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We have a Dell Poweredge T310 with non redundant power supply. We located parts for redundant power supplies and the power distribution board.

The problem is, there is a T-shaped bar like this that we cannot find a part number for, anyone talking about it on forums, no one else who tried similar upgrades. In fact, when I chatted with a Dell rep he was rude, but most importantly, I think he might have wrongly insisted that the chassis between a redundant and non-redundant body were completely different and in fact unswappable from purchase time.

This seems to be untrue (though please tell me if I am wrong) because in the chassis I have (T310, non-redundant) there is a specific place and latches to lock in the power distribution board, and the latches for the redundant power supplies to lock in on the case body interior. I just want to know if I can locate that T Bar looking thing to complete the picture. Any T310 experts or Dell pros who can help me out? Can I actually NOT upgrade to redundant power supplies? I really would like to be able to obviously!
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I am a Dell technician and unfortunately that part is not on the list of our field replaceable parts.  There has to be an internal Dell part number but probably only the design team knows what it is.

Usually with servers the chassis is fixed from the start in their system database to be redundant or non-redundant and therefore there is not a conversion option.  All the Dell front line staff are told that the chassis' are not swappable as some servers are actually physically slightly different.  If you can get past the front line staff to a more technical server person, they might be able to track down the part but I would not hold your breath.

The easiest way is to find a dead T310 server or a shell chassis off ebay or somewhere else and then strip it down for parts.
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Bummer, that would be tough news, but at least it's more informatively and thoughtfully explained than the way the rep put it. I appreciate it greatly and will hold on to that small sliver of hope I can maybe track down a part but your idea sounds like the right track. We started that path already and can't find a T310 that is both redundant and being junked yet. If anyone knows a good resource I should scope out besides ebay/craigslist I'd be grateful.
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