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Dell PE2900 has flashing light in back. What is it?

I've got a Dell server PE2900 that I just saw a flashing amber light in back.. Unfortunately I can't get to it without shutting it down.  I'm hoping someone knows what is it and do I need to be concerned?

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J.R. Sitman
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madhatter5501Commented:
the flashing lights  notify you of failed hardware, whether it be a hard drive, power supply, memory...  you should shut it down, see what it is and replace the failed hardware.
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charlestasseCommented:
Install the Dell Open Manage Server Administrator (Managed Node) from Support.dell.com
This will tell you what is causing the amber led
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Is it free
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jamietonerCommented:
Yes, dell openmanage is free
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Dave HayzenHead of I.C.T.Commented:
A failed hard disk doesn't normally make the rear led flash.  The rear led is normally to do with a motherboard / psu issue of some sort.

If it were a hard disk failure, then the failed disk led would be flashing.
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charlestasseCommented:
Sorry, but that is incorrect dhayzen, if the BMC is reporting that a drive has failed, the system will flash the system ID led amber, and depending on the state of the drive, the drive may go amber or off or both
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Dave HayzenHead of I.C.T.Commented:
I will bow to your knowledge, but I was going on first hand experience.

I had a hard disk failure on one of the raid drives, which had the orange flashing led on the drive, but not the rear of the PE2900. When talking to Dell support, they said this does happen.

Sorry if I mislead the questioner.

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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I'm installing Openmanage tomorrow.  I'll post then.
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pravin_abhale11Commented:
kindly check the LCD screen which is located at the server front. may you will recieve the error code.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
installation of openmanage failed.  See attached.  Note the first error.  

Need assistance
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll try again.  However, I did get it from Dell downloads.  OM_5.3.0.1_MgmtStation_A00.EXE
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jamietonerCommented:
You got the management software that was meant to install on a desktop and communicate with the servers openmanage server administrators(managed node) software(link i provided) so you dont actually have to be at the server to check logs.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
AH
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
OK, it is installed and I looked at all the available options on the left and all show good?  Is there more I need to do?  See attached options
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jamietonerCommented:
Up at the top click system then logs then hardware, this will pull up the hardware log and will show why the light is blinking amber.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
see attached.  Suggestions please.  I'll increase the points if you can help solve this.

Thanks
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jamietonerCommented:
Are those the only 2 entries in the log? Try checking the alert logs aswell.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Those were the alert logs
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jamietonerCommented:
What does the hardware log show?
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I just checked the logs and no errors (ever)
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jamietonerCommented:
Does the lcd on the front give nay error codes? Are you sure the flashing light wasn't coming from the nic?
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I didn't look at the front display.  I'm not always there.  Won't be back there until Tuesday.  It difinitely wasn't the nic.  I can see where it's coming from but can't get clearly behind the server.  I will have someone email what is scrolling on the dispaly and post it later.

Also in then "Actions" there is a broadcast option.  However, I couldn't find where to set up what it broadcasts to.  i.e. me.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
The panel states I1912 SEL Full
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jamietonerCommented:
Event logs is full, chose to clear logs and see if the light returns to solid blue.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I cleared the logs.  I have them set to overwrite when full, so why would they be full?  I'll have someone check the light this morning.

Can you also answer this?
In then "Actions" there is a broadcast option.  However, I couldn't find where to set up what it broadcasts to.  i.e. me.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I've increased the points because of the additional help.
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jamietonerCommented:
Sorry never used the broadcast option. It's normal for the logs to get full after awhile of normal operation.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
you're up early or on the East coast.  Thanks I'll post results later today when they get time to check.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
To fix it I had to do CTRL-E at boot up and claer the System logs in there.  I'll awards the points because you pointed me in the right direction.

Thanks
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help
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