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Thursday, November 24, 2011

AMD RaidXpert related

After login with
you get this:
Welcome to Web based AMD Array Management Software (RAIDXpert)
RAIDXpert is an easy-to-use software designed to simplify RAID storage management. RAIDXpert is specifically designed for AMD HBA. RAIDXpert can configure, manage or monitor AMD RAID products remotely from a web browser from anywhere in the world. 

Allgemeine Eigenschaften
Erstellt, löscht, erweitert und konvertiert Festplattenarrays durch Fernbedienung.
Festplattenarray Synchronisierung und Ablauf-Wiederherstellung
Kontrolliert Laufwerk-, Array- und Gehäusestatus und unterstützt online Ereignisprokollieren
Email Benachrichtigung von Festplatten-, Array-, Controller- oder Gehäuseereignissen (z.B. Fehler- oder Ausfallbedingungen
RAIDXPert is OEMed from Promise Technology and it's fairly poorly documenetd.
I have found an updated manual on the ASRock web site, if you actually want to USE the program. An nanohead pointed out, this program is poorly supported:
To repair your RAIDXpert shortcut, right click on it and open Properties.  It should open to the "Web Document" tab.  Make sure the URL is:  http://localhost:25902/amd/login.jsp.
For a new shortcut, it is easier to create it on the Desktop and move it to the Start Menu.  Right click the Desktop and select New\Shortcut.  Just enter http://localhost:25902/amd/login.jsp for the "location" and name it what you wish.  Then you can right click it, drag it to the Start Menu, and chose to copy or move it there.  Note, while you are holding the right mouse button down, with the shortcut "attached" hover over the Start Menu and then All Programs untill it opens.  Be patient, it might take a few seconds.
Another easy way to create an internet shortcut is to open your browser to the desired address, http://localhost:25902/amd/login.jsp.  Then click the icon in the Address Bar and drag it to the desktop or directly to the start menu.
AMD site search for RaidXpert
How does AMD’s RAID solution work?
AMD distributes software which is based on Promise Technology, Inc.'s ROMB (RAID on Motherboard) implementation. This FAQ discusses how all the pieces fit together, and assumes the reader is familiar with RAID concepts or can easily find them on the internet. There are three software components in a fully outfitted RAID platform. 1) BIOS Option ROM 2) RAID storage driver 3) RAIDXpert software 1) The option ROM is made up of two separate binaries. One is the general functionality, runtime components, INT 13h extensions (i.e., BIOS’ storage support), etc. The other is the user interface (UI), which may be discarded if not used. Both these two pieces make up what is generally known as the option ROM. All RAID-enabled SBIOS implementations will include the option ROM and invoke it using the PC-compatible initialization method. If the option ROM finds the correct PCI Device ID in the system, it will display a message, allow the user to press Ctrl-F to enter the UI, etc. Alternatively, the SBIOS may elect to skip the initialization process if the Device ID is missing and it knows to associate the Device ID with the RAID option ROM. The interface inside the option ROM is easy to understand, albeit somewhat unforgiving (for example, a mistake made while creating a logical drive may require the user to start over). If necessary, an “Option ROM User Manual” is available. Once the user has configured the logical drives, the option ROM will store the configuration information in a proprietary format on the hard drives. A “RAID Option ROM Product Implementation Guide” is also available. Note that this describes how to integrate the option ROM into the SBIOS, and holds no useful information for the average AES customer. The target reader for the Implementation Guide is the engineer inside the BIOS company. The SBIOS will typically provide options for configuring the SATA controller, which will ultimately modify the Device ID of the controller. An option of “Type” might have selectable choices such as “Native IDE”, “RAID”, and “AHCI”. An option for “Forced RAID” will typically restrict the RAID controller to non-RAID5 operation. Also, “Combined Mode” will allow the remaining SATA ports (the first four are dedicated to RAID) to be used in native IDE mode. For more information about SATA PCI Device IDs, please see FAQ #387. 2) Most operating systems should require a driver to be associated with the Device ID; that is they will not simply rely on the INT 13h support in the BIOS. The installation method for the driver will be OS-specific. Because all the RAID software is a matching set, the driver knows how to decode the configuration information stored on the disks. An API is available for customers to directly manipulate the RAID from a custom application. 3) RAIDXpert is a utility that contains a superset of the features in the option ROM. It allows the user to modify the configuration information as well as set up management policies and permissions. This is an optional program and is not necessary for operation of the RAID system. It makes the management more convenient, however.
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