We have a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server with 4 18GB Hard Drives on the Raid controller. We have room to install 2 more drives because the tape backup is also installed. Now we are trying to gain more storage options with minimal work as far as messing too much with the server. I was wondering if we installed two new hard drives on the system, will there be anything required to do or will it automatically recognize them and start using them for storage?
Forgive me, I am not used to the Raid system. I usually work on servers with one hard drive, so I may sound a bit idiotic.
Excuse any stupidity on my part, I have been doing computers and networks for over 11 years but this is really my first bout with RAID.
So I checked in the system properties and found that we have:
1-Apaptec AIC-7899 Ultra 160/m PCI SCSI Card
1-Dell PERC 3/Di RAID Controller
Also, the OS is Windows 2000 Server and the Firmware version of the controller I am not sure on. We'd have to take the server down which has to be planned because it serves 3 offices around the world. Is there another way to get the FW info?
Interesting, I went to the properties however the ArrayManager does not show the controller. So I went into the Array Utilities and went to the "Versions" tab and that says that the PERC2 is not installed, but passed. How can that be? Is the SCSI controller maybe controlling the hard drives? It makes no sense to me. The Array program is version 4.51 and we are running IE 6.0 on the server.
Joel, The version 4.51 is thowing me off. The latest version of array manager is 3.6. Below is a link to array manager 3.41. It seems to work better with Windows 2000 server. Try loading this.
I downloaded the update. I have a question, if the system is using SCSI is anything going to be affected by installing this ArrayManager? I just want to make sure that we are not going to affect anything with the server by installing this download. Otherwise, pending hearing from you on that, I am ready to install it.