hp DL320e Gen8 - with 1 SATA drive

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Is it possible to run hp DL320e Gen8 - with 1 SATA drive?


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gsmith888Asked:
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Eddie-LopezConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi there,

I don't see why not, just set it up as a single disc array. but keep in mind you will not have any fault tolerance and your I/O performance will probably be lower.
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DavidConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
Absolutely.  In fact, you can later turn that into a RAID1 in-place when you get a 2nd drive.
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gsmith888Author Commented:
do I turn on the B120 smart controller? How do I provision with just 1 drive?
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gsmith888Author Commented:
I'm installing pfsense and the software doesn't see the drive.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
because it won't drill through the RAID controller.  You need to use the HP CD to install the HDD and set up the O/S & drivers.   If you don't have it go to suppport.hp.com and enter your model of computer and download the CD image.

This is not a pass-through JBOD controller.  Even though you have just one disk it is still a raid controller that has to be configured.
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gsmith888Author Commented:
dlethe,

I have the CD. Do I boot using the HP CD first then follow on screen instructions?
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DavidPresidentCommented:
yes
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Eddie-LopezCommented:
You can do it with the CD (Array Configuration Utility I think is the name of the application). Or you can do it by selecting the array configuration option while booting. Basically you just make an "array" with your single disc.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
you should still go online to check if your CD is current.  might as well update firmware/drivers once instead of twice.
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Eddie-LopezCommented:
While at hp website, also look for the SPP (Service Pack for Proliant). It will update all your firmwares and drivers to the latest version. If this is a Gen8 it already comes with the CDs preloaded (you need to press F9 during boot or something similar, sorry not really sure which key is it...).

But even for a Gen8 it is good to check hp website for the latest versions.

***Edit: Just checked it, you should click F10: Intelligent Provisioning during boot. Follow the setup screens and select "customize" for your Disc Array configuration. It will take you to ACU (Array Configuration Utility), create your array there. Or simply wait until it says "F5: Array Configuration Utility" during boot and it will take you right to ACU.
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tudo75Commented:
I'm also triyng to install pfsense but it reboot during the load of the files from cd.
It happen with pfsense 2.0.3, but also with the 3 rc0 that i tried because the lan controller is not officially supportet from the pfsense 2 kernel

thanks to everyone for any help
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gsmith888Author Commented:
Tudo75,

To over come this challenge, install vmware esxi from HP. I need to warn you that it is not recommended to install a border firewall inside a virtualize system.
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tudo75Commented:
I'll try, thank you
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