Dell Power Edge 2950

Hi Experts,

I just got a Dell PowerEdge 2950 server to use as my test lab.

The unit has two power supply. Does the server consume more power if both power supply is plugged in vs only having one power supply plugged in ?

I notice that the fans are very loud. Is there a way to reduce the overall noise of this server ?

Any thoughts
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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
yes, 2 PSU will consume more power jbut you have redundancy - if it is a test server and you do not need it with fault tolerance then you can just use one of them and save some electricity
regarding fans enter into BIOS and check fan settings for less rpm or dynamic control
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Mohammed KhawajaConnect With a Mentor Manager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Also note that when 2 PSUs are running, the fans do not run at full speed and may actually be quieter than running with 1 PSU.
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Good morning,

Thank you all for  your help with this item. I will try these steps and report back the results.
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Be sure the system firmware is up to date (BIOS, ESM, RAID, NIC, etc.) ... the ESM manages the fan speed, and it typically will run the fans more efficiently (quieter) when up to date.
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Is there a update that I can download and then boot the server off to update the drivers? I am running VMware this machine.
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Not the drivers, but the firmware:
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/555/DriverDetails?driverId=YR87M

Connect to the FTP site to sync the database, then use the Linux bundles for your system and export them to a bootable ISO - boot to the ISO and the firmware will be updated automatically.
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I will take this steps and let you know the results.
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TeavanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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