Installed PERC management software afaapps and created simple mirror

I just installed Debian Lenny on a Dell 2650 with an OLD PERC 3 RAID controller.

I then installed the afaapps package from Dell’s website (
Use this link or just search for ‘afaapps’ under the Drivers and Downloads section of the Dell support site.

After extracting the rpm from the downloaded file I ran alien against the file to turn it into a debian file

#apt-get install alien
#alien -d –scripts afaapps-2.8-0.i386.rpm

Now just install the created debian package

#dpkg -i afaapps_2.8-1_i386.deb

Now that you have installed the afacli you can run it at the command line prompt which will open the PERC command line “FASTCMD>”
Then you’ll open / connect to the RAID controller using “open afa0”

FASTCMD> open afa0
Executing: open “afa0”

A simple ‘disk list’ command to find out what your disk situation looks like

AFA0> disk list
Executing: disk list

B:ID:L  Device Type  Blocks   Bytes/Block Usage  Shared
——  ————–  ——— ———– —————- ——
0:00:0  Disk  35566478  512  Initialized  NO
0:01:0  Disk  287132440 512  Initialized  NO
0:02:0  Disk  287132440 512  Initialized  NO

you may have to initialize your disks by typeing ‘disk initialize 1’ and ‘disk initialize 2’ to make sure that the container can access them,  you can see in my example above that my two disks are already initialized.

Now I will create a volume on disk 1 and mirror that disk to disk 2

AFA0> container create volume 1
AFA0> container create mirror 1 2

At the bottom of your screen you should see the status of the mirroring Job,  something like.

Stat:OK!, Task:100, Func:MSC Ctr:1, State:RUN  16.2%


Once the job completes you can partition and format the disk.  Check the label on the disk by running:

AFA0> container list
Executing: container list
Num  Total  Oth Chunk  Scsi  Partition
Label Type  Size  Ctr Size  Usage  B:ID:L Offset:Size
—– —— —— — —— ——- —— ————-
0  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

1  Mirror  136GB  Valid  0:01:0 64.0KB: 136GB
/dev/sdb  0:04:0 64.0KB: 136GB

From this I can see that I will need to partition and format disk “/dev/sdb”

Have fun!  And if I can help you on it let me know.