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Good afternoon all

 

My brand new Gen 8 micro server has just been delivered and I can't wait to get working on it.

 

So I have a few questions.

 

Can I install an SSD inside this server so that I can install Windows Server 2012 R2 on to? Must this disk use one of the hard drive bays available or can this disk be stuck inside somewhere? I've located a sata port no problem but can't find any power for it? Am I missing a trick here? Is there any guides out there that I could look at?

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There is a ton of information here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/. I encourage you to read it.

 

There are issues with installing a boot drive into the Gen8 and connecting it to Port 5 (the SATA port on the motherboard), if the BIOS is set to AHCI — the Gen8 will not boot from a drive connected that way; at least not by default. One member has come up with a workaround. You may want to check it out http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5886-gen8-25-hdd-in-the-odd-bay-discussion/page-3#entry67539.

 

To get power to a drive mounted in the DVD drive bay, you will need a floppy-to-SATA adapter cord: http://www.lindy.co.uk/images/0-15m-3-5-power-female-to-sata-power-adapter-p7720-4806_image.jpg

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You can either put it into one of the drive bays (the first 2 run at SATA III which will give your SSD a better speed, but the next two only run at SATA II) with an adapter like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/General-Drive-HDD-Adapter-CADDY/dp/B00F3QFKNS/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1422548681&sr=8-9&keywords=ssd+adapter

 

Or you can put in the top of the server where the ODD should go, and plug it into the port you have found, however as say, you need power. You can either use something like this to plug into the connector near the ODD bay http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/power-connector-35-to-sata-a18gg

 

Or you can get something like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-Apple-Macbook-Pro-Unibody-2nd-HDD-SSD-SATA-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Optibay-9-5mm-UK-/201065848909?pt=UK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&hash=item2ed075604d and then this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-HP-663771-001-SATA-and-Power-Optical-Drive-Cable-Spare-p-n-683358-001-/301482540660?pt=UK_Computing_Other_Computing_Networking&hash=item4631c27e74

 

Note, that if you put the drive "up top" and use AHCI mode (i.e not raid mode), then you can only boot from it with no other disks in the drive bays (though there is a "work around" for this with a MicroSD card).

 

Most of this info is here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5886-gen8-25-hdd-in-the-odd-bay-discussion/

 

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Thanks. So your saying If I was to put an ssd in to the top where the dvd rom can go and install the os on it as well as having four disks in the drive bays then I wouldn't be able to boot the server unless I use a microsd???

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More specifically, you won't be able to boot from the SSD in the ODD bay as long as the BIOS is set to AHCI. When set to RAID, it is possible.

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Ok so is there some good documentation knocking around? If it's not best to use an ssd then I could leave it.

 

Basically how I wanted the server was to use my ssd as the c: then in the four bays use normal sata disks and use storage spaces. Is this not possible?

 

Is there a good setup guide knocking around?

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In the 6th post above this one I linked to a post that has tons of good info. You should read it and do your research based on what you find.

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