Ctrl-A or uEFI/HII?

Your Adaptec RAID controller supports two interfaces to the BIOS-level RAID configuration options of the ARC utility: Ctrl-A and uEFI/HII. On computers that support the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, or uEFI (version 2.10 or higher), the BIOS-level RAID configuration options are presented with a HII interface, or Human Interaction Infrastructure, rather than the Adaptec Ctrl-A interface described in this chapter. uEFI/HII provides an architecture-independent mechanism for initializing add-in cards, like the Adaptec RAID controller, and rendering contents to the screen in a uniform way.

In the uEFI/HII interface, access to the RAID configuration options is provided through the computer's standard BIOS. How you access the BIOS varies, depending on the computer manufacturer, but typically it's started by simply pressing DEL. Once you enter setup, navigate to the "PMC maxView Storage Manager" option, typically on the BIOS' "Advanced" menu, then scan for and select a controller.

From that point on, the uEFI/HII menus and the Ctrl-A menus for configuring your RAID controller are almost identical. For example, the top-most menu contains the same three options: Logical Device Configuration, Controller Settings, Disk Utilities (described above). But it also contains the Administration option, which is available only in the uEFI/HII menu. Options in the lower-level menus are also similar.

In both interfaces, all the tools are menu-based and instructions for completing tasks appear on-screen. Menus can be navigated using the arrows, Enter, Esc, and other keys on your keyboard.

This chapter provides instructions for navigating and completing tasks with the Ctrl-A interface. To complete tasks with the uEFI/HII interface:

Note: In this release, some RAID configuration options are available only in the uEFI/HII interface. See Updating the Controller Firmware and Creating a Support Archive.

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