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Topic # 239844 7-Aug-2018 14:32
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For what amounts to a 2-pin jumper and an IC is pound-for-pound possibly more expensive than most hard drugs.

 

Intel AXXRPFKSSD2 Activation Key:

 

 

Ingram retails for NZ$421.74 exl: https://nz.ingrammicro.com/_layouts/CommerceServer/IM/ProductDetails.aspx?id=NZ01@@2320@@10@@000000000001830429

 

Cheapest I've found so far is NewEgg for US$225.43: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816117233&ignorebbr=1

 

However that is ironically currently 10x more expensive than the RAID controller itself at $22 on Amazon!!!: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HZGXRK/

 

 


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  Reply # 2069347 7-Aug-2018 14:41
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You're not paying for the device, you are paying for the IP of what it unlocks :)

 

Its becoming more and more common...

 

Telsa used to charge '000s for a software code to upgrade a 60kwh battery to a 75Kwh one,

 

All the cars has physical 75Kwh batteries installed, but those who bought the cheaper 60Kwh option had the battery reduced in capacity by software....




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  Reply # 2069352 7-Aug-2018 14:51
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I currently have an Intel Server System P4308CP4MHGC.

 

I'm looking to move from onboard FakeRAID to high performance redundant dedicated hardware RAID + SSD cache as below:

 

     

  1. RAID 1: 2x 120GB SSD Windows Server 2016 Host
  2. RAID 1: 2x 120GB SSD Priority VM
  3. RAID 10: 4x 4TB SATA Secondary VMs + Mirrored 2x 256GB SSD Cache
  4. RAID 10: 4x 2TB SATA Storage + Mirrored 2x 120GB SSD Cache

 

(16x drives)

 

This config would come to about NZ$650:

 

     

  1. Intel Integrated RAID Module Storage Controller RMS25PB080 - $105
  2. Intel AXXRPFKSSD2 Activation Key - $340
  3. Intel RAID Expander RES2SV240 - $200

 

Which I guess is still more than half the price of something like: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/IDEADP1066/Microsemi-Adaptec-SmartRAID-3154-16i-16-int-Port-1

 

The annoying thing though is that I'd also like encryption which is a seperate key; however the controller only supports 1x key at a time so I'll have to offload to Bitlocker!!! There's some talk in the Indel docs about being able to purchase multi-feature keys however I'm yet to find any actual SKUs.


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  Reply # 2069355 7-Aug-2018 14:53
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It's not a new trick ...

 

Back in nineteen seventy mumble you could upgrade your Burroughs B2500 system to a B3500 that was twice as fast for about $40,000 (for reference I was paid about $4,500 a year as a Computer Programmer, so the upgrade was ~$250K in today's money surprised). My boss ordered the upgrade, and an engineer arrived with an impressively large box from which he produced half a dozen large circuit cards which replaced 'the CPU'.

 

It  was only some time afterwards, after a couple (?) of beers that the engineer admitted that the whole upgrade process could be completed by moving one jumper on one of the cards, thereby doubling the clock speed.
The whole card-swapping operation was a complete charade to impress the customer that they'd got value for their money.

 

Ah, the good old modern-as-tomorrow days


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  Reply # 2069683 8-Aug-2018 09:58
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The image you've posted looks pretty much identical to the Raid 5 key to unlock certain IBM badged LSI controllers. (e.g. 46M0931) which are about USD$12 on aliexpress.. might be worth a go to see if it works?

 

 





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Reply # 2069752 8-Aug-2018 12:05
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Lias:

 

The image you've posted looks pretty much identical to the Raid 5 key to unlock certain IBM badged LSI controllers. (e.g. 46M0931) which are about USD$12 on aliexpress.. might be worth a go to see if it works?

 

 

Good idea having a look at the OEM models.

 

I found some software trial keys for the Broadcom/LSI models of the same chipset: https://www.broadcom.com/support/knowledgebase/1211161498860/lsi-megaraid-advanced-software-trial-keys

 

According to this thread it can be done.

 

If they work I might be able to substitute for a cheap (<$50) HW version from AliX.


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