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Hey everyone, I recently have come accross a issue with the cooling of my servers, we have two smaller coolers to try and maintain our one server rack with about 6 physical servers on it. They obviously run pretty hot, and the server room, isn't much of a official server room at all. I just took over this position, and want to insure the uptime of my system, and the last think I need is a 6000 dollar server running out db to go out because the crappy coolers stop working.

One of the rotating coolers (fancy fan) stopped working yesterday. And this started the ball rolling in my head. Since were waiting on a backup source of air type cooler machine right now. Is there a device out there that would maybe notify me if something stopped receiving electricity, or if the electricity dropped below a certain level that the device couldn't operate? It really scares me that we only have 1 cooler on these 6 physical servers.

So is there a device that can email you when power goes out from a regular outlet? or preferably SMS me?
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by:Don Thomson
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A lot depends with what type of server you have and the type of motherboard - Most servers today have some kind on on-board monitoring for temperature and power settings and fan-speeds.

You would need to put in the min/max values and if it exceeded the set limits - it could  send an email or produce or trigger an audible alarm

What type of motherboards do you use and what are the Cooling devices being used -
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by:Rolroak
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We have a HP Proliant GL
a Dell Poweredge 850
Dell Power Vault 745N X 3
Poweredge 2550

our 2 coolers are made by AMCORE, but I have failed to make a distinction of model.

What I was kind of thinking of is something that would tell me when the power failed to the outlet of the cooler.

or something that would monitor the juice thats going to the cooler, to tell if maybe it stopped pulling as much electricity as it normally does I could assume it's broken.

that kind of device. I have a couple of things in place that notify me when a server is down / not responding, but I have no way of knowing that the cooling system has failed.
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Don Thomson earned 2000 total points
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There are hundreds of such devices and they are relatively inexpensive - I would try www.smarthome.com  they have all kinds of devices that can be activated on power failure - temperature,  etc - You could set it up to email you if the power to the Cooler module fails, and then monitor the temperature around the cooler and send a pre-recorded voice call if the temperature rises say 10Degrees.
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