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E1369
Zero-Channel RAID Board
(AZCRB)

Installation Guide

First Edition V1
August 2003

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  • Page 1: Installation Guide

    E1369 Zero-Channel RAID Board (AZCRB) Installation Guide First Edition V1 August 2003...

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    The specifications and information contained in this documentation are furnished for informational use only, and are subject to change at any time without notice, and should not be construed as a commitment by ASUS. ASUS assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this documentation, including the products and the software described in it.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    4. Board installation ................9 5. RAID configuration ................. 13 5.1 Configuring arrays and logical drives ........15 5.2 Easy Configuration ..............16 5.3 New Configuration ..............25 5.3 View/Add Configuration ............28 ASUS Contact Information ..............32 ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 4: Conventions

    CAUTION Information to prevent damage to the components. Typography <Enter> Indicates a keyboard key to press <Ctrl><M> Indicates a key combination to press simultaneously or consecutively Indicates text or command that you have to type on the screen text input ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 5: Welcome

    Welcome! Thank you for buying the ASUS Zero-Channel RAID board (AZCRB)! Now, you can create and manage multiple disk arrays within your ASUS AP1600R 1U system with PR-DSLR533 motherboard. With the convenient online management and configuration utilities bundled, creating a RAID system has never been easier.

  • Page 6: Features

    2. Features The AZCRB is a proprietary daughterboard for the RAID connectors on the ASUS ® PR-DLSR533 motherboard. The AZCRB includes the Intel GC80303 integrated I/O processor and 64MB ECC SDRAM cache, and 64MB ECC SDRAM. RAID features • RAID levels 0/1/5 support •...

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    Automatic and transparent rebuild of hot spare drives • Hot-swapping of drives without shutting the system down • SAF-TE enclosure management support • SMART support Utilities ® ® • Power Console Plus for Windows /2000/XP/203 • MegaManager • WebBIOS™ ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 8: Board Layout

    The two connectors underneath the board fit the RAID connectors on the PR- DLSR533 motherboard. RAID connectors AZCRB PR-DLSR533 ® PR-DLSR533 AZCRB Connectors Standoff Make sure that your system motherboard is PR-DLSR533. Only the proprietary RAID connectors on this motherboard will support the AZCRB. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 9: Board Installation

    RAID connectors on the motherboard. Refer to the AP1600R system manual for instructions. 3. Remove the PCI riser card and bracket assembly by pulling up the metal lever to release and detach the assembly from the chassis. Metal Lever ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    4. Locate the proprietary RAID connectors on the motherboard. 5. Remove the board from its anti- static packaging. RAID connectors on the motherboard ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    The two holes (with standoffs) on the board should also align with the holes beside the RAID connectors on the motherboard. 7. Use a Phillips screwdriver to secure the board with two screws through the holes. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    8. When the board is secure, replace the riser card assembly into the chassis. 9. Replace the chassis cover. Install the hard disks following the instructions on your system manual. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 13: Raid Configuration

    5. RAID configuration The MegaRAID BIOS on your AZCRB board includes the MegaRAID Configuration Utillity. Use this utility to create and configure disk arrays and logical drives. The MegaRAID Configuration Utility is independent of the operating system so you have to start the utility during the Power-On Self-Tests (POST), prior to entering the operating system.

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    Select to format hard disk drives. Rebuild Select to rebuild failed hard disk drives. Check Consistency Select to verify the correctness of the redundancy data in logical drives configured as RAID level 0, 1, or 5. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 15: Configuring Arrays And Logical Drives

    The procedure for each configuration method varies on the level of user input. The succeeding sections give specific instructions on the method that you wish to use. Refer to the MegaRAID Configuration Software Guide in the support CD for detailed information. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 16: Easy Configuration

    Configure, then press <Enter>. 2. Select Easy Configuration, then press <Enter>. Defines Physical Arrays. An array will automatically become a logical drive Use cursor keys to navigate between items and Press ENTER to select an option ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    <F3> to display the logical drives Command bar hot keys that have been configured <F4> to designate the selected drive as a hot spare The command bar hot keys change depending on the active configuration window. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    If possible, use identical drives (with the same type and capacity) in one array. If you use drives of different capacities in one array, all the drives are treated as if they have the capacity of the smallest drive in the array. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    (HDDs) that may be configured to RAID 0 or RAID 5 using the AZCRB. If you wish to configure more HDDs into multiple physical arrays (spanning of arrays), you may opt to connect a storage system to the AP1600R.

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    RAID = 0 drive. Highlight RAID then press Size = 52563MB RAID = 5 <Enter> to display the available Advanced Menu RAID levels. Accept 6. Select your desired RAID level, e.g. RAID 5, and press <Enter> to confirm. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    In Write-through , the controller sends a data transfer completion signal to the host when the disk subsystem has received all the data in a transaction. Write-through allows more data security than Write-back, but the latter allows better performance. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    Cache I/O specifies that all reads are buffered in the cache memory. Direct I/O specifies that reads are not buffered in the cache memory. Data is transferred concurrently to cache and host. Direct I/O does not override the cache policy settings. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    #Stripes StrpSz Drive-State Management appears with a list of the configured 52563MB 64KB OPTIMAL Configure Initialize Objects logical drive(s). Format Rebuild Logical Drives Check Consistency Logical Drive 1 Select Logical Drive SPACE-(De)Select, F2-(De)Select All Drives, F10-Initialize ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    Initialize Objects Format 12. When prompted, select YES to start Rebuild Check Consistency Logical Drives Logical Drive 1 Initialize? initialing the logical drive(s) that you have configured. Initialize Will Destroy Data on Selected Logical Drive(s) ENTER-Select ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 25: New Configuration

    Check Consistency 2. Select New Configuration. The New Configuration-ARRAY SELECTION MENU appears showing the devices currently Erases Configuration connected to the controller. Use cursor keys to navigate between items and Press ENTER to select an option ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    <F3> to display the logical drives that have been configured <F4> to designate the selected drive as a hot spare <F10> to display the logical drive configuration screen The command bar hot keys change depending on the active configuration window. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    4. Follow steps 4 to 12 in section “5.2 Easy Configuration.” For instructions on creating multiple arrays, refer to the MegaRAID Configuration Software Guide in the support CD. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 28: View/add Configuration

    Use cursor keys to navigate between items and Press ENTER to select an option 3. Follow steps 3 to 12 in section “5.2 Easy Configuration.” For instructions on creating multiple arrays, refer to the MegaRAID Configuration Software Guide in the support CD. ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    NOTES ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    NOTES ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

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    NOTES ASUS Zero-Channel RAID Board...

  • Page 32: Asus Contact Information

    General Support: +1-502-995-0883 General Fax: +1-502-933-8713 Web Site: usa.asus.com General Email: tmd1@asus.com Support E-mail: tsd@asus.com ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Marketing Technical Support Address: Harkortstr. 25 D-40880 Ratingen, Support Hotline: +49-2102-95990 (Components) BRD, Germany +49-2102-959910 (Notebook PC) General Fax:...

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