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I bought two of these! I was wondering, where can I get an advanced ilo key? I want to use all those lovely features!

Also, could I boot esx on USB or SD, and then have an SSD on the local sata controller, while using the 4 bays for my 4x8TB drives connected to my p222? 

If so, how does esx manage the raid? I want to know if there is degradation, disk failure, etc. Or should I use one of these as a freenas type box, and one as a standalone esx box?

Thanks! Looking forward to setting these up :)

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4 hours ago, AnthonyS said:

I bought two of these! I was wondering, where can I get an advanced ilo key? I want to use all those lovely features!

eBay. The big sticky links thread has a bunch of useful links, just scroll down a bit or search for "iLO4".

You can also get a 60-day trial from HPE here.

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Just now, VR6Pete said:

Or use google 😉

I have!

These were definitely not in any any of the links or FAQs unless I am blind:

Could I boot esx on USB or SD, and then have an SSD on the local sata controller, while using the 4 bays for my 4x8TB drives connected to my p222? 

If so, how does esx manage the raid? I want to know if there is degradation, disk failure, etc. Or should I use one of these as a freenas type box, and one as a standalone esx box?

 

Any cheap memory? I'd love to max it out :D

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There's a Russian website with some licences on if you look a page or so in. 

 

Yes instalk esx to instak sd card, SSD for VM's. 

 

Bay driver connected to p222 for datastore. 

I picked up 8gb sticks for around 75 quid

you can install upto 16gb

@Trig0r was selling 16gb (UK based) if any use to you. 

Pete

 

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Might be a stretch, but how about this stuff?

https://www.micron.com/parts/modules/ddr3-sdram/mt18jsf1g72az-1g9

Everything I look up says it should work.... unless I am missing something. Old Apple memory. The only thing is, it says it's 1866MHz , in the past servers used to downclock, so might this be worth buying? 

One question I still have is how is the raid managed and monitored with ESX? 

I am in the US, so I don't think shipping from UK would be worthwhile. 

 

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I am running Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 ECC in mine works great. 

Personally I would only stick to what I know works. 

Unsure on the RAID side of things but assuming you use the HP image of ESX then it should contain all the drivers. 

 

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Yeah, I just bought some kingston, didn't want to risk it not working.

I am curious if vmware can detect and monitor my raid for me though, or if I need to use something else for that?

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As far as I know ESXi does nothing to monitor your RAID. SSA and iLo do monitor supported RAID controllers and the P222 is supported on the MS Gen8. 

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