Installing the ServeRAID Adapter

Installing the ServeRAID Adapter

During the installation, you will need a small, flat-blade screwdriver and the documentation that comes with your server.

To install the ServeRAID-3H or ServeRAID-3L adapter:

  1.  Review the Safety Information provided with your IBM server.

    Note: Some IBM Netfinity servers support hot-swap PCI features, which allow you to  install or remove PCI adapters without turning off the server.
     Review the information provided with your server to determine if your model supports these features.
     If your Netfinity model provides hot-swap PCI support, you do not need to turn off your server to install this adapter.
     However, you will need to restart your server to run the ServeRAID Configuration Program.

  2.  If your server model does not support hot-swap PCI, turn off the server; then,  disconnect all power cords and cables from the server.
  3.  Remove the server cover and locate an empty PCI expansion slot for the adapter.
     Choose a slot with the most clearance from any other installed components, such as the microprocessor.
     If necessary, see your server documentation for more detailed information about the expansion slots.

    Note: For Netfinity 3000 servers, the ServeRAID adapters are supported only when installed in PCI slot 3.
     Do not install these adapters in PCI slots 1 or 2.
     Before you can install a ServeRAID adapter in a Netfinity 3000, you must first remove the standard SCSI adapter  that comes in PCI slot 3.
     You can install and use the standard SCSI adapter in PCI slots 1 or 2, but devices attached to the standard SCSI adapter will no longer provide startup (boot) support.

  4.  Remove the expansion-slot cover, if applicable.
  5.  Touch the static-protective package containing the adapter to a metal expansion-slot cover on the server.
     This reduces any static electricity from the package and from your body.
  6.  Remove the adapter from the static-protective package, holding the adapter by the edges.
     Do not touch any exposed components on the adapter.
  7.  Insert the adapter in the PCI expansion slot.
     Press the adapter firmly into the slot so that it is fully seated in the slot.
  8.  Tighten the expansion-slot screw on the top of the adapter.
  9.  If you are installing the adapter in an IBM PC Server 330 and you intend to use this adapter  in place of the ServeRAID controller on the system board, continue with step 10. Otherwise, go to step 11.
  10.  Connect one end of the DASD status cable (provided with the adapter) to the DASD status connector on the adapter
     (see 'Connector Locations'); then, connect the other end of the cable to the DASD status connector on the hot-swap backplane.

     If necessary, see your server documentation or the system label inside the server cover for the location of the DASD status connector on the backplane.

  11.  Connect the SCSI cables to the adapter.
     If you intend to attach external devices only, go to step 15. Otherwise, continue with step 12.
  12.  Connect one end of a 68-pin VHDCI 2 SCSI cable (separately purchased or already in your server)  to the internal channel connector on the ServeRAID adapter.

    Note: See 'Connector Locations' for the channel connector locations.

  13.  Connect the other end of the SCSI cable to the hot-swap backplane or to a SCSI device in the server.
     (See your server 2 VHDCI stands for Very High Density Connector Interface documentation or the system label  inside the server cover for the location of the SCSI connector on the backplane.)

    Note: When the ServeRAID adapter and a SCSI CD-ROM drive are connected to the same SCSI bus  (cable), you must enable the ServeRAID bootable (startable) CD-ROM feature before the adapter or controller  can start a bootable CD-ROM. See 'Setting the Bootable CD-ROM Feature' for more information.

  14.  If you have drives to install, install them now.
     See your server documentation for drive installation instructions.


    1.  The ServeRAID adapters and controllers use SCSI ID 7.
    2.  Removable-media devices (such as CD-ROM or tape drives) connected to the same ServeRAID adapter or  controller must all have unique SCSI IDs, even when they are connected to different channels.
       For example, if you have a CD-ROM drive on Channel 1 set to SCSI ID 6, you must not have a tape drive  on Channel 2 or Channel 3 of the same ServeRAID adapter or controller set to SCSI ID 6.

  15.  Install the server cover.
  16.  If you disconnected the cables and power cords in (above) step 2, reconnect the cables and cords.
     See your server documentation if you need detailed instructions.
  17.  If you want to attach an external SCSI device to the ServeRAID adapter, continue with 'Connecting External Devices'  Otherwise, go to Chapter 3, 'Using the Configuration Programs'.

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