Learning how to set up RAID in IBM x3850

Hi,

I am learning how to install another two HDD (RAID 1) onto a x3850 production server that is already running RAID 1 to create another array. I intend to use a test server to learn first but I only have a x3650 server.

1) Is there any major difference of the RAID set up between these two servers?

2) What are all the different methods in setting up RAID in a IBM server so that I can practice.
The methods I know so far are:
i) Install ServeRAID manager in Windows
ii) BIOS
iii) ServeRAID manager bootable CD.

3) What are the pre-implementation steps/check to undertake before adding a new RAID array to a production server?

Thanks.
DecarnAsked:
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RaducanuCommented:
Hi Decarn,

i depends on the hardware revision of your IBM hardware.
Mostly the ServRAID 8K is used in both models, so the interfaces looks the same.
I would power off the server, install the new drives, goto the ServRAID BIOS and create a new RAID set.
If you have installed the Raid Manager on Windows you can use this tool, its more comfortable to use.

Marcel
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DecarnAuthor Commented:
Hmm... power off the server to install the new drives. What are the risk if we install it when the server is still running?
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