Dell PowerEdge 2600 RAID setup
Posted on 2009-04-22
I am a computer consultant with 30 years plus experience but I can't seem to figure out this issue.
I have a Dell PowerEdge 2600 domain server up and running configured as Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 with 2.8Ghz. Xeon dual core processor, two 73GB, 10,000 RPM SCSI drives (RAID1), 4GB memory, CD ROM / floppy unit. This unit was a hand me down from one of my clients when they upgraded to a larger server. I upgraded this server to dual processors to improve performance. This unit is working perfectly. But realizing that the server is out of warranty I had a chance to purchase another Dell PowerEdge 2600 as a backup in case the main unit had problems.
This other unit came with one 3.0Ghz. dual core Xeon processor, one 73GB, 10,000 RPM SCSI drive, 1GB memory, no operating system. I upgraded it to dual processors, 4GB memory and added another identical 73GB, 10,000 RPM SCSI drive to make it as similar as possible to the main server.
I planned on running an Acronis Universal Restore taken from the main server onto the backup unit but I can't seem to get the backup server to setup the RAID array. There are no options in the BIOS that I can find and I am lost.
Can someone assist me in the proper way to setup the RAID array as RAID1 so I can proceed? If i never have to use this backup server in the future I will be very happy, but I need it configured now so I can count on it if needed.
Thanks for your anticipated advice.