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Video - How to create a RAID 5

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Here are the first two parts of the how-to videos on creating a RAID 5 using a Highpoint 2680. There will be a third on drive "expansion" once I receive two additional drives I ordered for the expansion. My goal is to show that the process sounds allot worse than it is, and that setting up an array is almost easier and certainly safer that the use of DE replacements. Hope you find these useful and let me know if there is something else you would like to see.

 

 

Part 1 (creating the array)

 

 

 

Part 2 (WHS Configuration)

 

 

 

Part 3 (Drive Expansion)

 

"Coming Soon"

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Hi Mike, thanks for the videos. Unfortunately the 2nd video shows up as unavailable for me. :huh:

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Hi Mike, thanks for the videos. Unfortunately the 2nd video shows up as unavailable for me. :huh:

 

It is still being processed by YouTube.

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Thanks for the recap...wish this had been posted six weeks ago when I built my array. The only issue I noticed you didn't have was getting into the HighPoint software...I had the issue with Internet Explorer.

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Thanks for the recap...wish this had been posted six weeks ago when I built my array. The only issue I noticed you didn't have was getting into the HighPoint software...I had the issue with Internet Explorer.

 

 

Heard of the issues but in the half of dozen setups I have done I have not seen it. Not sure what I am doing different. You where not alone though as others experienced it.

 

Hi Mike, thanks for the videos. Unfortunately the 2nd video shows up as unavailable for me. :huh:

 

 

Should be good now. As timekills stated it was being processed. Hot off the press. You where too quick...

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Heard of the issues but in the half of dozen setups I have done I have not seen it. Not sure what I am doing different. You where not alone though as others experienced it.

 

 

Perhaps, you have done this in the past:

 

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

 

1. Start - All Programs - Administrative Tools - Server Manager.

2. Left Click "Server Manager" At top left.

3. In the "Security Information" section, select "Configure IE ESC".

4. Change the default option for Administrators from On to Off and select OK.

5. If Explorer is open, close and reopen.

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All six installs have been vanilla and I have not done any mods at all. The only I do is access the server directly or via RDP as the administrator not a user. I cannot and do not browse but no issues on the Highpoint software install or access. Go figure.

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All six installs have been vanilla and I have not done any mods at all. The only I do is access the server directly or via RDP as the administrator not a user. I cannot and do not browse but no issues on the Highpoint software install or access. Go figure.

 

The odd thing is it happened to me both times I installed the software on a new server. Glad I found the issue and it works fine now.

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Hi Mike, thanks for the videos. Unfortunately the 2nd video shows up as unavailable for me. :huh:

 

bandwidth cap! :D

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Great tutorials Doc! Thanks for posting.

Should help me when I get ready to build my Raid 5 with my Highpoint card for WHS 2011.

BTW what screen capture program are you using??

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Great videos. Looks easy enough even I could do it.

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Hey PCDoc, awesome video. It's really gonna help on my next build.

 

Quick question regarding the HP Web GUI management interface. I am planning on using this card in a Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 box and was wondering if you can access the management tool remotely. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (not the full blown server os w/ hyper role) doesn't have a browser to launch the tool.

 

Wondering if you can perform a little test for me and go to another machine and access the management tool remotely.

 

Thanks!

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Do you do performance testing in these videos?

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Do you do performance testing in these videos?

 

The videos do not have any performance testing, however, PCDOC did a comparion back in April that he mentions in this post.

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The videos do not have any performance testing, however, PCDOC did a comparion back in April that he mentions in this post.

 

I really meant just in general in terms of read/write speeds. I'd really like to consolidate all of my storage into one box instead of having my backup RAID array separated in a SansDigital TR5UT+B box.

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Thanks for posting and sharing with all of us. I have a HighPoint RocketRaid 2720SGL, but the Web interface GUI is identical. I just added another drive to my RAID5 array this morning using the Online Capacity Expansion (OLE) method described in the manual. It's not very intuitive, so it's good that the manual is excellent in describing the process. You need to initialize the drive first, then go into Maintenance mode, select the Raid type (RAID5) in my example, then click OLE. You then select the disks for the transformed array, as well as give it a new name. Select create, then wait a loooong time! After it's done, you can rename the array back to what you had it called before.

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I've been looking at how to set up a RAID 5 server for some time now and I just came across this post which is quite helpful. My question is that the RAID controller mentioned in the post appears to only have 2 sata ports on it but yet there are four 2TB drives in the RAID 5 array...can someone explain to me how that is possible? I'm in the process of trying to figure out my best option for setting up a RAID 5 server for my backup and building one myself was starting to sound complicated until I saw this video however the RAID controller still confuses me.

 

Thanks,

Steve

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I've been looking at how to set up a RAID 5 server for some time now and I just came across this post which is quite helpful. My question is that the RAID controller mentioned in the post appears to only have 2 sata ports on it but yet there are four 2TB drives in the RAID 5 array...can someone explain to me how that is possible? I'm in the process of trying to figure out my best option for setting up a RAID 5 server for my backup and building one myself was starting to sound complicated until I saw this video however the RAID controller still confuses me.

 

Thanks,

Steve

 

Not sure if were talking about the same Highpoint Raid Card, but I use a RR2680 in my WHS 2011. It actually has Two Mini-SAS connections that use two fan out cables that allow you to attach 4 Sata drives per cable, for a total of 8 Sata drives.

 

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http://www.amazon.com/HighPoint-Internal-Mini-SAS-SFF8087-Int-MS-1M4S/dp/B001L9DU88/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323626660&sr=8-2-fkmr0

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Vinylfreak,

 

Thanks for the pictures and clarification. I don't think they are the same controllers but same idea. I think I'll be spending a lot of time on these forums picking peoples brains because this is all new to me

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Vinylfreak,

 

Thanks for the pictures and clarification. I don't think they are the same controllers but same idea. I think I'll be spending a lot of time on these forums picking peoples brains because this is all new to me

 

Your Welcome.

You have definitely come to the right place. The forums are filled with very smart people, who are always willing to help.

I have learned a Ton! since visiting these forums.

Enjoy your journey!

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Vinylfreak,

 

Thanks for the pictures and clarification. I don't think they are the same controllers but same idea. I think I'll be spending a lot of time on these forums picking peoples brains because this is all new to me

 

Yes; same idea. I have the HP 2720 which uses the same technology of 2 x SAS ports which break out into eight (four each) SATA or SAS drives. I use SATA drives because they're cheaper.

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Thanks for all the help so far, perhaps someone can chime in and let me know about the setup I want to use. I recently purchased four 1.5TB seagate goflex drives from Staples (they were on sale) and have removed them from their external casing. What I need now is a RAID controller to setup a RAID 5 array but there are a TON of options out there for controllers. My drives are SATA III so it would be nice to have a card that would support that, but I don't want to spend anymore than $150 (and thats more than I want to spend really). Any suggestions as to what to get? I have an extra hard drive I will be using to setup windows and run the server from but what is really confusing me is the RAID controller.

 

Thanks in advance,

Steve

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pcdoc can confirm but I believe you have to buy the break out cables separately so don't forget those.

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Hi,

 

As always - Great job!

 

Now I have a peculiar RAID-array set-up problem with my newly completed build

 

Setting

OS: Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V currently running WHS 2011 and W7 as VM's

HW: RockerRaid 2760 with 6 WD Green Drive 3TB in 2 ICY dock cases

I have set up 2 Raid 1 arrays for the host OS and the VM respectively - These are stable and error free so far

Boot is done through the controller card as the OS sits on a raid 1 array (SSD)

 

 

Problem

When I try to set up a RAID 5 storage array as a pass-through to the WHS 2011 VW, something happens.

I followed the process described above and everything goes well until I, for any reason, restart the Server 2008 (host).

Then the RAID 5 array is gone (the raid 1:s are still there) and the controller interface shows 2 HDDs as Legacy (an L at the icons representing the HDDs in question) while the others are indicate with a U at the icons representing the HDDs in question.

I have tried to set-up the array in forefront and background mode as well as via the BIOS interface. I have even set it up, then verified it - but same end result

 

Comment

As the Raid 1:s works with out a hitch my bet is not on the controller card and neither the HDDs for the 5-array, as it builds and checks out fine until re-start

 

Question

What could be the problem? What have I missed?

 

//Grunt

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