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Lab Environment – New HP ProLiant DL360e G8

Today a blog about my Home Lab. At the end of 2017 it was time to replace the old Dell PowerEdge R710 servers with something new. Currently I was running two R710 servers for my lab environment.
These servers are ‘powered-on for a couple of hours a week to test new products and learn for certifications. My other environment described on this page is running 24/7 is providing a full set of infrastructure services.

Because of the price and I’m very familiar with the DL360 G8 it was a no brainer. Over the last couple of years all my virtualization projects were based for 75% on the DL360 Gen8… so we have a lot of history together ;).

Technical specifications – HP DL360e Gen8:

– Chassis: Small Form Factor (8-bays)
– CPU1: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2430 v2
– CPU2: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2430 v2
– Memory: 128 GB (8x 16GB DDR3 1600 mhz)
– Disks HDD: 2x Seagate Constellation SAS 1TB
– Disks SSD: 4x Samsung EVO 850 250 GB
– Storage controller: HP SmartArray P420 with 1 GB FBWC
– NIC: 4 port 1 Gbit
– Rack mounting kit, cable arm and security front bezel

The spinning drives provide “safe” storage, because they are configured as a mirrored volume. The SSD drives are configured as JBOD drives for performance without data protection (if I want protection I just create a virtual machine back-up to one of my storage arrays).

HPE ProLiant DL360e G8 - SFF
HPE ProLiant DL360e G8 – SFF
HPE ProLiant DL360e G8 - SFF with Bezel
HPE ProLiant DL360e G8 – SFF with Bezel

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Flashing a HPE MSA 1040 via FTP

Today I faced a problem with a HPE MSA storage array. The storage array was not displaying its web interface and a firmware upgrade was required. After sometime, I noticed there is a build-in FTP flash. About two hours later I finally got the latest firmware installed.

How to perform a flash with FTP:

  1. Download the desired firmware from the HPE website.
  2. Extract the bin file.
  3. Copy the bin file to a directory “c:\temp”.
  4. Start a SSH session with an available controller (no preferred choice between controller A & B)
  5. Enable the FTP service on the controller with the command: “set protocols ftp enabled”.
  6. Open a CMD shell (with administrator rights) on your workstation or management server.
  7. Run the following commands:
  8. # Navigate to C:\Temp
    # Start FTP session
    ftp %IP-Address%
    # Login
    Username: ftp
    Password: !ftp
    # Navigate to directory
    cd /
    # Upload firmware and start flash
    put TS252P001.bin flash
    # Close FTP session
    ftp close
    # Go back to the SSH Session and disable the FTP service on the MSA
    set protocols ftp disabled

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