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 Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X 
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Post Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X
Hi @all,

here my working specs - all without ANY modifications:

Asus P5 NT WS (with PCI-X)
onboard Controller (non-RAID)
Intel Core 2 Quad 2,4
8 GB DDR-667 non-ECC (4x2GB)
IDE DVD-ROM

additionally i tried the LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X LP (LowProfile mit Multilane S-ATA)
works fine - NO problems, just a long time "Firmware initializing" when booting... :?

Performance:
Guest-VM with SuSE Linux 11.1 64bit, several times hdparm:
onboard: ~ 3000 MB/sec cached
onboard: ~ 220 MB/sec buffered
LSI Logic: ~ 4500 MB/sec cached
LSI Logic: ~ 345 MB/sec buffered :P

Edit: Write-Performance while Copying from onboard-datastore => LSI-Datastore was about 120 MB/sec (the max. of the drive?). I'll rebuild to RAID1 and post the values with read ahead caching.

All tests were made with 1 single Seagate ST31500341 1,5TB Drive.
I booted from a separate 320GB Seagate (onboard)

Best regards
Arne


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Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:42 pm
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Post Re: Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X
Hey,

Great blog mate.. I've got the same setup, except am booting from a USB stick.

Do you know if there is any way to boot directly from one of the MegaRAID LUNs?? Also, do you know how to monitor the MegaRAID with out having to reboot into the firmware??

Thanks,
Tonks..


Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:25 pm
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If you didn't have to modify simple.map to get ESXi to recognize the 300-8x then you should have no problems installing directly to it (although the install would wipe existing partitions on the install LUN).

For controller status do you see anything on the health status tab?

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Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:34 pm
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Post Re: Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X
Hey,

Sorry for the slow reply.. And thanks for the response.. I dunno where health is sorry.. here's what I get under the Controller in vCentre..

Thanks,
Tonks


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You have the right tab (configuration). If you look at the hardware section the first option is Health Status.

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Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:23 pm
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Post Re: Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X
I also run an LSI MegaRAID 300-8X, and it doesn't show in the health tab.

Some joker called Dave, :lol: told me in this thread, that I couldn't get the health status for it.

Cheers.


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I'm not expecting him to get health status on the controller, but just in case they snuck something into a recent update I thought it would still be worth checking. :)

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Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:34 pm
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Post Re: Asus P5 NT WS with onboard & LSI Logic MegaRAID 300-8X
does anyone know if this controller works as ROC? if the device is configured with a RAID 5 will the ESX installer see it as 1 large volume and again once ESX is installed?


Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:37 am
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