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HPE MSA 1050 Storage - LED Indicators

Front panel LEDs

HPE MSA 1050 models support Small Form Factor (SFF) and Large Form Factor (LFF) enclosures. The SFF chassis, configured with 24 2.5 in SFF disks, is used as a controller enclosure or drive enclosure. The LFF chassis, configured with 12 3.5 in LFF disks, is used as either a controller enclosure or drive enclosure.

Enclosure bezel

The MSA 1050 enclosures are equipped with a removable bezel designed to cover the front panel during enclosure operation. The bezel assembly consists of a main body subassembly and two ear flange subassemblies, which attach the bezel to the left and right ear flanges of the 2U enclosure. See Figure below for front view display of the bezel.

Enclosure bezel attachment

Figure 1: Partial exploded view showing bezel alignment with 2U chassis

Orient the enclosure bezel to align its back side with the front face of the enclosure as shown in figure above. Face the front of the enclosure, and while supporting the base of the bezel while grasping the left and right ear covers position the bezel such that the mounting sleeves within the integrated ear covers align with the ball studs on the ear flanges (See figure below). Gently push-fit the bezel onto the ball studs to securely attach it to the front of the enclosure.

Figure 2: Detail views of enclosure ear cover mounting sleeves

Enclosure bezel removal

Please refer to Figures (Bezel front) and (Bezel back) before removing the bezel from the enclosure front panel.

User may need to remove the bezel to access front panel components such as disk drives and ear kits. Although disk drive LEDs are not visible when the bezel is attached, user can monitor disk behavior from the management interfaces. While facing the front of the enclosure, grasp the left and right ear covers, such that users fingers cup the bottom of each ear cover, with thumb at the top of each cover. Gently pull the top of the bezel while applying slight inward pressure below, to release the bezel from the ball studs.

NOTE: The bezel should be attached to the enclosure during operation to protect ear circuitry. To reattach the bezel to the enclosure front panel, follow the instructions provided in “Enclosure bezel attachment”

Figure 3: MSA 1050 Array SFF or supported 24-drive expansion enclosure

NOTE: Integers on disks indicate drive slot numbering sequence. The enlarged detail view at right shows LED icons from the bezel that correspond to chassis LEDs. The detail view locator circle (Above right) identifies the ear kit that connects to LED light pipes in the bezel (Or ear cover).
LEDs: MSA 1050 Array LFF or supported 12-drive expansion enclosure: front panel
LED
Description
Definition
1
Enclosure ID
Green - On Enables user to correlate the enclosure with logical views presented by management software. Sequential enclosure ID numbering of controller enclosures begins with the integer 1. The enclosure ID for an attached drive enclosure is nonzero.
2
Disk drive Online/Activity
3
Disk drive Fault/UID
4
Unit Identification (UID)
  • Blue - Identified.
  • Off - Identity LED off.
5
Heartbeat
  • Green - The enclosure is powered on with at least one power supply operating normally.
  • Off - Both power supplies are off; the system is powered off.
6
Fault ID
  • Amber - Fault condition exists. The event has been identified, but the problem needs attention.
  • Off - No fault condition exists.

Ear covers

Ear covers can be used instead of the enclosure bezel. For detail views of mounting sleeve attachment to ball studs located on left and right ears given below.

Figure 4: Ear covers option to enclosure bezel

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Disk drive LEDs

Disk drive LED key
Item
Description
1
Fault/UID (Amber/blue)
2
Online/Activity (Green)
LEDs: Disk drive combinations - Enclosure front panel
Online/Activity (Green)
Fault/UID (Amber/blue)
Description
On
Off
Normal operation. The disk drive is online, but it is not currently active.
Blinking irregularly
Off
The disk drive is active and operating normally.
Off
Amber; blinking regularly (1 Hz)
Offline: the disk is not being accessed. A predictive failure alert may have been received for this device. Further investigation is required.
On
Amber; blinking regularly (1 Hz)
Online: possible I/O activity. A predictive failure alert may have been received for this device. Further investigation is required.
Blinking irregularly
Amber; blinking regularly (1 Hz)
The disk drive is active, but a predictive failure alert may have been received for this disk. Further investigation is required.
Off
Amber ,solid1
Offline: no activity. A failure or critical fault condition has been identified for this disk.
Off
Blue; solid
Offline: the disk drive has been selected by a management application such as the SMU.
On or blinking
Blue; solid
The controller is driving I/O to the disk, and it has been selected by a management application such as the SMU.
Blinking regularly (1 Hz)
Off
CAUTION: Do not remove the disk drive. Removing a disk may terminate the current operation and cause data loss. The disk is reconstructing.
Off
Off
Either there is no power, the drive is offline, or the drive is not configured.
NOTE:
  1. This Fault/UID state can indicate that the disk is a leftover. The fault may involve metadata on the disk rather than the disk itself. See the clearing disk metadata topic in the SMU reference guide or online help.

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Rear panel LEDs

Controller enclosure - Rear panel layout

The diagram and table below display and identify important component items comprising the rear panel layout of the MSA 1050 controller enclosure. Diagrams and tables further describe rear panel LED behavior for component field-replaceable units.

Figure 5: MSA 1050 Array: Rear panel

Item
Desscription
1
AC Power supplies
2
Controller module A
3
Controller module B
4
Host ports: used for host connection or replication
5
Network management port
6
Disabled button (Used by engineering only) (Stickers shown covering the openings)
7
SAS Expansion Port
8
CLI port (USB - Type B)
9
Service port 2 (Used by service personnel only)
10
Reserved for future use
11
Service port 1 (Used by service personnel only)

A controller enclosure accommodates two power supply FRUs within the two power supply slots (See two instances of callout 1 above). The controller enclosure accommodates two controller module FRUs of the same type within the I/O module slots (See callouts 2 and 3 above).

NOTE: MSA 1050 controller enclosures support dual-controller only. If a partner controller fails, the array will fail over and run on a single controller until the redundancy is restored. A controller module must be installed in each IOM slot to ensure sufficient airflow through the enclosure during operation.

The diagrams with tables that immediately follow provide descriptions of the different controller modules and power supply modules that can be installed into the rear panel of an MSA 1050 controller enclosure. The controller module for product is pre-configured with the appropriate external connector for the selected host interface protocol. Showing controller modules and power supply modules separately from the enclosure provides improved clarity in identifying the component items called out in the diagrams and described in the tables. Descriptions are also provided for optional drive enclosures supported by MSA 1050 controller enclosures for expanding storage capacity.

MSA 1050 controller module - Rear panel LEDs

LED
Description
Definition
1
Host 8Gb FC1Link status/ Link activity
  • Off - No link detected.

  • Green - The port is connected and the link is up.

  • Blinking green - The link has I/O or replication activity.

2
OK to remove
  • Off - The controller module is not prepared for removal.

  • Blue - The controller module is prepared for removal.

3
FRU OK
  • Off - Controller module is not OK.

  • Blinking green - System is booting.

  • Green - Controller module is operating normally.

4
Host 10 GbE iSCSI2,3Link status/ Link activity
  • Off - No link detected.

  • Green - The port is connected and the link is up.

  • Blinking green - The link has I/O or replication activity.

5
Network port link active status4
  • Off - The Ethernet link is not established, or the link is down.

  • Green - The Ethernet link is up (applies to all negotiated link speeds).

6
Network port link speed4
  • Off - Link is up at 10/100base-T negotiated speeds.

  • Amber - Link is up and negotiated at 1000base-T.

7
Unit locator
  • Off - Normal operation.

  • Blinking white - Physically identifies the controller module.

8
Fault/Service required
  • Amber - A fault has been detected or a service action is required.

  • Blinking amber - Hardware-Controlled power-up or a cache flush or restore error.

9
Cache status
  • Green - Cache contains unwritten data and operation is normal. The unwritten information can be log or debug data that remains in the cache, so a Green cache status LED does not, by itself, indicate that any user data is at risk or that any action is necessary.

  • Off - In a working controller, cache is clean (Contains no unwritten data). This is an occasional condition that occurs while the system is booting.

  • Blinking green - A CompactFlash flush or cache Self-Refresh is in progress, indicating cache activity.

10
Expansion port status
  • Off - The port is empty or the link is down.

  • On - The port is connected and the link is up.

NOTE:
  1. FC SFPs must be qualified 8Gb options as described in the QuickSpecs. An 8 Gb/s SFP can run at 8 Gb/s, 4 Gb/s, or Auto-Negotiate its link speed.
  2. 10 GbE iSCSI SFPs must be qualified 10 GbE options. These, and qualified 10 GbE iSCSI DAC cables are described in the QuickSpecs.
  3. When powering up and booting, iSCSI LEDs will be on/blinking momentarily, then they will switch to the mode of operation.
  4. When port is down, both LEDs are off.
LED
Description
Definition
1
Not used1
The FC SFP is not show.
2
OK to remove
  • Off - The controller module is not prepared for removal.

  • Blue - The controller module is prepared for removal.

3
FRU OK
  • Off - Controller module is not OK.

  • Blinking green - System is booting.

  • Green - Controller module is operating normally.

4
Host 1Gb iSCSI2,3 Link status/ Link activity
  • Off - No link detected.

  • Green - The port is connected and the link is up; or the link has I/O or replication activity.

5
Network port link active Status4
  • Off - The Ethernet link is not established, or the link is down.

  • Green - The Ethernet link is up (Applies to all negotiated link speeds).

6
Network port link speed4
  • Off - Link is up at 10/100base-T negotiated speeds.

  • Amber - Link is up and negotiated at 1000base-T.

7
Unit locator
  • Off - Normal operation.

  • Blinking white - Physically identifies the controller module.

8
Fault/service required
  • Amber - A fault has been detected or a service action is required.

  • Blinking amber - Hardware-Controlled power-up or a cache flush or restore error.

9
Cache status
  • Green - Cache contains unwritten data and operation is normal. The unwritten information can be log or debug data that remains in the cache, so a Green cache status LED does not, by itself, indicate that any user data is at risk or that any action is necessary.

  • Off - In a working controller, cache is clean (Contains no unwritten data). This is an occasional condition that occurs while the system is booting.

  • Blinking green - A CompactFlash flush or cache self-refresh is in progress, indicating cache activity.

See also cache Status LED details.
10
Expansion port status
  • Off - The port is empty or the link is down.

  • On - The port is connected and the link is up.

NOTE:
  1. FC SFPs must be qualified 8Gb options as described in the QuickSpecs. An 8 Gb/s SFP can run at 8 Gb/s, 4 Gb/s, or auto-negotiate its link speed.
  2. 1 Gb SFPs must be qualified RJ-45 iSCSI options as described in the QuickSpecs. The 1Gb iSCSI mode does not support an iSCSI optic option.
  3. When powering up and booting, iSCSI LEDs will be on/blinking momentarily, then they will switch to the mode of operation.
  4. When port is down, both LEDs are off.

Figure 6: LEDs: MSA 1050 controller module (SFF-8644 12Gb SAS connectors)

LED
Description
Definition
1
Host SAS11 link status
  • Off - No link detected.

  • Green - The port is connected and the link is up.

2
Network port link speed2
  • Off - The link is idle.

  • Blinking green - The link has I/O activity.

3
FRU OK
  • Off - Controller module is not OK.

  • Blinking green - System is booting.

  • Green - Controller module is operating normally

    .
4
Host SAS1 link activity
Off - The link is idle. Blinking green - The link has I/O activity.
5
Network port link active status22
  • Off - The Ethernet link is not established, or the link is down.

  • Green - The Ethernet link is up (applies to all negotiated link speeds).

6
Network port link speed2
  • Off - Normal operation.

  • Blinking white - Physically identifies the controller module.

7
Unit locator
  • Off - Normal operation.

  • Blinking white - Physically identifies the controller module.

8
Fault/Service required
  • Amber - A fault has been detected or a service action is required.

  • Blinking amber - Hardware-controlled power-up or a cache flush or restore error.

9
Cache status
  • Green - Cache contains unwritten data and operation is normal. The unwritten information can be log or debug data that remains in the cache, so a Green cache status LED does not, by itself, indicate that any user data is at risk or that any action is necessary.

  • Off - In a working controller, cache is clean (Contains no unwritten data). This is an occasional condition that occurs while the system is booting.

  • Blinking green - A CompactFlash flush or cache self-refresh is in progress, indicating cache activity. See also Cache Status LED details.

10
Expansion port status
  • Off - The port is empty or the link is down.

  • On - The port is connected and the link is up.

NOTE:
  1. See the qualified HD Mini-SAS host cable options described in the QuickSpecs.
  2. When port is down, both LEDs are off.

When a controller is shutdown or otherwise rendered inactive its Link Status LED remains illuminated falsely indicating that the controller can communicate with the host. Though a link exists between the host and the chip on the controller, the controller is not communicating with the chip. To reset the LED, the controller must be properly Power-Cycled.

Cache Status LED details

Power on/off behavior

The storage enclosure's unified CPLD provides integrated Power Reset Management (PRM) functions. During power on, discrete sequencing for power on display states of internal components is reflected by blinking patterns displayed by the Cache Status LED.

Cache Status LED – Power on behavior
Item
Display states reported by Cache Status LED during power on sequence
Display state
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Component
VP
SC
SAS BE
ASIC
Host
Boot
Normal
Reset
Blink pattern
On 1/Off 7
On 2/Off 6
On 3/Off 5
On 4/Off 4
On 5/Off 3
On 6/Off 2
Solid/On
Steady

Once the enclosure has completed the power on sequence, the Cache Status LED displays Solid/On (Normal), before assuming the operating state for cache purposes.

Cache status behavior

If the LED is blinking evenly, a cache flush is in progress. When a controller module loses power and write cache contains data that has not been written to disk, the supercapacitor pack provides backup power to flush (Copy) data from write cache to CompactFlash memory. When cache flush is complete, the cache transitions into self-refresh mode. If the LED is blinking momentarily slowly, the cache is in a self-refresh mode. In self-refresh mode, if primary power is restored before the backup power is depleted (3 - 30 Minutes, depending on various factors), the system boots, finds data preserved in cache, and writes it to disk. This means the system can be operational within 30 seconds, and before the typical host I/O time-out of 60 seconds, at which point system failure would cause host-application failure. If primary power is restored after the backup power is depleted, the system boots and restores data to cache from CompactFlash, which can take about 90 seconds. The cache flush and self-refresh mechanism is an important data protection feature; essentially four copies of user data are preserved: one in controller cache and one in CompactFlash of each controller. The Cache Status LED illuminates solid green during the boot-up process. This behavior indicates the cache is logging all POSTs, which will be flushed to the CompactFlash the next time the controller shuts down.

CAUTION: If the Cache Status LED illuminates solid green and user wish to shut-down the controller do so from the user interface, so unwritten data can be flushed to CompactFlash.

Power supply LEDs

Power redundancy is achieved through two independent Load-Sharing power supplies. In the event of a power supply failure, or the failure of the power source, the storage system can operate continuously on a single power supply. Greater redundancy can be achieved by connecting the power supplies to separate circuits. AC power supplies do not have a power switch. Power supplies are used by controller and drive enclosures.

Figure 7: LEDs: MSA 1050 Storage system enclosure power supply modules

LED
Description
Definition
1
Input source power good
    • Green - Power is on and input voltage is normal.

    • Off - Power is off or input voltage is below the minimum threshold

      .
2
Voltage/Fan fault/Service required
  • Amber - Output voltage is out of range or a fan is operating below the minimum required RPM.

  • Off - Output voltage is normal.

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LFF and SFF drive enclosures - Rear panel layout

MSA 1050 controllers support the 3.5 in 12-Drive enclosure and the 2.5 in 24-Drive enclosure for adding storage. The front panel of the 12-Drive enclosure looks identical to the MSA 1050 Array LFF front panel. The front panel of the 24-Drive enclosure looks identical to the MSA 1050 Array SFF front panel. The rear panel of the MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure (12-Drive) and the MSA 2050 SFF Disk Enclosure (24-Drive) enclosures are identical, as shown below.

Figure 8: LEDs: MSA LFF/SFF drive enclosure rear panel

LED
Description
Definition
1
Power supply LEDs
2
Unit locator
  • Off - Normal operation.

  • Blinking white - Physically identifies the expansion module.

3
OK to Remove
Not implemented.
4
Fault/Service required
  • Amber - A fault has been detected or a service action is required.

  • Blinking amber - Hardware-Controlled powerup or a cache flush or restore error.

5
FRU OK
  • Green - Expansion module is operating normally.

  • Blinking green - System is booting. Off - Expansion module is not OK

6
SAS In port status
  • Green - Port link is up and connected.

  • Off - Port is empty or link is down.

7
SAS Out port status
  • Green - Port link is up and connected.

  • Off - Port is empty or link is down.

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