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x3650 M5 eDrive/SED Support

2017-04-03, 16:58 PM

I am looking to buy a series of servers for setting up Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

I would like to achieve transparent encryption for S2D to work (See here).


That means x3650 M5 and I would like to know if the 1.2TB 10K 12Gbps SAS 2.5" G3HS SED [00WG720/AT8G] drive in conjuction with a ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller [A3YZ] in HBA mode, will support transparent encryption for the OS.


Furthermore, I would like to know if the 1.2TB 10K 12Gbps SAS 2.5" G3HS SED [00WG720/AT8G] supports IEEE 1667 a.k.a. eDrive encryption.


Thank you for your time.


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Re: x3650 M5 eDrive/SED Support

2017-04-13, 8:20 AM
Let me try to clarify your question. Refer to ServeRAID M5210 and M5210e SAS/SATA Controllers Product Guide , see "Technical specifications" section :
The ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA controllers support for Integrated MegaRAID (iMR) mode for the following features:
  • Self-encrypting drives with optional Zero Cache/RAID 5 upgrade
  • Both RAID and JBOD (pass-thru mode with system drives) configurations

This has been clearly stated this feature can be achieved.


I'm not sure if the transparent encryption you mentioned is Microsoft's Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).

In my understanding, TDE is a software encryption function, there is no particular specification for hard drive requirements, I cannot say that TDE and hard drives encryption function are related.

Please refer to Microsoft Transparent Data Encryption


1.2TB 10K 12Gbps SAS 2.5" G3HS SED [00WG720] is Self-Encrypting Hard Drives. I do not have enough information to determine if this drive supports IEEE 1667. But Self-Encrypting Hard Drives and Encrypted Hard Drives for Windows are not the same type of device. for more details: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831627%28v=ws.11%29.aspx


Also, here is some documentation ref. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Deployment Guide



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