We installed the Vantec UGT-ST622 SATA/eSATA card in a PowerEdge T320 running Windows Server 2008. We plugged the card in (did not install the software driver yet), and boot.
The machine issues a fatal error at pre-boot phase "checking firmware" and asks for reboot. We removed the card and the machine started normally.
In the past I installed a similar Vantec card ST400 in an older PowerEdge and it worked - but before that one worked, two other brands failed with a similar firmware failure like above. Now this new Vantec card fails too.
I don't have an answer to this dilema for now. What's going on with all these eSATA cards? Is firmware of some eSATA cards not compatible with some Intel chipsets? That's scary - how would one know what card to choose?