Thursday, June 5, 2008

Turn off beeping alarm on Dell server

One of the Dell servers is alarming. Looks like an issue with the raid 5 drives. To turn off the alarm:

Open Dell OpenManage Array Manager

Right click on the controller card

Select Quiet Alarm.

Now with relative quite restored what is the issue?

Looking on the Events tab of OpenManage I see that the array thinks the drive was removed but the drive is physically in there and no one here removed it. OpenManage does in fact see the drive as ready.

After call to Dell Support they say the the version of firmware we have is known to drop drives at times. They suggest:
1. Updating the firmware
2. Running diaganostic checks on the drives
3. Enabling drive zero as the new hotspare

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