Hey schoondoggy - thank you for the reply. I always thought an HBA card could do that, apparently I was mistaken.
I am currently using the G8 as the main storage unit so all the disks are there. The VM server has both a PCIe slot and space for four drives - so technically I could duplicate the setup directly on the server, but I want to keep using the G8 as the main point for storage while at the same time avoid the additional cost of getting a 2nd controller plus a second set of disks.
I mean if I have to place storage on the VM server, I will probably drop 2 SSDs in RAID 0 on the C202 integrated controller. However, I wouldn't mind experimenting a bit.
If we assume that the P222 or any "plain jane" HBA can't do this, then what kind of hardware can?
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: From what I see now, I bet the best and cheapest solution might be FC HBAs between storage and server - problem is that the micro G8 has only one PCIe which is occupied by the P222... Oh well..
I have 2 NICS on my DeskTop. One connected to my "everyday router" and the other to my VPN router which VPN's to USA (I am in Australia).
To connect to the VPN to access USA sites that are geoblocked I can:
1. Physically change the Ethernet connection from my computer into the switch OR
2. Leave both connections in and disable the adapter that is not wanted.
I have been using one or the other for a year and am sick of it.
If I leave both connected and fire up a browser then what determines which adapter it uses?
Can I control which adapter it uses?
I have spent all weekend googling this and have not found an answer!
I am not sure if the P222 can be a RAID controller and a SAS target at the same time. It may be possible to set this up, but I do not think it will work as you are expecting. If I can ask a couple of questions, why do you want the storage in a separate unit? Is there space for four drives in your VM server? Do you have a PCIe slot for a RAID controller in the VM server?
So, I'm interested in turning my HP G8 microserver into a small DAS. Please bear with me while I explain what I'm trying to achieve.
Storage: HP G8 microserver with HP P222 RAID controller (4x3TB in a RAID array) - this will be the storage for the VMs
Host/Workstation/Hypervisor: Dual Xeon with 64 GB of RAM.
Instead of connecting the storage and the VM host over the network, I want to directly present the raid array to the host machine.
Now, from what I know and have researched, I will need an HBA card on the host machine and then I can connect the P222 and the HBA card with an SF-8088 cable.
Essentially, what I want is to remove the network bottleneck and have the full performance of the array directly available to the host.
Is the above correct and if yes, what kind of HBA card do I need? Will any brand HBA 6G card with an external SAS connector do the job?
Thank you in advance.