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How do I configure a new SCSI drive with Dell OpenManage Array Manager

I added a new 300 GB drive to a PowerEdge 2800 server and trying to get Windows Server 2003 to "see" drive.  I have OpenManage Array Manager installed and it sees the drive.  I don't want to add it to the existing virtual array, I just need to configure it so Windows Disk Management can see it.

The options I have for the drive are: Assign Global Hot Spare, Prepare to Remove,
Blink or Unblink.  I don't want to assign as a Hot Spare because I want to store data on it and not have it be a backup for the exisiting virtual array or am I misunderstanding how to configure this drive for use?

Thanks,
Jim
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DavidCommented:
This varies depending on the specifics of the controller, but there is usually a JBOD, or single-disk RAID0 array option.  I know there is a pass-through with the PERC5.  But with a megaraid-based controller then you have to build a single-disk Array.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
this is kinda "greek" to me, as far as what I need to do...  it's a Perc 4/s controller and i've attached a jpg of the Array Manager and current layout of the configuration.  Array Disk 0:3 is the new drive.  As I mentioned above the options I have available for the drive.  Please elaborate on what I need to do, still lost... thanks.jpg of OpenManage Array Manager
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DavidCommented:
You are close.  Hard part is done.  I don't have one of those old controllers, so am doing this rather generically.  You need to highlight that device, and from the Task drop-down there should be something like allocate or define the lun, something similar.

You want to expose this logical 1-disk array to the O/S, so under task there should be a way to do it.  If there is no option, you can also boot the system to the BIOS and watch for the part where it tells you to type in CTRL- something or ALT-something to access the BIOS for the controller.

Sorry, I just don't have the docs handy.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
The options I have for the drive are: Assign Global Hot Spare, Prepare to Remove,
Blink or Unblink.  

What would Prepare to Remove do?  Will it take it out of the Array Manager totally or would I be able to "Assign" it then?

I'm really afraid of going through the BIOS...  the last time I tried it on a different server, I reconfigured the existing virtual array and it blew everything away. I had to restore the server from backups... not good!

I definitely appreciate your assistance, but does  anyone have experience with the PERC 4/S and can give me step by step direction on what to do?  

Thanks!
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
some additional info...  look at that jpg, under "Array Group 0", I have the options: Create Virtual Disk, Reset Configuration, Show Array Disks & Properties.

should I try the "Create Virtual Disk" option?  Will that let me pick the Array Disk 0:3 and assign it to it's own "virtual disk"?

I'm afraid of messing anything up...that's why all the questions.. LOL

Thanks again.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
that was it... I used Create Virtual Disk and it put the drive it's in own Virtual Disk group. it's now accessible via Disk Management.
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DavidCommented:
Glad to help .. sorry about delay, had to watch a ballgame  -- priorities ;)
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
You are doing it the wrong way round, you don't syart with the disk you start by creating a container to put it in.
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andyalderSaggar makers bottom knockerCommented:
I would say you figured it out all on your own, but do yourself down if you want to.
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atekcomputerSenior Network EngineerAuthor Commented:
I figured it out with help from dlethe.
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