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11 hours ago, sandwern said:

 

Yesterday installed LSI 9271-4i RAID card (power consumption 5w). Works good, but LSI WebBIOS available only from Legacy Boot Mode. With UEFI it is impossible to configure RAID controller. Sadly, I could not find the setting called CSM Boot Mode, to configure Microserver Gen10 Plus boot properly.

What version firmware is on the 9271-4i? Have you checked to see if the 9271-4i is UEFI compatible?

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1 hour ago, schoondoggy said:

What version firmware is on the 9271-4i? Have you checked to see if the 9271-4i is UEFI compatible?

 

Hi, schoondoggy.

 

Firmware version is 3.460.115-6465.

Yes, megaraids should support uefi since SAS-1 series from 2011:

 

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LSI MegaRAID controllers have uEFI drivers built into the firmware and are compliant with both uEFI 2.2 and 2.3 specs.

 

But I ran into another problem: overheat. Microserver has very tight layout, so without additional fan for 9271-4i temperatures going over 110 °C (images attached with external fan and without).

 

Still thinking what to do next.

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9 hours ago, Trig0r said:

Thats certainly one way of doing it..

 

Of course 🙂

The main reason for doing this is performance of hard drives. LSI controller sometimes comes with 1GB cache module LSICVM01 and supercapacitor. From the other side, there is no cache module for HPE E208i-p, and of course LSI cheaper, it is possible to buy a used card. Note is LSI 92xx series officially unsupported in ESXi 7.0, but it still works perfectly. 

 

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8 hours ago, zdeno said:

@sandwernHi did you think about P222 ? There will be probably same problem because there was problem with overheating in Gen8 too. Also based on https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=20933 P222 is still supported and price is very familiar too in these days (about 32EUR with 1GB cache + battery pack)

 

Hi @zdeno, thanks for the tip. No, didn't think about P222 before, it happened that i found cheap LSI 9271 with 1 GB cache and Tecate Super Capacitor. I decided to check prices now for P222 and yes, this is really inexpensive option. Next time will have to analyze the market in more detail 🙂

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3 hours ago, sandwern said:

 

Hi @zdeno, thanks for the tip. No, didn't think about P222 before, it happened that i found cheap LSI 9271 with 1 GB cache and Tecate Super Capacitor. I decided to check prices now for P222 and yes, this is really inexpensive option. Next time will have to analyze the market in more detail 🙂

The P222 is a bit old in the tooth now, it was good in the Gen8 but you're not getting the full speed of the drives because it's PCIe 2.0 iirc. Then again if you're just using 5400rpm ones it may be fine. The BBU has to be put somewhere though, and it's tight tight tight in that little case.

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9 hours ago, Noth said:

The P222 is a bit old in the tooth now, it was good in the Gen8 but you're not getting the full speed of the drives because it's PCIe 2.0 iirc. Then again if you're just using 5400rpm ones it may be fine. The BBU has to be put somewhere though, and it's tight tight tight in that little case.

@noth Sure but until you connect 12G or 6G SAS devices I dont think there will be visible difference. 6G SAS got about 2,3GB/s, 5400rpm/7200rpm disks got based on WD documentation up to 256MB/s. P222 has throughput up to 4,2GB/s which is the only limit (technically without cache the only limit is PCIE3 throughput). 9271 got in theory 6GB/s so although P222 is older I guess it is still good solution if you count with 4 devices.

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