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I'm just wondering whether anyone knows if I can use a Debian distro with the MegaRAID SAS 8208XLP controller. Currently at the moment LSI only supply drivers/support for RHEL/CentOS but I was wondering if anybody knew if there were other drivers so the RAID controller can work with other distributions?

Thanks in advance.

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It's likely going to work, as there is a MegaRAID SAS driver in the Debian kernel. You will need additional tools (MegaCLI) from here to maintain it from the running system.

That they support only RHEL etc. just mean that they won't guarantee that the hardware is going to work on Debian and that they don't help you get it running. Usually it should work though.

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Some resources

Megacli is the management software for LSI SAS Raid controllers.

Downloading: It can be obtained from the support & downloads tab at the following url (account is required)

Readme is here:

$ unzip -l ./
Archive:  ./
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
    23852  2011-08-12 10:13   8.02.16_MegaCLI.txt
  2836620  2011-07-04 12:06   LINUX/
     2748  2011-07-04 12:06   LINUX/readme.txt
        0  2011-08-12 00:23   LINUX/
... ... ...
 35329519                     20 files

$ unzip -d ./megacli
  inflating: ./megacli/8.02.16_MegaCLI.txt  
  inflating: ./megacli/LINUX/readme.txt

$ cd megacli/LINUX
  inflating: MegaCli-8.02.16-1.i386.rpm  
  inflating: Lib_Utils-1.00-09.noarch.rpm

$ apt-get install rpm2cpio

$ rpm2cpio MegaCli-8.02.16-1.i386.rpm | cpio -idmv
9502 blocks
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