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ThinkStation P500/P510, P700/P710,
and P900/P910 RAID Hardware
Configuration
Version 1.1

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   Summary of Contents for Lenovo ThinkStation P510

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    ThinkStation P500/P510, P700/P710, and P900/P910 RAID Hardware Configuration Version 1.1...

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    1. Introduction The introduction of the new ThinkStation P500/P510, P700/P710 and P900/P910 platforms brings with it several new storage options that are designed to increase the storage capacity and performance of the system. As with previous ThinkStation platforms, P500/P510/700/P9710/P900/P910 will continue to support the standard SATA and SAS storage technologies to provide users with a wide variety of data storage solutions.

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    2. Hard Drive Controllers used on ThinkStation P500/P510, P700/P710, P900/P910 ThinkStation P500/P510, P700/P710 and P900/P910, have several hard drive controller options that can be used to support a wide variety of drive configurations. Selecting the correct controller will directly depend on the number and type of drives a user wants to support in their specific configuration. RAID requirements also play a big part in determining which controller to choose when configuring your ThinkStation.

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    P500/P510/P700/P710 SATA Support via Intel Onboard S-SATA Controller using Manual HDD Connect Maximum Number of Drives Connection Method Manual plug for data and power using standard cabling methods Drive Locations Drives install into FLEX Bays via FLEX Tray. One drive per FLEX bay. Hardware Required SATA HDD cable(s), HDD Power cable Drives Types Supported...

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    LSI SATA/SAS RAID FLEX Adapter  Specialized FLEX adapter that only installs to Lenovo FLEX Connectors  Capable of supporting up to 8 SATA or SAS drives using Blind Connect Assemblies ...

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    P500/P510/P700/P710/P900/P910 SATA and SAS Support via LSI Controllers Using Blind Connect Assembly Maximum Number of Drives 8 (4 drives per BCA) Connection Method Drive Locations Drives install into FLEX Bays via FLEX Tray. Up to two drives per FLEX Tray* Hardware Required LSI SATA/SAS RAID FLEX Adapter or LSI 9364-8i ROC Up to two BCA-S or BCA-P...

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    3. How to Utilize the Onboard Intel S-SATA Controller P900/P910 In the P900 system, drives are always connected through the use of Blind Connect Assemblies (BCA). When using the onboard Intel S-SATA controller, up to two drives can be connected per BCA. This gives P900 support for up to 4 drives with the onboard Intel S-SATA controller via two BCA.

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    ***Active ports are indicated by LED Lights shown above in yellow.

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    P500/P510/P700/P710 via Manual HDD Connect Option For P500/P510 and P700/P710, SATA drives are connected to the onboard Intel S-SATA controller via a manual plug method. This consists of manually cabling both power and data to each drive individually. Total drive support is the same as P900/P910, with the onboard Intel S-SATA controller supporting up to 4 drives.

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    ***One data cable per HDD/SSD. One power cable connects to four HDD/SSD.

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    ***One data cable per HDD/SSD. One power cable connects to four HDD/SSD.

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    P500/P510/P700/P710 via BCA For P500/P510 and P700/P710, SATA drives can be connected to the onboard Intel S-SATA controller via a BCA. This consists of the Blind Connect to SATA Cable and dual BCA-S. Total drive support is the same as above, with the onboard Intel S-SATA controller supporting up to 4 drives. 1.

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    4. How to Utilize LSI Controllers When configuring any of the new P500/P510, P700/P710, or P900/P910 platforms with one of the optional LSI controllers, there are some considerations to be made in order to ensure all the necessary hardware is installed to support these controllers. Both the LSI SAS/SATA FLEX RAID Adapter and the LSI 9364-8i ROC controller can utilize BCA’s or manual cable connections.

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    P900/P910 Install the desired LSI controller to the appropriate slot in the system a. For the LSI 9364-8i, the adapter must install to an available PCIe slot. Note that CPU2 must be populated for slot 6, slot 7, or slot 8 to be used. Refer to the system label for slot locations.

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    ***Active ports are indicated by LED Lights shown above in yellow.

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    P500/P510/P700/P710 Instructions for using the LSI controllers with P500/P510 and P700/P710 are essentially the same as the instructions for P900/P910 listed above. There are a few hardware requirements to consider prior to following those instructions.  Ensure the system is equipped with BCA’s. ...

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    Description of Commonly Used Storage Hardware in P-Series ThinkStations Blind Connect Assembly (BCA) BCA-P : Blind Connect Assembly consisting of two 8639-SFF (U.2) ports (supporting PCIe, SAS, or SATA drives) and two 8482-SFF ports (supporting SAS or SATA drives). The assembly also consists of the following cable connections: ...

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    BCA-S : Blind Connect Assembly consisting of four 8482-SFF ports (supporting SAS or SATA drives). The assembly also contains the following cable connections:  One 4-pin power connector that connect to the motherboard  One mini-SAS HD connector labeled “S/X” that connect to either the onboard Intel controller or Avago controller ...

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    FLEX Tray Blind Connect FLEX Tray : Tool-less tray that can hold up to two drives and utilizes a “pull-bar” style handle to connect drive(s) to the BCA Manual Connect FLEX Tray : Tool-less tray that can hold up to two drives. These trays utilize hinged pulls that open and allow for cable access and manual cable connections.

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    Commented [c1]: Add in comment stating white FLEX connector only supported with dual CPUs. Commented [JT2R1]: Done. Commented [JT3R2]: Commented [Ma4R3]:...

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    FLEX Adapters Specialized adapter cards used to support a variety of different functions Multi IO FLEX Adapter: FLEX adapter primarily used to support 2.5” PCIe SSD drives via BCA-P. Also consists of a SATA (AHCI) port and USB2.0 port for additional connectivity. M.2 SSD FLEX Adapter: FLEX adapter used to support M.2 PCIe drives and/or M.2 SATA drives.

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    Avago 9364-8i 8-port SATA/SAS ROC Adapter (Protected Mode) w/ 1GB Flash Memory Module+SuperCap PCIe based RAID-on-Card (ROC) adapter used to support SATA and SAS drives via BCA. * The Supercap cable plugs directly into the 1G W/Flash Memory Module attached to the LSI adapter. ** The HDD LED cable plugs directly into the 2-pin yellow header on the motherboard.

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    Avago 9364-8i 8-port SATA/SAS ROC Adapter (Base Mode) w/ 1GB DDR Memory Module PCIe based RAID-on-Card (ROC) adapter used to support SATA and SAS drives via BCA. * The HDD LED cable plugs directly into the 2-pin yellow header on the motherboard.

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    Blind Connect to SATA cable Blind Connect to SATA cable used to support SATA drives on Intel Onboard Controller via BCA-S for P500/P510/P700/P710. Avago to HDD manual tray cable Avago to HDD manual tray cable used to support SATA and SAS drives using Avago controller without BCA’s.

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    Manual HDD Connect Cables Manual HDD connect cables are used to support SATA drives using Intel onboard SATA controller.

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