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Using SAS3444E (SAS1068E) on HP Proliant DL320 G6


We are trying to get HP Proliant DL320 G6 to work with a SAS3444E LSI card. No success - the controller does not see the disks plugged into G6's backplane. The card has 4 SAS slots.

When we remove the backplane and connect the disks directly with SATA cables, everything works fine, so the card is good.

When we use the mini-SAS to SATA cable to connect a SATA disk to a P410 SAS controller, everything works fine again, so the cable is good. But whatever configuration we try to use the SAS disks with backplane and the SAS3444e, no disks are detected:
* Single SAS-SATA cable, 4 disks in the backplane (positions 1, 3, 5, 6), 4 cable ends in the SAS3444e, SAS end in BP socket 1
* Single SAS-SATA cable, 4 disks in the backplane (positions 1, 3, 5, 6), 4 cable ends in the SAS3444e, SAS end in BP socket 2
* Two SAS-SATA cables, 8 disks in the backplane, 2 (PO and P1) cable ends in the SAS3444e

Is HP's backplane incompatible with SAS-SATA connection or we're doing something wrong?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Wondering why you don't want to use the P410.

Because P410 does not have a supported version of hpacucli for FreeBSD.
Because P410 can't work in JBOD mode.

Seems a reasonable reason, The P410i does support HBA mode but I know of no way to do that on a ProLiant, only on an Integrity server.
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