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    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD attached to ODD SATA port (Bay 5) and powered from 4-pin FDD connector and two 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001s in Bays 1 and 2
     
     
     
    The HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port (Bay 5) on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).   In “Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2” I learned that, like in the MicroServer, this ODD SATA port and 4-pin FDD connector could be used to attach an additional hard disk drive (“HDD”) that I could manage with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller. This opened up an interesting possibility of using a single drive RAID0 SSD as the OS drive attached to the ODD SATA port and using Bays 1 and 2 for a couple of 3TB drives in RAID1 for a data drive. While the ODD SATA port is a SATA II (3Gbps) it would still provide higher performance using a SSD than a HDD.
     
    Figure 2 shows an empty spot for the Samsung 840 Pro, in the place where a low profile ODD would go if installed, and using a SATA cable (with 180 degree or straight connectors at both ends), a Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter cable (“Dell MX714”) – see Figure 5, and some electrical tape I installed the 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD. I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. The single disk is a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that is attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO as Port 5|Bay 5) – this would be my OS drive for Windows 8.1.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The RED Arrows mark the locations of the ODD SATA port (Port 5|Bay 5) on the System Board and the 4-pin FDD connector from the PSU. Yellow electrical tape is on the metal frame where the Samsung 840 Pro will to be placed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port (Port 5|Bay 5) on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I removed from my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer temporarily to test in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with strips of electrical tape
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with strips of electrical tape.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – 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, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – I attach a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD to the SATA ODD port (Bay 5) while also installing two 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001’s in drive Bays 1 & 2 of the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2.
     
     
     

     
    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 a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. The single disk is a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that is attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO as Port 5|Bay 5).
     
     
     
    I had installed Windows 8.1 on my Gen8 MicroServer a number of times and found it relatively straightforward -- so instead of installing a Server OS on the DL320e this time I chose to see how a Windows 8.1 installation would go on the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. It went very well!
     
    Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 8.1 onto Logical Drive 01 of the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. I downloaded CP022624.exe from HPs Driver download web site (Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers) for the DL320e (see reference at the end of this blog) and used the 7-Zip utility to remove the B120i drivers from the exe and place into a folder that I linked via iLO4 to the Windows 8.1 installer when asked for the storage drivers (see Video 3). After Windows 8.1 was installed I loaded the drivers for iLO, Maxtor, and the SSA (see reference at the end of this blog).
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 8.1 onto Logical Drive 01 of an HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. I downloaded CP022624.exe from HPs Driver download web site for the DL320e (see reference below) and used the 7-Zip utility to remove the B120i drivers from the exe and place into a folder that I linked via iLO4 to the Windows 8.1 installer when asked for the storage drivers. After Windows 8.1 was installed I loaded the drivers for iLO, Maxtor, and the SSA.
     
     
     
    I then use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID1 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using two ST3000DM001’s located in Bays 1 & 2.   Then I use Disk Management in Windows 8.1 to initialize Logical Drive 02 as GPT then I formatted it. Later I will do some performance testing.
     
     
     

     
    Video 4 – After installing Windows 8.1 on Logical Drive 01 of a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID1 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using two ST3000DM001’s in Bays 1 & 2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with two physical ST3000DM001’s in RAID1 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen below the single drive RAID0 Logical Drive 01
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drives 01 and 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 11– Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is the OS Drive 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller running Windows 8.1. As can been seen particularly in CDM while the sustained transfer rates are capped at SATA II speeds the random read and write rates are excellent -- substantially better than a typical HDD.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 12 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the RAID1 Data Drive made from 2 ST3000DM001’s set up in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280 v3


    8GB ECC RAM


    OS: Windows 8.1


    OS Drive: 256GB RAID0 Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x 256GB Samsung 840 Pro attached to ODD SATA Port (Bay 5) on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends




    Data Drive: 3TB RAID1 Logical Drive 02 made of 2 x 3TB ST3000DM001 (Bays 1 & 2) on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
     
     
    References:
     
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Drivers for HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 Server http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168
     
    B120i Drivers: CP022624.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_09a49efe5daf4d74bb214f355d&swEnvOid=4168
     
    7-Zip http://www.7-zip.org/
     
    iLO Drivers: CP024529.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_08989f8839a1412ca0a9561b2e&swEnvOid=4168
     
    iLO Drivers: CP024617.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_6aae0f1005a34654859da67e4a&swEnvOid=4168
     
    Maxtor Drivers: CP022422.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_2e56fd2e83d24867acb28acea4&swEnvOid=4168
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSA): I used CP020938.exe but the current version is CP024254.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_e4124c5963a3426fba009d33d3&swEnvOid=4168#tab1
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSACLI): I used CP020950.exe but the current version is CP024256.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_05d4c11e7ed3433e85c89ea604&swEnvOid=4168
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSADU): I used CP020952.exe but the current version is CP024258.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_f2b58c8ab0a04b489985b6ff71&swEnvOid=4168
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 http://homeservershow.com/attaching-a-hdd-to-the-odd-sata-port-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/using-ssds-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 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
     
    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
     
    My DL320e Gen8 V2 Playlist
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Dave
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    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT attached to ODD SATA port and powered from 4-pin FDD connector
     
     
     
    The HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).   I began to wonder if, like in the MicroServer, this ODD SATA port and 4-pin FDD connector could be used to attach an additional hard disk drive (“HDD”) that I could manage with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller. I found out that I could do this and attached a Western Digital 2.5” 1TB drive WD10JUCT and ran a few performance tests on the WD10JUCT.
     
    I found an empty spot for the WD10JUCT in the place where the low profile ODD would go if installed and using a SATA cable (with 180 degree or straight connectors at both ends), a Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter cable (“Dell MX714”), and some electrical tape I installed the WD10JUCT. In HP’s Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) I created a Logical Drive 02 with a single drive RAID0 from the WD10JUCT then formatted it in Disk Management. This has opened up some interesting possibilities to look at in the future.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The RED Arrows mark the locations of the ODD SATA port on the System Board and the 4-pin FDD connector from the PSU. Yellow Electrical Tape was placed on the metal frame where the WD10JUCT will to be placed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I removed from my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer temporarily to test in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape. The SATA data cable can be followed to the ODD SATA port in this picture.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen along with the Logical Drive 01 created and discussed in a previous Blog posting (see References at the end of this Blog Post).
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Video where I attach a 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT to the SATA ODD port and using HP’s Smart Storage Administrator I create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller from a RAID0 of 1 physical Western Digital WD10JUCT attached to the ODD SATA port on the system board in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 10 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the WD10JUCT set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    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: 1TB Logical Drive 02 made of 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT in single drive RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


     
     
    References:
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/using-ssds-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 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
     
    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 thread “Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B” in the HomeServerShow Forums: 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
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Joe_Miner

    Using SSD's in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2

    By Joe_Miner, in Hardware,

    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.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    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
     
     

    Dave
    We're talking about the new build of Windows 10, Cortana, Spartan, and more Windows Phone.  John is using two! Which one will he go with? Dave has a Lumia Icon on the way. Again. Microsoft Band, smart watches, updates, and more. See you in the forums.
     
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    Synology DSM 5.2 Beta Available with new Features

    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2
    HP Stream Mini Desktop - 200-010
     
    HP Pavilion Mini Desktop - 300-020
     
    HP Pavilion Mini Desktop - 300-030
     
    Intel information on Stream Processor
     
    4 GB Memory Upgrade
     
    PORTTA PET0301S 3x1 Port HDMI Switch/Switcher
     
    SATA cable part number 794966-001
     
    Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
     
    Amazon Link to HP Stream -  (Keep in mind that you can get from HP for 179.99)  People are selling for much more due to lack of stock
     
    Photo Gallery of the HP Stream mini Desktop
     

     
    HDMI Switcher
     
     
     

     
    Wireless Card
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
    SATA Port
     

     
     
     
    M.2 Short Hard Drive
     

     
    RAM Slot
     
     
     
     
     


    Dave
    Network attached storage maker, Synology, has just released a new beta of their web based management tool.  DSM, or Disk Station Management, 5.2 is available for testing with several improved features and a couple new ones.
     

     
    A major new addition to DSM is Docker.  You can already install a ton of utilities and software programs on a Synology NAS but Docker is taking it a step further allowing you containerize installs of popular programs without a need of a full guest OS installation.
     



    Installing and using new server applications has never been so convenient. Do you need a new clean environment for your web app, easily transferable to the production server? Start, stop, and monitor your installed containers from the unified dashboard and evaluate your resource needs. Docker creates a lean container embedding just the necessary libraries, unlike virtual machines which need an entire guest OS to run.
    Notestation, the Synology equivalent of Evernote or OneNote is getting a web clipper, task management system, and other improvements.  File Station can now mount cloud drive storage such as OneDrive, DropBox, and Google Drive, making it seem as if the files are right there on your NAS for manipulation.  There is more.  Check the source link below for more features and how to get started with the beta.
     
    Source: Synology DSM Beta 5.2

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    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.
     
     
     

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

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

     
    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
     
     
     

     
    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”).
     
     
     

     
    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 – 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
    8GB ECC RAM
    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
     
     

     
    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 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.
     
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    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

    Dave

    Talking Servers with Mr. Microserver

    By Dave, in Blog,

    John Stutsman joins me to talk about Microservers.  He is a wiz on the Gen 8 Microserver but now he has a DL320e rack mount server under test.  John also tells me about the upcoming Gen 9 server, or does he? We go over the SchoonDoggy Gen 8 Drive Bracket and talk a little bit of news.  See you in the forums!
     
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    Drive Performance in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
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    Dave
    Windows Phone developer Joshua Gryzbowski joins to talk about a new app for Windows and Windows phone.  John Wiskowski is back to talk about his THIRD Windows Phone! Traveling with Surface Pro 3? Talking about that too. Follow on Twitter for the latest about these Windows Phone apps.
     
    Joshua can be found on Twitter at @SonofNun
     
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    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
     
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view
     
     
     

     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 rear view with cover removed
     
     
     

     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view and powered up
     
     
     
    Not long ago I installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 to see how it compared to my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. It was like working with an old friend – iLO behaved the same on both machines and my experience with the MicroServer transferred easily to the DL320e Gen8 V2. I set the drives to AHCI in the BIOS so I didn’t even have to install a driver during WSTP installation for the B120i.
     

     
    System Information screen showing Windows Server Technical Preview installed
     
     
     

     
    Benchmark Scores using PassMark:  Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 495
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the 2 500GB drives in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”). Since BIOS was set to AHCI I also used CrystalDiskInfo (“CDI”) to view detailed information for each drive.
     

     
    C Drive CDI
     
     
     

     
    C Drive Performance using HDTune, ATTO, and CDM
     
     
     

     
    D Drive CDI
     
     
     

     
    D Drive Performance using  HDTune, ATTO, and CDM
     
     
     
    The DL320e with the Xeon E3-1280v3 is a powerful, yet familiar, machine to work with that was a pleasure. More to come in the future.
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
     
    8GB ECC RAM
     
    OS Drive C: AHCI 500GB
     
    OS: Windows Server Technical Preview
     
    iLO 4
     
    Data Drive D: AHCI 500GB
     
    Data Drive E: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive
     
     
     

     
    Processor Information
     
     
     

     
    Firmware Version Information
     
     
     

     
    Fans speed Information
     
     
     

     
    Temperature Information
     
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146
     
    PassMark test of the DL320e I worked on http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=32669600181
     
    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/
     
    Drive Performance in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/drive-performance-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    Testing my Gen8 MicroServer before HSS Meetup 2014 http://homeservershow.com/testing-gen8-microserver-hss-meetup-2014.html
     
    Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
     

    Dave

    TS140 Server on Home Server Show 277

    By Dave, in Blog,

    On episode 277 we are talking about the Lenovo TS140.  Kevin Schoonover joins with his TS140 and I promise there is no Superfish adware on this podcast! We can't help but talk Home Automation when we get together so there is a healthy helping of that but were mostly talking server hardware, what to do with the TS140 including pfSense, Sophos, and Minecraft server.  Enjoy and discuss this episode in the forums!
     
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    TS140 Photos
     
     

    Dave
    Should you get a Surface Pro 3 now or wait? John Wiskowski from Agnostic Tech Podcast joins to discuss his very personal take on the subject as well as show off his new Lumia 830.  It's a great discussion podcast so hit the forums to finish the conversation.
     
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    Show notes for episode 85

     
    Do you have a Surface Pro 3?  Clean Stylus for Surface Pro 3. A Surface Pen holder for your Surface Pro 3.
     
    WP dropping rooms
     


    Podcast+ on Windows Phone



    John's new Gear Lumia 830



    SP3 Core i3



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    Dave
    On this episode John Wiskowski from Agnostic Tech Podcast and Rick Mansfield join me to compare a few tablets.   We are looking at the HP Stream 8 LTE, HP Stream 7, Toshiba Encore 2 Write, and the Toshiba Encore Mini.  Tons of small tablets and we will spec them and discuss.  Also, tons of news for Windows Phone.
     
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    Show notes for episode 84


    Windows 10 for Windows Phone Eligible Devices



    Windows Phone OS based LG VW820 smart phone in the works, Headed for Verizon



    The Verge: Microsoft's most popular Lumias won't get every Windows 10 feature.



    Wells Fargo to Windows users: Come here



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    HP Stream 8 - $149



    Toshiba Encore 2 Write – Review
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