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HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-07, 17:27 PM

Hello guys!

 

I recently picked up a X3550 M4 that I am going to run unraid or proxmox on.

 

This server has a ServeRAID M5110 raid-controller installed, and this requires me to

configure the disks to RAID0 so that the OS can see them. 

 

Is it possible to put ServeRAID in passthrough so that my disks are not controlled by hardware?

Or is it possible to remove the entire RAID-controller  entirely?

 

Thank you very much.

Best regards!

 

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Re:HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-11, 23:55 PM

Hello,

 

Yes, some HBA adapters are also supported as follows. If N2215 is used, mini SAS cable kit 00Y8597 is also required to covert connector (SFF-8087 <===> SFF-8643).

 

The 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps controller

The N2115 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2308 6 Gbps controller

The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps controller

 

Ref) https://lenovopress.com/tips0851-system-x3550-m4-e5-2600-v2

 

 

Thank you,

 

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Re:HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-08, 2:01 AM

Hello Andreeil,

 

M5110 adapter has two modes (iMR and MR) and iMR mode only supports pass-thru mode that can recognize as non-raid drive. RAID0 is a striping RAID and not pass-thru mode. Two modes are automatically set by weather or not cache memory upgrade is installed. Thank you,

 

Support for Integrated MegaRAID (iMR) mode (no cache memory upgrades installed) or MegaRAID (MR) mode (requires 512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB cache memory upgrade)

    • iMR mode (no cache memory upgrades installed) supports:
      • RAID 0, 1, and 10, and, optionally, 5 and 50
      • Fixed stripe unit size of 64 KB
      • Self-encrypting drives with optional Zero Cache/RAID 5 FoD upgrade
      • Both RAID and JBOD (pass-thru mode with system drives) configurations
        • Up to 16 drives are supported in a RAID configuration.
        • Up to 63 drives are supported in a JBOD configuration. (JBOD drives can be used as bootable drives.)
    • MR mode (512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB cache memory upgrade required) supports:
      • RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, and 50 and, optionally, 6 and 60 (Non-RAID is not supported.)
      • Configurable stripe unit size from 64 KB up to 1 MB
      • Self-encrypting drives
      • Optional SSD performance features (FastPath and CacheCade)

 

Ref) ServeRAID M5110 and M5110e SAS/SATA Controllers Product Guide

https://lenovopress.com/tips0857-serveraid-m5110-m5110e

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Re:HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-10, 19:52 PM

Hello and thank you for your reply!

 

I will try to remove the cache module and see if I can make the passthrough-mode work.

 

Would it be possible to remove the entire ServeRAID board and put in a HBA-board instead?

 

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Re:HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-11, 23:55 PM

Hello,

 

Yes, some HBA adapters are also supported as follows. If N2215 is used, mini SAS cable kit 00Y8597 is also required to covert connector (SFF-8087 <===> SFF-8643).

 

The 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps controller

The N2115 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2308 6 Gbps controller

The N2215 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:

  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA HDDs and SATA SSDs
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps controller

 

Ref) https://lenovopress.com/tips0851-system-x3550-m4-e5-2600-v2

 

 

Thank you,

 

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Re:HardwareRAID ServeRAID M5110 on x3550 M4

2021-04-14, 17:57 PM
Perfect, thank you very much.
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