IBM DS3500 SAN Staging – Array Configure
This is a short walk through on how to stage an IBM 3500 SAN.
The default IP addresses of the IBM DS3500 SAN are 192.168.128.101 and 192.168.128.102. These IPs are the #1 Ethernet port on each controller.
Make sure to change the name of the SAN. Keeping the default name is not Best Practice.
Update the SAN firmware to the newest version before you start.
The firmware update instructions are in the release notes.
Rename the Storage System
Setup the Storage Array
Go to the Setup Tab
Then click on the Configure Storage Subsystem
Choose Create Array and logical drives
Enter Array Name
Create the Array
Make sure you leave 1 drive unselected for hot spare in RAID5 configuration. (RAID6 has this built in) (RAID10 hot spare is not needed)
Boot Drive Setup
Size of disk = 50GB (You will not need more that 20GB. I setup 50GB just incase the logs files get big)
Drive Name: vsphere#_boot (# is the number of the vsphere)
DS Drive Setup (storage drives)
Size of Disk = 1000GB (This setting is for the FDE drives. This seems to be the sweet spot for 600GB 15K FED drives)
Drive Name: vm_dshigh# (# is the next logical number starting with 1)
Choose Customize Setting
Logical Drive I/O = File System
Preferred Controller Ownership
A or B
(DS drives need to be balanced. All the vSphere drives need to stay on either Controller A or B)
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