This is an informational post to try and save people some of the pain that my colleague Joe and I have just gone through to get Solaris 10 installed!
The DL180 G6 is an interesting box. It uses the latest Nehalem processors, and can support up to 12 x 3.5" old school high density 15k RPM drives. This is pretty unique in the industry. However, here is what you need to know -
- The P410 raid controller must have memory if you want to present all 12 drives down as JBOD to solaris to be managed via ZFS. i.e. order the P410/256. If you order the P410/ZM you will only be able to create a maximum of 2 arrays which will be seen as disks by Solaris.
- The P410 requires a driver that doesn't exist on the DL180 G6 driver page at HP. If you look under the DL585 G6 page you will find the solaris driver you need. [HP DL585 G6 storage driver page|http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3949980&prodNameId=3949981&swEnvOID=2023&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-f490e7c0f736457c92229f7e8c]
- The network card is a NC362i. This is intel based and referenced by this Solaris patch - [patch ID = 138175-02|http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-21-138175-02-1]. The latest solaris 10 release (u7) doesnt contain the drivers for this card. You will have to add this patch separately. When added and recofigure rebooted etc etc, the device can be plumbed as igb0.