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HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i
RAID Controller
User Guide
This document is for the person who installs, administers, and troubleshoots servers and storage systems. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
assumes you are qualified in the servicing of computer equipment and trained in recognizing hazards in products with hazardous energy
Part Number:788039-003b
April 2016
Edition: 4


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  • Page 1 HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID Controller User Guide Abstract This document is for the person who installs, administers, and troubleshoots servers and storage systems. Hewlett Packard Enterprise assumes you are qualified in the servicing of computer equipment and trained in recognizing hazards in products with hazardous energy levels.
  • Page 2 © Copyright 2014, 2016 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for Hewlett Packard Enterprise products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Overview ..............................5 About the HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller ................... 5 Features ................................... 5 Enabling and configuring the controller..................... 6 Boot mode ................................6 Enabling the controller .............................. 6 Configuring an array ..............................7 Setting the controller read cache ..........................7 Installing device drivers..........................
  • Page 4 Warranty and regulatory information ....................... 28 Warranty information .............................. 28 Regulatory information ............................28 Safety and regulatory compliance ....................... 28 Belarus Kazakhstan Russia marking ......................28 Turkey RoHS material content declaration ....................29 Ukraine RoHS material content declaration ....................29 Communications interference ..........................
  • Page 5: Overview

    About the HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller The HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller is a RAID solution combining SATA ports and proprietary software components. Eliminating most of the hardware RAID controller components, and relocating advanced RAID algorithms from a hardware-based controller into device driver software lowers the total solution cost, while still maintaining comparable RAID protection and full compatibility with Smart Array disk format, configuration utilities, and management/monitoring software.
  • Page 6: Enabling And Configuring The Controller

    Reboot the server for the change to take effect. Enabling the controller The SATA chipset used by the HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller may be configured as a SATA AHCI controller, or it may be configured as a B140i controller. On some platforms, SATA AHCI mode is the default, and the B140i controller may need to be enabled before use.
  • Page 7: Configuring An Array

    Ensure that you are using the correct AHCI or RAID system drivers for your SATA option. Select a setting and press Enter: Enable SATA AHCI Support—Enables the embedded chipset SATA controller for AHCI. Enable HPE Dynamic Smart Array RAID Support—Enables the embedded chipset SATA controller for Dynamic Smart Array RAID.
  • Page 8: Installing Device Drivers

    Installing device drivers Hewlett Packard Enterprise product QuickSpecs For more information about product features, specifications, options, configurations, and compatibility, see the product QuickSpecs on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website ( Device drivers overview IMPORTANT: If necessary, enable the controller before installing device drivers. For more information, see "Enabling the controller."...
  • Page 9: Installing Linux Device Drivers

    scp <IP Addr of location with VIB>:<Path to VIB>/<VIB filename> <IP Addr of ESXi server>:<location> Example: scp At the esxcli, enter: esxcli software vib install -v <Full patch to VIB> --force --no-sig-check --maintenance-mode Example: esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/scsi-hpdsa- --force --no-sig-check --maintenance-mode If the installation is successful, the following message appears.
  • Page 10: Installing Device Drivers (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7)

    Reboot the server. Mount the RHEL DVD ISO to iLO virtual media, or insert other installation media. Press the F11 key to manually select the iLO virtual media or other installation media to boot. When the grub entry with a countdown appears, press the ESC key. To edit the grub entry, press the E key.
  • Page 11: Installing Device Drivers (Suse Enterprise Linux)

    SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 DVD when prompted. To obtain the kISO image, see the SUSE SolidDriver Search website ( To install the device drivers for SUSE Enterprise Linux: Enable the controller, if necessary.
  • Page 12: Installing Device Drivers (Ubuntu Server Linux)

    “Please choose the Driver Update medium” dialog. To view “insmod hpdsa.ko” in the F3 back terminal, press Alt-F3. To view references to “HP LOGICAL VOLUME” and “HP B140i” in the F4 back terminal, press Alt-F4. To return to the installation screen, press Alt-F1.
  • Page 13: Windows Operating Systems

    #reboot Windows operating systems The device driver for the HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller is not included with the off-the-shelf Microsoft Windows operating system media. If you are installing the operating system to a logical volume managed by the B140i controller, then you must ensure that the device driver is installed so that the Windows installation will recognize the logical volume.
  • Page 14 For installations that do not use the SATA optical drive to load the Windows installation media, when the "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen appears, click Load driver, and then point to the extracted HPE Dynamic Smart Array B140i RAID controller driver folder. Installing device drivers 14...
  • Page 15: Replacing, Moving, Or Adding Hard Drives

    Replacing, moving, or adding hard drives Drive LEDs Dynamic Smart Array RAID controllers support drive LED illumination only on systems with backplane support for drive LEDs. In addition, Dynamic Smart Array RAID controllers support HPE Smart Carrier LED illumination. However, LED functionality is provided only if the drives are authenticated through Smart Carrier.
  • Page 16: Effects Of A Hard Drive Failure

    illuminates when other problems occur such as when a fan fails, a redundant power supply fails, or the system overheats. • A POST message lists failed drives when the system is restarted, as long as the controller detects at least one functional drive. •...
  • Page 17: Recovering From Compromised Fault Tolerance

    For example, fault tolerance may be compromised when a drive in an array fails while another drive in the array is being rebuilt. Compromised fault tolerance can also be caused by problems unrelated to drives. In such cases, replacing the physical drives is not required. Recovering from compromised fault tolerance If fault tolerance is compromised, inserting replacement drives does not improve the condition of the logical volume.
  • Page 18: Data Recovery (Rebuild)

    • Use replacement drives that have a capacity equal to or greater than the smallest drive in the array. The controller immediately fails drives that have insufficient capacity. • After removing a drive, wait 3 seconds. After 3 seconds, the firmware generates an event indicating that the drive has been removed.
  • Page 19: Abnormal Termination Of A Rebuild

    Abnormal termination of a rebuild If the activity LED on the replacement drive permanently ceases to be illuminated even while other drives in the array are active, the rebuild process has terminated abnormally. The following table indicates the three possible causes of abnormal termination of a rebuild. Observation Cause of rebuild termination One of the drives in the array has...
  • Page 20: Moving Hard Drives And Arrays

    Moving hard drives and arrays When moving drives, observe the following guidelines: • You can move drives to other ID positions on the same array controller. • You can move drives from a B-series controller to a P-series controller. CAUTION: Back up all data before moving drives from a B-series controller to a host bus adapter.
  • Page 21: Adding Drives

    Restore the data from backup, if necessary. Verify the new drive configuration by running HPE SSA ("HPE Smart Storage Administrator" on page 23). After the drives have been moved, confirm that the total number of hard drives on the new controller does not exceed the maximum number of supported hard drives for that controller model and firmware version.
  • Page 22: Migrating Drives To An Optional Host Bus Adapter

    In the Storage Controller section, verify that the system recognizes the Smart Array controller. Power down the server. Remove the access panel. Remove components and cables as needed. Disconnect the existing data cable from the hard drive backplane. Connect the SAS cable to the controller and hard drive backplane. This action replaces the SATA connection.
  • Page 23: Software And Configuration Utilities

    The SPP is a comprehensive systems software (drivers and firmware) solution delivered as a single package with major server releases. This solution uses HP SUM as the deployment tool and is tested on all supported ProLiant servers including ProLiant Gen8 and later servers.
  • Page 24: Intelligent Provisioning

    Intelligent Provisioning Intelligent Provisioning is a single-server deployment tool embedded in ProLiant Gen8 and later servers that simplifies ProLiant server setup, providing a reliable and consistent way to deploy ProLiant server configurations: • Intelligent Provisioning assists with the OS installation process by preparing the system for installing "off-the-shelf"...
  • Page 25: Diagnostic Tools

    Default configuration settings are sufficient for typical server operations; however, you can modify configuration settings as needed. The system prompts you for access to the System Utilities each time the system is powered up. Diagnostic tools To troubleshoot array problems and generate feedback about arrays, use the following diagnostic tools: •...
  • Page 26: Support And Other Resources

    Support and other resources Support and training information Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a number of additional software support services, many of which are provided to customers at no additional charge: • Software Technical Support and Update Service—Insight Control and select Insight Management software products include one year of 24 x 7 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Technical Support and Update Service.
  • Page 27: Electrostatic Discharge

    Electrostatic discharge Preventing electrostatic discharge To prevent damaging the system, be aware of the precautions you must follow when setting up the system or handling parts. A discharge of static electricity from a finger or other conductor may damage system boards or other static-sensitive devices. This type of damage may reduce the life expectancy of the device.
  • Page 28: Warranty And Regulatory Information

    Warranty and regulatory information Warranty information HPE ProLiant and x86 Servers and Options ( HPE Enterprise Servers ( HPE Storage Products ( HPE Networking Products ( Regulatory information Safety and regulatory compliance For important safety, environmental, and regulatory information, see Safety and Compliance Information for Server, Storage, Power, Networking, and Rack Products, available at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website (
  • Page 29: Turkey Rohs Material Content Declaration

    Local representative information Kazakh: • Russia: • Belarus: • Kazakhstan: Manufacturing date: The manufacturing date is defined by the serial number. CCSYWWZZZZ (serial number format for this product) Valid date formats include: • YWW, where Y indicates the year counting from within each new decade, with 2000 as the starting point;...
  • Page 30 • Install and route the cables according to the instructions provided. • Ensure that all cable connector screws are firmly tightened. • Use only Hewlett Packard Enterprise supported peripheral devices. • Before system operation, ensure that all panels and cover plates are in place and secure. Warranty and regulatory information 30...
  • Page 31: Acronyms And Abbreviations

    Acronyms and abbreviations Advanced Data Mirroring AHCI Advanced Host Controller Interface Customer Self Repair FBWC flash-backed write cache Federal Communications Commission FIPS Federal Information Processing Standard HPE SSA HPE Smart Storage Administrator Integrated Lights-Out Integrated Management Log large form factor logical unit number NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology...
  • Page 32 RBSU ROM-Based Setup Utility SATA serial ATA small form factor SMART self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology System Management Homepage Service Pack for ProLiant solid-state drive UEFI Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Acronyms and abbreviations 32...
  • Page 33: Documentation Feedback

    Documentation feedback Hewlett Packard Enterprise is committed to providing documentation that meets your needs. To help us improve the documentation, send any errors, suggestions, or comments to Documentation Feedback ( When submitting your feedback, include the document title, part number, edition, and publication date located on the front cover of the document. For online help content, include the product name, product version, help edition, and publication date located on the legal notices page.
  • Page 34: Index

    Index hard drives, moving 20 HPE Insight Diagnostics 24 HPE Smart Storage Administrator (HPE SSA) 20, activating an array 6 activation 6 adding drives 21 array expansion 21 installing device drivers 8, 9, 13 Intelligent Provisioning 24 BSMI notice 28 Japanese notice 28 Canadian notice 28 compromised fault tolerance 16...

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