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Been lurking here for a while. Got two Gen8, with extra SDD, 16GB RAM, 4x1TB WD RED, 1230v2.

First one installed like a charm, as a ESXi host.


Second one, I've been trying to install Windows 7/8/10 and still no luck.


First of all, I'm on a MacBook Pro with Windows 7 running on Parallels Desktop.
But that shouldn't be much of an issue, been using it for years and provisioning machines no problem. 

That second Gen8 is using stock celeron, haven't upgraded yet.


Issues I ran into were numerous.


Loading off USB (USB2 ports front and back) and loading driver off ILO folder (Win2008R2 for windows 7 and Win2012R2 for Win10 ) 

but had issues where "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition" 

Tried disk part, reformat, erase, change boot order in BIOS (USB after SSD), reset drives array & select boot drive in smart manager. Nothing. 


Burned a DVD, mounted off ILO, and it suddenly shut, saying ILO was not supported for this after POST, though I did get 2 ILO licences trials for both machines. Upon re-entering licence it just said "meh, this one's been used already" 


Tried "Intelligent" provisioning, tried USB, it saw it, saw the .iso, double clicked it, nothing. 

Tried "Intelligent" provisioning, tried Network Share, it opened it, saw the .iso, double clicked it, nothing. 
Tried "Intelligent" provisioning, tried DVD, saw it, saw the .iso, double clicked it, nothing. 

I just spent the last two week ends trying to get this damn thing to work. 

Oh and when all worked, (USB/DVD/SSD etc) "windows cannot install required files error 0x8007025d" 

I'm going to throw in out the window. 


At this stage, I am thinking of removing SSD, putting it into a caddy I have, on to an USB external HDD reader, install on external SSD this way and put it back in the Gen8? That would work? 


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What port is the SSD currently on?

Are you running AHCI or the B120i?

If you are using the B120i, do you have the driver available for it?

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What port is the SSD currently on?

5th, ODD Port

Are you running AHCI or the B120i?

Not sure. B120i I think. (see below) How/why would I want that changed? This is the one thing I'm still having issues with. 

If you are using the B120i, do you have the driver available for it?

Yes. Loaded them off ILO folder and it was able to see the drives once it had loaded it. (RAID drivers off HP Site) 


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Here is a thread working through Windows install:



Ok, got a quick overview of AHCI, 



It could be that I need a smaller logical drive created on the SSD, will try it.

2TB is the limit for boot drives, I dont think your SSD volume is bigger than that.


Have you watched this video:


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Tried disk part, reformat, erase, change boot order in BIOS (USB after SSD), reset drives array & select boot drive in smart manager. Nothing. 


How are your drives configured in SSA? Can you post a screen shot?

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I recall someone else having issues in the past when trying to make a Windows bootable USB on a Mac -- I don't recall what they did to resolve it but it may be worth checking the past threads on Windows installation


If you're going to attach your OS drive to the ODD SATA port by far the easiest installation is to make that a RAID0 drive in the SSA


Make sure you have the latest Firmware by running the SPP (latest version is 2015.10.0 ) 


2015.10.0 FTP http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10425-new-hp-proliant-firmware-iso-12-2015/?p=109659


also check out:

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Drivers and Software http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7298965〈=en&cc=us

MicroSoft Windows Server 2008R2 Downloads http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7298965&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4064

MicroSoft Windows Server 2012R2 Downloads http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=7298965&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168

For Entitlement Required Downloads (such as for SPP) you’ll need to create a Passport account with HPe and associated the Server Serial Number with that Passport account to get the Entitlement Required Download (if within the warranty period)


Check out the Windows installations in CSKenney’s ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/


The 320e and the ML10v2 have the B120i and the procedure for Windows is virtually identical to the G8 MS


IP on the 320e and G8MS only will work with the install of a HP Supported Server OS -- not a Desktop Windows

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Which Desktop Windows are you actually trying to install?  i.e. Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are slightly easier just because you only need the B120i driver to see the logical drive you create in the SSA for the OS.  Windows 7 will also require the NIC driver in addition to the B120i driver.


For Windows 7 you will need the drivers from HP site for Windows Server 2008R2


For Windows 8.1 & 10 you will need the drivers from HP site for Windows Server 2012R2


Check Windows 8.1 Installs



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Here's a checklist I recently made for my Windows 8.1 installation on my ML10v2 -- It is virtually identical to how I recently installed Windows 8.1 onto my Gen8 so I modified it to show how I installed 8.1 on my G8


You can read the 8.1 installation on my ML10v2 here: http://homeservershow.com/installing-windo-proliant-ml10v2.html




Step-By-Step: Windows 8.1 Pro Installation on HP ProLiant ML10v2 Gen8 MicroServer


Note: I used the most current HP Service Pack ProLiant version 2015.10.0 and the most current B120i driver CP024079.exe

Unless otherwise stated all ISO files I ran in iLO4 attached to my ML10v2 as virtual image files CD ROM/DVD and folders were attached as virtual folders

·         Ran HP Service Pack ProLiant (“SPP”) ISO file in Automatic Mode to make sure all firmware was up to date

·         Ran SPP in Interactive Mode and selected HP Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) After ReBoot selected F5 during post to go into SSA to create a Logical Drive (“LD”) that I can load my OS (i.e. Windows 8.1 Pro update) onto

·         Created LD01 with 1 Samsung Pro 840 Corsair GT 240GB SSD in RAID0

·         Left remaining 4 HDDs and 1 SSD unallocated No other physical drives were in the Machine

·         Shut down the machine


Windows 8.1 Installation

·         Attached Windows 8.1 Pro x64 update (“W8.1”) ISO in iLO4

·         Attached folder containing B120i Driver in iLO4 I extracted from CP024079.exe with 7-Zip

·         I Signed in using a Local Account to make it easier for me to run SPP later (I could always add a MS account later)

·         I selected “Later” for the Windows 10 update so as to focus on the Windows 8.1 installation, YMMV – NOTE: When I went to Windows Update to begin downloading important Windows 8.1 updates I had to go under “Optional Updates” and deselect the Windows 10 update – Unfortunately, every time I went to Windows Update the Windows 10 Update was again selected so I would have to deselect it again.  I found a solution at the SuperSite for Windows – I uninstalled update KB3035583 and then hid it as specified at http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/how-stop-windows-10-upgrade-downloading-your-system

·         I next:

o   Changed screen resolution (personal preference YMMV);

o   Ran NETPLWIZ (personal preference YMMV – for the first few days there will be a lot of reboots so this is just a time saver for me);

o   Set Time Zone (personal preference YMMV);

o   Enabled Hyper-V (personal preference YMMV – this will be in my home lab);

o   Reboot;

o   Set Computer Name (personal preference YMMV);

o   Reboot;

o   Began running recommended Updates – multiple reboots;

·         When all Windows 8.1 updates are done then I attached SPP and ran HPSUM in Windows to update &/or add missing Drivers including SSA

·         In Windows 8.1 ran SSA to set-up additional LD’s of physical drives added later

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You can do the installation without using iLO4 -- you will need to install the SPP to a Bootable USB Flash drive, put the files extracted from CP024079.exe (the B120i drivers) on a USB Flash drive, and install the OS installation iso onto a bootable USB Flash drive


I've done it that way and have also done it with the SPP and installation OS's on DVD's and using an external USB attached DVD drive


Be sure not to attach any USB devices to the USB3.0 ports or the back -- those will not work until an OS is up and running

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