Sunday, January 10, 2016

Installing Centos 7 on HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8 using B120i RAID controller

After several trials and errors trying to install Centos with this server, I realize the proper way to do it   is by using the following software combination (January 2016)





which can be downloaded here


I have done this via ILO and using a dual USB sticks.
I used  a 16 GB USB stick for the OS which I  created within a Mac computer.

MAc is specific on how to prepare the media so the following is needed and I checked the following guide

To install the driver I used another USB stick, 4GB was the smallest available and I used the following file


which is available here

As weird as it sounds, the file is not Gzipped and can must be as it is (use "file" command to check)

The image is copied to the USB stick with the following command

sudo dd if=hpvsa-1.2.14-113.rhel7u2.x86_64.dd.gz of=/dev/diskX

where diskX is the device number used by your usbstick.

Windows and Linux users must do something different and I have no proper clue on how to properly copy the files. Linux must be similar. Windows, is up tu you.


Use your HP Smart Storage Administrator  utilities during boot to enable  the HP RAID and create a volume acordingly.

F9 for enabling RAID in BIOS

F10 for the  inteligent provisioning

In my case, i created a RAID 1 set using 1GB WD RE datacenter drives for my main server.



Insert bot USB sticks before booting menu appears and proceed as indicated


In order to load the driver you have to disable the AHCI driver during isntallation boot and this is acomplished as follows:

During the Welcome page press ESC and type

"linux modprobe.blacklist=ahci inst.dd"

Previous versions of Centos used the following which doesnt work

"linux blacklist=ahci dd"

During boot it asks for the drivers lo load and prompts the disk to load,

As long as no errors appear, during media selection, an HP RAID Volume should appear.

Good Luck!


Unknown said...

Only a tiny amendment

gunzip hpvsa-1.2.14-113.rhel7u2.x86_64.dd.gz
sudo dd if=hpvsa-1.2.14-113.rhel7u2.x86_64.dd of=/dev/diskX

instead of
sudo dd if=hpvsa-1.2.14-113.rhel7u2.x86_64.dd.gz of=/dev/diskX

Anyway very nice guide.

Unknown said...

Depends how you download Safari will automatically gunzip, so if you have the .dd (downloaded with Safari) then it is a straight DD, however if you have used another browser, then you will need to gunzip it first.

ziDot said...

For Centos 7-1611 driver must be:

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Unknown said...

Could you explain howto recompile Centos kernel with support b120i hpvsa driver? Is it possible? I want migrate to 4.9.x kernel versions.

biotraxx said...

I have Proliant micro server gen8 with 2015 BIOS version. After couple of days I found out that this configuration only works with Centos 7.0 and hpvsa-1.2.16-102.rhel7u0.x86_64.dd.gz. It works only if you install the OS by DVD-drive. The USB stick with the hpvsa driver must have fat32 file system. Just unpack the file on your Linux to hpvsa-1.2.16-102.rhel7u0.x86_64.dd and rename it to hpvsa-1.2.16-102.rhel7u0.x86_64.dd.iso, copy this file on the USB-stick. Only this works in my microserver gen8 and Centos 7.0. Centos 7.2 and 7.3 doesn't work in various scenarios. You will wast your time, because it seems that there are differences between microserver releases and configurations (CPU etc.). AT LEAST: After I had a working 7.0 installation with integrated b120i I run "yum update", and the the OS faults after this. For professional usage I recommend to run Centos 7 with software raid only. This is just my personal experience.

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Enri said...

Very good , I use this information in my install was sucessed
very thanks

Linuxadmin said...

I dont find SSP for Centos 8.1 how could I do this? Can you tell me please how to install Centos8.1 on HP proliant DL385g5 server

ziDot said...

There is probably no point in installing such a modern system on your server. I would install an older system and I am sure that it will work very well.

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