[nycbug-talk] 2x 3Ware Escalade 9500S-4LP SATA
ike at lesmuug.org
Sat Dec 31 13:08:03 EST 2005
Thanks for hanging with me on this thread- it's providing me with a
lot of good insight man.
On Dec 31, 2005, at 12:52 PM, Francisco Reyes wrote:
> Isaac Levy writes:
>> Right- but has anyone simply tried to *install* straight FreeBSD
>> 6 using the card?
> I thik you would need to do a 6 Stable ISO disk... which I didn't
> know how to do, so followed AMCCs instructions. Installed 5.4, then
> loaded module from floppy... then upgraded to 6 stable.
OUCH OUCH OUCH. I can't do this for production webservers, I just
/me begins to quietly cry and whimper
>> *Not fun*, so far. The TWE driver is not loading properly after
>> installing, so it boots ok from the bootonly ISO, but after a
>> fairly 'stock' install, (no wacky options), rebooting (for the
>> first machine boot) just sits tossing errors over and over...
> I believe support for the 9550SX went in around Dec 7. You would
> need an ISO after that date.
OK- this is also in my queue for Monday afternoon to try.
>> The Areca Raid Controller cards have a battery backup option too,
>> with most cards I've bought it's always an add-on option.
> What the tech at the vendor mentioned was beyond just battery
> backup. Supposedly they have an algorithm that safeguards the
> data... supposedly better than just the run off the mill backup. I
> will as the tech if it's ok to quote his email.. he explained it
> better. :-)
Interesting. Please do- it sounds cool...
>> The 3Ware card battery add-on option fits on the card itself,
>> which I'd say is a consideration for a 1u system.
> I think the PCI next to the card would be pretty tight after adding
> the add-on.
Yeah- I'm trying to figure out where in my 1u boxes I could put the
>> /me doesn't trust any vendor or sales engineer until I live with
>> it for a few years...
> I think most people won't really be able to test most of the
> differences.. I don't know other places, but where I work thinks
> like "test", "benchmark".. don't get much priority.. All I hear is
> "when will the machine be ready".. Lucky for me we recently had a
> machine die on the second day so I use that now as a reference as
> to why I like to keep the machine for a few days without doing much
> real work on it.. I would hate to spend a day or two setting up a
> machine for production to then have it die and have to return it.
Gah. Reality strikes.
On Dec 31, 2005, at 1:03 PM, Francisco Reyes wrote:
> Isaac Levy writes:
> The SX cards were not supported at release.
> If memory serves me well AMCC did spanking new drivers for the SX
> series whereas they were sharing drivers from older versions for
> the 9500.
It's all making more sense to me now...
> The list of supported cards/OS is a bit convoluted
HELL YES it is.
Big picture question, aside from the NYC*BUG dmesg database, how
could we proactively make this situation better?
> With any luck you will be able to use the same drivers.
>> This is worth a shot, that is now in my queue to try Monday
>> afternoon when I'm back with the hardware.
> Hope it works.
Thx- Me too! :)
> As for the CPU difference, I think it is a possible factor, but
> given that we are using different drivers altogether I would not
> say it's very conclusive.. specially since I started out with 5.4
> and binaries from AMCC.
> Did you try the questions list or the hardware list? Also AMCC
> seems to be responsive to FreeBSD questions. May be worth a shot
> trying to contact them
No- but now I feel I've fully done my share to deserve to hit both of
That is now in my Monday Afternoon Queue as well...
Thanks again for all this info Francisco!
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