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Dell R730xd with H730 Mini and Non-RAID/HBA mode and W2016 Storage Spaces Direct

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Hello.

We are evaluating Windows Server 2016 TP3 and Storage Spaces Direct.
We have following lab:

  • 6 servers Dell R730xd with PERC H730 Mini
  • SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 SAS 1,2TBx12 drives per server
  • ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 SATA 200GBx2 drives per server
  • activated HBA mode on each PERC H730 Mini to get simple JBOD mode
  • disks shown in "Non-RAID" State and with SAS/SATA Bus Protocol in OMSA

Firmware/Driver Information for Controller PERC H730 Mini:
Firmware Version 25.3.0.0016
Driver Version 6.602.12.00
Storport Driver Version 10.0.10514.0 

When we do Get-PhysicalDisk OS recognizes physical disks and their non-raid properties but BusType is still RAID.
RAID BusType doesn't let us to pass through "Storage Spaces Direct" Cluster validation test and get those drives for S2D pool creation until we set:

(Get-Cluster).DASModeBusTypes=0x100

This allows to create S2D Cluster but as Microsoft states changing DASModeBusTypes flag is for testing purposes only and not for production.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn929502(v=vs.85).aspx 

PS > Get-PhysicalDisk | Sort-Object FriendlyName | ft FriendlyName,HealthStatus,Size,BusType,MediaType

FriendlyName         HealthStatus          Size BusType MediaType

------------         ------------          ---- ------- ---------

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

ATA INTEL SSDSC2BX20 Healthy       199179108352 RAID    SSD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

SEAGATE ST1200MM0088 Healthy      1199369617408 RAID    HDD

....

***********************************************************

 

Is there any problem with Storage Controller driver that it's still giving "RAID BusType" us instead of SAS/SATA of non-RAID disks? Does it mean we won't be able to use such design for production?

Thoughts?

Firmware Version 25.3.0.0016
Driver Version 6.602.12.00
Storport Driver Version 10.0.10514.0
Verified Answer
  • Hello.

    In Windows Server Storage Spaces direct,  RAID controller cards will still been viewed in RAID status even after changing the operating mode to HBA. We recommend that you use exclusively supported HBA cards for the respective servers. P/N K6V6W for R930 and P/N 2PHG9 for R730XD

    Robert Alakara

    Dell EMC | Enterprise Services

  • It seems it should be a "PERC HBA330 12GB Controller Minicard" controller, not H330 or H730. But for testing I found, that this settings solves the issue:

    (get-cluster).S2DBusTypes=”0x100″

    After setting this parameter I was able to configure S2D Storage Pool on H730 controller.

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  • Hello,

    Same issue here. Perc is in HBA mode and disk are in non raid but windows still see bus type : RAID.

    Regards,

  • I have the same situation on R930 and H730. For now without any resolution. How to workaround this issue? How to use "(Get-Cluster).DASModeBusTypes=0x100" or "(Get-Cluster).S2DBusTypes=0x100"?

  • Hello.

    In Windows Server Storage Spaces direct,  RAID controller cards will still been viewed in RAID status even after changing the operating mode to HBA. We recommend that you use exclusively supported HBA cards for the respective servers. P/N K6V6W for R930 and P/N 2PHG9 for R730XD

    Robert Alakara

    Dell EMC | Enterprise Services

  • It seems it should be a "PERC HBA330 12GB Controller Minicard" controller, not H330 or H730. But for testing I found, that this settings solves the issue:

    (get-cluster).S2DBusTypes=”0x100″

    After setting this parameter I was able to configure S2D Storage Pool on H730 controller.

  • Fantastic! Keep us posted on any other issues you might encounter.

    Robert Alakara

    Dell EMC | Enterprise Services