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Supermicro X9DR3-F and SAS

Postby javon » 18 Nov 2012, 01:13

Hello everyone,
I'm new here in forum so greetings for all.

I got this Supermicro server built on the X9DR3-F motherboard with Intel C606 chipset. There are 2 SAS disks connected through SCU and 1 SSD connected on SATA port.
I tried to install FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE but OS cannot see SAS disks. SSD disk is available but only if it is connected on SATA port. If I reconnect it on SCU, it gets unavailable as well.
Does anyone here have similar (or the same) experience?
Are there any special drivers which needs to be applied? I tried to search as usually but with no success.
Important note: It works with FreeBSD 9.1-RC3 but as it will be production machine I am quite scared to run it on RC version.

Thank you very much for any hint or advice.

Jan
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Postby User23 » 19 Nov 2012, 14:48

http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/OS/C606.cfm

It looks like all of the sm mainboards with 606 chipset working only with SATA but without fakeraid.
Nice to hear that FreeBSD 9.1-RC3 support the SAS part.
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Postby Sfynx » 19 Nov 2012, 18:10

9.1-RELEASE is just around the corner, so if you can wait a few weeks (it should be out by then), then you're good :) The last RC is normally almost identical to the release version anyway.

I think the recent infrastructure compromise just delayed the release a little more.

(I personally trust the team enough to immediately take a new -RELEASE into production after a successful test upgrade, because of their very conservative 'release when ready, not when it's time' philosophy, but that's something you should decide for yourself)
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Postby javon » 19 Nov 2012, 23:42

Thank you both..

I found more information regarding this: FreeBSD newly 9.1 provides kernel driver isci(4) which makes devices attached to SCU on this particular board available for OS. The same kernel driver is provided in FreeBSD 8.3 as well.
I will probably wait for the 9.1-RELEASE version.

Jan
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Postby tehnikpc » 22 Nov 2012, 09:53

javon wrote:SSD disk is available but only if it is connected on SATA port.

SATA II or SATA III port?
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Postby javon » 23 Nov 2012, 00:32

It's SATA II
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Postby tehnikpc » 24 Nov 2012, 05:42

On SSD SATA III Raid 0 connected to SATA III ports will not installed FreeBSD 9?
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Postby Adnako » 30 Apr 2013, 08:47

javon wrote:Thank you both..

I found more information regarding this: FreeBSD newly 9.1 provides kernel driver isci(4) which makes devices attached to SCU on this particular board available for OS. The same kernel driver is provided in FreeBSD 8.3 as well.
I will probably wait for the 9.1-RELEASE version.

Jan


Hi, Jan. How did it work? I want to buy this motherboard and use it for FreeNAS with SAS drives. Did you test your motherboard with 9.1-RELEASE and maybe 8.3.1?
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Postby javon » 01 May 2013, 06:02

Hi,

Yes, it works like a charm ;)
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Postby javon » 01 May 2013, 06:03

javon wrote:Hi,
yes, it works like a charm ;)


I mean with FreeBSD 9.1 installed. I did not try it with 8.3.1
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Postby Adnako » 02 May 2013, 06:17

Thanks a lot!
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