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Joe_Miner

To install WHS2011 on the Gen8 without RAID you can enable AHCI mode on the GEN8:

 

Then use the procedure outlined above (Msgs #59 & 60) without the need to install RAID drivers OR check out the steps below......................

 

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 – by all means try some crazy stuff -- 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

On my 4th install of WHS2011 on the Gen8 I wanted to see what the process would be to install it without RAID on the B120i and without using the P222.

 

I.          Before anything else I made sure all of my firmware was updated to the most current version before I loaded the OS (you can use iLO4 or in my case I just did it manually then checked in iLO4)

Currently:

iLO4   1.60

IP        1.40

ROMPaq       2013.11.09 (21 Feb 2014) or higher

 

II.         I then collected the Network Driver in one over-arching-folder for WHS2011, then Extract the Network driver, using 7-zip, to separate folder & copy to USB

Network Drivers

16.4.0.1 (18 Feb 2014)  HP Broadcom 1Gb Driver for Windows Server x64 Editions  cp021802.exe

III.        I went into BIOS and turned off the B120i and ENABLE AHCI mode.

 

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1.         Boot from the WHS2011 DVD to start installation.  (I prefer to only have my OS drive attached – in this case my OS drive was a Samsung 840 Pro in Slot 1 thus attached to Port 1 SATA III 6Gb/s)

2.         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.

3.         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  3.0.23.0 (10 Jun 2013)  RENESAS-USB3-Host-Driver-30230-setup.exe

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

Driver -- System Management

3.10.0.0 (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant iLO 3/4 Channel Interface Driver for Windows X64  cp022059.exe

3.9.0.0 ( 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.  We will replace that with the Matrox driver.  Install the Matrox driver.

GPU (Matrox) Drivers

Matrox G200eH Video Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 X64  6.12.1.1020 (27 Mar 2012)  cp015976.exe

 

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

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

Software – System Management:

9.50.0.0 (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant Agentless Management Service for Windows X64  cp020696.exe

7.0.0.0 (18 Feb 2014)  HP ProLiant Integrated Management Log Viewer for Windows Server x64 Editions  cp020693.exe

 

NOTE: After loading the OS, fully update it and patch it before loading other programs & data – it was only after loading the OS that I added the Data drives through Drive Management.

 

Useful to have:

 

Application – System Management

HP Smart Update Manager  6.2.0.0 (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

4.0.0.26 (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)

 

 

 

 

OS Drive Performance -- AHCI Enabled

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Data Drives Performance

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Performance in Software RAID (WHS2011)

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Okay - can confirm all up and running now.   Big thanks to overcoat for the URL.   As this link is referred to quite a bit thought I would do a quick step by step for peeps looking for something a

Rather than going out and buying a cable, 4 cable crimps, a crimping tool from the garage, and a pair of wire cutters, plus an old SATA power loom from your spares box kakes a nice neat alternative. F

I have been poring over these posts to get ready for setting up my Gen8.  Now that I have everything but the RAM, taking more time to read over again and actually download drivers and make sure I have

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I'm running into an issue where I get notified that I don't have enough RAM on the Gen 8 when I try to do this install with the Raid enabled. However when I disable the raid like in post 61, the process will start. It says I don't have the required 2048MB, even though the boot screen for the Gen 8 says I have exactly 2048. Any ideas? :(

 

Edit: I just thought of something... since I'm trying to install WHS 2011 from a USB and not a DVD rom (I didn't want to buy an external for a single use) would that be the source of my problem?

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I found a work around here: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/archive/index.php/t-27645.html

 

As soon as you are greeted with the screen asking if you want a new install or to repair a previous one push Shift + F10 to bring up cmd.

Type "notepad.exe" without quotes then click file open and browse to sources/SKU/SERVERHOMEPREMIUM.def (you may have to select all files at the bottom so you can see the .def file).

From inside here you can change your amount of ram, number of cpu cores, HDD space, and processor speed to suit your needs. Save and close notepad.

Type "wpshell.exe" without quotes and hit enter setup will restart with the new parameters. Hope this can help someone out and thanks again.

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I'm running into an issue where I get notified that I don't have enough RAM on the Gen 8 when I try to do this install with the Raid enabled. However when I disable the raid like in post 61, the process will start. It says I don't have the required 2048MB, even though the boot screen for the Gen 8 says I have exactly 2048. Any ideas? :(

 

Edit: I just thought of something... since I'm trying to install WHS 2011 from a USB and not a DVD rom (I didn't want to buy an external for a single use) would that be the source of my problem?

This is because the stock setting for the b120i is to run 64mb of cache in the form of ram.

 

You go into intelligent provisioning and turn off the cache (smart array setup on boot)

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muscleflex

Thank you for this. I shall follow this hopefully this weekend when I start work on my Gen8

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jabberwockie

Hello,

Coming back to the original thread that got me started :)

I have a gen8 and had successfully configured it to run whs 2011, booting from and SSD and with the 4 drives running in raid.

Been running fine for about a year and today I am getting a blinking amber light.  I went into the HP system management dashboard and it looks like one of the drives may be failing. 

Questions: 

1) what's the process for replacing the drive? 

2) do I need to wait for it to completely fail. 

3) Can I assume that the bay information is correct and that the drive in bay 2 (from left to right is the culprit)?  See screenshots in the attached.

Thanks in advance for your help.

J

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Okay - can confirm all up and running now.

 

Big thanks to overcoat for the URL.

 

As this link is referred to quite a bit thought I would do a quick step by step for peeps looking for something a little more comprehensive...

 

I have not gone for a Server 2012 Essentials setup like most peeps have done. Simple reason for me really was that I hated the whole formal AD structure implementation that 2012 wants you to adopt. I needed a simple home setup and 2012 was just a pain in the a$$ for me. Personal preference really...

 

Before I start I do recommend that if you are going to go for a RAID 1+0 setup like I have that you install a 5th drive using the ODD bay/sata connection. Plenty of links around the one I found most helpfull was here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5886-gen8-25-hdd-in-the-odd-bay-discussion/

 

While I am at it I am going to give a shout out to cskenney for the following link: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

 

It helped me loads. Thank you kind sir!

 

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I setup the SSD (5th drive) as a RAID 0 primary bootable in the Array config menu & the 4 x 3TB drive as RAID 1+0

 

Reason being is that if the system drive failed I would not need to rebuild the array. I could simply replace the boot drive & re-install.

 

Onto installing WHS2011:

  • Before installing; download the following drivers:
Make sure you extract all of these to separate folders. esp RAID and network.

Copy all of these to a USB/DVD...whatever works for you.

 

Boot from the WHS2011 DVD to start installation.

You will be asked for RAID drivers, point them to the appropriate folder on your USB/DVD drive/disk.

 

Once installed you will immediately be asked to install network drivers. This will redirect you to device manager, point to network driver folder, next, next.

  • Gen8 has 2 network cards, so install 2wice.
Finish set up and install GPU, USB and Support Pack.

 

To install the Support pack - extract the files to a location of your choosing; then locate and execute hpsum.exe.

 

This should install around 80 updates. :blink: I have done this, took about 40 mins and can confirm it worked like a charm.

 

Job done = WHS 2011 should be running like a dream :D

Not sure this is a long shot! But the links are dead for the drivers downloads etc. And I'm at my ends trying to work things out. I could really do with a copy of the drivers you used to do this. I mean you would save a life of a brand new gen8 from been binned lol. Hope you can help me thank you in advance.

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