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I recently purchased a 9260-8i off of ebay for ~350. I think it was a pretty good deal, it included a BBU and included a serial for SSD caching and other such tools (not sure if that is installed by default but whatever). Anyways, I had a couple questions regarding the use and functionality of the card.

1) When performing a firmware update on the RAID Controller, what risk is there of loosing data? What consequences are done (IE would I loose any features: Cachecade, Recovery, FastPath, etc)?

According to the MSM I am on:
ID = 1
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 306
TIME = Not available
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Image version: 2.130.373-2022

Where as the latest version is:
Version: 12.14.0-0167


2) As far as the battery backup unit goes, is this behavior normal?
Quote:
ID = 242
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 382
TIME = 08-11-2013 10:34:05
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery charge complete

ID = 194
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 381
TIME = 08-11-2013 10:15:40
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 BBU enabled; changing WT logical drives to WB

ID = 194
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 381
TIME = 08-11-2013 10:15:40
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 BBU enabled; changing WT logical drives to WB

ID = 147
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 380
TIME = 08-11-2013 10:05:55
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery started charging

ID = 147
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 380
TIME = 08-11-2013 10:05:55
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery started charging

ID = 153
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 379
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:32:20
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn completed

ID = 153
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 379
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:32:20
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn completed

ID = 195
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 378
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:15:00
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 BBU disabled; changing WB logical drives to WT, Forced WB VDs are not affected

ID = 195
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 378
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:15:00
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 BBU disabled; changing WB logical drives to WT, Forced WB VDs are not affected

ID = 152
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 377
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:08:30
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn in progress

ID = 152
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 377
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:08:30
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn in progress

ID = 148
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 376
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:08:30
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery is discharging

ID = 148
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 376
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:08:30
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery is discharging

ID = 151
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 375
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:07:25
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn started

ID = 151
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 375
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:07:25
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn started

ID = 155
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 374
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:07:25
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn pending: Battery is under charge

ID = 155
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 374
TIME = 08-11-2013 09:07:25
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn pending: Battery is under charge

ID = 160
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 373
TIME = 08-11-2013 04:06:15
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn will start in 5 hours

ID = 159
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 372
TIME = 07-11-2013 09:05:30
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn will start in 1 day

ID = 158
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 371
TIME = 06-11-2013 09:05:45
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Battery relearn will start in 2 days

3) Should it be necessary to find inconsistencies on a consistency check 6 days after a RAID 5 array was created?
Quote:
ID = 59
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 791
TIME = 09-11-2013 05:57:13
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check done with corrections on VD: 0, ( corrections = 2 )

ID = 59
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 791
TIME = 09-11-2013 05:57:13
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check done with corrections on VD: 0, ( corrections = 2 )

ID = 63
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 682
TIME = 09-11-2013 03:09:52
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check found inconsistent parity on VD strip: ( VD = 0, strip = 4194295)

ID = 63
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 682
TIME = 09-11-2013 03:09:52
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check found inconsistent parity on VD strip: ( VD = 0, strip = 4194295)

ID = 63
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 681
TIME = 09-11-2013 03:09:52
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check found inconsistent parity on VD strip: ( VD = 0, strip = 4194287)

ID = 63
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 681
TIME = 09-11-2013 03:09:52
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check found inconsistent parity on VD strip: ( VD = 0, strip = 4194287)

ID = 35
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 386
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Patrol Read complete

ID = 35
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 386
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Patrol Read complete

ID = 327
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 385
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check started on an inconsistent VD: VD 0

ID = 327
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 385
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check started on an inconsistent VD: VD 0

ID = 66
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 384
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check started on VD: 0

ID = 66
SEQUENCE NUMBER = 384
TIME = 08-11-2013 21:59:43
LOCALIZED MESSAGE = Controller ID: 0 Consistency Check started on VD: 0


4) Is there any way to gauge performance of the array on a Ubuntu/Kubuntu machine, to see what the average read write performance is like without wiping the drives?
5) Is there any way to improve performance?
Edited by Lige - 11/17/13 at 2:30pm
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Yes, that is definitely a good deal. So, in order...

1) LSI versioning on firmware is a hairball and I hate them for it. (But I'm used to their Engenio versioning scheme which makes sense.) You have to go through the docs to see if they changed any features from default to licensed. If you have feature licenses already installed, those should carry over, but I would extract just in case.

2) Yes. This is a normal battery relearn cycle. The battery was unused for a long time, it's a new system, so it's relearning it's capacity and charge cycles. The order there is actually reversed (go by the Sequence Number) which shows that the battery is currently fully charged and the controller is operating in write back mode with the BBU enabled. Everything is good to go there. thumb.gif

3) This is perfectly normal behavior, and why I tend to leave read patrolling on. During a battery relearn cycle, you'll usually hit a consistency failure or ten. Be glad it's not an Elite 1650. The stories I could tell... *shudder*

4) bonnie++

5) Don't Use Linux. (And don't even think of calling me a 'hater.') The problem is underlying kernel garbage and violent resistance to memory handling that doesn't date to 1996. (Not that the driver isn't utter crap, but at least this week it isn't corrupting it's own heaps.) The fastest right now same-for-same appear to be Windows Server 2012 and FreeBSD 9.2 using mfi(4) with hw.mfi.msi=1 and tuning hw.mfi.max_cmds with Adaptive Read-Ahead enabled in the F/W.
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