Replacing or Upgrading to the Intel RS2BL040 or Intel RS2BL080 RAID Card

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Posted: 14 Jan, 2016
by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 25 Aug, 2017
by Andrew Sharrad

Background

The Intel RS2BL040 and RS2BL080 are 4 and 8 port controllers based on the LSI 2108 first generation 6G SAS chipset, and are Intel's branded version of the LSI 9260-4i and 9260-8i respectively. These cards have shipped in large numbers of Stone servers since 2012 to 2016. Therefore, it is useful to know how to replace failed cards and upgrade the controller firmware. The RS2BL080 is also a suitable replacement for the older SRCSASRB and SRCSATAWB controllers.

This article gives some more hints and tips specific to the RSB2L0x0 cards in addition to the Overview of the RAID Card Replacement Process.

Click on one of the links below for further instructions.

I'm Upgrading to the RS2BL040 or RS2BL040 from an older RAID card

If you are upgrading from an older card, you need to follow the process below:

  • If the operating system still boots on the older card, upgrade the RAID driver to the latest version to add support for the RS2BL040 or RS2BL080. For example, the Windows in-box LSI RAID driver supports older SRCSASRB cards but not the RS2BL080.
  • Where possible or practical, a full system backup should be taken first.
  • Once you've upgraded the driver, follow the process below for I'm Replacing the same card like for like.

I'm Replacing the same card like for like

Follow the process below:

  • Remove old card; note the order of the drive cables and other signal cable connections.

  • Check the old card for any Feature Keys which need to be moved to the new card.

  • Move any RAID card battery to the new card if the old card had a battery unit fitted and the new card has not been supplied with a replacement, so long as the cards are the same model. If they are different models, a new battery will need to be requested.

  • Disable Quiet boot in the BIOS.

  • Fit the new card but leave the hard drive cables disconnected.

  • Flash the latest approved firmware on the new card using the EFI Environment:

    • As of January 2016, the latest official Intel firmware for this card is 12.14.0-0185

    • If your replacement card has a version less than 12.12.0-0104, you may need to flash to version 12.12.0-104 first, especially if the flash program reports a bad flash image.

    • Engineers visiting a problematic server should also consider taking another "interim" version of firmware, 12.13.0-0154.

    • Finally, there is an updated RAID firmware available over and above what Intel have provided. Version 12.15.0-0239 can be downloaded from LSI directly, or an enhanced package which includes the flash tools for DOS, Windows and EFI can be downloaded here. This firmware may solve some instances where excessive "Illegal sense" messages are seen the logs, however this firmware has not been validated by Intel so it should not be used unless a resolution to a specific problem covered by the firmware release notes (included in the package) is required.

  • Shut the system down; connect the drive cables.

  • Boot the system up and follow the foreign configuration prompt to preview and then import the logical drives.

  • Test the system. If a RAID driver installation or upgrade is needed and the system doesn't boot from the RAID (failing with a STOP 0x0000007b blue screen message) then a repair operating system installation may be needed.

Reminder: RAID Card firmware updates in the above process should in the EFI environment, as the firmware on the card should be upgraded before you can connect the drives, thus before you can boot Windows, in most situations. If you perform any updates using RAID Web Console from within Windows, do NOT use the option to perform an "online update". This feature enables the RAID firmware update to take immediate effect and is not recommended. The firmware update may be flashed whilst Windows is running, but the system should then be rebooted for it for take effect.

Firmware Flash Methods and Examples

Server Platform RAID Card Manufacturer Environment Tools, Methods When to Use
S5000 LSI or Intel EFI 1.x Not possible Cannot Use RAID Flash Tools in EFI 1.x Environment
S5000 LSI DOS DOS MegaCLI.EXE (seperate download)

Recommended Method when Windows isn't running.

MEGACLI /c0 download file=mrxxx.rom

(flashes adapter 0)

S5000 Intel DOS DOS CMDTool2.EXE (included with firmware)

Recommended Method when Windows isn't running.

CmdTool2.exe -adpfwflash -f mrxxx.rom -aall

(flashes all adapters)

Any Intel Windows RAID Web Console (seperate download)

Recommended method for flashing firmware within Windows. Can be used to flash LSI equivalent firmware onto Intel adapters in extreme situations.

Drivers and RWC should be updated first.

Any Intel Windows Windows CMDTool2.EXE (included with firmware)

CmdTool2.exe -adpfwflash -f mrxxx.rom -aall

(flashes all adapters; use an Administrative Command Prompt)

S5520 or newer LSI or Intel DOS MegaCLI.EXE or CMDTool2.EXE Flashing adapters from a DOS bootable pen drive is possible; however flashing from the EFI environment is preferred.
S5520 or newer Intel EFI 2.x EFI CMDTool2.EFI or Update.NSH (included with firmware)

Recommended method for flashing before connecting drives and importing a RAID configuration.

CmdTool2.efi -adpfwflash -f mrxxx.rom -aall

(flashes all adapters)

S5520 or newer LSI EFI 2.x EFI StorCLI.EFI (seperate download)

Recommended method for flashing before connecting drives and importing a RAID configuration.

StorCLI /c0 download file=mrxxx.rom

(flashes adapter 0)

Applies to:

  • Intel RAID Card RS2BL040 (ISRRAI-139)
  • Intel RAID Card RS2BL080 (ISRRAI-129) / RS2BL080D (ISRRAI-134)

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Also read
item How to Access the EFI Shell to carry out Systems Diagnostics or Updates
item Intel Server - Add in Cards not detected / RAID Controller BIOS not displayed / System wont go into the BIOS
item Intel Server - Overview of the RAID Card or Motherboard Replacement Process
item Intel Server - I can't get into the RAID Controller BIOS. How do I fix this?
item Replacing Failed Drives Connected to Intel RS2BL040 or Intel RS2BL080 RAID Cards Running Firmware 0104
item Should I Use the Intel / LSI Online RAID Firmware Update Feature?

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