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Hi,
i have old Compaq ML 530 with Smart array 221 controller,

initially when i bought this server it 6 Scsi slot but 3 scsi harddrive was installed. now i bought another 2 scsi harddrive and i have attached with server, but server cant recognized this 2 newly attached scsi hardrive,
I understand, i need to configure array controller for those newly hardrive, but dont  know how

can any one help me with this please
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You need to use the compaq array configuration utility that should be installed on the server.  If it is not installed then you can download it here.  http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=3285469&lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=341571&taskId=135.  Choose your OS and then choose hp proliant array configuration utility under the software systems management section.  If you need help once you get that installed let me know.
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or shall i download this

HP Array Configuration Utility CLI for Linux  ??
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Another thing, my one is Smar Array 221,
will it work with that ??
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HMM you might try to get an older version I have noticed that some of the compaq uttilies have gone missing from their ftp site recently another option is to download the system support pack as i believe that has all the necessary utilites rolled in it but it will update everything on your system which may not be what you want.  I have never used the CLI so I won't be much help there but it shoudl work for you.  
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hi, are youre previous hard drives in a raid array?
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The array config utility works with all smart array controllers that I have seen.  I was able to download the .rpm are you not able to?
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perhaps if the currently installed and in use hard drives are in a raid array, the configuration utility is all ready installed.  seconds after you power on the server doesnt it state press F8 (or some other function button) to enter disk array utiliy, or hard drive configuration?

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hi pk24573, yes, the previous 3 hardrive is in Array controler which has 3 hardrive.

now i want to add another 2 hardrive, so i need to configure array controler .

as willettmeister said, i have download  HP Array Configuration Utility CLI for Linux , but not sure, if it will work with smart array 221  .

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the array controller can be configured from "bios" mode...
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when i restart the server its say, pres F9, when i press F9, it say, pertitioning utility is not installed

do i have to press F8?
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to pk24573 : i was thinking that,  but dont know who to go to bios for Compaq prolient ML 530 server!!!!
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i don't believe hitting f8 will allow him to add additional drives from what I remember of it you can only delete/create arrays there.  You need the to use the version from within the OS for advanced funstionalilty such as expanding arrays.

The array config utility will support smart array 221 without an issue.  Unfortunately I don't have a system right now that I can use to tell you what commands you need to run to do what you need to do.
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does it give you an option for F8 that says array config util or something similar?
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To willettmeister : ok if the array controler support smart array then i will give it a try, but i will install
hpacucli-8.10-2.noarch.rpm from
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=uk&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=341571&swItem=MTX-673eb0ec605b4a2bac35ebb18c&prodNameId=3285469&swEnvOID=1080&swLang=8&taskId=135&mode=4&idx=0

just want to see, if pk24573 has any solution or not
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I can help you better with the gui version. That would be good.
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are you trying to do this without data loss?  Make sure that you extend/expand the array if you are.
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but how will i install gui version ??
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dont worry about the dataloss!! its my test lab server. dont care if my lose all data

so for gui tools
what shall i download ?

i was reading this :
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=uk&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=341571&swItem=MTX-5e60955d5bc5479a97bdca725e&prodNameId=3285469&swEnvOID=1080&swLang=8&taskId=135&mode=4&idx=0

but hp system manager homepage software is not installed.

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systems management homepage is a seperate download on the same page as the array config utility.
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Ok thanks
my one is Redhat 5
so if i download from here would it be allright ??

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3716247&prodTypeId=18964&prodSeriesId=3716246&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4004


and but this site does not have any installation instrcution
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help me here to install this software in linux

then i will open another question about configuring GUI, its not fair to ask everythign in one question, i will give you new question link here.
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do i  need to download the xml file as well ??
shall i copy or how i will download the xml file ??
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i don't think you need the xml file just download the rpm and use rpm -ivh <rpm name> to install it.
I have to go to work. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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i'm back online how's it going
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realy bad
cant install any software

none of the product is installing with Centos 5  ( which should be equvelent to Red hat 5)
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every installation is saying, the linux os version on this mechine cant be idetified
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Right now i am trying to download smart -cd from this link

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swItem=MTX-8324160be431440195dca1d613&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

do you think will be able to boot my server with this cd ?

or where will i  get software to download for my os ??
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you should be able to boot the server but smart start may make you wipe the os to install that way.  

Try just poping the cd in and let it detect and install what needs to be installed.  Unfortunately if compaq/hp doesn't support centos I'm not sure how this will work.  It doens't sound like the management partition was setup when the server was installed which is why you were having issues with what the other guys was asking you to try.  

If the CLI is installed it can be done from there I just don't know the commands off the top of my head but I may be able to find them now that I am at work.
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omm problem is, Which version of CLi will i install ??
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run the cli and then do controller slot=x array Y add drives=allunassigned

to find the controller slot number  and array do ctrl all show status

next you need to extend the partition do controller slot =x logicaldrive Y modify size=<new size>


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or you can delete and recreate the array using the cli.

As far as the version use the latest.
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ok hpacli is installed now!!
how will i run this programm ??
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ok its on, now i need some help to configure by using this...
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ok this command

ctrl all show status

do i need to type ctrl all show status

or do i need press ctrl button then type all show status ??
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when i am tryping, hpacucli
its saying : detecting controllers .. done
but when i am typing : ctrl all show status
its saying : no controler detected
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sorry I got real busy for a while.  I think that you may be getting that because you don't have the compaq controller driver installed and instead have a generic driver installed.  
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Ok
i had added those scsi hardrive after such a hardwork!!!
i had to download smart start 5.0 , I tryed with 8 but it didnot work.
so with this smart start, i just had to create another setup array, and its working fine!! , i didnot had to lose any data.


thanks for your advise and help. i realy appreciate.
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