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Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe HBA, External

Installation Guide For HBA Models SGX-SAS6-EXT-Z and SG-SAS6-EXT-Z

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Using This Documentation

1.  HBA Overview

Kit Contents

HBA Features

SAS/SATA Features

Valid Drive Mix Configurations With HDDs and SSDs

Operating System and Technology Requirements

System Interoperability

Host Platform Support

Storage System Support

Software Support

Boot Support

2.  Hardware Installation and Removal

Observing ESD and Handling Precautions

Installing the HBA

To Prepare for Hardware Installation

To Install the HBA

To Connect the HBA to External Storage Devices

To Complete the Installation

Removing the HBA

To Remove the HBA

3.  Creating a Bootable Drive in a Preboot Environment

Overview of Creating a Bootable Drive in a Preboot Environment

Creating a Bootable Drive (SPARC)

To Create a Bootable Drive (SPARC)

Using the OBP Environment to Set Up a Bootable Drive (SPARC)

Creating an Alias for a Bootable Drive (SPARC)

Next Steps

Creating a Bootable Drive (x86)

To Create a Bootable Drive (x86)

Using the BIOS Configuration Utility to Set Up a Bootable Drive (x86)

Selecting a Bootable Drive (x86)

Next Steps

Validating the Oracle Solaris Labels of the HBA Drives

To Verify That the Oracle Solaris Label of a Drive is Valid

Next Steps

Installing the Oracle Solaris OS

To Prepare to Install the Oracle Solaris OS

To Install the Oracle Solaris OS

Next Steps

4.  HBA Software Installation

Installing the Oracle Solaris Driver and Firmware

Firmware Updates

Installing the Linux Driver and Firmware

To Install the Linux Driver

Firmware Updates

Installing the Windows Server Driver and Firmware

To Install the Windows Driver

Firmware Updates

Installing the VMware Driver and Firmware

5.  Known Issues

Only 24 Devices Are Displayed In The System BIOS Boot List

Cannot Reboot After Upgrading Firmware on the HBA

Cannot Upgrade Firmware on the HBA

Cannot Hotplug the HBA Card

The Oracle Solaris Operating System Installation Hangs

The System Hangs After Deleting a RAID Volume

Cannot Assign a Global Hot Spare Through the MSM GUI

A.  HBA Specifications

Physical Characteristics

PCI Performance

SAS Port Bandwidths

HBA Card Layout

Connectors

Environmental Requirements

Glossary

Installing the HBA

Before you start, read the instructions in this section as well as the installation instructions for the storage devices to be connected to the HBA. This section contains the following topics:

To Prepare for Hardware Installation

  1. Read and observe the safety information for this product.

    See the Safety and Compliance document for the HBA.

  2. Make a backup of your data.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the physical features of the HBA (see HBA Card Layout).
  4. Ensure you have the proper cables for the HBA.

    The HBA has two external x4 mini-SAS connectors, each connecting to four 6 Gb/s SAS ports. You will need to use the appropriate cable to connect the HBA to SAS versus SATA storage devices.

    For connection to external disk drive enclosures, use an external cable with a standard mini-SAS connector (SFF-8088) on both ends of the cable.

    Use only Oracle-provided SAS cables (provided with your Oracle system at time of� purchase). For more information or to purchase cables for your Oracle system, go to http://www.oracle.com. Cable connectors are keyed so that� you cannot insert them incorrectly.

  5. Unpack the box containing the HBA in a static-free environment and inspect it for damage.

    Note - Leave the HBA in its protective bag until you are ready to install it. If there is damage, contact Oracle customer support.


To Install the HBA

  1. Attach an ESD wrist strap and remove the HBA from its protective bag.

    See Observing ESD and Handling Precautions.

  2. Refer to your system installation or service manual to determine how to locate an empty PCI Express slot in which you can insert the HBA.�
  3. Align the HBA to the PCI Express slot and press down gently and firmly to seat the HBA into the slot, as shown in Installing the HBA into a PCIe Slot.

    Figure 2-1 Installing the HBA into a PCIe Slot

    image:Image that shows how to insert the HBA into a PCIe Slot

    Figure Legend

    1 Bracket screw

    2 Press here

    3 Mini-SAS x4 (SFF-8088) external connector with shell

    4 Press here

    5 32-bit slots (3.3 V only)

    6 PCI Express x8 slot

    7 64-bit slot (3.3 V only)

    8 Edge of the host board

    9 SFF-8088 mini-SAS external cables and connector


    Note - The host adapter shape, size, and locations of components might vary from this illustration.


  4. When the HBA is fully inserted in the slot, secure the HBA to the chassis of the system by installing the bracket screw, if applicable, or by engaging the system retention mechanism.

To Connect the HBA to External Storage Devices

To Complete the Installation

  1. Refer to your system installation or service manual for instructions on how to replace the system cover, reconnect the AC power cords, and turn power on to the system, if required.

    Note - If you do need to return power to the system, ensure that the power is turned on to the SAS devices, SATA II devices, or both before or at the same time that the power is turned on to the host system. If the system is powered up before these devices, the devices might not be recognized.


  2. If you need to install an OS on your system, complete the procedures in Chapter 3, Creating a Bootable Drive in a Preboot Environment and then go to the next step.
  3. If you already have an OS installed on your system, do one of the following:
    1. x86 system - During the power-up process of the system, review the BIOS bootup messages and look for the LSI BIOS initialization banner and the BIOS utility prompt (pressing Ctrl+C).

      If you see the banner and are prompted for the utility, it means the BIOS has detected the HBA card.

    2. SPARC system - During the power-up process of the system, use the probe-scsi-all command at the OpenBoot Prom (OBP) ok prompt to verify that the system recognizes the HBA.

      The probe-scsi-all command displays the SCSI devices that are connected to the host, as shown in the following example.

      {0} ok probe-scsi-all
      /pci@0/pci@0/pci@8/pci@0/pci@a/LSI,sas@0 
      MPT Version 2.00, Firmware Version 4.00.00.00 
      Target 9
        Unit 0   Disk     SEAGATE ST914602SSUN146G0603    286739329 Blocks, 146 GB 
        SASAddress 5000c5000b305b4d  PhyNum 0
      Target a
        Unit 0   Disk     SEAGATE ST914602SSUN146G0603    286739329 Blocks, 146 GB 
        SASAddress 5000c5000b304cad  PhyNum 1
      Target b
        Unit 0   Disk     HITACHI H101414SCSUN146GSA23    286739329 Blocks, 146 GB 
        SASAddress 5000cca000310015  PhyNum 2
      Target c
        Unit 0   Disk     HITACHI H101414SCSUN146GSA23    286739329 Blocks, 146 GB 
        SASAddress 5000cca0002cf035  PhyNum 3
      {0} ok

      This example shows a SAS 2 controller (LSI,sas@0) connected to four physical drives.

  4. Install any software required by the HBA, specific to your operating system, as described in Chapter 4, HBA Software Installation.