6.0 RELEASE and Volume Managers

Daniel Eriksson daniel_k_eriksson at telia.com
Sun May 7 11:00:59 UTC 2006

Yousef Raffah wrote:

> The machine is a compaq server with Smart RAID controller

Is the controller recognised by FreeBSD during startup?

If it's a SmartArray 5xxx then the 'ciss' driver is the one you want:

ciss0: <Compaq Smart Array 5300> port ...
da0 at ciss0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <COMPAQ RAID 5  VOLUME OK> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device 
da0: 135.168MB/s transfers
da0: 105008MB (215056800 512 byte sectors: 255H 32S/T 26355C)

This is a real hardware RAID card, and it presents the array to the
system as a regular SCSI disk (da0 above). Just define your array from
the card's BIOS and make sure you are running a kernel that has 'ciss'
enabled (GENERIC has it by default).

/Daniel Eriksson

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