- Jul 14, 2015
I'm glad you liked the writeup.This writeup is incredible. Bravo.
I wish I had found it earlier. I just went through practically the same exact steps. (Same case, motherboard, similar CPU). One modification I would recommend is updating the supermicro firmware instructions to use version 20, since that's what the driver in FreeNAS 9.3 uses. I had a very similar problem with routing the power cord, but I managed to squeeze it into the large hole on the right near the top, so it's mostly behind the motherboard. I gotta say, your cables in the back look a lot nicer than mine, but that could partly be because that picture is only with 6 drives. Again, very nice post.
FreeNAS 9.3 uses the v16 LSI driver. FreeNAS 9.3.1 updated to v20. It's unclear if the SuperMicro version that was out there (20.00.02) is stable, so I've been holding off on any updates. SuperMicro just released their 20.00.04 firmware version - literally today, so I'll be updating to FreeNAS 9.3.1 and the new firmware pretty soon. See this thread for a lot more info.