DELLMGR.TXT Driver File Contents (OMSA421.exe)

				RELEASE TEXT
				------------
				  OEM=DELL
				  Feb 25,1999
				  By Timir Pandit
				  
RELEASED COMPONENTS:
	DELL specific MEGAMGR "Version 2.32 Feb 25,1999 " for 
	DOS and NETWARE

REASON OF THIS RELEASE:
	Request for such change came as follows on Feb 22,1999

	"The following changes have been confirmed for modification to all 
	 DELL utilities. 
	 At this point, I need to provide a schedule when this can be 
	 implemented and tested, I am anticipating providing the 
	 components by 2/25, that is, the fully validated version.

	Currently, all SPANNING is DISABLED for the Quartz II 
	(or Series 466) product, however, we need to RE-ENABLE this 
	feature for RAID 1 only! 

	This will affect the following utilities

	a.	CTRL-M
	b.	DELLCONF.EXE for DOS and DELLMGR.NLM for Novell NetWare.
	c.	PERC Console and Installer
	d.	RAIDCONF
	"

	[Timir] We found RAIDCONF is not affected by this request.
	
VERSIONING HISTORY:
	Version number made "2.32" for both DOS and NETWARE utility 
	for compatibility as dellmgr.nlm ver 2.30/2.31 were never 
	released , but megaconf.exe/DOS were released for these versions 
	earlier for new features.

	Last released version of dellmgr.nlm/Netware was 2.29
	Last released version of megaconf.exe/DOS    was 2.29

FILE DETAILS:
  	
	File		   Size	     Date     Time   Target OS
	------------	  --------  -------- ------  ---------
	MEGACONF.EXE       241,370  02-25-99 10:02a   DOS
	DELLMGR.NLM        218,254  02-25-99  8:52a   NETWARE


	
LIST OF CHANGES:
	Allow Spanning on RAID=1 for 466 card.
	Previous few releases(2.29 to 2.31 ) did not allow spanning on 
	466 card.
	
	Other features remain unchanged.

STANDARD FEATURES OF Ver 2.32 Feb 25,1999:
     **	Max Span=8/8 or 4/8 depending on fw-type of board 
     **	Cluster support
     ** Default Logical Drive Configuration
	 -Span=NO ( Not changeable on 466 card if RaidLevel not 1)
	 -Write Policy= WRBAK for 428/438/434
		     = WRTHRU for 466
		     = WRTHRU for a card fitted with cluster firmware
         	       if GET Initiator ID cmd succeeds then it's considered
		       as a cluster fw. No message is given in this regard .
		       
		     "Write policy change from WRTHRU to WRBAK on card with
		     no battery gives a warning before changing it." [ was in
		     prev versions also ]
		       
        -Read policy = Adaptive read ahead
      	-Stripe size = 64K
      	-Cache policy = Direct Io
	
       **Raid supported : 0,1,5,10(on non-466),50(on non-466)
              Raid level 3 support : NONE ( not even in reconstruct menu )

       **Max Adapters  = 12
       **Max span  = 8/8 [ On firmware with span=8 support ]
       		   = 4/8 [ if a bord is found with span-4 firmware ]
		   for 466 span>1 is allowed if Raid=1[ new in Ver 2.32].
		   
       **Physical Drive Menu
       **Properties : display SCSI Speed in MB/Sec if available

       **Allows Spin up/down operation on selected disk.
                (iff drive is in READY/FAILED/HOTSPARE state).
		Spinning off drive may result in showing 0-disk capacity
		Try Disk Spin up once more to get thru this.

      **Reconstruction : Available 
      **Reconstruct Progress Monitoring : Available

      **FlexRAID PowerFail :
	   	Available and changeable under DOS
	   	Available but not changeable under Netware

      **Logical Virtual Size :
	   	Available and changeable under DOS
	   	Available but not changeable under Netware
	
      **Battery Module Support : Available( non-466 board ).
      
      **Supports DIAGNOSTIC feature in ADAPTER MENU for 438-boards under DOS.
	For other boards it's not an option item.
      
      **Ultra SCSI option : Available in Ctrlm only


TEST REPORT AT DEVELOPER'S END
      ** Tested new feature with 466 under DOS only
      ** Tested versions/loading/unloading under NETWARE.

SUGGESTED TEST:
	** Need be tested under NETWARE for "RAID=1 & Allowing Spanning on 466
	   feature". Could not be done at developer's end because of 
	   insufficient number of hard disks.

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