Avatar of K A
Flag for United States of America asked on

How to remove PERC H330 and install PERC H730?

In a Dell T430, we are going to replace the existing PERC H330 RAID controller with a PERC H730 RAID controller.   We have been advised that "all we need to do" is remove the existing controller, install the new one, and "import the configuration."

Can we use Dell's OpenManage softwaere to export the configuration (i.e. to a flash drive), then after installing the new controller, import the configuration?

Suggestions on how to proceed?

Thank you...

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment

8/22/2022 - Mon

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
Tom Cieslik

There is no option to Export Raid configuration using OMSA
Only way you can try to do it is andyalder's option but first make sure you have full backup of all volumes build on this Raid.

If firmware of 2 controllers are different, maybe you new controller will not be able to read Raid configuration from disks. So in that case you must create new Raid manually and restore server using disaster recovery.

You can create bare metal backup using Windows server backup if you have Windows 2012 or newer or use some other software like Symantec Backup Exec or AOMEI Backupper Server Edition etc.

Thank you andyalder and Tom Cieslik... actually BOTH of your answers are equally helpful... We have not yet received the replacement controller, so we're still a little unclear as to exactly what to expect.  Needless to say, this process makes us extremely nervous since a snafu could be disastrous.  We'd like to keep this line of communication open for another week or two as we progress.  In the meantime, thank you both for your timely responses.  Any additional information will be greatly appreciated.
Tom Cieslik

NO problem,,, in case of assistance please shoot me with personal message since I have hundreds opened topics so I can miss yours :)
Again, make sure you have full disaster recovery / bear metal recovery backup before you'll start
Experts Exchange has (a) saved my job multiple times, (b) saved me hours, days, and even weeks of work, and often (c) makes me look like a superhero! This place is MAGIC!
Walt Forbes

Finally I am able to provide an update... we received the replacement controller, and the process of replacing the original one could not have been easier.  After making several very good backups, we simply shut down the machine, removed the old controller, inserted the new one, booted up, and voila... all's good.  

The extra cache REALLY helps.  We should not have let this machine go into production without this controller.

Thanks for your advice.