RE: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-10-31 Thread Brian A. Seklecki

On Tue, 31 Oct 2006, Krempasky, Mark wrote:


I have installed FreeBSD 6.2 and have no issues with using multiple RAID
groups with the Dell 2950 internal disks.


Thanks,

~BAS



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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-10-31 Thread Brian A. Seklecki


It finds the RAID controller fine.  However, we're very concerned about
the lack of a management CLI like ports/sysutils/megarc.


Now that 6.2 release is imminent and bce(4) has been patched to the point 
where it is relatively stable, we're nearing the point where we can 
finally put Dell PowerEdge 1950s/2950s into production.


However the lack of a MFI CLI management utility is still a grave concern. 
Without it, there is no way to proactively monitor the RAID controller for 
failed components (aside from sitting there 24/7/365 and waiting for a 
blue light to go amber)


~BAS
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RE: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-10-31 Thread Krempasky, Mark
I have installed FreeBSD 6.2 and have no issues with using multiple RAID
groups with the Dell 2950 internal disks.

-Original Message-
From: Brian A. Seklecki [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 9:59 AM
To: ke han
Cc: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org; [EMAIL PROTECTED];
Krempasky, Mark; Erik Trulsson
Subject: Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950


 It finds the RAID controller fine.  However, we're very concerned
about
 the lack of a management CLI like ports/sysutils/megarc.

Now that 6.2 release is imminent and bce(4) has been patched to the
point 
where it is relatively stable, we're nearing the point where we can 
finally put Dell PowerEdge 1950s/2950s into production.

However the lack of a MFI CLI management utility is still a grave
concern. 
Without it, there is no way to proactively monitor the RAID controller
for 
failed components (aside from sitting there 24/7/365 and waiting for a 
blue light to go amber)

~BAS
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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-10-31 Thread Brian A. Seklecki



The DRAC cards do that, don't they?



I dunno the SSH interface on the DRAC5's wont let us in.  The SSH 
interface on the DRAC4 was useless, but it was the last version upon which 
Firefox could load the remote console interface via Java.


Now they only support Firefox 1.0.5 plugins on RH7.1 :}

~BAS


Paul Schmehl ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/



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-lava (Brian A. Seklecki - Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
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of laser printout - and frequently were.
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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-10-31 Thread Paul Schmehl
--On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:58:50 -0500 Brian A. Seklecki 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:


It finds the RAID controller fine.  However, we're very concerned about
the lack of a management CLI like ports/sysutils/megarc.


Now that 6.2 release is imminent and bce(4) has been patched to the point
where it is relatively stable, we're nearing the point where we can
finally put Dell PowerEdge 1950s/2950s into production.

However the lack of a MFI CLI management utility is still a grave
concern. Without it, there is no way to proactively monitor the RAID
controller for failed components (aside from sitting there 24/7/365 and
waiting for a blue light to go amber)


The DRAC cards do that, don't they?

Paul Schmehl ([EMAIL PROTECTED])
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/


Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-09-09 Thread Brian A. Seklecki
On Thu, 2006-09-07 at 20:07, ke han wrote:
 On Sep 8, 2006, at 12:49 AM, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:
 
 
 
  On Sun, 11 Jun 2006, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:
 
  All:
 
  Does anyone have details about the new PERC 5/E SAS RAID  
  controller Dell
  is (or will soon be) shipping in the 1950/2950?
 
 
  For the record, this is mfi(4).
 
 Have you done an install of FreeBSD 6.1 on a 1950/2950?  Does the  
 install kernel automatically recognize RAID arrays you have setup  

It finds the RAID controller fine.  However, we're very concerned about
the lack of a management CLI like ports/sysutils/megarc.

It's the DRAC5 virtual USB keyboard that requires you sacrifice your
moral integrity to obtain.  A small price to pay, considering the client
requires ActiveX and Java.

Also I had some problems with if_bce.c  rev1.7.  Media state confusion.

~BAS

 with the PERC 5 bios?  IOW, do I have to manually load some updated  
 module outside of the default 6.1 install and config?
 
 thanks, ke han
 
 
  Yay!
 
  ~BAS
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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-09-08 Thread Riemer Palstra
On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 08:07:06AM +0800, ke han wrote:
 Have you done an install of FreeBSD 6.1 on a 1950/2950? 

Yes, 1950.

 Does the  install kernel automatically recognize RAID arrays you have
 setup  with the PERC 5 bios?

Yes.

mfi0: Dell PERC 5/i mem 0xd80f-0xd80f,0xfc4e-0xfc4f
irq 78 at device 14.0 on pci2

[ ... ]

mfid0: MFI Logical Disk on mfi0
mfid0: 69375MB (142082047 sectors) RAID

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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-09-07 Thread Brian A. Seklecki



On Sun, 11 Jun 2006, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:


All:

Does anyone have details about the new PERC 5/E SAS RAID controller Dell
is (or will soon be) shipping in the 1950/2950?



For the record, this is mfi(4).

Yay!

~BAS
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Re: PERC 5/E SAS RAID in Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950

2006-09-07 Thread ke han


On Sep 8, 2006, at 12:49 AM, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:




On Sun, 11 Jun 2006, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:


All:

Does anyone have details about the new PERC 5/E SAS RAID  
controller Dell

is (or will soon be) shipping in the 1950/2950?



For the record, this is mfi(4).


Have you done an install of FreeBSD 6.1 on a 1950/2950?  Does the  
install kernel automatically recognize RAID arrays you have setup  
with the PERC 5 bios?  IOW, do I have to manually load some updated  
module outside of the default 6.1 install and config?


thanks, ke han



Yay!

~BAS
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