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I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:20 pm

So I recently got a 12 port fibre channel storage array, populated with 10x36gb disks for nearly no money.
It fires up, all LEDs are blinking and all the disks are spinning up.
It has an RS232 Serial port on the back. I tried to connect with a cable that worked well with an Origin 200 back then, but I don't get any output on teminal / hyperterminal.

Does anyone know what's the designation of this array? And how to talk with it?

I used
9600 baud
no parity
8 bits
1 stop bit
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby jan-jaap » Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:21 pm

That's a first-gen TP9100. Pretty sure it's a JBOD. Much/most of that generation of gear was made by Xyratex.

Above the serial port is a copper FC-AL port. Why don't you just hook it up?

I have a TP9100v2 and AFAIK the serial port (some sort of mini-DIN) is only for factory use. Any configuration options (fixing speed to 1 or 2Gbit, split or single operation) is don with a bank of dip switches.
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:00 pm

Thank you!
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby uunix » Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:09 pm

I think it's on our very own tech docs. I was reading up on it the other day to see if there was any FC refresh commands.
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:12 am

Thanks to jan-jaap's techpubs site, I found: https://techpubs.jurassic.nl/manuals/hdwr/enduser/Or3000_TCM/sgi_html/ch03.html#id5190020
It's a D-Brick.

Then I googled for
SGI Total Performance 9100 Storage System Owner's Guide

that got me:

http://manx.classiccmp.org/mirror/techpubs.sgi.com/library/manuals/4000/007-4068-003/pdf/007-4068-003.pdf

On page 19 it says
Figure 1-2 shows the back of a rackmountable RAID enclosure with a single RAID
controller (RAID controller 0) and points out the component modules.

So I'm happy that I have got a RAID-System there(see my first foto). Now I have to lurk around on ebay to get an XIO FC adapter.
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:18 am

"QLOGIC QLA2200 Copper Fibre Channel PCI Card (64bit/66MHz)"

Can I put this into my shoehorn, or do I have to flash it to some kind of SGI-firmware to use it?
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby jan-jaap » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:21 am

QL2200 should work, no need to flash.
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:29 am

Thank you jan-jaap & uunix.
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:21 am

The RAID-controllter-board. So 1997-ish :)
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Re: I got myself this SGI FC-Storage-Array. How to talk with it?

Unread postby Geoman » Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:33 am

So I bought an QLogic QLA2200/66 and I'm going to insert this into one of my O2s.

TP9100s manual states that:
Physical attachment to the host is from the FC-AL DB-9 port on the RAID controller
module to an FC-AL port in a host.


A 'db-9 to HSSDC'-Cable is quite expensive. HSSDC-to-HSSDC-cables on the other hand are cheap and ubiquitous.

Fortunately, the RAID-Controller in my TP9100 has one HSSDC-gbic inserted and the QLA2200 has a HSSDC-connector.

So can the TP9100 be accessed by connecting to the HBA with this cable or won't it work at all?

EDIT:

Nearly as easy as plugging an USB-device to a PC:
I put the QLA2200 pci-card into O2s PCI-slot, connect O2 to TP9100 via cable. Start both devices and it shows a drive. (after O2 reconfigured the kernel.)
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