[Linux-PowerEdge] Q: Possible to access "PowerVault 114x" via chain-through on MD3200?

cupertino cupertino at gmx.net
Thu Apr 3 14:57:58 CDT 2014

Did some research. Seems slot 3 is under riser 2. 

So you should be able to install 2x SAS HBAs even if a RAID card is
installed (see section 12.2 in above tech guide). 

On Thu, 2014-04-03 at 21:39 +0200, cupertino wrote:
> I'm 100% sure a tape drive connected to MD3200 is not supported and
> almost 100% sure it isn't working too. MD has its own controllers which
> hide all devices from any connected host by default. In order to make a
> volume available to a host you'll have to define a host mapping, which
> can only be done with volumes (virtual disks). Mappings of physical
> disks are not possible, so I assume a 'physical' tape drive won't be
> available for mapping. Besides the system is very picky about installed
> hard drives and back-end cabling. Most likely the tape drive will be
> block or you'll end up with heaps of cabling errors. 
> As far as I know S100 is on-board and can be disabled in BIOS. S300
> would be a separate card. So I'm not entirely sure what's in your 2nd
> slot. If you're running Linux on the system, most likely there is some
> other controller installed already because there are no Linux drivers
> for Dell's software enabled RAID controllers. 
> SAS6/iR has definitely not external SAS connectors. 
> On Thu, 2014-04-03 at 13:15 -0600, Stephen Dowdy wrote:
> > I may be asking a stupid question, but i've been thrown a problem
> > with consolidating several systems/devices ultimately ending with:
> >    PowerEdge R310 (S100 card + SAS6 HBA) (all slots full)
> >    2 x MD3200 storage devices
> >    1 PowerVault 114x (LTO5 tape drive)
> > 
> > The SAS6 HBA (2xSFF8088) will be used to connect to the two
> > MD3200's, but given the other PCI slot is already occupied by the
> > S100, there's nowhere for me to put the PowerVault 114x.
> > 
> > My initial thought:  There's got to be a way to expose the PV114X
> > through the MD3200 as a LUN, so that i could chain it on the
> > SATA OUT on one of the MD3200s.  I can't find any references of
> > someone doing this, and the MD Storage Management User Guide has no
> > reference to "Tape Drives", nor does the MD3200 manual i've come
> > across (just chaining MD1xxx enclosures), nor the PV114X manual.
> > (and these other devices are currently in production use, so i
> > can't test this theory out empirically, yet)
> > 
> > Anyone know if this is:
> >     Possible?
> >     Supported?
> > 
> > 
> > In lieu of that possibility, it appears that the PER310 does have
> > an Integrated RAID slot option (Slot 3 in the Technical Guide,
> > which is way substandard to previous Dell 11gen PE TechGuides)
> > (I'm not sure i see where the card would go from the PER310 tech guide)
> > 
> > So, i suspect i should be able to purchase a SAS 6/iR to replace
> > the S100, freeing the PCI slot to put another SAS HBA card in.
> > (i already have the SFF8470 SAS5 HBA card + SFF8470<->SF8088
> > cable for the PV114X).
> > 
> > Any thoughts on this?
> > 
> > thanks,
> > --stephen
> > 
> > 
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