[rescue] Sun Blade 2500 OS options

Stephen Conley cheetah at tanabi.org
Sat Jun 10 17:05:20 CDT 2017

There are LSI cards that work with that machine, but I rather unhelpfully
don't remember which one.  I searched my email to try and find the ebay
purchase, but it was so long ago it's been long cleaned up.  I seem to
recall looking at LSI cards on ebay one by one, then searching for
compatibility.  The one I had used 4 external SATA connectors for using an
external enclosure.

As a word of warning, these cards can be really finnicky.  Mine went bad
and actually started writing random garbage to all the drives; I had a
RAIDZ2 but even 2 disk fault failover won't help when your controller card
goes insane :P  Fingers crossed that won't happen to you!  I suspect my
card was damaged cause it looked kinda like something took a bite out of
the corner, but it worked for a good many months before finally pooping all
over my drives.

Lesson learned: RAID is not a substitute for proper backups.

Anyway -- I guess the helpful message I have here is that there ARE LSI
cards that will work, but the majority will probably not.  Good luck :)


On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM, Jerry Kemp <sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us>

> Regarding the SAS card + SATA drives.  I have tried this a couple of time,
> but so far have been non-successful.  Maybe I should have tried harder.
> If you come up with a card that works, even as just data only non-boot
> drives, please share what worked for you.
> Jerry
> On 06/10/17 03:53 AM, William Barnett-Lewis wrote:
>> Thankb  you for the information. I'd discovered the x86 bias of Open
>> Indiana
>> but not the lack of support for the 2500 in the current release of 11.  I
>> see that I can get a set of the Express images off of TPB so I'll probably
>> go that route.
>> Looks like I can stick a cheap LSI SAS card in to use cheap SATA disks for
>> storage though it won't boot from it.  Anyone know if I have that correct?
>> William
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