Although there is a user-friendly web GUI for managing the DDP Areca RAID cards, you can also use the command line interface after logging in the DDP via SSH.

To do so, just enter the “cli” command. The following output will appear:

Selecting the raid controller

By default, the first controller is selected automatically.

If the DDP contains several raid controllers, you can select one of them by entering the following command: (where x represents the raid controller you need to access)
> set curctrl=x

You can then obtain the controller logs with the following command:
> event info

This will give you the full log for you Areca raid card, in comparison to the Areca web GUI that will only show the latest events info.

You can see the volume sets info with the following command:
> vsf info

Some commands will request the Areca password in order to execute more critical commands like the following:
> vsf check vol=1

This will start the volume check process for the 1st volume.
Before executing it, you must execute the following command that will grant you the privileges for the next command only:

> set password=0000

Please note tat you must enter it again each time you need to execute critical commands.
A command that needs granted privileges will return an error message if the password has not be specified beforehand as you can see it below:

Starting the volume check with CLI will automatically recompute the parity and remap the bad blocks in case of problems, therefore it has the same effect as running it from the DDP GUI or checking the two corresponding checkboxes in the Areca interface “Volume Check” page.