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Method and System for Locating a Server via Visual and/or Audio Signaling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247806D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for easily identifying a server for maintenance by manipulating the server over a network such that the server visually and/or audibly indicates to a user that the server is the intended target for the maintenance.

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Method and System for Locating a Server via Visual and /or Audio Signaling

In a datacenter environment or on a rack where there are several hundred thousands of servers packed in a few dozen server rooms, it is difficult to physically identify a specific server in order to perform maintenance.

Disclosed is a method and system for easily identifying a server for maintenance by manipulating the server over a network such that the server visually and/or audibly indicates to a user that the server is the intended target for the maintenance.

The method and system enables the user to choose a specific server and also enables the user to toggle or enable the functionality that causes the server to provide signals to the user. The functionality is enabled using a combination of chassis lights and/or speaker sounds.

In accordance with an embodiment, the method and system enables the user to navigate to a specific server on a webpage in a portal. The user, then chooses the toggle user identifier (UID) indicator option in order to trigger the functionality and submits a web form.

The method and system, then, via Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) commands, causes the server to toggle the UID indicator lights. The UID indicator lights are made to blink in a specific pattern, are toggled solidly or are manipulated in some other manner in order to provide signals to the user.

After a fixed period of time or in response to a second form submission from the user,...