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What is the blue / orange flashing light at the back of a dell poweredge 2950 rack mounted server?
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by:Pasha Kravtsov
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Press the the small white button next to the LCD display to put it back to solid blue, it's just for identification in the rack. And the amber color means you're probably losing a drive
here is more info http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/956/t/19452383.aspx
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If the front LCD flashes Amber or the LED on the back of the case flashes Amber, that means the server has detected some type of failure or the server's log file is full.

A failure could be a very old version of firmware that is not allowing proper communications. An old version of BDC firmware could cause this.

Another failure could be one or more of your drives has failed or a memory chip is failing.

If you log into the server, see of dell Open Manage Server Administrator is installed. It's also called dell OMSA.  Normally the app displayed the three major areas on the left hand menu: Main System Chassis, Software and Storage.  In the center it provides details and a check mark showing if each section passed it's test or if there is a problem.

Green Check marks signify everything looks good, Yellow means there is a problem but it's mot major yet, Red means that area has failed and should be attended to quickly.

If you don't find it, you can download it from Dell's website. If you need assistance downloading it and you or your company is the original owner of the server, you can call dell's basic server support and they will talk you through the download for free.

Hope this information helps!
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amber light could also indicate a power supply failure, power supply redundancy lost (either a PSU failed or one of the two simply not plugged in), or overheating tripping the temperature sensor threshold
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Yes, the flashing amber light can alert you to many types of failures. that's why I suggested installing OMSA so you can determine exactly what is being reported as failing. It eliminates  the guess work.
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Have I answered your question completely?
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Glad I could help!
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