Proliant MicroServer G8 – Red Alert


Through this article I will share with you the bad experience I had with my Proliant Microserver G8 few days ago, concerning the blinking red-light problem on the front panel. If you are here, it is probably because you are encountering the same problem and I will reassure you: your server is probably not dead 😉 .

The symptoms are the following:

  • Instability of the server (inopportune reboot)
  • Sometime rebooting before the POST procedure to finish
  • Blue light on the front panel switch to a blinking red-light

Check your ILO log

Very simple step but it was not my first thought though. When you check the manual, Fast-flashing red (4 Hz/cycles per sec) = Power fault. Your first reflex was probably to remove all your hard disk, hoping it’s just a power supply problem. I was looking on many forums on the Internet, and some people have solved this issue… by changing their motherboard.

You have better chance to check the ILO log in fact. If you forget your ILO password, you can check this post. My log was specifying that a thermal power shutdown occurred. After disabling this protection feature in the Microserver’s BIOS, I noticed that it doesn’t solve the problem.

In ILO, I also noticed the thermal sensor n°1 (the one for the ambient temp.) was indicating 83°C or -1°C sometime.

temp_ilo_2Observing that the bottle of water on my desktop was not icing or boiling, I removed the faulty sensor from the case.


After that everything went back on rails. Fun fact about the status of the sensor I just removed, ILO still indicates that the status is OK. Also, if you wish to replace this sensor, it will cost you 35$! But don’t be fooled, the sensor is just a KN3904 NPN transistor that will cost you few cents.


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File storage strategy


Hi there!

These last few days, I’m emerging from the soil my army of hard disk that contains all my data for the past 10 years. I had been totally discouraged by the amount of information, and huge quantity of duplicated files due to multiple backups.

As I’m storing a lot of files in a year, I searched a good way to organize, sort and backup all my documents, videos and music in a logical way. The purpose is also to reduce risks of losing files (after a hard-disk failure for example). If you are or were in the same case, this little guide is for you! Throughout this bunch of lines, I will show you how to keep the control on your files and your workspace, and how to jungle with your personal and professional data.

1. Know your data

It seems to be obvious to many of you. Sometimes, we don’t realize the quantity and the variety of files we have. The first step is quite simple : take a paper and a pen, and plug your hard-disk one by one. Note down their model, the size of the hard drive, free space, and what they contain. For example :

Seagate 500Gb (IDE): 154Gb used

-Backup from 12th. February 2012
-Some music given by Alex
-First C programming project

Western Digital (SATA):
-Blah blah…

Often, you will not have enough space on one drive to put all your file, even after the final step of classification. It is for this reason it is interesting to know the size of all your hard disk.

2. Categorize

As I said in the introduction, your PC could be shared between your professional life and your geek life (Oh! I beg your pardon, I should say ‘private life’ 😉 ). After reading many advises on forums and article on the web, I decided to put each folders/files in a specific root category:


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Boblist du 17/11/2014

Cee-Ro – Feel The Sounds of Sri Lanka
FKJ – Learn To Fly feat. Jordan Rakei
Kellylee Evans – And So We Dance
Taiwan Mc – Mojo Rydim ft. Biga*Ranx
Schoolboy Q – The Purge / Rapfix Cypher (20syl Remix)
50 Cent – In Da Club (San Holo Remix)
Disclosure – When a fire starts to burn (C2C remix)
Chrome Sparks – Goddess

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Boblist du 20/10/2014

Hocus Pocus ft. Oxmo Puccino – Equilibre
GRiZ – Hard Times
Vance Joy – Riptide (FlicFlac Edit)
Hendersin – All I Got
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
50 Cent – Pimp (Prince of Ballard OG Flip)
Guru feat. Erykah Badu – Plenty
Melanie Martinez – Toxic

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Boblist du 13/10/2014

Point Point – Morning BJ
Fakear – Neptune
Ali Love – Surrender
Protoje – Who Knows ft. Chronixx
Public Enemy Give It Up
Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Giraffage Remix)
Mount Kimbie – ‘You Took Your Time’ feat. King Krule

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Boblist du 06/10/2014

Electro Deluxe feat. Beat Assailant – “SMOKE”
Al’tarba – Mushroom Burger
Beat Assailant – Run
Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey
RJD2 – Ghostwriter
Wax Tailor – Que Sera
Dafuniks feat. Elias – All I Want
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra feat. Nino Mochella – Kiss The Sky

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Boblist du 25/08/2014

Ta-ku – Higher (Flume Remix)
Souleance – La Belle Vie
Souleance – Mais Um
Chlorine Free – Thankful (feat. Nya)
Felix Cartal – New Scene (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
Roman Kouder – Diggity (HD)
HAUTE – “Down”
rockywood – Distance Without

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Boblist du 07/04/2014

Ho, ho, ho! The Boblist is here!!!!

Hard-FI – Hard to beat
Exmag Vs. Blackstreet – No Diggity 2013
Milky Chance – Fairytale
Fort Minor – Where’d You Go (feat. Holly Brook and Jonah Matranga)
esta. – Carousel
Wishery – Pogo
Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold
Art Institute – Goodbye Father

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Boblist du 17/03/2014

Happy St’ Patrick!

Electro Deluxe – Devil (20syl Remix)
The Black Eyed Peas – Sexy
Cro – Easy
Coldplay – Paradise (MODESTEP Remix)
Matt Miller x Kilter – Gravel Pit (Flume Remix)
Quantic – Meaning
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus

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Boblist du 03/03/2014

The Boblist is back!

This week, on the menu:

Gramatik – Just Jammin’ NYC Feat. Exmag
Cee-Roo – Give It Up
Madeon – Icarus
Big Gigantic – “Touch The Sky” Live in New York
DIMMI – Promesses feat. B Lacoste
Crosstown Traffic- Studio Version
Beirut – Nantes
The XX – Intro [long version]

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