Solved

SAN -- Dell EqualLogic, off support ?

Posted on 2014-09-04
4
674 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
What recommend do you have for UNSUPPORTED Dell
EqualLogic SAN hard drive replacements If the below comment from
http://www.networkcomputing.com/storage/diy-storage-why-i-built-my-own-san/a/d-id/1234137?
is true ?
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
You can't add commodity drives, even the same model as the vendor sells, because the drive won't have the vendor's firmware. Downloading the manufacturer's firmware update utilities and trying to flash the drive with supported vendor firmware doesn't appeal to me. I'm confident I could reverse-engineer the firmware update to a point where it would work, but I'd be out of support, and possibly mistrustful of the modified drive's integrity.
0
Comment
Question by:finance_teacher
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Seth Simmons
ID: 40304908
if you have a drive failure, you can still get a replacement drive from dell
you'll just have to pay for it since it's out of warranty
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
Max Sando earned 500 total points
ID: 40314881
I wouldn't go about trying to flash the drive. It still might not even work. I am not 100% sure on the EQL but some of SAN offerings actually go by serial number of the drive also.

Building your own SAN as this person did in the future would take care of this issue, but opens the doors to a lot of more issues also.  Software Defined Storage has a place, but its not everywhere are some people would like you to think.

For now I recommend what Seth said, just pay for the drive. Keep in mind eventually you will have to deal with the larger fact that you are running a large piece of equipment out of support.
0
 

Author Comment

by:finance_teacher
ID: 40316000
I called Dell twice, stating that I will be off warranty and want to purchase the drive.

Both times Dell said NO, need to be on support to purchase EqualLogic drives.

Any suggestions ?
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Max Sando
ID: 40316065
I see. Might have to buy some grey market drives on the open market. You should be able to buy singles on eBay.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
The business world is becoming increasingly integrated with tech. It’s not just for a select few anymore — but what about if you have a small business? It may be easier than you think to integrate technology into your small business, and it’s likely…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing of Data Protection Manager on a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, including the prerequisites. Microsoft .Net 3.5 is required. To install this feature, go to Server Manager…

624 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question