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Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

 
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Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

Hi,

I have DL380p G8 Server with 8 SFF bays and a DvD drive in a seperate 8 bay enclosure.

 I would like to drop 8 x 3.5 SAS drives i have available into the machine. To do this i believe i need to upgrade the device enclosure from SFF to LFF for this enclosure. I believe i need to remove the entire front panel assembly and replace it with a LFF version. 

I have read posts of people doing this on G7 and G6 machines but i have not found confirmation this is possible for G8.

Can someone knowledgeable advise if these are the parts i need?

LFF front panel assembly

 

Front panel cage assembly, 12-bay Large Form Factor (LFF) hard drive - Includes the drive connector backplane board, cables, and left and right ears 1

670944-001

 

From <https://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c03243782&sp4ts.oid=4132829>

 

HP 2U LFF Ball Bearing Gen8 Rail Kit with CMA

663480-B21

 

From <http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c03235291>

 

Is this as simple as pull out and swap over of parts and connect cables or do we need a specialist?

Any other parts needed?

Does the bios needs to be changed or updated after this change?

The device is out of warranty so we are not concerned about whether this is covered or not.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks!

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HPE Pro

Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

The Gen8 is 2 completely different Chassis for LFF and SFF.

SFF Drives: 3.44 x 17.54 x 27.50 in (8.73 x 44.55 x 69.85 cm)

LFF Drives: 3.44 x 17.54 x 29.50 in (8.73 x 44.55 x 74.93 cm)

 

You might be able to frankenstein something together but its not something I would reccomend.
I would just try to pickup a LFF DL380p thats been stripped and then transplant all the parts over.

 


I work for HPE

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Occasional Visitor

Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

Hi,

I have HP DL380e Gen8 I think the same that it is impossible to upgrade it with LFF.

My advice is to upgrade the HD drives. Now it costs only 100 Euro for a 4TB HD drive.

That is what I want to do for my DL 380 Server. By the way, it is used so it is very worthy: https://www.servershop24.de/en/server/hp/dl-series/dl380/gen8/

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Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

Hi, sorry to intrude in this old post (but glad I stumbled upon it: in the process of getting one of these). Is it possible to do it the other way around, so add SFF cage to a LFF server?

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Occasional Advisor

Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

I have somewhat the same question.  I have a DL380 and want to add an external LFF frame, cage, not sure what it would be called.  I assume I use a small SAS connector to lace the server to the external LFF cage.  I have all the cables, HBAs etc.  I just need the part number or name of the external LFF frame or cage.  I have about 10TB of 3.5" drives I want to turn into a ZFS pool for backups.  the alternative is to just put them into an old deskside computer  frame for the power and mounting and run an external SAS cable over to them.  I would like it to be clean though.

Thanks.

Jerry

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Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

what is the external LFF frame, cage, etc called for the HP Proliant series?  Part number or name?  I'm looking for something that will hold 6 or 8 or more 3.5" drives LFF drives.  I have all the HBAs, cables, etc. 

Thanks

Jerry