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Thermal Protection for Servers

I just about had a bad day. The air conditioner for the servers was off
for many hours last night and the room temp this morning was over a 100
degrees Fahrenheit.

Anybody know of any software that will alert me when the temperature
rises and possible shut down the servers to keep them from burning up?
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Matthew wrote:
> I just about had a bad day. The air conditioner for the servers was off
> for many hours last night and the room temp this morning was over a 100
> degrees Fahrenheit.
>
> Anybody know of any software that will alert me when the temperature
> rises and possible shut down the servers to keep them from burning up?


We use an APC environmental monitor and it can e-mail based on
heat/humidity/temperature change over time.

For a pure software solution you could try Motherboard Monitor

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/Motherboard-Monitor.shtml

That monitors a lot of boards, and can send e-mail alerts.

According to zdnet:

Motherboard Monitor is a very detailed and powerful system monitoring
utility that should enlighten the heart of any computer geek. It can
monitor fan speeds, temperatures, voltages and more. In addition, it
provides detailed system information about you chip and memory. It also
includes an alarm features that can send e-mail alerts, initiate an FTP
transfer or even send a pager message if conditions exceed the user
defined condition.


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On Wed, 01 Apr 2009 13:27:25 +0000, Matthew wrote:

> Anybody know of any software that will alert me when the temperature
> rises and possible shut down the servers to keep them from burning up?


It's not software, but if they are connected to APC UPSes you can install
the network management card with environmental monitoring in the UPSes to
take care of this.

http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=AP9619

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On Wed, 01 Apr 2009 13:38:40 +0000, Patrick Farrell wrote:

> We use an APC environmental monitor and it can e-mail based on
> heat/humidity/temperature change over time.


We use that here, too. Actually, in our main location we have the
"Environmental Monitoring System" while in our smaller location we have
the "Environmental Monitoring Unit."



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Got a client that puts a weather bug in teh server rooms with the
output going to a Cacti server. IIRC the server will send out warnings
for limits.

What I thought pretty nifty is you can monitor temp, humidity, sound,
and light levels. The graphs were pretty interesting.

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> "Timothy Leerhoff" <tleerhoffNO@SPAMqwest.net> wrote in message
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> What I thought pretty nifty is you can monitor temp, humidity,
> sound, and light levels. The graphs were pretty interesting.




"Hmm, looks like someone left the lights on overnight"


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On Wed, 2009-04-01 at 13:27 +0000, Matthew wrote:
> I just about had a bad day. The air conditioner for the servers was off
> for many hours last night and the room temp this morning was over a 100
> degrees Fahrenheit.


Which is pretty good to fine (just being honest). I've had ours to
unlivable levels before (that is... you couldn't stay in the room
for very long... yes, it was that bad).

>
> Anybody know of any software that will alert me when the temperature
> rises and possible shut down the servers to keep them from burning up?


Because it's a VERY important thing, you probably ought to consider some
kind of standalone device designed to weather some bad conditions and
yet notify you... in fact, depending on the size of the room, you may
need more than one. We use Netbotz. But there are several out
there.


http://www.netbotz.com/products/appliances.html


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Well, our "server room" is a small closet like room cooled with a window
air conditioner that you have to shut off when you go in the room if you
stay in there very long. I'm hoping that in the coming year or so I can
convince them to put in a outside vent temp controlled vent so that if
the air ever fails (or I forget to turn it back on) the heat has some
place to go.

I've got so much work to do to get this network into a prime position
and right now, with the current economic climate, moneys tight. I'm
working on leveraging as much free software and hardware as I possible
can. That kind of device is where I want to be, but with budget
constrains free software is about my only option. Nagios is looking
like an option to help monitor the network and some things like temps on
the server.

Of course my long term goal is to have a hardware and software combo to
monitor my network. I actually want to be able to do 80% of my job
remotely when I have to. 90% if possible.
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> > What I thought pretty nifty is you can monitor temp, humidity,
> > sound, and light levels. The graphs were pretty interesting.

>
> "Hmm, looks like someone left the lights on overnight"


Exactly. Since they leave the lights off you can see when someone
enters/leaves.

Plus if it starts getting humid it is time to check for a fire....and
shut off that sprinkler system.....

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http://www.uptimedevices.com
Basic unit will email you if temps reach a certain temp

"Matthew" <"system[spam]tyrant"@gmail[dot].com> wrote in message
news:1ZJAl.10335$Ht3.4492@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>I just about had a bad day. The air conditioner for the servers was off
>for many hours last night and the room temp this morning was over a 100
>degrees Fahrenheit.
>
> Anybody know of any software that will alert me when the temperature rises
> and possible shut down the servers to keep them from burning up?


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