Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2
By: John Stutsman
Figure 1 — HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 2 Samsung 840 Pro SSD’s installed
In the previous blog “HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012R2” ( http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html ) I talked about how 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. Then I installed Windows Server 2012R2 (previously with the two 7,200 RPM drives in AHCI I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview and before that Windows Server 2012 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html ). Using Intelligent Provisioning I had accepted the default configuration which set my Logical Drive 01 or OS Drive as a RAID1 with the two VelociRaptors. The installation was very smooth as I had previously written and provided me with a good solid practical and resilient configuration.
This time, I wanted to try something that wasn’t practical in a business or professional environment – I wanted to maximize my performance using for my Logical Drive 01 or OS Drive a RAID0 made with two Samsung 840 Pro’s. I would again use Intelligent Provisioning to install Windows Server 2012R2 choosing my custom storage configuration instead of the default configuration. The results were fantastic and my previous experience working with my Gen8 MicroServer made the whole process rather easy to execute.
Video 1 – Video of my removal of the VelociRaptors and the installation of the two Samsung 840 Pro’s using Icy Dock’s EZConvert and EZConvert Air in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2
Video 2 – Video setting up Logical Drive 01 in RAID0 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using HP’s Smart Storage Administrator in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2. I made the RAID0 from two Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s that I had installed earlier in Video 1.
Figure 2 – The B120i was enabled in the BIOS and I created a logical drive with the two Samsung SSD’s in a RAID0 as shown in Video 2
Video 3 – This is the Video of my installation of Windows Server 2012R2 onto the Logical Drive 01 created in Video 2 (see also Figure 2) in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2 with Intelligent Provisioning
Figure 3 — Display of Basic Information for Server 2012R2 Installation (see Video 3)
Figure 4 — More Detailed System Information Screen showing Server 2012R2 Installed
Figure 5 — Benchmark Scores using PassMark ( http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=38250204579 ): Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 570 mostly as a result of using the Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0 for my OS drive instead of the VelociRators and 7,200 RPM drives I previously benchmarked with the DL320e Gen8 v2
I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 01 made by the B120i from a RAID0 of 2 physical Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
Figure 6 — Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is also the OS or C Drive
Figure 7 — Using iLO I collected the Fan Speed Information – with the B120i enabled in the BIOS the Fan Speeds are all 6% as reported earlier in http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html
Current As-Built: Machine
- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
- 8GB ECC RAM
- OS Drive C: 512GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
- ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive height)
- ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive height)
- OS: Windows Server 2012R2
- iLO 4
- Data Drive D: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive
Figure 8 — Processor Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
Figure 9 — Firmware Version Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
Figure 10 — Temperature Information of the DL320e using iLO
Figure 11 — Information on the DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280v3 using Open Hardware Monitor. The 100% CPU loading was achieved using Prime95 about 5 hours which resulted in peak CPU temperatures in the mid 80’s C. The Generic Hard Disk at 67.3% used space was the USB 3.0 4TB external drive while the Generic Hard Disk at 3.4% used space was the 512GB Logical Drive 01 made from two physical Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0 on the B120i.
HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html
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
Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6630-icy-dock-ezconvert-mb882sp-1s-2b/?hl=ezconvert
ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994169
ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064
Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html