MegaRAID Storage Manager headaches with headless

I’m trying to set up a brand new system on Ubuntu server 12.04 with an LSI MegaRAID 9260-4i controller. Everything was going great until I tried to set up the RAID management software aka “MegaRAID storage manager”.
First I read that 64-bit Debian and Ubuntu Linux are not currently supported.
But I found some intrepid folks willing to share their secrets on google plus

I tried following these and others, and eventually realized this is not going to work on a headless Ubuntu server. I’ve used 3ware controllers for years and am very familiar with the 3dm software. I thought when I was buying LSI I was buying 3ware but apparently not.

I called LSI support and the nice fellow informed me that that the 9260-4i does not work on headless systems but the 3ware controller 9750SA-4i uses the exact same hardware with the 3ware firmware and hence supports 3dm, which allows for entirely remote headless management of the raid controller. He did say in a few months the Megaraid might be updated to allow the setup I’m looking for, but I don’t want to wait that long. So I am sending this 9260-4i back for one of those 9750s.

I have another one of these 9260-4i’s with the intention to use it on a brand new ESXi 5 server; I wonder if the management software will work in that environment…? I will find out as soon as I get the cable I need for that particular setup… Mini SAS 36pin (SFF-8087) Male to Mini SAS 36pin (SFF-8087) Male Cable. Just ordered from a seller on amazon. Please be a good seller and send my cable fast!

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