Disk space is never enough. On an on-going basis system administrators will be getting request to increase the disk space on a server.
In this article, let us review how to add new physical disks and create a virtual disk with a RAID configuration on an DELL PowerEdge Server using PERC 6/i Integrated BIOS Configuration Utility.
The new DELL Servers has the ability to create RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 using the hardware controller.
OMSA is a web based application to manage DELL PowerEdge Servers. Using OMSA you can perform proactive system monitoring, system diagnosis, troubleshoot hardware issues and configure RAID etc., You can also view and manage hardware’s embedded system management (ESM) log using OMSA.
This is an jumpstart guide that explains how to install Dell OMSA on Linux. I have also provided few screenshots of DELL OMSA web application.
When you call DELL customer support for any help, they will ask for either Service Tag or Express Service Code. You also need service tag to download drivers and documentations from DELL support website.
When you have physical access to the system, you can easily identify the service tag affixed on the body of the server. DELL support site shows the exactly location of the service tag and express code stickers for various DELL equipments.
When you don’t have physical access to the server, you can get the same information remotely from the OS level. Using Windows or Linux command line you can easily get DELL service tag as explained below.
Expanding the capacity of a server by adding new disk drives is a typical activity for administrator. In this article, let us review how to add two new disk drives to the DELL server and create RAID 1 using “Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller – PERC” configuration utility. This tool is also called as “PERC/CERC Bios Configuration Utility”.
If you are using the latest DELL Servers, please refer to the article that explains how to create RAID on PERC 6/i Integrated BIOS Configuration Utility.
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.
Sometimes it may be necessary to find out whether there are any issues with the memory or other hardware components on a server. Typically it is recommended to perform this kind of test on a server before deploying for production usage. DELL has provided few tools to perform hardware diagnostics on DELL Servers. Let us review “Dell 32 Bit Diagnostics” tools in this post.
This Diagnostics tools can be used on DELL PowerEdge servers and PowerVault. Following items are covered in this post:
- Download Diagnostics utility from Dell support site.
- Create bootable CD
- Execute the memory test
- Graphics based diagnostics