PERC3 SCSI RAID firmware upgrade

Mike Oliveri moliveri at
Tue Feb 17 05:05:17 PST 2004

I've got one PE1650 that had the same issue. That's one of my Win2K
boxes (for the moment) so I was able to run Dell's script straight from
within Windows, but it pretty much boots the DOS CD (CD 2) as one of the
steps and runs the sofware from there.

It basically flashes the PERC card BIOS and firmware and flashes the
motherboard BIOS if necessary. The whole process took about an hour, but
that also included uninstalling and reinstalling the latest Dell
OpenManage software, which was a good chunk of time itself. I don't
recall it ever running a consistency check, but the paperwork did claim
it would run one in the background (presumably through the Dell
software) and I didn't check on it.

Good news is the process did go off without a hitch. I ran backups just
in case, of course, but again, no problems.

Good luck!

Take care,

---Original Message ---

hi all

does anyone on the list have any production dell poweredge 1650 servers?

we have several.  we recently got a memo from our dell reps that there
is a firmware upgrade to the PERC3 dual channel SCSI raid cards.  this
firmware upgrade is supposedly a preventative measure - apparently, dell
has had some experience with the cards not being able to recover after
one of the raid controllers goes down, they explained to me on the phone
that this firmware upgrade is pretty much mandatory.

of course, since our boxen are running freebsd 4.6-4.9-RELENG, the dell
rep who came over to our server room to run the firmware upgrade would
not touch them.  he left a disk for me to do this myself - apparently,
the the firmware upgrade involves booting to a cdrom which applies the
firmware for you, rebooting, then hitting control-m to get into the
perc3 management console, running a consistency check (could take an
hour or so), then rebooting into the o/s.  they informed me that i would
not have to upgrade the kernel or download patches for freebsd's native
scsi raid drivers for this card.

has anyone applied the firmware upgrade to their own dells?  seems
relatively straightforward, but thought i'd check with the list before
taking down machines that have been running flawlessly for almost a year
to apply something which may be arbitrary...


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