Solaris 10 Not Seeing HP 212 contoller

Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-21
I have installed an HP Smartarray P212 controller and an HP DAT 160 SAS in an HP ML370 G6 server running Solaris 10.

When the system boots, it sees both the P212 and that there is a tape drive connected to the controller at port 1I box 0 bay 1.

However, I cannot get Solaris to build /dev/rmt/0*.  Does anyone know how to get Solaris to recognize these?
Question by:djpriceAtl
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    Not on that controller, at least not for Solaris.  You need a plain vanilla JBOD SAS controller for solaris.

    Also, you really need a non-RAID controller for Solaris to begin with for the disk drives. The SMARTArray controllers virtualize all I/O and it ultimately slows things down.

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    That's what I was afraid of even though HP recommended this controller.  Can you recommend a SAS controller that Solaris 10 will see out of the box?
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    That controller will do pass-through with Windows, for sure, don't know about other operating systems .. but moot.

    There is a HCL depending on exact flavor of Solaris, OpenSolaris, OpenIndiana, Oracle Solaris, Sun Solaris ....

    But, get yourself a plain vanilla LSI branded "Host Bus Adapter", with the standard LSI firmware on it, and you will be golden.  NOT the megaraid family.   Controllers I have in house that work fine on both SPARC and intel-based systems include
    LSI 380X family - suffix designates PCI, PCIe, PCI-X   (these are 3Gbit)
    LSI 340x, LSI 3442X,

    If you want SAS-2 then lots to choose from, best to go to the site and go to the HBA section.  Many to choose from, and you'll need to pay attention to the physical connections.

    You can pick up the older stuff pretty easily on ebay for $50 or so.
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    P.S. The only time I needed to add device drivers of my own was when I used solaris 10 and the SAS-2 HBAS.   the mpt-sas driver built in to the SPARC & Intel solaris 10 distributions have always worked for me right out of the box.  But obviously check the HCL just in case.

    Also boot the system to MSDOS and be sure to update firmware & BIOS on the HBA.  If you are using SATA disks > 2TB then you need to use the SAS-2 HBAs, as MOST of the SAS-1 HBAs won't handle disks that large.

    The 3TB SAS disks are not a problem with any controller, just the SATA disks > 2 TB are an issue with most SAS-1 HBAs

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    Thanks, I just ordered an LSI 3081E-R, I hope that one will work even though it is a raid card (but not megaraid)?  I cannot find this without raid with the internal mini-sas connectors.
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    No, see if you can change it for the -IT model.  The -R model has RAID firmware.  Now you CAN flash the -IT (non-RAID) firmware onto the -R model, so all is not lost, but if you can buy the -IT model w/o having to do that, you are a little better off.

    Never mind, in my haste to save you the effort, I didn't read the rest of your post.  So just flash the -IT (you can get it from the site, look for legacy products), and you'll be OK.

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