Recommended HBAs for Windows Server 2019

burdell

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Hi, I'm new to the forum was hoping someone could help me with this. I'm trying to find an HBA with driver support for Windows Server 2019 that I can use for storage spaces. I just need an HBA obviously, don't need any RAID support. Is the HP H240 a good choice, it seems to have 2019 drivers on the HP website. Are there other good choices that are inexpensive on ebay?

Thanks,
Brian
 

Evan

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Nothing wrong with a H240, but what’s it going into a HPE gen9 system then great, it’s gen10 I would go to once in the new HBA’s same age as gen10.
whitebox server I am not sure sure I would use it, probably better with vanilla LSI HBA
 

burdell

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This is just a whitebox server, home NAS setup. I'm using Windows Server 2019 though and so I need a card with driver support. Are there drivers for some of the vanilla LSA HBA cards?
 

Sleyk

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Sure. The LSI stack is contained within the system for most 2nd and 3rd gen cards. If not, you can easily download them from Broadcom's site, so no worries there. Do you just need 8 ports? A simple sas 2008 chipset card like the dell h310 or lsi 9211-8i will do. Most people want newer pci-e 3.0 functionality, so they go for a 2308 chipset, like the lsi 9207-8i. Pretty much all you need really. HBA card only, no raid.
 

burdell

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Thanks, I'll check out the LSI cards. I would like to get a 16-port card if possible as well as a newer chipset with pci-e 3.0, is there one you'd recommend? If they aren't readily available, I think I can get by with an 8-port and the ports on the mobo. Can you use two 8-port cards in the same system?
 

Sleyk

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Thanks, I'll check out the LSI cards. I would like to get a 16-port card if possible as well as a newer chipset with pci-e 3.0, is there one you'd recommend? If they aren't readily available, I think I can get by with an 8-port and the ports on the mobo. Can you use two 8-port cards in the same system?
Sure, you can use 2 x 8 port cards perfectly in one system with no problems. I use it that way all the time. As for a 16 port PCI 3.0 LSI card, that may run you expensive. Those are the LSI 9300-16i cards. You can, however, get a PCI-E 2.0 (6Gbps) 16 port low profile card with Microsemi. Its the Adaptec AR 71605. This is a 16 port PCI-E 2.0 SAS 8643 card. The only thing is, you would have to purchase 8643 to SATA cables, but its a good option for 16 ports on a single card, and the card has both RAID and HBA modes, so that works perfectly for you. Plus its very cheap at around $40 per card.

If you have a high profile case, you can pick up a LSI 9201-16i card, which is also 16 ports internal PCI-E 2.0, but it is still expensive at $120 per card.

Go here on eBay for a cheap Adaptec card: Adaptec ASR-71605 16-Port 6Gbps PCIe RAID Card Half Height Bracket No BBU | eBay

or here: ASR-71605 Adaptec 1GB 16-INT Ports SFF8643 PCI-E EX8 GEN3 RAID Controller | eBay
 

burdell

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Awesome, thanks for the info. I have a full height case and am fine with using two cards but I'll check all of those options out. Do you know if Windows Server 2019 will recognize all/any of those cards? My main concern is I don't want to buy a card and find out there are only Windows 2012 drivers or something.
 

Sleyk

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Awesome, thanks for the info. I have a full height case and am fine with using two cards but I'll check all of those options out. Do you know if Windows Server 2019 will recognize all/any of those cards? My main concern is I don't want to buy a card and find out there are only Windows 2012 drivers or something.
Sure, Windows Server 2019 will have drivers that will recognize all the above cards no problem. LSI and adaptec cards are wll supported under most commonly used OS'es.
 

burdell

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Thanks for the help! I bought an Adaptec off eBay from a US seller that includes 4x 8643 to SATA cables, we'll see how it works.
 

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@Sleyk - Minor correction. The Adaptec 71605 is a 6gbps card from a SAS perspective, bit it is certainly PCI-e 3.0 x8.

Look at the "Host Bus Speed" attribute in the attached screenshot. 8000MHz = PCI-e 3.0

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