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    HP P420i/P440i HBA Mode = on ( If you want to use embedded controller on DL series without the smart RAID and just as passthrough/HBA/ ITMode/JBOD controller

    Shafay2000 Novice

      After weeks of trial and error, finally figured out how to bypass the "SMART RAID" feature on HP Embedded controller and use it for vSAN. Here is the procedure worth my time to share with you:


      To enable hba mode on HP P420i RAID controller on ESXi 5.5 here is the procedure that worked for me … just now.. HPSSACLI for ESXi 5.5, vibs are available for individual download and its also built in the HP customized ESXi 5.5U1 iso .

      syntax http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03934591.pdf




      Make sure disks are wipe clean and no RAID exists

      Make sure FW is latest v5.42

      Make sure ESXi device driver is installed v5.5.0-44vmw.550.0.0.1331820  http://www.vibsdepot/hpq/feb2014-550/esxi-550-devicedrivers/hpsa-5.5.0-1487947.zip


      Put host in MM, from ilo of ESXi in support mode (Alt+F1) execute the following



      To View controller config using HPSSACLI with ESXCLI

      ~ # esxcli hpssacli cmd -q "controller slot=0 show config detail”

      To enable HBA mode on P420i using HPSSACLI

      ~ # esxcli hpssacli cmd -q “controller slot=0 modify hbamode=on forced"


      Reboot the host & perform a scan and walah … disks will show up in vSphere web client for vSAN

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