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I have a Dell Power Edge 1950 with windows 2003 server Sp2 connected to an XServer Raid device.  The Xserve device has two qlogic fiber channels.  I have a total of 14 drives, three raid 5 configurations with two spares.  My problem is that the first raid configuration shows up on the device manager as disk 01, but the other two configurations are not visible.  I can use the raid admin utility and see all the drives, arrays, etc.  I have no visible driver errors, and have done all the updated for the fiber channel.

Any help is appreciated.
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To help a little with the naming convention, the Apple box is called an "XServe-RAID" , and some people use "X-RAID" but that's not a good choice in my mind.
The Xserve, is Apple's hardware = rackmount server.

So: You have a single FC card in your Dell PowerEdge, with two FC ports in it ?
The Apple-branded host cards are made by LSI and should work fine in your Dell.

The first thing I would do is replace the Fibre cable between the port on the card & the side of the Xserve-RAID that doesn't show up. The Xserve-RAID is effectively two RAID units in one enclosure.

Have you tried shutting down the Dell & swapping the connection for the (Xserve-RAID) side that does work to the other port & (booting &) comparing ?

For further info on using the Apple Xserve-RAID with non-Apple servers, see
http://alienraid.org
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I swapped out the cable and everything works now.  The frustrating part is the cables and cards are brand new.  Thanks for the help !
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