Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a computer bus used to move data to and from computer storage devices such as hard drives and tape drives. SAS depends on a point-to-point serial protocol that replaces the parallel SCSI bus technology that first appeared in the mid 1980s in data centers and ...

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Shrink an HP Smart Array on a P400

I just started consulting for a new client and one of 6 hard drives in their server's SAS array failed. Going over the options of replacing the drive, they didn't like the thought of spending about ...
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Linux / Multipath not using all paths, and won't use queue-length path_selector?

I have the following hardware: 2x SuperMicro servers (128GB RAM, 2x 8 core AMDs) 2x/server LSI SAS2008 PCIe MPT-Fusion2 HBAs (2 SAS ports per card) 1x LSI CTS2600 DAS with 24x W.D. 15.7k RPM 600GB ...
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Solaris 11 not seeing all SAS disks on HP P212 controller

I've got an HP X1600 with Solaris 11 installed on it. It's got a P212 SAS controller with a single external port. I've got 2x 10k 2.5" SAS drives installed and configured as RAID 1 on the controller ...
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Is it normal for a SAS drive to have a few bad blocks, or should I replace my drive ASAP?

I have a drive—part of a RAID 1 mirror—that has two bad blocks. Adaptec Storage Manger e-mailed me when it detected the blocks. It shows 4 medium errors for that drive, but state is still “optimal”. ...
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lsscsi finds sas device but none is listed in /dev

I have a server with 2 internal disks with Adaptec hardware RAID and an external disk box connected via SAS. lsscsi finds all the devices: # lsscsi [0:0:0:0] disk Adaptec System ...
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Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance?

Can I connect a SATA III drive to a SAS controller and get the SATA III performance? Will I see slower performance from the SATA III drive by using a SAS controller than a SATA III controller?
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SUN x4600 SAS disk seems to be verry slow

I'm using SUN x4600 with 64GB ram and 2 SAS 146GB 10krpm with Solaris 10 One told me, that the system seems to be slow, so I did a iostat -xtc 5 2 which showed for a long period of time only 4-6000 ...
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Nearline SAS on SATA controllers

I know that SAS drives cannot operate on a SATA controller. I know that SATA drives can operate on a SAS controller. But can Near-Line SAS drives, being SATA drives with a SAS controller, be used on ...
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System can't see ServerRAID M1015 virtual drive?

We connected the card to our system and have created a new mirror RAID 1 virtual drive, Now we want to clone our existing single drive to this new virtual drive, but our cloning software Acronis True ...
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Adaptec 1405 or HP SmartArray P212 SAS controller supported in the stock RH 5.5 kernel?

I am ordering a custom server and looking at either an Adaptec 1405 SAS controller, or an HP SmartArray P212 to use for the internal SAS Ultrium drive (HP Ultrium LTO-4 1760). The server will be ...
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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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Read LUN from dell SAN with a PC on linux

We are currently using a md3000i DELL SAN server with a RAID1. I would like to access the information on one disk from a workstation. The hard disk contains 2 LUN but I can only access the first ...
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SAS vs SATA vs SSD: How to measure performance difference between SATA and SAS?

SAS drives can address multiple IO operations from a single platter revolution if the data happens to be where the head is already positioned. How can you measure whether this actually makes a ...
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LiveLinux PPC variant to boot and perform dd on SAS drive?

Ok here's the deal. In trying to install SLES 11, partd says it cannot read the partitioning on my SAS disk. Specifically I can reuse the existing AIX partition table but not edit it. The drive is SAS ...
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How should I sanitize a SAS drive that I removed from a RAID 5 Array?

I had a disk experience a predictive failure. As a result, I removed the drive and replaced it. Now that I have the drive removed, I would like to sanitize it. What is the easiest way to go about ...
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Plug in 6+ drives into a server (iSCSI/SAS expanders/SAN)

The company where I work has started to run out of disk space at 2.3TB. Originally it was a JBOD of a 1.5TB drive and a 1TB drive as a quick fix measure (yes I know this is bad, that's why I'm ...
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Scale a highly transactional SQL server

I’m looking to upgrade one of my site servers. The site currently executes around 20m sql queries a day and this is growing quite fast. Right now IO throughput is a real issue, so my idea is to move ...
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Does the PERC 5/i Integrated controller support SATA II/III?

I have a refurb 2950 with a PERC 5/i Integrated controller. Currently, there are 4x 3.5" SAS drives in use, with two slots available. I want to add two SSDs (using a 3.5" ICY dock) in RAID1 in the ...
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SAS HBA and P2000 SAS controllers speed

I have HP SC08Ge HBAs and P2000 G3 solution (RAID6, 8+2 spare disks) working on XenServer 5.6.0 . What seems to be strange, is the speed - 35MB/s maximum in one VM (Squeeze). Is it normal or I have to ...
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Best configuration for 6x SAS 10K RPM SAS discs as virtual host

I have an IBM xSeries with 6x SAS 74.8GB 10K discs which I will use as a virtual host (either VKM, Xen or Vmware). What is the suggested best setup of these discs? I have been using raid10, but ...
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Connecting a Direct Attached Storage array to multiple servers

Is it possible to connect multiple servers to the same Direct Attached Storage array, something like the Dell MD1200 or MD1220? I see from the specs that each one of these arrays supports two ...
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Migrate zpool to new SAS controller

Long ago, we bought an Adaptec 31605 under the impression that: a) it could do true JBOD, and b) it was well supported on OpenSolaris. Turns out both of these were incorrect. I'm trying to get my ...
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Replace E200i with P800 or use both?

I'm managing a HP ML 350 G5 machine. It has a SAS controller(E200i) with two ports. Port 1 is attached to 4 drive bays and Port 2 also. Now we have bought a P800 Controller to improve performance. I'm ...
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Install SAS/SATA backplane in Dell PowerVault 220S

Is the backplane of a Dell PowerVault 220S svc tag 3sdpcb1 (14 drive, 80 pin hot swap scsi) upgradeable to a SAS/SATA backplane & controller card replacement? The unit already seems to be quite ...
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SAS vs SSD Performance

Hi does anyone have any input on how a SAS 15k RPM drive would perform compared to a sata based SSD drive, assuming its using the latest verison of sata. These drives would be in a 4 drive raid 10 ...
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Hard Drive Partitions for SAS Drives

We have a Dell server with 3 300GB SAS Drives that are combined as a single drive with two partitions. The partition the OS is on is only 12 GB while the remaining space is on the other partition. We ...
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SATA SSD in Dell Server

I have a Dell R815 (PDF LINK), which has 6 2.5" bays. I would like to put some Intel X25-E in the spare bays, but have been cautioned that they may not fit since they are SATA and the bays are ...
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Cheapest way to connect 20-24 Sata II HDDs in a budget storage server? [closed]

I need to assemble a high density storage server for as cheap as possible. It's been a while for me and the last systems I integrated didn't even have Sata yet... During my Research I of course ...
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SAN connected through SAS with SATA disk

let's have P2000 G3 with SAS Dual Controller and DL120 G6 with HP SCO3e SAS HBA cards. 1) I know it's bit dumb question, but just to be sure. The array will be filled by SATA disks. Will be the SAS ...
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Disk names in Solaris 10 for ZFS: SAS WWN instead of c0t0d0

I currently have a server running Solaris 10u9 with a SAS enclosure (Dell PowerVault MD1000) filled with SATA disks attached to an SAS card (LSI 3801E). It happily recognizes the 15 disks in the ...
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IBM System x3500 M3 refuses to boot from LSI SAS card if blank SATA drive is connected on mainboard

Have an IBM System x3500 M3 that refuses to boot from the IBM branded LSI SAS card if any SATA drive is also connected to the mainboard. The system restarts itself over and over. No error messages. ...
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Will any SAS drive work in a Dell PowerEdge server?

If I bought a Dell 2950 or 2650, for example, and it has no drives in it (from say an auction). Will any SAS drive I get work in it? I ask because they vary so much in price. Some drives are $150 ...
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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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Recovering data from SAS drives after failed SAS Controller Card?

The SAS Controller Card in a production server of ours went bad. This was an older server, and Dell does not have the card in stock and not ETA for one. So, I ordered one from NewEgg. I installed the ...
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Do I have to buy a SAS hd from Dell to work with a PERC 5 in PE1950

Is it true that for SAS hd to work with a PERC 5 controller it must have a special firmware on it put in by Dell which forces you to buy a hd only from them. The hd that came with the server is a ...
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Are zero channel SAS RAID controllers using proprietary protocols?

I have SuperMicro server with a dead zero channel SAS raid card, that is the motherboard has two 36 pin multilane SAS connectors. What I can't figure out is: Can I just buy say an IBM ServeRAID 8X ...
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Can I get redundancy with a JBOD storage subsystem

I have a Promise Technology J610S. This is a JBOD subsystem. Is it possible for me to buy a SAS hardware RAID controller and provide some type of redundancy for these drives? I am unsure whether I ...
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is it possible to direct connect a client and server with 10GBASE CX4 copper cables?

Server has two 10GBASE-CX4 ports. client has 10GBASE CX4 HBA. can theybe directly connected with a CX4 cable without the need for a switch? like SAS Infiband connectors?
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3 Gbps or 6 Gbps SAS harddrives? Does it make a difference?

Is there a real-world difference between 3 Gbps and 6 Gbps SAS drives in a server? I keep reading that harddrives don't even fully saturate 3 Gbps yet, so 6 Gbps is nothing gained. I'm using multiple ...
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HA Cluster having tower 4U server with SAS

I'm a little bit confused in here.. I want to have 2 node cluster with shared storage. I read all wiki page about HA cluster. Now in my head there's a scheme like: So we have two 4U tower servers ...
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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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SAS, RPM, & Bus Speeds

I am working on spec'ing out a new Hyper-V server, and I am running into something that I find confusing--I have the following choices: 146GB 15k RPM, SAS, 3Gbps, 3.5" 146GB 10k RPM, SAS, 6Gbps, 2.5" ...
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HP smart array P812i and storage works enclosure D2700 BAD PERFORMANCE!

I have HP DL360 G6 with Smart Array P812i and Storage Works D2700 enclosure. Enclosure has 25x148GB 15K SAS 6G drives in RAID10 mode. P812i has 512mb cache (50% read/50% write) Crystal Disk mark ...
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What is the difference between NHS, HS and Slim-HS SAS Drives?

I am curious to what is the practical difference, if any to the following: IBM 300 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD 42D0637 IBM 300 GB 10K 6 Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD 42D0612 ...
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Type of Storage for VMware View Implementation

We're doing a virtual desktop pilot and I was wondering what kind of SAN storage is commonly used. I've heard conflicting reports of SAS/SATA disks or even SSD or large read/write cache settings. ...
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What are SAS external storage options (Promise, Infortrend, SuperMircro, …)?

We are looking for a ~32T external storage solution for two 48-core AMD servers. These will be used for a small Linux OpenVZ cloud for CPU intensive web-servers and data warehousing. Dual path with ...
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How many servers can connect to a SAS RAID without a SAS switch?

If we buy a Promise VTrak E610sD SAS Raid shelf and daisy-chain Promise VTrak J610sD SAS JBOD shelves to the Raid shelf How many Linux servers with SAS HBA cards can get access to this setup ...
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SAS Drives on VMWare ESXi Installable 4.0 u2 Too Slow?

We are running a Dell PowerEdge T710 with a PERC H200 RAID controller and two mirrored SAS drives. We just patched to Update 2 because our SAS drives were extremely slow and it mentioned somewhere ...
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SAS vs. Nearline/MDL SAS - What is the difference?

As subject I guess, looking at SAN's and most vendors offer 10k or 15k "proper" SAS drives, many also offer 7.2k MDL/Nearline SAS drives. Does anyone have an authoritative explanation of the ...
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source for enterprise disks [closed]

whats your source for scsi/sas disks - to replace breakage or expand existing systems? the usual suspects (newegg, pricewatch, ZZF) seem to have limited selection.