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#301596 - 04/12/10 07:15 PM Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile
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Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA 8 port cards low profile

Title says it all!

Well except for the I want to do it cheap part

I've got a 2u Norco hotswap Home brew server. And a Norco hot swap 10 bay for my HTPC.

I bought a HD CARD SUPERMICRO|AOC-SAT2-MV8 R I was hoping to connect 8 drives in the HTPC case to a SAS Centronix device via a cable to a SAS Centronix device (with a low profile bracket) to the 2U serverI found on PCPitStop. They say no low profile. I can use the HD CARD SUPERMICRO|AOC-SAT2-MV8 R, within the server itself for the 8 drives on the server, but how can I get the 8 drives in the HTPC case hooked up to the 2u server without spending $600.00 on a card. The 10 bay HTPC is full ht, so no problems there.

Everything is rack mounted and I wanted to go SAS to have a cable disconnect between the 2 boxes if I have to pull one from the rack

Any help appreciated!


Thanks


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#301606 - 04/12/10 09:00 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Glitchy]
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#301609 - 04/12/10 09:05 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
SAS don't come cheap...


I had it all worked out for $300.00 till the no "low profile"

Maybe a new hot swap case is in order


Edited by wordgasm (04/12/10 09:07 PM)
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#301611 - 04/12/10 09:14 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Glitchy]
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#301646 - 04/13/10 12:51 AM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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Here's the SAS case I have: http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/743/SC743TQ-865.cfm

The fans are a touch loud, but it keeps things cool. Right now I only have two 136 GB 15k RPM SAS drives, and two 1 TB 10k RPM SAS drives in it. So I've got plenty of room for future growth.
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#301647 - 04/13/10 12:51 AM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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Promise may have some, but may be pricey.

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#301686 - 04/13/10 11:10 AM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile


Thanks for trying, but those SAS connectors are internal.

I need 8 sata connectors on the card (internally) and the SAS connector externally on the slot cover plate, and of course low profile.

or

The ones I found on PC Pitstop weren't even a card (I already have a card with sata connectors, just a centronixs external port on a bracket and sata ports internally (a coupler and gender changer), but they say no go for low profile.

Thanks Again


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#301778 - 04/13/10 06:37 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile


I think I found my fix (Thanks Kcarlile). After looking at your link I started thinking. Still a little more research to do, but I think I can use one of these

http://www.provantage.com/supermicro-aoc-saslp-mv8~7SUP918N.htm

for $100 and then just run SAS cables thru a slot in the back of the server to SAS Centronex connectors on the back of the HTPC case. Still disconnectable, still connects the 8 drive bays in the HTPC to the server. Not as "clean" but doable, acceptable and cheap....It's the back side of a rack afterall

For a little more clarification, I'm using WHS, so don't need hardware raid. just JOBD

Think!? I'm there




Edited by wordgasm (04/13/10 07:14 PM)
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#301785 - 04/13/10 07:56 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Glitchy]
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Didn't realize WHS would handle that many drives. Impressive.

Anyone virtualizing WHS? We're trying it at work and running into some activation problems.
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#301786 - 04/13/10 08:01 PM Re: Anyone here know of SATA/SAS HBA cards low profile [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Didn't realize WHS would handle that many drives. Impressive.

Anyone virtualizing WHS? We're trying it at work and running into some activation problems.


Im a little worried about the transition from the current WHS to vail, now 32 bit, vail 64 bit and NTFS. Lot of data to convert. Think I might need those extra drive bays and a lot of extra disks. Current is built on 2003 server, Vail on 2008 (when it is released) I'm at 7 drives around 9TB right now


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