Installing Netware 6 on an HP Proliant ML350 - Smart Array Controller 641

Posted on 2013-01-03
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I have just obtained an HP ML350 with 6-146GB drives installed in a Smart Array 641. These came as a Raid-5 configuration, and in my attempts to use SmartStart 7.92 for the installation, I have been unable to create an(y) array. In my frustration, I used the internal process (I believe F8 key) for modifying this configuration and I have changed all six-drives to Raid-0.

On bootup, these drives are identified as 6-individual drives which is what I want. However, Using SmartStart I have been unable to get to the point in the application where I can actually begin to either create arrays, or load the NW 6 software.

My first objective is to be able to format one of these drives so that it becomes the boot drive on the systm. My desire is to maintain these drives as separate volumes, so that in the event of failure, I can remove the single failed drive and replace it.

I am now stuck in a position of not knowing how to actually format one of these SCSI drives so that it becomes the boot drive for Netware.

Your assistance will be gratefully appreciated.

Regards...Dave Kalling (dkalling@sbcglobal.net)
Question by:Telman7
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When you go to install the OS using SmartStart do you see any operating systems at all in the list? If so which ones.

I can't understand why you would want each disk as a separate RAID 0, don't you want redundancy?

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Hi Andy,....when I use SmartStart for installation of the OS, I actually see a list of OS's to choose from..(Citrix through Netware 6.5 and everything in between. I have selected Novell 6 (many times now), and have attempted the assisted installation...which takes me through the "erase system" routine and has me put a System Profile Diskette in. When I follow the screen instructions to power cycle the system, and restart SmartStart it takes me right back to the exact same thing.

I have also tried the Manual option and been instructed to run the System Erase Utility. I have also done this many times, but cannot get past this.

I have tried booting directly from the NW 6 CD, but get a message indicating that there are no drives found.

I have just deleted the 6 individual drives, and recreated the RAID 5 configuration using all 6 drives, and have run SmartStart once again...both assisted and manually. Nothing seems to allow me to see any of the SCSI drives, and therefore I cannot format or load an OS.

There must be some method of getting to the SmartStart (Maintenance) function that allows the creation of arrays, and naming of the volumes but I cannot seem to get there.

Any ideas will be helpful.

Thanks....Dave K

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Andy...what about the IPL boot sequence and the controller boot sequence. Do these come into play with regard to my not being able to see the hard drives?

In the IPL sequence...the CD-ROM is listed first followed by the Floppy, the hard drive (C).
In the Controller boot sequence, I have placed the Smart Array Controller in position number one, followed by the IDE (CD/DVD) is in position 2 (with no option to move this), and the Adaptec SCSI devices in postions 3 & 4.

Your thoughts please as to whether these configurations have anything to do with why SmartStart cannot see the drives, and where to fix these ...sequencing wise.

Thanks...Dave K.
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Is the Server Profile Diskette good, it should be a blank floppy with a blank file called SPD.INI on it. I don't remember having to powercycle after it created that but it's a long time ago I last used a SPD floppy.Does it create the F10 maintenance partition? It should do that whatever OS you pick so you could chose to install Windows NT instead as an experiment.

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Andy...The SPD.INI file was perfect (0 bytes at the onset, and then approximately 4,200 bytes once the process was actuated) on the Profile Diskette, but as it turns out, this Profile Diskette was never asked for once I got things in order.

I have finally tracked down the solution, and there were actually multiple issues.
First, I found that I needed to update the firmware in the Proliant Server so that it recognized the Smart Array 641 controller...and thus the 6 146GB drives installed.

Second, it turns out, that instead of using the more recent version of SmartStart, which did not see the 641 controller as an option, after trial and error, I backed down to version 7.91 of SmartStart. As if by magic, the 641 controller was now visible, all of the drives were recognized, and I was able to continue on with a normal install of NetWare.

I appreciate your participation in my resolving this situation.

Thanks again for your assistance.
Dave Kalling
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I think you ought to get points too. too bad that you can only give yourself zero. these old boxes desere more love.

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After much research, and trial by error on my own...based on past experience with both NetWare (older versions) and HP SmartStart, I feel that I have earned the right to own this solution.

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