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I'm currently in the process of configuring a new 2950 with Debian Lenny as a new webserver. Having installed it all I started probing the RAID hardware to ensure everything was ok. Here's what 'omreport storage controller' output:
Controller PERC 6/i Integrated (Embedded)
ID : 0
Status : Non-Critical
Name : PERC 6/i Integrated
Slot ID : Embedded State : Degraded Firmware Version : 6.0.2-0002
Minimum Required Firmware Version : 6.1.1-0034
Driver Version : 00.00.03.20-rc1
Minimum Required Driver Version : Not Applicable
Number of Connectors : 2
Rebuild Rate : 30%
BGI Rate : 30%
Check Consistency Rate : 30%
Reconstruct Rate : 30%
Alarm State : Not Applicable
Cluster Mode : Not Applicable
SCSI Initiator ID : Not Applicable
Cache Memory Size : 256 MB
Patrol Read Mode : Auto
Patrol Read State : Stopped
Patrol Read Rate : 30%
Patrol Read Iterations : 32
Abort check consistency on error : Not Applicable
Allow Revertible Hot Spare and Replace Member : Not Applicable
Auto replace member on predictive failure : Not Applicable
Load balance : Not Applicable
The RAID1 array is being flagged as degraded even though both SAS disks are active and online. Looking at the top lines in particular I think I need to update the controller firmware, but how can this be done within Debian without having to reconfigure it all? All I can find on the Dell support pages are windows and redhat based updaters.
Just checked the dell support page again and realised it was actually a .BIN file so I just downloaded that and ran it. Everything seems to have worked fine and omreport now reports the controller state as ready.