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Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How to?

Running NW 6.5.3 on an IBM series x box with RAID 5. I have 3 active hard drives and one spare. It is a single Server environment.

My question is, when one drive fails, the spare picks it up until I can get a replacement in. Once I get the replacement, and swap the failed drive out, is there anything I need to run at the command line to rebuild the array?

We had this happen once and the NetWare engineer we hired made it work, however, he is no longer with my vendor and I am afraid this task will fall back to me.

Any help on a procedure to swap a drive and activate it is appreciated.
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ataubman Absent Member.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How to?

That procedure would be purely at the hardware level, and nothing to do
with NetWare. You'd need to ask IBM.

BTW, SP3 ?!? SP7 is the current version, and SP8 is in the works ...
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How to?

I know....I am behind. Not being a Netware guru...I am hesitant to apply patches. I best be hiring someone to do that!

Thanks for the reply. I will check with IBM.

>>> Andrew C Taubman<ataubman@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 5/21/08 5:34 PM >>>

That procedure would be purely at the hardware level, and nothing to do
with NetWare. You'd need to ask IBM.

BTW, SP3 ?!? SP7 is the current version, and SP8 is in the works ...
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snidelydev Absent Member.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How

ataubman;1563399 wrote:
That procedure would be purely at the hardware level, and nothing to do
with NetWare. You'd need to ask IBM.


If he's lucky, someone here will be able to suggest what to look for at IBM -- but not me, as my experience is with external arrays, and I suspect they use different tools.

Good, Doug!

/dps

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snidelydev Absent Member.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How

Doug Painter;1563432 wrote:
I know....I am behind. Not being a Netware guru...I am hesitant to apply patches. I best be hiring someone to do that!


Well, SP application isn't a difficult task. For a little background reading, look at Nw65sp7 - CoolSolutionsWiki, which includes an extensive description of how to apply the SP. Even if you do hire someone, knowing what they'll be doing is going to help you.

There are some post-SP that should be applied, too, and the same article will help you choose the right ones, but most of them are designed to be easy to apply. You'll have to judge which ones sound like you can handle them and which ones don't, but you may find some are within your comfort level.

If you have large applications, like Group Wise, you'll need to consult in those forums for update hints.

Godo luck!

/dps

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beelsr Frequent Contributor.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How to?


no direct experience with ibm gear for years now but the best way to
figure this out for yourself would be to hit ibm's website and do a
search for the raid controller's support doucmentation.

every manufacturer has a defined process on how to do this and it will
be documented...


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gathagan Super Contributor.
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Re: Installing a failed drive with new one via hotswap - How to?

As Andrew pointed out, it's not a Netware issue, but a controller issue
If the spare drive is set as a hot spare, it automatically takes on the role
of the faulty drive.
When you put the replacement drive back in, it may or may not automatically
become the new hot spare, depending on the controller's setup.

Which RAID controller is being used?
Depending on the controller, there may be a Netware NLM that lets you handle
some of the tasks normally done in BIOS, like hot spare assignment, rebuild
status, etc.

"Doug Painter" <dpainter@dklaw.com> wrote in message
news:zs0Zj.211$6C2.176@kovat.provo.novell.com...
> Running NW 6.5.3 on an IBM series x box with RAID 5. I have 3 active hard
> drives and one spare. It is a single Server environment.
>
> My question is, when one drive fails, the spare picks it up until I can
> get a replacement in. Once I get the replacement, and swap the failed
> drive out, is there anything I need to run at the command line to rebuild
> the array?
>
> We had this happen once and the NetWare engineer we hired made it work,
> however, he is no longer with my vendor and I am afraid this task will
> fall back to me.
>
> Any help on a procedure to swap a drive and activate it is appreciated.



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