I've gotten hold of a used Dell PowerVault MD1000 with two MD3000i (aka AMP01) controllers, both of which are configured to the same address. However my attempts to configure them - or indeed perform any action, even "Blink" - fail with "Error connecting to the array management port(s). Please check the management port(s) to verify they are accessible". Additionally, while controller 0 reports status "Optimal", controller 1 reports status "ServiceMode", which I presume indicates an error.

Here's what I've accomplished so far:

  • Get Dell Modular Disk Configuration Utility to identify both ports by connecting the Mgmt port of controller 1 and one of the data port of controller 0 to the network
  • Get an interactive telnet session on the embedded VxWorks by following the instructions here, and having done that -
    • Reset the password using clearSYMbolPassword
    • Dump the existing configuration using netCfgShow
    • Invoke sysWipe. However, it exits immiediately printing the message below. I presume the problem is with controller 1 being in service mode. On controller 0 I get:

-> sysWipe Executing sysWipe. Boards will reboot on completion. 03/27/18-14:58:39 (GMT) (tShellRem1): WARN:
symbol::ControllerInServiceModeException Line 613 File samSymbol.cc value = 201459792 = 0xc020850

Is there a way I can configure the IP addresses, other than getting hold of a dedicated Dell DB9 - PS2 cable?

Can I completely disable controller1 and just use controller 0, which appears to be in better shape? Unfortunately simply pulling out controller 1 doesn't help.

I'm attaching a screenshot from the Dell utility that depicts the configuration. Should I have been able to see the disks here?


Thanks for your attention!

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    Disconnect/unplug one controller, change the ip address of the connected/plugged in controller, reconnect/plug in the disconnected controller? – joeqwerty Mar 27 '18 at 13:52
  • Already tried that before, and re-tried again now with one data port connected. the problems are as before both sysWipe and any action I try from the Modular Disk Configuration Utility fail as they did before. – YitzikC Mar 27 '18 at 14:10
  • Swapping the two controller cards revealed that the "ServiceMode" issue is specific to the slot and not to the card. By removing all disks I was able to complete sysWipe. – YitzikC Mar 27 '18 at 15:41
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    Side note, if you ever need that serial cable and don't have one on hand, I posted the pinout for DIY-ers here: dell.com/community/PowerVault/… – JimNim Mar 27 '18 at 15:44

Eventually I was able to access my disk array using the full PowerVault Modular Storage Manager utility. I wasn't able to detect my array from Modular Storage Manager previously, so I must have done something right...

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