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bimmerdriver
Frequent Advisor

Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

I have a ProLiant ML150 G6 with Intel Xeon Processor E5504 and HP Smart Array B110i SATA RAID Controller with two Seagate IronWolf 2TB ST2000VN004 drives configured as a RAID array.

BIOS is 2011.01.18

B110i firmware is v1.20 (displayed during POST)

B110i driver is 6.18.4.64

OS is Windows Server 2019

HP SSA version is 3.40.3.0.

HP Smart Array SAS/SATA Event Notification Service version is 6.46.0.64

From within Windows, the drives appear as "HP LOGICAL VOLUME SCSI Disk Device".

When I try to start HP SSA, it gets stuck "Loading". I previously had version 2.40.13.0 installed and it did the same thing. How can I get it to load?

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
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bimmerdriver
Frequent Advisor

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Further to the previous, I tried starting it in administrator mode and it made no difference.

I also reviewed the README and it says the B110i controller is supported.

In the bin folder for the application, there are several applications, ssa, ssaclient, ssaprefs and ssaserver. When I start SSA from the start menu, the only application I see running is ssaclient. When I start SSA Preferences, ssaprefs runs. Does anyone know what ssa and ssaserver are for?

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
bimmerdriver
Frequent Advisor

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

I'm following up on the previous posts. Does anyone have any suggestions to solve this problem? I'm flying blind without SSA running. I need to get it running properly. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
Srinath_Raju
Frequent Advisor

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Hi Bimmerdriver,

How exactly are you trying to access SSA. If you are trying to access SSA through SPP, its not possible because SPP does not contain SSA. You will have to use PSP and access ACU.

Regards

Sr

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Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"


@Srinath_Raju wrote:

Hi Bimmerdriver,

How exactly are you trying to access SSA. If you are trying to access SSA through SPP, its not possible because SPP does not contain SSA. You will have to use PSP and access ACU.

Regards

Sr


You are incorrect with your response. When launching the SPP in interactive mode launching SSA is indeed an option. 

The PSP and ACU are for older generation servers and will not work with Gen8 or newer systems as ACU won't recognize the newer Smart Array Controllers

 

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bimmerdriver
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Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Before I upgraded the system to windows server 2019, it was running windows server 2012R2. Then, we were launching SSA directly, stand-alone. I don't recall what version was installed. When I upgraded to windows server 2019, I checked for a newer version of SSA using the drivers and downloads for the computer. I installed that version and attempted to run it directly. It was stuck at loading. I upgraded to the most recent version and it has the same problem, stuck at loading. I don't know what SPP is.

I did more searching on this forum and found this thread: https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/Smart-Storage-Administrator-and-Hyper-V-2012-R2-Core/m-p/7042118/highlight/false#M166313. I installed SMH, and WBEM and now the server is broken. I cannot access the hyper-v manager. I get this error:

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I also cannot access account information, so something is really messed up. Unless I can find a way around this problem, I will have to reinstall windows server. I do not want to do that, because I will be back at the beginning, still unclear how to manage the raid controller from within the operating system, since SSA will not load.

As far as I can tell, the latest version of SSA supports the controller. There are no instructions for installing it, other than what is on the driver and downloads link, which says click on install... without mentioning any other prerequisite applications or configuration. I have no need for SMH and WBEM, so I would prefer to get SSA working directly.

If you have any insight, I would really appreciate, because I'm in somewhat of a mess right now.

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

It's been to long since I've worked with anything that has the B110i controller.  From what I recall, ACU or SSA does not recognize that controller as it used a proprietary driver from either Intel or Adaptec from what I can recall.  I think the B120i was the first chipset SATA controller that used the Smart Array technology for chipset RAID and still required a special driver to work properly in RAID mode.  I'd suspect Server 2019 does not have the driver for the B110i and I doubt one would be released.

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Jimmy Vance
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Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

I did find an article that talks about using ORCA and ACU with the B110i

https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=mmr_kc-0105084&docLocale=en_US

I still think you may run into a driver issue with Server 2019

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bimmerdriver
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Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

According to the readme for the latest version of SSA (Version 3.40.3.0, 2018-12-06), the Dynamic Smart Array B110i SATA RAID is supported.

Windows Server 2019 seems happy with the latest driver for the B110i (6.18.4.64).

SMH recognizes the controller, the logical drive and the physical drives.

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If I try to open SSA directly, it hangs like this:

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My bigger problem is that I can't access the hyper-v manager since I installed SMH and friends.

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
bimmerdriver
Frequent Advisor

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

The user guide for SSA references G6 controllers, presumably that's the B110i. It just doesn't mention Windows Server 2019.

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Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"


@bimmerdriver wrote:

The user guide for SSA references G6 controllers, presumably that's the B110i. It just doesn't mention Windows Server 2019.


I would assume the users guide is referencing the standard hardware based 'P' series Smart Array controllers. Like I said, it's just been to long since I've messed with hardware that old. Maybe someone else will chime in. Please keep in mind the B110i is a chipset SATA controller and the RAID function is actually in the driver and not the controller itself. It is a software based RAID configuration whereas the 'P' series Smart Array controllers are hardware based RAID controllers.  I think the B110i was the first of the chipset SATA controllers that worked with ORCA and ACU. Server 2019 isn't supported on that system, and the driver you are loading is for an older version of Windows so it may or may not work with Server 2019

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bimmerdriver
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Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Here is an excerpt from the README:

Supported Controllers
---------------------
  Dynamic Smart Array B110i SATA RAID

 

Here is an excerpt from the release notes for the previous version (Version:3.30.14.0(A) (27 Nov 2018)):

Added support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019

 

The User Guide also references G6 controllers. Does that correspond to the system being a G6?

The RAID controller is supported. Windows Server 2019 is supported. Either I'm missing something or this should be working.

HP ProLiant ML150 G6 Intel® Xeon® E5504
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"


@bimmerdriver wrote:

Here is an excerpt from the README:

 

Supported Controllers
---------------------
  Dynamic Smart Array B110i SATA RAID

 

 

Here is an excerpt from the release notes for the previous version (Version:3.30.14.0(A) (27 Nov 2018)):

 

Added support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019

 

 

The User Guide also references G6 controllers. Does that correspond to the system being a G6?

The RAID controller is supported. Windows Server 2019 is supported. Either I'm missing something or this should be working.


Yes, SSA supports Windows Server 2019.  It also appears that SSA may still supports older G6 era Smart Array controllers
Windows Server 2019 is not a supported operating system for the ML150 G6 server.
There is not a Server 2019 driver available for the B110i controller. There is a version of the B110i driver available for Server 2012 and 2012R2 which means there was another server that used the B110i and also supported Server 2012 and 2012R2.  So even though either Server 2012 or 2012 R2 are not listed as supported on the ML150 G6, it should work, but again they were never supported. 

The ML150 G6 was retired in 2012, general support is normally offered for an additional 5 years after a server is retired. Later version of OS's are generally not tested or supported after a server is released. The last version of Windows server shown as supported in the support matrix on this server model was Server 2008 R2

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bimmerdriver
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Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Thank you for your reply. Understood that HP never supported Windows Server 2019 on this hardware. However, according to the release notes, SSA is supported on Windows Server 2019 and it supports this raid controller. The release notes don't say SSA only supports this raid controller on a specific version of Windows Server, so if SSA supports this raid controller on Windows Server 2019, it would have to be using the most recent driver, which is the one I have installed. It may be that I broke the system by installing an earlier version of SSA before I moved to the most recent version. I'll report back if that makes any difference.

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Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Smart Storage Administrator Stuck at "Loading"

Sorry I can't make it any clearer, you are answering your own question "Understood that HP never supported Windows Server 2019 on this hardware. "  SSA supports a number of controllers and operating systems, that doesn't mean it supports every combination. 

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