I have seen some drives not be recognized on a hot plug, but cfgadm seemed to 
always fix that.

I don't recall a cold boot not recognizing the drives.  Does the bios boot of 
the card show all of the drives connected?

I did not update the firmware in the cards that I bought.


On Nov 19, 2012, at 10:45 AM, Jerry Kemp <sun.mail.lis...@oryx.cc> wrote:

> 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,
> Jerry
> 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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