SAS backplane wiring question


Active Member
Jan 11, 2013
So, I've got one of those 2U rackable systems boxes that has a KFSN4-DRE/SAS board in it. Slowly have come to terms with the unnerving fact that the onboard LSI 1064E is a piece of junk. I can't monitor it even by command line in ESXi 5.5--so I don't know if I have a drive failure.

I want to drop in a IBM M1015 card that I've got laying around, but as some may know, the connection on the back of the 4x drive cage in this case is in fact a SFF-8087. The connector on the M1015 is also SFF-8087.

I've heard that to connect two things like this, you'd need a 'backplane cable'. Alright, but how can I know if what I'm buying is?

For example, this Mini SAS 36 Pin to Mini SAS 36 Pin SFF 8087 Data Cable | eBay

Would that work? The box I want to put it in is like this Rackable 2U Server 2X AMD Opteron 2218 2 6GHz Dual Core 16GB KFSN4 Dre 2X 500GB | eBay

Except I threw out the terrible 2218s and put in 2356s and upgraded it to 64GB of RAM. :p
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New Member
Jul 13, 2011
You don't need a special 8087-8087 cable for hooking up a M1015 to any 8087 backplane I've seen - something like what you linked should work fine.