exporting foreign configuration on DELL PowerEdge2950

Posted on 2016-07-20
Last Modified: 2016-11-22
my disk 2 hard drive failed, when I restarted the server, This error showed up during the boot up process  "Foreign Configuration Found Error Message Foreign configuration(s) found on adapter. Press any key to continue, or ’C’ to load the configuration utility or ’F’ to import foreign configuration(s) and continue."...but instead of pressing the "F" key, I accidentally pressed the other key and I can't get it back. My question there any other way to export the foreign config? thanks
Question by:JessIT2013
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by:Shaik M. Sajid
ID: 41722219
if it's Dell server you can log with Idrac and work on it..

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by:Sushil Sonawane
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You can again reboot the server you can again same windows then press yes.


You can export configuration through Dell OpenManage Server Administrator.

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i do not have idrac intalled on my server and also tried in dell OMSA, only log can be exported not the config
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andyalder earned 125 total points (awarded by participants)
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Pressing C to load the configuration utility won't overwrite the metadata so as Sushil Sonawane says if you reboot you will get the same message again. If you don't then you must have done something when you were in that utility rather than just gone into it and made no changes.
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PowerEdgeTech earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
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You don't necessarily want to "import" the configuration either. The fact that one disk failed means you probably did NOT want to import it. If your array is online (but degraded with the failed disk), then you do NOT want to import the configuration. The only time you want to import is if your array is offline - when more disks fail than your RAID level is designed to withstand. So, the only time you would want to import if only one disk is failed is if you made the mistake of running RAID 0.

I also suspect there is more to the story though.

Does the OS boot anyway?
What RAID configuration?
What is the current status of the array?

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The OS is booting. Raid 5 configuration. The array status is now degraded.  I have not done anything yet except pressing the "C" key. In fact, I have not replace the failed hard yet... now I got additional new error showing up on the server LED. says "E1211 romb batt". Which error I should fix first? Do I have to replace the faulty disk first? maybe, this error "Foreign Configuration Found Error Message Foreign configuration(s) found on adapter. Press any key to continue, or ’C’ to load the configuration utility or ’F’ to import foreign configuration(s) and continue." will show up again?
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PowerEdgeTech earned 250 total points (awarded by participants)
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Ok, RAID is online but degraded - you don't want to import. If the drive is still showing as foreign, you want to CLEAR it, then assign it as a hot-spare to rebuild it. If you want to replace it, then replace it and set the new one as a hot-spare (if it doesn't rebuild automatically). Boot to the configuration utility, highlight the controller, F2, Foreign, Clear.

I would suggest waiting 24 hours before replacing the RAID battery, it may simply be doing a learning cycle. If it still shows an error after 24 hours, then replace it. It doesn't necessarily have to be done first - both will negatively affect the performance of the array, but running a degraded array is always dangerous and should always be a top priority.

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I cannot do anything for now because I am still waiting for my new hard drive to arrive.
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No outcome posted, but solutions selected strictly in answer to the question asked as to the proper procedure in this scenario.

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