Scsi raid with battery backed memory for pweredge 2550 server
Im having problems with the server once I use this scsi card, it gives me a "scanning scsi devices" in white bold text that blinks...but it never boots anything after that. Do I have the system configured properly?
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Re: scsi raid with battery backed memory for pweredge...
If my memory serves me correct i think this server uses a onboard (3di) card it is set in the bios to use the raid configuration, under integrated devices .make sure this is so ,as it boots press f2 key to enter.If this is so exit.next step is to shut the machine off pull the drives away from the backplain not completly out. Power up if it starts laoding the raid configuration,once the scan is complete it will give you a container not found error,now here is what you can do go in i think its control m or r,anyway look at the configuration and what raid you set it up for.write down the drive number 0-etc.ok the next move is the raid key a little device that sits on the motherboard beside the raid dimm reseat this,now you may want to replace the raid dimm or if you have a exact match for troubleshooting purposes you may try this.
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RAID menu will either be CTRL-A (if you are using the onboard PERC 3/Di) or CTRL-M (if you are using an addin PERC 3/4). If you are not seeing either of these options, then you may not have it enabled in the BIOS. In the BIOS (F2), go to Integrated Devices and make sure that RAID is Enabled. In order to enable RAID, your server MUST have a RAID key, RAID memory DIMM (different from system memory), and a RAID battery.
first you need to prepare the scsi drives ie host raid adapter scsi drivers are server raid cotroller 6 scsi drivers by using the serevr raid support cd dikettitools proper os drivers to floppy and boot with widows cd at the time starting boot press f6 to specify the scsi drivers then all scsi hdd will detect for installatio.
What is your configuration is it Raid or Scsi?If its Raid you may need to re-create the Raid Array.Enter the Raid Array if this is the case make sure the drives are all on line.If its Scsi you may need to check the boot Drive.You may need to provide some more information in order for me to help you.
This is a serious problem and you could easily guess wrong and blow away your data.
Good news is that Dell servers have lifetime support. Without a warranty you will have to pay for any parts you need but, if you are lucky, you won't need any. If you do get the part # from Dell and check eBay for it.
Get the Service Tag from the server and call Dell Technical Support.
You can get the phone # from their website.
You have apparently attempted to attach a tape drive or other similar device to a SCSI RAID controller. You will need to get a separate SE SCSI HBA instead. These are pretty cheap, usually just over $100 list from HP.
If you haven't attached anything new, then you should check your cables first and if that doesn't help I would suspect a bad RAID controller.
The best solution is to get another power supply and back the data up.
If you can't do that, and you have SCSI drives, then I would suggest marking the drives (0, 1, 2, 3, etc) and putting them in another Dell Power Edge server with the same RAID card and reading them that way. It can be dangerous to your data if you don't know what you are doing.
There are programs out there that can help you re-construct your RAID if needed. CaptainNemo and RAID Reconstructor have helped me in the past. If you have a Dell Perc 3/DI in your existing server, I may have the parameters for those programs.