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Monitor a Hardware RAID on a Windows Server

For 1&1 Dedicated Server Windows with a hardware RAID controller

Learn how to download and setup ArchHTTP (a web interface) for your RAID array so that you can make changes easily through a web page rather than using command-line tools.

It is possible to install a WebGUI provided by Areca to monitor the RAID array. Using the WebGUI, you can also set up E-mail Notifications in order to send E-mails if RAID becomes degraded. This allows you to stay informed about your RAID status and to contact our server support to replace a drive as soon as a drive failure has occurred.

Please note:
Do not make any changes via the WebGUI other than what is outlined in this article unless you are highly experienced in RAID management. Unknowingly making changes through the ARC WebGUI runs a high risk of irrecoverable data loss.

Step 2
Launch Internet Explorer from your server. By default, Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled. This means, you may have to add each site you visit to the Trusted Sites list in order to view the page. Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration warning page
Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration warning page
Step 3
Type http://www.areca.com.tw/support/s_windows/windows.htm into the URL bar of Internet Explorer. This is the URL to download the WebGUI from Areca. If you receive a notification that the website is being blocked, click Add to add the site to your Trusted Sites list. Site blocked
Site blocked
Step 4
Find the section that says ArcHTTP and click the V1.85 link to download the file. Again, if you receive a notice that the site is being blocked, add the site and then click the link again to start the download as the first attempt will have been cancelled. ArcHTTP
Step 5
Save the file.
File download prompt
File download prompt
Step 6
Open the file and click the Extract all files. Content of folder
Content of folder
Step 7
Run the installer and click Next to get started. Introduction of installer
Introduction of installer
Step 8
From the Start menu, click the ArcHTTPGUI link to run it if not already started. Start menu
Start menu
Step 9
Select the Cfg Assistant and click the Launch Browser or simply navigate to http://localhost:82 in your browser. Cfg Assistant
Cfg Assistant
Step 10
For the Binding IP it is suggested to use the localhost IP address ( so that it is only accessible from your server and not from the Internet.
Check the box to Confirm The Operation and then click the Submit. ArcHTTP Configuration
ArcHTTP Configuration
Step 11
Click the Mail Configuration.
Mail Configuration
Mail Configuration
Step 12
It is suggested to setup and utilise an SMTP service on your server. SMTP service is not configured or running by default, so configure the mail service on your machine.
Please note:
Ensure that all E-mail accounts require authentication and if relaying is enabled, it is only enabled for localhost. Then configure the mail notification settings here in order to receive E-mail notifications about the RAID array.
SMTP Server Configuration
SMTP Server Configuration
Step 13
After you are done with the basic configuration, log in to the WebGUI for your RAID controller by accessing the URL http://localhost:81 in your browser.
You will be prompted for a username and password. The default values are admin and 0000.
Please note:
Do not change the default password so that our Data Centre Technicians can access the RAID card in the event that there is a problem with the RAID configuration.
Login screen
Login screen
Step 14
The RAID status is displayed in the Volume State column. To test the E-mail notifications, click on Generate Test Event from the System Controls section. After generating the test event, you will receive an E-mail. If you do not, please check the Mail Configuration by accessing http://localhost:82. Raid Console admin page
Raid Console admin page

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