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DRD with SmartArray controller ?

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mst
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DRD with SmartArray controller ?

Hello,

i have a rx2660 with 11.23 installed.
All the HDD's are connected to a SmartArray Controller, which gives me the following output from saconfig:

---------- PHYSICAL DRIVES ----------

Location Ct Enc Bay WWID Size Status

Internal 1I 1 8 0x5000c5000f30d18d 146.8 GB OK
Internal 1I 1 7 0x5000c5000f31512d 146.8 GB OK
Internal 1I 1 6 0x5000c5000f30f485 146.8 GB OK
Internal 1I 1 5 0x5000c5000f2e26f9 146.8 GB OK
Internal 2I 1 4 0x5000c5000f310ed1 146.8 GB OK
Internal 2I 1 3 0x5000cca000866325 146.8 GB UNASSIGNED
Internal 2I 1 2 0x5000c5000c5b8f99 73.4 GB OK
Internal 2I 1 1 0x5000c5000c5b5c61 73.4 GB OK


As you can see, bay 3 has an unassigned disk with 146 GB, i would like to use this with DRD.

The OS is installed on the two 73.4 GB disks, so i assume disk space should not be the problem, but is DRD able to use the disk which is connected to the raid controller for creating the clone ?
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SoorajCleris
HPE Pro

Re: DRD with SmartArray controller ?

Hi,

DRD doesnt have any special features. DRD can only see the disks which is detected by OS.

You may need to use this disk and create a new RAID volume. Once it is visible in "ioscan"

you can use

#drd clone -t disk

Regards,
Sooraj
"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity" - Dennis Ritchie
mst
Advisor

Re: DRD with SmartArray controller ?

Hello,

thank you for your answer. I may give it a try as you suggested, but meanwhile, while reading some of the drd manuals, another question comes up to me:

They say one must use the command "drd activate" in order to tell the server to use the DRD image the next time the server boots.

But of course i can only do this while the server is still up and running.

If (for any reason) i reboot my server and run into trouble (server won't boot...), will the (inactive) drd image be of any use ? is there anyway i can activate it when i'm not able to boot the server ?
Matti_Kurkela
Honored Contributor

Re: DRD with SmartArray controller ?

http://www.docs.hp.com/en/B3921-60631/drd-activate.1M.html

Looks like "drd activate" essentially just runs the "setboot" command for you, determining the correct parameters automatically.

If you change the boot settings using EFI (or PDC in PA-RISC systems), it should be fully equivalent of using the "drd activate" command.

MK
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SoorajCleris
HPE Pro
Solution

Re: DRD with SmartArray controller ?

Hi,


Simple, just set the boot path manually from EFI and boot from the disk which you have used for cloning.

Regards,
Sooraj U
"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity" - Dennis Ritchie
mst
Advisor

Re: DRD with SmartArray controller ?

Hello, thank you very much.

Meanwhile i run into the problem that i cannot make a device file for this single unassigned disk, as it seems to me that saconfig always wants to have a minimum of 2 disks...

But thank you for your efforts anyway.