Help using a Compaq Storageworks 4300 SAN
Posted on 2009-02-11
I need help connecting to and reformatting a Compaq Storageworks 4300 SAN (that has been sitting in our warehouse for almost a year).
There are (4) chassis (A,B,C,D).
Chassis A is obviously the controller.
It is labeled 'COMPAQ STORAGEWORKS'.
Going from left to right -> bay #1 has a power supply labeled B (with a picture of a Battery)
bay #2 has a blank
bay #3-5 have fans
bay #6 has a power supply labeled A (with a picture of a Battery)
bay #7 has a blank
bay #8 has module in it with a picture of a ''heartbeat'.
This module has a small square slot and two recessed buttons
(or lights) not sure.
Going from top down -> (2) 180W power cables (one of each side of Chassis A)
Top: (6) BN37A-01 SCSI connectors. These appear to be redundant
connections to chassis (B,C,D) below.
Middle: (2) identical 'cards' or 'modules' labeled 'HSG80'. These
modules have a clear button on the left side and (6) numbered
lights and what appears to be a Cat5 connector. These
modules also have (2) sets of 'optical' connectors.
Bottom: (1) module labeled HSx80 Cache. This module has (2)
small (less than 1") what appears to be SCSI connectors.
Chassis B, C, D each contain (14) bays of 36.4GB SCSI drives.
All these chassis are nicely housed in their original Compaq enclosure with dual power supplies and PDUs.
My ultimate objective is to connect VMware ESX 3.5 hosts!
Issue #1: I don't have ANY experience with SANs. I've never defined/formatted a LUN.
Issue #2: I don't think we have a fiber optic switching fabric in our warehouse. And for that matter - any fiber optic patch cords. And for that matter - any servers with fiber HBAs. Any chance I can use iSCSI protocol? :)
Let's assume - that issue #2 is a show stopper. Can you at least give me the steps to connect as an admin (via cat5) to the Storageworks in order to reformat the arrays?
Issue #3: I don't know the admin password. :)