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NEC Express5800 series
Power Console Plus™
User's Guide
ONL-4140bN-COMMON-119-99-0508

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  • Page 1: Power Console Plus

    NEC Express5800 series Power Console Plus™ User’s Guide ONL-4140bN-COMMON-119-99-0508...

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    Preface This manual explains "Power Console Plus" that is used with NEC Express5800 series connected with the LSI Logic disk array controller. This manual is intended for persons who are familiar with Windows functions and operation methods. See the Windows Online Help and Manual for Windows operation for further information.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Overview ........................1 1.1 Major Functions ........................1 1.2 Components ..........................2 Server Setup ......................4 2.1 Operating Environment......................4 2.2 Preparations...........................5 2.3 Installation..........................6 2.4 Environment Setup........................8 2.5 Uninstalling Power Console Plus..................11 Management PC Setup ................... 12 3.1 Operating Environment.......................12 3.2 Preparations.........................13 3.3 Installation...........................14 3.4 Environment Setup......................16 3.5 Uninstalling Power Console Plus..................18...

  • Page 4: Overview

    Power Console Plus is a utility to RAID system Use of Power Console Plus enables operations (e.g., monitoring and maintenance) of RAID systems that are constructed on local NEC Express servers and NEC Express servers connected through networks (TCP/IP). The operations can be done online on graphical screens without the system being stopped.

  • Page 5: Components

    MegaRAID Client Control the RAID system on graphical screens. Install MegaRAID Client in the NEC Express server in which the MegaRAID controller is installed or in the management PC that is connected through the NEC Express server and network. MegaRAID Server Enables control of the MegaRAID controller via the network.

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    Power Console Plus components to be installed are different between the target servers and management PC. Server NEC Express server in which the MegaRAID controller is installed Install the following components in this server: SNMP Agent – MegaRAID Service Monitor –...

  • Page 7: Server Setup

    2. Server Setup This section explains how to setup the Power Console Plus in the NEC Express server configuring RAID system OPERATING ENVIRONMENT This section explains the operating environment required for Power Console Plus to operate. Hardware Machine: – NEC Express5800 series server configuring RAID system Memory size: –...

  • Page 8: Preparations

    PREPARATIONS This section explains prerequisites for setup. The driver for the RAID system must be installed. The SNMP service of Windows must be installed. TCP/IP setting for Windows must be completed. Updating of the system must be completed. The machine must be logged on by an Administrator group. –...

  • Page 9: Installation

    INSTALLATION Take the following steps to install Power Console Plus: 1. Power on the server to start Windows 2000 / Windows 2003 Server. 2. Set the provided CD-ROM labeled as "EXPRESSBUILDER" in the CD-ROM drive. 3. Run "SETUP.EXE" which is in the "ESMPRO\en\PCON" in CD-ROM using Explorer, and so on.

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    6. Enter the password to permit full access to Power Console Plus, and click [Next]. Installation starts. When automatic setup completes, [Finish to Setup] screen appears. 7. Select "Yes, I want to restart my computer now" and click [Finish]. The system restarts. –...

  • Page 11: Environment Setup

    ENVIRONMENT SETUP Set up the environment as explained below. Setting HOSTS File Setting of HOSTS file is needed when control is performed via the network. Set the server information, management server information, and management PC information of Power Console Plus into the HOSTS file that is provided/browsed by the TCP/IP of Windows. IP addresses and host names of all servers and management Server and management PCs that are controlled via the network IP address and host name of the management server...

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    Modifying REGSERV.DAT File Modification of the management server information is necessary when control is performed via the network. Modify management server information registered in the REGSERV.DAT file that is provided/browsed by Power Console Plus. (The default host name registered is localhost.) Host name of the management server Use a text editor (e.g., notepad) to modify the REGSERV.DAT file.

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    Change of the password permitting the full access To change the password specified at installation that permits the full access, use the password change tool SETPASS.EXE provided by Power Console Plus. Execute the password change tool SETPASS.EXE in the subfolder "rserver" in the installation destination of Power Console Plus using Explorer and so on.

  • Page 14: Uninstalling Power Console Plus

    UNINSTALLING POWER CONSOLE PLUS Take the following steps to uninstall Power Console Plus: 1. Power on the server and start Windows. 2. Set the provided CD-ROM "EXPRESSBUILDER" in the drive. 3. Execute "SETUP.EXE" which is in the "ESMPRO\en\PCON" in CD-ROM from Explorer, and so on.

  • Page 15: Management Pc Setup

    This section explains the operating environment required for Power Console Plus to operate on a management PC. Hardware Machine: – NEC Express5800 series PC98-NX series PC/AT-compatible machine (which contains Intel Pentium or CPU at least equivalent to Memory size: Large enough for OS operation + 8MB or more –...

  • Page 16: Preparations

    This section explains prerequisites for setup. TCP/IP setting for Windows must be completed. Updating of the system must be completed (when NEC Express server is used) The machine must be logged on by an Administrator group. (Windows 2003 Server/ NT / 2000) Power Console Plus must be uninstalled (if installed).

  • Page 17: Installation

    INSTALLATION Take the following steps to install Power Console Plus: 1. Power on the server to start Windows. 2. Set the provided CD-ROM labeled as "EXPRESSBUILDER" in the CD-ROM drive. 3. Run "SETUP.EXE" which is in the "ESMPRO\en\PCON" in CD-ROM using Explorer, and so on.

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    5. Specify the directory to install the Power Console Plus, and click [Next]. Installation starts. When automatic setup completes, [Finish to Setup] screen appears. NOTE: To change the installation directory, click on [Browse...] and specify the desired directory. 6. Click [Finish]. * Screens shown here is the installation performed on Windows 2000.

  • Page 19: Environment Setup

    ENVIRONMENT SETUP Set up the environment as explained below. Setting HOSTS File Set the server information, management server information, and management PC information of Power Console Plus into the HOSTS file that is provided/browsed by the TCP/IP of Windows. IP address and host name for all servers and management servers and management PCs to be controlled via network IP address and host name for management server Use a text editor (e.g., notepad) to add the information to the HOSTS file.

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    Modifying REGSERV.DAT File Modify management server information registered in the REGSERV.DAT file that is provided/browsed by Power Console Plus. (The default host name registered is localhost.) Host name of the management server Use a text editor (e.g., notepad) to modify the REGSERV.DAT file. Line feed is necessary at the end of each line.

  • Page 21: Uninstalling Power Console Plus

    UNINSTALLING POWER CONSOLE PLUS Take the following steps to uninstall Power Console Plus: 1. Power on the server and start Windows. 2. Set the provided CD-ROM "EXPRESSBUILDER" in the drive. 3. Execute "SETUP.EXE" which is in the "ESMPRO\en\PCON" in CD-ROM from Explorer, and so on.

  • Page 22: Features Of Power Console Plus

    4. Features of Power Console Plus This section explains the features of Power Console Plus. The screen as shown below appears when Power Console Plus is started. Power Console Plus Screen Layout Element Description Menu Bar Select options from Configuration, Adapter, Physical Drv, Logical Drv, Progress, or Help menus.

  • Page 23: Toolbar Icons

    TOOLBAR ICONS Power Console Plus includes several toolbar icons at the top of the screen. These icons provide easy access to Power Console Plus features. Display Configuration Icon Click on this icon to display the current RAID system configuration. Print Icon Click on this icon to print the current RAID system configuration.

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    Adapter Properties Icon Click on this icon to display the properties of the selected controller. Physical Drive Icon Click on this icon to display the properties of the selected physical drive. – –...

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    Logical Drive Icon Click on this icon to display the properties of the selected logical drive. Rebuild Rate Icon Click on this icon to change I/O rate for rebuild or reconstruction. Rescan Icon When you click on this icon, the currently selected controller scans its channels again to make sure that all drive configuration information is current.

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    Display Log Icon Click on this icon to display the log as shown below. NOTE: Power Console Plus logs all events to Raid.log. Raid.log is created in the same directory where Power Console Plus runs. If the Power Console Plus is installed in "C:\Program Files\MegaRAID", then "C:\Program Files\MegaRAID\Client"...

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    Help Icon Click on this icon to display information about Power Console Plus. – –...

  • Page 28: Menubar Options

    MENUBAR OPTIONS The Power Console Plus menus are: Option Description Configuration Choose this option to start the Power Console Plus Wizard to configure the RAID system. Adapter Choose this option to select controller-related functions. You can enable or disable the speaker, and start the performance monitor. Physical Drv Choose this option to rebuild and display the properties of the physical drives.

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    Automatic Configuration The Wizard examines the system (e.g., connected physical drives and check mark on Redundancy checkbox) and automatically configures an optimal RAID system. Select [Automatic] and click on [Next]. The screen as shown below appears. – –...

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    Custom Configuration You can determine the configuration by specifying in detail the physical drives to be used and the logical drive to be created. Select [Custom], and click on [Next]. A screen as shown below appears. Select the drive to configure the array and click on [Add to Array]. You cannot add a drive to an existing array while running the Wizard.

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    Display Choose this option to display the current RAID system configuration. Print Choose this option to print the current RAID system configuration. SAVE Choose this option to save the current RAID configuration to a hard disk or floppy disk. LOAD Choose this option to load a previously saved RAID configuration.

  • Page 32: Adapter Menu

    Adapter Menu The options on the Adapter menu are described below. Option Description Remarks Update Firmware – This option is not available. Flush Cache Choose this option to force the controller to write the contents of cache memory to the logical drives.

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    Option Description Remarks Alarm Control Choose this option to enable or disable the system alarm when the physical drive fails. Fast Initialization Choose this option to enable or disable Fast Initialization. Battery Status The battery information on a controller is displayed.

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    Properties Choose this option to display the controller properties. Rebuild Rate Choose Rebuild Rate to select the amount of system resources to be devoted to rebuilding failed disk drives. Click on the slider to select the percentage of system resources to devote to the disk rebuild and click [OK].

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    View Log Select this option to display the MegaRAID event log. View NVRAM Event Log The log of NVRAM is displayed. View Bad Block Log The Bad Block information on a drive is displayed. Enclosure Management Displays the status of the RAID drive enclosures. Three icons for each drive enclosure appear.

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    Alarm Control The alarm generates a beeping sound when one or more physical disks fail. The sound continues until Silence Alarm is selected. After a rebuild finishes, a beep signals that the rebuild is done. Choose Silence Alarm at this time to silence the alarm. The alarm settings are: Setting Description...

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    Disable(Enable) Check Consistency Restoration It is set up whether the mismatching detected with the adjustment check is restored. Please do not change. Disable(Enable) Temp Offline RAID A Temp Offline function is set up.Please do not change. Manage Patrol Read A Patrol Read function is set up. –...

  • Page 38: Physical Drive Menu

    Physical Drive Menu Rebuild Choose the Rebuild option to rebuild one or more failed disk drives. Select [Abort Rebuild] to stop the rebuild process at any time. The drive will revert to its original status before the rebuild began. A RAID 1 or 5 configuration has redundancy. If a drive in a RAID group fails, the RAID subsystem continues to work but no additional redundancy is provided.

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    Property Choose this option to display the properties of the selected physical drive. If you select [Processor] to display properties, the [Insertion] may be incorrectly displayed. – –...

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    Logical Drv Menu Initialize Choose this option to initialize the selected logical drive or drives. You can view the progress of initialization. The time required for initialization depends on type and capacity of physical drive. IMPORTANT: Power Console Plus allows you to initialize a drive at any time.

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    Properties Choose [Properties] to display the properties of the selected logical drive. Each logical drive can be displayed by selecting the [Previous] or [Next] buttons. Indications on the screen may not be aligned, however, it will not affect on other operation. Change Config You can change Cache Policy, change Read Policy, change Write Policy, and change the RAID level via this sub-menu.

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    You can choose Write Back or Write Thru. Write Policy Description Write Back The controller sends a data transfer completion signal to the host when the controller cache has received all the data in a transaction. Write Thru The controller sends a data transfer completion signal to the host when the disk array has received all the data in a transaction.

  • Page 43: Progress Menu

    Progress Menu The features on this menu are available only when a rebuild, initialization, check consistency, or drive reconstruction are in progress. Option Description Rebuild Progress Displays the progress of rebuild process. Diagnostics Progress Displays the progress of diagnostics test. Initialize Progress Displays the progress of initialization.

  • Page 44: Running Power Console Plus

    5. Running Power Console Plus This section describes how to run Power Console Plus. Described below is simple terminology and basic operations. Drive Status The statuses of each physical drive shown to the right of the SCSI ID or array are as follows: Drive Status Code...

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    Displaying Physical Drive Properties Double-click on the icon that represents the physical drive to display the properties of the selected physical drive as shown in the figure. You can view the vendor and size of physical drive. You can view the properties of each physical drive by clicking [Previous Drive] or [Next Drive].

  • Page 46: Configuring Arrays And Logical Drives

    CONFIGURING ARRAYS AND LOGICAL DRIVES This section describes how to configure arrays and logical drives. Step 1 Choose Wizard from the Configuration menu. The Wizard screen appears. Choose [Custom] or [Automatic] mode and click on [Next]. Go to Step 4 if you choose [Automatic] mode.

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    Step 2 Select a physical drive in the Ready status. Click on [Add to Array] button to assign physical drives to the new array. Click on [Accept Array] button, and then click on [Next] button. NOTE:: Assign all physical disks used to configure a logical disk to [New Array].

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    Setting Advanced Parameter Set each parameter on the screen. NOTE: Some parameter values may be restricted to ensure the system performance and stable operation. Refer to the manual that comes with your controller. Step 4 Verify the array configuration on the screen. When verified, click on [Finish] button.

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    Step 5 Click on [OK] in the confirmation screen. The new configuration is saved in the controller. Step 6 Click on [OK] in the confirmation screen. Initializes the logical drive. NOTE: If you canceled, select the logical drive on [Logical Devices View] in main menu, select [Initialize] in [Logical Drv] menu to initialize the drive.

  • Page 50: Rebuilding Physical Drive

    REBUILDING PHYSICAL DRIVE This section describes how to rebuild the physical drive. Step 1 On [Physical Devices View] in the main menu, select a physical drive you want to rebuild (icon representing physical drive being failed). Select [Rebuild] in Physical Drv menu.

  • Page 51: Check Consistency On Logical Drive

    CHECK CONSISTENCY ON LOGICAL DRIVE This section describes how to perform consistency check on logical drive. Step 1 Select an icon of logical drive to be checked in [Logical Devices View] on main menu. Select [Check Consistency] in [Logical Drv] menu. Step 2 Click on [OK] in the confirmation screen.

  • Page 52: Online Capacity Expansion

    ONLINE CAPACITY EXPANSION This section describes the procedures for online capacity expansion. Add Capacity You can add a physical drive to an existing array to expand capacity only under the following conditions: Only one logical drive is configured per array. (If two or more logical drives are configured, Add Capacity feature is unavailable.) For Windows 2000, Add Capacity is available only for basic disk, not for dynamic disk.

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    Adding Capacity using Power Console Plus On the main Power Console Plus screen, verify that the drive(s) that are added display on the appropriate channel. There are three ways you can add a physical drive to an existing array. The first method is: Step 1 On [Physical Devices View] of the main menu, select physical drive(s)

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    The second method is: Step 1 On [Physical Devices View] of the main menu, select the physical drive(s) you want to add, and on [Logical Devices View], select the logical drive to add them to. Right-click on the logical drive, and select [Add Drive] in Advanced menu.

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    The third method is: Step 1 On [Physical Devices View] of the main menu, select the physical drive(s) icon you want to add, and drag it to the logical drive icon you want to add them Step 2 A menu to select the RAID level is displayed. Select a RAID level and click on [Apply] button.

  • Page 56: Periodic Consistency Check

    6. Periodic Consistency Check Make a periodic consistency check on array disks and correct inconsistency detected. Doing so prevents a failure in rebuilding a failing physical drive. A consistency check must be made on the whole Read section of the logical drive. This means that areas of the physical drives, which are not usually accessed, are accessed all together.

  • Page 57: Examples Of Use

    Argument Description arg1 -cons Sets a consistency check schedule. Other arg parameters are used to set time. If no other arg parameters are specified, relevant default is used. arg2 to Sets the start time of the consistency check. The time argi can be set in the range from 0 to 23.

  • Page 58: Notes

    7. Notes The following event log is sometimes registered when uninstalling Power Console Plus. But there is no problem. Source: Service Control Manager Event ID: 7031 Description: The SNMP Service service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). Source: NobelNet Portmapper Event ID: 0 Description: NobelNet Portmapper error –...

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