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System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-14, 7:01 AM

We are preparing a Lenovo System x 3250M6 fitted with a ServeRAID M1200 Series card for Windows Server 2019 Standard.

 

We have successfully loaded the Windows based RAID console utility and can we access the RAID on the Windows side. There may be the need, however, to manage the RAID array prior to starting Windows.

 

According to the manufacturer's information there should be an option to boot to the RAID console using <Cntl+H> at start-up. This option does not appear / does not work at start-up with everything we have tried so far.

Q. Can anyone confirm that <Cntl+H> does / does not work for this build ? If it does work, what is the timing of the key sequence in relation to the boot sequence ?

 

The server BIOS does have a <Storage> section which appears to provide access to the configuring the RAID controller. We are not sure if this replaces the Web BIOS console.

Q. Can anyone confirm that this replaces the RAID Web BIOS console ?

 

We have also found a Lenovo Forum topic which says that the Web BIOS console can be accessed by booting to the EFI shell and entering a series of commands to open the RAID card Web BIOS. Q. How do we access the EFI shell on System x 3250M6 so we can try this option ?

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-22, 6:45 AM

Hi DarrenT,

 

Your understanding is correct, following the standard setup from F1-SystemSettings-Storage to access the RAID management is the preferred method. I saw the articles on Broadcom support page as well, it seems like no options to access the RAID WebBIOS configuration on X3250M6 because of the lack of PS/2 emulation if a UEFI compatible operating system is installed and the boot mode is set to UEFI in BIOS. My apologies for taking your time on this topic. 

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-14, 7:47 AM

Hi :
Please refer to the following link for how to access RAID configure utility. 

 

https://systemx.lenovofiles.com/help/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.lenovo.sysx.3633.doc%2Ft_configuring_raid_arrays.html&cp=0_2_2_2_1_10 

 

 

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-14, 9:01 AM

Hi Darren,

 

The condition of using the Ctrl + <hotkey> to access the LSI utility is under the legacy BIOS boot. 

If the UEFI BIOS boot is set, then everything will be available from the UEFI and the WebBios will not be visible.

 

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-15, 2:06 AM

Hi Ccchen,

 

Your reply appears the most logical, however, we have not been able to get our new system to legacy boot through to starting Windows Server, it just hangs (UEFI boot is fine). The <Cntl+H> option doesn't appear and toggling <Cntl+H> up to that point hasn't started the RAID Web BIOS.

 

In anycase, it would appear that the RAIS storage control console is always available via <F1> Setup after the system starts and then navigating through the BIOS setup settings through to <Storage>.

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-15, 3:14 AM

Hi DarrenT,

 

The hotkey for accessing the RAID configuration utility in the legacy BIOS boot of Server RAID M1200 Series controller is Ctrl+C. See the RAID configuration section from the link.

 

Checking into the setting in BIOS setup page from Boot Manager/Boot modes is set to UEFI mode or Legacy Mode, 

If you would like to access the RAID WebBIOS with a hotkey, this option should be set to Legacy mode. Please note that the Legacy BIOS option is not set to [Disabled] in System Settings->Legacy BIOS-> Legacy BIOS, otherwise the system boot mode will be forced to boot from [UEFI Mode].

 

You can also change the settings in System Settings->Devices and I/O Ports-> Enable/Disable Adapter Option ROM Support, you can select the boot mode for each device. The default settings in this page are Auto, the option ROMs will be executed based on the setting of System Boot Mode.

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-19, 2:06 AM

Hi DarrenT,

 

Could you please check if you need further assistance with this post?

If you feel like the information provided reolved your issue please mark this thread as completed. If you are still experiencing issues please let us know so we can assist further.

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-19, 7:16 AM

Hi Ccchen,

 

We have tried your recommendations to no avail.

 

We followed the link to the Lenovo x 3250M6 server manual. There is no reference to booting to a Web BIOS console for the RAID controller. The only documented reference to accessing the RAID controller is via the normal BIOS <F1> Setup after the system starts and then navigating through the BIOS to <Storage> (Section 4, Pg. 39).

 

Nonetheless we have run some start-up tests in Legacy Mode and none of Cntl+C, Cntl+G or Cntl+H keyboard sequences have any effect on booting to a RAID Web BIOS. Cntl+C was your recommendation, Cntl+H comes direct from the ServeRAID M1215 hardware installation manual (8. Pg 21) (and Cntl+G  is another sequence we recall for RAID Bios which we though we would try).

 

We wanted to be clear on what all our options are for getting to the RAID settings for troubleshooting and maintenance purposes before we put the server into service. We thought a RAID Web BIOS interface might be friendlier than a normal BIOS interface.

 

Summary

 

It appears that there are discrepancies as to whether a ServeRAID M1215 RAID Web BIOS exists (or is accessible on Lenovo x 3250M6 3633 AC1) and the preferred method of access / workaround is via <F1> Setup after the system starts and then navigating through the BIOS setup settings through to <Storage> for RAID setup / managament.

 

If we agree on this then we would consider the topic closed.

 

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-19, 9:17 AM

Hi DarrenT,

 

Do you check the bios setting is as I mentioned in the following post to see if it helps to access the RAID bios?

1) Check the settings from Boot Manager/Boot modes is set to UEFI mode or Legacy Mode, set this mode to legacy mode.

2) Check Legacy bios setting is enabled or disabled, this setting should be set to enabled.

3) Check the OpROMs settings for the slot from System Settings->Devices and I/O Ports-> Enable/Disable Adapter Option ROM Support,

  which is set to auto or you can set it to forced boot from Legacy mode. 

 

 

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-20, 4:22 AM

Hi Ccchen,

 

Thank you for the alternate document reference for the sequence to enter the RAID BIOS.

To aid our discussion, above is a screen snapshot of the RAID controller when we boot  in legacy mode.

While it always appears there is nothing to show the Cntl+C option (or any other key sequence) to start the RAID Web BIOS.

Even if we try the Cntl+, the regular boot-up just carries on.

The only information that we can add to this is that the virtual array (2 x 1Tb HHDs in RAID 1) is still configuring in the background (according to the Avago Windows RAID console. It looks like it will take ~ 24 hours and we are currently @ %40% configure). Q. Could this be disabling the Web BIOS option from appearing ?

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Re: System x 3250M6 - Boot To ServeRAID M1200 Series RAID Web Bios

2019-08-20, 7:30 AM

Hi DarrenT,

 

It looks like the virtual drives created and handled by BIOS which you created it through UEFI. As you mentioned that VD is still initiating in the background, the CRTL+ <Hotkey> message should be displayed when the background operation is complete.  

 

I recommend changing the bios setting to previous settings when you created the virtual drives through UEFI, clear the current configurtaion or delete the existing VD. If you want to disable the background operations only, there should have an option "Disabled Background Initialization" from the path: System Settings->Storage->Slot # RAID: xxx-> virtual drive management-> virtual drive #-> Advanced, you can change the BGI settings for the virtual drives.

 

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