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    Windows Server 2012R2 installed on my Gen8 MicroServer ODD SATA


    Joe_Miner

    By: JohnStutsman

     

    ODD 01

     

    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with 240GB Corsair GT SSD attached to ODD SATA (SATA II 3Gbps) Port 5 and powered from 4-pin FDD connector – secured with tape

     

     

     

    My objective was to install Windows Server 2012R2 (“S2012R2”) on a single drive RAID0 SSD attached to the ODD SATA Port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board and four 1TB HDD’s in RAID10 located at the main drive bays (Bays 1 & 2 are SATA III 6Gbps ports while Bays 3 & 4 are SATA II 3Gbps ports). It went very well!

     

     

     

    First, I attached a Corsair GT 240GB SSD to the SATA ODD Port (SATA II 3Gbps). I then used iLO4 to remotely access my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as shown in Video 1.

     

     

     

     

    Video 1 – Signing into iLO4 on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer from a Windows 7 Pro desktop within my home network

     

     

     

    Next I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as shown in Video 2.

     

     

     

     

    Video 2 – I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. The single disk is a 240GB Corsair GT SSD that I had attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO4 as Port 5|Bay 5) earlier.

     

     

     

    ODD 02

     

    Figure 2 – The new Logical Drive 01 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen derived from the single physical drive, Port 5|Bay 5, 240GB Corsair GT SSD.

     

     

     

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    Figure 3 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8 MicroServer

     

     

     

    Using iLO4 and Intelligent Provisioning (“IP”) I installed Windows Server 2012R2, Video 3.

     

     

     

     

    Video 3 – With iLO4 I install Windows Server 2012R2 Standard using HP’s Intelligent Provisioning on a single Drive RAID0 created earlier with a 240GB SSD attached to my ODD SATA Port 5 in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

     

     

     

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    Figure 4 -- System and Device Manager Control Panel information

     

     

     

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    Figure 5 -- System Information - Windows Server 2012R2 on Gen8 MicroServer

     

     

     

    After updating Windows Server 2012R2 with Windows Update I downloaded HP Service Pack for ProLiant 2015.06.02 (“HP SUM”) to update my Firmware and Drivers on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

     

     

     

     

    Video 4 – I use HP SUM to update my Firmware and Drivers on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

     

     

     

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    Figure 6 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8 MicroServer after HP SUM

     

     

     

     

    Video 5 – I install four (4) 1TB 2.5” drives in the main 4 drive bay of my Gen8 MicroServer using Icy Dock EZConvert’s.

     

     

     

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    Figure 7 -- 1TB 2.5" Drive being installed in Icy Dock EZConvert Air

     

     

     

     

    Video 6 – I create a RAID10 with four (4) 1TB drives I had installed earlier using HP’s Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and creating Logical Drive 02. In Disk Management I initialize the resultant Logical Drive and then Format it.

     

     

     

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    Figure 8 -- Temperatures 1/2 day after the RAID10 was created -- Fan speeds were 26-27% with BIOS Fan settings on INCREASED COOLING

     

     

     

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    Figure 9 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with four physical 1TB drives in RAID10 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen below the single drive RAID0 Logical Drive 01

     

     

     

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    Figure 10 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller

     

     

     

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    Figure 11 -- After running for 1/2 day with all Disks installed and all updates power requirements ranged from 35 to 42 Watts.

     

     

     

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    Figure 12 -- Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2

     

     

     

    Current As-Built: Machine

    • HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2

    • 16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
    •  OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 Standard
    • OS Drive C: 240GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Corsair GT 240GB SSD in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: this is attached to the ODD SATA Port 5 – SATA II or 3 Gbps)

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable

    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends

     

    • Data Drive: 2TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 1TB 2.5” HDDs in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: two drives are in Bays 1 & 2 – SATA III or 6 Gbps; and two drives are in Bays 3 & 4 – SATA II or 3 Gbps – With HDD’s the difference in speeds doesn’t appear relevant to me, YMMV)

    2 HDDs are in Icy Dock EZConvert

    2 HDDs are in Icy Dock EZConvert Air

     

     

    Please join us in the HSS Forum Thread Windows Server 2012R2 on RAID0 SSD on ODD SATA Port 5 of G8 MS with any question or comments as well as in the HSS Gen8 Forums and HSS Forums.

     

     

     

    References:

     

    New Firmware – 15th June 2015 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9596-new-firmware-15th-june-2015/?p=102869

     

    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

     

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

     

    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8

     

    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

     

     

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