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).
In 2018, I did a full write-up of this server on this page: link
In this article, we are going to flash an HPE MSA 1040 via FTP. At work, I faced a problem with a couple of HPE MSA 1040 storage arrays. Three out of ten were not displaying their web interface after about 200 days of uptime. This is not really a known problem for the HPE MSA 1040 :(. So it was time figure out a way to work around it.
After some time, I noticed there is a built-in FTP flash option. About two hours later I finally got the latest firmware installed.
I have made a write-up to do it yourself. It is not really a difficult procedure but you need a couple of items ready and the correct command to get it all working.
Flashing the HPE MSA 1040
Note: I have tested this procedure on a Windows 10 client. The FTP tool for uploading the firmware is the built-in from Windows.
Download the firmware from the HPE website.
Store the firmware files in the following folder (C:\Temp).
Extract the bin file from the downloaded bundle.
Make sure no workloads are running on the HPE MSA.
Start an SSH session with an available controller (no preferred choice between controller A & B)
Enable the FTP service on the controller with the command: “set protocols ftp enabled”.
Open a CMD shell (with administrator rights) on your workstation or management server.
Run the following commands:
# Navigate to C:\Temp
# Start FTP session
# Navigate to directory
# Upload firmware and start flash
put TS252P001.bin flash
# Close FTP session
# Go back to the SSH Session and disable the FTP service on the MSA
set protocols ftp disabled
2018-03-26 – Added feature image to page.
2018-11-17 – Updated article to support the new standards of the website.
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