You need the rails for the rack mount but the bezel is just a front cover to make it look pretty.

The 5769 Raid Enablement is a card that piggy backs the motherboard DASD controller to give you the RAID. It is basically the RAID processor and memory half of a disk controller. The media backplane is for your hot swap drive configuration.

You do need it all for a semi protected system. (of course not the bezel if you do not mind the buttons as just little things that are usually behind the bezel. Now you cannot use the tower bezel as it will not fit into the rack configuration. Thanks IBM!)

Chris Bipes
Director of Information Services
CrossCheck, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:45 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Getting a new IBM i - need advice

IBM has returned round two of the configuration based on input from
this group (see URL at bottom of email). I upgraded to a 4 HD RAID
config and also asked for a rack mount vs. a deskside because I
*eventually* wanted to put these in a formal rack (right now I have my
current deskside sitting on an industrial shelf and was planning on
just putting this one under or beside that one). But then I see that
there is about $600 worth of hardware for the rack mount vs. deskside
(wow mamma!):

7114 IBM/OEM Rack-Mount Drawer Rail 1 300.00
7200 IBM Rack-mount Drawer Bezel an 1 299.00

Do I really need these two line items? Would I be better off just
getting a deskside given that I won't be putting it into a formal rack
anytime soon?

Upgrading to a RAID config added this option though it doesn't
necessarily say it is a hardware card of some sort (as I suspect) but
instead appears to be some sort of OS enablement. Is it an actual
piece of hardware?

5679 SAS RAID Enablement 1 2,500.00

Also, anybody know what the below is? It was on my first round config
but I forgot to ask about it.

8310 DASD/Media Backplane for 3.5 D 1 633.00
with External SAS Port

Round two config:

Aaron Bartell

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM, Aaron Bartell<aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have started the process of purchasing my second IBM i.  Because of all
the changes in how the box is sold and what software is included (or not) I
wanted to run it by the group here to see if I have what I need.  Because
this is done through the PartnerWorld ISV program I get most any IBM
software at no additional charge so please let me know if there is any cool
new software that would be worth loading "just to check it out".

What is this box going to be used for?
- Primarily software development for RPG related products/tooling, though we
do accomplish a fair amount of Java here and there.

- Need to have user licenses for four developers (which we should be covered
there as 5 are included by default, though they mention 10 in other places -
not sure what that means).

- Going to be digging into SQL a lot more on this box so any SQL or DB2
tooling that I might need please make note.

Here is what the initial config looks like that IBM sent out:

I went here to grab a few other options to include for software:

In particular I asked them to add the following software:
5761-DG1 (Apache HTTP server)

On a final note, does anybody know if you have multiple LPARs of IBM i on a
single box without having an HMC? Oh, one last question.  I have learned to
despise the LAN Console because it rarely works (i.e. it always tells me I
have password sync issues from my pc to the server and I then get the fun
job of resetting it from the hardware control panel) and am thinking of just
getting a dumb terminal.  What kind of connection would I need to get for a
dumb terminal?

Aaron Bartell

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