Dell Poweredge C6100 - Will Not Detect Any HDD’s
Hi, recently I bought a C6100 4 node from eBay and I’ve been struggling with an issue regarding no storage devices (other than USB) can be detected, even though bios. Before I begin, I’ll add that I’m very new to servers but well versed in desktops, laptops, etc… Also, this is not for a business, simply a home lab operation.
It was made clear to me in the listing that no HDD’s or trays were included so I bought my own on eBay again.
I bought 12 trays matching the exact chassis and they seem to operate no problem.
I also bought 10x 2TB Dell/Seagate Enterprise Plus ST2000NM0023 SAS Drives to install. Are these drive firmwares incompatible?
Installing these drives, I’ve notice the trays emit a solid green light from the status LED. For all HDD’s. But there is never any activity indicator, only on initial machine cold start.
I’ve gone though as much documentation that I could find to point me in the right direction. I’ve booted externally though Centos 7 to install drivers, locate repositories, and flash the BIOS at least. Although the flashing tool indicated that the flash has completed, the version never changes. I also seem to struggle understanding the BMC on this machine. Is it iDRAC? Or is the machine too old? I seem to struggle accessing the OpenManage web portal unless I boot the Dell Support Live Centos 7 distribution.
I’ve opened up the chassis top hatch to inspect the backplane and all cables seem to be properly connected too. I do not have a RAID controller, and the drives don’t plug directly into the node motherboards. They plug into the backplane storage controller.
Given every path I’ve taken to tackle this issue, is there anything I could be missing? Please let me know if more information is needed. I’ve read the BMC, Hardware guides about a hundred times at this point all to no avail.