How-To Launch RAID management application on DELL Servers from RedHat Linux

by Ramesh Natarajan on June 22, 2008

Dell Server

 
 

PERC/CERC Configuration utility from DELL is used to manage the disks on the server and perform several disk related activities. for e.g. Create Logical Volumes with different RAID options, check for the consistency of the disks etc.

During the server startup process, there is an option to Launch the PERC/CERC configuration utility. However sometimes it may be required to view the disk information or perform certain disk related operation without having to reboot the server. In this article, I’ll explain how to launch PERC/CERC configuration utility directly from the RedHat Linux.


1. Download the perc-cerc-apps from dell support website.

Go to support.dell.com and search for “perc-cerc-apps-6.03-A06.tar.gz“. This particular utility supports “PERC 3/QC, 3/DC, 3/DCL, 3/SC, 4/DC, 4/SC, 4/Di, CERC ATA 100 management applications for Redhat Linux”

2. Install the PERC/CERC Configuration Utility. I have tried this on Red Hat AS 4.0 and 5.0 without any issues.

You’ll see the following files inside the perc-cerc-apps-6.03-A06.tar.gz.

  • Dellmgr-5.31-0.i386.rpm
  • linflash-3.01-0.i386.rpm
  • Megamon-4.0-0a.i386.rpm
  • percsnmp-4.09-1.i386.rpm

We need only the Dellmgr to install the PERC/CERC utility.

[linux-host]# rpm -ivh Dellmgr-5.31-0.i386.rpm
Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
1:Dellmgr                ########################################### [100%]

3. Launch the PERC/CERC Configuration Utility from the RedHat Linux.

[linux-host]#dellmgr

This will display the PERC/CERC Utility as shown below.

PERC/CERC Configuration Utility

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1 Sue Massey June 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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Thanks.

2 Ariel Rivera September 22, 2011 at 6:25 am

Exactly what I was looking for to get an old Dell Poweredge 8650 setup and be able to manage a PERC 4 DI from inside RedHat 5.X.

Thanks!.

3 Alex April 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks a lot!
Your explanation is wonderful and useful!

4 Daniel Tellez May 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

Yes it did work, Thanks a lot.

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