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Dell server slow disks

I have setup a new dell server, windows runs from mirrored raid and data volume is raid 5. The raid controller has a battery pack and the disks are set to write through. I am using it for WDS and it seems slow creating windows pe images which I believe relates to disk speed.
I understood the raid battery pack negatates the need for write cache on the disks but I may be mistaken Hopefully someone can fill in the gaps for me.
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Subhashish LahaCommented:
As you have the battery backup of cache on RAID controller, you should use Write back caching.

Write trough Caching.
When the controller receives a write request from the host, it stores the data in its cache module, writes the data to the disk drives, then notifies the host when the write operation is complete. This process is calles write-trough caching because the data actually passes through-and is stored in- the cache memory on its way to the disk drives.

Write back caching
This caching technique improves the subsystem's response time to write requests by allowing the controller to declare the write operation 'complete' as soon as the data reaches its cache memory. The controller performs the slower operation of writing the data to the disk drives at a later time.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/906/t/11183254.aspx
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have the option, set to 75% Write and 25% Read.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Which Dell server?  Which RAID controller?  SAS or SATA disks?  Speed?

If you have an S-series controller, they are (S)oftware RAID and not designed for performance.  If you have an H310, then RAID 5 performance is a "known issue" at Dell for that controller and you would be advised to use a different RAID level.

Also, not all controllers have onboard cache ... only the PERC 5/6, H700, and H710.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
The issue was the disk cache policy was disabled. As soon as this was enabled for both virtual disks performance was much better. Its done through the dell open manage console
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Sid_F's comment #a39279002

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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I think you marked the wrong post as the answer.  It should be the following, which suggested enabling the cache for optimal performance (although the 13 year old link provided was useless):

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Servers/Q_28168112.html#a39277628
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
See previous comment.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Post http:a39277628 should be the answer ... not that it was a perfect answer, but the OP clearly said he did exactly what that post suggested.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
Hi,

The settings I selected under write policy were "write through cache" (they were previosuly at write back) for both disks but this made no difference I noticed the field marked "disk cache policy" was set to disabled so I selected change policy and execute and selected enable disk cache policy and the disk was much faster.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
just playing devil's avocate here, in post http:#a39277628 it does not state enable disk cache policy!
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