lsi 9750-8i with server 2016?

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  1. sdadept

    sdadept Limp Gawd

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    server 2016 doesn't recognize my lsi 9750 even though it sorta works (sorta not as it blue screens here and there). Anyone have success with any drivers for this or do I just need to buy a new card? Its on a server I got on ebay and hooked through SAS to 12 hot swap SATA bays.
     
  2. sdadept

    sdadept Limp Gawd

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    found some drivers for 2012. Going to try those. Looks like 3ware got bought by lsi... then they got bought by broadcom. Found some old drivers on the broadcom site.
     
  3. Syntax Error

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    Kinda curious as to the outcome of this though I'm still running 2008 with a 9650.
     
  4. Petyur

    Petyur n00bie

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    Interestingly, I've just created a Server 2016 box and ran into the same issue with my 9750-8i. The Controller works, performance is reasonable, but I have other issues that I'm not sure if they are drive or controller related. First I installed the 2012 R2 drivers that I found on the broadcom website and it installed without any errors. The 3Ware web management works, and shows the status of each drive and the health of the array, although Windows is reporting the RAID ports (always different port) as failed, so I have error messages flooding my event viewer error log. When I went into device manager and I checked for the controller, I could see the LSI 3Ware 9750-8i controller there, so I did a driver update on it from there and it further updated the drivers from Release Year 2012 to 2013. The errors are still there though.

    On the other hand I am using some Seagate Constellation ES.2 drives 7.2K 3TB SAS drives in RAID 10 (4x3TB = 6TB Usable), but the moment the drives spin up, the drives make a funky knocking noise. Not sure why they do that. If I start a verify process the knocking goes away and it sounds like a proper hard drive. The second it becomes idle, the knocking is back. It sounds like very loud seeking in a synchronized pattern. Like a wheel of fortune clicking sound but deeper (not the click of death sound). All 4 drives are doing it so it's unlikely that all 4 are faulty, and they are from different batches with slightly different firmwares too. If I would know how to flash all of them the same firmware I would, but I have no idea how to do it because the drives hide behind the controller.

    I'm willing to go down to 2012 R2, that's a solid OS too, but I'm frustrated with the loud knocking seek noise. The noise also happens in the BIOS or any other state when the drives are not being accessed. I've read online that some drives are specifically not designed to be used in RAID configuration and the firmware causes constant seeking or noise, but this shouldn't be the case with a Server SAS drive. I'm baffled.
     
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  5. sdadept

    sdadept Limp Gawd

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    so just an update. I bought another 9750 card and an identical server to the one I have because I was able to at least get this one working. It still says the device manager doesn't recognize it but it works really well so far. All of the benchmarks I've run on it have come up top so I guess there isn't that much of a problem. All of the flakiness that I was experiencing ended up having other explanations (a bad ssd!, like the first time i've ever had that happen). I'm getting ready to bring the server back to the colo after I figure out how to force it to boot the boot drive instead of the raid array.

    so at this point windows 2016 server (datacenter edition) is running fine with the 3ware card.

    for the record, the server this is running on i bought on ebay for $934 and has 192gb ram, 2x8core xeons (with hyperthreading 32 logicals), 4 2tb drives running in raid 5 and 2 256gb ssds raid 1 (boot), 2 2tb ssds running in raid 1 (VMs).

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  6. calamar

    calamar n00bie

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    You made my day when I saw this topic. How is your progress, did it work properly? What issues have you had?

    I have a 9750 as well, running on 2008R2 and its time to swap to 2016, because the limited support on 8th gen intel supermicro mobos. A new controller is rather expensive (and the BBU, etc), and the speeds 9750 provide are more than enough for me.

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    nice server btw!
    BTW could you please provide the driver version / firmware version / codeset version you're using?

    I'm unable to find any support for the 9750-8i except for this page:
    https://www.broadcom.com/support/kn...upported-for-the-lsi-3ware-and-megaraid-contr
     
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