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Installing and Configuring SAS Hardware
RAID on HP Workstations
Introduction
This document provides an overview of hardware RAID solutions for HP workstations running the
Windows and Linux operating systems. It assumes a basic understanding of computer hardware,
filesystems, and the Linux operating system. It covers an overview of hardware RAID solutions, the
differences between software and hardware RAID offerings, and information regarding the configuration
of hardware RAID on HP workstations.
Hardware RAID in Windows
For SAS controllers on Windows workstations, support is provided according to what the SAS controller
provides, within system limitations or restrictions. HP recommends that only supported SAS drives be
attached to SAS controllers for drives located in chassis drive slots.
LSI 3041E
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 1/10E
LSI 8344ELP
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 5
RAID 10
RAID 50
LSI 8888ELP
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 5
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  • Page 1 Installing and Configuring SAS Hardware RAID on HP Workstations Introduction This document provides an overview of hardware RAID solutions for HP workstations running the Windows and Linux operating systems. It assumes a basic understanding of computer hardware, filesystems, and the Linux operating system. It covers an overview of hardware RAID solutions, the differences between software and hardware RAID offerings, and information regarding the configuration of hardware RAID on HP workstations.
  • Page 2: Supported Configurations

    RAID 10 4 or more 4 or more 4 or more drives drives drives RAID 50 6 or more 6 or more 6 or more drives drives drives LSI 1064 RAID 0 2 or more drives RAID 1 2 drives RAID 1/10E 3 or more drives...
  • Page 3 LSI 8344ELP RAID 0 2-4 drives 2-4 drives RAID 1 2 drives 2 drives RAID 5 3-4 drives 3-4 drives LSI 8888ELP RAID 0 2-4 drives 2-3 drives 2-6 drives* RAID 1 2 drives 2 drives 2 drives RAID 5 3-4 drives 3 drives 3-6 drives*...
  • Page 4 onboard LSI controllers for SAS RAID; details will vary based on the specific configuration (RAID level, number of disks) used. Step 1: Boot the workstation, and when prompted, press any key to view option ROM messages. A message indicating the presence of the LSI onboard controller or plug-in card and the LSI Logic MPT SAS BIOS will appear.
  • Page 5 Figure 2 LSI Logic MPT Setup Utility – Adapter selection Step 3: Press enter to select and configure the highlighted adapter from the list. The next screen will display properties of the selected adapter. Information on the attached drives, any RAID arrays present, and more advanced adapter properties is available.
  • Page 6 Figure 4 Logic MPT Setup Utility – RAID properties Step 5: To create a new array, select one of the options to create either an IM, IME, or IS volume and press enter. IM, or Integrated Mirroring, is also known as RAID-1. IME, or Integrated Mirroring Enhanced, is RAID-10.
  • Page 7 Step 6: After an array has been created, the utility gives options for managing it through the “View Existing Array” menu. Viewing the array will display various properties of the RAID array, including the disks present and their status. Figure 6 LSI Logic MPT Setup Utility –...
  • Page 8: Lsi 8344elp And Lsi 8888elp Setup

    When finished, or at any step in the process, the escape key can be used to exit the current view, canceling or saving any changes as needed. LSI 8344ELP and LSI 8888ELP Setup The LSI 8344ELP and LSI 8888ELP are 8-port SATA/SAS RAID controllers providing additional SAS support for the HP xw8000 and xw9000 family platforms.
  • Page 9 Figure 9 LSI WebBIOS – Main screen Step 3: The Configuration Wizard can be used to create a new RAID array on the device. From the MegaRAID Configuration Wizard screen, there are options available to clear any existing device configuration, add new drives to an existing configuration, or create a new configuration from scratch. Clicking on either “New Configuration”...
  • Page 10 be part of the RAID array. Select from the available disks those disks that will be part of the RAID array and click “Accept DG” to proceed. Figure 11 LSI WebBIOS – Configuration of disk group Step 5: The next screen allows for more advanced configuration of the RAID array. Many details about the disk policies can be selected here.
  • Page 11 Figure 12 LSI WebBIOS – Virtual disk configuration Step 6: The next screen will display the physical disks on the left and the proposed virtual disk (RAID array) on the right as a preview of the proposed disk configuration. If changes are needed, press “Back” to go back and change details of the configuration, or press “Accept”...
  • Page 12 Step 7: Press C or CTRL-H when indicated to enter the utility. When the home screen appears, the new disk will be marked as “Unconfigured bad” and the missing disk will be labeled in red. Click on the new unconfigured disk in order to configure it and add it to the RAID array. Figure 14 LSI WebBIOS –...
  • Page 13: Additional Raid Information

    Step 9: After the disk has been replaced, it will start with an offline status. Select the option marked “Make Online” to bring the physical disk online and finish rebuilding the RAID array. At any point during RAID configuration or management, the home button will return to the main screen of the configuration utility, and the exit button will cancel any unsaved changes and exit the application.
  • Page 14 Installing and Configuring SAS Hardware RAID on HP Workstations ENWW...

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