[nycbug-talk] FreeBSD SATA Raid Controllers

Isaac Levy ike
Thu Sep 9 15:08:21 EDT 2004

Hi Mike,

On Sep 9, 2004, at 3:01 PM, Mike Sawicki wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 09, 2004 at 02:35:40PM -0400, Isaac Levy wrote:
>> Thanks Dave,
>> On Sep 9, 2004, at 2:23 PM, Dave Steinberg wrote:
>>>> I found sparse info online, but wanted to know if anyone had any
>>>> experience with 4 channel SATA Raid Controllers on FreeBSD?  I want
>>>> to make sure that atacontrol(8) would work for live raid rebuilds
>>>> etc...
>>>> Thanks for any info or urls...
>>> While not of direct interest, I can summarize some similar research I
>>> did for raid arrays on OpenBSD.  The short of it is that none of the
>>> vendor utilities to manage arrays / do rebuilds / get notifications
>>> are supported.  Supposedly many vendors do have support for FreeBSD
>>> (or many more ... perhaps solely by comparison).  I would be wary of
>>> your ability to get disk failure notifications.
>>> You might consider a different setup, something like a self-contained
>>> raid unit (either internal or external) from Accusys.  I am planning
>>> on rolling out an NFS server who's store is on an accuta 4
>>> (http://www.accusys-store.com/ACUTA4_spec.htm) in the next couple 
>>> days
>>> / weeks.  I've heard other reports from people that these are
>>> generally reliable products, and work well with Free/OpenBSD.
>>> Good luck,
>>> -- 
>>> Dave
>> In this case, I'm simply needing to setup 1 small-ish system, so the
>> internal solution looks interesting- Thanks!
> I have used 3ware IDE raid controllers on FreeBSD with much success.
> AFAIK the newer SATA boards are also supported by the driver.  You
> have to use 3dm (3ware's Linux management server ported over to
> FreeBSD) to manage the card.. but 3dm does take care of email alerts
> and some other automated functions.  Rebuilds can be done via the
> 3dm web interface, and I suppose you could write your own tools for
> parsing the 3dm output into something more cli-friendly.
> I don't think the 3ware cards interoperate with atacontrol.
> Mike Sawicki (fifi at HAX.ORG)

Saweeet.  That's what I was looking for.  Thanks!


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