Good Evening Unraiders,
I am an owner of an HP ProLiant DL380 Gen 7
2 x Intel Xeon CPU X5660 6 Core
32 GB ECC Ram
P410i Smart Array RAID controller
1x 4 TB Mechanical Parity HDD
6 x 1 TB SSD (Various Makes and Models) - Yes I know it is not currently supported by Unraid. As of yet, I have had minimal problems with my setup
4x Onboard 1 GB NIC
1x Integrated ILO NIC (Doesn’t matter for this documentation)
P410i has been disabled and upgraded to P420 Smart Array RAID controller
Added a 4-port intel Gigabit NIC controller card because why not, I was in there, and I had it laying around. Can use it for VM's or something.
Out of the box, The HP Smart Array controllers offer no IT or HBA mode through their firmware. (At least in the 7th Gen)
In order to see any attached disks. RAID 0 virtual disks need created out of each disk and those are mapped in turn to Unraid to create your array.
Each time a new drive was added, or if ever needed, replaced, the system would need rebooted so that a new drive can be placed and built in the RAID controller as a RAID 0 virtual disk.
I have seen documentation indicating that users were having trouble getting their devices in HBA mode So I thought I would share my experience in hopes it might help someone.
My System is a seasoned Unraid setup and had a buildup of Data. I am writing this with that perspective. If you are building new, simply do not create any virtual disks and skip the backup portion of this documentation.
***I assume no responsibility for the steps outlined in this documentation. It worked for me and took a bit of research. Please be sure you do the same and are confident you have a solid understanding before proceeding if you have data you are concerned with losing. I assume no responsibility for damaged hardware or lost data if you choose to follow these steps.***
1. Download HP Service Pack for ProLiant. I used Production Version G7.0 for my setup. This worked just fine. (Google the MD5 for your Service Pack for ProLiant if you do not have a contract or warranty with HP. Mine was: 064177d26c939f8dc60c6aefa0799bcf I was able to find a download. You can also search the SHA256.)
2. Download HP USB Key Utility
3. For the P420 Smart Array, be sure your firmware is 6.6.8 or above. Mine was 8.5 and worked just fine. I have not tried this for the P410i.
4. Using an expendable thumb drive, Run the HP USB Key Utility and select the downloaded ISO for the HP Service Pack for ProLiant
1. Screenshots of shares and dockers for posterity sake
2. Backup all data from shares to a drive on my PC
3. Install "CA Appdata Backup/Restore v2" plugin on my Unraid server
4. Run a backup of the AppData folder and copy the share created from this backup onto drive on my PC
5. Confirm all data has been backed up. There is no turning back from this step if you have a preconfigured Unraid server.
6. In the Unraid server under Tools>New Config Select all disks and clear configuration **THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA**
7. Reboot the Unraid server and pull your USB drive out so not to boot to the OS again.
8. Insert the created HP Service Pack for ProLiant thumb drive
9. Hit F8 on bootup to enter the HP Smart Array Firmware for your controller. Please note the Slot Number for your Controller it will be needed.
10. Delete all Virtual Disks from the firmware. Exit RAID controller BIOS and continue bootup to HP Service Pack for ProLiant.
11. Select "Interactive Firmware Update Version XXX"
12. Accept the EULA and click "Next"
13. On your Keyboard press Ctrl - Alt - D - B - X (This will bring up a Linux Bash shell)
14. Type command: hpssacli controller slot=2 modify hbamode=on forced (Replace Slot number with the slot number noted in step 9)
15. Reboot and replace your Unraid USB removing your HP Service Pack for ProLiant USB
16. If you received no error entering the command, you configure no virtual drives, and Unraid sees disks listed with Manufacturer information, You know these steps worked. Configure your array in Unraid.
17. Replicate all shares.
18. Copy back data to the original file locations
19. Restore AppData folder.
Currently as I write this documentation, I am in the data restoration phase. My disks were detected without issue, My Parity is rebuilding, and I am restoring all data. I am confident I should be able to get away with restoring all settings. I will update any successes or failures once the data is all restored.
That's it! I hope this helps someone moving forward. Happy Raiding!
How to turn HP Smart array raid controller to HBA Mode
Configure the controller for HBA mode (Pass-through)
"delete any existing configured array in the Smart RAID controller setup
obviously, you should rescue the data before, if you need it
enter the setup via F8 during bootup as soon as you see the greeting message of the P420i controller
upgrade the RAID controller firmware (3.x is not sufficient; 6.6.8 works; see the end of this page)
Acquire the ssacli package for configuring the RAID controller manually:
Option A: use the HP Service Pack
download the HP Service Pack for your server
astonishingly this requires a running support contract with HP
alternatively search for the MD5 checksum given in the download descriptions of HP
e.g. teimouri.net blogs about and shares the Service Packs from HP regularly
mount the ISO and copy the appropriate file for your system: hp/swpackages/ssacli-*.rpm (either i386 or x86_64)
Option B: download the packages from the HP repositories
see the Debian Wiki or the direct link from HP
boot the server with a minimal or a real system
install the ssacli package from one of the sources above:
using the Service Pack ISO package: rpm -i --nodeps ssacli-*.rpm
otherwise: use your regular package manager
enable the HBA mode (pass-through) for the controller:
For Smart-array controller starting with P, e.g. P420i: ssacli controller slot=0 modify hbamode=on
For HBAs starting with H, e.g. H240: ssacli controller slot=0 modify raidmode=off
verify the result (if required): ssacli controller slot=0 show
you may safely remove the ssacli package again
The above configuration change is permanent, until you reconfigure the controller again (e.g. with hbamode=off)."
Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP Gent 8.1)
USB Key Utility for Windows:
Backup and Restore Dockers: