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#1 pcdoc

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:38 PM

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)

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 03:29 PM

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

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 03:42 PM

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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Posted 18 June 2011 - 05:26 PM

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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Posted 18 June 2011 - 07:49 PM

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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Posted 18 June 2011 - 08:28 PM

[quote name='pcdoc' timestamp='1308448179' post='24655']
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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Posted 19 June 2011 - 12:13 AM

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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Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:35 AM

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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Posted 19 June 2011 - 02:38 PM

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


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Posted 19 June 2011 - 06:41 PM

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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Posted 19 June 2011 - 07:45 PM

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

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 10:59 PM

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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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:06 AM

Do you do performance testing in these videos?
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Posted 20 June 2011 - 11:46 AM

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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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

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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Posted 20 June 2011 - 01:17 PM

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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Posted 11 December 2011 - 11:37 AM

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.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:06 PM

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,
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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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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:43 PM

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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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:49 PM

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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