One of our less-critical servers seems to have lost the use of its onboard SATA controller -- which was managing the software-mirrored boot volume.
The simplest and cheapest fix was to buy a 2-port SATA controller at the local Fry's -- or so it seemed when I was standing in the controller aisle there.
Turns out I bought a 64-bit card, though (a 3Ware 8006-2LP to be precise) -- and the only relevant slots that are free on the server are old-school 32-bit PCI slots.
Am I in for trouble? Just to be clear, I know this will work -- in fact, I've already got it up and running -- and I know it's not a theoretically optimal configuration. What I'm asking is: Will it work well enough for my needs, as outlined below, or will it cause me misery in the long run?
The card will simply be managing 2 mirrored SATA drives, which together act as the server's boot volume. The server itself provides backup and archive storage, acts as a secondary DC, and does a few other things that are important but not day-to-day critical. All of the storage that it exposes to the network is on a separate controller card that's in a PCIe slot.