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Serveraid manager does not show array configuration

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Hi, i have problems adding a logical drive to an ibm 346x server.

de server allready contains two logical drives, both mirrored.
I add two new disks, serveraid sees them, and marks them as 'READY'

the 'create logical drive' button is greyed out and there is no array configuration visible in the right pane (left pane=fysical drive, right pane only logical drives)

Both disks i added are visible in windows disk management, but i want to make a hardware mirror with the adaptec scsi controller.

Serveraid version 9.0
disks ibm u320 146gb
adaptec controller AIC-9702B (two in system)

can ne1 help?
Thanks!
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by:Vipin Vasudevan
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Reboot the system
Press Ctrl-A when prompted to enter the SCSISelect Utility.
Highlight each controller and select SCSI Disk Utilities to determine which controller has devices attached.
Select Configure/View SCSI Controller Settings for the controller that you plan to use.
Select HostRAID, and then set it to Enabled.
Save and exit.
Create a RAID device:
Use the SCSISelect Utility to configure the RAID 1.
To start the SCSISelect Utility, reboot the machine, and then immediately press Ctrl+A when the following message appears:
Press <Ctrl><A> for SCSI Select(TM) Utility!Select a channel from the device menu and press Enter.
From the Option menu, perform the following steps:
Select Configure/View SCSI Controller Settings and press Enter. A new menu appears.
Ensure that HostRAID is selected. If not, select it, and then press Enter.
Select Enabled.
Save the settings and return to the Option menu.
From the Option menu, select Configure/View HostRAID Settings, and then press Enter. The main menu appears and displays the list of available hard disks.
From the main menu, press C to create a RAID array.
Select RAID-1 as the RAID type and press Enter.
From the Select RAID Member menu, press the space bar to select the hard drives. An X appears next to the drive you select. You select two drives:
The drive that needs to be mirrored. This is the source drive that contains all the data. In this example, the ID is m.
The location of the mirrored source drive. In this example, the ID is n.
The ID for each drive is shown in the first column.
Press Enter to display the RAID-1 Build Option window.
Available options are:
Create new RAID-1 (default)
Copy from (m) to (n)
Copy from (n) to (m)
Select Create new RAID-1 (default).
If a partition exists on either of the selected drives, a message states that the partition will be deleted.
Assign a RAID name by entering up to 15 alphanumeric characters, then press Enter.
The following message appears:
Do you want to make this array bootable?Click Yes to make the array bootable.
The following message appears:
Create Array?Click Yes.
The following message appears:
Are you sure?Click Yes, and then press Enter to create a RAID 1 array.
After the array is created, the progress bar shows the status of the process. This process takes 4 to 8 hours to complete depending on the size of the source drive.

When the process completes, exit from the SCSI Select Utility by pressing ESC.
Reboot your system to complete the configuration process. You are now ready to use RAID 1.
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by:postsuave
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i must state that the other two logical drives are configurable in the serveraid system. i will include a screenshot.
Does your solution then still apply? ibm tool
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by:Vipin Vasudevan
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Can you tell me how many arrays are already configure in your server?

Ya, you can go ahead configuring new array with newly added HDD
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two arrays with both two disks in mirror.
the disks are 'new' they may be deleted.
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is it normail i cannot do this in the windows serveraid interface?
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by:Gerald Connolly
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format?
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by:postsuave
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?? i  don't understand what you mean with 'format'
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by:Vipin Vasudevan
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hello? are you still not done with your issue?
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by:postsuave
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no, i'm not!
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i finally got fysically to the machine, and tried the solution provided by VipinV.

i get stuck in the procedure on this line:
From the main menu, press C to create a RAID array.

I have 4 lines in the main menu:
0 Mirrored (R1) Optimal
3 Mirrored (R1) Optimal
2 Hard Drive FREE  (LINE GRAYED DISABLED)
5 Hard Drive FREE (LINE GRAYED DISABLED)

Just like in the windows interface, i can't select C create because the items are disabled??

i could go to the tools, and do a low level format of disks 2 and 5, but does anyone can give me a clue on how long this takes? they are both 146Gb disks.
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jkh
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