MSM Software Feature Difference Between the MR

MSM Software Feature Difference Between the MR
MSM Software Feature Difference Between the MR
Controller and the IR Controller
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
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1 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2 MegaRAID Storage Manager Main Menu Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2.1 Dashboard View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2.2 Physical View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2.3 Logical View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
2.4 Menu Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
3 Creating a New Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
3.1 Creating a Virtual Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
4 Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.1 Managing Controllers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4.2 Managing Drive Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
4.3 Managing Virtual Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
4.4 Managing Physical Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
4.5 Managing Battery Backup Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
5 Finding Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
6 Revision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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Overview
Dashboard View
MSM Software Feature Difference Between the MR Controller and
the IR Controller
1
Overview
This document provides an overview of MegaRAID Storage Manager® software feature differences between the
MegaRAID® (MR) controller and the Integrated RAID (IR) controller.
2
MegaRAID Storage Manager Main Menu Windows
2.1
Dashboard View
The following table and the figures describe the dashboard view differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 1 Dashboard View – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
IR Controller
Displays the Bus ID, Device ID, and Domain ID of the controller. If
the controller supports High Availability DAS, the HA Peer
Controller Status field appears.
Displays the Bus ID and the Device ID of the controller.
NOTE The Domain ID of the controller is not displayed.
NOTE High Availability DAS is not supported in IR controllers.
The MegaRAID Advanced Software Options are enabled.
NOTE The MegaRAID Advanced Software Options are disabled.
Allows you to perform operations, such as Create Virtual Drive,
Create CacheCade® - SSD Caching, Load Configuration, Update
Firmware, and Silence alarm.
You can perform operations, such as Create Virtual Drive, Load Configuration,
and Update Firmware.
Link to the MR online help.
Link to the IR online help.
NOTE The Silence Alarm and Create CacheCade - SSD Caching features are
not supported.
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Dashboard View
Figure 1 Dashboard View - MR Controller
Figure 2 Dashboard View - IR Controller
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MegaRAID Storage Manager Main Menu Windows
Physical View
Physical View
The following table and figures describe the physical view differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 2 Physical View – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
IR Controller
Displays the Bus ID, Device ID, and Domain ID of the controller. If the Displays the Bus ID and the Device ID of the controller.
controller supports High Availability DAS, an additional parent mode,
NOTE The Domain ID of the controller is not displayed.
Server Domain, appears on the device tree in the Physical tab.
NOTE High Availability DAS is not supported.
The Properties tab displays the following properties for a controller: The Properties tab displays the limited properties for a controller:

General properties, such as NVRAM information, BIOS version,

General properties, such as NVRAM information, BIOS version, Flash
Flash size, memory size, Shield state, and chip temperature, and
size, memory size, Shield state, and chip temperature, and so on.
so on.

Firmware Properties

Shield State is supported

Drive Security Properties

Power State Properties

Data Protection Properties

Firmware Properties

Drive Security Properties
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Background Operation Properties

Emergency Spare Properties
The Properties tab displays the following properties for an
enclosure:

Vendor ID

Enclosure ID

Serial Number

Enclosure Model

Enclosure Location

Connector Information

Number of Slots

Production Revision Level

Number of Fans

Number of Power Supplies

Number of Voltage Sensors.
The Properties tab displays the following properties for an enclosure:
Vendor ID

Serial Number

Number of Slots

Production Revision Level

Number of Fans

Number of Power Supplies

Number of Voltage Sensors

NOTE Enclosure Model, Enclosure ID, Enclosure Location, and Connector
information are not displayed.
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Physical View
Figure 3 Physical View –Controller Properties – MR Controller
Figure 4 Physical View – Controller Properties – IR Controller
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Physical View
Figure 5 Physical View – Enclosure Properties – MR Controller
Figure 6 Physical View – Enclosure Properties – IR Controller
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MegaRAID Storage Manager Main Menu Windows
Logical View
Logical View
The following table and figures describe the logical view differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 3 Logical View – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
IR Controller
Displays the Bus ID, Device ID, and Domain ID of the controller. If Displays the Bus ID and the Device ID of the controller.
the controller supports High Availability DAS, an additional parent
NOTE The Domain ID of the controller is not displayed.
mode, Server Domain, appears on the device tree in the Logical
tab.
NOTE High Availability DAS is not supported.
The Properties tab for a controller displays limited properties for a
The Properties tab displays the following properties for a
controller:
controller:

General properties, such as NVRAM information, BIOS version,  General properties, such as NVRAM information, BIOS version, Flash size,
Flash size, memory size, shield state, and chip temperature,
memory size, shield state, and chip temperature, and so on.
and so on.

Firmware Properties

Power State Properties

Drive Security Properties

Data Protection Properties

Firmware Properties

Drive Security Properties

Background Operation Properties

Emergency Spare Properties
Figure 7 Logical View – MR Controller
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Menu Options
Figure 8 Logical View – IR Controller
2.4
Menu Options
The following table describes the main menu differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 4 Menu Options– MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
The Manage menu displays the following options:

Refresh

Server

Check Consistency

Initialize

Show Progress

Exit
IR Controller
The Manage menu displays the following options:

Refresh

Server

Check Consistency
NOTE Check Consistency is supported. However, it is enabled when the
background initialization (BGI) is completed.


Show Progress
Exit
NOTE The Initialize feature is not supported.
The Go To menu displays the following options:

Controller

Drive Group

Physical Drive

Virtual Drive

BBU
The Go To menu displays the following options:
Controller

Drive Group

Physical Drive

Virtual Drive

NOTE The BBU feature is not supported.
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Creating a New Configuration
Creating a Virtual Drive
3
Creating a New Configuration
3.1
Creating a Virtual Drive
The following table and figures describe the virtual drive configuration differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 5 Create Virtual Drive – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
IR Controller
Simple Configuration
You can use the free capacity of an existing drive group or
unconfigured drives for creating a configuration.

MR controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 6.

Drive type mixing is allowed.

You can assign an unconfigured drive as a hot spare during
volume creation.

Drive security (Avago SafeStore™ Data Security Service) is
supported.

If High Availability DAS is supported on the controller and
you are creating a virtual drive using simple configuration, by
default, the virtual drive is shared with the other servers in
that cluster.
See Figure 9.
Simple Configuration
Advance Configuration

You can create Spanned drive groups.

MR controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and 60.

Drive security (Avago SafeStore™ Data Security Service) is
supported.

You can set the following virtual drive settings:
— Virtual drive name
— Initialization state
— Strip Size
— Read policy
— Write policy
— I/O policy
— Access policy
— Disk Cache policy
Advance Configuration

NOTE The system creates the best configuration possible using the available
drives.
NOTE IR controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, and 1E.
NOTE Drive type mixing is not allowed.
NOTE Drive security ((Avago SafeStore™ Data Security Service)) is not
supported.
NOTE High Availability DAS is not supported.
See Figure 10.
NOTE You cannot create Spanned drive groups.
NOTE IR controller supports RAID levels 0, 1, 10, and 1E.
NOTE Drive security ((Avago SafeStore™ Data Security Service)) is not
supported.
NOTE All of the parameters except the virtual drive name in the virtual drive
settings window are disabled. After you create the virtual drive, you can only
change the Disk cache policy.
NOTE High Availability DAS is not supported.
NOTE SSD Caching feature is not available.
See Figure 12 and Figure 14.
NOTE After you create the virtual drive, you cannot change
Initialization state and Stripe size settings.
If the controller supports High Availability DAS, the Provide
Shared Access option enables you to share the virtual drive to
between the two servers in a cluster.

You can enable or disable SSD Caching on the new virtual
drive.
See Figure 11 and Figure 13.
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Creating a New Configuration
Creating a Virtual Drive
Figure 9 Create Virtual Drive (Simple) - MR Drive Group Window
Figure 10 Create Virtual Drive (Simple) - IR Drive Group Window
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Creating a New Configuration
Creating a Virtual Drive
Figure 11 Create Virtual Drive (Advance) - MR Drive Group Window
Figure 12 Create Virtual Drive (Advance) - IR Drive Group Window
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Creating a New Configuration
Creating a Virtual Drive
Figure 13 Create Virtual Drive (Advance) - MR Virtual Drive Settings Window
Figure 14 Create Virtual Drive (Advance) - IR Virtual Drive Settings Window
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
Managing Controllers
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
4.1
Managing Controllers
The following table and figures describe the controller operations differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 6 Managing Controller – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
You can perform the following controller operations:
Create Virtual Drive

Diable Alarm

Silence Alarm

Start Patrol Read

Set Patrol Read Properties

Disable SSD Guard™

Scan Foreign Configuration

Save Configuration

Clear Configuration

Set Consistency Check Properties

Schedule Consistency Check

Set Adjustable Task Rates

Manage Power Save Settings

Update Controller Firmware

Manage MegaRAID Advanced Software Options

Manage Link Speed

Save TTY Log

IR Controller
You can perform the following controller operations:
Create Virtual Drive

Scan Foreign Configuration

Load Configuration

Save Configuration

Clear Configuration

Update Controller Firmware
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
Managing Controllers
Figure 15 Managing Controller - MR Controller
Figure 16 Managing Controller - IR Controller
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
Managing Drive Groups
Managing Drive Groups
The following table and figures describe the drive group configuration differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 7 Managing Drive Group– MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
You can perform the following drive group operations:

Modify Drive Group.

RAID Level Migration.
IR Controller
NOTE RAID Level Migration is not supported.
Figure 17 RAID Level Migration - MR Controller
4.3
Managing Virtual Drives
The following table and figures describe the virtual drive operations differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 8 Managing Virtual Drives – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
You can perform the following virtual drive operations:
Rename Virtual Drive

Delete Virtual drive

Set Virtual Drive Properties

Start and Stop Locating Virtual Drive

Start Initialization

Virtual Drive Erase

Hide Virtual Drive

IR Controller
You can perform the following virtual drive operations:
Delete Virtual drive

Set Virtual Drive Properties

Start and Stop Locating Virtual Drive
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
Managing Virtual Drives
Figure 18 Managing Virtual Drives - MR Controller
Figure 19 Managing Virtual Drives - IR Controller
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Monitoring Controllers and Their Attached Devices
Managing Physical Drives
Managing Physical Drives
The following table and figures describe the physical drive operations differences in the MR and IR controller.
Table 9 Managing Physical Drives– MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
You can perform the following physical drive operations:

Assign Global Hot Spare

Assign Dedicated Hot Spare

Start and Stop Locating Drive

Prepare for Removal

Drive Erase

Make JBOD
IR Controller
You can perform the following physical drive operations:

Assign Global Hot Spare

Start and Stop Locating Drive
NOTE JBOD feature is not supported
NOTE If the JBOD feature is enabled, you can make an
unconfigured drive as a JBOD.
Figure 20 Managing Physical Drives - MR Controller
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Finding Additional Information
Managing Battery Backup Units
Figure 21 Managing Physical Drives - IR Controller
4.5
Managing Battery Backup Units
Table 10 Managing Battery Backup Units – MR Controller Versus IR Controller
MR Controller
IR Controller
You can perform the following battery backup unit operations:

Set Learn Cycle Properties.

Start a Learn Cycle Manually.
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You cannot connect a battery backup unit to an IR controller.
Finding Additional Information
In addition to this guide, refer the 12Gb/s MegaRAID® SAS Software User Guide for more information on the MegaRAID
Storage Manager software features.
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Revision History
6.1
Version 1.0, March 2015
Initial document release.
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