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My old Proliant Microserver - a N36L running XUbuntu - died recently (PSU issues). I've replaced it with a Gen8 Microserver, but am really struggling to install the OS... Can't find the things I think I want in the BIOS, and since the N36L, there is a whole load of lingo to pick up.... HP Smart Array Controllers, HP Smart Memory, iLO, Intelligent Provisioning...
I have 4x HDDs in the server (all different sizes!), and I want to end up with the OS on a partition on one of them, with data on all the rest, and no RAID - and retaining the data that is on at least one of those drives...
If I boot from the latest XUbuntu ISO on a memory stick, I can partition the drives OK, and appear to install the OS OK. But then when I try and reboot it doesn't detect the OS on the HDD... so it ends up falling back to trying to boot from the network, failing, then looping...
From I've read I think I need to do something to the Smart Array Controller to make it run in dumb/AHCI mode. But how? I can't find the relevant option...
Confession: having not realised the complexity when I first powered up the machine, I have no idea what random options I may have inadvertently selected not knowing their name/significance!
Is there a step by step to installing a Linux variant on a Gen8 Microserver that doesn't do RAID somewhere? Not found one yet...
Links below are to two (slightly shaky, sorry!) videos of where I've got to so far. First is of a successful boot into the XUbuntu installer from a memory stick. Second is a boot showing the failure to find any boot media, then into the HPE Smart Storage administrator - and my lack of ability to find any options to select AHCI mode or similar...
Feels like one of those old text adventures where you are lost in a forest of impenetrable jargon terms, and you can't quite distinguish where you are from where you expected to be, except you can't quite achieve what you want to!! Aaargh.
Hi to all,
I have bought a Microserver Gen8 to make a small home server. I have bought also some Western Digital GOLD 4TB hard drives and I have tried to install one of those in the front slot 1.
Before installing the drive (that was checked for errors with wd utility full test to be sure that was ok), I have decided to set the controller to SATA AHCI mode, so later I can use software raid for controlling the storage array and have a raid5 option.
Something strange happens.
When I have booted the microserver for the first time with hard drive installed the hard drive was recognized (I have seen it on the boot sequence) but with a strange message "ATA security state of this disk is invalid". After restart/shutdown of the microserver the drive wasn't recognized anymore. I have tried everything, from re-insert the drive in the slot, check backplane cables, check again the drive on another pc with wd utility, nothing, no errors on it, the drive is ok but isn't recognized anymore.
If I listen the sound it emits when it is installed on the microserver, at the start I can hear the usual spin-up of the motor, then when the boot sequence arrives at "HP AHCI SATA controller....initializing" I can hear the the motor spin-down and it isn't recognized (no message). Reset the server don't restart the the hard drive motor, the only thing is a shutdown of the microserver.
Later I have tried to set again the controller in HP Smart Array RAID MODE and with F5 I have entered the smart array manager setup. Here I can see that the drive is recognized again. Changed again the controller in SATA AHCI and it isn't recognized anymore, same as before.
The diagnostic of the microserver is ok, no errors. The microserver is new HPE 2017 version. BIOS is obviously the last J06 (11/02/2015). And for be sure before using the server I have used the SPP from usb for check that all is updated.
Do you have some suggestions or maybe someone know something more about this problem? Like I have said before. when I have booted the microserver for the first time and the hard drive was recognized (the only time) what could be that strange message: "ATA security state of this disk is invalid" ? Someone who has his drive recognized can gently confirm me that he sees the same message during boot on his hard drive? from what I know is a security feature used most on laptop but for sure it was not enable on my WD GOLD. The drive was perfectly new, never used and sealed on his antistatic cover.
Many thanks to all for your precious help
So after over a year, I have finally purchased the parts I need to expand my storage. I am having issues getting it set up and working.
I have 2 gen8 MicroServers. Server 1 runs Xpenology, with 4x WD Red drives in the internal drive bays connected to the on board B120i, and 1x Crucial 960GB SSD Cache drive connected to the ODD port. The system boots from a USB stick. Server 2 runs Windows 10 and Plex from a 120GB SSD connected to the ODD port. It also has 2x 2TB drives connected to the B120i
What I have done is installed an HP 212 card in Server 1, and connected the internal drive bay of server 2 to the P212 in server 1. Server 1 recognises the P212 and can se the 2x 2TB drives.
The problem occurs once Xpenology boots. It doesn't see any additional drives, just the 4 drives connected to the B120i. When I first set up the server, I did no configuration on the B120i, so I assume this is running in ACHI mode, and no raid is enabled. I don't know if I need to set this up on the P212, but I haven't found an option for this.
I don't yet know what firmware the P212 is running, but I will be running the SPP updated tonight to see if a firmware update sorts it out, but just wondered if anyone else had any ideas
The HPE ProLiant Gen10 MicroServer compared to the Previous Gen8 and N54L/N40L/N36L MicroServers
The Gen10 and Gen8 are the same dimensions and can be easily stacked
I would first like to thank all the contrbutors to the Gen8 forums who have helped me so much in the past few weeks along with the YouTube videos I've watched over and over.
Three weeks ago I'd never even heard of a Gen8 Microserver but now I've ordered one (E3-1220Lv2) which will hopefully arrive next week. I've got all the extras (SDD disc and cables) to install an SDD into the ODD slot, I've bought my OS (Windows 10 Pro 64-bit) for my Microserver and transferred it to a USB stick and I've downloaded all the SPP, b120i drivers, iLO, HPSUM updates ready for the install. I've just got a couple of simple questions that hopefully the more experienced on here can help me with.
1. The HDD Config. I was looking at 4 x 4TB WD Red in Raid1 config to give me 8TB of space however once that is used up I'm in trouble so my other thought was to buy 2 x 8TB HDDs.
initially, install them as Raid1 so I have 8TB but be able, when required in the future, to purchase 2 more 8TB to fill the other HDD slots and give me 16TB. I've read that the storage limit in the Gen8 is 16TB but
I'm pretty sure others on this forum have exceeded that.
2. Is it possible to hang an external NAS off the Gen8 server and, if so, how. I'd like to avoid having to install extra cards etc. within the server if possible.
3. If I am going to run a Plex Server on my Gen8 and the Samsung Plex app on my Samsung smart TV do I need a special graphics card to do this (I dont think so but want to be sure).
4. How do you connect external security house cameras to the Gen8 without using a DVR ?
5. I assume, until I've got it fully up and running, I will need to connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the Gen8 until I'm able to Remote in from my PC.
I have to say I'm really excited about getting my Gen8 and turning it on for the first time but I'm also scared stiff as well !!!
Many thanks for all your help.