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HP Spare Drives

I would like to know how to telll if an HP drive is as called spare or hot spare.? Sometimes I see a drive with no lights blinking, but it is no easy to tell if it's a hot spare or is a dead drive.
I know that there is an HP ACU (Array Configuration Utility) , but I am not sure if it will show individual disk drives?
We also use HP insight Manager , I would like to know from HPSIM if there is a way to look at the specific HP server and tell which drive is a spare and how the drives are configured.

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hunartCommented:
A dead drive or defunct drive normally will show with an amber light.  Your Array Configuration Utility will tell you which one is spare drive.  Spare drive is configured when you are setting up your array.
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andyalderCommented:
ACU has two views, default is logical view but physical view shows the actual disks.
Hot spares don't have LEDs lit on but then again unconfigured disks don't have LEDs lit on either, nor do faulty ones that aren't configured. You can also have perfectly good ones without LEDs lit seen since the LED on the backplane sometimes fails (it's not actually on the disk, there's a perspex light-pipe from front of caddy to back.

You need to check each aarry in logical view since knowing a drive is a hot spare doesn't tell you if iy's assigned to more than one array or not. Not sure if there's an easy way to do that through SIM.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
we have a data center with more than 300 HP servers.
I wonder if there is a tool or a script that can retrieve the configuration of the drives instead of going to ACU on each server.
HP operations Manager I believe should do that. it's very expensive though.
HP Insight Manager , I am not sure it will give you the configuration of the drives,but I believe can give you an alert if the configured drive has failed.

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andyalderCommented:
You will have to use the ACU CLI in remote service mode with a script to do 300 servers in one go. I suppose you can put their ACUs in remote service mode without visiting each one but not got time to work out how tonight. Guess you might be able to set it by pushing the settings like you push out PSPs through HP SUM.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
thanls a lot
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