Setup two HP ProLiant ML110 Servers

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One of my friends must setup two old HP ProLiant ML110 Servers to learn. How can she create a Raid 1 on this Servers? I heard a RAID 1 with both Servers. Is it even possible?
After she must configure Fiber channel and iSCSI.

She has no knowledge with Raid, Fiber channel and iSCSI. Where shall she start?

Any good easy Material, Tutorials or Manuel’s?

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DavidPresident
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Well, you can do RAID1 within the operating system, w/o need for even a RAID controller.   Heck, you could RAID1 a USB stick with a FC disk (but you'll have limited capacity and obviously doing so is rather silly)

The point is that this is no big deal.  You didn't say what O/S you have, but this is the process that works with Win7, Win2K/Win2K3/Win2K8/Vista ..

Here is a 2-min youtube video
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=configure%20software%20raid%20windows%207&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CFMQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DcKDCmOBqNBY&ei=UmPKT8ytNKei2wX1r43ZCw&usg=AFQjCNFlReDa8Q0okMBAFVERi4-5yvgDRQ
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Hi dlethe

This will be for VMware so Linux. I will give her the link.
DavidPresident
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The link is worthless for LINUX. With LINUX, you use the md driver.  If you use the command-line, then the technique is standard for most of the linux's, but since she's a newb, I wouldn't recommend that.

Go to the website of whatever flavor of linux she has, and there will be a specific procedure using an O-S specific LINUX utility to do this via the GUI.
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DavidPresident
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But it is painless, it just is a slightly different process depending on the version of linux she is using ... but I am assuming she is talking about VMWARE CLIENT linux.

IF she is configuring RAID1 for a VMware server, best to use a RAID controller.  Does she have one in her proliant?
You are posting in Microsoft Servers. Do you want Linux or Microsoft?
The RAID configuraton depends on the SCSI controller. but generally your press F8 at the right moment in the boot process to get to it.
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VMware's ESXi uses a very basic kernel. Normally you use hardware Raid for that and not md raid. ESXi has an HCL where all known compatible hardware is shown. Check their site for details. Also, most server manufacturer's like Dell or HP have an adapted ESXi version that includes management modules for the server, so check the HP download site for this and get that version of ESXi.

Most HP servers come with a smartstart CD. You boot the Server with that CD then it has a wizard to setup the RAID you need, and then you select the OS you want to install (ESXi), and it prepares the system. When ready it'll eject the smartstart CD and ask you to insert the VMware ESXi CD and continue the installation.
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@dlethe
Yes it's VMWARE CLIENT linux. Are this Server's not having an RAID controller?

@carolchi
I thought she wants it for Microsoft OS, but later she said it is for VMware.

@rindi
Dear Rindi, can you please change the Zone Microsoft Server to Linux and VMware? Very good points.
Well she needs to decide what she wants as Hyper-V and VM ware are not the same technology.
If it is a very old server it may not support virtualisation. You can check in the BIOS.
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@carolchi
She must learn VMware. Where can I see whether it is still supported or not?
Here is the HP link on VMware support:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/vmware/supportmatrix/hpvmware.html

You need to know if the server is a G3, G4, G5. (3-series, 4-series, 5-series)

Here is a link on how to set up Intel Virtualisation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_1SXAcko0
And you candownload the Smartstart CD from the HP site too.
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My friend found all answers  excellent and helpful . Greetings from her. She has no money and knowhow to earn an EE account. I would like to give you all more points but sorry for that.

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