Product Update - American Dynamics

T AB Number: T B -00208-00-100609
Temporary Solution for Ghost Operation failing on Intellex Ultra v4.3
Date Issued: 13 July, 2010
Product
Model
Software
Part Numbers
Intellex
Ultra
4.3
ADD600ULPV200N
ADD600ULPV100
ADD600ULPV200
ADD600ULPV300
ADD600ULPV400
ADD600ULPV400WCJ
Is s ue
An issue has been found which affects all Intellex Ultra Non-Raid models with BIOS revision
S3200X38.86B.00.00.0045.
The primary symptoms are:
•
There is the potential when performing a recovery that the ghost operation may fail due to the
drives being presented in the wrong order leading to a failed recovery operation and/or loss of
video data on the data partitions.
•
In addition, 2, 3 or 4 drive models need to be considered due to possible G,H,I drive/SATA port
mismatch and a procedure added for these. Refer to technical bulletin TB-00209-00-100618 NTLX Ultra HD Incorrect Ident.pdf for further information on this issue.
NOTE:
If you are replacing a hard drive refer to TB-00209-00-100618 - NTLX Ultra HD Incorrect Identity,
visit:
http://americandynamics.net/WebApps/getDocument.aspx?filename=intellex-utlra-ghost_tb-00208-00-100609_lt_en.pdf to
download the technical bulletin.
S olution
To resolve this issue a temporary solution has been identified which must be followed for any system
restore (recovery) of the system and supplementary (E:) drives until a permanent solution available. The
procedures here replace the procedures described on pages 1 to 4 of the Intellex Ultra 4.3 Recovery
Procedures manual (Part Number: 8200-2640-05 A0).
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P roc edure
Intellex Ultra Non-R AID C onfiguration
The procedure for recovery of the Intellex Ultra system information depends on the level of recovery
required:
• System flash drive only
• E: drive files
• E: drive Replacement
• System flash plus E: drive replacement
NOTE:
The Intellex Recovery DVD will be required to perform the following procedures.
S ys tem F las h Drive R ec overy
To recover the system flash drive, the unit is configured to boot from the recovery DVD and the recover
flash option is selected, as described in the following procedure.
NOTE: Recovering the operating system to the C: flash drive can result in changes to the drive letter
assignments. It is important that the drive designated as E: is assigned to the 20 GB partition on the first
hard drive. The E: drive also contains the page file pagefile.sys. If the E: drive is not the 20 GB partition or
the page file pagefile.sys appears on the C: drive, abnormal operation can occur. Run the file
C:\DriveShuffle.cmd to re-order the drives. Then delete the pagefile.sys from the C: drive to restore
proper operation.
1. Turn off the Intellex by selecting Utility>Shutdown. If in the Windows desktop, select
Start>Shutdown and select Shutdown from the drop down then select OK.
2. Disengage all Hard Disk Drives.
NOTE: If removing hard drives completely from the drive bays their original position must be
noted for subsequent re-fitting. Use care in handling the drives.
3. Connect a keyboard and press the F2 key while starting the system.
4. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
5. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be CD ROM first.
6. Place the recovery DVD into the DVD drive.
7. Press F10 to save and restart. A dialogue box will display. Press Enter to exit the BIOS and
restart the Intellex unit.
8. Enter "1" to select Recover Flash Disk.
9. After the recovery is complete enter "3" to exit.
10. A. Remove the recovery DVD from the drive and switch off the system.
B. Reattach the drives back to the SATA swap bays from step 2.
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C. Turn the Intellex unit back on.
11. Press the F2 key while starting the system. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
12. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be the flash-drive (SATA DOM) first.
13. Press F10 to save and restart.
14. Allow the unit to reboot. The boot splash screen may be displayed for several minutes as the unit
reconfigures itself.
a. Now a program will run Flash Configuration. Please wait until it is complete and the Intellex
has rebooted.
b. When it reboots you get a prompt for the Intellex setup -> Select the language and video
format (PAL / NTSC). Read any information dialog(s) displayed during startup.
15. Select No to exit Intellex at the license dialog. Right click on the My Computer icon and select
Manage.
16. Under Computer management, select Storage>Disk Management.
17. Right click on the flash disk (Disk 0); select Properties and then the Policy tab.
18. Uncheck the Write Cache Enable box.
19. Close the Computer Management console windows
20. Launch Intellex icon on the Windows desktop by double clicking it.
21. Enter the License Key (from the front door label).
E : Drive F iles R ecovery
The E: drive files can be re-installed without losing any configuration information or data. This assumes
that the E: drive is formatted.
1. Verify Drive E is the 20GB partition, if it is not, follow the note on page 2 of this document to sort
drive E correctly.
2. Ensure that the original (E:) Hard Drive is connected in the top drive bay position and all other
hard drives are disengaged.
NOTE: If removing hard drives completely from the drive bays their original position must be
noted for subsequent re-fitting. Use care in handling the drives.
3. Connect a keyboard and start the system.
4. Exit the Intellex application by selecting Utility>Exit>Enter PIN code
5. Insert the recovery disk into the DVD drive.
6. Browse to the X:\RAID\EDRIVE folder, where X is the DVD drive.
7. Double click DRIVERS.EXE file and follow the on screen instructions to extract the files to the E
drive.
8. Double click I386.EXE file and follow the on screen instructions to extract the files to the E drive.
9. Double click VOLINFO.EXE file and follow the on screen instructions to extract the files to the E
drive.
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10. When the extractions are complete, launch the Intellex.exe on the Windows desktop.
11. Remove the recovery disk from the DVD drive.
E : Drive R eplac ement
The physical drive that includes the E: drive also has a data partition that contains video data. If the
physical drive must be replaced the data on this data partition will be lost. This procedure should be used
only if:
a. The physical drive must be replaced, or,
b. The data is so corrupted that the entire disk must be re-partitioned and formatted.
NOTE: Make sure that any USB drives are disconnected before starting.
1. Ensure system is switched off before starting this procedure.
2. Insert the new E: drive into the top position in the drive bay.
3. Disengage all other hard drives.
NOTE: If removing hard drives completely from the drive bays their original position must be
noted for subsequent re-fitting. Use care in handling the drives.
4. Connect a keyboard and press the F2 key while starting the system.
5. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
6. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be CD ROM first.
7. Place the recovery DVD into the DVD drive.
8. Press F10 to save and restart.
9. Enter "2" to select Recover E: Drive.
10. Enter “2” to select “New Drive” when prompted.
11. Enter “Y” when prompted.
12. After the recovery is complete enter "3" to exit.
13. Remove the recovery DVD from the drive and press the reset button.
14. Press the F2 key while starting the system. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
15. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be the flash drive (SATA DOM) first.
16. Press F10 to save and restart.
17. Allow the unit to reboot. The boot splash screen may be displayed for several minutes as the unit
reconfigures itself.
18. Press and hold the CTRL or SHIFT key while the system starts to prevent Intellex from starting. If
Intellex starts, select Utility, Exit to exit to the desktop.
19. Double click on the My computer icon. Double click on the C: drive and browse to the
C:\Windows\ folder.
20. Run the drive sorting program by double clicking on Drives.exe. Click OK to run.
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21. When the drive sorting program completes it will reboot the system. Intellex will start
automatically. Do not add the new drive to the database.
22. Switch off the system and re-install the data drives (if any) into the drive bays.
23. Restart the system. Add the new data drive to the database.
S ys tem F las h R ecovery and E : Drive R eplac ement
This rebuilds the system drive and re-partitions and formats the physical drive with the E: partition. All of
the configuration information and data on the E: drive will be lost.
NOTE: Recovering the operating system to the C: flash drive can result in changes to the drive letter
assignments. It is important that the drive designated as E: is assigned to the 20 GB partition on the first
hard drive. The E: drive also contains the page file pagefile.sys. If the E: drive is not the 20 GB partition or
the page file pagefile.sys appears on the C: drive, abnormal operation can occur. Run the file
C:\DriveShuffle.cmd to re-order the drives. Then delete the pagefile.sys from the C: drive to restore
proper operation.
1. Turn off the Intellex by selecting Utility>Shutdown. If in the Windows desktop, select
Start>Shutdown, Select Shutdown from the dropdown box and select OK.
2. Disengage all hard drives (including new E: drive).
NOTE: If removing hard drives completely from the drive bays their original position must be
noted for subsequent re-fitting. Use care in handling the drives.
3. Connect a keyboard and press the F2 key while starting the system.
4. Press the F2 key while starting the system to enter the motherboard BIOS.
5. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
6. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be CD ROM first.
7. Place the recovery DVD into the DVD drive.
8. Press F10 to save and restart.
9. Enter "1" to select Recover Flash Disk. Press any key when complete.
10. After the recovery is complete enter "3" to exit.
11. Turn off the Intellex unit.
12. Insert the new E: drive (only) into the top position in the drive bay.
13. Restart the system.
14. Enter "2" to select Recover E: drive.
15. Enter “2” to select “New Drive” when prompted.
16. Enter “Y” when prompted.
17. After the recovery is complete enter "3" to exit.
18. Remove the recovery DVD from the drive and press the reset button.
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A. Turn off the Intellex unit.
B. Reattach all of the drives into the SATA swap bays from step 2.
C. Turn on the Intellex unit.
19. Press the F2 key while starting the system. Enter the BIOS password "xellet".
20. Select boot options and change the boot priority to be the flash drive (SATA DOM) first.
21. Press F10 to Save and Restart.
22. Allow the unit to reboot. The boot splash screen may be displayed for several minutes as the unit
reconfigures itself.
23. When the system reboots select "No" at the license dialog to return to the Windows desktop.
Double click on My Computer and verify that the DVD drive is D: and the 20 GB partition is E:
24. When you see the Intellex license editor screen, select No.
25. Right Click My Computer icon and select Manage.
26. Under Computer Management, select Storage>Disk Management.
27. Uncheck the Write Cache Enable box.
28. Close the Computer Management console windows.
29. Double click on Intellex.
30. Enter the License Key (from the front door label).
31. Add the new drives to the Intellex Storage database.
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C ontinuous Improvement S tatement
As with all processes defined by the American Dynamics Technical Services Group, this
document is intended to be a work in progress. Further refinements and suggestions are
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Initial publication 13 July 2010
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