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P410 on N40L installation


talldave
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Sorry for the noob post, but I've been running in circles and don't know what I'm missing.

 

I'm new to server building, more so with respect to hardware.    I have an HP Proliant MicroServer N40L with default BIOS.   I recently purchased the RAC and P410 RAID Controller.

 

Are there settings in the BIOS I need to change to get the P410 to work? 

Do I need the modified BIOS (which)?

 

I boot the computer, everything comes up fine.  Then it notices the P410 Smart Array and flashes "Initializing..." fooorrreeevvver.    Some text quickly scrambles by, then it goes to the F10 BIOS/F12 PXE option.

 

While the server is flashing Initializing, I hit F8 and F9 (i've read both) multiple times.   I am really unclear on how to configure the RAID.   I bought the card from serversupply and did not receive any docs or CDs.  I read the doc online and it talks about using ACU so I looked into downloading this software.

 

I downloaded SmartStart 8.70B x64, burned to CD, booted; then get told that I have an unsupported model - install not available.

 

I feel there is a very simple answer to get me past this point, but I just can't find it.   I was under the impression that I did not need external software to configure the P410.  But, if I do, where is it?

 

 

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What OS is running?  I don't have a 410 card, but you should be configuring the array from a web interface after the OS is loaded.  Or at least, that the way I would do it.

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No OS is installed.  I've got ESXi on a usb stick, but no VMs have been configured.   What would the url be to configure via browser?

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Is the card ESXi compatible?  If not, then you are fighting a losing proposition.  If it is, it could take quite some time for the array to configure which would be under the BIOS.  ESXi would see the array as a data store.

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page 10 of the Configuring Arrays Ref Guide tells me that ORCA should launch automatically.

 
"ORCA is a ROM-resident array configuration utility that executes automatically during initialization of an HP 
Smart Array controller. This utility is designed to enable a logical drive to be configured on a new HP server 
before the operating system is installed"
 
It also tells me to read the ROM-Based Setup Utility user guide (RBSU).
 
"To open the RBSU, reboot the server and press F9 when prompted during the startup sequence."
 
I am never prompted to hit F9, and hitting F9 does nothing.    I have 4 drives installed of 2 capacities (2x250,2x640).   I will try removing 2 or 3 drives and see what happens.
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Using ACU Offline failed.  Controller could not be found, even after rescan.

 

Powered down, took controller out, put it back in, tried again.  Fail again.

 

Tried ACPI=OFF mode, still failed.

 

Looks like I may have a faulty unit.   ugh

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