Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

Joe Gooch mrwizard at
Wed Feb 10 11:27:57 CST 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at [mailto:linux-poweredge-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of J. Epperson
> Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:37 AM
> To: linux-poweredge at
> Subject: RE: Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers
> On Wed, February 10, 2010 06:06, MirosÅ,aw Jaworski wrote:
> >
> > We anxiously wait for further lock-ins. I do have a recommendation
> > to be considered on marketoids' closest quarterly meeting: support
> > for Dell-blessed expansion cards only.
> >
> > No more wild expansion PCI cards - Delltwork Dellterface cards
> > should be enough for everyone! With God's help all Dell
> > customers will be connecting to Dellternet over time.
> >
> And UPSs!  We must ensure that we have appropriately proprietarily
> conditioned power for our proprietary servers.  And no third party
> replacement batteries either.  Lord only knows what sort of corruption
> that could lead to.
> Seriously, some of us used to re-flash some of the older LSI PERCs with
> the firmware for their LSI-branded counterpart.  Could something like
> that
> be a possibility here?  Could the H700 be reflashed with the LSI
> Megaraid
> 9260/9280 firmware?  I guess someone would have to risk a brick to find
> out.

I'd rather flash the drive firmware.  If it's really superior with Dell equipment, why not make the firmware available?  It's not like Dell is manufacturing the drive, and they already provide drive firmware upgrades on the support site.


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