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Dell Power Edge 2950

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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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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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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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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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by:PowerEdgeTech
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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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Thanks
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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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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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Thank you, I will take this steps and let you know the results.
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