This article will show you how to build the RAID configuration on HPE Proliant server using HPE Smart Storage Administrator. Other servers might have a slightly different process.
You know it’s necessary to do that when the server cannot boot anymore and this message is displayed:
>> Start PXE over IPv4.
Station IP address is xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
PXE-E16: No offer received.
>> Start PXE over IPv6.
Make sure you have a :
Plug the monitor into the server’s VGA connector (the blue connector). It is located at its back.
Plug the mouse and keyboard in any free USB port the server has.
1. Reboot or power on the server
Reboot or power on the server from the server’s front panel.
2. Launch Intelligent Provisioning
One of the fastest ways to get to HPE SSA (Smart Storage Administrator) leads through HPE Intelligent Provisioning menu. During system POST phase press F10 to launch Intelligent Provisioninng.
3. Access HPE Smart Storage Administrator
In the HPE Intelligent Provisioning menu select HPE Smart Storage Administrator – you have only 15 seconds, so try to be quick, otherwise you will be redirected to the default option:
The below picture presents HPE Smart Storage Administrator GUI main screen:
The example here uses a P440 controller, other servers may be equipped with different controllers, i.e. B140, however since they are all managed by HPE SSA, the procedure of array configuration should be the same for each controller.
4. Create RAID 1 storage array in HPE SSA
On HPE SSA main screen click on array controller:
In the Smart Array Actions menu choose Configure option:
Click on Create Array button:
This example uses two hard drives but it’s still the same process with a single one.
In RAID level section ensure that RAID 1 (or RAID 0 if it is the only available option) has been chosen, you can leave the remaining parameters in their default values:
Click on Create Logical Drive button to create RAID 1 array.
Check summary screen to verify newly created array and click on Finish button:
The new array should now appear in the left pane of the main HPE SSA window:
5. Exit HPE Smart Storage Administrator
Click on the X button to exit the application, you will be redirected to Intelligent Provisioning screen. On Intelligent Provisioning screen click on the Power Button in the upper right corner to reboot the server. If you do not see this button, you can reboot the server by powering it down and back up using the button on the server's front panel.