I have an RA4100 that I am trying to see if I can get it to boot from SAN. I have it directly connected via FC cable to a Proliant ML350 G2. I am able to use the ACU to configure the array using the Compaq specified HBA. I was able to load Windows Server 2003 on the C: drive of the ML350, and was also able to see and add the RA4100 drive as D: to the server during the Windows install. So it is working ok in that respect.
Now I have a QLogic QLA2342 HBA that I am trying to see the array with, but have failed to this point. I have updated the firmware on the RA4100 controller card to version 2.60. There is supposedly a newer version (at least 2.62, but I cannot find it). I have updated the QLogic firmware to the current version ISP23xx (3.03.23) and rom BIOS (v1.54).
When I go into the BIOS for the QLogic to scan for devices, it only shows the QLogic HBA. I cannot see any storage devices.
I found a post on this which makes me think it's possible to see the array controller.
Specifically this part of the post:
>>The hba's are binding to the array controllers, the wwpn is , but still no visable LUNs.
Since the post is for ESX, I don't care about the non-visible LUNs (as long as I can see them in Windows).
Here are my questions:
1. Should I be able to see the array in the QLogic BIOS? If so, any ideas on what to try?
2. How likely is it that I will be able to boot to SAN?
3. Would it make any difference having a SAN switch in the equation?