We need to replace our old Domain Controller servers with this Dell Poweredge R230 server. The Dell Poweredge R230 server spec is RAM 4GB, HD 1TB SAS/SATA, Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor E3-1220 V5 3.0GHz, 8M Cache, 4C/4T, turbo (80W). Because we need to make the disks as RAID1 (mirroring) we buy another 1TB HD.
Below are the steps to create RAID1 on Dell server. The RAID is created before OS installation thus OS does not realize that the disk is already RAID configured. By configuring RAID like this it will bot burden OS. (you can configure RAID within windows server but it’s not recommended as the RAID consume windows resource.
Step1: Press F2 key during server booting process
Step2: Click Device Settings
Step3: Click RAID controller in slot 2: DELL PERC <PERC H330 Adapter> Configuration Utility.
Step4: Click Virtual Disk Management
Step5: Select your RAID level, on the picture below it only show option RAID0 and RAID1 because we only have 2 harddisk and we choose RAID1 (mirroring). Click Select Physical Disks
Step6: Leave all option default and click Check All and click Apply Changes.
Step7: Leave all option default and click Create Virtual Disk.
Step8: Checkmark confirm, and click Yes
Step9: When you see a message “The operation has been performed successfully.” Click OK.
Step10: You will see message “Additional Virtual Disks cannot be created due to insufficient capacity or absence of configurable Physical Disks.
This is normal because we only have 2 disks and both already included in virtual disk (RAID1), So no other disk left to be configured. Click Back.
Step11: To make sure that the virtual disk (RAID system) already created successfully, on the Main Menu>Virtual Disk Management.
You will see the status of your Virtual Disk. On this case the status is “Virtual Disk 0: OS, RAID1, 931GB, Ready” (OS is the name of virtual disk).
Issue found during creation of RAID1 on Dell Poweredge R230 :
When configuring for RAID1 the server only showed us option to configure RAID0 (data striping, no redundant). After confusion and re-setup several times with no result we found that our supplier gave us 1 SAS harddisk and 1 SATA harddisk on the server. After we recognize the problem I configure 1 server with 2x 1TB SAS harddisk and the other server with 2x1TB SATA harddisk. By configuring harddisk this way now we can configure it as RAID1 (mirroring).
I hope now you succeed to configure RAID on Dell server, see you on other tutorial.
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