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Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives 31 August 2023

Let`s consider the Dell PowerEdge R640 server. It includes:

  • 2 SAS SSDs,
  • 2 NVMe SSDs.

Set up two RAID 1 arrays:

  • one of the NVMe disks,
  • another of the SAS disks.

The first RAID is going to be collected on the PERC H330 SAS controller. It will be used for bootable OS and Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS will be used as the operating system in the future.

The second RAID is going to be collected on the embedded PERC S140 software controller.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

According to the OS, from NVMe disks on the embedded software controller, you can create:

  • RAID 1 (for Linux),
  • RAID 1, RAID 0, RAID 5, RAID 10 (for Windows).

Environment

Dell PowerEdge R640 server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

There are:

  • 2 SAS SSDs:

    HDD Dell Seagate 600 GB SAS 10K 1XF230-150 — ST600MM0069

    Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

  • 2 NVMe SSDs:

    SSD Dell EMC NVMe 3.84 TB — KCD5XLUG3T84

    Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Configuring RAID 1 from SAS

To complete the setup, follow these steps:

Turn on the server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Press F2 when loading the server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose Device Settings.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Next, select Integrated RAID Controller 1: Dell PERC <PERC H330 Mini> Configuration Utility.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

You need to switch the controller from HBA mode to RAID mode. Use Configuration Management for this.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Click Convert to RAID Capable.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Both SAS disks that will be included in the RAID array must be selected and clicked OK.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Mark Confirm. Yes.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Confirm that the operation has been performed successfully. Press OK.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose Configuration Management.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Let`s create a RAID 1 array from SAS disks. Click Create Virtual Disk.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Select RAID Level – RAID 1. Press Select Physical Disks.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Mark both SAS disks and click Apply Changes.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Confirm that the operation has been performed successfully. Press OK.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Next, you need to specify the name of the array (RAID 1). Choose the Fast initialization type. Create Virtual Disk.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Mark Confirm. Yes.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Confirm that the operation has been performed successfully. Press OK.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

No SAS disks. Go Back.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Configuring RAID 1 from NVMe

To complete the setup, follow these steps:

Turn on the server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Press F2 when loading the server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose System BIOS.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Then select SATA Settings.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Switch Embedded SATA from AHCI Mode to RAID Mode.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Next, you need to confirm your consent to delete data on the disks. OK. Back.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose NVMe Settings.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Switch NVMe Mode from Non RAID to RAID. 

You will be directed to read the Dell S140 User's Guide. OK. Back.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Click Finish, save the BIOS settings and reboot the server. It is required for the SATA controller to enter RAID mode.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Press F2 when loading the server.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Select Device Settings.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

A new item will be added – DELL EMC PERC S140 Configuration Utility. Click it. 

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Then Select Controller Management.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Next, choose Convert to RAID Capable Disk.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose a RAID Type. 2 types will be shown – Linux RAID and Windows RAID.

Choose Linux RAID. Then select Interface Type – NVMe. Mark both NVMe drives. Click Apply Changes.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Confirm the deletion of data from the disks. Yes. Back.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Select Virtual Disk Management.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Click Create Virtual Disk.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

RAID Level is automatically RAID 1. Select one of the OS options – RHEL or SLES.

Choose RHEL for Ubuntu. Click Select Physical Disks.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Select NVMe interface type.

Mark necessary disks. Click Apply Changes.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

Choose Create Virtual Disk.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives

It is ready!

Result

You have assembled two RAID 1 arrays:

  • the first on a PERC H330 SAS controller,
  • the second on a PERC S140 embedded software controller.

You have to install OS Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS on the first array and mount the second.

Dell PowerEdge R640 - RAID setup from NVMe drives


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