is possible that the hardware could draw up to 11 amps (for instance during boot). Is ...
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HP Proliant ML350 G6 Power backplane diagonsis

I get no lights at all. I am looking for some sort of testing procedure on the board level as I am not sure if the issue IS power plane related, or if it is just a bad main board. the power supply ...
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Server Rack, Power Strips and UPS

I would like to get rid of all the messy power cords behind our server racks by using short power cords (1's and 2's) with multiple power strips connecting to two different UPSs on separated circuits. ...
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Does IPMI-DCMI power consumption include GPU?

I'm using FreeIPMI to measure power consumption with --get-system-power-statistics on servers which contain GPUs. Will the returned power consumption in watts include that of the GPUs? The ...
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IBM System X3550 M4 power button does not work correctly

When first time I plug in the power line to X3550 M4, it can be turned on by power button. But after that, power button is useless. Can only be shut down by the operating system or IMM. Power-on can ...
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How to test server's peak draw on electrical amperage?

I'm moving my server to a co-location center and they'r not concerned with the actual wattage, which is what I've tracked, but they are very concerned with the peak amperage. They charge by the amps ...
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Uninterruptable power supply with digital output designating mains/battery state

I want to have some equipment connected to a UPS to shut down gracefully when mains is cut. This equipment does not have capability to read serial or USB, so software solutions are out. What I'm ...
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SGI Rackable Systems server, what type of power connector

I purchased a used "Rackable Systems" server off eBay and I discovered to my surprise when it arrived it has power connectors which appear to require ~48 volts DC input. It looks like this: What ...
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Make an old server more power efficient - HP DL380 G7 [closed]

i recently picked on ebay an old HP DL380 G7, i think it was a great deal, lots of disk space and a very low price, for what I need, it was a great deal. These are the specs: CPU: 2 x INTEL XEON ...
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Step-Down 400/230V to 120V without a stepdown transformer

At my current data center, 400/230V is delivered to the racks. Is their any way I could step this down to 120V without a transformer? I'm trying to see if maybe there is a PDU that exists that can do ...
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How to gracefully shut a computer down with a wall mounted light switch

I am sysadmin and my company has tasked me with a project I am not quite certain how to complete. A local museum has a small Intel NUC-like computer running Windows 10 that displays an automated ...
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Is it possible to run HP DL580 G5 on just 2 processors and 2PSUs?

So I just acquired a HP DL580 G5 server with the following config : 4X 6 core Xeon 7450 2.4GHz processors 128 GB RAM 6 X 72GB SAS drives 15K I noticed that it requires at least 3 power inputs to ...
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On boot, server pulls full load of both PSUs — any way to limit this or mitigate load spike?

I have a giant 24u server (Supermicro 4U X9DRI-F w/ 2x Xeon E5-2680) with 2 1200w PSUs. However, I only have 4 drives in right now, and my actual power draw (under the most stressful loads) is likely ...
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Exascale Power Consumption

I have read a lot of articles about exascale and found out that it may consumes approximately 20MW power envelope. Is it a daily basis or a yearly basis or every second? Please enlighten me. Here are ...
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Is there a way to protect SSD from corruption due to power loss?

We have a group of consumer terminals that have Linux, a local web server, and PostgreSQL installed. We are getting field reports of machines with problems and upon investigation it seems as if there ...
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Does it make sense to connect a redundant power supply to a C14 splitter?

Recently visiting a small data room, I noticed that redundant power supplies of a server are connected through a C14 splitter which, in turn, is connected to a single socket of a UPS. I told the ...
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Is it impossible to accurately measure the health of a Lead-Acid UPS?

In a blog post from Schneider Electric (parent company of APC, the UPS manufacturer), they say that lead-acid UPS batteries "rely on chemistry that makes it hard to accurately predict when they’re ...
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Debug sudden shutdowns

I have two (new)workstations showing weird symptoms: they randomly power off without any sort of warning or delay,... They just may or may not power off at any given time and reboot after that. The ...
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Power server when power is on (No Bios access)

I have 3 servers and one is old hardware. I have frequent power outage due a Kw limit. I know there is an option in the BIOS to power on a machine when there is power. 2 servers does have this AC ...
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Additional SATA power on PowerEdge T130?

I have a new PowerEdge T130 that came with two SATA drives in RAID 1 setup on a PERC ctrl. I want to add another SATA drive not connected to the PERC controller. I opened the case up and see there's ...
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HPE DL560 Gen8 Power fault detected. What does that mean?

my DL560 Gwen 8 generated this problem. System Power Fault Detected (XR: 14 00 MID: FF 0D F0 0C C0 FF FF 0A 0A 0C 0C 00 9C 40 00 01 03 47 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00) and powerd off ...
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Should you occasionally discharge UPS to higher degree?

We're occasionally experiencing some short outages (few minutes at most or even seconds) so batteries in UPS almost never get below 90-80%. Is it advised to sometimes (eg. once half a year) perform ...
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Mixing mdadm RAID with partially power loss protected SSDs

I have created a mdadm RAID 10 with 4 SSDs. 2 of those SSDs are consumer models and does not have the power loss data protection feature. At the RAID creation i have put 1 SSD with power protection ...
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What scale of data loss or corruption do I risk if I enable the write buffer on a file server?

I have found plenty of articles online warning of risk of data loss or corruption for drives with write-buffer enabled in the event of power loss. However, I haven't found any that actually refer to ...
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Electricity outage killed 4 out of 6 UPS

We recently had an electricity outage of 1-2 seconds at one of our buildings. In this building we have 6 UPS and 4 of them died while/after the electricity outage and all the servers were powered off. ...
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UPS inside server room?

In my company we are considering to move our servers (some are mounted on 25U rack and some are tower servers) to a newly created room (underground, no windows) that contains 40 KVa UPS and redundant ...
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Cisco Catalyst 2960-48TT Switch Power Supply

What exactly is the power supply for the Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switch? This is probably a very dumb question. I bought one and while it had 2 terminals for power adapters it had no power cords packaged ...
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Loud Pop from DL380G5--then neither PSU lights up when plugged in

I wanted to fire up my old DL380 G5 server recently, and maybe one second after I hit the power button and the fans started to rev up, I heard a loud pop and suddenly it shut down. Now neither PSU ...
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Redundant UPS with 2 power sources

I've 2 power sources in my house: One from the national power grid and another from an internal power source. I've several power sockets in my server room from these 2 sources. Did some research and ...
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Is it possible to convert 4-pin floppy to SATA power?

I just bought a server and realized that it had power for all my drive bays, but not for the internal SSD I bought for it. It does, however, have 2 free 4-pin floppy power connectors: Is it possible ...
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600W PSU max Watt load [closed]

I have purchased an EVGA 600W Silver PSU. It is connected to the following: Motherboard + CPU + SSD + 3 x Video Card (RX 470 with riser cables). I have a watt meter which I have connected to the PSU ...
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HP ProLiant ML370 G6 shows no sign of life after RAM upgrade [closed]

I have power issues with my HP ProLiant ML370 G6 server after Ram upgrade. This server has been running without interruption for a very long time and when we decided to power it off to upgrade RAM we ...
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Rack Power Draw Reliability

I am responsible for several racks worth of gear, and as part of a datacenter efficiency project, I need to move some gear around. One constraint I'm running into juggling these servers around is ...
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Need help diagnosing dell c6100 - No POST

Hi Server Fault Community, I have 2 nodes in my dell c6100 that are not POSTing, it's the top two nodes (1 & 3). The bottom 2 DO turn on (2 & 4). I need some help identifying which part I ...
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Is it safe to use a UPS designed for desktop PCs to power a server?

I am working on a server within my office. The server will eventually be relocated to a data center. I would like to be able to leave the server switched on in my office, which means I would like to ...
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Disable CPU sockets dynamically in Linux to save energy?

I have a 4X Xeon X7560 Dell r810 server that uses a lot of energy, even while idle (400 watts). I don't need all 4 CPUs active when the server is idle or under light load, so I wonder if I can save ...
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ASUS server power troubles, not turning out, on and off. Etc

So, I live in a country where power isn't exactly reliable (210vac usually, with almost constant changes) and I am working with a school that doesn't exactly have a large budget (yet, still growing ...
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Reduce the risk of data corruption due to power loss

We currently have a number of servers in places where the power often drops out for various reasons. The servers all run ESX with a couple of linux guests. Putting in UPS's here isn't practical just ...
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Booting Dell PowerEdge T300 without front panel

There is a front control panel on the board with a header. I do not have this and I want to boot up the server. I need to know where the power switch pins are so I can switch it on.
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How can I make a server or PC use the most electrical power it is ever likely to?

I have several servers connected to a UPS. I would like to try and get those servers to draw the most power they are likely to as a load test of the UPS. What is the best way to cause a server or PC ...
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Windows Server 2012 after power outage

Had a power outage, server restarted normally. Server is a database server for a hotel, which is connected to an ISP with optic fibre. On the restart, network went public, instead of the default ...
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Estimate power and cooling for server room

We are trying to determine the right power and cooling for a new server room which would be about 350 sq ft., our power is 220V. We are initially only planning to start with a single rack with ...

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