Bit the bullet on a H310

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  1. whitey

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    Successfully flashed many 9211-8i's/M1015's but never a H310/H200 yet. Flashed it easy enough, did it in a BIOS based system I keep around for flashing, sure there would have been not issues on EFI but I didnt want to take down one of my ESXi nodes.

    Process if I remember correctly is roughly.

    1. megacli -AdpAllInfo -aAll -page 20 (document sas address)
    2. megarec -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin
    3. megerec -cleanflash 0
    4. reboot
    5. sas2flsh -o -f 6GBSSAS.FW
    6. sas2flsh -o -sasadd 5d4aXXXXXXXXXXXX (16 digit sas address)
    7. reboot
    8. sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin (I used v7 first which allows IR <-> IT crossflashing, will ask to crossflash, type Y to proceed)
    9. reboot
    10. sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin (v19 of the LSI FW this time)
    11. Validate w/ sas2flsh -list (should be in IT mode at v19 of LSI FW)

    My H310 now gets queue depth 600 instead of the pathetic 25 initially w/ Dell FW on it. Gonna be used as my last vSAN HBA to pair w/ my 9211-8i's.

    Definitive guide here that I used, just shortened up for the sake of straight to the point/being brief in hopes that someone else here may find it useful...I know there are a few of these floating around one forums but a dedicated H310 thread can never hurt.

    SAS HBA crossflashing or flashing to IT mode, Dell Perc H200 and H310 | techmattr
     
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    Yep, no pin paint/tape trick needed here, I had elec tape ready though :-D
     
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    I want the opposite. Crossflashing it to vanilla LSI IR mode. 9260-8i or something?
     
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    I think you can follow the same instructions, just replace 2118it.bin with 2118ir.bin (both are included in the download from LSI).

    If you want an option ROM then replace sas2flsh -o -f 2118it.bin with sas2flsh -o -f 2118ir.bin -b mptsas2.rom (not sure if the option ROM is included or not though)

    Also, how are you checking the queue depth?
     
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    esxtop, then hit d (devices), then hit f (edit/toggle fields), select D (Queue Stats), then enter, then you should see a field AQLEN:
     

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    haven't bothered even thinking about it. open to suggestions.
     
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    I explicitly left off the option ROM for faster boots since I am using these in ZFS boxes...once in IT mode may as well save yourself 20-30 secs on bootup on the hopeful rare chance that you do have to reboot the stg head/SAN/AIO.

    AKA if you want to go back to IR mode you had better flash the option rom as well if i were a betting man. Kind of seems counter-intuitive or like the IR FW would slap your hand and say 'please provide me an option rom file as well' if you tried to take a IT mode HBA and flash back to IR w/out the -b switch...just my guess anyways, I will never need to do that so please report back if you do it. Curious in any case.
     
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