Precision 650n with RHEL3

Ed Griffin edg@ll.mit.edu
Fri Jan 23 16:31:00 2004


Matt wasn't kidding, I started this at 10 AM Eastern and it just 
finished at 4:30 PM Eastern.  I guess 6 1/2 hours is a little long for 
the factory to wait.

Thanks Matt. :)

--Ed

Matt_Domsch@Dell.com wrote:

>>I recently recieved 3 Precision 650n systems ordered with the add-in 
>>PERC320 controller and a pair of 146GB drives.  Each system 
>>came in with RHEL3 WS preinstalled however upon turning the system on 
>>after unboxing each one was very slow.  I finally figured out that the 
>>problem was that the RAID group was rebuilding itself.  Is the factory not
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>>allowing this process to complete?
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>Right, exactly, the process can be interrupted in the middle, and restarts
>where it left off on power-on again.  It takes *hours* to complete, meaning
>you've got to have the system plugged in, turned on, etc., doing nothing but
>rebuilding the RAID array.  It's a significant barrier to factory flow to
>have systems doing no "useful work" that could be done elsewhere.
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>>It seems as though this is a pretty significant 
>>thing to test to make sure the system passes the initial diagnostics.
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>Diagnostics have already run before the RAID array is constructed, so the
>individual physical disks are believed to be fine, the RAID controler is
>believed to be fine, and the rest of the system burn-in tests have already
>completed.  So it's just a matter of waiting hours for the disks to finish
>syncing, during which there is some performance degredation, but no
>functional difference.
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>Thanks,
>Matt
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>--
>Matt Domsch
>Sr. Software Engineer, Lead Engineer
>Dell Linux Solutions www.dell.com/linux
>Linux on Dell mailing lists @ http://lists.us.dell.com
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