How to Monitor the System Temperature in a Dell PowerEdge

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How to Monitor the System Temperature in a Dell PowerEdge
Letting your server overheat can damage internal components and risk your data. (Richard Newstead/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Even the most robust server can be damaged by heat. If the internal temperature gets too high for too long, the internal components will start to malfunction. Processors, hard drives and more are at risk. Monitoring the internal temperature of your Dell PowerEdge server is essential for its well-being and for the well-being of your network and data. Dell offers a free application for PowerEdge owners that will allow you to monitor all aspects of your server's health, including internal temperature.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Dowload "Dell OpenManage Server Administrator" from the Dell support page (see Resources) and install the application. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.

  2. 2

    Launch the Server Administrator from your Windows "Start" menu.

  3. 3

    Expand "Main System Chassis" from the menu on the left by clicking the "+."

  4. 4

    Click "Temperatures" to view the internal temperature readings for your system. Each installed probe will be listed in the "Properties" window.

  5. 5

    Click the "Probe Name" to view specific information about the temperature threshold and to view a scale visually detailing whether your reading is in the green, yellow or red zone.

Tips and warnings

  • If your temperature readings are high there could be many possible reasons. You may have a malfunctioning fan, a malfunctioning component or the room the server is in may be too hot. Contact Dell support for help diagnosing the cause.

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