Recommended SCSI Host Adapters, Cables, and Terminators
Adaptec's adapters are a good choice because they work well and come with the necessary formatting and operating software. Windows NT/2000/XP/Server 2003 all feature built-in support for Adaptec SCSI adapters. This support is a consideration in many cases because it
For maximum performance, you should use the
Like all modern PCI adapters, PnP is supported, meaning virtually all functions on the card can be configured and set through software. This means no more digging through manuals or looking for interrupt, DMA, I/O port, and other
Adaptec has full PnP support on all its SCSI adapters. These adapters are either automatically configured in any PC that supports the PnP specification or can be configured manually through supplied software in non-PnP systems. The PnP SCSI adapters are highly recommended because they can be configured without opening up the PC. All functions are set by software, and there are no
For SCSI cables, CS Electronics (www.scsi-cables.com) are good because this company can supply or custom-manufacture virtually any SCSI cable or adapter. It can also supply a wide range of terminators, as can a company called East/West Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc. (formerly Aeronics), which is also worth a look (www.ewme.com).
Chapter 8. I/O System Hardware
Although most server activity is network centered, I/O ports and devices still have important functions to perform in a server. I/O ports such as USB and video ports enable local control and monitoring of a server. Keyboards enable commands to be entered during server setup and for maintenance and troubleshooting. With the addition of keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switches, a single keyboard, mouse, and display can be used to manage multiple servers. CD and DVD
To make your server as reliable and useful as possible, it's important that you understand when I/O hardware might need driver and firmware updates, how to specify the right mix of I/O hardware for a particular server and its mission, and how to troubleshoot that hardware. This chapter is designed to help you master the I/O hardware your servers use.