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You’re connecting a new server to a power source in a new data center, but you’re not sure what voltage is in use. Which of these would be the best next step to follow?

A) Connect a multimeter to the power source

B) Configure your power supply for one voltage setting, and if it doesn’t work use the other setting

C) Configure your BIOS to automatically adjust to the proper voltage

D) Contact a licensed electrician to analyze the power source

E) Build your own nuclear power plant and run your own power line

The answer: A) Connect a multimeter to the power source

Before you connect anything to an unknown power source, you should determine exactly what voltage is in the wall. The easiest and fastest way to determine the voltage is to connect a multimeter.

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