SAS 6/i Controller on Dell R610

Anwar Maharban anwar.maharban at
Thu Sep 3 07:23:49 CDT 2009

Hey everyone!

I have an issue with a Dell R610 server which has an integrated SAS 
controller (SAS 6/i Controller).
Now the problem i am having with this SAS 6/i (non-perc) is, that OMSA 
doesn't see the controller at all.

When i check the dmesg, i see the following info:

/megasas: Thu July 24 11:41:51 PST 2008
Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
Fusion MPT base driver 3.04.07
Copyright (c) 1999-2008 LSI Corporation
Fusion MPT SAS Host driver 3.04.07
mptsas 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
mptbase: ioc0: Initiating bringup
ioc0: LSISAS1068E B3: Capabilities={Initiator}
mptsas 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
scsi0 : ioc0: LSISAS1068E B3, FwRev=00192f00h, Ports=1, MaxQ=266, IRQ=16
scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     SEAGATE  ST973402SS       S229 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
scsi 0:0:1:0: Direct-Access     SEAGATE  ST973402SS       S229 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
scsi 0:1:0:0: Direct-Access     Dell     VIRTUAL DISK     1028 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
This is what lspci shows:

/lvs1:~# lspci |grep LSI
03:00.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068E 
PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS (rev 08)/

The MPT support is compiled within the kernel, so no modules.
Yet, when i use lsiutil or the mpt-status the following pops up..

/lvs1:/usr/local/src# ./lsiutil.x86_64

LSI Logic MPT Configuration Utility, Version 1.60, July 11, 2008
FATAL: Module mptctl not found.
/bin/mknod: `/dev/mptctl': File exists
Couldn't open /dev/mptctl or /dev/mpt2ctl!

0 MPT Ports found
/lvs1:/usr/local/src# mpt-status
open /dev/mptctl: No such device
  Are you sure your controller is supported by mptlinux?
Make sure mptctl is loaded into the kernel
lvs1:/usr/local/src# lsmod |grep mptctl

Looking at these errors, i am wondering if its required to use module 
based drivers for these controllers or not?

And then we have also have OMSA:

/lvs1:~# omreport storage controller
No controllers found
Does anyone have had a similar problem? or better yet, know how to fix 
this issue?

Thanks in advance people..


Anwar Maharban
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