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Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

Al_56
Regular Advisor

Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

l'm looking to improve the write performance of our Dl380 and DL360 servers by installing the 128 Meg Battery backup cache card.

l think l can install this cache card on a live server (after shutting it down of course) without having to resinstall the OS correct?

l'd like confirmation that the current drives in RAID 5 will not be affected by the addition of the cache card.

Are there any gotcha's to beware of?

Thanks,

Al
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SPa
Trusted Contributor

Re: Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

Incase a Battery Back Write Cache(BBWC) is available for a Smart Array Controller,the same can be installed easily and without any OS reinstallation.
Al_56
Regular Advisor

Re: Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

RAID controller is the standard 6i, so the BBWC is the Compaq Proliant 346914-B21 128MB unit so it should work
Andrew Rutter
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

Al,

you can just down the server and insatll the cache card and reboot without any problems. you will have to wait a while before you see any effect as the battery will need charging for a couple of hours.

You can check the status of the battery charge level with the smart array software or the smartstart server cd. you may also want to change the read/write properties aswell in this to get best performance. more details can be found in the smart array user manual.

Andy
Al_56
Regular Advisor

Re: Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

Thanks Andy for the info.
Al_56
Regular Advisor

Re: Installing Battery backup write cache card should cause no issues, right?

Thanks everyone for your help