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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Hardware Forum
Author SmartRAID in an Alphaserver ES40 - how to configure

Posts: 2
Joined: 17.12.07
Posted on December 17 2007 16:00
Hello all!

A couple days ago I scored a used ES40 for next to nothing. It had 2GB of RAM, two processors, and one 18GB hard drive (presumably a node in a cluster). So I dragged it home, did the prereq-type reading (here, Encompass, etc), and ordered the latest media kit (8.3).

Suffice it to say that getting the beast going was a bit of a chore, given this is my first such machine. There were various parts in the unit that had been messed with, removed, or replaced with bad ones. In the end I wound up with one processor and 1GB of RAM, and no more errors on the console smiley

I did manage to boot from the hobbyist CD I recieved, but it didn't take long to realize that the hard drive/array was missing from the list of target devices.

After doing some research, it turns out my SCSI controller is a DPT SmartRAID Millennium (PM3755U2smiley. Being ex-government, I'd assume the config in the controller was obliterated as part of the data cleansing process.

Now, if this was an x86 machine I'd just whip out the SmartStart disc and/or hold down the appropriate keys, and get configuring the SCSI controller. But being as it's not, I'm not sure how to proceed.

Any advice?

- Keith

Posts: 2
Joined: 17.12.07
Posted on December 18 2007 05:46
This controller was OEM, and had Compaq labelling on it. I'm not near the box this morning else I'd give more details, but I do know it had a "spares" number on it (from which I found the real make and model).

I don't know if this Alpha was used with VMS or Tru64 in its past life - I'd assume VMS from the sound of things, but I really don't know.

It wouldn't be the end of the world if I couldn't use this card with OpenVMS, since it is said to work on x86 and Sun machines as well (so I could re-use it elsewhere). But if I had to go with another card, what would be a good bet? Non-RAID would be fine for my purposes.

I may just try experimenting later with some other cards I have laying around (Adaptec non-RAID PCI boards; various Compaq and IBM RAID cards pulled from Intel-based servers), assuming it can do no harm.

Will post more details this afternoon...
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