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  2. Thanks a lot - followed your advice and everything now works 100%!
  3. schoondoggy

    Surface Pro 4

    https://www.woot.com/offers/microsoft-12-surface-pro-4-128g-tablets?ref=w_cnt_gw_dly_wobtn
  4. You should reinstall Windows 10 on the SSD, with the B120i driver on a USB drive so it can load during install
  5. LVLouisCyphre

    Super Router Thread

    Because people are upgrading. The G7s are decent machines. I'm however a clock speed hog, I won't pick up anything but the fastest CPU which is the N54L since I plan on running jails, plugins and VMs on mine. I picked up my pair dirt cheap at < $100 each. They also included all factory drive caddies and screws. That may be the case for Linux (which doesn't surprise me) but it's the opposite for BSD. I've used multiport NICS for years starting with the Intel Pro/100+ dual server adapter. The FreeBSD fxp(4) driver is very mature and has been rewritten at least once. Unfortunately, it probably will eventually be depreciated and removed from FreeBSD along with (E)ISA support. We don't have as many slots in modern server system boards. If you put the IPMI card in the G7, you've lost a PCIe x1 slot. The newer gens have built-in iLO/IPMI but you also get USB 3.0. It makes sense that the two logical cards that you'd have a G7 would either be a multiport LSI SATA HBA or a multiport NIC especially if you need jumbo frames. At the risk of carbon dating myself, yes, Intel is the de facto standard NIC, however before the i8255x chipset, it was the DEC 21x4x "Tulip" ethernet controller chip. Intel like DEC is also very open source friendly. DEC unfortunately ended up dying of a half dozen or so cuts in bits and pieces being acquired about 22 years ago; most of it by Compaq, now HP(E).
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  7. oj88

    Super Router Thread

    Nice to know. Fortunately, I haven”t had any issues with mine as far as NICs are concerned. I’ve used this N40L with Sophos, pfSense, and of course, Untangle, in dual and quad 1gb NIC combinations. With almost every filter enabled in Untangle, the G7 can easily do 250mbps, in and out (that’s as fast as my ISP will allow me). Useful little servers. I have three N40L still unopened in their original boxes... remnants of when the company I worked for practically gave them away. I took six.
  8. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    Celeron produces not so much heat and b120i also known to increase fan speed in AHCI mode but be ok in RAID mode. One day you still need to be ready for fan replacement...
  9. Using IP I created a single array, RAID0, with the SSD in it, and set as bootable. Now when I try to boot the system it starts Win 10, but after a few seconds I end up with the BSOD (and no explanation)... Tried to boot again, was given a few options by Win10 to try repair boot, etc. nothing worked. Any thoughts?
  10. RobWu

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    G1610T & b120i in RAID mode. Nothing fancy
  11. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    What CPU and RAID controller (and if b120i, what mode, AHCI or RAID) do you use? I've got E3-1260L and P222 PCIE RAID that affects heat and fan speed for sure.
  12. More progress... I followed the advice given here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/Unable-to-boot-into-Intelligent-Provisioning/td-p/6999252#.Xig90Mj7RRA and found out that my iLO NAND was corrupted. Using the instructions there I am now able to access IP by pressing F10 at boot!
  13. RobWu

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    Nothing really. It was always very quiet, only had the 'chirping crisis' just once. It is only very loud when I restart the server, but as soon as the boot sequence is finished, the fan throttles down to low noise levels. Sorry, but that's it. I just recall a driver pack, or update pack, for the server once had the fan running faster than normal. But that was fixed quite quickly. No idea how, when or where to find this atm. Maybe a search on the forum might help out. rob
  14. Forgot to mention that to be on the safe side I yesterday flashed the BIOS and the iLO4 to the latest versions. It had no effect on the issue(s) above - I am still unable to access IP.
  15. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    Can't quite imagine noiseless microserver stock fan setup. My microserver sounds like jet engine with the stock fan and I don't know the way to make it sound not so loud. How could you acheive this result?
  16. nrf

    Super Router Thread

    At one point I used an N40L as a router but needed a bit more oomph.... now I use an un-needed tower PC with 4 NIC cards in it. amazing how g7 microservers still keep popping up here. one random bit of wisdom here, in the area of linux based routers/firewalls I have read that the single-port NICs are better handled by the drivers than the multi-port NICs. And of course Intel is best for this purpose.
  17. Thanks a lot for the detailed reply! Following your advice, I enabled the B120i in the BIOS. Now, during boot it showed it being initialised, so I know that it is enabled. It reports that the array is not configured, but it gives me the option to press F5 to set it up. When I do that it turn the screen blank at the end of the boot messages (and the POST beeps), a cursor flashes at the top left hand corner of the screen for a few seconds, and the system then tries to boot from NIC... I get the exact same outcome when pressing F10 during boot (i.e. trying to enter Intelligent Provisioning). I just checked in the BIOS (under Device Security), and Intelligent Provisioning is enabled (I also tried to disable it and then enable it again). Am I right in assuming a problem with IP? I found that I can download it and install again here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/Unable-to-boot-into-Intelligent-Provisioning/td-p/6999252#.Xig90Mj7RRA Is this a good idea?
  18. RobWu

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    This thread keeps coming back from the dead! 😀 I didn't replace it in the end. I managed to get it non-chirping again after some cleaning and fiddling with it. So far the setup is almost noise-less, and even with low noise in the room or at night it's hardly there in the background. For me it was not worth the replacement as the chirping went away. cheers, rob
  19. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    Would you also be so kind to tell me if you came with some solution for MS fan issue? My main problem for now is HP connectors as I couldn't find any solution that can fit the HP native mobo and fan connectors.
  20. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    This is the picture of my STM workbench (for 2 different STM ICs as I havent't decide which one I sould use). I had to disassemble it but I used it to operate PWM and DC controlled fans and also I could already read HP PWM output and send all this information to the OLED 128x32 display. Before doing PCB prototyping I have to connect HP signal and fan management. Implementing DS18B20 would be easy as I have done it before many times but it also needs come code work to be done. The most hard job was implementing a user interface.
  21. Gulftown

    Microserver Gen8 chassis fan upgrade.

    First of all there is no such adapter you can just buy anywhere. To tell in details - there are two solutions: first one is Mihai's solution with sense pin short circuited to ground (as HP says it is strictly prohibited) and Max-Sum's arduino-based solution that just lowers the fan speed. Here what I 've implemented: To make development easy I used Arduino as well. MCU reads PWM signal from the motherboard and passes it to the fan output. When you first run the adapter board it tries PWM and reads tachometer signal. If PWM doesn't affect the fan speed (power is connected to the 12V directly) one output changes it's state and PWM is routed to 12V fan power instead of 5V PWM output. After some time I couldn't realise how to implement the rotation detection algorithm as I don't know what condition to use other than fan tachometer no signal if output PWM is higher than 30%. (This solution is based on Intel PWM Fan datasheet and Noctua datasheet) What I have left to do - instead of existing Arduino-based solution I need to make an STM-based board with backward compatibility (as I cannot find connectors that can fit HP's crap it became a serious problem), change 7-segment LED display to 0.91" oled display and put everything together into a 3d-printed case with buttons so I don't have to connect this board to my PC everytime I need to change the fan. There will be also 2 jst connectors with DS18B20 connected to monitor temp not only via ILo, so if you cannot get real temp of some components the borad can override the ILo PWM output. This temps will be displayed with ILo PWM output percentage, actual fan speed and using this display I can make changes to how ILo PWM is converted to fan rotation speed depending on the time of the year (it is usually warm winter and cold A/C summer where it is located). Can't tell you how long can it last as I have to do it in my free time. I have opened my MSG8 case yesterday but didn't make any pictures on the fan side and I'm really sorry about that now. If I make several apaters I could probably pass it to others for components costs coverage but it can happen only if this board can work by itself without programming every time you change any set point.
  22. my main question is - does it trigger after inserting the fan speed? - other way around same question is this card supported by HP that it does not boost up the fan to 50%? thank you very much for the real experience... as I was fighting now with an unsupported SSD for 2 days... in the bay it triggered fan boost from 6% to 50% and also on the ODD SATA same story - so this way I´m precautious what to insert into the HP gen8 as if it is yelling up its unusable... thanks
  23. oj88

    N54L NAS/SAN suggestions

    I have XPEnology running on an N40L since 2015. Haven't updated the software on it (currently still on DSM 5.1-5022 Update 5) as I don't think I need to. I use it both as NAS and as an iSCSI target. The drives are configured for SHR with a hot spare.
  24. oj88

    Super Router Thread

    Running Untangle HomePro on a HP G7 N40L with 250GB HDD, 4GB RAM and a dual 1GB Intel NIC.
  25. LVLouisCyphre

    Best nas software for N54L

    FreeNAS or XigmaNAS (formerly NAS4Free). If you go with either of these do not use hardware RAID. Put the SATA ports in AHCI mode and let the OS do the RAID via ZFS.
  26. LVLouisCyphre

    N54L NAS/SAN suggestions

    Yes. I'm putting FreeNAS on both of the HP Microserver G7s I recently acquired. Just max out the memory and make sure it's ECC. If you put FreeNAS on it, scrap the hardware RAID. FreeNAS does ZFS which does software RAID. You never use hardware and software RAID simultaneously. I can't comment on questions 2 and 3 as I've never implemented what you're asking. It doesn't matter if you use fiber or UTP if you're just doing 1 Gb per link with good quality cat5e or better patch cables. Whatever floats your boat and stays within your budget. I'd stress test the links and monitor for interface errors if you're worried about it. You should never have physical errors or retransmissions. I'd be more concerned about any LACP pitfalls with your given switch and OS. You're running a Cisco switch which is good. I'm a Cisco purist myself. You're going to have more problems with LACP implementation than L1 issues. Keep in mind the HP Microserver G7 brain damaged BCM5723 ethernet chip does not support jumbo frames which means you will have a performance issue there.
  27. LVLouisCyphre

    New N54L setup questions

    Yes, I picked up a pair of them used in excellent condition for a good price on eBay last month. I'm burning them in for FreeNAS. My choice is FreeBSD, FreeNAS or XigmaNAS (formerly NAS4Free). FreeNAS and XigmaNAS are both based on FreeBSD. You always run the latest BIOS. There's an issue with the SATA ports with the stock BIOS which is why there's a hacked G7 BIOS. Nothing I can think of that isn't a FreeBSD port or FreeNAS plugin. The only bad thing about the G7s is they use the brain damaged BCM5723 ethernet chip that doesn't support jumbo frames. Unless you absolutely need wire speed networking, it should work. If you're doing wireless to your NAS then it's most likely a moot point. Doubtful if you're using it primarily as a NAS. I would use the other PCIe slot for another SATA HBA if you need future storage expansion. I have the HP IPMI card in the other slot. Yes; on the FreeNAS forum. Uncle Fester's How-To FreeNAS guide is a very good starting point on burning in your FreeNAS. The FreeNAS forum and Uncle Fester's How-To FreeNAS guide are excellent resources. If you're running FreeNAS then you pretty much have to run a RAID as that's what it's specifically designed to do. Storage is ZFS only. The current school of though is to run RAIDZ2 which is ZFS RAID6. You can have two drives fail in the array. The only reason to run RAID5, IMO, is if you absolutely need the capacity over the fault tolerance with RAID6 or if you're stuck with a three drive array. With RAID5 you can only have a single drive failure before you lose the array. The other thing I strongly suggest put it on a UPS and use strictly ECC memory and max out the memory which you've already done. FreeNAS includes NUT (Network UPS Tools). Most UPSes are supported. You boot from a 16 GB USB drive and preferably have them mirrored. FreeNAS doesn't require a large boot drive.
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