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Very nice work schoondoggy, and congrats jabberwockie.



Yes - Thanks for everyone's help.  I am now transferring all my files form my WHS v1 to the Proliant g8 running WHS 2011.  Should be easy going from here I imagine.

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Folks, has anyone done an update using the  HP Service Pack for ProLiant (American, International) ISO.  I have run the HPSUM.exe and the HP Smart Manager is asking for targets that I wish to update (localhost is selected).  I assume all of the updates are fine to install?

Yes, it is good at finding firmware updates and driver updates for supported OS's. Unfortunately, WHS 2011 is not a supported OS.

I am not sure if it will update your OS drivers.

I generally update all firmware before loading the OS. Then I load the OS and fully update and patch it before I load programs and data.

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ok - now that I am up and running:  (1 SSD (5th drive) as a RAID 0 primary  & the 4 x 3TB drive as RAID 1+0)  The question is, why did I set the 4 drives up using the B120i  raid controller .  Why didn't I just install them later after I loaded WHS 2011; Individual drives and then use "drive bender" for example.  To be completely honest, I was pretty much just following the herd so to speak, but now I'm curious as to pro's and con's.



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To be honest, I'm not sure there's a huge imperative to go one way or the other. The B120i should do a good job of managing the RAID array. The one potential advantage I can think of with a software drive pooler would be that the drives would be individually readable on another system if you ever have issues with the system. However, it may come at the cost of a little performance (I don't think that's really been proven or not and, if there is a performance loss, it might not be enough to matter anyway).

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..and to your point, now that they are configured in a raid array with the B120i, how do I monitor them directly through WHS 2011.  for example - how do I know when a drive is failing or has failed.  Wouldn't that be monitored better through the software pooler on WHS?  Now I'm starting to question my decision. :(

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Actually, I believe there are tools from HP that can monitor the B120i, and even email you if problems occur. schoondoggy I'm sure can point you in the right direction for that.

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1. iLo has several features to report errors and issues.


2. g725s wrote a great post on monitoring events and reporting; http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/user/2255-g725s/?tab=topics


3. HP would recommend HP Systems Insight Manager: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/server-software/product-detail.html?oid=489496#!tab=features Unfortunately, HP SIM only works with supported OS and WHS 2011 is not one.

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I've loaded WHS2011 onto the Gen8 twice now.  The first time was on a Crucial M4 256GB SSD as my OS drive off of Port1 in a single drive RAID0 on the B120i.  Last night I loaded it on two Crucial M4's in RAID0 off of Ports 1&2 of the B120i.


Suggestion: when you enter the Key for WHS2011 turn OFF AUTOMATIC ACTIVATION -- that will give you 30 days to play with and test things out -- and if you screw something up all you have to do is re-install and use that key again -- just don't activate till you're sure it's a keeper


Here's what I did (pictures, video, etc to follow later...............)



I.          Update all my firmware before i loaded the OS (use iLO4 or for several of these I just did it manually)


iLO4    1.60 

IP         1.40

ROMPaq        2013.11.09 (21 Feb 2014)   or higher

P222/512FBWC   1.28 was the very first version      upgraded to 5.22 => Firmware - Storage Controller  * RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - Smart Array P220i, P222, P420i, P420, P421, P721m, and P822  5.22 (18 Feb 2014)  cp022285.exe  cp022285.md5


II.         Collect the following Drivers in one over-arching-folder for WHS2011


RAID (B120i) Drivers (2008 R2)

·         ** CRITICAL ** HP ProLiant Dynamic Smart Array RAID Controller Driver for Windows 2008 x64 Editions (10 Jan 2014) cp020818.exe

RAID (P222/512FBWC) Drivers 

·         Driver - Storage Controller  HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (18 Feb 2014)  cp020623.exe

Network Drivers

· (18 Feb 2014)  HP Broadcom 1Gb Driver for Windows Server x64 Editions  cp021802.exe


III.        Extract all drivers (RAID & Network), using something like 7-zip, to separate folders & copy to USB


1.    Boot from the WHS2011 DVD to start installation.


2.    You will be asked for RAID drivers, point them to the appropriate folder(s) for the B120i and P222 on your USB/DVD drive/disk.


3.    Select your OS or Primary disk and continue with WHS2011 installation


4.    Once installation is nearly completed you will see a big splash screen that your network drivers were not found and you need to install them. You will be redirected to device manager, and both network cards will have yellow triangles/exclamation marks.  Point to network driver folder for each card.  Gen8 has 2 network cards, so install twice.


5.    Continue with installation of WHS2011.


Once installation of WHS2011 is complete, go to Device Manager.  You’ll see two devices remaining with Yellow Triangles/Exclamation Marks: 1) one is the USB 3 driver and 2) under Other Devices you’ll see “Base System Device”


1.   Install USB 3.0 Driver 


·         Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2 (10 Jun 2013)  RENESAS-USB3-Host-Driver-30230-setup.exe

·         Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Drivers for Windows Server 2008 R2 (10 Sep 2013)  cp019317.exe


2.    Install Base System Device which is the System Management iLO Drivers


Driver -- System Management (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant iLO 3/4 Channel Interface Driver for Windows X64  cp022059.exe ( B ) (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant iLO 3/4 Management Controller Driver Package for Windows Server 2008/2012 X64  cp022273.exe


3.    In the Device Manager a generic driver is loaded for the video.  Install the Matrox driver.


GPU (Matrox) Drivers 

o   Matrox G200eH Video Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 X64 (27 Mar 2012)  cp015976.exe


Device Manager should now be good but there’s MORE.


There are More Drivers from 2008R2 and P222 for 2008R2 you may wish to load – the following is what I loaded:


Software – Storage Controller: (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Event Notification Service for Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions and Windows Server 2012  cp021156.exe


Software – System Management: (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant Agentless Management Service for Windows X64  cp020696.exe (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant Integrated Management Log Viewer for Windows Server x64 Editions  cp020693.exe


Software – System Management: P222 -- Read the descriptions on the DownLoad pages -- originally I referred the ACU because that's what I'm used to but I'm now really liking the SSA now that I've had more opportunities to use it

SSA: (18 Feb 2014)  HP Smart Storage Administrator (HP SSA) CLI for Windows 64-bit  cp020950.exe (18 Feb 2014)  HP Smart Storage Administrator (HP SSA) for Windows 64-bit  cp020938.exe (18 Feb 2014)  HP Smart Storage Administrator Diagnostic Utility (HP SSADU) CLI for Windows 64-bit  cp020952.exe

ACU: ( B ) (3 May 2013)  HP ProLiant Array Configuration Utility (CLI) for Windows 64-bit  cp020338.exe ( B ) (3 May 2013)  HP ProLiant Array Configuration Utility for Windows 64-bit  cp020336.exe ( B ) (3 May 2013)  HP ProLiant Array Diagnostics and SmartSSD Wear Gauge Utility (GUI and CLI) for Windows 64-bit  cp020339.exe

ACU: (26 Oct 2012)  HP ProLiant Array Configuration Utility (CLI) for Windows  cp017432.exe (26 Oct 2012)  HP ProLiant Array Configuration Utility for Windows  cp017430.exe (26 Oct 2012)  HP ProLiant Array Diagnostics and SmartSSD Wear Gauge Utility (GUI and CLI) for Windows  cp017461.exe



NOTE: After loading the OS, fully update it and patch it before loading other programs & data


Useful to have:


Application – System Management

HP Smart Update Manager (14 Jan 2014)  hpsum620.zip

6.2.0 (13 Feb 2014)  HP Smart Update Manager ISO  HPSUMCB620.2014_0130.11.iso


Firmware – Lights-Out Management

1.40 (18 Feb 2014)  Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - HP Integrated Lights-Out 4  cp020343.exe


Firmware – Network (18 Feb 2014)  HP Broadcom Online Firmware Upgrade Utility for Windows Server x64 Editions  cp021548.exe


Software – CD-ROM

1.60 (18 Feb 2014)  HP Intelligent Provisioning recovery media  HPIP160.2014_0113.271.iso


ROMPaq – Firmware Upgrade

2013.11.09 (A) (21 Feb 2014)  System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 (J06) Servers (For USB Key-Media)  SP64874.exe (3.9 MB)


2013.11.09 (21 Feb 2014)  Online ROM Flash Component for Linux - HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 (J06) Servers  CP021718.scexe (1.9 MB)



2013.11.09 (21 Feb 2014)  Online ROM Flash Component for Windows x64 - HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 (J06) Servers  cp021719.exe (2.1 MB)

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I have some Pictures of my WHS2011 installation as well as some performance numbers:


I focused on the HW side of the installation here is some useful info on installing the SW itself



and How to Install Windows Home Server 2011





And some more Videos WHS2011 on Gen8 MicroServer




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