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Hello, 

 

I was looking for home big storage machine all NAS solution was too expensive. My decision was build my own.

 

I bought MS Gen8 (G1610 + 2GB) and some extra's to make BIG storage 

 

Xeon E3-1270v2 

16GB DDR3 

Case NZXT Source Elite 210

Newton R3 600W Platinum 80+ 

HP P410 + 512MB FBWC

11x 4TB SEAGATE NAS

1x INTEL 520 120GB SSD

 

B120i

1x SSD = DISK 1 ( OS ) 

2x 4TB RAID 0 = DISK 2 ( Playground ) 

 

P410

 

4x4TB RAID 5 = DISK 3 (DATA 1)

4x4TB RAID 5 = DISK 4 (DATA 2)

 

1x4TB HDD for spare ( cause of fault RAID5 ) 

 

I would like remove RAID 0 and add 4x4TB RAID 5 = DISK 5 but I looking for best way how to do it and cancel 

 

Ideas ?: 

 

HP SAS expander needs PCIe ? ( MS have only one )  

Different RAID Card with 3-4 internal SAS ( but i dont know which one )

Or SW RAID 5 at internal B120i 4x4 and SSD at ODD SATA ( I dont know if this is possible ) 

 

At case I have 2x2.5" HDD MOUNT and 13x 3.5" HDD space ( 8x internal and 5 in 3x 5.25 )   

 

Thanks for any suggestion or help. 

 

Mark 

 

PS: I looking to buy SAS to SATA cable ( exactly same like is in MS with power ) 

 

 

 

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I'm curious as to why you're using the Microserver in this situation? Just fitting a motherboard into your big case and running everything internally would have been much easier. You wouldn't need to rig the big case PSU to start up without a motherboard inside for one thing.

 

HP SAS expander needs PCIe ? ( MS have only one )

 

The HP SAS expander card needs a PCIe slot for power only. You can power it via something like this PCIe extender instead.

 

If you're buying the old HP SAS expander cards then you must get the one with the green PCB. The yellow PCB is the original card and not upgradeable.

 

The old HP SAS expander card has 36 ports in total with 4 of them being on an external connector but they're 6Gbps for SAS only. The HP firmware only allows 3Gbps operation for SATA despite the actual chip being used supporting 6Gbps for both SAS and SATA. You'll need a HP Smart Array card or a SAS HBA to update the firmware to at least 1.52.

 

Alternative to the HP SAS expander card is the Intel RES2CV288 SAS expander which only has 24 internal ports but they're all 6Gbps for SAS and SATA. You can power it via the PCIe slot or via a standard PC power molex socket on the top. You will need a SAS HBA to update the firmware if it isn't already at the latest.

 

I've tested the Intel RES2CV288 SAS expander on the external port on a HP P222 card. It works but I get a non-fatal error from the P222 firmware during bootup about the inability to communicate with the enclosure processor. I've not gotten around to working out why it is doing this but the SAS expander abilities seem to be working despite that.

 

Different RAID Card with 3-4 internal SAS ( but i dont know which one )

The HP P222 card has a SFF-8087 socket internally which will fit the cable from the Microserver drive cage and has a SFF-8088 socket externally which will allow you to connect to your external enclosure. You'll then be handling all of your drives internally and externally via a single controller. The B120i can be disabled. The P222 is officially supported by HP for the Microserver Gen8 and iLO4 is capable of monitoring it.

 

The P410 is quite an old card and not supported so you can't monitor it via iLO but it will still work.

 

Or SW RAID 5 at internal B120i 4x4 and SSD at ODD SATA ( I dont know if this is possible )

The B120i controller is just the Intel SATA controller but with HP firmware + drivers running it. It is software RAID and doesn't support RAID5. If you want RAID5 then you must do software RAID5 in your OS. Be aware that only port 1 + 2 on the B120i are capable of 6Gbps. The remaining port 3 + 4 and ODD ports are 3Gbps only.

 

PS: I looking to buy SAS to SATA cable ( exactly same like is in MS with power )

These are just examples of what you need.

 

If you get the Intel SAS expander card, you'll want a SFF-8088 external bracket with SFF-8087 sockets internally. You'll need a SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cable to connect from the bracket to the SAS expander.

 

For the connection between your RAID card and your enclosure, you'll want a SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 cable.

 

For the actual connection between the SAS expander and the drives, you'll want multiple SFF-8087 to discrete forward breakout cables. You must make sure it is a forward breakout cable. There are reverse cables as well which won't work.

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I'm curious as to why you're using the Microserver in this situation? Just fitting a motherboard into your big case and running everything internally would have been much easier. You wouldn't need to rig the big case PSU to start up without a motherboard inside for one thing.

 

It was cheapest solution for me except HDD it cost me around £200. What is cheapest than T20 DELL or ML310 G8 / G9 and still will be need different case for 8 - 12 HDD's 

 

 

 

These are just examples of what you need.

 

 

I mean this cable http://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB-679799480-cabo-hp-mini-sas-4-sata-6g-ml310e-g8-675233-001-686747-001-_JM

 

in UK or EU 

 

 

The B120i controller is just the Intel SATA controller but with HP firmware + drivers running it. It is software RAID and doesn't support RAID5. If you want RAID5 then you must do software RAID5 in your OS. Be aware that only port 1 + 2 on the B120i are capable of 6Gbps. The remaining port 3 + 4 and ODD ports are 3Gbps only.

 

 

ODD SATA don't detect SSD or 4TB HDD 

 

 

 

The HP P222 card has a SFF-8087 socket internally which will fit the cable from the Microserver drive cage and has a SFF-8088 socket externally which will allow you to connect to your external enclosure. You'll then be handling all of your drives internally and externally via a single controller. The B120i can be disabled. The P222 is officially supported by HP for the Microserver Gen8 and iLO4 is capable of monitoring it.

 

The P410 is quite an old card and not supported so you can't monitor it via iLO but it will still work.

 

What about some card what support 12x 16x HDD ADAPTEC / 3WARE / LSI / DELL 

 

OR HP P8xx and use external port for internal use like you explain with SAS expander  

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