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Just purchase a GEN 10+ and was hoping to use my existing HP P410 controller but experienced the reboot options detailed in the GEN 10 forum, but there doesn’t appear to be any confirmation as to which cards work in the GEN 10+?

 

Ideally the P410 is the perfect form factor with connectors at the rear of the card but reading other post LSI controllers may get too hot. The other key point is cost, and compatibility, budget is max £80 and in an ideal world would like ESXi 7 support. I may have found a card that meets my requirements the HP 420 is £35 and according to the VMWare compatibility site is supported by ESXi 7, also appeared to work in the GEN 10 microserver.

 

Does anyone have any experience, should the P420 work, if not what other cards could I consider, even if only ESXi 6.7 support, and any considerations regarding temperature?

 

Whilst waiting for the P420, I’m going to check the P410 firmware versions and see if any GEN 10+ bios settings resolve the reboot issues.

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You need a RAID card that supports a UEFI BIOS. HPE recommends HPE Smart Array E208i-p SR Gen10 Controller. The P408 would be a higher performing choice. Although these are newer cards, I have seen a few on eBay from time to time:  

https://buy.hpe.com/us/en/options/controller-controller-options/smart-array-controllers-smart-host-bus-adapters/c/7109730

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If it helps anyone else I've received the HP P420 card, cost £30, with 1GB cache & battery and its working which is good news. These are the key points to consider:

 

  • Currently configured the GEN 10+ in legacy mode, will try UEFI at a later date.
  • HP P420 is recognised and initialises, but function keys to configure the RAID do not appear or work.
  • RAID Configuration is via the F10 Provisioning menu and the RAID configuration, the P420 is then recognised.
  • VMware ESXi 7.0 recognises the card without issue, depending on versions of the card firmware updates maybe required.

So all in all a great solution, cheap RAID card that's supported by ESXi v7.0, and temperatures appears to be OK, iLO showing green status for all sensors. 

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Hey guys

 

What's up with this RAID controller after about a month ?

 

I'm looking to buy a Gen10+ but the E208I-P controller cost about 200€...

 

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function keys to configure the RAID do not appear or work.

 what doest it mean as you also said

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RAID Configuration is via the F10 Provisioning menu

 

Have you tried a rebuild ?

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I ended with E208i-p because you dont need to do anything else with case or coolling. Problem is a bit with performance because there is no cache. I have discussed E408i-p with support and problem is with battery pack which is not sold with controller but since Gen9/10 it is on board but not on Gen10+ board. So currently looking if there is any solution to conect old battery pack to E408i-p but again this card is not officialy supported but HPE (but I guess it is just E208i-p with FBWC)

 

Technically as you can see in other threads you can use LSI controller but I guess you will have to solve overheating (same problem will be probably with P222 controllers and similar) P222 is officialy suported in VMware 6+ but only E208i-p is officialy supported by HPE in Gen10+... everything else is no you cant no there is supported only this controller and similar crap

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I'm looking for good but not too expensive G10+ compatible HBA SAS controller, something like 4i and as-much-as-possible external connectors or 16e if the first option is not possible. Any recommendation?

 

I need to build a setup to move my 2x SSD ATA and 4xSAS 3,5" from my current G8 and add 2x SAS 3,5" + 6x SATA 3,5" if possible :)

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On 2/24/2022 at 8:47 AM, Qba said:

I'm looking for good but not too expensive G10+ compatible HBA SAS controller, something like 4i and as-much-as-possible external connectors or 16e if the first option is not possible. Any recommendation?

 

I need to build a setup to move my 2x SSD ATA and 4xSAS 3,5" from my current G8 and add 2x SAS 3,5" + 6x SATA 3,5" if possible :)

As the MS Gen10+ is a low-profile slot, HBA that would fit would be 8i or 8e or 4i/4e.

The HP LSI 9217-4i4e is the card I would try. It would give you four internal and four external. If you have defined the external storage enclosure you will be using you could consider an 8e card and run eight drives external, put your two SSD in the front bays of the MS Gen10+ with two other SATA drives. If you plan to use more than eight drives external you could look at enclosures with SAS expanders.

 

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On 2/25/2022 at 4:55 PM, schoondoggy said:

As the MS Gen10+ is a low-profile slot, HBA that would fit would be 8i or 8e or 4i/4e.

The HP LSI 9217-4i4e is the card I would try. It would give you four internal and four external. If you have defined the external storage enclosure you will be using you could consider an 8e card and run eight drives external, put your two SSD in the front bays of the MS Gen10+ with two other SATA drives. If you plan to use more than eight drives external you could look at enclosures with SAS expanders.

 

 

I thought G10+ requires UEFI-compatible controller but afaik 9212 is not, or am I wrong?

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I am not finding clear guidance on which HBA/firmware are compatible with UEFI and which are not. I have not tried the 9217 on a UEFI system. If I was going to experiment, that is where I would start.

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Hi, could someone please advise the options for "SAS" drives for HP Proliant microserver Gen 10 (not 10+).

Basically i have quite a few of SAS drives, and i have no idea how to leverage them on this server..

Any guidance much appreciated.

Ideally i would like:

1. 6.7 U3 (Esxi) - which i have installed - seems to see the 1TB drive in there.

2. Leverage the 4 x SAS drives, in nothing fancy RAID configuration, just went the disks "presentable" for ESXI / VM's.


IF ESXI is an issue, I can then change path i.e. windows server 2016 i think is supported for this server..

 

Thank you!

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