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Hi

Our windows host which was connected to the tape drive recently died, it was connected with an LSI Logic pci-x HBA 3Gb/s.
Library: MSL G3 Series
Drive: HP Ultrium 5-SCSI

The new host is a 2012 R2 Server and we'll need a new HBA.

Not sure which HBA to choose, there seem to be a lot to of them and can't really find anywhere on HP sites what types they are supporting except for their own.

Can we just buy any HBA with SAS that supports 2012 R2 and connect it to the tape ?
Anyone know of a card with PCI-E, 6GB/s SAS that's decent and works with HP Ultrium LTO-5 ?


Regards.
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I would not use just any SAS controller.  At least some will not have the SCSI tape command set implemented.  In particular, avoid non-tested RAID controllers.

If I knew which HP server you weer going to be using (or possibly some 3rd-party servers), I could look up the supported controllers in HP's Single Point Of all Connectivity Knowledge at http://www.hp.com/storage/spock .

Barring that, I'll suggest you look up the product quickspecs and see the list of supported HBAs there.  Note: HP's SmartArray controllers *do* support tape drives and libraries.  QuickSpecs
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Just to add a bit - SAS smart arrays support external SAS connector with tape drive.
SATA no for obvious reasons.
Can you get PCI IDs (from device properies) of your LSI card? so we can check against windows HCL - maybe old adapter will work just fine.
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Hi

The old HBA was a: LSI SAS3801X, PCI-X.
Would like our new card to have PCI-E.

The OLD server was a Dell.


The new server will be a Dell R630, Windows 2012 R2.


Great if you could check compatibility, but is SPOCK supported for Dell servers ?
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http://www.dell.com/SAS

Spock is well supported on Enterpise class spaceships
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From the MSL QuickSpecs; details on these adapters at Link
HP H241 12Gb 2-ports Ext Smart Host Bus Adapter NOTE: Recommended for ProLiant Gen9 SAS tape automation connect.
726911-B21

HP H221 PCIe 3.0 SAS Host Bus Adapter NOTE: Recommended for ProLiant Gen8 SAS tape automation connect
729552-B21

HP H222 Host Bus Adapter   NOTE: Recommended for ProLiant Gen8 SAS tape automation connect.
650926-B21

I would not use the Dell controllers in the document gheist posted without further documentation; there's no mention of tape support in his document.
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Both SAS and PCIE connectors are standard - you can connect anything there conforming to standard.
i.e both DELL and HP SAS adapters are valid options
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