Its odd how upgrades can occasionally send your system into total disarray. As part of routine maintenance on a small business fileserver, the heart of which is the RAID 5 array powered by an IBM <a href="https://www.typepad.com/t/app/weblog/post?__mode=edit_entry&id=539565&blog_id=12739">ServeRAID 4M </a>, I upgraded the firmware, driver, and management utility to 7.1. And then everything crashes. To the point where the server would crash before the Windows startup programs even finished loading.
Thank goodness for System Restore in Windows XP. This was the first time I'd used it in "production" work. It rapidly and effectively backed everything out. Except for restoring the deleted management software (version 6.1). Which IBM has now removed from their website. The 7.1 firmware and drivers worked great, but 7.1 management software led to rapid system death. After searching for almost 45 minutes, I realized that I must have the installation CD I burned a year ago (IBM distributes .isos) somewhere. Deep in the business owners "offsite backups" plastic bag, there it was.
So beware ServeRAID 7.1. And disk space is cheap -- keep copies of your .isos. I'd already had such trouble finding CD-ROMs at the client this weekend, that I ripped an .iso from every CD I used.