LSI 9201-16i SAS Driver
SAS i, LSI SAS i port internal 6Gb/s SAS+SATA to PCI Express Host Bus Adapter, H AOC-SASI LSI SAS CTLR16PORT INTERNAL SFF LSI Model: SAS i. Internal Interfaces: 4x SFF, Type: SASI. Brand: LSI, MPN: Does Not Apply. Compatible Port/Slot: PORT SAS/SATA.
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LSI 9201-16i SAS Driver
On the other hand, driver for LSI is included in the kernel, so no extra steps are necessary. Highpoint left and LSI right HBAs Hard drive chamber Contrary to the motherboard chamber with a lot of components, the hard drive chamber looks a lot simpler.
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There are three three big fans on each side to keep the system cool. The cabling is very clean and the slots are nicely labeled. They LSI 9201-16i SAS also labeled the cables connected to HBA making it easy to understand or troubleshoot if necessary.
It would be great to test the system at full capacity, but for now, I plugged in 10 old SATA drives of varying capacities. Since Rockstor supports different drive sizes, it is a decent starter configuration.
The plan is to install it onto the GB hard drive in the motherboard chamber and then use 10 drives in the hard drive chamber for data. First, download the Rockstor LSI 9201-16i SAS and prepare a usb drive to install from, as described in the Quickstart guide.
Plug in the usb drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, network cable and power cable. LSI 9201-16i SAS may need to go into bios to change the boot order, but once the system boots from the usb drive the splash screen will appear.
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Rockstor installer splash screen Kick off the install from the splash screen and the installation GUI should appear momentarily. Set the timezone and make sure network is connected. Proceeding without network connection is not recommended.
If we had two drives there, we could configure LSI 9201-16i SAS mirror setup for redundancy. Since the drive is previously partitioned, we need to reclaim space.
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These sequence of pictures make it clear. The installer prompts for a reboot at the end.
Click reboot to let the system boot into newly installed Rockstor OS. This can be achieved simply by omitting the boot ROM file, only specifying the actual firmware. This is explained in documents like this one: So i consider it a good investment, LSI 9201-16i SAS a touch pricey.
Though here and there it can be bought much cheaper than the regular retail channel for this product. But i also want to point you LSI 9201-16i SAS a product that caught my attention: But LSI 9201-16i SAS has some advantages: This can really be a good investment if later on you might think about expanding even further with multiple pools that are all connected to the same controller, potentially some of them spun down.
This controller can give you a long upgrade path where you continue to use it to supply your SAS expander with even more links in the future, hopefully when the 12Gbps SAS expanders will be cheaper too. So a good choice to invest in the future perhaps, if you have plans to expand even further later on.