How to PAT test Computer Server Systems

What is the biggest concern to any business when they have the PAT Testers in? Computer Servers

When conducting PAT testing the technician needs to be very vigilant and aware of the importance for the continual operation of a server system, so great care has to be taken to not cause any problems for the client by unplugging anything without permission.

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Computer Server Systems

Understandably; if the server gets disconnected unexpectedly and without your knowledge it can lead to major issues not least down-time for staff, but in the most worrying situation – loss of data.

It gives us major concern at the horror stories we hear from clients about previous PAT Testers;

  • “They insisted we turned off the servers”
  • “They didn’t even ask, they just turned off the servers”

There is no need for this behaviour; we would never do I either – we work with you to ensure the best results are achieved in the safest manner, but in the best way for your business.

There are various methods for inspecting the servers, and all will mean you have a record of the units, and each will have a label with ID number, and you won’t have been disrupted. This can include:

  • ‘Visual’ only inspections which means nothing gets disconnected or switched off
  • Outside of working hours inspections
  • Full tests, at convenient down-time, after consultation with your IT department

We are always very careful around servers, and follow your instructions clearly. Most of our clients prefer if we simply do a visual inspection on the appliances, with an earth test (not unplugging anything).


By |2020-01-20T20:21:47+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on How to PAT test Computer Server Systems

About the Author:

I am Richard Ayre; editor for this site, owner of the site and the business, and a PAT testing engineer with over 10 years experience. I consider myself an expert in testing IT equipment in office environments; I have worked in many different industries for hundreds of different clients testing all kinds of electrical equipment. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association As well as being the business owner I am also an employer; based in Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also involved in the running of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association as Operations Director and joint founder. "PATTA" attends important meetings and provides representation for the smaller businesses that do PAT testing in the UK, when decisions are being made that affect them.