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Identifying memory for Dell RAID PERC 6i

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Hi Experts

New client has given their server to us to upgrade and we have identified that they have a Perc 6i RAID Card.
Its a Dell 2950 rackmount server
what we don't know is what memory comes with the battery pack and can we buy extra memory to upgrade the BBWC if in fact there is a BBWC in the first place.
the picture attached shows the RAOD card and there is a battery as well but from our research it seems you have to buy a separate module and screw it on top of the RAID card which gives it the RAM boost. we need at least 512Mb to attain good read and write for an Exchange 2013 virtual server that will run on this server (ESXi)

can anyone enlighten us please?

HP BBWC was easy to figure out. RAM on the battery

Thank you in advance.
Rob
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The PERC 6/i Integrated comes with the RAM on the chip (far right, in your picture), so you just need the battery.  256MB is standard for the PERC 6/i write cache and is not upgradeable.
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by:RobKanj
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Hi PowerEdgeTech

Thanks for coming back so quickly.

OK there is a battery present - not shown in the picture and links to the RAiD card so thats good.
shame that it is not upgradeable. Hopefully Exchange 2013 will work well on a RAID 5 with 3 other virtual servers on the ESXi hypervisor. any experience?
May I ask what goes into the two slots where it says "CNTL THIS SIDE UP"?

Much thanks in advance.

Regards
Rob
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Experience?  Not with your configuration.  We are running Exchange 2010 on one 2950 (physical), and 4 light-medium duty VM's on another 2950 with VMware (and several other physical servers/installations).  We are looking to completely upgrade (and virtualize) our network, but it is still in the planning phases.

May I ask what goes into the two slots where it says "CNTL THIS SIDE UP"?
Do you have a picture?
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Thanks Powertech

the picture posted shows the slots....on other pictures of the Dell PERC 6i (google images) I see a long strip of what seems like RAM there hence the original question whether something has to be installed on top of the RAID card

yeah - i think we might be ambitious in running 4 x Win 2012 R2 VM's on this server. RAM and HDD is good just not sure about 256Mb BBWC on the RAID.
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the picture posted shows the slots....on other pictures of the Dell PERC 6i (google images) I see a long strip of what seems like RAM there hence the original question whether something has to be installed on top of the RAID card
Oh, ok ... those are the cables connecting the drives on the backplane to the controller.  

The PERC 5/i and 6/E has a memory module/slot on the card, but the PERC 6/i is integrated.
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Succinct, knowledgeable, thorough and quick
thanks so much
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