Hello Gregg,

I acquired one of these

Intel RAID Controller Card SATA/SAS PCI-E x8 8internal ports (SASUC8I)

from your newegg link below, and then acquired the necessary cables to
get everything hooked up.  After multiple executions of devfsadm and
reconfigure boots, the OS see's one of my 4 drives.  The drives are 2 TB
Seagate drives.

Did you need to do anything special to get your card to work correctly?
 Did you need to do a firmware upgrade or anything?

I am running an up-to-date version of OpenIndiana b151a7.

Thank you,


On 10/26/12 10:02 AM, Gregg Wonderly wrote:
> I've been using this card
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816117157
> for my Solaris/Open Indiana installations because it has 8 ports.  One of the 
> issues that this card seems to have, is that certain failures can cause other 
> secondary problems in other drives on the same SAS connector.  I use mirrors 
> for my storage machines with 4 pairs, and just put half the mirror on one 
> side and the other drive on the other side.  This, in general, has solved my 
> problems.  When a drive fails, I might see more than one drive no 
> functioning.  I can remove (I use hot swap bays such as 
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994097) a drive, and 
> restore the other to the pool to find which of the failed drives is actually 
> the problem.  What had happened before, was that my case was not moving 
> enough air, and the hot drives had caused odd problems with failure.
> For the money, and the experience I have with these controllers, I'd still 
> use them, they are 3GBs controllers.  If you want 6GBs controllers, then some 
> of the other suggestions might be a better choice for you.
> Gregg
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