6.0 RELEASE and Volume Managers

Yousef Raffah yraffah at savola.com
Sun May 7 12:05:52 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-05-07 at 13:00 +0200, Daniel Eriksson wrote:
> 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)
I have exactly the same output :)

> 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).
Why should I define it from the card's BIOS? Is it done through the
system's startup (F9)?

How can I have my volumes configured? Is it after the system is being
installed or during installation? Please forgive my newbie questions :|

> /Daniel Eriksson
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Yousef Raffah
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