Good call Saso. Sigh... I guess I wait to hear from HP on supported IT mode HBAs in their D2000s or other jbods.
On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Sašo Kiselkov <skiselkov...@gmail.com>wrote: > On 01/08/2013 04:27 PM, mark wrote: > >> On Jul 2, 2012, at 7:57 PM, Richard Elling wrote: > >> > >> FYI, HP also sells an 8-port IT-style HBA (SC-08Ge), but it is hard to > locate > >> with their configurators. There might be a more modern equivalent > cleverly > >> hidden somewhere difficult to find. > >> -- richard > >> > > > > Richard, > > > > Do you know if the HBAs in HP controllers be swapped out with any well > > characterized (by nexenta) HBAs like the 9211-8e or do they require a > specific > > 'controller HBA' like the SC-08Ge? IE, does it void the warranty if you > open up > > the controller and stick a third party card in there? Did you ever try > to > > 'bypass' the controllers at all and just plug into an expander? I > prefer HP > > hardware also but the controller is getting in the way. > > > > Ill be asking HP the same questions in the next few weeks with any luck > but your > > opinion and experiences are on another level compared to HPs pre-sales > > department... not that theyre bad but in this realm youre the man :) > > I know you didn't ask me, but I can tell you my experience: it depends > on what you mean by "warranty". If you mean as in "warranty on sales of > goods" (as mandated by law), then no, sticking a different HBA in your > servers does not void your warranty (unless this is expressly labeled on > the product - manufacturers typically also put protective labels on > screws then). > > When it comes to support services, though, such as phone support and > firmware updates, then yes, using a third-party HBA can make these > difficult and/or impossible. HP storage enclosure and drive firmware, > for example, can only be flashed through an HP-branded SmartArray card. > > Depending on what software you are running on the machines it can make > no difference at all, or a lot of difference. For instance, if you're > running proprietary storage controller software on the server (think > something like NexentaStor, but from the HW vendor), then your custom > HBA might simply be flat out unsupported and the only response you'll > get from the vendor support team is "stick the card we shipped it with > back in". OTOH if you're running something not HW vendor-specific (like > the aforementioned NexentaStor, or any other Illumos variant), and the > HW vendor at least gives lip service to supporting your platform (always > tell the support folk you're running "Solaris"), then chances are that > your support contract will be just as valid as before. I've had drives > fail on Dell machines and each time support was happy when I just told > them "drive dead, running Solaris, here's the log output, send a new one > please". > > Cheers, > -- > Saso >
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