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ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

 
deheugden
Frequent Advisor

ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

I noticed my g5 has no support for raid 6. is that correct or can i get updases for that?

 

Also, i have no os installed. is it somehow possible to get firmware upgrades for the server?

 

many thanks in advance

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Michael A. McKenney
Respected Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

Raid 6 would require a slotted RAID controller.   P400 with cache or P600 would be needed for RAID 6.

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

many thanks for the reply.

I got a P400 raid controller card in the server

Michael A. McKenney
Respected Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

Glad to help.  Have a great weekend.

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

how can i update the firmwaredrivers? didnt see the option in the smartstart cd's
Michael A. McKenney
Respected Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

Firmware DVD download from support page.  Just be careful.   I used it and took out many server boards and FC2142SR fiber cards in a ML350 G5   Make sure you have a full backup first.

 

I would upgrade to D21 BIOS and latest ILO2. 

 

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?cc=us&lang=en&prodNameId=3279711&prodSeriesId=1121586&swEnvOID=1068&swLang=8&taskId=135

 

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

so i need to install an os first to update the firmware?

Michael A. McKenney
Respected Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

You can get a Firmware ISO CD build.

 

Firmware - CD-ROM

Firmware 8.3

 

You download it.  Burn it to a CD or use the USB Bootable tool to create a bootable thumb drive. 

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

strange, did a firmware upgrade but still no raid 6.

Johan Guldmyr
Honored Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

That's because as Michael said you need the cache (BBWC), not just the card.
deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

and how can i check that?

Johan Guldmyr
Honored Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

You could open it up and look for

 

128-MB Battery-Backed Write Cache (BBWC)
NOTE: Select this option for RAID 0/1/1+0/5.

351580-B21
Or more easier you should be able to find this out in ACU as well.
I don't have access to acu right now so can't tell you what exactly to look for.

 

From http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12475_div/12475_div.html

 

Storage Controllers:

  • Entry Models: HP Smart Array E200i/64MB Controller (integrated SAS/SATA Hot-Plug Controller with RAID 0/1/1+0 support)
    • 128MB BBWC optional upgrade kit for RAID 5 support also available
PGTRI
Honored Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

hi,

 

you need following to create RAID 6 :

 

cache module

battery module

 

and...

 

you need to buy a licence -

HP Smart Array Advanced Pack

 

http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantstorage/arraycontrollers/smartarray-advanced/index.html

 

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Johan Guldmyr
Honored Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

This should show if you have a cache and what kind:

 

(replace 0 with the slot your controller is in)

 

hpacucli ctrl slot=0 show config detail|grep -i cache

 

oh wait, just saw you don't have an OS installed.

 

Then I guess your only option is to look in ACU (in smartstart). Don't have access to that sorry.

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

wel, checked the acu and it doesn't show me the raid 6 :-(

deheugden
Frequent Advisor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

ok, strange thing but i cannot remember that i came across the smart array advanced pack. What is it precisely and when should one buy it?

Goutham_Sabala
Esteemed Contributor

Re: ml350 g5 + RAID 6 + firmware upgrades

More about SAAP here it is a licensced feature for smart array controller

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantstorage/arraycontrollers/smartarray-advanced/questionsanswers.html

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