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Does the raid controller on Dell Servers work out of the box?

I have a client who ordered a Dell Poweredge T100 server with a Raid 1 controller and twin 500 GB hard drives.  They ordered it bare though with no operating system.  They went ahead and set it up themselves and just installed the OS.  They sent me a question today regarding RAID and any setup required.  Does anyone happen to know if any of the included software needs to be installed that Dell may ship with the machine or will the hardware Raid work right out of the box and just mirror with whatever OS you install?

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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simsjrgCommented:
Dell will USUALLY send it to you configured based upon your selection when you purchased it. I have run it to problems on more than one occasion where a client ordered 2 drives configured for RAID1 with the OS installed and I arrived to find it configured for RAID0 instead.

So I guess to answer your question if you ordered the server with a hardware RAID controller and configured the RAID option then odds are it is setup. I would just double check to make sure though...
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KrazyRhinoCommented:
You might need a driver for the OS install but if the OS installed fine, you should be good to go, most of the dell "tools" are crap.
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Sai Prasad KinneraCommented:
If you have a RAID controller then definitely yes you can go ahead and configure RAID after installing OS, or else download raid controller tools from dell website to create hardware RAID,

PS: HW RAID is better than SW
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Randy_BojanglesCommented:
If the hardware RAID isnt setup and the O/S is installed then you cant simply change it to hardware RAID1 afterwards, it would need a reinstall
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies guys.  Here is the situation, it was ordered with Raid 1 configuration from Dell.  What I mean is, because it was ordered with no operating system, should anything need to be done prior to the OS install to configure RAID or should it come already configured and if you install the OS you are good to go?
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Randy_BojanglesCommented:
IF dell have set the RAID up and you do the insatll then, as long as Windows picked up the driver for the PERC card, all will be good to go
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Would it have given a message if Windows did not pick up the driver for the PERC card?
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Randy_BojanglesCommented:
It wouldnt have installed Windows without the driver as it wouldnt have been able to see the disk otherwise
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
It wouldn't have seen both disks via the PERC I know that, but wouldn't it still be able to see one disc just not as an array?  I might not be relaying that perfectly, sorry it's a hectic morning.
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Randy_BojanglesCommented:
if the disks are connected to the PERC then it needs a driver for the PERC, regardless of how the RAID is configured or not, as it talks to the disks via whatver controller they are attached to

In theory if there was an onboard controller (separate to the PERC) then the disks might be connected to it, not the PERC, and be picked up via that but I'm not familiar with that model so cant comment.

Easy enough to tell via an inspection of device manager
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I went ahead and launched the PERC configuration tool upon boot-up and verified it is indeed running Raid 1.  Thanks!
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