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Old 10th July 2005, 12:16 PM
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Adaptec Ultra320 HostRAID + FC4

Hello everbody,

iīm trying to install FC4 on a Sun Fire V65x Server. Thereīs a built-in Adaptec 7902 HostRAID Controller. The standard aic79xx driver shipped with FC4 donīt support the HostRAID feature of the controller.
Can someone tell me how I can build a driver disk supported by the FC4 installation ??
or is there a HostRAID supported driver availible ?

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I'm pretty sure FC isn't supported on the v65z, but RHEL 2.1 and RedHat 7.2 - 9 are, you can pick up the adaptec drivers from http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/v60x/downloads.html which might help.

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Old 10th July 2005, 02:14 PM
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I'm pretty sure FC isn't supported on the v65z, but RHEL 2.1 and RedHat 7.2 - 9 are, you can pick up the adaptec drivers from http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/v60x/downloads.html which might help.

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Hi!
Iīve running Fedora Core 4 on the V65x but without the HostRAID support of the Adaptec controller. I have to use the free FC4 Linux. Iīve tried to use some of this drive diskettes but they arenīt working.

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Ulrich,
Having asked around, I'm told that HostRAID drivers are not available for Linux due to legal reasons. The only drivers available were released for commercial RedHat 8, and are hard to find.
The only Adaptec cards with Linux HostRAID drivers available appear to be the 29320 and 39320.
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Old 10th July 2005, 02:37 PM
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I think in the V65x is a 39320 Adaptec on the Intel Mainboard. Itīs an dual SCSI Ultra320 HostRAID Controller.
Okay, i googled around the internet and found the driver images from Adaptec for several RedHat version... Isnīt it possible to extract the driver from this driver disk and built a new one with this compiled driver included thatīs recognized by fedore core 4 install ?

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Old 10th July 2005, 02:53 PM
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Actually I'm not sure it is. In any case, given that HostRAID is just software raid anyway (using special adaptec code) you might as well just use the volume manager in FC4.
As far as I know the source for the U320 HostRAID stuff is not available.

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okay so far. I know this too but I hope that anyone else have an idea to run this stupid pseudo-hardware-raid-controller :-) or is there a how-to or manual to build a driver disk ?

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Sorry, if you are not going to use the hostraid functionality, and use software raid, then what driver do you need? If you are having trouble seeing the disks, try turning off hostraid in the adaptec bios.
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okay so far. I know this too but I hope that anyone else have an idea to run this stupid pseudo-hardware-raid-controller :-) or is there a how-to or manual to build a driver disk ?

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My friend and I have the same problem!
I think there are no open source driver for that RAID controller !closed hardware!. We made driver diskette from IBM ServRAID cd and tried to use it with fedora. Then we examined scripts on diskette and found out that provided drivers are for 2.4 kernel only.

Supported Red Hat linux systems are: Red Hat 9, RHEL ending with version 3. Version 4 is not mentioned in IBM docs and we think it is not supported 'couse it uses 2.6 kernel.

Maybe you could try CentOS 3 with driver provided by IBM on ServRAID cd or use software RAID!
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Old 22nd November 2005, 09:47 PM
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okay so far. I know this too but I hope that anyone else have an idea to run this stupid pseudo-hardware-raid-controller :-) or is there a how-to or manual to build a driver disk ?

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Uli,

if this machine is not exclusively for playing but (as I presume) for real server use:
- Lets assume you got the HostRaid running. Do you have some software at hand to manage the array once a disk fails or for simply managing it? If the answer were no (which meant you needed to boot into the Adaptec BIOS for that), Software RAID, combined with LVM2 would be absolutely preferrable from my point of view.

Just my two (Euro)Cents
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Just use linux MD for raid, it is better than the software adaptec would provide, works quicker, better, extensively tested, etc etc


Use LVM for the flexibility , eg adding a new set of mirrorred drives and spanning the filesystem across two sets of two drives,but LVM is not required for raid
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