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FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

 
CA1279811
Occasional Visitor

FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

I have a FCA-2101 HBA currently installed to a Compaq Proliant DL530 server that I'm going to be retiring very soon. I'd like to utilise the FCA-2101 HBA that is in this server in the new HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server with Win 2003 Server sp1 installed. Does anyone know of any incompability issues (both hw and/or sw) with this type of server and this HBA?

cheers

dmr
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CA1183745
Occasional Advisor

Re: FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

Dale,
There are no issues with the FCA-2101 in the DL380 G4 that I'm aware of or have seen.
Just make sure you bring the firmware up to the latest supported level and use the latest driver.
www.hp.com/go/ebs -- look at the EBS Compatibility Matrix and this may provide some useful info to you. It is backup related but still useful for general purpose.

Hope this helps,
Glenn
CA1064576
Valued Contributor

Re: FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

Dale:

I had a similar situation 3 weeks before, DL380G4 connected to MSA1000, Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition and i receive a document from HP where they tolld me:

DL145, DL585, DL360 G4, DL380 G4, ML350 G4, ML370 G4 servers not supported with FCA2101, FCA2355, LP8000, LP9002L,

LP9002DC, LP952 and KGPSA-CB HBAs.

Unfortunatly i don´t have the complete document because is HP Internally but i decide change to another adapter. They suggest me the FCA2404 because is fully supported on the same documen
CA1279811
Occasional Visitor

Re: FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

Thanks for your replies. The FCA-2101 HBA installed to the new server with no problem. The server picked it up and installed it with a MS driver but I updated this driver with a driver from the HP website and all is working fine. Interesting that Felipe received an article from HP saying it wasn't supported for this type of server. Could be HP simply wanted to sell you a new HB? I'm also running Win 2003 Server Standard Edition (vs. Enterprise) but I wouldn't think that this would make a difference. In any case, all is okay. Thanks for the help again.
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

'not supported' very often means 'not tested', so nobody knows if a problem is lurking in a corner.

Part of the testing are so-called 'hammer-tests' during which very high I/O loads are generated. Much higher than most if not all user will see in his life.

So, it's not surprising if an unsupported configuration works fine for some users.
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CA1279811
Occasional Visitor

Re: FCA-2101 HBA & HP Proliant DL380 Gen 4 Server w/Win 2003 Server Sp1

Thanks Uwe! We'll keep this in mind if we experience any problems with the server and the HBA.