RAID Config Screen

In this day and age, you need your machines to be up and running 100% of the time, or as close to that as possible. This means that rebooting a server just to get some detail about your RAID configuration is completely out of the question.

Luckily, some RAID cards have the ability to be configured even from a running system. In the case of this article, we’re looking at LSI or PERC (As the Dell guys call them) cards.
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I use Adaptec (More specifically, the Adaptec 5805) RAID cards on a daily basis. Apart from the long(ish) boot times, they perform great once booted up and I’d recommend the cards any day. I also use Ubuntu predominantly as a server OS, so in order to manage my arrays, I need to be able to use the Adaptec Storage Manager (ASM for short). Unfortunately, Ubuntu is NOT officially supported, so you need to do a little workaround to get it to work.
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