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Moving arrays betwwen servers

Davey Jones
Occasional Contributor

Moving arrays betwwen servers

I currently have a DL 380 G3 - -with a Smart Array 5300 Controller and Smart Array 5i and 6 x 36.4 Gb Ultra 3 SCSI internal disks

I want to move the external cage (containing 14x 36.4 Gb Ultra 3 SCSI) from a Compaq 3000 with a 3200 RAID controller and attach it to the 2nd port on the DL 380 G3 - Smart Array 5300 Controller


1

will this affect the data on the array I am moving - or the one in the DL380 G3 ??


2

is is correct that only a maximum of 14 drives is supported per port on a 5300 Smart Array controller ?


3.

Is it possible to put a second Smart Array controller in a DL380 G3?



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John Marinov
Frequent Advisor

Re: Moving arrays betwwen servers

No, it won't affect the data.

Dunno. From the quickspecs (http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11540_div/11540_div.HTML) it looks like 14 drives per channel. I don't remember the reason behind the restriction. You can have a single array spanning multiple channels.

Yes, it's possible to put a second array controller into any proliant server.

Traps:
1) How many ports on the 5300 (which model? 5302 or 5304) are you already using? If it's only servicing external arrays, then you're OK. But the internal 2 ports are the same ports as the first two external ports. That is, there's only four ports total. Two internal/external and two external, for a 5304.

2) The boot controller order is critical. I've not had any problems installing a second array controller into a server, but they have always been a controller of the same type.

3) You may need to update the disk firmware.

4) Do you have the correct cable? The 5300 series controller uess a VHDCI connector.