RAID support on the DL320 G4 is broken.  HP uses Adaptec
firmware and Adaptec has not provided Soren programming info
on their metadata format, as he requested.

Ted

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>Subject: RE: FreeBSD 6.0 compat with DL320 G4
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>> Our vendor preference is HP, if anyone could share their experience
>> with the following products (in regards of network/sata support and
>> anything else mentioning):
>>
>> HP DL140 G2
>> HP DL145 G2
>> HP DL320 G4
>> HP DL360 G4
>
>we tried dl320 g2, g3, g4, dl380 g3 with sata/ciss drives,
>1-4gb ram, P4/XEON, DUAL-XEON with freebsd 5 and 6.
>as of the *bsd's, freebsd has the best support for the
>hp DL*s. sata support is not given for all embedded raid-
>controllers but you can still use raid 1 functionality
>using raidctl. hdd failures can render the system hang for
>3-5sec's on sata devices but after this timeout, everything's
>fine. rebuild is sometimes only possible by os-command, pluggin'
>in the new drive is sometimes not enough ;-)
>
>nw/chipset support is working (at least on all machines we use).
>no performance issues, except you configure as router and you use
>many different irq's for all interfaces (only occurred on a machine
>with 8 interfaces).
>
>thermal zone / ipmi support is not really
>close to the vendors ideas and sometimes produces wrong
>numbers, but if you don't want to set fan-speed or check
>temp. on all mentioned devices, it's fine.
>
>also, system management like (red-power fail, red-fan fail, etc...)
>is not really talking to the os and vice versa, therefore you'll
>have to check for errors like this on your own.
>
>furthermore, bios/fw upgrades can sometimes be really annoying,
>if you don't have usb-boot-support you'd run into troubles because
>hp only delivers them for some specific os's and freebsd is not on
>the list.
>
>btw. if somebody reads this and thinks: hey, bullshit i know a way
>of doing this better and it works fine with my DL, please let me
>know!
>
>best regards and good luck w. the hw :-)
>
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