2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 24, 2019 10:08 AM by a.p.

    HP DL380 Gen9 - using it as a temp ESX host

    ramon82 Lurker

      Dear all,


      We have a HP DL380 Gen9 server which at the moment is being used as a backup server. We are going to temporarily used it as an ESX server for some time (not permanently), so we want to retain the config of the backup server.

      So we thought of doing the below:

      1. Turn off server and take out all of its drives
      2. We will store the drives somewhere safe and take note to which bay each drive pertained
      3. We will install larger disks and configure a new RAID array
      4. Once the RAID is setup on the new disks, we will install ESX and perform the required P2V operations etc
      5. Once we're finished in a few days time we will take out these disks and reinsert the old disks, expecting that all will load up without doing any other changes.


      Should the above work well? that is, should changing the drives retain the configurations etc?

      Thank you all


        • 1. Re: HP DL380 Gen9 - using it as a temp ESX host
          continuum Guru
          vExpertCommunity Warriors

          Cant you keep the disks attached and simply install ESXi to a thumb drive without any local storage ?
          Of course that will only work if you use some form of shared storage.

          It would have the major advantage that you dont need to mess with the existing Raid.

          • 2. Re: HP DL380 Gen9 - using it as a temp ESX host
            a.p. Guru
            Community WarriorsvExpertUser Moderators

            I've been working with HPE hardware since years, and from my experience, I can say that you should not have any issues with this approach (assuming that you are using a SmartArray controller, e.g. a P4xx). Once you add the original disks back into the server, the SmartArray controller should pick up the configuration from the disks.

            As mentioned this is based on my personal experience, so please don't blame me if something will not work as expected.