HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2


By: John Stutsman

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Figure 1 — HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 2 WD 250GB VelociRaptors Installed


After I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 (as illustrated in “HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and Windows Server Technical Preview” http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/87-windows-server-2012-essentials-r2/ ) and completed some testing, I wanted to see how easy it would be to install Windows Server 2012R2 with HP’s defaults using HP’s Intelligent Provisioning.

Before starting the installation I switched out the two 500GB 7,200 RPM drives in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 for two 250GB 10,000 RPM VelociRaptors and in the DL302e’s BIOS I enabled the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i. The procedure was very much like working in the BIOS of the Gen8 MicroServer.

The installation with Intelligent Provisioning was very “smooth” as illustrated in the following figures and video. Clearly, after working with HP’s Gen8 MicroServer I was already trained for HP’s DL320e using iLO & Intelligent Provisioning. This eliminates much of the learning curve for home enthusiast to upgrade to more powerful HP Servers in the future OR transfer their skills learned at home to the work/professional environment. This could be a significant advantage for HP in the future.

The ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 displayed the same fan speed characteristics, when AHCI is enabled in BIOS versus enabling the B120i in BIOS, as the ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.  See Figure 7 later in this Blog.


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Figure 2 — Display of Basic Information for Server 2012R2 Installation


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Figure 3 — More Detailed System Information Screen showing Server 2012R2 Installed


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Figure 4 — Benchmark Scores using PassMark ( http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=37690846395  ): Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 527 mostly as a result of using the VelociRators instead of a 7,200 RPM drives when I previously benchmarked the DL320e Gen8 v2 with Windows Server Technical Preview


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Figure 5 — In the BIOS I enabled the B120i for this installation of S2012R2 (earlier the AHCI was enabled when I tested the DL320e with WSTP and S2012)


I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 01 made by the B120i from 2 physical WD 250GB VelociRaptor drives in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).


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Figure 6 — Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is also the OS or C Drive


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Figure 7 — Using iLO I collected the Fan Speed Information – in this case with the BIOS set to enable the B120i. This turned out to be quite interesting when compared to the Fan information collected when the BIOS had been set to enable AHCI the number 3 Fan was running at 26% (see: http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html ) This difference of Fan speeds when the B120i is enabled versus when the AHCI is enabled is similar to what many of us have observed with the Gen8 MicroServer (see: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/ )


Video 1 – Video of my installation of Windows Server 2012R2 onto the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2 using HP’s default settings in Intelligent Provisioning


Current As-Built: Machine

  • HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
  • OS Drive C: 250GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*WD2500HHTZ 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor’s in RAID1 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
  • OS: Windows Server 2012R2
  • iLO 4
  • Data Drive D: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive


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Figure 8 — Processor Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO


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Figure 9 — Firmware Version Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO


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Figure 10 — Temperature Information of the DL320e using iLO


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Figure 11 — Information on the DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280v3 using Open Hardware Monitor. The 100% CPU loading was achieved using Prime95 which resulted in peak temperatures in the mid 70’s C. The Generic Hard Disk at 67.3% used space is the USB 3.0 4TB external drive while the Generic Hard Disk at 5.2% used space is the 250GB Logical Drive 01 made from two physical WD2500HHTZ’s in RAID1 on the B120i.




HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html

HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146

PassMark test of the DL320e with VilociRaptors http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=37690846395

Be Sure to Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

Installing Windows Server Technical Preview (Server 10) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-13-installing-windows-server-technical-preview-on-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver/

Installing Server 10 (Windows Server Technical Preview) onto my N54L MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-9-installing-server-10-windows-server-technical-preview-onto-my-n54l-microserver/

Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html

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