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Unboxing/Installing my P222/512 FBWC in my Gen8

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Joe_Miner

I thought it would be simple but as I found in HP P222 Start-UP the original Firmware 1.28 that came on the P222 was dismal and caused my S2012 installed on my Gen8 to hang constantly -- S2012 would never load so I could never get to "Device Manager" to load the P222 drivers nor could I load the current 4.68 firmware for the P222.  

 

I got past it by reloading S2012 with the P222 installed in IP -- S2012 would still hang about 6 out of 7 tries -- on the 2nd time that it went to a Start Screen I loaded the current 4.68 firmware and everything has been running smoothly since.

 

My box with the P222/512 FBWC has arrived and is sitting in front of my Gen8

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My P222/512 FBWC unpacked

 

 

It only came with a full height mounting bracket

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I searched my parts drawer and found a half-height bracket with board mount holes that lined up with those on the P222 -- I just needed a hole for the external mini-SAS connector.

I've drawn on the part the outline of the opening I will need for the external mini-SAS connector.

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Here is my half-height bracket mounted in a Vise just before I start working on it with my Dremal

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My competed modified half-height P222 bracket -- the extra sized opening is to allow for greater air flow  :)

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The modified half-height P222 bracket fits well onto the P222

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A close up of the fit of the modified half-height bracket for the P222

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The Gen8 System Board pulled partly out of the Gen8 MicroServer.

Note the HP Mini-SAS cable from the 4 drive cage in the MicroServer that will be plugged into the P222/512 FBWC

2 VelociRators that are mounted on a Schoondoggy Drive Mount are also visible

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The P222/512 FBWC in the expansion Slot on the System Board

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A view of the P222/512 FBWC installed in the Gen8 MicroServer

The HP Mini-SAS connector is plugged into the P222

The System Board Mini-SAS connection is visible -- this is where I'll plug in my Star Tech SAS8087S450 19" Serial Attached SCSI SAS CAble - SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA where Ports 1 & 2 will go to the SSDs in the ODD and Ports 3 & 4 will go to the VRs on the SDM

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Joe_Miner

Two Corsair 60GB SSDs in the ODD space that will be in a RAID0 off of the B120i (Ports 1 & 2) -- for power I came off of the Floppy Power Connector in the ODD using a Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable and to get two SATA Power Connectors I attached a StarTech Model PYO2SATA 6" SATA Power Y Splitter Cable

Note: Two VelociRaptors on Schoondoggy Drive mount that will initially be in a RAID1 off of the B120i (Ports 3 & 4)

 

2nd NOTE: The Forward cable that I used to attach the 2 SSDs in the ODD and the 2 VRs on the SDM is a StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19" (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable - SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA   to the B120i on the System Board.  Any Forward cable that will work on a RR2720SGL will work here.

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A closer view of the two Corsair 60GB SSDs in the ODD Space

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The back of my Gen8 MicroServer with the P222 visible in the expansion slot

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The Gen8 MicroServer loading Windows Server 2012 with Intelligent Provisioning

As-Built:

Machine
HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
OS: Windows Server 2012
OS Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives Corsair Force 3 60GB SSD
Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID1 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 
Pre-Production: Schoondoggy Drive Mount
Test Data Drive:: HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller – Logical RAID10 Drive made with two (4) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 
iLO4 Advanced
Samsung slim external USB DVD RW drive

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4 VR's in RAID0 on P222 -- Write Cache was not Enabled

One of the 1st tests I did with the P222/512 FBWC was to load the Gen8 Drive cage with four (4) VelociRaptors WD1500HLHX (these are 5th Gen VR's with individual sustained transfer rate of ~140-150) which is similar to some testing I did with SW RAID0 with 4VRs http://homeserversho...sts-wd1500hlhx/

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4 VR's in RAID0 on P222 -- Write Cache WAS Enabled

Next One of the 1st tests I did with the P222/512 FBWC was to load the Gen8 Drive cage with four (4) VelociRaptors WD1500HLHX (these are 5th Gen VR's with individual sustained transfer rate of ~140-150) which is similar to some testing I did with SW RAID0 with 4VRs http://homeserversho...sts-wd1500hlhx/

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4 VR's in RAID5 on P222 -- Write Cache WAS Enabled

Next One of the 1st tests I did with the P222/512 FBWC was to load the Gen8 Drive cage with four (4) VelociRaptors WD1500HLHX (these are 5th Gen VR's with individual sustained transfer rate of ~140-150)

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4 VR's in RAID10 on P222 -- Write Cache WAS Enabled

Next One of the 1st tests I did with the P222/512 FBWC was to load the Gen8 Drive cage with four (4) VelociRaptors WD1500HLHX (these are 5th Gen VR's with individual sustained transfer rate of ~140-150)

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tangcla

Did you notice any fan noise difference between no P222 and with P222?

 

I noticed that my fan is at 24-29% - not really having the time to pull the server out and diagnose, but am curious to know whether that's causing my grief, or my SSD (which does report temperature in iLO)

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LoneWolf

1.28?

 

I wonder how long that SmartArray controller sat in the vendor warehouse, that is a pretty old firmware.  My P222 didn't come with the newest firmware, but it was quite a bit newer than that.

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Did you notice any fan noise difference between no P222 and with P222?

 

I noticed that my fan is at 24-29% - not really having the time to pull the server out and diagnose, but am curious to know whether that's causing my grief, or my SSD (which does report temperature in iLO)

 

No difference but I've been setting my thermal profile to Increased Cooling in BIOS.  Fans usually sit at 36-37%

 

The controllers do recognize the Corsair SSD's and warned me that one was failing and in danger of "Imminent failure" so that was cool and gave me an excuse to see how easy it was to load WHS2011 onto a Crucial M4 256GB SSD.  So, I created a single disk RAID0 for the Crucial and loaded WHS2011 -- pretty straightforward and the controllers see the Crucial too so that is cool.

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Joe_Miner

1.28?

 

I wonder how long that SmartArray controller sat in the vendor warehouse, that is a pretty old firmware.  My P222 didn't come with the newest firmware, but it was quite a bit newer than that.

 

Yeh, 1.28 is really really bad -- unless you can upgrade your firmware from that version your P222 is expensive junk.

 

1.28 was the very first version of the firmware -- I think Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard worked on it's code :).

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psikey

Using the B120i I would get 6% idling. When I use my P222 it goes to ~11% idling.

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Firebaall

I'm running into the exact same issues installing the P222 in my G8.

 

I'll give loading S2012 in IP w/ the P222 installed a try.  Heck, I even had the same original P222 firmware you did too!  Thanks for the write up.  Fingers crossed on my reinstall.

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Joe_Miner

I'm running into the exact same issues installing the P222 in my G8.

 

I'll give loading S2012 in IP w/ the P222 installed a try.  Heck, I even had the same original P222 firmware you did too!  Thanks for the write up.  Fingers crossed on my reinstall.

 

Good luck.  Loading S2008R2 in IP w/the p222 installed might be another thing to try......................

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Firebaall

No luck with the S2012, I tried loading a copy of S2008 from my old service pak, no go using IP.  Now I'm trying S2008 r2 that I just downloaded.  I'll pop by with my findings, since it might save somebody some headaches in the future!

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