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i'm selling my beloved HP Microserver Gen8. It's fully specced.
5 drive ready (i've got power and sata connector on the place where the ODD drive would go, i use it for an ssd there).
Xeon 1280v2 (check cpubenchmarks, its pretty much the fastest one for the socket)
CPU Fan that is throttle regulated by the system (i spliced the back fan rpm control)
16 GB Kingston ram
Everything updated to last HP Pack.
590+shippin, italy based
Hi everyone, first post here as a new Gen8 server owner.
Picked up my Gen8 and loaded it with a core i3-2120t CPU with 8gb RAM
I've got 3 WD Green 1TB drives to add, and I'll be using the box as a media server.
I'm waiting for my floppy to sata cable to arrive so I can hook up my 2.5" drive to load either Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012 on to, still deciding.
However in the mean time, I wanted to boot up the machine from my Linux Mint USB drive.
It's running on a Sandisk 64gb USB 3 thumb drive.
It's sort of my go to, diagnostics/testing OS.
I've set it up as a persistent OS on the drive, so what ever PC I'm working on I can just boot from it and all my stuff is there. This works fine on every PC/Mac I've used and worked on.
However, when I come to boot the microserver from USB it just won't do it at all.
I've got the stick in the back USB 2 slot.
I get the following screen
My bios settings are:-
System > USB Control > USB Enabled
System > USB Boot Support > Enabled
System > Removable Flash Medai Boot Sequence > External DriveKeys First
Standard Boot Order IPL
IPL:1 USB DriveKey (C:)
IPL:3 Floppy (A;)
IPL:4 PCI Embedded HP Ethernet 1gb 2-port
IPL:5 Hard Drive C: (See Boot Controller Order)
Boot Control Order
Ctlr:1 PCI Embedded Intel Sata Controller #1
Ctlr:2 PCI Embedded Intel Sata Controller #2
No other options available.
Just can't get this to boot from USB at all.
I'm new to this forum, been lurking for some days since I ordered my used MS Gen8.
Specs of the one I get today:
E3-1230V2 (stock cooler, no mods)
16GB Kingston 1333MHz ECC
HP Smart Array P420/2G
For storage I'm planning on 4x4TB HGST DeskStar NAS 7200RPM SATA drives + 480GB SSD for OS/VMs.
For the moment I only have 1 4TB HGST drive and the SSD. Would like to expand this with 3 extra HGST drives, but in the following months.
I'm planning to use the server for storage, video surveillance, home automation, media serving and also lab/learning ESXi.
Total price for the server is around 500€ including the HP P420
The biggest question on my mind right now is if I should or should not get the P420. If I don't get it, the price will drop to 400€. 100€ for the P420 seems like a really good price though; problem is if I will use it.
My research seems to indicate that you cannot turn off RAID on this controller; is this correct? In that case, I can't (shouldn't?) use it with ZFS. There seems to be a rageing battle between HW RAID vs SW RAID (ZFS, BTRFS) and I can't wrap my head around what is "best".
I would like to use ESXi, but then I cannot use FreeNAS (at least not recommended) anyways. Maybe HW RAID with another NAS OS is the way to go? In this case, are there any recommendations on which OS to use for the NAS part?
Grateful for any answers, especially if it's worth buying the P420 (which I think it is, even if I'm not about to use it at this exact time).
Standard G1610T, been fine for about 4 months. I just moved home and my server wont start up after the move. It was well packed, but damage in transit is a small possibility. Symptoms are that the power button lights don't come on, and no lights on network port either. I tested the PSU by bridging the green and black cables and the PSU fan spins up, so assuming its ok. I've double checked all the internal connectors but still no lights anywhere. Assuming the motherboard might be dead, any other checks I might have missed (hard reset, or some motion sensitive part??) Just looking for a second opinion before I try work my way through HP warranty?
Recently I'm experiencing very unusual behavior with my Gen8 microserver. One day I came back from work and I've noticed red flashing light in front panel rather than blue. Quick look in integrated management log shows several dozen of Internal Storage Enclosure Device Failure. First though - drive failure. In my setup I have two Velociraptors WD1500HLFS in bay 1 and 2 running RAID 1, and Seagate Baracuda 2TB in bay 4 running RAID 0. Velociraptors are not new, I would said recent as they have only 4k power on hour each. I've checked each drive SMART and tested with MHDD - no errors, no anomalies. After critical error array will rebuild RAID 1 drives but after few hours problem returns. Every reboot array is rebuilding hdds as well. Funny thing is that I've got errors on bay 3, but there is no drive attached. In this setup server was powered on 24/7 and functional for more than month, that happened instantly, I didn't even look at this server .
What I've done so far:
- error check hard drives with mhdd
- swap bay 1 hdd with bay 2 hdd
Server is running HPE Esxi 6.0 custom iso
I think positive however I've found this thread: https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/214701-hp-smart-array-rebuilding-after-every-reboot which makes me sad.
Any suggestion will appreciate