VxPro: Power and Flex Server RAID Configuration

Issue

Configure RAID 5 or RAID 6 storage volume on a Pelco Power or Flex Server.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management

Environment

  • VideoXpert Pro
    • Power Server (Dell R530)
    • Flex Server (Dell T330)

Cause

RAID controller not configured with a RAID 5 or 6 Virtual Disk.

Resolution

Table of Contents
Convert Drives to RAID
Create the Virtual Disk
Partition and Format the Virtual Disk

 

Note: All VxPro systems purchased from Pelco come with a RAID controller pre-installed

Power and Flex Server - RAID Configuration

 

  1. Convert Drives to RAID
     
    1. Press F2 during boot to access the BIOS






       
    2. Select Device Settings and press Enter




       
    3. Select the integrated RAID Controller and press Enter




       
    4. Select Configuration Management and press Enter




       
    5. Select Convert to RAID Capable and press Enter




       
    6. Select only the hard disk drives (HDD), not the SSDIf drives are not listed that are installed in the system, they may already be "RAID Capable".  Move on to the Virtual Disk creation section.

      Once the available HDD's are selected, click OK.




       
    7. Check the box Confirm, then select Yes and press Enter




       
    8. Select OK and press Enter




       
    9. Click the Back button (bottom right corner) and return to the RAID Controllers Main Menu.




       
  2. Create the Virtual Disk     top
     
    1. In the RAID Controllers Main Menu, select Configuration Management and press Enter




       
    2. Select Create Virtual Disk and press Enter




       
    3. You will get a warning "One or more Non-RAID disks have been detected in the system".

      Select Skip and press Enter

       
    4. Select RAID 5 or RAID 6 depending on the desired configuration and installed drive count (RAID 6 requires 4 HDD's minimum, RAID 5 requires 3 HDD's minimum)
       
    5. Select Unconfigured Capacity
       
    6. Select Select Physical Disks and press Enter




       
    7. Select Check All and press Enter
       
    8. Select Apply Changes and press Enter




       
    9. Select OK and press Enter




       
    10. Scroll down using the scroll bar, set the Strip Element Size to 1MB
       
    11. Set Default Initialization to Fast
       
    12. Select Create Virtual Disk and press Enter




       
    13. Check the Confirm box.
       
    14. Select Yes and press Enter




       
    15. Select OK and press Enter




       
    16. You will be prompted with the message "Additional Virtual Disks cannot be created due to insufficient capacity or absence of configurable Physical Disks"

      This message is expected and just letting you know that you have used all available HDD's and there is no more left for another Virtual Disk.

       
    17. Select Back to go back to Configuration Management

       
    18. Select Back again to get back to the Main Menu.

       
    19. Select Finish and press Enter - Repeat this (Select Finish 3 times) until you get the warning message to Exit the System Setup menu.

       
    20. Select Yes and press Enter to reboot the system.





       
  3. Partition and Format the Virtual Disk     top
     
    1. Within Windows, press the Windows and R keys on the keyboard to open the Run prompt.
       
    2. Type in diskmgmt.msc and press Enter
       
    3. You should see an Initialize Disk window - select the disk/s, set them to GPT and click OK.




       
    4. Right-click on the unallocated disk and select New Simple Volume




       
    5. Click on Next three times (leave defaults) - until you get to the Format Parition screen.
      1. Format the file system as NTFS
      2. Change the Volume label to Data
      3. Verify Perform a quick format is checked.




         
    6. Click Next and then Finish.