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NewEgg Refurbished HP Proliant rackmount servers.

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KAWood

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I see a ton of refurbised HP Proliant rackmount products @ around $300 or less. Can these be used for a FreeNas server?
 

Samuel Tai

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Yes, but you have to be careful you get one with an LSI-based storage adapter that can be flashed to IT mode.
 

KAWood

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So, how do I figure that out?
And, I like your saying "Never..." Lot of that going around.
 

Samuel Tai

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Looks like most of the refurb NewEgg servers are using the P410 SmartArray adapter. There's a Linux hpsahba utility to convert these from RAID to HBA mode, so you may need to boot into a Linux live environment to run the utility. On the FreeNAS side, the P410 is supported by the ciss driver, which is built-into the kernel. After running the hpsahba and rebooting into a FreeNAS boot volume, see if the individual drives show up.
 

jgreco

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Looks like most of the refurb NewEgg servers are using the P410 SmartArray adapter. There's a Linux hpsahba utility to convert these from RAID to HBA mode, so you may need to boot into a Linux live environment to run the utility. On the FreeNAS side, the P410 is supported by the ciss driver, which is built-into the kernel. After running the hpsahba and rebooting into a FreeNAS boot volume, see if the individual drives show up.
Oh HELL NO, do NOT try to use a CISS based card, please read some of my introductory storage controller posts, especially https://www.ixsystems.com/community...s-and-why-cant-i-use-a-raid-controller.81931/ and https://www.ixsystems.com/community...-sas-sy-a-primer-on-basic-sas-and-sata.26145/ -- the CISS cards are flaky under FreeBSD in normal use, and should be considered unsafe for ZFS.
 

NickF

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Oh HELL NO, do NOT try to use a CISS based card, please read some of my introductory storage controller posts, especially https://www.ixsystems.com/community...s-and-why-cant-i-use-a-raid-controller.81931/ and https://www.ixsystems.com/community...-sas-sy-a-primer-on-basic-sas-and-sata.26145/ -- the CISS cards are flaky under FreeBSD in normal use, and should be considered unsafe for ZFS.
I can confirm. I've tried. Bad idea. Notihng wrong with the Proliant's, but buy a separate HBA :)
 
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