LSI 9201-16i SAS Driver
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LSI 9201-16i SAS Driver
The system showcases their Open design and high density proposition. It has two chambers, each with nice separate covers.
One is exclusively for hard drives and the other for components like the motherboard, raid card, root disk and power supply. By default, the system came with the Rocket card.
Since this system has 30 drives, you can see in the above picture that 8 ports are in use. So we need two of them to be able to use all 30 drives.
This is how it looks like with LSI option. In the rest of this post, we are proceeding with the Rocket HBA.
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They are also explained on 45 Drives downloads page. On the other hand, driver for LSI is included in the kernel, so no extra steps are necessary.
Highpoint left and LSI 9201-16i SAS right HBAs Hard drive chamber Contrary to the motherboard chamber with a lot of components, the hard drive chamber looks a lot simpler. There are three three big fans on each side to keep the system cool. The cabling is very clean and the slots are nicely labeled.
They have also labeled the cables connected to HBA making it easy to understand or troubleshoot if necessary. It would be great to test the system at full capacity, but for now, I plugged in 10 old SATA LSI 9201-16i SAS of varying capacities.
Since Rockstor supports different drive sizes, it is a decent starter configuration. The plan is to install it onto the GB hard drive in the motherboard chamber and then use 10 drives in the hard drive chamber for data. First, download the Rockstor iso and prepare a usb drive LSI 9201-16i SAS install from, as described in the Quickstart guide.
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Plug in the usb drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, network cable and power cable. Anyway, i find that flashing LSI 9201-16i SAS always a good idea, to get your firmware to the newest LSI 9201-16i SAS as well as to remove the boot ROM if you don't need any of the disks connected to that controller for booting stage.
This speeds up booting and prevents some BIOS issues with multiple controllers. This can be achieved simply by omitting the boot ROM file, only specifying the actual firmware. This is explained LSI 9201-16i SAS documents like this one: So i consider it a good investment, but a touch pricey.
Though here and there it can be bought much cheaper than the regular retail channel for this product. But i also want to point you towards a product that caught my attention: But it has some advantages: This can really be a good investment if later on you might think about expanding even further with multiple pools that are all connected to the LSI 9201-16i SAS controller, potentially some of them spun down.