M1015 driver for openIndiana

Jim G

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Hey guys;

I'm new to OI, coming from Ubuntu Server where I'm happily able to manage. A couple of questions...

I'm trying to set up a VM (ESXi 5.0 hypervisor) with openIndiana+napp-it as a fileserver. I've successfully passed through the M1015 but can't see any drives connected to it in the VM.

I'm looking for the driver for the M1015 and I've found the LSI 9240-8i drivers here:

http://kb.lsi.com/Download15873.aspx

I've downloaded the Solaris 10 x86 driver 2.21 - is this the correct file? When I try to add it using pkgadd I get error messages:

pkgadd: ERROR: attempt to process datastream failed
- bad format in datastream table-of-contents
pkgadd: ERROR: could not process datastream from </tmp/driver/mr_sas.Z>

I'm doing something wrong here and I suspect it's obvious... anyone able to point me in the right direction?
 

Jim G

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No - drives are set up as JBOD on the controller. I was under the impression that it would work without IT mode...
 

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It should but I think it's a different driver. That said, I played with that file and I think you need to gunzip/untar the file and then the components.tgz file in it, at which point there is a README that says how to install it.
 
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Jim G

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It should but I think it's a different driver. That said, I played with that file and I think you need to gunzip/untar the file and then the components.tgz file in it, at which point there is a README that says how to install it.

Le sigh. Thanks for that - I had mis-read something in the README and hadn't gone back to check it. Installed the driver OK after some troubleshooting.

...except that in the end it wasn't the right driver. I can't for the life of me find any drivers on the IBM site... at this point I'm assuming I'll have to flash it to IT mode and use the LSI site's drivers?
 
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You would have to get the driver from uh...LSI's site. I think I used this zip file that had the components tar file in it:

3.03_2008_Solaris_Driver.zip

I've had major issues with it though - OI would kernel panic on a reboot maybe 30% of the time with them. However, if it makes it without the kernel panic (usually when it reboots again) it'll be fine until the next reboot. Also, I could not figure out how to get it to spindown the drives.

I decided to flash to IT mode because of this. Now I can use power.conf to spindown the drivers on idle, and no more kernel panics!

BTW this is under ESXI 5.0, OpenIndiana 151, on a SuperMicro X9-SCM-F motherboard with Xeon E3-1220.

I still don't get how some (a small minority?) don't have this issue. Folks like gea don't have problems, as well as those who advocate not flashing to IT mode. And they don't seem to know why, while the rest of us - the 99% - have issues. :p
 

Jim G

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Given the issues you are having, I'd certainly try going the IT route.

OK. Time to start looking up how to go about that. :D

You would have to get the driver from uh...LSI's site. I think I used this zip file that had the components tar file in it:

3.03_2008_Solaris_Driver.zip

I've had major issues with it though - OI would kernel panic on a reboot maybe 30% of the time with them. However, if it makes it without the kernel panic (usually when it reboots again) it'll be fine until the next reboot. Also, I could not figure out how to get it to spindown the drives.

I decided to flash to IT mode because of this. Now I can use power.conf to spindown the drivers on idle, and no more kernel panics!

BTW this is under ESXI 5.0, OpenIndiana 151, on a SuperMicro X9-SCM-F motherboard with Xeon E3-1220.

I still don't get how some (a small minority?) don't have this issue. Folks like gea don't have problems, as well as those who advocate not flashing to IT mode. And they don't seem to know why, while the rest of us - the 99% - have issues. :p

Thanks for the driver name... but gee, it doesn't sound tempting given the issues you've had :( I'll look up how to flash to IT mode and see if that doesn't help. I was really hoping that this time around it would be plug and play for this card + OI+napp-it but it looks like 'twas not to be!
 

idea

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I can confirm what Rectal Prolapse is claiming. M1015 with factory 9240-8i firmware crashes on 7 out of 10 boots. This is under ESXi 5.0 on an X9SCM. 3 out of 10 boots, the system is stable and the device performs perfectly. I really didn't want to be troubled with flashing IT firmware that wasn't made for this card, but it looks like I have to now.

edit: The only good thing about this is it reboots automatically :) So eventually, it successfully boots without any human interaction
 
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idea

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Instead of making a new thread figure I would just use this one to ask my question.

I just bought one of these cards and am confused whats the correct cable to be getting?

Is it:
http://www.amazon.com/HighPoint-Internal-Mini-SAS-SFF8087-Int-MS-1M4S/dp/B001L9DU88/ref=pd_sim_e_4

or is it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816116097

If neither of those are correct could someone pretty please point me in the correct direction.

Thanks!

Those are the same cables. SFF8087 (also known as Mini-SAS) breakout to SATA
 

TypeRazor

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The only difference is one is 1 meter and the other is 0.5 meter
I find the 0.5 meter to be just barely long enough for mid-tower case installs
 

TypeRazor

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That cable is just a MOLEX OEM rebrand, many companies sell that exact cable.
The connection speed is determined by the controller and devices connected to it.
If you have a SAS to SATA cable on a SAS2 (6gbps) port but connect to 2 SATA2 (3gbps) and 2 SATA3 (6gbps) SSDs, all 4 of those SSDs would run at SATA2 speeds since its the slowest of the currently connected drives

The reason motherboard companies include different colored cables for different ports is just to make it easier to see where they are connected.
 
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