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Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage Arrays

Release Notes
PS Series Firmware Version 6.0 FS Series Firmware Version 2.0

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Table of Contents
1 About PS Series Storage Arrays
What's New in this Release (V6.0) GUI Enhancements Introduction of the PS-M4110 IPsec Support Group Manager GUI Available in Multiple Languages New Verify Option in MTU RAID 5 and No-Spare Configurations Not Recommended Self-Encrypting Drives Single Sign-On Support for PS6500ES, PS6510ES, and PS-M4110 with HDD/SSD Drives Synchronous Replication Volume Undelete Volume Unmapping Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 Support 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 7 9 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 20 20 20 21 21 21 22 22 26 27 28 28 28 29 29 30 30 31 33 33 35 36

2 System Limits and Compatibility
Control Module Support Configuration Limits Replication Partnerships Supported Manual Transfer Utility Versions

3 Installation Considerations
Updating PS Series Firmware Installing the Group Manager Online Help as a Local Resource

4 Known Issues and Limitations
New Features Require Version 6.0 on All Group Members System-specific Issues Replication Synchronous Replication Issues RAID Policy Conversions Control Module Failovers User Interface Data Center Bridging (DCB) IPsec Snapshot Borrowing Issues Accessibility Issues Group Manager CLI Audit Logging User Authentication Manual Transfer Utility Issues Other Issues Host Integration Tools

5 Product Documentation
Documentation Corrections Related Documentation Contacting Dell

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resulting in two hardware-independent copies of volume data. the latest Dell Fluid File System (FluidFS) Version 2. Dell EqualLogic PS Series storage arrays work in conjunction with the Dell EqualLogic FS Series appliances. You can manage both block and NAS replication using the EqualLogic Group Manager interface. refer to the Dell EqualLogic FS Series Appliances Release Notes.equallogic.com/support/. This version of the firmware includes all corrections and enhancements made in prior releases. Replication Technologies Starting with PS Series Firmware Version 6.0.0. For more information about Dell EqualLogic replication technologies.0 release available on FS7500 and FS7600 series NAS appliances allows you to replicate NAS containers between EqualLogic NAS clusters. You must upgrade the PS Series storage arrays to Version 6. 1 . refer to the Dell EqualLogic Group Manager Administrator's Manual. referred to as simply Replication or sometimes Auto-Replication. For product information about the Dell EqualLogic FS Series Appliances.0. This point-in-time NAS replication uses space-efficient snapshots of NAS containers to replicate file data.0 before upgrading the FS Series appliances to Version 2. all information in this document applies to Version 6. is a point-in-time replication solution that offers extended-distance replication. It provides incremental data synchronization between replicas at primary and secondary sites. Note: Unless otherwise noted. Dell EqualLogic supports two replication technologies for block volumes: • The original replication technology.0 of the PS Series Storage Arrays and all future maintenance releases for Version 6.1 About PS Series Storage Arrays This document describes important product information and restrictions for PS Series storage arrays running PS Series Firmware Version 6. Synchronous Replication (also referred to as SyncRep) provides simultaneous writing of volume data across two different storage pools in the same PS Series group. The new replication technology. available at https://www.0. • In addition to these two replication technologies.

described in the following sections. In addition. Volume Folders Volume Folders enable you to organize your volumes into folders in the Group Manager GUI. The Group Manager displays a countdown of the last minute before disconnecting an idle session. Custom Session Banner You can specify a customized banner to be displayed to users before they log in to Group Manager on your group. The administrator can specify the idle time in minutes.0) Version 6.0 introduces several new capabilities for the Group Manager graphical user interface (GUI). or other criteria. This field accepts Unicode character strings. inbound replication. If Dell has released new firmware or software since the last time you logged (green arrow over a blue semicircle) appears on the bottom toolbar of the Group Manager in. The Edit screen for the banner accepts copied and pasted text or typed text. SSH. but all other sessions disconnect without warning (although the user interface displays a log message where appropriate). Session Idle Timeout You can choose to have the group log out of idle sessions of the following types: GUI. console.0. The banner can contain up to 1000 characters. Telnet. 2 . and FTP. If you click the icon. the system checks to see if Dell has released new information about the array firmware or host software. the number of characters allowed may be less than the limit shown. You can use this feature to group volumes according to department. and status of inprogress replication operations. GUI Enhancements Version 6.0 of the PS Series Firmware includes a number of new features. a window appears with information on the available updates. The updated replication panels more clearly display information about delegated space. function. Volume Folders are an organizational tool only and do not affect the volumes that the folders contain. To use the automatic notification feature. the replication partner configuration process now allows you to simultaneously configure volume and NAS container replication on the same partner. the system on which Group Manager is running must have access using HTTP to the Internet. Improved Replication Screens The replication GUI has been redesigned and simplified for Version 6. Depending on the characters you enter.Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays What's New in this Release (V6. with a minimum value of one minute. outbound replication. an upgrade icon window. Update Checking and Notification When you log in to Group Manager.

The administrator can enter a 64-byte description of the folder. a range of IP addresses. which are either SAS. templates. or network protocol. A volume folder can contain volumes of any type including classic. 3 . thin clones. through which the array receives power and connects with your network. initiators on a specific subnet. Note: IPsec is supported only for PS Series array models PS6xxx and PS41x0.0 or higher The PS-M4110 can operate only when installed in a Dell M1000e Blade Enclosure. The PS-M4110 has the following features: • • Fourteen 2. thin-provisioned. Introduction of the PS-M4110 Version 6. IPsec Support Version 6. This support has been designed to comply with the US Government USGv6 requirements. The M1000e blade enclosure can support four PS-M4110 blades per enclosure.Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays The following configuration considerations apply to volume folders: • • • • • • • • • A maximum of 128 folders are allowed per group. Nearline SAS. The maximum length of the folder name is 64 bytes. The administrator can view each of the volumes in a folder.0 of the PS Series Firmware introduces the PS-M4110. even if the folder contains volumes. One or two Type 13 control modules running PS Series Firmware Version 6. The administrator can remove volumes from a folder. See "Configuration Limits" on page 12 for more information. The administrator can delete a folder. and Synchronous Replication volumes A volume folder cannot contain a volume collection. The IPsec feature is available only if all members of the group are arrays that support IPsec. when the last volume is removed. or a combination of SSD and SAS drives.5 inch drives.0 of the PS Series Firmware introduces support for IPsec protection for secure communications between group member arrays and also between iSCSI initiators and a group. a new storage blade array model designed for use in an M1000e blade enclosure. Volume folders cannot be nested. the folder continues to exist. as well as the PS-M4110. recovery volumes. The PS-M4110 supports the same system configuration limits as the other PS4xxx array models. Each folder name must be unique across the group. You can use policies to configure your IPsec implementation to protect iSCSI traffic based on initiator IP address. Deleting a folder does not affect the volumes that are in the folder. provided other volume administrators did not create the volumes.

IPsec uses cryptographic security mechanisms for authentication and protection. as you transfer files. the Group Manager GUI is available in multiple languages.0 of the PS Series Firmware. and therefore does not offer optimal data protection. review the Dell Technical Report titled PS Series Storage Arrays: Choosing a Member RAID Policy . RAID 5 may still be required for certain applications. New Verify Option in MTU Version 6. The language kits will be available shortly after the English version is released. When you select the Verify option.3 introduces a new Verify option that you can select when you start MTU.community.equallogic.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/equallogic-tech-reports.dell. the Group Manager GUI no longer includes the option for configuring a group member to use RAID 5 for its RAID policy.0 of the PS Series Firmware includes support for Version 1. such as denial-of-service attacks and attacks that use fraudulent identity information. IPsec is supported for both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.2. RAID 5 carries higher risks of encountering an uncorrectable drive error during a rebuild. the organization that originally developed the IPsec protocols. 4 . depending on performance and data availability requirements. To allow for these scenarios. Note: For general information about IPsec. which can be downloaded from either of the following locations: • www. If you select the Verify option. the Phase column shows only the Load status. MTU Version 1. For a complete discussion of RAID policies on PS Series systems. You should convert all group member that are using a no-spares RAID policy to a policy that uses spare drives. Refer to Updating Firmware for Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage Arrays for instructions on installing and using the language kits. Dell recommends against using RAID 5 for any business-critical data. During the load operation. Dell recommends against using RAID configurations that do not use spare drives.aspx In addition. IPsec verifies the authenticity of IP addresses and provides protection against certain types of security attacks. RAID 5 and No-Spare Configurations Not Recommended Beginning with this release. you may still use the CLI to configure a group member to use RAID 5. the Phase column on the MTU main panel during a copy displays either Copy or Verify depending on which operation has occurred. MTU verifies that the files are readable on the device to which they are transferred and that the data in the transferred files is identical to the data in the source volume. refer to the website of the Internet Engineering Task Force (ietf. Group Manager GUI Available in Multiple Languages In Version 6.aspx • en. Consequently.com/resourcecenter/documentcenter.3 of the Manual Transfer Utility (MTU).org).Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays IPsec is a set of standardized protocols designed to enable systems on IP-based networks to verify each other's identities and create secured communication links.2.

you must configure the group so that it is directed to the same AD domain that authenticated the users when they logged on to their PCs. an SED will immediately lock itself when it is removed from the array or is otherwise powered down. When space is needed for other functions. Snapshot space borrowing is intended as a temporary solution for snapshots. SED hardware handles this encryption in real-time with no impact on performance. and PS-M4110 with HDD/SSD Drives With the V6. Snapshot space borrowing enables you to prevent the oldest snapshots in your collection from being automatically deleted.0 of the PS Series Firmware introduces support for snapshot space borrowing. it is not meant to solve long-term free space issues or eliminate the need to provision snapshot reserve appropriately. array performance is temporarily degraded. manage the encryption. when you create a new volume or when existing snapshots increase in size because of increased input and output to the volume. or install a Key Management Service (KMS). RAID-6 Accelerated provides RAID 6 dual-parity protection. Dell EqualLogic manages SEDs in a completely automatic fashion. Single Sign-On Version 6. To protect your company’s valuable data. its contents are inaccessible without the encryption key. Drives removed from an SEDsecured array cannot be unlocked. the firmware automatically deletes the oldest snapshots from the volume that required the borrowed space. while optimizing the use of solid-state drives for optimal performance. Snapshot Space Borrowing Version 6. Only the RAID-6 Accelerated policy is supported on these array models.0 of the PS Series Firmware introduces support for single sign-on. To use this feature. PS6510ES. You do not have to configure or set up drives.Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays Self-Encrypting Drives A self-encrypting drive (SED) performs Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption on all data stored within that drive. When the failed SSD is replaced. If the drive is lost or stolen. and PS-M4110 offer tiered configurations in which solid-state disks (SSD) and serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives reside in the same chassis. In the event of an SSD failure. During this time. In these systems. support for three new products is introduced. Support for PS6500ES. These products are optimized to provide SSD level performance and hard disk drive (HDD) level capacity for tiered applications. the data is 5 . which enables you to temporarily increase the available snapshot space for a volume by borrowing from the snapshot reserve of other volumes and pool free space. one hard disk drive is configured as a spare that provides redundancy protection in the event of either an SSD or HDD failure. unless the majority of the drives (not including the spares) are compromised at the same moment. Refer to the Dell EqualLogic Group Manager Administrator's Manual for more detailed information about SED. The PS6500ES.0 firmware. For example. the RAID set is reconstructed using the HDD spare. PS6510ES. which enables users who have already logged into their PCs using Windows Active Directory (AD) credentials to log on to the Group Manager GUI without having to re-specify their AD credentials.

0 of the PS Series Firmware introduces support for volume undelete. each write must go to both pools before it is acknowledged as complete so that two identical copies of the volume data exist simultaneously in two pools. and slots 0 through 4 in PS-M4110 arrays. Synchronous Replication Version 6. the HDD returns to its status as a spare. When you enable Synchronous Replication for a volume. Synchronous Replication requires a PS Series group with two or more member arrays that you have configured to contain two or more storage pools. Note: If a volume contains no data. To facilitate the restoration. Synchronous Replication maintains two identical copies of a volume across two different storage pools in the same PS Series group.Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays copied back to the new SSD. If the pool that is currently being used to access the volume becomes unavailable. it is recommended that you install them in slots 0 through 6 in PS6500 and PS6510. You cannot use Synchronous Replication at the same time that you are using standard replication on the same volume (although you can use both kinds of replications on different volumes in the same group). You can also configure these types of arrays using the Remote Setup Wizard included with the Host Integration Toolkit. Synchronous Replication also facilitates minimally-disruptive maintenance windows. the volume goes offline until the pool either becomes available again or the administrator manually fails over the volume to the other pool. the volumes are unavailable to hosts only for the time required to perform the switch and for the volume to come back online. and performance returns to optimal levels.0 introduces Synchronous Replication (sometimes referred to as SyncRep). 6 . hardware-independent copy of the volume is available in the event of a member failure. For more information. in which volume data is located only in the pool to which the volume is assigned. This method is in contrast to non-Synchronous Replication configurations. Although the SSDs can be installed in any of the slots in the chassis and function correctly.com/compatibility. they can failover the Synchronous Replication volumes residing in the pool to which the member belongs. the firmware does not move it to the volume recovery bin when you delete it. Volume Undelete Version 6. Refer to the hardware maintenance documentation for these appliances for information about how to identify the slot numbers. Note: Maintaining an on-site spare for SSD drives shortens the period of performance degradation caused by using the HDD spare in the SSD RAID set. Synchronous Replication ensures that a viable.equallogic. which enables you to restore volumes deleted by mistake. If administrators need to take a group member offline. where they are preserved for up to one week. or until free space is required. the firmware places deleted volumes in a volume recovery bin. refer to the compatibility matrix on the Dell EqualLogic customer support website at https://support. Note: Some versions of Host Integration Tools do not support the Synchronous Replication feature.

Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays The firmware automatically purges volumes in the volume recovery bin after one week. Unmapping and Replicated Volumes It is not advisable to run operations that result in SCSI unmap operations (for example.0 of the PS Series firmware introduces support for using SCSI unmap operations to recover unused space previously allocated to volumes. using the CLI command recovery-bin volume disable. and therefore the space was unavailable for allocation to other volumes. Volume unmapping requires that all group members be running Version 6. Volume Unmapping Version 6. When a host connected to a volume issues a SCSI unmap operation. This includes volume snapshots and snapshot reserve. the array deletes the data and de-allocates the space. Therefore. If there is insufficient space to restore a volume. even if the data was deleted from the volume and hosts were no longer using it. Synchronous Replication state. you can disable this feature through the CLI only. Such operations on replicated volumes result in zeros being written to the destination sectors of the volume. Dell recommends that you disable unmapping on hosts or volumes (depending on the host operating 7 . The volume recovery bin is enabled by default. Although space de-allocation occurs on both thin provisioned volumes and regular volumes. the volume reserve size can potentially shrink as a result of unmap operations only on thin provisioned volumes. Space de-allocation occurs only if you are using initiators that are capable of sending SCSI unmap operations and only on a "best effort" basis. and no space is reclaimed. format or defrag) on volumes on which replication (including Synchronous Replication) is enabled. windows manual defrag. You can restore and rename a restored volume or purge it manually. As a host writes data to a volume. during periods of low I/O activity. since these operations might result in large numbers of unmapping operations and negatively impact array performance.0 or later of the PS Series firmware. Note: Some volume information is not restored when a volume is restored. If space is de-allocated. the array can reclaim this unused space. the firmware might restore it as a thin volume. Prior to support of the volume unmapping feature. that space might not be immediately available as free space for other volumes until the array deletes snapshots of those volumes. This created a "watermark" effect. or esxtool). Unmap operations are supported in the following operating systems: • • • VMware ESX 5.0 Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 Running Defrag Tools Run defragmentation tools (such as fstrim.0 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. and RAID preferences. the array allocates additional space for that data. making it available for allocation by other volumes. If you do not want to have volume data preserved in the volume recovery bin when volumes are deleted. This writing of zeros can cause the operations to take a very long time to complete. With volume unmapping. or when space is needed. the array could not de-allocate the space. that space remained allocated to the volume.

Using Unmapping with VMware In VMWare ® ESX™ 5.com/en-us/library/cc785435(v=ws.0.10). issue the following command: fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 1 To reenable unmapping. For more information about the fsutil utility. Therefore. unmapping is enabled in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012. which are not recommended for replicated volumes. 8 . it does not support free space recovery on PS Series storage array volumes. This scenario is most likely with replicated volumes. automatic unmapping is enabled by default for deletion operations such as deleting or migrating a VM. you can enable unmapping using the -y argument to the vmkfstools utility.Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays system) that are using replicated volumes. which are not recommended for replicated volumes. very large files are deleted and their space is reclaimed. To disable unmapping in Windows 8/Windows Server 2012. which performs manually invoked unmapping and space reclamation on a per volume basis. Linux file systems that support unmap operations. or deleting files on file systems mounted using the -o discard option can generate large numbers of unmap operations. If the file system does not support the -o discardmount option. refer to the VMware Knowledge Base. When free space recovery via volume unmapping is enabled. which automatically detects a volume's provisioning capabilities. Also. Refer to the following sections for information on disabling and enabling unmapping in VMware ESX. Dell recommends that you do not use volume unmapping with replicated volumes. However. Therefore. Using Unmapping with Red Hat Enterprise Linux By default. thus maximizing the efficiency of the array. must be mounted with the -o discard option to enable free space recovery functionality. issue the following command: fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0 To check the current setting of unmapping. running mkfs. turn off automatic defrag for replicated volumes.0.aspx Automatic defrag can generate a large number of unmap operations. For more information about using vmkfstools. issue the following command: fsuitl behavior query disabledeletenotify Note: The disabledeletenotify setting is a global operating system setting that not only disables unmap operations from being sent to the PS Series storage arrays. Patch ESXi500-201112001. defragging. or Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 operating systems. disables automatic unmapping. volume unmapping operations can stop new writes to the volume and adversely affect performance. such as ext4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. see technet. unmapping is disabled in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. When data is deleted from a volume in Windows. If you are running this patch.microsoft. but also disables TRIM to SSDs. including whether or not the volume can process unmap operations. Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Using Unmapping with Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 By default. However. in Windows Server 12. the corresponding space on the PS Series storage array volume is also freed automatically. a recommended patch for ESX 5.

See "Volume Unmapping" on page 7 for more information.0 has been qualified with up to 32 Windows Server 2012 cluster nodes. including data on virtual hard disks (VHDs).Release Notes 1 About PS Series Storage Arrays Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 Support Version 6.0 supports the following features related to the Microsoft® Windows® 8/Windows Server 2012 operating system.0 supports using SCSI unmap operations to recover unused space previously allocated to volumes. By offloading the resource load to a high speed SAN. SMB/CIFS shares. • • Thirty-two node clusters – Version 6. and drag-and-drop) from server CPU and memory. ODX maximizes the capabilities of your arrays by streamlining the movement of data between volumes. ODX promotes rapid and efficient data transfer using intelligent storage arrays such as the PS Series storage arrays. ODX optimizes throughput and reduces drain on Windows server resources. ODX offloads the resource load of Windows 8 data transfers that use native methods (such as RoboCopy. as well as from the network. copy/paste. and physical disks.0 supports the Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) feature. ODX is automatically enabled in Windows Server 2012. Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) – Version 6. • Volume unmapping – Version 6. 9 . to the storage array itself.

The first column lists and describes control modules. replication partnerships. 10 . Control Module Support Table 1 describes the supported control modules and the array models that use them. the second lists the supported numbers and types of drives. and manual transfer utility versions. and the third lists the supported array model(s). configuration limits.2 System Limits and Compatibility This section includes information about supported control modules.

labeled Ethernet 0 and Ethernet 1. Nearline SAS. PS5000XV. restricted to management network use. PS6000 PS5500 Type 6—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0111 (Gray Label with brown stripe) Type 5—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0115 (Olive Label) 48—SATA 16—SATA (Gray latch) 16—SAS (Black latch) 16—SAS (Black latch) PS5000E PS5000X. or SSD PS4110 24 x 2. PS3000XV PS3000X. with one restricted to man.5" or 24 x 2. Model 70-0476 (Purple/Magenta Label) Type 11—Four Ethernet ports. PS6010 PS4000 PS6500. or SSD Model 70-0450 (No Label) Type 12—Two Ethernet ports. or SSD PS6110 Type 13 —One 10Gb Ethernet port. PS3000X. One additional port labeled MANAGEMENT. PS3000XV Type 4—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0111 (Gray label) Type 3—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0101 (Blue label) 11 . Nearline Model 70-0400 (Green Label) SAS. One port can be active at a time. 12 x 3. agement network use or 16—SATA (Gray latch) Model 70-0120 (Purple Label) 48—SAS or SATA16— Type 7—Four Ethernet ports SAS (Black latch) or Model 70-0202 (Green Label) SATA (Gray latch) PS6100 PS6510.16—SAS (Black latch). restricted to management network use.5" Type: SAS. restricted to management network use. Nearline SAS. Model 70-0478 (Yellow/Gold Label) Type 14—Two 10Gb Ethernet ports (one copper. restricted to management network use. One port can be active at a time. one SFP+). or SSD 24 x 2.5" Type: SAS. Nearline SAS.5" the backplane. Model 70-0477 (Orange Label) 12 x 3. connected through 14 x 2.5" or 24 x 2. One additional port labeled MANAGEMENT. One port labeled MANAGEMENT. Type: SAS. one SFP+) labeled Ethernet 0 and Ethernet 1. One additional port labeled MANAGEMENT. One additional port labeled MANAGEMENT.Release Notes 2 System Limits and Compatibility Table 1: Control Module Support Control Module Descriptiona Drive Type and Maximum Quantity Array Modelsb Type 17—Two 10Gb Ethernet ports (one copper.5" or 24 x 3. Nearline SAS.5" Type: SAS.5" PS-M4110 PS4100 Type: SAS. or SSD Type 10—Two 10Gb Ethernet ports that use optical or copper SFP+ modules. 48—SAS or SATA 16— SAS (Black latch) or restricted to management network use SATA (Gray latch) Model 70-0300 (Orange Label) Type 8—Three Ethernet ports.5" or 24 x 3.

E03J. 12 . PS4100. and E05J apply to Dell EqualLogic PS Series arrays. and PS4110 systems. b) Regulatory compliance numbers E01J. the second column lists the supported limits for groups containing only PS4X00 arrays.0 of the PS Series Firmware. a PS4XXX array is defined as any array in the PS4000-series family. PS-M4110. Configuration Limits Table 2 describes the supported configuration limits for a PS Series group running Version 6. which includes PS4000. and the third column lists supported limits for all other group types.Release Notes 2 System Limits and Compatibility Control Module Descriptiona Drive Type and Maximum Quantity Array Modelsb Type 2—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0011 (Blue Label) Type 1—Three Ethernet ports Model 70-0001 (Dark gray label) 14—SATA 14—SATA PS50E to PS2400E PS50E to PS2400E a) The 70-0111 model number is common to both the Type 4 and Type 6 control modules. The first column lists configuration attributes. the higher limits prevail. Note: For the purposes of this table. See the Safety. There can only be two PS4XXX-series arrays in a mixed group of multiple array types. A group consisting entirely of PS4XXX-series arrays may only have two members. E02J. E04J. When a group contains a mix of PS4XXX arrays and other array models. Environmental. and Regulatory Information document for more information about specific array models. including groups of mixed array types.

8 100 512 per pool 1024 per group with 2 pools 16 7 10% of volume size 100 Up to 16 nodes 256 256 9 16 1 16 8 4 5% of total pool capacity or 100GB per pool member. 8 100 1024 per pool 4096 per group with 4 pools 16 7 10% of volume size 100 Up to 16 nodes 256 256 9 a) Practical maximum volume size is specific to your operating system. whichever is less. or scripting sessions) Thin-provisioning limits (minimum allocation) Administrator accounts per groupf SCSI Power Fencingg IPSec Policies IPSec Security Parameters IPSec Certificatesh 1024 per pool 512 per pool 1024 per group with 2 pools 4096 per group with 4 pools 16 1 2 2 2 5% of total pool capacity or 100GB per pool member.000 512 512 64 Volumes that have replication enabled (outbound)b Volumes that have Synchronous Replication enabled Snapshots and replicas per group Snapshots per volume Replicas per volume Schedules (snapshot or replication) per volume or volume collectionc Persistent Reservation registrants per volume Replication partners per group Replication partners per volume Members per group Members per pool Pools per group Recommended minimum free space per pool Volumes per collection Collections per group (snapshot and replication) Volume connections (each time an iSCSI initiator connects to a volume counts as a connection)d e Access control records per volume and its snapshots Simultaneous management sessions (any combination of GUI. A PS Series group can create and present 13 . whichever is less.Release Notes 2 System Limits and Compatibility Table 2: Configuration Limits Configuration Volumes and replica sets per group Volume size a Groups of PS4XXX only 512 15 TB 32 4 2048 128 128 64 All Other Groups 1024 15 TB 256 32 10. telnet.

Beginning with version 1. V5.3.x. V3. V3.x. V4.x. V5.xa V4.x.x.0.x. V5.x V5.0.0. V4.0.x V5. d) To avoid service outages or possible loss of connectivity during failovers.0.1.0. V4.x V4. V3. V5. V5. Dell recommends increasing initiator timeouts for groups with more than 512 connections.x.2.2.x.1. b) To avoid service outages or possible loss of connectivity during failovers.1. Table 3 shows whether replication is supported between any two partners running different firmware versions (If you are running firmware earlier than V3.x.x.2. V6. V3. the built-in grpadmin account.x V3. e) Inbound replication connections count towards the total number of connections.Release Notes 2 System Limits and Compatibility volumes up to 15 TB. V5. V3.4 or later of the firmware.1.2.3.2. V4. Table 3: Replication Support . See the iSCSI Initiator and Operating Systems Considerations document for more information. V3. the Manual Transfer Utility can run on Linux systems in addition to Windows systems.x V4.x. the remaining are intermediate CA certificates.0.3.x.x. V3.3.1. See the iSCSI Initiator and Operating System Considerations document for more information.3.x. Replication Partnerships Replication is supported only between certain Firmware versions.2x V4. V3.x.2.x. c) This limit applies to all groups running Version 4. V4. 4.x V5.x.x. Dell recommends increasing initiator timeouts for groups with more than 512 connections.x.0.2. f) This number includes local accounts. V4. 14 .x.x V3.0.x V3. V5.x V4.0 firmware or later.1.1.x V4.1.x. Supported Manual Transfer Utility Versions The Manual Transfer Utility is available as a downloadable kit.3. contact your support provider). h) This value includes one Local and one Root CA certificates.0.3.x.x V3.x. V4.0. See the iSCSI Initiator and Operating Systems Considerations document for more information.0 V5.Partner Firmware Matrix Firmware on Group Firmware on Partner V6.2.0. and any remotely-authenticated accounts added to the group.0.2.x V3.1.0. V5.2.x a) Template volumes and thin clones can only be replicated between partners running version 5. V4.x. The Manual Transfer Utility has its own documentation.2. V4. The first column lists firmware versions on the primary group.1. V6.x.x.2. g) SCSI fencing is not supported for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. V4. and the second column lists the supported firmware versions for the replication partners.x.x.1.1.x.1. V3.2.x. provided in the download kit.3.

0 V4.1.1.1.0 15 .Release Notes 2 System Limits and Compatibility Table 4 lists the supported PS Series firmware releases for use with the Manual Transfer Utility. V6.2. V5.3 V1. Table 4: Manual Transfer Utility Support Manual Transfer Utility Version Supported Firmware Release(s) V1. V5.0. V5.0 V5.2.2.2. V6.1 V1. V5.3.2 V5.

Log in using your Customer Support Account. On Firmware Upgrades. you also should review the latest revisions of the following documents: • • iSCSI Initiator and Operating System Considerations Dell EqualLogic FS Series Appliances Release Notes Note: All group members must be running the current firmware version for the latest features and fixes to known issues to take effect. 4. Select the Login to your Dell EqualLogic PS Series Customer Support Account link.dell.0/groupmanager. If you cannot access the Internet.3 Installation Considerations This section includes information about software installation. Before upgrading array firmware.equallogic.htm. If you choose to perform the update via the CLI. 2.com/V6. Open a web browser and navigate to http://support. Installing the Group Manager Online Help as a Local Resource When you launch the online help for EqualLogic PS Series Group Manager. the default location is a Web server at http://psonlinehelp. and supported upgrade paths for updating array firmware. Updating PS Series Firmware Refer to Updating Firmware for Dell EqualLogic PS Series Storage Arrays Storage Array for prerequisites. you can also disable the E-Mail Home feature during the update by entering n (for no) at the prompt asking whether to send email to customer support. email is sent to Dell EqualLogic customer support when you update the group members. You can temporarily disable the E-Mail Home feature (either in the GUI or in the CLI with the grpparams email-contact command). 1.com/equallogic. an Email Message is Sent to Dell Support If You Have the E-mail Home Feature Enabled. click PS Series Firmware. 3. From the Downloads menu. you can download the online help kit and install it locally. instructions. limitations. If the group has the E-Mail Home feature enabled. 16 .

and you might not see the problem using browsers other than Internet Explorer. you might need to configure browser access to the help folder. For example. Launch Internet Explorer.127. In the Location of online help files field. using the format: http://<group_ip_ address> (for example. 17 .123).com/myhelpshare/V6_OLH 12. Depending on the version of Java installed on your system. The top-level file in the help hierarchy in this folder is groupmanager. 3. 10. You must install and use the standalone EqualLogic PS Series Group Manager application as follows: 1. a network share. Add the group's IP or management address to the list of trusted sites. 2. Click Logout to log out of the Group Manager. enter the help folder location. 6.12. 4. 2. Launch the PS Series Group Manager GUI in a separate browser window and log in. Do not close the IE browser window. Click any help icon (“?”) in the PS Series Group Manager GUI to test the validity of the revised help location. Click the version number in the Download Page section. 11. or Web server repository.Release Notes 3 Installation Considerations 5.company. Click the Security tab. 5. Click the appropriate version number. you might need to add the help URL to the list of trusted sites: 1. Look for the Documentation section. Click the Downloadable Online Help Files under Other Documents. Click Close. http://10. click Trusted Sites. Notice that more options are displayed. Uncompress and copy the folder contents to a folder on the local disk. 8. 7. Click OK. for Internet Explorer.htm. Click User preferences. then Internet Options. Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box. This is due to a regression in some versions of Java. Troubleshooting and Constraints Browser Security. Depending on your browser choice and the local Internet security settings. Uncheck the option to require server verification. Note that this is where you copied the help in step 9 above. In the GUI. This opens the Modify user preferences dialog box on the General tab. Here are some examples for proper formatting: file:///c:/V6_OLH http://<servername>/V6_OLH file:///system. click Tools to expand the Tools options.directory. and go to Tools. 9. and then click Sites. Internet Explorer will not display the PS Series online help locally if you run the PS Series GUI as a browser applet. Java Version.

Click Launch as an application. 5.html).Release Notes 3 Installation Considerations 3. When you no longer need the application. which closes automatically on completion. named for your PS series group. 4. 18 . use the Windows Control Panel or the Java Control panel to remove the application. 6. Wait for the EqualLogic PS Series Group Manager welcome screen (http://<group_ip_ address>/welcome. You can then log into the group and repeat the steps in "Installing the Group Manager Online Help as a Local Resource" on page 16 to set your user preferences to point to the local online help. followed by the Downloading Application dialog. A Java window opens briefly. A PS Series Group Manager launch icon appears on your desktop.

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PS6010. This issue applies to the following array models: • • • • PS6100 (Type 11 control modules) PS4100 (Type 12 control modules) PS6110 (Type 14 control modules) PS4110 (Type 17 control modules) 20 .0 of the PS Series Firmware require that all members in the group be running the Version 6. Failed Power Cooling Modules Marked as Healthy The Group Manager GUI may incorrectly display a disabled or failed Power Cooling Module as being healthy if one or more of the fans it contains have failed. Service tag labels for the PS6500 and PS6510 are also located on the upper-right front of the array (behind the bezel). refer to the Dell EqualLogic FS Series Appliances Release Notes. refer to the iSCSI Initiator and Operating System Considerations document. PS6000. For information about known issues and restrictions from other releases. The service tag number will be printed on the D-label along with the array serial number and the other information currently on the D-label located on the rear chassis flange. see the Release Notes for those versions. For issues about Dell EqualLogic FS Series Appliances. System-specific Issues The issues listed below only apply to the Dell EqualLogic products specified therein. New Features Require Version 6.0 release or later in order for the feature to be fully functional.0 on All Group Members All features introduced in Version 6.4 Known Issues and Limitations The following restrictions and known issues apply to this version of the PS Series Firmware. and PS6510. PS6500. This is different from what is shown in the Hardware Maintenance manuals for the following array models: PS4000. Location Change for Service Tag Labels The separate service tag labels on the rear of all arrays will be discontinued in future shipments. For issues and limitations pertaining to host operating systems and iSCSI initiators.

1 and later. or wait until its next scheduled replication. RAID Conversion From No-Spares To Spares Does Not Work RAID conversion from a no-spares policy to a spares policy appears to work. This issue is most likely to occur after an increase in delegated space on the partner. but is required in order for the replication process to complete correctly. replication of a volume on a primary group remains in a "partner down" state. As a best practice. You can either immediately rereplicate the volume. This free space will not be used to store replicated data. Performance Issue when Using SyncRep Synchronization of large SyncRep volumes is an I/O-intensive activity. but it actually converts to nospares. During this process. indicating that the secondary group is unavailable. This issue applies to arrays running PS Series Firmware Versions 4. Minimum Free Space Required on Remote Replication Partner There must be at least 20 GB of free space available on a remote replication partner running Version 6. resulting in no change. disable and re-enable replication on the base volumes. the member might report a different amount of usable capacity than if you had initially configured the member with that RAID policy. RAID Policy Conversions Capacity Changes After RAID Conversions After you convert a member from one RAID policy to another (and restart the member). Synchronous Replication Issues Synchronous Replication not Supported for Dell EqualLogic SRA Volumes Synchronous replication is not supported for volumes created for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and managed by VMware SRM and Dell Equallogic Storage Replication Adapter (SRA). 21 . perform policy conversions when the system is not undergoing heavy usage. Best Practices for RAID Conversions RAID policy conversions are I/O-intensive activities and performance degradation may occur while they are in progress.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Replication Incorrect "Partner Down" Error Messages In very rare cases. cancel the in-progress replication for the volume. The number of spares the array has might be different also. If that doesn't work. performance degradation may occur. As a workaround.0.

For optimal resolution.7x higher Browser requirements for the Group Manager GUI are as follows: • Screen resolution requirements vary by language and are listed below. This behavior is normal for an array in standby mode. If you are performing service operations on your array that require it to be offline. User Interface Browser Requirements The GUI supports the following browser and Java Run-Time Environment combinations: Browser Java Version Operating System Internet Explorer 6. Windows7).6 and JRE 1. Linux Mac OS X Windows x86/64bit (2003. which prevents most Java applications from running and results in the following message: • • • • 22 . Windows 7) Windows x86/64bit (2003. 2008. Windows XP. Windows 7) Mozilla Firefox 3.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Control Module Failovers Automatic Restart of Arrays in Standby Mode If the active control module is removed from an array that is in Standby mode. 1.com to use the GUI.6x.6x. the array will automatically failover to the secondary control module and restart. otherwise the GUI installation fails. Windows XP.java.6x. you must enable the Java Temporary Internet Cache.x and higher JRE 1.6x. the default security level for the Internet zone is High. you must download and install Java support from http://www.7x higher Safari 5 and higher JRE 1. If you are running Windows 2003.7x Windows x86/64bit (2003.7x Google Chrome 12 and JRE 1. 1. make sure your screen width has at least this many pixels: – English: 1280 – German: 1440 – Spanish: 1580 – French: 1580 – Japanese: 1580 – Korean: 1280 – Chinese: 1280 If support for Java is not included with your operating system. If you are installing the GUI as a Java application on a local system. 2008. 1. 1. Windows XP. You must have JavaScript™ enabled to ensure that applets resize correctly. 2008. use the array shutdown option instead.

your browser must have Compatibility Mode enabled and be running Java 1. Note: This is a known issue with Java Web Start. As a result. Otherwise. the Java Virtual Machine may become unresponsive and the browser application must be restarted. In Firefox. 23 . then Security. you can only run one instance of the Group Manager in a browser window. The GUI will be updated to reflect the correct value the next time data is written to the volume. you can view the value in the GUI by navigating to Monitoring. To resolve this. the volume distribution chart might not accurately reflect the size change and the distribution of the volume space across group members until the resize operation is complete. In addition. Although the GUI does not require you to use HTTPS.com/bugdatabase/view_ bug. the Group Manager GUI might display an incorrect Pending Data Transfer value for the volume in the Replication Summary panel. the page may not display correctly. you must add the group IP address to the list of trusted sites. visit: http://bugs. • In addition to ports 3002 and 3003. To use the GUI.0_24 or later. all data moving between the browser and the array is SSL-encrypted.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do?bug_id=6926204 GUI Display Errors During Long Sessions If a user has been logged into the Group Manager GUI for an extended period of time.sun. if the Encrypt Communication checkbox is selected when logging in. log out of the GUI and log back in again.6. then Internet Options. • • Using the GUI with Tabbed Web Browsers In Internet Explorer 7. you can run multiple instances of the Group Manager GUI in separate tabs. For more information. If you are using Internet Explorer 9 to access the Group Manager GUI. while the replication is in progress.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX control on this page. To change the security level.sun. you must use a 64-bit Java installation to access the Group Manager GUI. For more information. You can refresh the GUI to update the display. Desktop Icon for Group Manager GUI Might Render Incorrectly The desktop icon for launching the Group Manager GUI as a standalone application might render incorrectly on systems running Java Web Start for Java SE 6 Update 18 and later. it is recommended that you launch GUI instances one at a time. such as more than 48 hours. Note: This is a known issue with Java.do?bug_id=6887286 GUI Displays Inaccurate Volume Information During Resizing Operation While a volume resizing operation is in progress. You can use the partner select outbound-replicaset select show CLI command to get the correct value at any time. then Outbound Replication. visit: http://bugs. the GUI uses the standard HTTP port (80). and avoid scenarios in which multiple login dialog boxes are displayed at the same time. then Replication.0 and above. If you are running a 64-bit browser. elements in the GUI might not display properly and may display Java error messages. select Tools. Inaccurate Pending Data Transfer Value Following Completed Replication After a volume is configured for replication. When running multiple GUI instances.

b. then Internet Options. Verify that the Temporary Internet Files checkbox is selected. b. 4. Select Tools. click Settings. you must complete the following steps: 1. Cannot Simultaneously Modify a Volume and Change its Pool Membership The Group Manager GUI and the CLI do not allow you to modify a volume’s settings and change its pool membership in one operation. complete these steps to clear your browser's cache: a. then Clear Recent History. Under Temporary Internet files. In the Browsing History section of the General tab. move the volume to a different pool. 6. verify that the Cache checkbox is selected. 3. If you delete the group members before uninstalling the applications. c. Then. Set the Time range to clear to Everything. 2. Uninstall Group Manager GUI Applications Before Deleting Groups When removing all members from a PS Series group. Go to Control Panel > Java. Click Delete. the Group Manager GUI may display a failed status for the control module’s power supply or battery. If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser. Log out of any sessions you have open in the Group Manager GUI. c. change the volume’s settings. Relaunch the browser and log in to the Group Manager GUI GUI Displays Incorrect Power and Battery Status for Control Modules In some cases. you will not be able to remove the applications from Windows systems using the Add/Remove Programs feature. Select Tools. 24 . Close all browser windows. select Delete. first uninstall any instances of the Group Manager GUI that have been installed as applications on local hosts. Complete these steps to clear your Java cache: a. after a control module has been upgraded or replaced.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Browser Must Be Restarted with Cleared Browser and Java Cache After Upgrade After upgrading your firmware. d. c. after the configuration change has taken effect. b. First. If you are using the Internet Explorer browser. Click Delete Files. 5. Select Clear Now. Under Details. The GUI will automatically update to reflect the correct status after a few minutes. complete these steps to clear your browser's cache: a.

If the GUI becomes unresponsive after an error of this nature has been issued. In this case. 25 . These errors are not indicative of an issue with group health or performance and can be disregarded. the Group Manager GUI might indicate that some members have not yet been updated.0. Correct the problem or run the update from the CLI. If you see these errors. GUI Might Not Recognize Upgrade Immediately During an upgrade to Version 6. Group Manager GUI Displays Rounded Volume Capacities Volume capacities displayed in the Group Manager GUI may be rounded up by as much as 15 MB. Use the CLI if you have IPv6 enabled. try restarting the application or use the Group Manager GUI from a web browser instead of a standalone application. Errors Might Occur with Standalone Group Manager GUI and Java 6 The system might report java. the GUI might issue messages applicable to previous versions of the firmware instead of the current behavior.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Schedule Name Not Displayed for Scheduled Replications of Volume Collections The Group Manager GUI might not display the correct schedule name for scheduled outbound replicas of volume collections. error messages or other pop-up windows might be displayed on a monitor other than the one where the GUI screen is open. click the Next button to proceed. the Group Manager GUI may write Illegal Argument Exception errors to the Java Console log.NullPointerExceptions if you are running the Group Manager GUI as a standalone application with Java 6. even though they have been updated to the newest firmware. might not correctly highlight the Next button during the volume creation or thin clone creation operations. If this occurs. This is normal behavior. Group Manager GUI Does Not Support IPv6 The Group Manager GUI does not support IPv6 addresses. Firmware Upgrade Wizard Does Not Distinguish Between Failed and Missing Control Modules The Firmware Upgrade Wizard in the Group Manager GUI displays the same error message. Messages Might Be Displayed on a Different Monitor If you are running the Group Manager GUI on a system with more than two monitors. regardless of whether the array member being upgraded has a failed control module. Standalone GUI With Java 7 Might Not Highlight the Next Button The Group Manager GUI. Java Console Error Messages in Busy Groups In groups containing high levels of replication and snapshot activity. and is the result of the array's internal calculations for capacity allocation. Pressing Refresh will cause the GUI to recognize that all members have been updated. refresh the browser window to correct the problem. when used as a standalone application with Java 7. or if it only has a single control module present: Single controller updates are not allowed from the GUI.lang.

26 . At the CLI prompt. When this occurs. the fan speed is occasionally reported (incorrectly) as zero with a status of "critical" in RED font. enter setup def_dcb_vlan_id vlan_id. Updating Firmware Through GUI with Java 7 32-bit Fails When 32-bit Java 7 is installed. Specifying the DCB VLAN ID When Creating or Expanding a Group To add a new member to a group in which Data Center Bridging (DCB) has been enabled. if you modify the size of the volume. you must change the display language in order to view the GUI in a language other than English. selecting Update Firmware from either the Tools menu. the GUI does not return the correct space values. 1. install the display language first. 4. Enter Control+C to cancel the setup program. under the Cooling Fans section on the Enclosure tab. 3. or to create a new group in which DCB will be used. Note: The PS Series Group only uses VLANs in DCB-enabled environments. Viewing the GUI In a Language Other than English When Using Java 7 If you are using Java 7. Run the setup utility as documented in the array configuration instructions. Selecting View details displays the following: FTP Error: Unknown error. Change the Display Language in the Display language section. Make sure you carefully monitor bound volumes to prevent out-of-space issues. you must complete the following steps. you can safely ignore the cooling fans section on the Enclosure tab. If the health status shows green. use the CLI to update the firmware. Connect to the member using a serial connection.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Cooling Fan Speed Reports Incorrectly In the user interface. Use this procedure to change the display language in Windows: 1. GUI Does Not Return Correct Space Values For a Bound Volume After binding a volume (CLI-only operation). Open Control Panel. 2. Region and Language 3. Data Center Bridging (DCB) The following issues apply when working with a group in which Data Center Bridging (DCB) is enabled. or the Firmware tab in Group Configuration results in a Firmware update failure. Click on Keyboards and Languages tab 4. If you don't have the display languages installed other than the default that comes with OS. this must be a value from 0 to 4094. check the health status. 2. where vlan_id is the DCB VLAN ID number used by the group. If this occurs.

Do not use the IPsec option in the Microsoft iSCSI initiator. iSCSI initiators.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations IPsec Refer to the iSCSI Initiator and Operating System Considerations document for information about using IPsecenabled PS Series storage with hosts in your environment. There may be known issues or idiosyncrasies with their IPsec support that require additional planning or configuration. Although PS Series group members use hardware to accelerate cryptographic operations. you can expect that using IPsec will degrade I/O performance.microsoft. found at http://support. and applications. the system may not allow you to remove the partial configuration and replace it with a complete configuration created with the Windows Firewall. 27 . many initiators perform these operations in software. if the IPsec policy protects only iSCSI traffic on port 3260. IPsec must be configured using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. refer to Microsoft's KB article 2721092. You should also review the documentation for your host operating systems. and increases with the number of IPsec-protected iSCSI connections to the group. the root CA certificate could accidentally be loaded with the intermediate keyword. Also. HBAs. which does not have the capability to fully configure an IPsec configuration between the host and the group. The performance impact of IPsec varies by host and network configuration. including how to clean up a configuration if you inadvertently configured IPsec from the iSCSI config wizard. Root CA Certificate Can Be Accidentally Loaded as Intermediate CA The ipsec certificate load command does not check the certificate chain at load time. As a workaround. if you attempt to configure an IPsec connection using the iSCSI initiator.com/kb/2721092. This should not cause any difficulty as long as you also load the root CA certificate with the root-ca keyword. Incorrect Help Text For IPsec Security-Association Delete Command The ipsec security-association delete command incorrectly displays the following help text: Show ipsec security associations. Based on these factors. For example. which can cause a further reduction in the speed of communications between iSCSI initiators and the group. As a result. note the following: • IPsec traffic is not always handled correctly by Windows if the IPsec policy is configured to protect only a subset of traffic between the host and the group. Using IPsec with Windows Hosts When configuring IPsec with Windows hosts. apply IPsec policies to all traffic passing between the group and Windows systems. the Windows host may not reliably connect to the group. • For more detailed information about this issue.

On systems where it is installed but not used. then the oldest snapshots will be deleted before snapshot borrowing is enabled. Accessibility Issues Display Issues with Java Access Bridge When the Java Access Bridge is installed and used on a system accessing the Group Manager GUI. this issue does not appear.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Snapshot Borrowing Issues Use Policy of Deleting Oldest Snapshots with Snapshot Borrowing The snapshot policy for some volumes might specify that the volume is to be taken offline when a new snapshot exceeds the snapshot reserve space. text and icons may display incorrectly when using the Tab key to navigate through the GUI. telnet is set to return both a carriage return and a line feed. Earlier versions of the Java Access Bridge do not provide 64-bit support. the focus may shift away from the GUI altogether.0. By default. the most common indication is not being able to log in or enter parameters due to an unexpected line feed occurring. the issues are corrected the next time the GUI refreshes. although new snapshots will use the borrowing feature. To avoid this issue. the focus may shift to the Logout link or to another unexpected location in the window. In Mozilla Firefox. set the snapshot policy for that volume to delete the oldest snapshot before a new snapshot exceeds the snapshot reserve space. the keyboard focus in the browser window might shift to an unexpected location when completing tasks in wizards or dialog boxes.2 or later of the Java Access bridge to access the Group Manager GUI. In addition. change the policy to delete oldest snapshots. If this is the case. 28 . Browser Might Focus on Incorrect Location When Running Group Manager GUI in Browser In the Group Manager GUI. increase the volume's snapshot reserve until it is no longer exceeded. Alternatively. In both cases. If you enable the snapshot borrowing feature on such a volume and that volume has already exceeded its snapshot reserve. 64-bit Screen Readers Require 64-bit Java Access Bridge Visually-impaired users running screen readers (such as JAWS) on 64-bit operating systems must use version 2. before you enable snapshot borrowing. when you enable the snapshot borrowing feature for a volume. This issue only occurs when the Java Access Bridge is being used. enable borrowing. and then reduce the snapshot reserve to the original amount. Group Manager CLI Using Telnet To Log Into a Group Windows telnet might not be configured to correctly handle the carriage return key. In Internet Explorer. text and icons in table cells may display incorrectly when table items are selected with the mouse or the user navigates through the table using the Tab key.

when you delete the individual volumes that belong to a volume collection. In addition. 29 . To fix the problem. even though only one command was entered. the collection is also automatically deleted. and new accounts with previously-used account names will be able to view audit records for the old account. However in some cases.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations To correct this. logins using a Windows Active Directory (AD) account are allowed only if you have configured the AD account directly under an AD group that has access to the group. you return to the PS Series Group Manager session and the carriage return key will work properly. you can give the individual accounts access to the group as a workaround. with each server’s IP addresses being listed alongside the server that follows it in the list. Active Directory subgroups are not supported. the log does not output correctly. but no collections will appear in the GUI. use the telnet escape sequence (Ctrl-]) to return to the telnet prompt. Duplicate Entries in Audit Log when Adding or Deleting LDAP Servers When you add or delete multiple LDAP servers using the ldap server-list create or ldap server-list delete CLI commands. identify and delete the empty collection using the following CLI commands: collection show collection delete collection_name Audit Logging Bug 33632. and run unset crlf in the Windows telnet client. User Authentication Active Directory Subgroups Are Not Supported If you are using LDAP. When you press Enter. If you have Active Directory accounts residing in subgroups. As a security precaution. the collection can still appear in the CLI output from the collections show command. Active Directory Login Not Successful Unless User and Group Entries are Configured Under the Same BASE DN If you are using LDAP. Dell recommends that administrator account names not be re-used after they have previously been deleted. Inconsistent Display of Empty Volume Collections Normally. the Audit log displays one instance of the command for each server that was added or removed. logins using a Windows Active Directory (AD) account are successful only if both the AD user entries and AD group entries exist under the BASE DN configured on the group. Limitations of Administrator Auditing Capabilities The following administrative CLI command is not written to the Audit log: member select disk select clear-label Audit Log Entries Visible to Administrators with Previously-Used Account Names All accounts can always view their own audit log information. You might have to log in again.

Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations For example.com/support/ Some Drives Do Not Display Speed Information Some drive models do not carry information about their spin rate. you might see errors related to the SAN disk being offline or read only. are actually allowed to login to the array. For more information about this issue.OU=ou1. after you have upgraded the whole group to Version 6. In this case.dc=com and there is an AD group "sales" configured under ou2 that has authorization to login to the PS Series array.com/kb/971436/EN-US) Other Issues IPV6 Not Supported with iSNS The iSNS client used with PS Series arrays does not support IPv6. Temporary Loss of Serial Port Connectivity When All Ethernet Ports Are Disabled Disabling all network interfaces on a group member will temporarily result in the complete loss of iSCSI and network management access to the member. including management access through the serial port. SAN HeadQuarters can be downloaded from the EqualLogic support website: https://www.0 of the PS Series Firmware and some members running earlier versions of firmware. Deprecated Support for Multi-Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) Support for MRTG (Multi-Router Traffic Grapher) has been deprecated as of PS Series Firmware Version 4. suppose you set the BASE DN to OU=ou2. 30 . If this occurs.equallogic.1 and replaced with SAN HeadQuarters (SAN HQ). the system might not present the opportunity to make key backups for SED drives during setup.dc=somecompany.dc=com. Therefore. refer to the Microsoft support article at http://support.0 or later. Approximately 30 seconds after the last network interface has been disabled.dc=somecompany. you must use DiskPart at the command line or Diskmanagement from Server\storage to make the disk available for use. we recommend that you use the GUI or CLI to backup the key.microsoft. you can log into the array CLI through a serial connection using an account with group administrator privileges and reactivate the network ports. the Group Manager GUI and CLI will show a speed of Unknown (or 0 RPM) for some drive models. Request SED Key Backup After Upgrade for Groups With Mixed Firmware Versions If your group is a mixed group. Manual Transfer Utility Issues MTU Might Produce Errors With Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 2008 If you are using Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 2008 to replicate data using the Manual Transfer Utility (MTU). with some members running Version 6.OU=ou1. Only members of "sales" that are also configured under OU=ou2.

This error is misleading. The following warning is generated: Interface eth0 has negotiated DCB priority flow control with the switch. Then run the setup command again. the snapshot and replication schedules might not run as often as expected. refer to the compatibility matrix on the 31 . Error When Entering Incorrect Group Name During the setup of a member that is joining an existing group. and modify switch configuration. identify the switch the array is connected to.0 of the PS Series Firmware are not supported by previously released versions of the Host Integration Tool. the setup will succeed. disable DCB for the ports the array is connected to and enable standard 802.3x flow control. out of. If this occurs. To correct this issue. Since some languages require two or three bytes per character. the following error message is generated: Error . However. If you retry the setup with a proper group name and IP address. Refer to the switch administrator’s guide on how to enable priority flow control (PFC) for iSCSI. Group Administrator Privileges Required to Move Volumes You can only move volumes into. Incorrectly Configured DCB Switch Can Lead to an Ethernet Flow Control Issue On 10G arrays. No Ethernet flow control is enabled for iSCSI on this interface. Five-Minute Schedules on Heavily Loaded Systems Might Not Run As Expected On lower performance systems that are configured with close to the maximum number of snapshot and replication schedules running at the highest frequency. the actual limit in characters will depend on the particular characters used. or between folders if your account has Group Administrator privileges. entering the correct group IP address. settings negotiated with a DCB switch that is incorrectly configured may result in there being no Ethernet flow control. When this occurs. but incorrect group name will result in the following message: Please run the reset command to remove any configuration and user data on the array and to reset the array to its factory defaults. If the switch doesn’t support the iSCSI TLV. The limit actually applies to the number of bytes in the encoded string. you don’t need to reset the array. Host Integration Tools Some of the new features in Version 6.Cannot delete pool at this time because at least one member is currently unreachable.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations Some System Messages for Unicode Fields Refer to Characters Instead of Bytes Some system messages refer to the number of characters allowed in fields that accept Unicode characters. a health condition displays a blinking yellow caution symbol in the GUI. the switch did not configure iSCSI traffic for a lossless priority. For information about which versions of the Host Integration Tools are supported in this firmware version. Incorrect Message when Deleting SyncActive Pool If you attempt to delete the SyncActive pool for SyncRep volumes while the SyncAlternate cannot be contacted.

for compatibility. and earlier. of the PS Series Firmware.exe) Limitation with Cluster Shared Volumes The EqualLogic Extended Copy utility (eqlxcp.1 and later of the PS Series Firmware.0 (for SRM 5) are not compatible withVersion. and earlier. Later versions must be installed prior to upgrading to Version 6. EqualLogic Extended Copy utility (eqlxcp. is not supported for Microsoft Cluster Shared Volumes on arrays running Version 5.exe) is not needed with Window 8/Windows Server 2012. A later version must be installed prior to upgrading to Version 6. 6. for compatibility. The EqualLogic Extended Copy utility (eqlxcp.0. Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) v1.0. and SRA v2. 32 .exe).0 of the PS Series Firmware.equallogic.0.0.com/compatibility. provided in the Host Integration Toolkit.1. Refer to the compatibility matrix for the latest information. Notes: • • HIT for VMware v3.Release Notes 4 Known Issues and Limitations https://support. is not compatible with Version. 6.1.5 (for SRM 4).

page 2-3. page 2-4. the color of the indicator was incorrectly stated as yellow instead of orange. Documentation Corrections This section lists corrections and updates that apply to the PS Series Storage Array. The documents containing the error are: • • PS4000 Hardware Maintenance Guide. callout 4 in Table 2-1.5 Product Documentation This section contains information about product documentation. This affects the following documents: PS 6500 Storage Arrays Hardware Maintenance Manual PS 6510 Storage Arrays Hardware Maintenance Manual PS Series Storage Arrays Disk Drive Replacement (supports both PS6500 and PS6510 array models) PS6000 and PS4000 Hardware Maintenance Guides In previously-published versions of the documents listed below. callout 4 in Table 2-1. the disk error LED color is incorrectly listed as red instead of orange. 33 . PS6000 Hardware Maintenance Guide. in addition to the documented condition of one or more drive failures: • • • • • If a RAID set is in a faulted state If multiple RAID sets are found If a drive is too small In lost block conditions If the write cache is lost or orphaned Furthermore. Front LCD Panel Disk Indicators Flash Conditions The Hardware Maintenance Guides and Disk Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) document for the PS6500 and PS6510 Series Arrays do not mention that the front LCD panel disk indicator will flash in the following cases.

a CAT6 (or better) cable can be used for up to 45 meters. An Ethernet port on the active control module can fail over to the same Ethernet port on the secondary control module if a network path fails. 34 . titled Setting Up a PS Series Storage Array . a CAT6 (or better) cable can be used from 37 to 55 meters. This text should recommend that for the 10GBASE-T port. Error in PS4110 and PS6110 Array Setup Posters A documentation error has been identified in the PS6110 and PS4110 array (in-box) hardware setup posters. Installation Guides Refer to Setup Utility The PS Series Storage Arrays Installation and Setup Manual for the PS6000 and PS6500 refer to a setup utility. Dual Controller Configuration Dual control module configurations support a feature called vertical failover. The following vertical failover text. The following illustration shows the recommended configuration to support vertical failover. will be included in the next publication of this manual. The current (incorrect) text recommends that for the 10GBASE-T port. and accompanying graphic illustration. a more accurate description of this function would be the setup CLI command. This description of a utility is somewhat misleading.Release Notes 5 Product Documentation Omission in PS4100 Hardware Documentation The PS4100 Storage Array Hardware Maintenance Guide omitted information about vertical failover from the "Dual Controller Configuration" section.

Installation Guide . Provides the latest information about PS Series Storage Arrays and FS Series Appliances. Describes how to set up the hardware and start using PS Storage Arrays and FS Series Appliances. Group Manager CLI Reference . • • 35 . Hardware Owner's Manual. Group Manager Administrator's Manual.Related Documentation Related Documentation PS Series Storage Arrays and FS Series Storage Appliances documentation includes the following: • • • Release Notes. Describes how to use the Group Manager command line interface to manager a storage array or a group and individual appliances. Provides information on maintaining the PS Series Storage Array and the FS Series Appliance hardware. This manual provides comprehensive information about concepts and procedures. Describes how to use the Group Manager GUI to manager PS Series Storage Arrays and FS Series Appliances.

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