PE2900/PERC/RAID recommendation?

Patrick_Boyd at Patrick_Boyd at
Mon Jan 8 09:36:42 CST 2007

1) Pretty easy. Create the config on PE2900 #1, pull a drive from the
RAID 1, put said drive into PE2900 #2, boot into the controller BIOS
(Ctrl+R) and select "Import Foreign Config". You have just cloned PE2900
#1 onto #2.

2) This is really personal preference/application dependent. However,
you're paying for hardware RAID. You have two identical hardware RAID
devices that will connect to the enclosure you might as well do hardware
RAID. Also as previously discussed on this list you would actually have
to create 15 RAID 0's in order to get the PERC 5/E + MD1000 combination
to act like a JBOD.

Patrick Boyd
Dell Storage Software Engineer

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Steve Thompson
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 8:23 AM
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Subject: PE2900/PERC/RAID recommendation?

Hi folks,

We are looking to purchase a PE2900 + Perc 5/E + MD1000 configuration
and I am looking for some input from folks with real-world experience
before we go ahead (these will be my first Dell servers). The single
MD1000 will be fully populated with fifteen 300 GB 3.5" SAS drives, and
we're looking to build seven RAID-1 sets with one hot spare. The system
will run RHEL AS
4 U4 or perhaps CentOS 4.4 (decision not yet made). So, in brief:

(1) There will be a second PE2900 + Perc 5/E in the same rack. The Perc
card will have nothing connected to it. If I use hardware RAID-1 on the
first Perc, how easy is in in practice to replicate the configuration to
the Perc in the second PE2900 if the first PE2900 or first Perc bites
the dust?

(2) Am I better advised to set up all the drives as single-disk JBOD's
and use software RAID-1? I'm personally more comfortable with this since
I have used software RAID successfully for several years, and I can
easily manage the above-mentioned failure scenario. I have no Perc's at
present and so have no feel for how they work in the real world.

Steve Thompson                 E-mail:      smt at
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