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Hello.

 

i have a problem with nanoboot/dsm5 in combination with a esata port multiplier card.

 

My Setup:

  • Case: Thermaltake Element Q
http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00001514
Mainboard: SuperMicro X7SPA-H http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/ATOM/ICH9/X7SPA.cfm?typ=H
PCI Express 4 Port eSata Port Multiplier Card: Sonnet Tempo Sata E4P http://www.sonnettech.com/product/tempo_sata_e4p.html
ext HDD Cases: 2x Icy Box IB-3640SU3 http://www.raidsonic.de/en/products/details.php?we_objectID=8248
HDD: 6x WD 750G + 1x Seagate 750G

 

i am using the latest nanoboot and DSM 5.0-4493 Update 3.

 

i can only see the first sata disk from the both hdd cases, the other ones are invicible. do i have to configure a special kernel module to enable the port multplier functionality in combination with the sonnet esata card?

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"Tempo SATA E4P, E4i, X4P, and X4i are supported under Red Hat Enterprise 4 Linux with Marvell (TSATAII chip set) drivers. The Marvell Linux driver supports direct connect drives but not port multipliers, so there is no compatibility with the Fusion D4Q, Fusion D5P, Fusion R4Q and Fusion R4P storage systems. As in Windows, drives must be connected at boot time."

 

FROM: http://www.sonnettech.com/support/kb/kb ... ction=b106

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i read these topics already .. but there is no mention of a esata port multiplier card ... and searching the net didn't help me either :sad:

 

so if anyone knows a working port multiplier card with 4 esata ports, i would be very happy.

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I have multi-port cards working but not port mulitplier, had tried it some time ago @4.3 but same results as we others these pages. You see one drive only. Must be more than a handful of users with SANS DIGITAL 4 slotters all wanting this to work.

What are those cards that work?

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IO Crest 2 Port SATA III PCI-Express x1 Card (SY-PEX40039)

 

 

ASM1061 Chipset (Asmedia 1061 SATA Host Controller)

Supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap

Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps

Supports 2 Ports Serial ATA, Native Command Queue (NCQ), Port Multiplier

Works with SSDs

 

*** I do not use this with SSD or the port multiplier ***

used only to add 2 extra SATA ports as mobo has only 4 on board SATA @DSM5 4493-3

 

I also use an SiL based card, 4ports in a second DSM 4.3

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IO Crest 2 Port SATA III PCI-Express x1 Card (SY-PEX40039)

 

 

ASM1061 Chipset (Asmedia 1061 SATA Host Controller)

Supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap

Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps

Supports 2 Ports Serial ATA, Native Command Queue (NCQ), Port Multiplier

Works with SSDs

 

*** I do not use this with SSD or the port multiplier ***

used only to add 2 extra SATA ports as mobo has only 4 on board SATA @DSM5 4493-3

 

I also use an SiL based card, 4ports in a second DSM 4.3

Thanks, I'm looking for a SATA controller that works with ESXi in pass through mode, will research on this controller as well.

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BTW I also have a VM Workstation 10 (DSM 5.0 4493) instance with 2 raw mapped drives inside a SANs Digital 4 rack box. No exactly the same as what you are proposing but the port multiplier works as pass through via Win7 Host and Workstation guests. The port multiplier card came with the SANs Digital box, SIL3xxx or thereabouts.

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BTW I also have a VM Workstation 10 (DSM 5.0 4493) instance with 2 raw mapped drives inside a SANs Digital 4 rack box. No exactly the same as what you are proposing but the port multiplier works as pass through via Win7 Host and Workstation guests. The port multiplier card came with the SANs Digital box, SIL3xxx or thereabouts.

I've see a few messages saying SIL3114 controller had issues being in passthrough mode. I personally tried one, but it was DOA and I never tried it again.

 

Another aspect is that ESXi vs VM Workstation might be different in regard to passthroough mode .. can't say anything really here.

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