Bug #56625

RAID arrays are not detected

Added by Максим Мухачев over 1 year ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

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Alexander Motin
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User Configuration Error
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About the system

Motherboard: Tyan Thunder i7520R
CPU: 2 CPU - Dual Intel Xeon 2.80GHz
RAM: 8Gb (8x1Gb)
  • for System OS: Adaptec Embedded HostRAID-5081; RAID1 - 2 x 34.47 Gb;
  • for Data: Sil 3114 SATARaid; RAID0 - 4 x 1863 Gb.

During the installation of "FreeNAS 11.1 U6" in the step of selecting the hard disk for installation, the system does not detect the created hardware RAID-arrays (img1.jpg, img2.jpg). Instead, we observe a list of hard drives participating in these arrays (img3.jpg). Moreover, 2 disks are defined with the wrong volume (ada1 and ada2). If at the stage of choosing a hard disk to install the system, click "Cancel", then at the end you can see the inscription: "RAID Sil ....... destroyed". After rebooting the server and entering the configurator of the RAID array, we observe that the size of the logical disk has changed in a smaller direction (img4.jpg).
I also attach debug and configuration files after a trial installation of the system.

img1.jpg (2.96 MB) img1.jpg Максим Мухачев, 11/09/2018 03:05 AM
img2.jpg (6.16 MB) img2.jpg Максим Мухачев, 11/09/2018 03:05 AM
img3.jpg (3.9 MB) img3.jpg Максим Мухачев, 11/09/2018 03:05 AM
img4.jpg (3.36 MB) img4.jpg Максим Мухачев, 11/09/2018 03:05 AM
freenas-FreeNAS-11.1-U6 (caffd76fa)-20181109113607.db (892 KB) freenas-FreeNAS-11.1-U6 (caffd76fa)-20181109113607.db Максим Мухачев, 11/09/2018 03:06 AM


#1 Updated by Dru Lavigne over 1 year ago

  • Private changed from No to Yes

#3 Updated by Dru Lavigne over 1 year ago

  • Assignee changed from Release Council to Alexander Motin

#4 Updated by Alexander Motin over 1 year ago

  • Status changed from Unscreened to Closed
  • Target version changed from Backlog to N/A
  • Seen in changed from N/A to 11.1-U6
  • Reason for Closing set to User Configuration Error
  • Needs QA changed from Yes to No
  • Needs Doc changed from Yes to No
  • Needs Merging changed from Yes to No

That system is quite a museum exhibit, but problems here seems to be not from FreeNAS side:
1) Do not use those RAIDs! They are software raids, that provide no real benefits to FreeNAS, while significantly reduce ZFS abilities to work efficiently and reliably. Preferably disable the RAIDs completely, enabling just AHCI mode (not sure it is supported, since the system is very old).
2) Disks ada1, ada2 seem to have some issues, reporting garbage. I would blame cables or controllers for that, since I haven't seen issues like that for years. I would recommend some cleaning and manual therapy (plug, unplug, etc.) to the hardware.

I would recommend you to get some more decent HBA then this old and cheap SiI3114, but suppose price of any good would be comparable to the price of this system, so not sure. :-/ Generally, if you have PCIe x8 slot still empty, I would recommend traditional 8-port LSI SAS HBA.

#5 Updated by Dru Lavigne over 1 year ago

  • File deleted (debug-freenas-20181109114512.tgz)

#6 Updated by Dru Lavigne over 1 year ago

  • Private changed from Yes to No

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