Need some guidance as I'm fairly new to NetApp. I'm looking to purchase a Dell TL2000 Tape library to direct connect to our NetApp 8040. The library comes with a dual port HBA SAS controller which I assume I can direct connect to a free onboard SAS port on each controller. I've inherited this filer so not clear on the original setup but only two of the on-board SAS ports on each controller are in use (0a/0c) and each controller has an expansion card as well with two ports used (3 DS2246 shelves ea). Can I connect the tape to one of the free onboard SAS ports (0b or 0d)? Or should I get an additonal expansion i/o card to use specifically for the library.
Appreciate the info on the SAS connections. We're running cDOT 8.2.4. I didn't see the TL2000 listed on the compatibility list either so probably have to look at a library that is compatible with the filer.