HP BL460c (Gen 10) Blade No RAID?

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Problem

While spinning up some new BL460c (Gen 10) blades for a client, I noticed there was no RAID option? They were going to be VMware ESX hosts, and had two SSD drives so I just accepted the default and my ESX server saw a LUN for each drive and I created two DataStores on each host.

The client wanted them changing to RAID1 (fair enough) so I revisited the drive setup.

Solution

WARNING: Before you proceed enabling Smart Array S100i SR is NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED in VMware, (you wont even see a storage controller if you carry out the following procedure.) You will need a HPE Smart Array P204i-b SR instead!

Boot the server and Press (F9) > BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) Storage Options > SATA Controller Option > Change the settings to “Smart Array SW RAID Support”.

BL460c No RAID

These are new blank drives right? If so, accept the warning.

BL460c RAID Warning

Now you can boot into Intelligent Provisioning (F10) > Launch Smart Storage Administrator > And now you can configure RAID.

BL460c no RAID Option Intellegent Provisioning

Note: If you have a P204i-b SR RAID card, then it will look like this, (and will work fine with VMware.)

BL460 P204i-b SR

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Author: PeteLong

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