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Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

fabianborg
Occasional Advisor

Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

As I am rather a newbie to HP Proliant Servers, I would like to receive your recommendation on the physical upgrade of an old DL185 G5 storage server that I have been commissioned to repurpose into a cloud storage server.

Current Hardware

DL185 G5 with 2GB of ram, HP Smart Array P800 with 512mb, no drives and no caddies with one HP AMD Quad Core Opteron CPU 2354 2.2GHz cpu and dual power supply. All firmware was updated till the latest releases.

Final objective

Server running Ubuntu 16.04.02 LTS with Nextcloud 12, 64gb of physical ram, dual processors 4 gb nics bonded and with 60TB storage at raid level 1+0

Hardware Upgrade where the guidance is needed:

  • QTY 1 - 64GB RAM KIT (PC2-5300 DIMMs (DDR2-667) with Advanced ECC)
  • QTY 1 - HP Part No. 448034-001 HP AMD Quad Core Opteron CPU 2354 2.2GHz 2MB
  • QTY 1 - HP Part No. 457264-001 – HP Proliant DL185 G5 – Heat sink
  • QTY 12 - HP Part No. 373211-001 - HP Proliant 3.5" SATA / SAS drive Tray / Caddy for 3.5"
  • QTY 12 – Seagate IronWolf NAS ST10000VN0004 10TB 3.5" 6Gbps 7.2K RPM (512e) SATA HDD
  • QTY 1 - HP Part No. 436431-001 - HP NC364T PCI Express Quad Port Gigabit Server Adapter

What I am doubting is if I am missing something or if the P800 is capable to run 12 x 10TB SATA drives in the front bays. As to the later, as the manual is rather old, it does not list the 10TB per drive compatibility.

With best regards

Fabian
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Torsten.
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Re: Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

consider to google the quickspec of the server to find out what will work.

Hope this helps!
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fabianborg
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Re: Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

@Torsten.   I did research a lot, hence the part numbers. What I am in doubt mostly is if the P800 can handle 12 x 10TB drives as by the time both the DL185 G5 and the P800 quickspecs went to print these high capacity drives where non existent back then.

With best regards

Fabian
Torsten.
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Re: Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

according to several discussions i found i guess a 2tb disk size is the maximum for this old controller.

i would look for some newer hardware.
ebay lists for example ml350p gen8 for a price you probably pay for two of your disks ...

Hope this helps!
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fabianborg
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Re: Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

@Torsten.   The quickspecs of the P800 controller (as at Novermber 26, 2012) on page 3 states "NOTE: Support for greater than 2TB in a single logical drive."  But it doesn't state the limit. Seagate IronWolf NAS 10TB drives were released in 2016, hence my query.

On another note, being Government inventory, I have to reuse and reintegrate the DL185 G5.

With best regards

Fabian
Torsten.
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Re: Repurposing of DL185 G5 server

I doubt the P800 will do it, but the P812 will probably work.


Hope this helps!
Regards
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