MD3200i Default Management Port Settings

Recently our business bought a DELL MD3200i Disk Array to feed our growing disk needs. It came with dual controllers, 12 Disks of 2T each for a total of 24T of data 🙂 Not bad for a 2U server sized unit.

I needed to configure it into our development storage network and to my surprise the Technical manual does not give you the default IP addresses of the two controllers! So after some hunting I found the following information and checked it to see if it was correct.

The MD3200i uses DHCP to get its controller IP, If the controller(s) on your storage array are unable to get an IP address via DHCP server, they timeout after 10 seconds and use a default static IP address. The default IP addresses are:

Controller 0: IP: 192.168.128.101 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Controller 1: IP: 192.168.128.102 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

NOTES:

  • No default gateway is set.
  • Configuration must be performed on the same physical subnet as the storage array

To Configure the Array

  1. Setup your workstation to have an IP in the same class C network, say 192.168.128.254
  2. Connect the PC to a HUB and the two array controller ports to the same HUB – might need X-Over cables.
  3. Fire up the MD Storage Manager, configure the array as required – I usually setup 4 RAID-5 Disk Groups.
  4. Setup the IP addresses of the iSCSI ports

By default, the iSCSI ports on the storage array are set to the following IP addresses:

Controller 0, Port 0: IP: 192.168.130.101 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 0, Port 1: IP: 192.168.131.101 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 0, Port 2: IP: 192.168.132.101 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 0, Port 3: IP: 192.168.133.101 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260

Controller 1, Port 0: IP: 192.168.130.102 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 1, Port 1: IP: 192.168.131.102 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 1, Port 2: IP: 192.168.132.102 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260
Controller 1, Port 3: IP: 192.168.133.102 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 Port: 3260

Notes:

If you change the network range of the controllers then make sure your network card in the PC is also setup with an IP in the same range as the desired port (Lookup Virtual IP Address for more info in GOOGLE) so you can keep talking to the controller.

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