Article Number: 000179799
When Deploying a Dell PowerEdge Server there are several different methods to install the operating system, as well as the RAID setup/configuration this article will help with most commonly used best practice method
By using the LifeCycle controller to configure the RAID then deploy the operating system. Once installed utilising Dell OpenManage server administrator (OMSA) to configure additional Virtual Disks.
Before creating a virtual disk, you should be familiar with the information in Considerations Before Creating Virtual Disks. You may also want to review Choosing RAID Levels And Concatenation.
When a new server arrives we recommend using the Life Cycle Controller (F10) > Deploy Operating system >
Using the configure RAID option this will allow you to set up the Operating system Virtual Disk during the deployment.
Once the operating system is installed we then recommend installing Dell Open Manage Server Administrator(OMSA) to then configure additional Virtual Disks/Hot Spares.
More info - How to install the operating system on a Dell PowerEdge Server (OS deployment) - SLN129177
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways: from an integrated, web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) and from a command-line interface (CLI) through the operating system. Server Administrator enables system administrators to manage systems locally and remotely on a network. It enables system administrators to focus on managing their entire network by providing comprehensive one-to-one systems management. In the context of Server Administrator, a system refers to a stand-alone system, a system with attached network storage units in a separate chassis, or a modular system consisting of one or more
OpenManage Server Administrator - Installation (Windows) - SLN170723
How to install OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) on VMware - HOW10613
How to Install OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) on Redhat - SLN266151
Once OMSA is installed on the host’s operating system navigate your browser to HTTP://[IP or hostname of server]:1311 to begin using OMSA
Or open the using the OMSA Icon on the Windows desktop.
4.2 - Login to the OpenManage Server Administrator
Login to the OMSA using the local administrator account credentials
Expand Storage > Expand your Raid controller. (Raid Controller models may vary depending on what your system has installed)
Click Virtual Disk
Click Go to The Create Virtual Disk Wizard
Using Virtual Disk Wizard Select Either Express Wizard or Advanced Wizard
Select the desired Raid Level from the drop-down (The Dropdown will vary depending on the available drives to the system)
Select the disks to be used in the Virtual Disk (VD) excluding any hot Spare's
Configure the desired Raid providing the Name/Size
Also, assign now the Dedicated hot spare if required.
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You will need to format the Virtual Disk in order to be used by the host Operating system
Windows > Start Menu > Search Disk management > locate your and format your new virtual Disk.
VMware > Host > Manage > Storage > Add.
RAID Configuration with OpenManage Server Administrator
Dell EMC Server Administrator Storage Management 9.3.1 User’s Guide
SAS RAID Controllers
Supported RAID Controllers
Organizing Data Storage For Availability And Performance
Choosing RAID Levels And Concatenation
Comparing RAID Level And Concatenation Performance
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21 Feb 2021