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Bruce Hill 07-21-2011 12:27 PM

external storage for server
 
We have an old server that was given to us. It has four 37GB SCSI drives which is rather small. So that's RAID1 for the OS, but we need storage.

These are the devices available for use: 2 PCI-X 64bit/133MHz slots, 1 PCI-Express v1.0 slot, 1 FireWire, and 1 External SCSI Port. Here's "lspci -k":
Code:

root@server:/home/mingdao# lspci -k
00:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 Memory Controller (rev a3)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 ISA Bridge (rev a3)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation CK804 SMBus (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: nForce2_smbus
        Kernel modules: i2c-nforce2
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
        Kernel modules: ohci-hcd
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation CK804 USB Controller (rev a3)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
        Kernel modules: ehci-hcd
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 IDE (rev a2)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: pata_amd
00:07.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev a3)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev a3)
        Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device cb84
        Kernel driver in use: sata_nv
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCI Bridge (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 PCIE Bridge (rev a3)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
        Kernel driver in use: k8temp
        Kernel modules: k8temp
00:19.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:19.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:19.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:19.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
        Kernel driver in use: k8temp
        Kernel modules: k8temp
00:1a.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1a.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1a.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1a.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
        Kernel driver in use: k8temp
        Kernel modules: k8temp
00:1b.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:1b.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:1b.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:1b.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
        Kernel driver in use: k8temp
        Kernel modules: k8temp
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
        Kernel driver in use: tg3
        Kernel modules: tg3
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
        Kernel driver in use: tg3
        Kernel modules: tg3
05:06.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL (rev 27)
        Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL
        Kernel modules: atyfb
05:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
        Subsystem: Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
        Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
        Kernel modules: firewire-ohci
80:10.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X Bridge (rev 11)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
80:10.1 PIC: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC
80:11.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X Bridge (rev 11)
        Kernel modules: shpchp
80:11.1 PIC: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC (rev 11)
        Subsystem: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] AMD-8132 PCI-X IOAPIC
82:02.0 RAID bus controller: Adaptec AIC-7902(B) U320 w/HostRAID (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Adaptec Device 005e
        Kernel driver in use: aic79xx
        Kernel modules: aic79xx
82:02.1 RAID bus controller: Adaptec AIC-7902(B) U320 w/HostRAID (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Adaptec Device 005e
        Kernel driver in use: aic79xx
        Kernel modules: aic79xx

I'm looking for suggestions to attach four 1TB Seagate SATA drives for storage. Tried a Sans Digital Tower RAID device but the driver for the eSATA card does not work with 2.6.37.6 kernel. The last one it mentions is 2.6.31 ... neither Sans Digital, nor HighPoint (it was their RocketRaid 622) could provide a new driver, so I RMAed the unit.

The two NICs are being used ... one for internet to the server, the other from it to a managed switch. We could attach something to the gigabit switch.

Reuti 07-22-2011 07:44 AM

How many lanes does the PCIe connector has? FW400 or FW800?

I wonder, whether it would be better to buy a new mainboard/CPU/RAM instead of looking for any controller for this mainboard. It’s hard to get cards for PCI-X I think.

Bruce Hill 07-22-2011 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reuti (Post 4422244)
How many lanes does the PCIe connector has? FW400 or FW800?

I wonder, whether it would be better to buy a new mainboard/CPU/RAM instead of looking for any controller for this mainboard. Itís hard to get cards for PCI-X I think.

The PCIe has 16 lanes, and it's also version 1.0. It's FireWire 400.

Last night I came to the same conclusion as you. The cost of attaching
something to this old server for storage is more than it's worth.

Thanks for your reply.


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