HPE ProLiant ML30: Installing Windows Server 2016

the HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 server is an ideal server for SMBs or workgroups. The server is a cost-efficient Tower Server based a U4 chassis with a processor. By default, the server has a Intel Xeon E3-1220 v5 (4 cores, 3 GHz, 8 MB, 80 Watt), 8 GB RAM and two 1 terabyte large hard disks.

understanding of the installation of the operating system on a HPE ProLiant ML30

the server is compatible with Windows Server 2016 so HPE also drivers for the new Microsoft Server operating system available. In addition, there are also drivers for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 provides support for CentOS 6/7 in the area of Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 / 7, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11/12. The server is suitable also for virtualization. In addition to the support of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016, VMware can be vSphere 6.5 install vSphere 5.5/6 and the new version on the server.

through both local and remote deployments are the configuration using the UEFI boot mode with intelligent provisioning or scripting toolkit possible. In most cases, the installation will take place but on a USB stick. This connects to the server, he can select the boot menu when the server is started. This Windows Server 2016 Essentials is for example Windows Server 2016 or small businesses. During installation there are some hurdles that are to navigate. The procedure for this is described below. “

 Windows Server 2016 on HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos). Windows Server 2016 on HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

prepare for installation of Windows Server 2016 and drivers integrate

pre-installation tasks should in the management interface of the smart array controller will set up the appropriate RAID. This must be changed when the server is started first on pressing the “F9” key in the system configuration.

to install on the Server Windows Server 2016 download page for the driver of the server must be downloaded on the first the driver for the storage controller. Like all other HPE servers, the vendor provides its own website where the support period can be query and which can be used for download driver for the HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9.

the various drivers for the supported operating systems available are

here. The necessary serial number for downloading the driver can be found sticker on the server chassis. The driver for the storage controller can be integrated within the framework of the installation of Windows Server 2016. Without the external drivers, Windows Server 2016 can access the memory controller and thus also not installed.

for the installation of Windows Server 2016 or any other operating system is not necessary to wait for it from the console of the server and the monitor. The HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 over the network can be managed even without expensive add-on tools. This feature, and the operating system can be installed.

manage the current HPE server with iLO management (standard) can be, intelligent provisioning (standard), iLO Essentials (optional), iLO scale (optional) and iLO advanced (optional). The management of the new server via ILO4. To an ILO4 chip is already installed in the entry level model. This allows a control over the network, including the installation of the operating system. An ILO4 Essentials license is required in order to carry out a complete management of the operating system remotely. The installation can be carried out but also with the free component. In this case a regular separation of the current session. This is no problem for the installation of Windows Server 2016 but.

remotely to the server build – iLO to use

to install Windows Server 2016, and a remote session can be established. This is the necessary IP address that indicates the server to start the boot process top right, as well as the credentials for iLO. The registration data is located on a sticker located on the server. Who Windows Server 2016 do not remotely install, can skip this section. The configuration of the RAID controller and the installation of the operating system is how to configure the conventional screen. Of course, for the server to get an IP address, a DHCP server in the network is necessary.

 when you start the iLO network interface already receives an IP address from a DHCP server on the network. when you start the iLO network interface already receives an IP address from a DHCP server on the network. With the IP address, a remote administration of the server can perform (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the connection to the server via the browser and the URL https://. In the login window, the credentials must be entered, which can be found as a sticker on the server. After that, the iLO Web interface opens. “

 after the successful connection establishment the iLO management interface of the server is (screenshot: Thomas Joos). after the successful connection establishment the iLO management interface of the server is (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

to create a remote session to the server is simply clicked on the appropriate link in the “Integrated Remote Console”. On Windows machines is the use of “the easiest .NET. Then, the wizard loads the necessary data from the Internet and opens the remote console. This can be all tasks on the server, the installation of the operating system.

while the Windows part of the installation an automatic separation of the server takes place when iLO still not licensed is. But this case may be a renewed connection at any time.

user automatically separates  iLO, if the solution is not licensed. iLO user automatically disconnects when the solution is not licensed. For the installation of Windows Server 2016 but that does not matter (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

RAID system prepare

before of installing an operating system must prepare integrated RAID controller and the RAID on the server created. This task may be performed in the iLO remote console. This is pressed at the start of the server “F9” on the keyboard, as soon as the corresponding drop-down menu appears. “

 when starting the server options can be selected, even calling the system configuration using F9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos). at the start of the server options can be selected, also calling the system configuration using F9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

after the first steps of the boot process is complete, the “system utilities” menu appears. “System Configuration” is selected to perform the configuration of the RAID. Then the menu item is “embedded storage – dynamic smart array B140i” available. This in turn can “exit to launch Smart Storage Administrator (SSA)” to open the configuration utility for your RAID controller.

through this option automatically starts the storage administrator. This configures the server’s RAID System. In the creation of logical drives for the RAID must be sure of course that they are compatible with Windows Server 2016. “

 the administration of the RAIDs is done through the Smart Storage Administrator (screenshot: Thomas Joos). the administration of the RAIDs is done through the Smart Storage Administrator (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

to configure RAID, must be the “dynamic smart array B140i RAID” can be selected. Then, the RAID on ‘Configure’ can be created and adapted. Numerous options available are in the window to adjust the RAID. It is important that the correct drive for the server startup is selected after the creation of the RAIDs yet on “set bootable logical drive/volume”. “

 in the smart storage administrator creates the RAID and configured the boot drive (screenshot: Thomas Joos). In the smart storage administrator creates the RAID and configured the boot drive (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

after the configuration is stored, the server is restarted and then the installation of the operation isebssystems. Create

USB stick for Windows Server 2016 on the server to install Windows Server 2016, can for example a USB stick be used. Is this driver unzipped then the directory that contains the storage controller of ML30 copied. Without these drivers, you can not install Windows Server 2016.

fit the image file from Windows Server 2016 (install.wim) on a USB flash drive with the FAT32 file system, this file needs to be divided. The file cannot be copied without splitting. The command to do this for example as follows:

Dism / split-Image /ImageFile:f:sourcesinstall.wim /SWMFile:c:tempinstall.swm / FileSize: 3600

that two new SWM files can then be copied rather than the file “install.wim” from the directory “sources” on the USB stick. In this way, you can create also UEFI-enabled USB sticks. The tool “dism.exe” belongs also to the Board means of Windows 10 so that administrators can create the bootable disk on a workstation. When you create must be taken to use the correct paths to the original “install.wim” and the new “install.swm” files.

with the free Microsoft “ Windows USB/DVD download tool ” can also create for the installation of Windows Server 2016 USB sticks. In addition to the tool Additionally a is a ISO file Windows Server 2016 . For the “Windows USB/DVD download tool”, also the .NET Framework 2.0 in Windows is necessary. This can be quite easily installed tool “optionalfeatures”. On this, you can install all the optional features of Windows 10.

after the installation of “Windows USB/DVD download tool” this will start to read the ISO file and extract it on a USB stick. Click on “Browse” select the ISO file of Windows Server 2016 now. On the next page “USB device” is selected with the button, that the installation files on a USB stick should be copied. The appropriate USB is selected then. With the button begin copying the process starts.

are on the USB data yet, appears a message, they will be deleted. Via the button “Erase USB Device”, the Windows USB/DVD download tool deletes all data on the drive and then copies the installation files of Windows Server 2016. The action must be confirmed with “Yes”.

Windows Server 2016 install

after the created USB stick with the server is connected, or the installation DVD into the server’s drive was pushed, can invoke the boot menu at startup of the ML30 via the “F11” key. Here the corresponding USB stick to start you can select. “

 the selection of USB sticks with the installation files of Windows Server 2016 via the boot menu of the server (screenshot: Thomas Joos). the selection of USB sticks with the installation files of Windows Server 2016 via the boot menu of the server (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the installation is an HPE ML30 Gen9 identical to installing Windows Server 2016 on other servers.  From the home screen to install Windows Server 2016 are a regular separated from the remote console, if iLO is not yet licensed. That doesn’t matter but for the installation, because by the end of the session not interferes with the installation. Installation can be run remotely by a renewed connection. “

 the server installation is on request also via iLO (screenshot: Thomas Joos). the server installation is on request also via iLO (screenshot: Thomas Joos). .

to the installation be confirmed the first window, accepted the license terms, and entered the serial number of the version of Windows Server 2016. By default, the core installation is enabled in Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016 should be installed as a desktop version that must be selected accordingly during the installation. “

 the installation version is set in the context of the selection of the operating system to be installed (screenshot: Thomas Joos). the installation version is set in the context of the selection of the operating system to be installed (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

driver for the storage controller during the installation download

by default Windows Server 2016 shows no compatible disk on the Windows Server 2016 can be installed. The operating system can be installed on the server, the Windows Server 2016 driver for the storage controller is necessary. This is driver side of the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 on the . In this example, the driver is “dynamic smart array B140i controller driver” necessary. “

 without external drivers Windows Server 2016 cannot be on the server install (screenshot: Thomas Joos). without external drivers Windows Server 2016 cannot be on the server install (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the driver is as * downloaded .exe file. The archive must be copied in the extracted form as a directory on the disk for the installation of Windows Server 2016. To install the driver, is clicked in the window to select of the driver “Driver download”. Then the directory on which is selected USB stick by the driver is stored. The selection is done by clicking on the “Browse” button. Then, the appropriate driver can be selected. “

 HPE provides a suitable driver for the storage controller of the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos). HPE provides a suitable driver for the storage controller of the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

after the driver selection this is integrated in the installation. Selected the correct driver, the installation wizard displays the previously created logical drive of the RAID controller and the installation of Windows Server 2016 can be completed.

installation complete, update drivers, install Windows updates

once the installation was completed by Windows Server 2016 on the server, administrators should through the Device Manager ( devmgmt.msc) to verify whether an appropriate driver has been installed for all system devices. Also drivers should on the driver side of the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 are downloaded and installed on the server, this also applies to the firmware of the different controllers.

then should be ensured even via Windows Update in the settings of Windows Server 2016, that all current updates for Windows Server 2016 on the server are installed. Then, the server can be used as a productive server. “

 after installing Windows Server 2016 the current drivers and Windows updates must be installed on the server (screenshot: Thomas Joos). after the installation of Windows Server 2016 must still the current drivers and Windows updates are installed on the server (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

conclusion

the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 is compatible with Windows Server 2016 and allows easy installation of the current server operating system. So that all functions can be used optimally, administrators but should install the latest drivers and install the server on the Windows Update feature on the latest. In addition, the driver for the storage controller of the HPE Web site is necessary for the installation.

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