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Dell's PowerVault line covers several data storage and backup devices.

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Dell Powervault ME4 (ME4024): unattended shutdown possible?

I'm rather new in this world of SAN devices/ESXi hypervisors and stuff. Some years ago we had had physical servers with internal storage connected to a USB/LAN UPS and whenever he had a power loss we ...
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Dell PowerVault MD3420 - controller cache issues

My MD3420 has a data corruption issue. Some of the Windows VM disks are shown as RAW instead of NTFS now. I've looked into the MD event logs and found these disturbing entries : RAID controller ...
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Amber light on Powervault md3060e

While doing maintenance on another server I noticed an amber light on one draw of a Powervault md3060e (linked to a Poweredge r720d). There is no amber light for the drives of the draw. Every drives ...
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Recovering data from a Dell MD3220 array after both controllers have databases that were corrupt

I have been working on trying to restore data from an array created on a Dell MD3220 PowerVault storage unit. On the phone with Dell and another support group for weeks now and running into brick ...
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Dell NX3330 installing Windows Server OS? [closed]

Recently my company upgraded our storage system and now we have a few old Dell Power Vault NX3330 sitting around not being used. So I heard that it is possible to install the full windows server OS ...
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Accessing a single virtual volume on DELL ME4012 from multiple hosts

I have one DELL Powervault ME4012 connected to two host servers (DELL PowerEdge R740 on Ubuntu 18.04) using 12 Gbps SAS HBAs. The ME4012 storage is configured as one virtual volume with RAID type ...
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DAS with MD3420 or iSCSI with MD3820i

Would there be a significant difference between these 2 setups? 2 esxi hosts connected MD3420 via SAS cables and HBA 2 esxi hosts connected to MD3820i via CAT6 cables without switch. How much ...
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DAS and iSCSI together

We have an existing setup of 1G iSCSI composed of 2 switches, couple MD3220i and a few Dell servers. We need to add extra servers and storage and I am leaning towards DAS with MD3420 and 3 Dell ...
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Setup/configure MPIO in Windows Server 2016 with H810s and MD1200

I'm having a difficult time finding info out on the google for this one I have a Dell R710 with 2 PERC H810s in it running Windows Server 2016. I also have a MD1200 filled up with 3TB disks ...
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dell md series device specific module for multi-path failed to return a path?

We have a Dell PowerVault 3620f (fiber) and I am getting the following errors in the Windows event log. I am no good with fiber zoning so I would need to pull in someone to take a look but figured I ...
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Using non-certified hard drives in Dell MD3220 storage array

Is it possible to use non-certified hard drives in a Dell MD3220 storage array? I ended up getting 3 new drives that were the EXACT same model number as the existing ones. Then I bought the drive ...
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Dell MD1220 Split Bus not working

I'm not at all familiar with Dell server products. We recently purchased 2 r710s to use in split mode with a MD1220. Each host runs its own H810. Cabling: Server 1: From port 0 on the H810 to the ...
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Configuring a DELL storage array with both controllers set to the same address

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 ...
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Connect a pre-configured Dell Powervault to a Poweredge server

I have a Dell Poweredge (R310) connected to two Powervaults (MD1200). The Poweredge has failed leaving me unable to access the data on the Powervaults. I have another Poweredge (R610) that is in ...
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Slower performance using Jumbo Frames on Dell PowerVault MD3200i

We have a Dell PowerVault MD3200i connected to a server via iSCSI using 2 Dell switches (PowerConnect 6224) at 1GB. The server has VMware ESXi 6.5 installed and it's connected to the PowerVault using ...
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Dell MD1200 (6gb/s jbod enclosure) and 12 Gb/s drives

For reasons too embarrassing and frustrating to blather about, I am the proud owner of a Dell MD1200 enclosure and 12 ST4000NM0014 4TB Seagate drives (short story: I thought they were ST4000NM0023's). ...
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After changing Dell md3000i raid controller battery unable to connect to iSCSI network ports

I have a Dell md3000i with dual raid controller modules (dual port) and have been using it for years with great success. I got a warning that the battery needed to be replaced in module 1 (age). So I ...
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Replacing a predicted to fail SAS drive in a Dell MD1220

I have 24 disk enclosure using RAID 5 with 1 hot swap. Here is what it looks like in Dell's OpenManage Software. As you can see one of the disks is predicted to fail. I have a replacement disk with ...
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ESXi 5.5 server 2012 r2 guest, can't see LUN from PowerVault MD2330i

I have created a virtualdisk inside the powervault. I assigned it to a specific host, it's own remote initiator, its own disk group (5tb). From the client I can discover the initiator but the only ...
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Using Dell Omreport on Dell attached storage

Hi I have a Dell Powervault 1220 mounted to a PERC H800 (/dev/sda) I'm really confused on how to use dells monitoring software, srvadmin. According to this question, I should use omreport. However, ...
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How do I get the power consumption of a Dell PowerVault on the CLI?

How do I measure the power usage of a Dell PowerVault storage device from the command line of the attached server?
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PowerVault MD 1000 raid 5 with three physical disks one failed and virtual disk become "failed"

I have a Power Vault MD 1000 which includes a RAID 5 array (I inherited it), open manage server administrator reports the structure as RAID 5. Today one of the three disks failed. I would have ...
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Are Dell PowerVault MD3200 EMMs compatible with the MD1200 chassis/midplane?

I have a Dell MD1200 chassis with PSUs, and I have yet to buy the EMM units. I was wondering if I could buy the MD3200 EMMs and have it function as an MD3200 or if I have to buy the MD1200 EMMs. I ...
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How do I expand a PowerVault MD3000i virtual disk?

I have a PowerVault MD3000i connected to a PowerEdge 1950 via iSCSI. The MD3000i has ~7TB of space. We want to use pretty much all of this space as one large file server configured with RAID 5. We ...
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Exchange 2013 database corruption with event 476 in ESE

I'm having some random database corruptions on our Exchange Server 2013 with event 476 on ESE. This is the fifth time that this happens and the situation in already unacceptable. Here's an screenshot ...
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Clearing By-Passed Disk in a Dell Powervault MD3000i

We have a Dell 3000i iSCSI SAN that had a drive go. We tried popping an off-the-shelf disk in but it didn't work due to Dell requiring custom firmware on the drive. So we bought a replacement drive ...
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Connecting a Powervault 220 to R805

I'm trying to connect a dell powervault 220 to a dell poweredge R805 I bought a PCI express SCSI Card for the 805 (Adaptec 29320LPE) and plugged the vault into it. The server sees the card because I ...
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Accessing Dell PERC H800 from non-Dell server

I'm wondering if it's possible to access the Dell PERC H800A from an Intel server (not a Dell server), for performing the initial configuration of an MD1200 storage enclosure? I've not worked with an ...
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Use 'normal' disks in a Dell Powervault? [closed]

I want to build a two node rack, with one node being high compute intensity and one node used to store the results. I am not concerned with data integrity. When I look at the cost for 'nearline' ...
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Dell SAS 5/E vs Dell PERC 5/E

Purchased a MD1000 from craiglist, came with two SAS 5/E cards and cables. I dug out an old 2950, put server 2003 (32bit) on it, put in one of the cards, installed / updated firmware, etc. When I ...
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Dell MUMC: How to shut down servers if any one of two UPSes loses power?

We have here two Dell R720 running ESXi (managed with vCenter). Each is connected to the same PowerVault MD3660i storage array. However the two servers are powered by different UPSes. One UPS (UPS1) ...
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Dell PowerVault MD1000 + PN939

I have a Dell PowerVault MD1000 with all hard drives damaged. I want to know if it is possible to replace the SAS drives with SATA drives + PN939 or similar interposer. I know that SATA drives are ...
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PowerVault MD3000 Password Reset Console Password

I need to reset the password on a Dell PowerVault MD3000. I have the necessary password reset cable and am able to get to the point where I am prompted for the "password from Dell Technical Support" (...
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Can Dell storage servers be upgraded to full OS installations?

I have a Dell NX3000- which is a Windows Server 2008 based unit. It has an additional cabinet full of drives attached, as well. I have spare licenses for Windows Server 2012 Standard that could be ...
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Failure connecting to Dell MD3200i from XenServer 6.2 pool

This question also asked at Citrix Forums http://forums.citrix.com/thread.jspa?threadID=332289 I have a MD3200i that is currently working fine with my Xen5.6 pool, but I cannot get a connection to ...
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md3222i only single data stream?

We've setup an md3220i SAN to be used against vmware 5.1. When inside a VM on this SAN we tried copying a file multiple times creating multiple/sessions streams. When doing this, it's only the latest ...
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connect Powervault tl2000 over network for old backup exec tapes

I need to connect a Powervault tl2000 to one of our rebuilt server to recover some data from an old tape. We don't use BackupExec or the PowerVault any more so I downloaded a trial version of BE2012 ...
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Disk status on Dell Powervault 1200 attached storage?

I have a RHEL box with direct attached storage (Dell Powervault 1200) containing 10 disks in RAID 10. There are two logical volumes set up on the server. I am wondering how to determine the health ...
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Dell PowerVault 122T change from Sequential Mode to Random mode - how?

I have 4 PowerVault 122T tape drives. Three of them say SEQ on the front lcd screen. One does not. I'm using Backup Exec 2010 R3 to restore data from old tapes. I have 2 tape drives connected to a ...
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MD1000 + PERC 5/E SATA III support? Interposer on sata?

Does Dell MD1000 + perc5/e support SATA 3 HDDs? Will I need interposer for my tray/caddy to support sata II/III hdds? Thanks in advance!
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iscsi versus non-iscsi san?

We are considering adding a SAN. I have two choices right now, the Dell MD3000 and the Dell MD3000i, 15 x 146Gb san drives. Naturally the latest model is more expensive (2x as much), but can ...
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Proxmox and PXE boot

I have 10 rack servers, each has an 80 GB hard drive, and a Dell PowerVault with no hard drives. It is possible to take all these hard drives and put them in the PowerVault cluster, then boot proxmox ...
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Backup using Dell powervault 124T

I connected my Dell PowerVault 124T to my Windows Server using SCSI cable, I set IP and Address mask for remote connection on my Dell device. I red on Dell page that Symantec Backup Exec is compatible ...
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Dell Poweredge 2850 with (2) attached Powervault 220s will not boot

I have a Dell Poweredge 2850, which has an additional PERC3 PCI RAID controller. The controller has two Powervault 220s's connected to it, each with 14 143GB drives. (Also has the built in PERC4 ...
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Howo to get Multipath IO with Dell MD3600i into active/active setup?

I'm desperately trying to improve performance of my SAN connection. Here's what i have: [root@xnode1 dell]# multipath -ll mpath1 (36d4ae520009bd7cc0000030e4fe8230b) dm-2 DELL,MD36xxi [size=5.5T][...
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SAN for Medium Business - Where to start?

I've always run Linux on my home computers, and done PC repair for years, but this is my first experience with needing to buy a SAN. I thought I was knowledgeable, but I feel a bit lost. I need to be ...
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How to best tune Dell PowerVault MD3600i SAN/Initiators for best performance?

Recent owner of a Dell PowerVault MD3600i i'm experiencing some weird results. I have a dedicated 24x 10GbE Switch (PowerConnect 8024), setup to jumbo frames 9K. The MD3600 has 2 RAID controllers, ...
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MD3000i SAN - live firmware upgrade

I have an MD3000i Dell SAN with dual controllers. Long story short - it managed to muck up some of its own readings on drives and Dell's support told me I could try to shake it loose with a firmware ...
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MD3200i Slow Performance and Queue Depth

Read performance on our SAN is slow under certain workloads. When we compare this to some local storage, we find the local storage performing 2x as fast. The SAN performs well with a high Queue ...
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Dell MD3000, MD1000 and 2950

I have a Dell 2950 with MD3000, MD1000 ; Suddenly the I have lost all drives on both of the enclosures and all drives on the MD3000/1000 are blinking, but only ONE Light on each disk, not 2 Lights. I ...
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