Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/MD3660i

Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/MD3660i
Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/MD3660i/MD3660f/
MD3060e Storage Arrays
Information Update
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Contents
Notes, Cautions, and Warnings...................................................................................................2
1 Information Update.....................................................................................................................5
PowerVault MD Dense Storage Arrays Software Installation Requirements..........................................................5
Required Resource Media Version....................................................................................................................5
Required RAID Controller Module Firmware And NVSRAM Versions...............................................................5
New Features In This Release..................................................................................................................................5
Support for Dense Storage Array Enclosure......................................................................................................6
Support For New Storage Management Features.............................................................................................6
Redesigned MD Storage Manager Array Management Window......................................................................6
MD Storage Manager Online Help...........................................................................................................................6
References To Features Not Supported In This Release...................................................................................7
Terminology Related To Legacy Features..........................................................................................................7
Other Information You May Need.............................................................................................................................7
Resource Media Readme...................................................................................................................................8
Other Resources.................................................................................................................................................8
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Information Update
This document describes important product information and restrictions for the Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/
MD3660i/MD3660f/MD3060e Storage Arrays.
NOTE: Henceforth in this document, Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/MD3660i/MD3660f/MD3060e Storage Arrays
is referred to as PowerVault MD Series Dense storage arrays.
PowerVault MD Dense Storage Arrays Software Installation
Requirements
NOTE: If you have an earlier version of MD Storage Manager installed on your system, you must uninstall the older
version before installing the latest version of the MD Storage Manager available on the Resource Media.
Required Resource Media Version
To use the Dell PowerVault MD3260/MD3260i/MD3660i/MD3660f/MD3060e storage arrays, you must install the MD
Storage Manager from the Resource Media for Dell PowerVault MD Series shipped with the system.
CAUTION: Do not install software, utilities, or device drivers from any earlier versions of MD Series Resource
Media.
DVD Name
Version
Resource Media for Dell PowerVault MD Series
A00
Systems Supported:
MD3060e, MD3260, MD3260i, MD3660i, and MD3660f
Storage Arrays
Required RAID Controller Module Firmware And NVSRAM Versions
All RAID controller modules in your MD Dense storage array must have the following controller firmware and NVSRAM
versions installed.
Component
Version
RAID controller firmware
07.84.00.64
NVSRAM
N26X0-784890-904
Always refer to the Dell PowerVault MD3260, MD3260i, MD3660i, MD3660f, and MD3060e Series Storage Arrays Support
Matrix at support.dell.com/manuals for the latest required software and/or driver levels.
For information on updating your RAID controller firmware or checking your current firmware levels, see the Dell
PowerVault MD3260/3260i/3660i/3660f/3060e Storage Arrays Administrator's Guide at support.dell.com/manuals.
New Features In This Release
This release supports several new hardware and software features. It also includes a redesigned version of the MD
Storage Manager user interface.
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Support for Dense Storage Array Enclosure
The MD Series Dense storage array is a five-drawer 4U enclosure managed by dual SAS, iSCSI (1 Gbps or 10 Gbps), or
Fibre Channel (8 Gbps) RAID controller modules. The array can be expanded up to 120 physical disks (or 180 with
premium feature activation) by attaching up to two MD3060e (SAS based) expansion enclosures.
Support For New Storage Management Features
This release includes support for Dynamic Disk Pooling and Asymmetric Logic Unit Access (ALUA).
Redesigned MD Storage Manager Array Management Window
The Array Management Window (AMW) has several new or renamed main menu options.
New Main Menu option
Feature/Function
Storage
Create disk pools, virtual disks, and virtual disk groups.
Host Mappings
Define hosts and create host-to-array mappings.
Hardware
Set RAID controller, drawer, physical disk, and LUN IDs,
and blink array components.
Monitor
View system performance parameters, perform
troubleshooting operations, and view other support
information.
Upgrade
Upgrade and inventory RAID controller or expansion
module firmware, NVSRAM, and view other enclosure
configuration.
The AMW tabs have changed as follows.
Previous Tab Name
New Tab Name
Feature/Function
Logical
Storage & Copy Services
Create and manage virtual disk
copies, snapshots, and remote
replication.
Physical
Hardware
Shows storage array physical
component in graphical view and
supports ability to manage each
component on the storage array.
Mappings
Host Mappings
Shows the tree view of defined and
undefined storage space, host servers
and host port IDs.
Support
Not Available
Deleted from this release.
MD Storage Manager Online Help
In some cases, the MD Storage Manager online help describes storage management features that are not supported in
this release. Additionally, some terminology used in the online help may be inconsistent.
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References To Features Not Supported In This Release
The following storage management features described in the MD Storage Manager online help are not supported in this
release:
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Asynchronous Remote Replication
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Thin Provisioning
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Solid-State Disk (SSD) Caching
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Point-in-Time Virtual Disk Snapshots
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Consistent Grouping of storage management operations
As a result, while these features may be described in the online help, they are disabled (greyed out) in the MD Storage
Manager. Any feature that is not disabled in MD Storage Manager is fully supported. For detailed information, see the
MD Series Dense storage array online help or the user documentation at support.dell.com/manuals.
Terminology Related To Legacy Features
MD Storage Manager online help contains references to “legacy” versions of Remote Replication and Snapshot Virtual
Disks. In this release, this terminology - for example, Remote Replication (Legacy) and Snapshot (Legacy) - must be
disregarded.
NOTE: In future releases, legacy terminology will be used to differentiate between standard features and advanced
features. However, in this release, no advanced features are supported.
Other Information You May Need
WARNING: See the safety and regulatory information that shipped with your system. Warranty information may be
included within this document or as a separate document.
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The Getting Started Guide provides an overview of setting up your system and technical specifications.
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The Owner’s Manual provides information about system features and describes how to troubleshoot the system
and install or replace system components.
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The Administrator's Guide provides an overview of the tasks that must be completed to configure the storage
management features.
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The CLI Guide provides information about using the command line interface (CLI).
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The Rack Installation instructions provide information on how to rack your system
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The Setting Up Your Dell PowerVault MD3260/3260i/3660i/3660f Storage Array instructions provide information
on how to set up the hardware and install the software on your storage array.
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The Deployment Guide provides information on installing and configuring the software and hardware.
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Any media that ships with your system that provides documentation and tools for configuring and managing your
system, including those pertaining to the operating system, system management software, system updates, and
system components that you purchased with your system.
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For the full name of an abbreviation or acronym used in this document, see the Glossary at support.dell.com/
manuals.
NOTE: Always check for updates on support.dell.com/manuals and read the updates first because they often
supersede information in other documents.
NOTE: When upgrading your system, it is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS, driver, and
systems management firmware on your system from support.dell.com.
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Resource Media Readme
The Readme.txt file in the root directory of the Resource Media for Dell PowerVault MD Series for MD3060e, MD3260,
MD3260i, MD3660i, and MD3660f Storage Arrays contains important information on a number of critical topics. Always
read this document thoroughly before using your MD Series Dense storage array. The following topics are addressed in
the Readme.txt file:
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Upgrading RAID controller firmware
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Deploying your MD Series Dense storage array on Linux operating systems
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Configuring your MD storage array to use the Microsoft VDS or VSS providers
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Using your MD storage array on VMware ESX/ESXi-based systems
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Any known issues or late program changes
Other Resources
For more information on the MD Series Dense storage arrays, see the following resources:
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User documentation—support.dell.com/manuals
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Video series—del.ly/PowerVaultMD
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Technical whitepapers—dell.com/pvresources
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