dpacheco
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T605 Perc 6/I failed drive, replace with different capacity/brand

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PE T605 with Perc 6/I three drives, Raid 5. One drive has failed, they are Seagate 250gb SATA 7200rpm drives. I could order one of these drives and wait a day or two or can get a different capacity/brand today and replace it tonight. The replacement is a Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm "enterprise" drive. I just want to verify that this will work, I realize it will only use 250gb of the 1TB so I'm losing that capacity but are there any other specs I need to look for or verify? or is it best to wait for an identical drive?

Also, the existing drives apparently need a firmware update re: http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/04/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&doc... this indicates that the MA07 needs to be upgraded to MA08. There is no MA08 just MA10 so I will install that. I've not done a firmware update on a drive, will this require a restart of the server? The controller firmware is also out of date, same question with this will it require a server restart? I plan to do the firmware upgrade after the replacement drive is installed and the array is rebuilt and a backup run, that seems the most prudent plan, or is it better to do the firmware upgrades first?

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theflash1932
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Re: T605 Perc 6/I failed drive, replace with different capacity/brand

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I would wait ... an "identical" drive would be a certified drive for this controller and you would eliminate the chances of firmware incompatibilities.  I would especially recommend this if the server hosts critical data/services.  Introducing a non-certified drive (although an enterprise-class drive) could cause unpredictable issues down the road.

Most drive update utilities are bootable, so a restart would be necessary.  The PERC firmware also requires a reboot, and should be done while the array is healthy (after it rebuilds).  Be sure to update your LifeCycle Controller/iDRAC and BIOS before updating the PERC.

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theflash1932
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Re: T605 Perc 6/I failed drive, replace with different capacity/brand

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I would wait ... an "identical" drive would be a certified drive for this controller and you would eliminate the chances of firmware incompatibilities.  I would especially recommend this if the server hosts critical data/services.  Introducing a non-certified drive (although an enterprise-class drive) could cause unpredictable issues down the road.

Most drive update utilities are bootable, so a restart would be necessary.  The PERC firmware also requires a reboot, and should be done while the array is healthy (after it rebuilds).  Be sure to update your LifeCycle Controller/iDRAC and BIOS before updating the PERC.

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dpacheco
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Thanks. The BIOS is current. Which to do first - the drive and rebuild of course but after that - the controller first then drives? or does it make a difference. We don't use Microsoft System Center so is the LifeCycle controller update necessary?

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theflash1932
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Best to update LLC/BIOS before anything else, then peripheral components (RAID, NIC, etc.), then drives.  It shouldn't really matter, but there is the possibility that the drives will be updated with code/responses/etc. that the controller doesn't understand (yet).

The LLC has nothing to do with SCCM, so, yes, it is necessary.  On older systems, the ESM (Embedded Server Management) worked with the BIOS to manage/monitor the system hardware - problems could arise when they are not updated together (generally BIOS first).  LLC is a next-generation ESM and is increasingly becoming the main controller of a server and should be updated first, then the BIOS.

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dpacheco
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How can I tell what version of LifecyleController and DRAC are currently installed?

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theflash1932
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You can probably find it in the BIOS utility for it, but you can find it using OMSA (under System, Main System Chassis, Firmware) ... if you have that installed.

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dpacheco
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I do have OMSA installed. Main System Chassis, Firmware says Baseboard Management controller is version 2.30.00. The latest (only) LifeCycle controller in drivers and downloads is version 1.3. Under System Management there is the full LifeCycle package, listed as optional. I don't think this was ever installed.

 

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theflash1932
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Sorry ... I forgot we were talking about the T605.  It is classified as an "older" model and does not have the same LLC as the newer servers.  Update the BIOS, then ESM/BMC firmware, then PERC and other peripherals, including DRAC (if installed, which is the predecessor to the LLC/iDRAC).

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dpacheco
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The bios is up to date, DRAC is not installed, I've downloaded the hard drive firmware update, the BMC update,  the Storport driver, the Perc 6/I 6.3.3-0002 firmware. However, for the life of me I can't find the Driver Version 2.24.00.32 I only see the 2.23 listed.

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I'll be replacing the failed driver tomorrow after hours so I will probably wait and do these updates after the rebuild and a full backup.

Thanks!

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