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Installing FLARE Code ON EMC CX700

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Good Morning Friends

We have recently came into the Possession of an EMC CX700. We do not have the first 5 disks and so i believe no flare to run the device. My question is can we build these first 5 disk up in order to use the hardware.

We do have access to another CX700 which does have the first 5 disks and is working fine.

After endless searching the web we came across this post; http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Network_Management/Disaster_Recovery/Q_27234714.html

Which was in regards to the CX300 which explained how you could use the disks from another CX300 to rebuild the ones we were missing.

Can we implement the same procedure on the CX700? or any other way to get this working?

Thank you
J Harrison
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by:Duncan Meyers
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Yes. You can use exactly the same procedure for CX700. Make sure you use only one drive - no more, no less - from the working CX700 and follow the instructions to the letter.

That was an answer I posted, BTW.  :-)
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Dear Meyersd

Firstly id like to explain that, we have now discovered that there may be another problem before we can get to the stage of rebuilding disks.

We have an Amber light on the SPA and SPB, Flashing at 1 per second.

According to this information here;
See HighlightedAmber Error Description

This shows that we are seeing POST activity this is why i would like to see the Terminal output. I read that we can connect via Hyper Terminal here

"http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Storage_Technology/Q_23334478.html"

We tried using a null modem cable however had no success. Simply no output to the screen.

Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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You'll only see stuff displayed on HyperTerminal during the POST and very start of boot. You'll see what looks like an old-school AMI Megatrends BIOS boot messages, then the screen will clear and you'll see a bunch of stuff that looks a bit like this:
AaaaaBbbbbCccDddddddEeee etc. Once that part completes, you will see nothing more on HyperTerminal. You then need to create a PPP connection to go any farther.

The reason the amber light is flashing 1 per second is the SP is looking for something to boot. It will stay in that state until you give it something to boot from. Use the procedure I posted if you have a drive with FLARE on it, or if you believe that you have the FLARE drives somewhere in the array and somebody's rearranged them, you can insert disk in position 0 in DAE 0 and see if the SP boots. Takes a while, but it's worth a try.
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This project has gone on the back-burner for now needless to say we couldn't get it working. i will repost at a time we can give that hardware some more attention.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for deepslalli's comment #a39154983

for the following reason:

Project on hold
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The answer and procedures have been provided and belongs in EE's KB.
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Just for the record, after going back to this Meyersd soloution worked perfectly.
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Thanks for the update - glad to hear it worked well.  :-)
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