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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...