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  1. apefray

    [SOLD] IBM M1015 - Flashed to IT Mode

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  2. I have a spare IBM M1015 which has been flashed to IT mode which also comes with 2 x short (approx 50cms) mini SAS to right angled mini SAS Cables, 1 x long (approx 1m) mini SAS to mini SAS Cable, and 1 mini SAS to SATA cable. Also as a bonus comes with the optional raid key (although not relevant after being flashed to IT mode, but you might be able to sell the key and recoup some of your money?) and a right angled PCI-e adapter. Both a short and long length bracket is included. I was going to install 2 x M1015 in my unraid server, but decided to go with 1 M1015 and a SAS expander. This item was recently purchased from eBay and the listing said this item was 'NEW OLD STOCK' so will presume it is brand new although remember I had to remove it from its packaging to flash the firmware ? Looking for £40 including delivery and payment can be made via PayPal. Item is located in the UK, so I would prefer to send to a UK address (or can be collected from the Spalding area).
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    Ahh right. That makes sense then seeing as I have a 6TB Parity drive and I added a 3TB Drive, so double the speed as they are double the size of each other, but its just a placebo effect and actually, it was running the Parity check at the normal average of 113mb/s. Answers that one then, lol!
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    Can someone explain why my Parity Check has halved in time? It used to take the best part of 14hrs, so I only did it at the end of the month. However, now I have access to all the bays in the case since adding the Expander, I decided to add another 3TB drive to the array. Unraid went through its thing, cleared the disk then formatted it and added it to the array. It then proceeded to do a Parity check, and all of a sudden the time has halved and its averaging 226mb/s instead of 113mb/s previously. I thought the upper limit of a Hard drive was around 135 - 150mb/s, but to get 226mb/s, I don't get? However I'm not complaining, just curious as to why its now able to do a parity check at far higher speeds than previously after adding a M1015 and the Expander card. Was the Marvell controller really slowing things down that much? As I mentioned in my previous post, i have also noticed that Emby is a lot smoother now, and Movies start up so much quicker so installing the M1015 and Expander card has been the best investment by far in my Unraid server setup, lol.
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    Great, then the job is done. Just out of interest, where did you see that info in the diagnostics? Now have all 16 bays at my disposal and an External Mini SAS connector for when I purchase the external back up unit. I have to say, it could just be me, but the whole system appears to be running a little faster now I have moved away from the Marvell ports. Emby, which is the main use for my server, the movies are loading quicker than they have done before, so that's a bonus. Thanks for all your help guys.
  6. apefray

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    Sorry its taken a while, but I had to rebuild the server to accomodate the M1015 and SAS Expander. All sorted now, the M1015 has been flashed and both cables are running to the SAS Expander, then 3 Mini SAS cables run from the Expander to the backplane connectors. All up and running, and unraid has even sorted out all the hard drives even though they are now on a different controller and had been moved around in the bays. I have also disabled the Marvell controller. I checked the SMART diagnostics, and the 2 SSD's are now running on the Intel SATA 3 ports and they are being reported to be running at 6GB's on both. The Parity drive is running on one of the Intel SATA 2 Ports and is being reported to be running at 3GB's so they are fine and I now have the option to add a 2nd Parity drive running on the other Intel SATA2 port sometime in the future. The other 3 rows are running on the Expander ports, and all the occupied bays are all reporting to be running at 3GB's so it looks like its up and running and I may not need to update the Firmware on the Expander card (fingers crossed). tower-diagnostics-20180623-1635.zip
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    @johnnie.black How do I see what FW version is running on the Expander? Just trying to see if it needs updating or not. Can you remind the version I should be looking at to get this working nicely with the M1015.
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    Ahhh, found it: https://www.amazon.co.uk/IBM-ServeRAID-M1015-Upgrade-Key/dp/B0034DMSOG Says its an upgrade key, I assume to get all the raid features of the card. Bit of a bonus, but totally useless for my intended purposes, lol!
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    Hmmm, I take it i should probably use the card without the daughter board then, lol!
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    Ok, just ordered the brackets. The eBay seller has promised to have them delivered tomorrow, so thats good news. Just come across an oddity though. I have 2 x IBM M1015 cards, although my intention is to only use one with the SAS Expander. However, I've just noticed one of the cards has a small daughter board attached whereas the other doesn't? What is this daughter board and is it needed:
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    Hi Johnnie, So are you saying ditch the adapter and not worry about the bracket and just let the card sit in the socket, which is my thought after I posted the above, or should I really look at getting a bracket to fit? Using the adapter or not, the card isn't going to be physically held to anything anyway. The SAS Expander does have a bracket which of course is essential as it has an external SAS port.
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    Hi Guys, I'm back once again with a question regarding the M1015. I'm just preparing to install this along with the SAS Expander this weekend, and have just taken the M1015 out of the packaging. I hadn't realised until removing from the packaging that the board comes with a PCI-E FRU43V7067 expansion adapter and not a bracket. This isn't a problem as I can accomodate this, but the question is to do with what looks like a USB port on the expansion adapter. Anyone know why this is there as I thought the card would get its power through the pci-e slot? Do I need to connect a usb cable to this port?
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    @johnnie.black Can I just check, before I go and brick this new card, but is this the recommended update for the card: https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=7477381&swItemId=MTX_07e17cded9e8409ea4b9d7ea74&swEnvOid=4184 Or should I go for a slightly older version?
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    Great. All sorted now guys. Thanks for your help
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    Yep, I realised my mistake after making that post. The 2 SSD's on the 2 Intel SATA3 ports, use the 4 SCU SATA2 ports for the 2 Parity drives and 2 unassigned drives. Then use the 4 Intel ports for 4 of the drives for the unraid array, then use 8 ports of the expander for the 8 drives in the unraid array and the external port for the Startech external backup. I think I have finally got there Just curious again, but I read somewhere that the M1015 can utilise up to 16 HDD's, so does this mean that when I use the expander I shouldn't go above the 16 drive limit seeing as the xpander can handle 24 HDD's?