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Old 09-12-2006, 07:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Xserves Flashing Amber

hi,

i have a couple of g5 xservers that are currently flashing an amber light on the front panel. one has a 3 disk hardware raid and the other runs a xraid.

the xraid machine serves as our server backup machine and i can logon to using apple remote desktop (ARD).

the other machine is an od server for one of our schools. no od user can access it and it doesn't show as being accessabe from ARD.

i've searched for "amber" here and on apple and in the x-server pdf's i have, but to no avail.

what does the flashing amber mean?

thanks.

-mike
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:00 AM   #2
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Checking for dead drives in the RAIDs sounds like a good idea.
No XServes here, so no idea about the amber light, but that might very well be it.
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:52 AM   #3
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Also, the RAIDs get sometimes out of sync - for no obvious reasons. In my case, a reboot fixed it, but I did a full backup before each reboot.. ^^

With the Servermonitor.app you should get a better error description.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:20 AM   #4
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There are a few reasons why a Xserve will flash the amber light. Either a) some peice of hardware in it failed, this can be anything, last time ours did it it was because the RAM was going bad and had a lot of ECC hits, could be a temp sensor seeing a high temp due to pluged inlet tubes, almost anything or b) Someone pushed the button on the front of the Xserve You can also turn the light on in Server Monitor as a way of identifying a specific Xserve in a rackfull.

Odds are something has failed tho, go onto the local console and run Server Monitor or if you can reach it via the network you can run it on some other host.

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Old 09-13-2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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reboot does the problem persist?

If so run through the diagnostics apple provides for the xserve itself. It should have came with a hardware test cd. If it doesn't post, then you will have to use trial and error or contact your warranty provider, unless you are a self maintainer.
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Old 09-19-2006, 08:04 AM   #6
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IS it the lock amber light? Check the Server Monitor. I have had about 6 of our 14 xserves have the amber light come on and it is related to the lock on the front.
The other issuei have noticed in the last batch of PPC xserves is that 3 of the installs i have done for clients have had hardware issues. Two times i had to replace the boards and once the power unit........ all 3 times it was a trickle issue with power running outside of safe parameters.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:01 PM   #7
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no, its not the lock light. its the one next to the triangle symbol.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:51 AM   #8
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What does server monitor report?
Here's a short article showing the basics of the front panel lights.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88463
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:38 AM   #9
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does it blink in a pattern?

Reseat the ram, and replace the ram with known good ram, does the problem persist? Amber lights blinking in a pattern indicate a sepcific error message.
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