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Extending the physical drives in ProLiant 5500 Server series

 
viking_2
Occasional Advisor

Extending the physical drives in ProLiant 5500 Server series

Hi,
I have 2 Compaq ProLiant 5500 Server series servers with a external storage with the following raid controllers.
1. Smart array 221 controller
2. RA4000/4100 Controller Raid array

I also have 3 spare hard disks offline (on the self) of same capacity as the server physical drives.

I am running out of space on both the server and the storage box.

In server I have Smart array 221 controller.
configured array A with two 9.1 GB HDD in RAID 0.

My questions are:
1. How can I increas the size of the logical drive?
2. How can I add one more array say B so that i can configure one more logical volume.

Similarly in the external storage I have 5 slots free. Is it possible to extend the size of the logical drive the same way? or can i have one more array.

I donot want to disturb the exisitng configuration since my servers are live and are the production servers.Pls advice.

Thanks in advance
Vik
3 REPLIES
Guruprasad S.P.
Occasional Advisor

Re: Extending the physical drives in ProLiant 5500 Server series

Please let me know thew server config about the exsisting array.
Is it configured through the Smart Array Controller 221 or RA4000/4100.
What drives do you have on the shelf ( Spec of the hard drive along with capacity) as 221 supports only upto 18.2GB HDD.
It is possible to expand the array in 221 controller.

Please give more info to help U.

Thanks
Guru
viking_2
Occasional Advisor

Re: Extending the physical drives in ProLiant 5500 Server series

hi..thanks for the reply and i really appriciate.
Below are the configuration:

SERVER: smart array 221 controller
Firmwire ver 4.16
array accelerator yes
Cache status enabled
Accelerator ratio 100% read / 0 % write
Read ccache size 6144 KB

ARRAY A
Physical
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 0
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 1

Logical
8673 MB Raid 1 +0, Logical Drive 1

EXTERNAL STORAGE:
RA4000/4100 Controller Raid array
Firmwire ver 2.4
array accelerator yes
Cache status enabled
Accelerator ratio 50% read / 50 % write
Read/ write cache size 32768 KB
Battery pack count 3
Battey status OK

ARRAY A
Physical
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 0
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 1
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 2
9.1 GB PORT 1,ID 3

Logical
498 MB RAID 5 Logical drive 1
12498 MB RAID 5 Logical Drive 2
13032 MB RAID 5 Logical Drive 3

Hope this could give you little idea abt the configuration.
Thanks once again
Vik
Guruprasad S.P.
Occasional Advisor

Re: Extending the physical drives in ProLiant 5500 Server series

Hi,

You can expand the exsisting array on smart array controller 221 by adding additional 9.1GB hard drives in to the 5 empty bays and the USING the Array configuration Utility (ACU).

Also you can extend the array by using acu.

All you need to ensure is you have the simalar hard drives as the one plugged in now.

If you require further assitance you can revert and will be glad to help U.

Thanks,

Guru