Please help me. Our Dell PowerEdge 1600sc server is running our services fine too, but lately we experience a low processing velocity on the net petitions. I have already defrag and clean all drives and uninstall some sofware, but it still woks slow. We have grown at 43 stations. I can't find information about how many empleyees it soports and can connect to and use the resources. I'm worried because its my job.
What operating system is the server using? What roles is the server doing (DNS/DHCP/DC/Exchange/etc). If it's a Windows 2003 SBS box, you're supposed to be able to run upto about 75 users. I would never run more than 30 users on an SBS box (and it'd have to be a very high spec). You may consdier bringing another server to do an aditional role (file/print) and leave the primary to be an SBS box
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There should at least be a message on the monitor indicating there is no
signal coming to the monitor. The first thought that comes to mind if
all is connected would be that the power supply has failed. And maybe the graphic card.
Call also the DELL support in your country they will be glad to help and they probably know the fault.
The sound may be an indicator alert. overheating, unlocked latch, etc. If the system is running ok and no noticable problems with your software, check your BIOS setting for log information related to alerts. If you find nothing of significate problems, you can disable alerts in the BIOS.
Either the power supplies have both failed, which is unlikely, or they are not connected to a hot outlet. Frequently servers are connected to uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) instead of being connected directly to a wall outlet. Make sure the UPS is on and functioning.
Dell provides lifetime phone support for their servers so you should give them a call if you need more help tracking down the problem. (800) 945-3355
Write down the exact number of beeps and how long they last to find what the error means. The are call BIOS post codes and they resemble Morse Code. (ie. one long, 3 short, 2 long = RAM issue) Good luck!!
I had the same thing happen in a 600SC about a month ago.
Replaced the memory, and it fixed the problem.
It did the same hang. Would run fine for any where from a hour to 3 hours, and then quit (hang). And I got the same message. Talk to them and it was a short in the memory module, so some times it would read the entire stick, other times it would "not see it", and that would lock the OS.
Yes, some systems (newer PowerEdge Servers, generally 6/7th Generation and above) have onboard VRMs.
1600sc is a 6th gen PowerEdge (with Simple Computing). I can checked and be absolute certain from within Dell. I'm on VAC until Saturday.
In the meantime, check the PRC model and revision and ensure that they match. Given that a single PRC POST/Boots, try upgrading (if not already) the system BIOS to latest revision.
If the PRC model/revision does match and you have the latest BIOS version, also if the VRMs are not needed, then from the Troubleshooting you have already done, we may conclude that the PRC 2 slot is faulty.
I will confirm the VRM query on Saturday.
PowerEdge 1600SC, BIOS A12 Update Package for Microsoft Windows - http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1600SC-BIOS-WIN-A12.exe
PowerEdge 1600SC, BIOS A12 Floppy Update Package - http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/PE1600SC-BIOSA12.exe
It hangs there probably becuase one or more of the drives are dead or are almost there. Check and see the lights on the drives are falshing funny or too long or are yellow. If you find one of them that are that way, pull it out and then reboot.