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12-Configuring a RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller

Configuring a RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller

About the RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller

The RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i standard storage controller can be installed onto a riser card to provide limited RAID support for the system, which improves read/write performance and data security.

This section introduces the RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller in a rack server.

Features

RAID levels

Table 1 shows the number of drives required by each RAID level and the maximum number of failed drives supported by each RAID level. In the table, Just a Bunch of Disk (JBOD) mode provides similar features as RAID 0 and requires only 1 drive. JBOD does not support redundancy. For more information about RAID levels, see "Appendix B  RAID arrays and fault tolerance."

Table 1 RAID levels and the numbers of drives for each RAID level

RAID level

Min. drives required

Max. failed drives

JBOD

1

0

RAID 0

2

0

RAID 1

2

1

 

Restrictions and guidelines for RAID configuration

·     As a best practice, install drives that do not contain RAID information.

·     You must use the storage controller together with a RAID level because physical drives cannot be identified in the OS.

·     The RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller supports only NVMe M.2 SSDs.

·     For efficient use of storage, use drives that have the same capacity to build a RAID. If the drives have different capacities, the lowest capacity is used across all drives in the RAID.

Configuring RAID arrays in UEFI mode

RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller cannot be configured in legacy mode. This section describes how to configure RAID arrays through a RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller in UEFI mode. For more information about how to access the BIOS setup utility and set the boot mode to UEFI, see the BIOS user guide for the server.

Controller configuration tasks at a glance

To configure controller settings in UEFI mode, perform the following tasks:

·     Accessing the storage controller configuration screen

·     Configuring a RAID array

·     Deleting a RAID array

·     Rebuilding a RAID array

·     Viewing physical drive information

·     Viewing logical drive information

·     Configuring logical drive media patrol

·     Viewing namespace information

·     Viewing storage controller information

Accessing the storage controller configuration screen

1.     After the server is powered on or restarts, access the BIOS. Press Delete, Esc, or F2 as prompted during server POST to open the BIOS setup screen as shown in Figure 1.

For how to navigate screens and modify settings, see the operation instructions at the lower right corner.

Figure 1 BIOS setup screen

 

2.     Select Advanced > Marvell NVMe Configuration Utility, and press Enter.

Figure 2 Advanced screen

 

The storage controller configuration screen opens. Tasks can be performed from this screen are shown in Table 2.

Figure 3 Storage controller configuration screen

 

Table 2 Storage controller configuration tasks

Task type

Option

Description

Information query

Physical Device Information

Display installed physical drives and details.

Virtual Device Information

Display created logical drives and details. For logical drives in RAID 1, media patrol is supported.

Namespace Information

Display information about namespace*.

Controller Information

Display storage controller basic information.

RAID configuration

Create RAID Configuration

Create RAIDs.

Delete RAID Configuration

Delete RAIDs.

Rebuild RAID Configuration

Rebuild RAIDs.

Namespace*: Memory space of an NVMe M.2 SSD that is logically divided. Namespaces are independent of each other and can be formatted or encrypted independently. The RAID-MARVELL-SANTACRUZ-LP-2i storage controller does not support namespaces.

 

Configuring a RAID array

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Create RAID Configuration, and press Enter.

Figure 4 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Set the state of the two member drives to Enabled, select Goto RAID Config, and press Enter.

Figure 5 Selecting member drives

 

3.     Configure parameters as needed, set the Would you like to create this virtual disk? field to YES, select Accept, and press Enter.

The parameter description is in Table 3.

Figure 6 Configuring RAID information

 

Table 3 Parameter description

Parameter

Description

RAID Level

RAID level. Options include:

·     JBOD.

·     RAID 0.

·     RAID 1.

Stripe Size

Stripe size. Options include:

·     128K.

·     256K.

·     512K.

Initialization

Initialization methods. Options include:

·     QuickDefault.

·     Back GroundThis option is supported only in RAID 1.

·     None.

Name

Name of a logical drive.

 

Deleting a RAID array

This feature deletes damaged RAID arrays or RAID arrays that cannot meet requirements.

To delete a RAID array:

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Delete RAID Configuration, and press Enter.

Figure 7 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Perform the following tasks:

a.     Select a target logical drive and set its state to Enabled.

b.     Set the Are you sure you want to delete the selected virtual Disk? field to Yes.

c.     Select Accept and press Enter.

Figure 8 Deleting a RAID array

 

Rebuilding a RAID array

This feature rebuilds the RAID array for drive replacement when a member drive in RAID 1 failed.

To rebuild a RAID array:

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Rebuild RAID Configuration, and press Enter.

Figure 9 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Perform tasks based on the following guidelines:

¡     If the screen does not display any logical drives for selection, no logical drive is available or no logical drive can be rebuilt.

¡     If the screen displays logical drives for selection, set the target logical drive state to Enabled, select Goto PD Select, and press Enter.

Figure 10 Rebuilding a RAID array

 

3.     Perform tasks based on the following guidelines:

¡     If the screen does not display any physical drives, no physical drive is available.

¡     If the screen displays physical drives for selection, select a target physical drive and press Enter.

Figure 11 Selecting a physical drive

 

Viewing physical drive information

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Physical Device Information, and press Enter.

Figure 12 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Select a target physical drive and press Enter.

Figure 13 Selecting a physical drive

 

The physical drive detail screen opens. Parameters are as described in Table 4.

Figure 14 Physical drive detail screen

 

Table 4 Parameter description

Parameter

Description

ID

Physical drive slot information. Options include:

·     0Slot for physical drive marked Bay 1.

·     1Slot for physical drive marked Bay 2.

Status

Physical drive status. Options include:

·     UnconfiguredNot used by any RAID array and unidentifiable in the OS.

·     AssignedUsed by a RAID array and identifiable in the OS.

Model Name

Physical drive model.

Serial Number

Physical drive serial number.

FW Version

Physical drive firmware version.

Size

Physical drive capacity.

 

Viewing logical drive information

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Virtual Device Information, and press Enter.

Figure 15 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Select a target logical drive and press Enter.

Figure 16 Selecting a logical drive

 

The logical drive detail screen opens. Parameters are as described in Table 5.

Figure 17 Logical drive detail screen

 

Table 5 Parameter description

Parameter

Description

ID

Logical drive number. Options include 0 and 1.

Name

Logical drive name.

Status

Logical drive status. Options include:

·     Functional.

·     Degrade.

·     Offline.

BGA Type

Background task type. Options include:

·     InitializationRAID initialization in progress.

·     RebuildRAID rebuilding in progress.

·     MediaPatrolMedia patrol for logical drives in progress.

·     None.

BGA Status

Background task status. Options include:

·     None.

·     RUNNING—Task progress in percentage.

Member Count

Number of member drives.

Member ID

Member drive ID.

Stripe Block

Stripe size.

Size

Logical drive capacity.

 

Configuring logical drive media patrol

This feature is available only when RAID 1 is configured.

To configure logical drive media patrol:

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Virtual Device Information, and press Enter.

Figure 18 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Select a target logical drive, and press Enter.

Figure 19 Selecting s logical drive

 

The logical drive detail screen opens.

3.     Select START and press Enter.

Figure 20 Logical drive detail screen

 

4.     Select a target logical drive for media patrol, and press Enter.

Figure 21 Selecting a drive for media patrol

 

As shown in Figure 22, the media patrol is in progress. To terminate the patrol, select ABORT, and press Enter.

Figure 22 Media patrol in progress

 

Viewing namespace information

1.     Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Namespace Information, and press Enter.

Figure 23 Storage controller configuration screen

 

2.     Select a logical drive to query its namespace and press Enter.

Figure 24 Selecting a logical drive for viewing its namespace

 

The namespace information screen opens. Parameters are as described in Table 6.

Figure 25 Logical drive namespace information

 

Table 6 Parameter description

Parameter

Description

NameSpace State

Namespace states. Options include:

·     Active.

·     Inactive.

NameSpace Capacity

Namespace available capacity. Value in this field usually equals that of the NameSpace Size field.

NameSpace Utilization

Namesapce capacity that has been used. Value in this field must be no more than that of the Namespace Capacity field.

Formatted LBA Size

Formatted logical block size.

Data Protection Type Settings

Enabling status of the data protection feature. Options include:

·     0—Disabled.

·     1—Enabled.

Multi-path I/O and Sharing Capabilities

Enabling status of multi-path I/O and sharing namespace:

·     0Disabled.

·     1Enabled.

 

Viewing storage controller information

Access the storage controller configuration screen, select Controller Information, and press Enter.

Figure 26 Storage controller configuration screen

 

The storage controller information screen opens.

Figure 27 Storage controller information

 

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