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post #5361 of 7150
Hi all,
Have been following this thread for quite a while now, and have preparing my fileserver based on your posts.

Im going to use a Perc 5/i with 512MB and BBU for now and a second one is prepared but no BBU for now.
On Asus A8N32SLI Deluxe with 4200+ from AMD and 4GB of ram,more info later...

But because this thread is pretty long now, just need a short help from you;
What driver Dell or LSI and what MSM, for Server 2008.
From Dell I have 2.24 driver, from LSI its 1.34.02.00 which one should i use ?
And MSM 9.00 or the 2.92 from the LSI site?

Thanks, will keep posting more info on my fileserver later...
post #5362 of 7150
Just let server 2008 install it's own driver, either from the one supplied or from windows update.
post #5363 of 7150
Once again the same question:
Any hints what params should I set with IOZONE?
"Default" iozone -a -b results.xls isn't best choice, right?

I have Q6600/Q9300, 8GB RAM, PERC 5/i (256MB/512MB+BBU), PERC 5/e (256MB+TBBU), PERC 6/i (256MB+BBU), PERC 6/e (256MB+TBBU) and bunch of SAS drives (36GB/72GB/300GB) - so I can test few different configurations ... but I need your help with IOZONE.

I've tried to contact HD Tune Pro author how to set via command line "File Size" for "File Benchmark" test and "Block Size" for "Benchmark" test - but no response

I found a way to dynamically create VirtulDrives - using MSM, DiskPart is also easy to command-line processing so ... anybody with the idea what params should I set for IOZONE ?
post #5364 of 7150
Hi All!

Have a question for those more experienced on what to use to manage my Perc 5/i on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64-bit (actually MythBuntu). What I am looking to do is expand the array by adding a disk, without losing my data. This is a generic AMD64 machine with Perc 5/i installed, so not a Dell PowerServe.

I currently have 3 1.5TB drives attached in RAID5 as well as 3 1.0TB in RAID5 on the other set of cables (intention and purpose was to separate out the media for my MythBuntu server). I figured I would swap out the 3 1.0TB and simply move to all 1.5TB. However, all space is getting closed to maxed out, so I was trying to do so in a non-destructive manner - add 1.5TB(s), expand array, move data, then remove the 1.0TB drives. Also, array is fine on server and pulling from any machines, including cross-platform, just want to add more space to change my storage scheme.

I have tried loading up OMSA to no-avail, as well as running OMSA live disks, but continue to get "No Storage Controllers available" from omreport despite my best efforts. I'm tired of searching and trying, so figured I would try the thread that led me to the Perc card in the first place!

So, anyone have a suggestion on what I should be using, or what method might work to get this going? A live Linux distro would be great if there was one that worked, as I continue to read troubles of getting OMSA on Ubuntu (has to do with 32-bit software dependencies on 64-bit, I think). I could probably install Windows on a drive if necessary, but again, I just want a process to be able to add one-disk to my array without ruining the data.

Thanks! And sorry for the ramble.
post #5365 of 7150
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Originally Posted by elliott View Post
Have a question for those more experienced on what to use to manage my Perc 5/i on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64-bit (actually MythBuntu). What I am looking to do is expand the array by adding a disk, without losing my data. This is a generic AMD64 machine with Perc 5/i installed, so not a Dell PowerServe.

---snip---

So, anyone have a suggestion on what I should be using, or what method might work to get this going? A live Linux distro would be great if there was one that worked, as I continue to read troubles of getting OMSA on Ubuntu (has to do with 32-bit software dependencies on 64-bit, I think).
Grab a copy of MegaRAID Storage Manager from LSI's website, it will allow you to manage a PERC with it (with a few caveats)

Latest version that I have tried is 9.00

There should be a build for Ubuntu 10 so I assume Mythbuntu should work with whatever packahge that is. Have a look on LSIs website or google it.

Once you get that going, it should allow you to reconstruct, copy, remove a disk, and then repeat. Keep in mind the process will take a long time to complete so be prepared to be patient.
    
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post #5366 of 7150
Props to the creator and contributors of this thread. I bought a PERC5i and was experiencing the problem where my 24gb of ram was only showing up as 16gb when the card was installed. It's now working thanks to the pin mod. Thanks!
post #5367 of 7150
Guys quick question -- I had a Perc 5/i for a while...

Now whenever booting up the system I'm getting a system hang at the "FW initializing devices 100%". I have 4 hard drives but I have removed the SAS cable and tried to get the card to boot-up without anything attached and still the same issue.

Can the card just die or is there any other way to debug this? Please help -- I'm desperate to get the system back up! :-)

Thank you!
post #5368 of 7150
Did you have to do the pin mod trick on you Perc?

Maybe the tape has come off?
post #5369 of 7150
Anyone tried the PERC 5/i with an Asus P8B-E/4L mobo (http://www.asus.se/Server_Workstatio...ards/P8BE4L/)?

Edit: the mobo is featuring an Intel® C204 PCH chipset
Edited by phred - 6/23/11 at 2:50am
post #5370 of 7150
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Originally Posted by A_Man_Eating_Duck View Post
Did you have to do the pin mod trick on you Perc?

Maybe the tape has come off?
I didn't have to do the pin mod and it worked fine for quite a while (6 months?).

Is it possible for these cards to burn out due to heat/etc? I read in places that forced cooling is required/recommended.

Thanks!
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