Cserver 1180 / 1125 Basic Operating Manual

Cserver 1180 / 1125 Basic Operating Manual
Cserver 1180 / 1125
Basic Operating Manual
Version 1.0
© 2002 PCW Microsystems, Inc.
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Cserver 1180 / 1125 Basic Operating Manual
Before You Begin
Check the box contents!
Cserver 1180 / 1125 package should contain the following:
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Cserver 1180 Computer Unit
Cserver 1180 Basic Operating Manual
One set of “L-Bracket” for rack cabinet rear mounting.
One 110V or 220V power cord.
Software Driver CD-ROM or Disk Sets
If any of the above items are missing, please contact PCW Microsystems, Inc.
(www.rackmount.com) for replacements before continuing with the installation process.
Hardware Requirements
Single Computer Connection – Cserver1180 requires a computer with following ports to
operate:
?? A Standard VGA Monitor
?? A 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 Keyboard
?? A 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 Mouse
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WARNING:
Do not turn on the power to Cserver1180/1125, if the unit shows signs of crack or
damage. Some circuitry in the Cserver1180/1125 may continue to operate even though the
front panel power switch is off. For your safety, never open the Cserver1180/1125 with
power cord connected to the outlet. Repair service should be performed by qualified
service personnel.
Read and adhere to all warnings, cautions, and notices in this guide and the
documentation supplied with this unit. If the instructions for the Cserver1180/1125 are
inconsistent with these instructions or the instructions for accessory modules, contact
PCW Microsystems, Inc (www.rackmount.com) to find out how you can ensure that your
Cserver1180/1125 unit meets safety and regulatory requirements.
Basic Csever1180/1125 Features
Cserver 1180 / 1125 1U rackmount server offers the following features:
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Operating System independent RAID-1 Hardware Controller (Disk Mirror)
Two Hot-Swap ATA-100 EIDE Harddisks
Single or Dual Pentium III Processors
On-Board Video Port
On-Board LAN Port(s) (Single or Dual)
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System Diagram
Csever1180 / 1125 consist of two removable EIDE hard disk trays, a 24x CDROM reader and a 1.44MB
floppy drive. The removable EIDE hard disk tray can be pullout during power-on operation. This feature is
called hot-swap. There are two reset-switches below the HDD1 and HDD2 label. The reset-switches are
for RAID-1 controller’s hard disk failure alarm and system reset. There is a server on/off switch control
located on the front panel of the unit. Please keep in mind that the front on/off switch is useless, if the rear
“master power switch” is not turned on.
At the back (rear) of the unit, there is a master power switch for the power supply unit. In addition, there
are PS2/mouse, PS/2 keyboard, 100Mpbs Ethernet and video ports located at the back of the server unit.
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Cserver 1180 / 1125 Front Indicate Lights
Access – The system hard disk HDD1 or HDD2 is accessing data (Reading/Writing)
Rebuild – Initial disk rebuild process. The rebuild light shows that either a brand new hard disk has been
inserted or the data stored in HDD1 or HDD2 is inconsistent.
Fail – The fail light indicates that the RAID-1 controller has marked one of the hard disk as “bad” or
“failed”. However, this does not necessary indicate a “bad” or “failed” hard disk. If this happens, you will
need to use hard disk low-level formatting software supplied by the hard disk manufacturer(s) to wipe out
the “bad/failed disk” information written on the outer sector of the disk.
HDD1 / HDD2 – Shows the status of hard disk trays.
Alarm Reset – The alarm reset button turn-off the internal RAID-1 alarm when one of the hard disk failed.
Sys Reset – This is the system-reset button.
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Basic Operation
Cserver1180/1125 has a built-in hardware RAID-1 controller. After powering on the unit, the RAID-1
controller will automatically mirror both DISK 1 and DISK 2 hard disks and checking for data consistency.
The mirroring process will take few hours depending on the size of the installed IDE hard disks. During
the initial disk mirroring (initial disk rebuild) process, you may install any of your favorite operating
system. You will see the “Rebuild” indicator lights up during the initial disk mirroring process.
During the initial disk rebuild process, you may:
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Install operating system(s)
Install software drivers for your O.S.
Format the disk (you will only see one hard disk in your formatting utility)
Reset or soft reboot the server during the software installation
During the initial disk rebuild process, you may not:
?? Pull-out any of the removable hard disk tray from the server bay
?? Shut-down the server unit
WARNING:
Note: Shut-down the server unit during the initial disk build process will force the RAID-1 controller to
mark the system disks as “bad” or “failed” units. If this happens, you will need to use the hard disk lowlevel formatting software supplied by the hard disk manufacturer(s) to wipe out the “bad/failed disk” data
written on the outer sector of the disk.
After the unit successfully synchronized (sync) both IDE hard disks, you may:
?? Only pullout ONE of the removable hard disk trays from the server bay. After pulling out the
removable hard disk trays and re-insert the removable hard disk trays into the bay, the “Rebuilt”
indicate light will turn on. You must wait few hours until the “Rebuilt” light is off, before pullout
any of the hard disk trays from the server bays.
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?? Powering down the unit
WARNING:
Note: Pulling-out any of the removable hard disk trays from the server bay will force the RAID-1
controller to rebuild the disk (Mirroring) on the tray. At this point, if attempt to pull-out a second hard disk
tray from the server bay, the entire server will crash and render both disks as “failed” or “bad” disks. If this
happens, you will need to use the hard disk low-level formatting software supplied by the hard disk
manufacturer(s) to wipe out the “bad/failed disk” data written on the outer sector of the disk.
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Removing hard disk tray from the server drive bay
1. Use a pen to pullout (fish-out) the disk tray handle bar.
2. Slowly lift the handle bar out of the drive bay.
3. Grab the disk tray handle bar and pullout the disk unit out of the drive bay. Done.
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Insert hard disk tray into the server bay
1. Slowly slide the hard disk tray into the server’s drive bay. Grab the handle bar and slowly insert the hard
disk tray unit into the server drive bay.
2. Use thumb to push the handle bar into the bay until the tray is firmly seated.
3. Done
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Basic Troubleshooting
The following guide is for reference purpose only. Contact a PCW Technical Support Representative for
additional help.
Symptoms
Possible Cause(s)
Solution
Both HDD1 / HDD2 “Fail”
indicate lights are on and the
server unit is beeping.
You might have accidentally
pullout both HDD1 tray and
HDD2 tray, without given
adequate time for the RAID-1
controller to rebuild the disk(s).
You will need hard disk lowlevel formatting software
supplied by the hard disk
manufacturer(s) to wipe out
the “bad/failed disk” data
written on the outer sectors of
the disk.
One of the hard disk’s “Fail”
indicates light is on and the
server unit is beeping.
One of the hard disk might
have failed.
The “Rebuild” indicates light is
always on for hours.
One of the hard disk is not
synchronized with the other
due to recent hard disk tray
pullout or server power
outages.
The hard disk removable
tray(s) might not have been
firmly inserted into the drive
bay.
You might have accidentally
pullout the hard disk tray
repeatedly from the drive bay
while the server was under the
“Rebuild” mode.
Replace the defective hard
disk with a brand new hard
disk. The size of the new hard
disk must be equal or larger
than the original hard disk
size.
Wait for up to 24 hours for the
server to rebuild the hard
disks.
The server cannot detect the
hard disk.
One of the server hard disk
showed “Fail”. Is this really a
defective drive?
I installed a new IBM IDE hard
disk, but the server cannot
detect the hard disk(s).
One of the hard disk is not
properly setup as the “default
master”.
I powered up the server. But,
after few minutes the unit
rebooted for no reason.
The power supply’s
115V/220V switch located
inside the unit was incorrectly
set.
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Push the hard disk removable
tray back into the drive bay
again until it is firmly secured.
You need to download
software such as IBM’s Drive
Fitness Test (Version 3.0) or
Disk Manager to wipe out the
data on the hard disk.
http://www.ibm.com or
http://www.wdc.com
Please set up both hard disks
on the removable trays to
“factory default master”
setting.
Need to call PCW
Microsystems for support.
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