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Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130
User's Guide

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  • Page 1 Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130 User’s Guide...
  • Page 2 WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. Copyright © 2017 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Dell, EMC, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Overview......................... 6 ..............................6 PERC S130 specifications ............................. 7 Supported operating systems ............................8 Supported PowerEdge systems ..............................8 Supported physical disks ........................9 Management applications for the PERC S130 2 Physical Disks........................ 10 ................................10 Physical disk features ..............................10 Physical disk roaming ............................
  • Page 4 ..................35 Creating the device driver media for Windows driver installation ........35 Downloading drivers for PERC S130 from the Dell support website for all operating systems ........35 Downloading drivers from the Dell Systems Service and Diagnostic Tools media for Windows ............
  • Page 5 ............46 Cannot perform an Online Capacity Expansion / Reconfigure on a virtual disk ............................46 Status LED is not working 9 Getting help........................47 ................................. 47 Contacting Dell ............................ 47 Locating your system Service Tag ..............................47 Related Documentation ..............................47...
  • Page 6: Overview

    Overview The Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130 is an economical RAID solution for the Dell PowerEdge systems. The S130 controller supports up to ten SATA HDDs or SATA SSDs depending on your system backplane configuration. PERC S130 specifications The following table provides PERC S130 specifications: Table 1.
  • Page 7: Supported Operating Systems

    Table 2. Virtual disk specifications for PERC S130 Specification For PowerEdge R730, T630, R630, R530, For PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T430, R430, C4130, M630, FC630, M830, T130 FC830, and FC430 Maximum number of virtual disks Minimum virtual disk size 102 MB 102 MB Maximum virtual disk size...
  • Page 8: Supported Poweredge Systems

    RHEL 7.1 or earlier, SLES 11 SP3 or earlier. NOTE: For the latest list of supported operating systems and driver installation instructions, see the system documentation at dell.com/operatingsystemmanuals. For specific operating system service pack requirements, see the Drivers and Downloads section at dell.com/support/manuals.
  • Page 9: Management Applications For The Perc S130

    • Dell OpenManage Storage Management—This application enables you to perform controller and enclosure functions for all the supported RAID controllers and enclosures from a single graphical or command-line interface, without using the controller BIOS utilities. For more information, see the Dell OpenManage Storage Management User's Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals.
  • Page 10: Physical Disks

    Physical Disks NOTE: The physical disks in a virtual disk must be of the same drive type (HDD or SSD). For example, you cannot mix a HDD and a SSD in the same virtual disk. NOTE: Mixing 512–byte native and 512–byte emulated drives in a virtual disk is allowed, but mixing 512–byte and 4 KB native drives in a virtual disk is not allowed.
  • Page 11: Fault Tolerance

    Fault tolerance The following fault tolerance features are available with the PERC S130: • Physical disk failure detection (automatic). • Virtual disk rebuild using hot spares (automatic, if the hot spare is configured for this feature). • Parity generation and checking (RAID 5 only). •...
  • Page 12: Linux Raid

    NOTE: Linux RAID does not support configuring physical disk, or virtual disk write cache policy. Linux RAID The Linux RAID feature is supported on all the Dell PowerEdge 13th generation systems. You can use Linux RAID to protect data across multiple devices. For more information about configuring Linux RAID, see Configuring Linux RAID.
  • Page 13: Virtual Disks

    Virtual Disks A logical grouping of physical disks attached to a PERC S130 allows creating multiple virtual disks of the same RAID levels, without exceeding a maximum of ten virtual disks. The PERC S130 controller allows: • Creating virtual disks of different RAID levels on a S130 controller. NOTE: Ensure that you do not mix RAID levels on the same physical disks.
  • Page 14: Background Array Scan

    CC reports data inconsistencies through an event notification. A CC cannot be user-initiated in the BIOS Configuration Utility (<Ctrl><R>). However, CC can be initiated using Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Storage Management. For more infromation about Dell OMSA user’s guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals.
  • Page 15: Virtual Disk Migration

    Table 3. Read, Write, and Cache Policy for the PERC S130 Category Supported by S130 controller Cache Settings Read Ahead/Write Back No Read Ahead/Write Back Read Ahead/Write Through No Read Ahead/Write Through NOTE: The current default for Write-Cache mode enablement is Write Through, No Read Ahead (WT, NRA). To enable Write Back (WB), a UPS is recommended.
  • Page 16 Data can be accessed while the physical disks are added (if a system has hotswap capability) and while data on the virtual disk is being redistributed. For Volume, RAID 1, and RAID 10, OCE/Reconfigure expands the virtual disk by using the available space of the physical disks, which have been members of the virtual disk.
  • Page 17: Cabling The Drives For S130

    Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are shipped with your product.
  • Page 18: Disk Connectivity For Ahci Devices

    Figure 1. Cabling the S130 controller backplane system board connector on the first AHCI device (J_SATA A) connector on the second AHCI device (J_SATA B) Disk connectivity for AHCI devices The S130 controller supports systems with up to two AHCI devices. For systems with two AHCI devices, the first AHCI device connects the drives from ports 0–3 and the second AHCI device connects the drives from ports 4–7.
  • Page 19 Table 4. Disk connectivity for AHCI devices Chipset Platform AHCI device 1 AHCI device 2 Boot LUN Restriction Intel X79 PowerEdge R730, T630, R630, R530, 0–3 4–7 T430, R430, C4130, M630, FC630, M830, FC830, and FC430 systems Intel C236 PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 all the drive slots systems...
  • Page 20: Bios Configuration Utility

    NOTE: If the BIOS Configuration Utility <Ctrl><R> does not appear and your system uses a PERC S130, press <F2> to access the Dell system BIOS. In the SATA Settings field, ensure that SATA Controller is set to RAID Mode. If the settings are correct and the BIOS Configuration Utility <Ctrl><R>...
  • Page 21: Exiting The Bios Configuration Utility

    Disk connectivity for AHCI devices, and for disks slot information, see the system specific Owner's Manual at dell.com/poweredgemanuals. Press <C> to continue. In the Physical Disks menu, use the arrow keys to move between the physical disks and press <Insert> to select the desired physical disk.
  • Page 22: Creating The Virtual Disks

    Creating the virtual disks Enter the BIOS Configuration Utility. See Entering the BIOS Configuration Utility. Select Create Virtual Disks from the Main Menu screen and press <Enter>. NOTE: Create boot virtual disk only from disk drives populated across slots 0-3 of the system. For information about the disk connectivity for AHCI devices, see Disk connectivity for AHCI devices.
  • Page 23: Swapping Two Virtual Disks

    0-3 of the system. For information about the disk connectivity for AHCI devices, see Disk connectivity for AHCI devices, and for disks slot information, see the system specific Owner's Manual at dell.com/ poweredgemanuals. Use the arrow keys to highlight a virtual disk at the Virtual Disk field. Press <Insert>.
  • Page 24: Unassign Hot Spare Disks

    NOTE: Assign dedicated hot spare for boot virtual disk only from disk drives populated across slots 0-3 of the system. For slot information, see the system Owner's Manual at dell.com/poweredgemanuals. NOTE: For PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 systems, you can assign a dedicated hot spare for boot virtual disk on the disk drives populated across any slots in the system.
  • Page 25: Rescanning The Disks

    Use the arrow keys to choose a virtual disk. The following details of the virtual disks are displayed: a. Virtual disk number b. RAID Level c. Size d. Status (Read Ahead/Write Back, No Read Ahead/Write Back, Read Ahead/Write Through, No Read Ahead/Write Through) Press <Esc>...
  • Page 26: Uefi Raid Configuration Utility

    Viewing the controller properties View Controller Information screen allows you to view the controller properties and the firmware properties. In the System Setup Main Menu, click Device Settings → Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility → Controller Management → View Controller Information.
  • Page 27: Changing The Boot Order Of The Virtual Disks

    0-3 of the system. For information about the disk connectivity for AHCI devices, see Disk connectivity for AHCI devices, and for disks slot information, see the system specific Owner's Manual at dell.com/ poweredgemanuals. Click the link Set Bootable Device.
  • Page 28: Converting Physical Disk To Raid Capable Disk

    Driver Update Disk (DUD) available at https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/69/ ver=/rhel---7/7.2/x86_64/product-software. NOTE: If you are configuring Linux RAID for SLES 11 SP4 or SLES 12 SP2 on the PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 systems, ensure that you download the latest Driver Update Disk (DUD) available at https://drivers.suse.com/dell/ Dell_PowerEdge_13G/sle-11-sp4-x86_64/1.0/install-readme.html.
  • Page 29: Manage Virtual Disk Properties

    The View Virtual Disk Properties screen allows you to view the virtual disk properties and the policies. In the System Setup Main Menu, click Device Settings → Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility → Virtual Disk Management → Manage Virtual Disk Properties.
  • Page 30: Viewing Virtual Disks Properties And Policies

    View Virtual Disk Properties screen allows you to view the virtual disk properties and the policies. In the System Setup Main Menu, click Device Settings → Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility → Virtual Disk Management → View Virtual Disk Properties.
  • Page 31: Physical Disk Management

    View Physical Disk Properties screen allows you to view the properties of physical disk and also provides details about the virtual disks associated with the physical disk. In the System Setup Main Menu, click Device Settings → Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility → Physical Disk Management → View Physical Disk Properties.
  • Page 32: Managing The Physical Disk Write Cache Policy

    Managing the physical disk write cache policy Perform the following procedure to enable the physical disk write cache policy: Enter the Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility. See Entering the DELL PERC S130 Configuration Utility. Click Physical Disk Management → Select Physical Disk Operations.
  • Page 33: Unassign A Global Hot Spare

    NOTE: A global hot spare disk cannot be created if you have Linux RAID configured on the system. Unassign a global hot spare Enter the Dell PERC S130 Configuration Utility. See Entering the DELL PERC S130 Configuration Utility. Click Physical Disk Management → Select Physical Disk Operations.
  • Page 34: Installing The Drivers

    Installing the drivers The Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130 requires software drivers to operate with the supported operating systems. Installing drivers for the PERC S130 are dependent on the type of the system and the operating system that you have.
  • Page 35: Creating The Device Driver Media For Windows Driver Installation

    Select the directory that has the controller driver files and click OK. In the Select the driver to be installed window, select Dell PERC S130 controller and click Next to load the driver files. After the driver loads you return to the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, click Next to continue the installation procedure.
  • Page 36: Updating The Existing Driver For Windows Server 2008 Or Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

    Select the directory that has the controller driver files and click OK. In the Select the driver to be installed window, select Dell PERC S130 controller and click Next to load the driver files. The driver loads, and the Where do you want to install Windows? screen displays.
  • Page 37: Troubleshooting Your System

    Troubleshooting your system To get help with your Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130, you can contact your Dell Technical Service representative or see dell.com/support. Unable to create a new partition while installing Windows 2012/2012 R2 operating system Likely Cause:...
  • Page 38: Performance Degradation After Disabling Physical Disk Write Cache Policy

    NOTE: Ensure that there is constant power supply to the system (An UPS is recommended). NOTE: If you create virtual disk using Dell LifeCycle controller, then the physical disk write cache policy is set to default. For more information about the physical disk write cache policy behavior, Managing the physical disk write cache policy.
  • Page 39: Controller Mode Is Set Incorrectly At System Setup

    Scroll to Boot Sequence Retry. Ensure that the setting is Enabled. Press <Esc> to exit and continue booting. NOTE: If changes are made at the Dell Inc. PowerEdge BIOS screen, a dialog box is displayed and asks you to save your changes and then exit.
  • Page 40: Warning Message

    Warning Message The Dell Inc. PERC S130 Controller BIOS screen is one of the first screens to appear during your system’s boot sequence. If the system’s virtual disks were in Normal or Ready status before a system boot, the boot sequence continues normally to the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system.
  • Page 41: Warning: Found Virtual Disks That Are Degraded And Failed

    NOTE: For a RAID 10, if a single physical disk fails in each mirrored set, the redundant virtual disk goes to a Degraded status but data is not lost. If two physical disks fail in one of the mirrored sets, the redundant virtual disk goes to a Failed status and data is lost.
  • Page 42: Virtual Disks - Related Errors

    Incorrect number of physical disks selected for the desired RAID level For details about RAID levels and the allowable number of physical disks used with each RAID level, see understanding RAID levels in RAID Technology Guide at dell.com/support/manuals. The desired physical disk is unavailable Determine whether the physical disk: Is a dedicated hot spare and unavailable for use in another virtual disk.
  • Page 43: A Virtual Disk Is In A Degraded State

    (mirrored or parity) data. The failure of an additional physical disk results in lost data. Replace the physical disk or disks. Rebuild the physical disk using Storage Management. See the applicable Storage Management screen at dell.com/support/manuals. Corrupted metadata in the virtual disk Delete the virtual disk that has the failed metadata.
  • Page 44: Cannot Create A Global Hot Spare

    The physical disk are of different types. The RAID level does not allow a dedicated hot spare to be created Hot spares cannot be created for Volume or RAID 0 virtual disks. The designated physical disk does not have sufficient capacity to be a dedicated hot spare The capacity of the physical disk selected to be a dedicated hot spare must be equal to or larger than the capacity of the smallest physical disk in the virtual disk.
  • Page 45: Physical Disk - Related Errors

    Physical disk - related errors The physical disk fails If the physical disk fails, check the following causes: • A physical disk is not visible in the BIOS Configuration Utility <Ctrl><R> or is offline. • A physical disk is highlighted red at the BIOS Configuration Utility <Ctrl><R>.
  • Page 46: Cannot Initialize A Physical Disk

    Expansion / Reconfigure by adding physical disk on such a set of physical disks is not allowed. Status LED is not working Ensure system is booted to the operating system. Install Dell Open Manage Server Administrator management utility version 7.0 (or higher).
  • Page 47: Getting Help

    Your product documentation includes, Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) S130 User’s Guide. The User’s Guide discusses features, installation, management, and troubleshooting of the PERC S130 controller. Documentation feedback Click the Feedback link in any of the Dell documentation pages, fill out the form, and click Submit to send your feedback.

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