Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives & Running SPP

By: JohnStutsman

 

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Figure 1 – Installing the Icy Dock EZConvert Air’s holding my SSDs in the HP ProLiant ML10v2 4 drive cage

 

In Part 2 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I install 2 SSDs for my OS drive and run SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) automatically to update my firmware and then interactively to enter SSA (HP Smart Storage Administrator) to set up my logical drive 01 in the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller for my OS installation later.

 

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Figure 2 – Inserting my two Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs into Icy Dock EZConvert Air’s. The EZConvert’s enabled me to fit the 2.5” SSD form factors in the 3.5” form factor slots for 3.5” drives in the 4 drive cage of the ML10v2 – other 2.5” to 3.5” convertors would work but I found the EZConvert to be convenient.

I install two Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD’s in drive positions 1 and 2 of the 4 drive cage in my HP ProLiant ML10v2. I attach the SATA III (6GB/s) connectors 1 and 2 to the SSD’s. I used Icy Dock EZConvert Air to be able to install the 2.5” SSD’s in the 3.5” positions.

Pictures as well as a video of my installation at Installing two SSDs for OS Drive in my ML10v2.

 

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Figure 3 – Sliding the 4 3.5” drive cage of my ML10v2 back into place. The drive cage will hold four 3.5” HDDs.

 

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Figure 4 – SSA as loaded by SPP in interactive mode

 

After downloading the latest SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) for the ML10v2 from HPE’s Support Center (as well as all other individual Drivers & Firmware for MS2012R2) I ran SPP’s ISO via iLO4 in “Automatic Firmware Update Version 2015.10.0” mode first to update all of the Firmware on my ML10v2 – while iLO4 firmware was being updated to the most current version I lost my remote session but SPP continued updating. After all the automatic updates were finished I rebooted and next ran SPP again as an ISO via iLO4 but selected “Interactive Firmware Update Version 2015.10.0” or manual mode and executed the SSA to put my two Samsung 840 Pro SSD’s in a RAID0 logical drive. (NOTE: Normal practice would be to put my OS drives in a RAID1 for greater Reliability but if my setup isn’t critical I like to put my OS on two drives – either SSDs or WD VelociRaptors – in RAID0 for greater performance or put my OS on a single drive RAID0 and free up a drive port for other things. Putting multiple drives in RAID0 is risky and should not be done without a full understanding that if one drive in a RAID0 fails everything in the logical drive(s) built on that RAID is lost – this probably is not appropriate for your situation – Your Mileage May Vary!) Next I went to HPE’s Support Center for the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and downloaded Drivers & Firmware for MS2012/MS2012R2. I did all of this in preparation for the next step – installing Windows Server 2012 R2 onto my ML10v2.

Pictures as well as a video using SPP are in the thread Using SPP to update Firmware and load SSA on my ML10v2.

As-Built (At the End of this Series: Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the First Time):

  • HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen9
  • Xeon E3-1220v3
  • 32GB Unbuffered ECC RAM KVR16E11K4/32
  • Logical Drive 01: OS drive – 2 x Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSDs in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 2 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 & 2 of 4 drive main cage – Ports 1 & 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
  • Logical Drive 02: Data drive – 4 x WD 5TB HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-6 SATA II (3GB/s) – two mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage – two mounted in 5.25” bays using 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor brackets (I used the existing SATA cable that had gone to the optical drive for 1 5.25” bay plus another 18” SATA cable I had in stock from previous projects for the 3.5” HDD in the other 5.25” bay)
  • OS: S2012R2

In Part 3 of Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time I will install Windows Server 2012R2 onto my ML10v2 Logical Drive 01 then run SPP (HP Service Pack for ProLiant) interactively to update any drivers and software applications that may be dependent on my OS.

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Reference:

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 1: Unboxing and Setting up iLO4 Advance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-p-ilo4-advance.html

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 2: Installing my OS Drives and Running SPP http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-es-running-spp.html 

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 3: Using iLO4 to Install Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-server-2012r2.html 

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 4: Upgrade my RAM to 32GB http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-my-ram-to-32gb.html

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 5: Add Four 5TB HDDs http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-four-5tb-hdds.html

Setting up my HP ProLiant ML10v2 for the first time, Part 6: Performance http://homeservershow.com/setting-up-my-6-performance.html

Installing two SSDs for my OS Drive in my ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10416-installing-two-ssds-for-os-drive-in-my-ml10v2/

Using SPP to update Firmware and Load SSA on my ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10417-using-spp-to-update-firmware-and-load-ssa-on-my-ml10v2/

HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/proliant-servers/product-detail.html?oid=7796450

HP ProLiant ML10v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04567802

HP ProLiant ML10v2 User Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622279&docLocale=en_US

HP ProLiant ML10v2 Maintenance and Service Guide http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7796450&docId=emr_na-c04622389&docLocale=en_US

Intel E3-1200v3 processor family http://i.crn.com/misc/microsites/intelssd13/Intel_Xeon_Processor_E3-1200v3_Tech_Over.pdf

Intel C222 Chipset http://ark.intel.com/products/75516

HP ProLiant ML10v2 Server Drivers & Software https://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7796452&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168&lang=en&cc=us&hpappid=hppecf

HP Dynamic Smart Array Bi20i Controller Drivers & Software https://h20565.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?dwf.restartSession=true&sp4ts.oid=5293150&hpappid=hppecf&lang=en&cc=us

HomeServerShow Forum for HP ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/

Blog Postings About the HP ProLiant ML10v2 http://homeservershow.com/?s=ml10v2

My HP ProLiant ML10v2 PlayList: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn2DhE-6J02RdBBhMhx51IS5j3gazC6Fy

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