6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 12, 2017 7:28 PM by Intel Corporation

    Cabling on Intel S2600 systems

    stn

      Hi Guys,

       

      I own two Intel Grizzly Pass platform and i'm a bit confused about cabling. Both were bought as used and shipped with extra parts.

       

      [System1] - R2224GL4GCSAS

      I have this set up as per Hardware User Guide for Intel® RAID Expander RES2CV240 and RES2CV360

      A, B, C, D, E ,F on SAS Expander are connected to backplane where H, I goes to Integrated RAID RMS25CB080

       

      Is that correct configuration?

      Is Integrated RAID RMS25PB080 supported as extra RAID controller to add more throughput to slots 16-23 if directly connected to them?

       

       

      [System2] - R2312GL4GCSAS

      In the service manual on page 18 it says to connect Integrated RAID RMS25CB080 to SAS Expander and then to backplane.

      I have a spare Integrated RAID RMS25PB080 but in the current configuration it is not connected. Current configuration is:

       

      SCU_0(no key installed) is connected to miniSAS_0 on backplane and Integrated RAID RMS25CB080 is connected to miniSAS_1 and miniSAS_2

       

      From my understanding first four slots in backplane will be SAS 3Gb/s and the other eight connected to Intergrated RAID will be 6Gb/s?

      What if i connect miniSAS_0 to Integrated RAID RMS25PB080? Do i have to buy SAS Expander if i want to fully utilise all slots in System2?

       

      Regards

        • 1. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
          Intel Corporation
          This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

          Hello stn,
           
          You have excellent questions and certainly the connections on this systems could be a bit confusing.
           
          First of all let me ask you how many HDDs are you planning to connect to each of the servers or how many HDDs slots are available?. This is pretty important since it will determine the cabling type.
           
          Assuming you have a 24 HDDs backplane option:
           
          Connections on system 1 are correct. The RMS25PB080 RAID module provides a 6GB/s connection to all 24 HDDs. That feature is generated by the expander card.
           
          In regards to system 2 if the RMS25PB080 RAID module is connected directly to the backplane you could only connect 8 HDDs. Combining SCU and RMS25PB080 RAID module is not supported. If you have a 24 HDD backplane you will need a expander card in order to take full advantage of all 24 HDDs backplane.
           
          The reason why it looks like there is a combined SCU – RAID module connection on the service manual is only because if shows both the SCU and optional connections on the same schematic and it is certainly confusing.
           
          Hope this helps.
           
          Jose H.  
           

          • 2. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
            stn

            Hi Jose,

            First of all let me ask you how many HDDs are you planning to connect to each of the servers or how many HDDs slots are available?. This is pretty important since it will determine the cabling type.

            I don't know to be honest. I want to keep only one server and was checking what options i have. This will be a homelab system so i was thinking about System2 - as it has 12x3,5" slots(or 2,5" with adapters). 3.5" disks are cheaper and have bigger capacity.

             

            Connections on system 1 are correct. The RMS25PB080 RAID module provides a 6GB/s connection to all 24 HDDs. That feature is generated by the expander card.

            Actually in that server i have RMS25CB080 connected to SAS Expander. What if i add RMS25PB080 and connect it directly to slots 16 - 23? Can i have two RAID controllers running at the same time?

             

            Same question applies to System2 - Can i have two RAID controllers running in the system? For example:

             

            RMS25CB080 connected to miniSAS_0 and miniSAS_1

            RMS25PB080 connected to miniSAS_2 and use SFF-8087 to SATA cable for two SSD slots on the air duct

            • 3. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
              Intel Corporation
              This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

              Hi stn,

              Any RMS25CB080 is capable of handling up to 8 HDDs. If you add an expander the same RMS25CB080 will handled up to the 24 HDDs on the backplane because the expander will create this function.

              Now, you should be able to install 2 x RMS25CB080 on the same server, but it would be pointless since the expander card won't make it necessary. You just will need to install both RMS25CB080 ports to expander ports H and I and then cable expander ports A-G to backplane to support up to 24 HDDs without the need of the 2nd RMS25CB080.

              If by any chance you still want to install 2 x RMS25CB080 (skipping the expander) keep in mind that each one will handle 8 HDDs and you could not combine volumes. Besides that you probably will need to install the RAID Web Console 2 application software to manage both RAID controllers.

              Regards

              Jose H.

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              • 4. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
                Intel Corporation
                This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

                Hi stn,

                Do you have updates or questions about this?

                Just let me know.

                Jose H.

                • 5. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
                  stn

                  Hi Jose,

                   

                  All good. Thanks very much for your help

                  • 6. Re: Cabling on Intel S2600 systems
                    Intel Corporation
                    This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

                    Great news.

                    I will proceed to mark this thread as resolved.

                    Regards

                    Jose H.