HBAs are host bus adapters. They are a type of special purpose network card specifically designed for talking to storage systems. Typically via Fiber Channel, SCSI or eSATA.

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No disks visible behind SAS Expander

I'm trying to hook up an Infortrend SAS shelf and I have a big issues to get the disks visible. The shelf is connected via a LSI Logic SAS1068E B3 HBA with current IT firmware, and 2 SAS cables. The ...
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How to find wwn through EFI Shell?

I have not installed any OS in the server. HBA card is attached to the server and after power ON it enters into EFI shell. I entered below command and it show FC driver drivers Output like 17F ...
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System fails to boot after successful LSI 9211-8i firmware update

So, here we go. I purchased a used LSI 9211-8i to use in my NAS. I installed the card, attached a few drives, booted the system, and everything looked OK. I'm using FreeNAS and there was a warning ...
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How to automatically detect inserted SATA disk in Solaris if cfgadm status is disconnected?

My goal is to automate a backup routine on a small OpenSolaris NAS (running OmniOS + napp-it on a HP Microserver N54L) in combination with SATA disks. Background: I have installed one of those 5.25" ...
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S5000PSL PCIe slots dead?

Summary: PCIe HBAs do not function in 2 out of 4 slots on board. Setup detail and previous steps: I have an Intel S5000PSL board currently populated with dual xeon CPUs and 32GB RAM (8x4GB). The ...
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Mixing HBAs in a failover cluster?

I have a two server failover cluster, and for various reasons - they're on mismatched hardware. One has Emulex HBAs installed, the other Qlogic. I'd be twitchy about using two different ...
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How to find out driver and firmware version of my ESXi Fiber Channel HBA? (via SSH)

I have an ESXi 5.5 Server (HP DL380 G7). How can i figure out the driver and firmeware version of my HP-QLOGIC Fiber Channel HBA via SSH? I think i am too stupid... :-/ Thx for help.
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LSI HBA cards - span a virtual drive across two RAID controllers

I am able to create a virtual drive on one of the RAID controllers, but that virtual drive is isolated to that RAID controller. I setup four (4) eval RAID cards: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-8iCC + ...
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What does “low profile” stand for, connected to hardware?

When it comes to hardware I often read something like "Apple Mac computers, and other lower profile ...." For me it sounds like a better word for low end segment hardware but I am not sure about it. ...
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Slow write Performance with HP H240 HBA using internal Storage with Raid 5 SSD's

I am having a HP Proliant DL 160 Gen9 Server with a HP H240 Host Bus Adapter. 6x 1 TB Samsung SSD's configured in a raid 5 directly using the internal storage of the machine. After installing a VM on ...
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HDD LEDs stopped working after exchanged raid controller in HP DL380 G5

I recently went ahead and exchanged the p400 RAID controller in my HP DL380 G5 server with an LSI HBA card (SAS 9207-8i). I did this to get better disk compatibility, and I didn't need RAID ...
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Unexpected LSI SAS 9211-8i RAID x8 SSD Performance

After attaching 8 850 EVO SSD to my LSI 9211-8i and creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces 8 column virtual disk I copied a VHD from and to the virtual disk and observed ~300 MB/s transfer ...
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What does the designation “SGL” mean for a SAS Host Bus Adapter?

We're looking for a non-RAID SAS Host Bus Adapter to connect a tape drive to our Dell PowerEdge server. Shopping around online for an LSI 9300-8e we see models listed as just "9300-8e" and models ...
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Redundant Paths between DELL R720 and MD3420 in ESXi 5.5

We had some trouble configuring redundant paths between a DELL R720 and MD3420 storage connected via two LSI 12GB SAS-HBAs using ESXi 5.5. The datastore was accessible and worked fine, except for the ...
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Can I use Emulex LP9802DC-E Dual Channel PCI-X host bus adapter to replace failed LP9002DC-E?

One LP9002DC-E HBA card has failed, and I have trouble finding an exact replacement. However, I was able to find a supplier for LP9802DC-E. From what I can understand on paper, the only substantial ...
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Storage Spaces Write Rate Issue

I am setting up a Windows 2012 R2 Storage Spaces array. It is setup with 24 drives, 22 of them mirrored, with 2 hot spares, in 11 columns. I am useing a LSI 9207-8e HBA card with the latest IT ...
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What is the difference between a HBA card and a RAID card?

I thought I knew the difference between HBA and RAID. In my mind, HBA is offloading from the main motherboard/CPU and is simply JBOD... usually has an external SAS ports, whilst a RAID card does the ...
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Are FC and SAS DAS devices standard enough?

Before I ask my questions, here is some background info that may or may not be useful: For the first time I find myself needing a DAS solution. My priority is data through-put in a single direction. ...
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What effect does HBA queue depth and max transfer size have on transmission overhead?

This is a pretty straightforward question. What, if any, relationship do queue depth and max transfer size a QLogic HBA have on management overhead on a transmission? What I'm hoping to learn how (if ...
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Adaptec pm80xx Driver Drops Drives Randomly

I'm building a ZFS NAS using an Adaptec ASA-71605H HBA on Ubuntu 12.04.4. Modern Linux kernels ship with the open-source version of the required pm80xx kernel module. Adaptec provides a driver for ...
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HP DL380G6 + MSL2024 LTO6 SAS : Which HBA? [closed]

I'm going to upgrade our backup server and I'd like to confirm that the following specs won't choke after the purchase. It'd be great if you could tell me your opinion Our current setup is: HP ...
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hba for software raid

In a software raid environment, is HBA failure the same as a hardware RAID controller failure? Do you still have to find the same model HBA to put into a different server in order for the drives to ...
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Identify differences between HBA SR and 10GB SR card by visual inspection

I would know if exists visual differences between "8Gb FC SR HBA" and "10GbE-SR 2p PCIe Adapter" cards in order to identify them watching the cards installed in the server rear without access to the ...
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Can't view properties of an hba in vSphere 5.5

Why can't I view the properites of this HBA in vSphere?
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vSphere 5.5: Binding VMs to HBA cards on the host

I am setting up a lab and wanted to be sure the following makes sense\is possible: One server running vsphere 5.5 with two fiber HBAs 2 Windows 2012 Hyper-V VMs each bound to an HBA I'm using ...
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SAN newbie: What kind of fiber cables do I need to connect to the front end ports on my EMC CX300

I have an old CX300 I'm messing with and I cant determine what kind of HBA\fiber cables I need to connect a server to the front end ports on the DPE2. The hardware reference doesn't give me any ...
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Using EMC DAEs standalone

I've got a number of EMC DAEs filled with drives, for free. I'd love to use them, as they total to around 30TB, with possibly more available from the same recycling facility. As of right now I can ...
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How Fibre Channel Frames are populated and traverse a Fabric?

Trying to wrap my head around how Fibre Channel Frames are actually populated and sent through a switched fabric. I Understand WWNN WWPN, WWNN is a WWN of the actual HBA, and WWPN are the WWN of the ...
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How to understand the LSI HBA connector specs?

When reading the specifications for the LSi SAS 9206-16e HBA, it says Storage Connectivity; Data Transfer Rates * 16 ports; 6Gb/s SAS 2.1 compliant SAS Bandwidth * Half Duplex 2400MB/s, x4, ...
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Is it possible to connect a FC HBA 8 Gb through 10 Gb Ethernet SFP+?

I have to connect an IBM Server with a QLogic EP2532 to an IBM DS3512 with a PMC PM8032. I need two 8 Gb FC LX 1310 nm SFP+ modules and since they seem to be hard to get, I thought would it be ...
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How to interpret pci express specification for hba card

I am confused by this spec listed on HP website http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12907_na/12907_na.HTML How to interpret the PCIe Connector row correctly? What is the bandsidth? Does it ...
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How to setup Load Balancing on DAS (Dell MD3220)

We have a Dell MD3220 attached through two 6Gb/s HBA controllers. We want to enable Load Balancing to improve performance. What at the requirements and steps?
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Linux Fiber Channel Host Setup Basic

I've been googling for about 4 hours now with no luck. I am trying to setup a Linux server running Oracle Server 6.3 as a Fiber Channel host. And then connect it to a Dell Compellent Fibre Channel ...
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Virtual fiber channel HBA in Solaris

We are trying to set up some virtual Fibre Channel HBA's in Solaris. This seems to be possible with NPIV. Creating NPIV's in a Solaris global zone works fine, but passing that NPIV to a zone didn't ...
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Diagnosing SAN connectivity issues (RHEL5)

We are currently utilizing GFS2 to share a SAN LUN between 3 servers. However due to a feature problem with vendor software we are using, we currently have the volume unmounted on two of the boxes, ...
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8Gb Fiber Channcel HBA vs. 10 Gb SPF+ Converged HBA

I am putting a Dell server together, more specifically R720. I have to select the correct Host Bus Adapter. This HBA on R710 will connect to a storage device. I am confused between these two: QLogic ...
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Difference between LSI SAS3081E-R vs. LSI SAS3081E-S SAS/ATA HBAs

I'm trying to figure out if there are any differences between the "R" vs. the "S" of this SAS controller. As far as I can tell, the "S" is a Sun Microsystems re-branded version. I can't find much ...
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I still don't understand FC HBAs and such things [closed]

There is NO documentation out there. The companies don't offer any help on their products, and there aren't text books or anything. I want to set up a storage link between my desktop and my file ...
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How to fix 7B stop errors when cloning Windows images to different HBA types

When Windows is installed it searches it's driver database and installs the appropriate HBA driver so the boot loader can access the drive and boot the system. When an image is taken and cloned to a ...
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How does a SAN architecture work and more importantly scale?

I'm trying to understand some SAN infrastructure and I was hoping some of you with more experience than me could help me understand scaling with a SAN. Imagine that you have some computer servers ...
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HP Autoloader mount, ESXi 4.1 through SAS - will it work?

I need to figure out if I can get this to work. I have a HP P2000 Storage system, connected to 2 x HP DL360 G7 through SAS. Then I got an HP Autoloader with connected through SAS too. Will I, in ...
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qlogic HBA tuning recommendations random iops

Trying to squeeze out the most performance from a 3PAR SAN with Qlogic HBA in our HP servers. We run on Centos 5.5 with latest updates/kernel. Can anyone give useful recommendation or tuning to get ...
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back to back infiniband

I've been given two hpc cluster nodes, each with an infiniband hca. Is it possible to connect them back-to-back, without using a switch ?
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Solaris Fibre Channel target - Configure QLogic QLA2340

I'm currently trying to set up a small storage system as a fibre channel target. This is for testing, so I'm currently using Solaris (Nexenta) and a QLogic QLA2340 HBA. For some reason, the qlc and ...
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Need help finding a SAS HBA controller for an IBM LTO 4 Tape Drive

I've got an older IBM x3200 M2 Server (MT: 4368) and I recently acquired a used internal IBM LTO 4 tape drive (FRU: 45E1125). The back of the tape drive requires an Internal SAS 29 pin connector ...
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PCI-E HBA on only PCI-E x16 slot on motherboard?

I read a post maybe last week that said you can't put a HBA card on the only x16 slot on motherboard that doesn't have onboard video. Is there any truth to this? I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3/e6400 ...
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Can I use a 8Gb/s Fiber Channel HBA in a 4Gb/s system?

Simple question: Is it possible to use a 8Gb/s Fiber HBA card with a 4Gb/s system? Is there some technical documentation about that?
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Same hard disk reported twice in Red Hat (SAN and multipath)

I use two Q-Logic HBA's on one server which have access to the same LUN. Red Hat (and gparted also) sees the LUN as two seperate disks (sda, sdb). Is this normal? Thanks!
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HBA card status

Is it possible somehow to get status of a HBA card using PowerShell or any other API instead of logging to a server and run "powermt display path"?
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How to configure Broadcom 5709 NIC as iSCSI Hardware Initiator

I'm having some trouble to setup an iSCSI Hardware Initiator within ESX4. The host-machine has a "Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709 1000Base-SX" NIC which supports TOE and can be used as an iSCSI HBA. The ...