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HPSSACLI "Box" explanation

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HPSSACLI "Box" explanation

Hello all,


sorry for the perhaps "stupid" question, but I simply cannot find a proper explanation of what the "box" term refers to, when configuring a RAID on a DL or BL ProLiant server.


When using the command line tool HPSSACLI.exe, it shows the following information when entering "ctrl all show config":


physicaldrive 1I:1:1 (port 1I:box 1:bay 1, SAS, 146 GB, OK)
physicaldrive 1I:1:2 (port 1I:box 1:bay 2, SAS, 146 GB, OK)
physicaldrive 1I:1:3 (port 1I:box 1:bay 3, SAS, 146 GB, OK)
physicaldrive 1I:1:4 (port 1I:box 1:bay 4, SAS, 146 GB, OK)
physicaldrive 2I:1:5 (port 2I:box 1:bay 5, SAS, 146 GB, OK)


So port obviously refers to the drive cage, of which I have two in the server. Bay refers to the actual harddisk slot. What does box refer to? It's puzzeling, because I have two identically configured (HDD configuration) DL380Ps one G7 one G8 and the G7 shows box 1 for all drives, but the G8 shows box 2 for all drives. For me, it seems random.


I would like to properly automate the RAID configuration, but for that I need to understand what "box" refers to and how the number is associated.


Thanks for the help,






Re: HPSSACLI "Box" explanation



If I am not wrong, the BOX means a Hard Drive Cage.

Refer to this article for an example of BOX.



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