Dell OpenManage: Virtual Drives and Windows Disk Management: This article explains how to identify virtual disks from within Windows Server.
I recently upgraded the Operating System on my Dell R510 Server. I installed two brand new SATA Drives and built a new PERC H700 RAID 1 Array for the OS and Data. I removed the existing RAID 1 Disks and put them in the cupboard for a rainy day. When I had everything up and … Continue reading Dell PERC H700: Importing a Foreign Array “On The Fly”
Replacing a Dell PERC H200 to a Dell PERC H700 RAID card is surprisingly easy. These are the steps I followed when upgrading my Dell PowerEdge R510 Server. The H700 Card is much faster than the entry level H200 and it additionally supports RAID 5. So, it is a worthwhile upgrade if you intend to … Continue reading Upgrading Dell PERC H200 RAID Card to H700
The Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller Card Configuration Utility (BIOS) is accessed by hitting CTRL-R (or CTRL-C) at System Startup. From here, you can setup new RAID Arrays and maintain existing ones. There are normally three options within the Configuration Utility: Virtual Disk Management (these are the “Disks” that the Operating System can “see”) Physical … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller Configuration
The failure of a Hard Disk within an Array will cause the Array to become “Degraded”. The failed disk will be marked as “Offline” within the RAID BIOS. It is always worth trying to force the disk back “Online” before trying anything else. If this doesn't work, replace the faulty Drive ASAP with a brand new drive … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Degraded RAID States
The Dell PERC RAID Configuration BIOS will mark an Array as “Foreign” under the following circumstances: The entire Array has been moved across from another server (and therefore the RAID Card has no knowledge of the Array) There has been a “glitch” on the RAID Card and the configuration has lost details of the existing … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Foreign RAID States