first time with a 64bit CPU ... kernel config ...

Marc G. Fournier scrappy at
Thu Jan 12 09:19:07 PST 2006

On Thu, 12 Jan 2006, Vivek Khera wrote:

> On Jan 12, 2006, at 11:36 AM, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
>> First, the server is an HP DL360 G4P ... comes standard with 2G of RAM, 
>> 3.4G Xeon processor, HP Smart Array 600 RAID controller and slots for 4 SAS 
>> drives ... all in a 1U box.  I picked up 4x72G SAS drives, and an 
>> additional 4G of RAM (holds 6 sticks) ... oh, and it comes with redundant 
>> power supplies ...
> nice... I didn't know FreeBSD supported any SAS controllers.  I know that the 
> on in the Sun X4100 is not found by 6.0-REL boot CD

The ciss(4) driver is what the controller gets recognized as ... I believe 
that the RAID controller comes in both a SAS and SCSI model, so the 
controller itself handles the SAS aspect of it, and reports to the OS that 
its 'SCSI' ...

Just theory ... I just know it works :)  Even reports messages to 
/var/log/messages and the console (ie. when it finished building the 
parity stuff, I got a message letting me know that initialization was 
complete) ...

The thing I love about this box is that its an *even* # of drives, not odd 
... so I can actually do RAID1+0 instead of either RAID5 or RAID1+hot 
spare ...

I have to say ... I've used Intel boxes that I built myself, and I've used 
IBM x-series ... and to date, I don't think I've worked with a better box, 
especially where my last concern is the hardware ... at least so far, my 
experience with this HP has been much better then my last two Intel boxes 

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