We have two ESXi boxes that were 4.1 and are now 5 which have stock M1015s in them - one is an ASUS board, one an Intel. No issues loading/installing/using them here..I'm unable to get the m1015 to work with its native firmware. esxi 4.1 and 5.0 both hang on loading megaraid_sas. 2008 R2 shows a code 10, device cannot start error message.
Do I need to flash them with the 9240-8i firmware to get it to work in a non-IBM system? =/
Hmmm, I am running OI 151a with a m1015 passed in and it works fine. I flashed it with the IT firmware following directions (I think) on this site and it worked with no driver fiddling. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to find out the firmware revision without rebooting the whole box, which is not possible until late tonightGot VT-d working (had to reflash BIOS/clear CMOS/whole 9 yards).
ESXI 5.0 boots successfully now with the M1015 in the system. Passthrough to a 2008 R2 VM worked, so I know the cards are functional.
However, I'm not able to get the card working in OpenIndiana (running the native/9240-8i firmware). Didn't work with the native SUNWmrsas, or the mrsas driver off LSI's page (dated Aug 11, 2011). Driver wouldn't attach even when I manually added the PCI device codes.
Anyone have this card working successfully with OpenIndiana (151a)? What firmware level / driver are you using? At this point I'm willing to downgrade the firmware level just to get this working
I've recently purchased a sandy bridge based server (X9SCA-F-O and the Xeon 1230) and paired that up with two of the M1015. I'm a Linux user who is coming from 1068E based cards (USAS-L8i, heres my post on fitting the supermicro UIO in normal slots http://blog.agdunn.net/?p=391).The M1015 native firmware "personality" is the same as an LSI 9240-8i, with the exception that Raid5 functionality is disabled unless you install a "key" onto the card.
The M1015 can be flashed successfully with the LSI 9240-8i firware from LSIs website using megacli, although access to Raid5 is still controlled by the raid key. In fact, there is some evidence that IBMs native load and LSIs 9240 load are identical, though that is difficult to confirm because IBMs firmware always seems to have a minor rev level difference which makes a simple bitwise compare impossible.
The M1015 can also be flashed with 9210-8i or 9211-8i using a procedure detailed earlier in this thread. It can apparently accept either the IR or IT load for these cards.
There is no "IT Mode" for the native M1015 or 9240 drivers. It simply is not needed. The reason people wanted the IT load when running as a 9211 is because the 9211 doesn't really do single disk passthrough correctly - it builds the disk as a single-drive raid 0, which puts nasty little headers on the disk and mucks up your ability to share disks directly with other systems. The 9240 firmware does not doe this - any drive not part of a raid is just passed through directly as a single drive - and no special 'IT mode' driver is necessary.
The only reason to flash this card to a 9211 personality is to use it with an OS that does not support the 9240 (e.g., freeBSD). For others (Windows, Linux, Solaris, etc) the 9240 drivers are available and work well - some would suggest work better (e.g., the Solaris imr drivers for the 9240 do a better job of passing through disk temps and SMART).
HiI've recently purchased a sandy bridge based server (X9SCA-F-O and the Xeon 1230) and paired that up with two of the M1015. I'm a Linux user who is coming from 1068E based cards (USAS-L8i, heres my post on fitting the supermicro UIO in normal slots http://blog.agdunn.net/?p=391).
I got past all the dragons of getting the supermicro board to work with these cards (requires bios 1.1a or newer) and flashed the cards with the 9240-8i rom... I believe revision -0061.
I cannot see any drives when I boot into linux (Ive installed to drives on my motherboards controller. I do see both controllers, but no connected drives.
Do I need to do something with the configuration to make them pass the drives? specifically the part you mentioned about strait pass-through without writing anything on the drives would be most desirable in case I have to move these to another controller in the future.
Thanks in advance.
Just wondering, do you see a revision number on the card or a firmware marker? If this is going to become an issue with newish cards I want to make sure we know which are affected.on a side note, the back of my m1015 says, sas9220-8i on one sticker and then has another sticker right next to it that says sas9240-8i(B) maybe i got a new version of this card that doesnt work with this flash method?