LSI HBA 9207-8i

rentay

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Hi all,

Just a quick question, I'm finalising my server and am wanting to add a LSI 9207-8i so I can have 8 x WD Red 3tb.

My question is, can I setup a software raid 5 or 6 using this hba?

I will be running the latest OmniOS + Napp-it.


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Biren78

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Yes. HBA is what you want to use with software RAID. But with ZFS you want RAID-Z or RAID-Z2
 

rentay

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Hi Biren78,

Thanks for the quick reply! Sorry for any confusion, I will be using Raid-Z2.

What would be better the Lsi 9201-16i or 9207-8i?


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Biren78

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With 8 drives I would just get the 9207-8i but others may differ. Makes a bigger difference when you have more than 8 drives or you start using SSD. For WD Red either is fine.
 

rentay

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I was going to use 8 WD Red on the Lsi card and a SSD as boot drive on the SATA III port on the motherboard.

Is there any setting up for the Lsi card I need to do through Napp-it or OmniOS or is it recognised automatically?


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rentay

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Bump!

Another question, are these Lsi cards in IT mode from the factory or is there a process to place them in this mode?

If I'm using OmniOS + Napp-it do I even need to place the card in IT mode? I'm still a little confused and any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

rentay

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Just a quick question, I'm about to pull the trigger on my server build and wanting to confirm the LSI 9207-8i is compatible with latest version of OmniOS & napp-it?

Will I encounter any problems?


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TheBay

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Just a quick question, I'm about to pull the trigger on my server build and wanting to confirm the LSI 9207-8i is compatible with latest version of OmniOS & napp-it?

Will I encounter any problems?


Regards
I run one of these with Napp-IT and OmniOS. No issues at all, just ignore all soft smart errors on hard drive, it's the same for other LSI cards, does not mean anything.

I also cannot get SGPIO working, not sure whether that's my cable or the card doesn't like my backplane.
 

rentay

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What are soft smart errors? I'm new to file servers so it is all a learning curve so far!

Also, do the errors happen on all LSI cards?


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gea

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What are soft smart errors? I'm new to file servers so it is all a learning curve so far!

Also, do the errors happen on all LSI cards?


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On Solaris you have error counters for soft, hard and transfer-errors. They are reported on driver level. They are not failures resulting in degraded pools but can indicate future problems.

If you use smartmontools on Solaris and Co, a tool to read out disk-smartvalues and do a full check to get disk health state, your smart error counter goes up on every check. You should know that this is not a real problem.