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MSA 500 G2 Modules

John McCulloch
Occasional Contributor

MSA 500 G2 Modules

Sorry if this has been asked before but I am new to configuring MSA's.
We have a standard MSA with one 2-Port i/o module. Both ports are used for direct attached storage. We would now like to add another two servers to the MSA. Can we purchase a second 2 port i/o Module and install that along side the existing 2 ports or do we need to purchase the 4 Port module and remove the existing 2 port module?

Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: MSA 500 G2 Modules


The MSA500G2 does not support attaching storage to it. Do you mean you have 2 servers attached to the MSA?

You can only replace the 2port module with a 4 port module. You can not have 2 2port modules. I am not aware of any additional slots that make an additional i/o module an available option.

General speaking, the MSA500G2 was designed for Clustered environments with the maximum limits being 2 dual pathed servers or 4 single pathed servers. I do not think you would have any problems with utilizing it with 4 stand alone servers as the MSA is still capable of Selective Storage Presentation (from what I can remember anyway).

Steven Clementi
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