IBM xSeries 345 W2K installation

I just got an IBM xSeries 345 server and need to install W2k server with mirrored disks.  Should I use the hardward RAID controller or Windows?  I have three 36G drives -- I am planning for two mirrored and one for data.  I have never installed W2K and am not sure how to evern start.  Help.  Thanks.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi joy_tutt,

If you can affort it, go for hardware Raid, it's much faster and more fail-proof.
Installing windows shouldn't be that much of a problem, if you're using a raid controller wich is recognized by windows setup. If you use another one, it should come with a 3.5 inch disk. At the beginning of the setup, you're asked "Press F6 to install a thirth party SCSI or Raid driver" do it then and use the disk that came with the controller.

Greetings,

LucF
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joy_tuttAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your quick response.  I am still not sure which CD to start with.  Do I boot from the W2K CD or the ServerRAID CD?

Thanks.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You'll have to boot from the win2k cd-rom to install windows server.
But before you do that, you'll have to get your drives installed (you'll get a message from the raid controller about wich key to press to get into the raid bios) inside the raid bios you'll have to make the raid mirror on the first two disks. And also you have to create a volume of the other drive. (don't worry, it'll speak for itself how to do this)

Then reboot with the win2k cd-rom and follow the instructions on the screen about partitioning the drive and formatting it (choose NTFS if asked for)
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joy_tuttAuthor Commented:
So, I use the ServeRAID cd or just power up the server without any CD in the drive?  How do I get the drives installed?
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Without any cd-rom. You'll get a message like "Adaptec SCSI RAID controller BIOS" and something like "Press XX to enter SCSI BIOS" where XX is the key you should press.

>How do I get the drives installed?
Just follow the instructions given by the SCSI BIOS.
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joy_tuttAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.  This makes sense now.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Glad to help, If you need more info, just ask...
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ryangormanCommented:
All IBM xSeries servers come with several CDs - ServerGuide, ServeRAID and Documentation.

The ServerGuide CD that simplifies Windows OS installation by generating a custom unattended installation. This avoids the whole 'press F6' stuff. ServerGuide will also launch ServerRAID prior to the OS installation so you can create a mirror.

The ServeRAID CD often isn't used as the tool is on the ServerGuide CD. However you can use it to run ServeRAID directly at boot or to install ServeRAID Manager onto Windows

The x345 comes with an on-board ServeRAID by LSI (as opposed to the normal PCI based IBM ServeRAID) and the manual way of creating the arrays is different/tricky.

There are a lot a 'relgious' arguements of RAID1 versus RAID5 but with three disks i'd rather not sacrifice redundancy of the data disk for the sake of a 'faster' boot disk.


Having said that RAID5 would only be available if you had a ServeRAID 5i or 6i card.
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