Using this type of hardware for freenas isn’t usually what I do. However I was able to get my hands on one of these systems. I have supply of 8T SAS drives and I want to run Raid z2, that should give me about 80T of usable storage, more than enough for home/lab use. After some googling I learned that the H710P can’t be flashed with LSI firmware to enable IT mode. I know I need to replace the H710, but I need recommendations for an affordable( $100 -$200) HBA that can support 12 drives.
I’ve also toyed with the idea of making two smaller pools, either one 8 drive pool and a 4 drive pool or two 6 drive pools. Any advice or gotachas that i’m not thinking about ?