[Drobo] Accessing the Drobo on Solaris

Did the OS see it? What did dmesg say after I plugged it in?

# dmesg

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Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 663010 kern.info] /pci@0,0/pci1028,276@1f,2 :
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 761595 kern.info]        SATA disk device at port 3
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 846691 kern.info]        model Drobo   3rd Gen DRDR3-A
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 693010 kern.info]        firmware v1.0.0
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 163988 kern.info]        serial number TDB095050393_LUN00
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 594940 kern.info]        supported features:
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 981177 kern.info]         48-bit LBA, DMA
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 643337 kern.info]        SATA Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gbps)
Jan 27 13:56:46 icon sata: [ID 349649 kern.info]        capacity = 34359738368 sectors

Interesting… It is recognized, but will I be able to format the disk? I wonder if zfs will do. I know it is not supported, but if the OS can recognize this as one solid disk, then I don’t see any reason why I can’t use zfs. Let’s see

bash-3.00# cfgadm -al
Ap_Id                          Type         Receptacle   Occupant     Condition
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sata0/3                        disk         connected    unconfigured unknown

Ok. Let’s configure it:

bash-3.00# cfgadm -c configure sata0/3
bash-3.00# cfgadm -al
Ap_Id                          Type         Receptacle   Occupant     Condition
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sata0/3::dsk/c0t3d0            disk         connected    configured   ok

Looking good so far… Can we use “format” on it?

bash-3.00# echo | format
Searching for disks…done

AVAILABLE DISK SELECTIONS:
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.2. c0t3d0 <drive type unknown>
/pci@0,0/pci1028,276@1f,2/disk@3,0
Specify disk (enter its number): Specify disk (enter its number):

Well, “format” says that the “drive type” is unknown. Let’s select the disk and see:

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Specify disk (enter its number): 2

Error: can’t open disk ‘/dev/rdsk/c0t3d0p0’.

AVAILABLE DRIVE TYPES:
0. Auto configure
1. DEFAULT
2. other

No go! It should be noted that after the above steps we would no longer use the Drobo on Windows. We had to call tech support because the OS just wouldn’t recognize the darn thing!

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