We are using R710 Dell server with Honeywell application.
Five slots from 0-4. We found hard disk slot-1 faulty.I removed the hardisk and rebooted the system and found automaically the hotspare hard disk instlled in the 4th slot came into working ans system is working fine. I sent the faulty hard disk and received the new from Dell.Now i want to put this as Hot spare in the server itself.
Should i configure anything in the Configuration utiltiy ?I couldn't find anymenu to configure the new hard disk as hotpsare.I found only Manage harddisk where I could n't fnd anything.Pls find the below is the conffigration I put the new harddisk in the physical slot 1 and rebooted the system.But still the hard disk is not being recognized.NO Led is blinking.
CONTROLLER-0(PROPOERITES:DG COUNT:1 VD COUNT:1 PDCOUNT:4)
DISKGROUP0(PROPOERITES:VD COUNT:1 PDCOUNT:4PACE AVAILABLE:0.00MB FRE SEG:0 DEDICATED HS:0)
VIRTUAL DISKS(PRPOERTIES) RAID LEVEL:5 RAID STATUS:OPTIMAL SIZE 408.375 MB OPERATE NONE)
VIRTUAL DISK 0
PHSYCIAL DISKS(PROPERTIES VENDOR:FUJITSU SIZE 139392 MB STSTUS ONLINE)
00:00 ONLINE 139392MB
00:04 ONLINE 139392MB
00:02 ONLINE 139392MB
00:03 ONLINE 139392MB
MY COLEAGUE ADVISED ME TO WAIT FOR SOMETIME.THE NEW HARDDISK INSTALLED IN THE SLOT1 WILL REBUILD AUTOMATICALLY AND WILL BECOME THE HOTSPARE.I AM WAITING AS PER HIS ADVISE.
MEANTIME I AM SENDING THIS PROBLEM ACROSS THE COMMUNITY FORUM.
IF ANYONE KNOWS THE PROCEDURE PLS LET ME KNOW
THANKS & REGARDS,
Hot-spares do not happen automatically. If your drive has a "foreign" configuration on it, it must be cleared before you can do anything with it.
In CTRL-R: Go to PD MGMT screen to confirm your disk is seen and is showing as "foreign". If so, then go to VD MGMT screen, highlight controller, F2, Foreign Config, Clear.
In OMSA (in OS): Go to Storage, PERC, Connector/Enclosure, Physical Disks to confirm the drive is seen and is showing "foreign". Then go to Storage, PERC, Information/Configuration, and Foreign/Clear from the dropdown menu of Available Tasks for the controller.
Once the foreign flag is cleared, then you can add it as a Hot Spare. It will NOT rebuild being assigned a Hot Spare; it will simply mark itself as Ready to rebuild in the event of a drive failure.
Thanks for your info.
Shall i ask one more thing before implementing what you have mentioned.
Switch off the server and remove the slot 4 harddisk(which was previously hot spare) and put in the slot-1(where the hard disk failed) then put the new hard disk in the 4 th slot as a new hot spare.
Basically i am trying to match the intital configuration sothat i need not to re-configure or re-build anything.Will it work?
Expect your reply eagerly
Thanks & Regards,
If working with hot-swap drives, ALWAYS swap the drives "hot" ... never power down to swap a drive.
If you originally had:
00: ONLINE01: ONLINE02: ONLINE03: ONLINE04: HOTSPARE
And now you have:
00: ONLINE01: READY (not yet a Hot Spare)02: ONLINE03: ONLINE04: ONLINE
Then you do NOT have to rebuild anything. You simply assign disk 01 as the Hot Spare, and you are done. There is no further reconfiguration to do, and disk 04 already has been rebuilt, so no more rebuilding is required.
Hi From where I will assign slot 1 as the hot spare. I don't get the option of assigning Hotspare,in Configuration utility.I am getting only the the menu MOD HOS from ther also i couldn't do anything .Somewhere i have to tell the system that slot-1 is Hot spare.
Is it available in OS level
Thanks & TRegards, Shunmugam
If you have it in the OS, then do it in the OS; there is NO difference.
Otherwise, in the CTRL-R configuration utility, on the VD MGMT screen, highlight the controller, F2, then Assign Hot Spare.
In the VD management I am not getting the option of Assign Hot spare. As per the manual it should appear .But i am getting the option only Mod HOS.Through this i am not able to do anything
That is the reason I am asking the option is available in OS?As the plant is running each time i cannot go to the operation for the Work permit for doing analysis
I will try today whether it is available in the OS
Thanks & regards,
Did you check the Foreign Configuration? It will show Foreign on the PD MGMT screen; you cannot do anything with the drive until you address the foreign configuration.
I don't understand this "Mod HOS" you are seeing ... do you have a screenshot?
I just made the mistake of powering down a server (poweredge 700) to replace a failed hot swappable scsi drive in a PERC 4 RAID config of 4 drives. I could not find how to "take the hard drive offline" before removing the failed drive. The new drive is not recognized, beeps w the same orange light as the previous drive. I rebooted, ran system diagnostics which show all four drives "pass" as well as all other components. Rebooted the server again. It booted the Windows 2003 server software, shows one drive (the new one) in second slot (1), and still performs its Primary Domain Controller functions of DNS, Active Directory, Group Policies, and staff/student file server. I don't know how to activate and rebuild the replacement drive without endangering the existing files (they have been backed up to an alternate and new file server). Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Not all controllers have a "prepare to remove" or "force offline" option. If it does, then that option "should" be used before removing a drive that is ONLINE. You can't use it on a drive that has already failed, as it is already offline. If your drive is online and there is no option to "prepare to remove" or "force offline", then you simply pull the drive out.
If everything is working ok:
What is the STATUS/STATE of drive 1 in OMSA? FAILED, ONLINE, READY?
If FAILED, select Rebuild.If READY, select Assign Hot Spare.If ONLINE, you have a problem (it should not show as online).
Whatever you do, do NOT choose FORCE ONLINE.
As what flash1932 mentioned, make sure that you do not force the drive online as it would corrupt the original config.
What you would need to ensure is :
-1- Backup all neccessary data.
-2- Verify the status of the new drive, as per flash1932 and perform the neccessary accordingly.
Do let us know what happens, if you are not confident to perform the next step, we would strongly recommend to call tech support for someone to guide you over the phone.
Hi Finally I found it is the problem of Harddisk sitting on the slot carrier.
As it is SAS Type i have to screw the harddisk in the second screw holders in the slot carrier.After changing the position of the hard disk in the slot carrier it started blinking and system automatically recognized.
Anyway good learning for me
Thanks for your continous help
Glad you got it figured out.