Power Vault MD 3000

The company I work for used to have a clustered exchange server, now we have a Power Vault MD 3000 which we would like to use as a NAS regular storage where we can use \\itsIP and just use it as a simple storage, do you know if this is possible.Box1Box1Box2Box3Box4Box5Here I'm attaching some pics of it.
Katrach0System AdminAsked:
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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Dell MD3000 (and MD3000i) have no ability to work as fileservers, you will have to attach it to a server and use it as additional storage. Assuming the Exchange cluster is being decommissioned you can use one of those servers as a NAS head for it.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Andyalder, thanks for help, but how do I do what you say? Do you have a guide I can take a look at?
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Assuming you still have the old Exchange servers then either leave the HBA in it that's currently connected to the MD3000 or move the HBA to another server. Create a logical drive on it (or erase the old Exchange one) and then put your data on it and create shares on the server.

Do you have the IP address of the MD3000? You'll need that to manage it, without it you won't know when disks fail.
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Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
We removed everything off the server rack, so we have to do this from scratch. Any idea where I can get kinda step by step process?
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
How it used to be.
This is how it used to be, any ideas about cabling?
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Ethernet's just for management, you only use it to create arrays and logical disks anf for monitoring it to see when disks fail.

One SAS cable from each controller has to be connected to the server's SAS HBA, just use the in-0 connectors as in your photo BOX4. These go to the single server's HBA as in BOX5. You also need Microsoft MPIO loaded and configured since there are two data paths between server and storage, without MPIO you would see each logical disk twice.

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Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
OK, I will figure out how this is done with the information you have given me.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
One more thing, once this is done, how do I access the storage \\IPadd or how's that done?
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Once you have attached a server to it you just access the shares same as if they were on local disks, e.g \\servername\sharename. The MD3000 appears to the server as a large SAS disk, just like those inside the server itself.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Got it, will try to get it done.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:

I'm stuck here, wondering what to do next. 1IP
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
MDSM looks good, you need to add support for MD3000 under windows MPIO. Then assuming you are using one of the original HBAs it should see one new big disk.

There's no need to change the management network properties, you already have access to MDSM.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
How do I do this?
"MDSM looks good, you need to add support for MD3000 under windows MPIO. "
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
On the MPIO properties page select MD3000 and click add.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Where do I get that info?
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Oh, hang on. You don't need to add support for the MD3000, it's already in the list. If it's cabled up via SAS you should see it in disk administrator.

There's a windows (and linux) post configuration guide at http://ftp.respmech.com/pub/MD3000/en/MD3000_Install_Guide/postinst.htm#wp999119 for configuring MPIO but first you should see it (twice) in disk administrator.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Yes, it is " If it's cabled up via SAS you should see it in disk administrator."

For some reason I can't see it. Can't see it.
What could I been doing wrong?
andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Check the host to virtual disk mappings link in MDSM to make sure your host is listed (it should already be there because you are re-using one of the original SAS HBAs.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Not sure if this matters, but we put the HBA on an IBM server.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
Finally I was able to figure this out with all the hints you provided me.

Way it's setup
How actually looks.
Thanks for your guidance andyalder. Really appreciate it.
Katrach0System AdminAuthor Commented:
I picked this as a solution since there are multiple inputs on the MD3000 seems like it has to be specific to use In0 for it to work, even though this doesn't show how it is done or the full solution, this tip lead me to work on other things.
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