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Re: Hi i have a dell poweredge 2850. Orange LED blinking
It sounds like a hard disk has failed or fallen out of sync.
This can be a serious problem if not addressed ASAP.
Call Dell, they have lifetime phone support for their servers.
Write down the Express Service Code and Service Tag number that is on the server chassis before you call. This is the last number I used for server support: (800) 945-3355 If it doesn't work you should be able to find a valid number at support.dell.com
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Orange blinking light means a component failure. I had a cooling fan failure and this caused the orange light. When there is a failed fan the other fans RPM is increased to compensate. Is the server fan noise excessive?
2 drives indicates they are RAID 1, which are mirrored. 2 x 36GB = 36GB. This is an industry standard config. If you make any changes you will lose the array making it RAID 0 (no RAID - no longer hot swap), and or the complete loss of OS / data.
Instead make another logical drive for data storage. You need three or four drives to set up as RAID 5, again an industry standard config.
these servers are single power supply when that goes you only get a blinking orange light and no beeps.
most other issues will beep code.
I would start there. you can remove and reinstall. but it is probably bad
hope this helps
If you know the two drive that are the OS mirrored drive, remove the failed drive and replace it with the good mirror drive and boot the system. If the drive and the OS is good the system will boot from that drive. You can now mirror this drive with a good disk.
I don't understand the beep code you describe, but the 2850 has many beep codes to help understand what is going on.
First ... Identify the beep. Does the beep start as soon as you power it on, or after several seconds? What is the pattern of the beep - is it a repeating set of beeps - 3 sets of beeps between 1 and 4 beeps ... like 1 beep-3 beeps-2 beeps, or 3 beeps, 3 beeps, 1 beep? Or is it a steady repeating beep - about once per second?
Second ... is the LCD panel on the server blue or orange? If orange, what is the error code(s) it is scrolling?
If it is a steady, once-per-second beep, it is probably your RAID controller. Does the system boot to Windows/OS ok? If so, use (or install) OpenManage Server Administrator (Managed Node from Dell's Support Site) to check the Hardware Logs and check the RAID array (under Storage/Virtual Disks). If it is not booting to the OS, then go into CTRL-M to see what the status of your array is.