[rescue] SAS cards + SATA drives on SPARC :::WAS::::::::Re: Sun Blade 2500 OS options

Jerry Kemp sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us
Sat Jun 10 21:11:07 CDT 2017

I've tried a couple.

I had a cheap, no name card I paid $25 for, then another fancy LSI that others 
had reported success with, that I had spent, just under $200 on.


On 06/10/17 05:05 PM, Stephen Conley wrote:
> 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 :)
> Steve
> On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 12:36 PM, Jerry Kemp <sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us>
> wrote:
>> 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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