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Hey guys I have a question. I need to upgrade a server and I have never done this before! I have a Compaq ProLiant ML 150 G2. Right now it currently has 1 gb of memory and only 80 gigs for the HD. If I add another hardrive do I need to format the other? Right now it currently has windows 2000 and I am also going to be putting windows 2003. Can I do the upgrade or does the whole server need to be formatted then install windows 2003 from scratch? I need to have a total of 450 gigs. How do I know which HD to buy for that server? I know its a scsi. Any help would be appreciated
Maximum Memory Capacity:  8192MB
Currently Installed Memory:  1GB
Available Memory Slots:  2
Number of Banks:  4
Dual Channel Support:   No
CPU Manufacturer:  GenuineIntel
CPU Family:  Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz Model 4, Stepping 3
CPU Speed:  2793 MHz
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do you have a RAIDcontroller? base ML150 g2 models do not come with a embedded SCSI RAID controller, you would have to add it.  however, if you have SCSI disks on the server you should have one.  Please check this detail before adding more disks, cause standard models have SATA disks.
please find the product number on a tag in front a computer, so that I can find you a disk for your server.
Regarding the O.S. issue,  yes! you can add disks without formating the server, the upgrade is also feasible.  However, i would suggest doing a clean installation if you have the time to do it.
so, it'd be easy if you can provide the part number (PN) or spare number (SP) of the following items.
Raid Controller or SCSI controller, Hard drive (just to make sure) and Server.

regards,
Mynor Aguilar
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I'm also new.. I have my A+ in computer repair but have not done much with servers. How do I find out about the Raid Controller?
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As you might now, if you dont have a RAID controller, you wouldnt be able to create RAID 0 or RAID 1 arrays.  there should be a SCSI cable from the backplane of the disks right into a card on a PCI slot (since this model doesn't have one embedded).  this card might be just a SCSI card so it would be good for a raid configuration and would support a single disk.  
you can always look for the part number or spare number tag on back of the SCSI card.  if you post it, i can give you the information.
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by:brian226
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The HD in there now is a DiadmondMax 10 - Model 6L080MO 80GB SATA150
I need a total of 450 in there.
The model of the server is ProLiant ML 150

Is that enough info?
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On the SCSI card the PN is 370901-001
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thanks,
as I thought, it's not a SCSI RAID card, it is a HP 4-port SATA (Serial ATA) Host Bus Adapter Hard Drive Controller Card.
so, if you want to do the upgrade you would have to buy SATA disks.
do you have the part number of the server? I would look for a correct SATA disk for your server.

regards,
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the part number should be on a tag along with the serial number of the server.
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You're the man by the way - I appreciate your help. I think it is 372764-003
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you can buy 2 disks of 250GB.  you would need 3 if you want to configure RAID 5. 500GB (RAID5)
if you want RAID 1 you would need 4 disks for a total storage of 500GB
part number: 349239-B21
250GB, 1.5G-SATA Hot Plug Hard Drive - 7,200 RPM, 3.5-inch form factor  

regards,
Mynor Aguilar

 
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Do I need to configure it to be a RAID?
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Not really, only if you want more reliability and disaster tolerance.  If not, you could use them as separate disks.
RAID configuration is done at the controller level (the OS is not aware that you have several disks and see just one), so, you would have to set your arrays up before installing the O.S.
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Is that setup in the BIOS?
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I will basically have the 2 250 hd's and the one i already have of 80. Should it be RAID 0 then?
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yeah you have to press CTRL+A  at boot, from there, there's a wizard for RAID configuration.
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well... I would recommend getting rid of the 80GB disk, cause if you want to add the 80GB disk into the array RAID 0 is your only choice (too risky!).  RAID 5 or 1 would be way better.
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by:brian226
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Nice thank you very much. So I'll get the 2 HD's and create an arrary RAID 1. Then I'll install the OS.
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yeah, it would work.  however, be careful to find the correct drivers for it
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What do you mean? Thanks for your help again. Sorry for so many questions. Since there is windows 2000 on the 80 gig harddrive, and I want to get 2003, I would have to do a complete install of windows 2003 on the 2 250 gig hardrives and not an upgrade right?
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you could do an upgrade, however.... I always recommend a clean install (if you have the time, a backup and sources of your apps).  the drivers issue that I was telling you about is because when you're installing Windows 2003, theres a place at the beginning (when it says "press F6 to install aditional drivers") It' will prompt for a diskette (for the controller and hard disks) insert the diskette on drive A in order to complete the installation, otherwise, Windows 2003 will not detect your new attached drives.  the drivers for the controller could be download on HP website.  the other ones, i have no idea but you should find them on the manufacturer's web site.
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Thank you for all your help.
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