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koisama

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I spent a good amount of time trying to boot from a drive connected to H240 in HBA mode. No luck.

Server in question is Supermicro X9DRi-F in CSE846 with an expander backplane. Getting into card bios turned out to be impossible. If oprom is enabled, initialization errors out with the usual "Found 0 logical drives" message. Updating firmware from 6.60 to 7.00, switching around legacy and uefi boot modes, clearing configuration and putting it into raid mode and back to hba did not help. It's worth mentioning that ssacli reports incorrect physical drive information - I get the correct number of entries, but data in all of them is the same. It changes when I pull the drive which data is displayed.
The real dealbreaker for me is the lack of hotplug - drives are only detected on boot.

Meanwhile it just works in dl380g6.
 

lte

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Wanted to quickly add my experinces with Gen8+ Adapters:
Independant of their actual performance, the HP/HPE adapters are usually my first choice for a local RAID1 ESXi datastore, as they are still (in case of the P420) on the HCL and considerably cheaper than the alternative LSI3108 controllers.

P420:
Work generally well in Supermicro systems, but not servers of different OEMs. Required BIOS boot to get the SSA live image working

H240:
Works well within Supermicro and other OEM systems (worked in both Lenovo and Dell Servers for me), however I only use it as datastore, not to provide a bootable vdisk. Largest downside: card requires a PCIe x4 slot, card refuses to initlize with an electrical PCIe x1

E208i-p:
Currently my go to RAID1 adapter, works in both UEFI and BIOS mode throughout SuperMicro and OEM systems, also works from a PCIe x1 slot. Guess the result of the increased interoperability efforts of Microsemi
 
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Whaaat

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H240:
Largest downside: card requires a PCIe x4 slot, card refuses to initlize with an electrical PCIe x1
You are wrong, this card works perfectly in PCIe x1, I often use H240 in HBA mode to reformat various 528-byte per sector drives, and the card is plugged into the PCIe x1 via flexible riser
 

Whaaat

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I assume the one you got has supplemental power (i.e. gets a 4pin molex or something) ?
No, it simply connects all the pins of the connector without any additives, consumer boards rarely have open ended x1 slots