[CentOS] Help with installing on Supermicro X6DHT-G server Marvell H2 SATA

Chris Mason (Lists) lists at masonc.com
Sat Mar 11 14:33:14 UTC 2006

Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
> I would strongly recommend *not* using that SATA controller at all.  
> Your problems with it aren't going to end once you get the install 
> done.  The driver from SuperMicro is not going to track the vendor 
> kernel closely at all, so you'll be forced to not install kernel 
> updates.  
As it is an internal server with the sole purpose of serving 
non-critical files, there won't be much need to update the kernel.

> Also, given that the driver isn't in the kernel, its performance and 
> stability are unknown.
I'll do some testing.
> On my compute nodes with SM boards, I just threw a 3ware 8006-2 in 
> each and a single drive.  On my servers, I used the same controller 
> and a pair of 74GB WD Raptors as a hardware RAID1.  The 3w-xxxx driver 
> is rock solid and has been in the kernel for a long while.
I ordered a 3ware with the server, they forgot to ship it. I may still 
go back and move the array to it if it ever arrives.
> What controller are you using for the 4 drive RAID array?  Would it be 
> possible to boot off that?
They are on the same Marvell interface.

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