in need of a solution

By oaly
Nov 14, 2006
  1. Btw, im new to techspot, so hi everyone.

    Basically, I work for a small company. Sometimes during the weekend, our power goes out and our standby UPS kicks in but I have been coming in lately seeing that the machines are off, because the UPS ran out. is there anything that would make the machines reboot on their own as soon as power is restored? its just a pain to come in and see 0 processes running
  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    There is usually a bios setting on your servers (and workstations) to set the state after a power failure. It's dependent on your particular bios, but I don't think that I've ever seen one that doesn't have this option. Your options are usually On, Off, or Last State.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Well, I think the first thing to consider is getting whatever it is turning your power off over the weekend fixed. :)

    'Restart after power failure' is a common option in motherboard BIOS setups (usually found in custom-built PCs, but not often with branded PCs). If you can find this option in your BIOS setup, then turning this on would be exactly what you want... So this is the solution if it is available on your computer BIOSes.

    Another option is to get a bigger UPS or seperate UPSes for each system. Your average consumer UPS doesn't last very long, but if you don't mind spending hundreds of dollars on one, you can get something that will last for a long(er) period of time.
  4. oaly

    oaly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    alright let me clarify. The power goes out over the weekend occasionally, for about a few hours at a time. I cant just turn off the power because there are people that need to be able to access the server daily. My biggest concern is that the server is just cutting out, and not getting a controlled shut down, which is not a good thing. and I wanted something that would automatically reboot after the power comes back on.

    also, the server that we have is filling up quick. what would be the best solution? moving the data to an external HD or going raid for the server
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Adding more internal drives would be the best solution. I wouldn't consider using an external drive for anything but backups and unimportant, personal data.

    Don't think of RAID as a way to add storage capacity, because that isn't really what it is for. It would be simpler to just increase storage capacity by adding additional drives without the fuss of assigning them to RAID arrays etc... Think of RAID as more of a way to achieve increased speed or fault tolerance.

    All company or office servers should have RAID. If your server doesn't, please consider it... And don't consider RAID 0 (speed and great capacity without fault tolerance), but something like RAID 5 (speed, good fault tolerance, good capacity) or at least RAID 1 (OK speed, excellent fault tolerance, poor capacity).

    RAID 0 (and variants) would be recommended for any server that needs speed, but doesn't contain any data worth saving. It takes 2 or more disks and stripes them together. So 2 x 500 GB drives look like a single 1000 GB drive to the computer. Read speeds are increased slightly, but if one disk goes down, all of your data is lost and some argue that using 2 or more drives without fault tolerance double your chances of drive failure.

    RAID 5 (and variants) would is the ideal choice for most servers. This method takes 3 or more disks and stripes them together. You put in 3 x 500 GB drives and get 1000 GB of storage space. The left over 500 GB is used for parity information (fault tolerance) and is used to rebuild your RAID array if one disk goes down. RAID 5 can tolerate one failed drive without data loss. Read speeds are slightly increased.

    RAID 1 (and variants) takes 2 or more drives and mirrors them. You put in 2 x 500 GB, you get 500 GB of usable space. The second drive is continually mirroring the first drive, so it has identical data. This provides fault tolerance (one drive can fail without data loss) but at the cost of space. Read speeds could be increased slightly.

    If you don't have a need for RAID, then you absolutely must keep a reliable software backup of your important data. An external hard drive may be a good way for you to keep a good software backup.

    So ideally, assuming your data is important, setting up RAID 5 and a large external drive as a backup would be ideal. Keep in mind that any RAID array requires support from your BIOS or RAID controller. 5 has become more common but is still usually found only on 'prosumer' equipment. RAID 50 is generally only available on business/enterprise level equipment.
  6. oaly

    oaly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok. Thanks. We decided to go with another internal SCSI hd

    any ideas on the power problem?
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