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Business Edition 7000 (BE7000) medium density Unified Computing System (UCS) M3 servers were shipped with an incorrect RAID configuration for local hard disks. The issue might not be noticed by the customer, as the server and application virtual machines on the server continue to function and likely do not exhibit any outages, underperformance, or other problem symptoms while under normal operations. In the event of a hard disk failure, once the faulty hard disk is replaced, the time to fully recover (rebuild the RAID array) from that failure could take several days instead of several hours due to the incorrect RAID configuration. In this rebuild period, performance of the disk subsystem will be degraded which can cause performance problems or outages of the application virtual machines. In the unlikely event a second hard disk fails while in the rebuild period, all data on all disks of the server will be lost and unrecoverable and the application virtual machines will crash.
Cisco found an error in the production process which caused an incorrect RAID configuration to be set for the BE7000 product series. Cisco has identified the root cause and corrective actions have been put into place in the production process. Serial numbers outside of the range below are not affected by this error.
In Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC), choose Server > Inventory > Storage. An incorrect configuration looks like a single Virtual Drive of RAID5 that contains all 12 Physical Drives. A correct configuration looks like two Virtual Drives each of RAID5 and contains 6 Physical Drives.
An example of an incorrect configuration is shown here:
In order to correct the RAID configuration, Cisco customers are encouraged to follow the RAID migration instructions found in BE7000 Migration from Single RAID5 Volume to Dual RAID5 Arrays without VM Rebuild.
An example of a correct configuration is shown here:
How To Identify Affected Products
In CIMC, choose Server > Summary. The serial number of the server is listed in the Server Properties pane of the Server Summary window.
Once you have identified the serial number of the server, use the Serial Number Validation Tool in order to determine if your server is impacted.
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