Posts by qkzk


    To make it work I had to choose between something hazardous and something even more hazardous :

    1. have the SSD in SATA 1 and a storage disk in SATA5

    2. Activate RAID 1 on SATA 5 and reinstall everything.

    I choose the fastest way and it seems to work (MDADM is still unhappy but it finally says the raid5 is "clean"). Here's what I did :

    I unscrewed the backpanel with sata connectors, I removed the sata 1 and cut some tape to free enough lenght of cable. I pluged the SSD on sata 1.

    I plugged the HD storage in the first port, with the cables that used to connect the SSD.

    Now the Microserver boots directly on SSD, no usb/SD/raid1 required.

    It is an ugly hack which I'm not proud of, but it works.

    I guess I'll replace the whole server as soon as I'll have enough money...


    Hello there,

    I've made some progress and here is what I found :

    My Proliant Gen 8 won't boot anymore from SOME usb keys :

    • linux distro (debian 10, 9, whatever) : fine, will boot and install a linux system on any hard drive
    • grub USB key (the one you download online and flash from another computer) : fine also (but won't see the installed linux as it used to do)
    • grub bootloader (the one you create after installing linux) : NO GOOD. WILL NEVER BOOT. It worked flawlessly for 4 years, but I can't make it work anymore

    It will still boot from hard drive (only from the first one, as you know).

    After many attempts I swaped the SSD in the first port of the front bay and the first Raid drive to the optical port.

    It works...

    As you can see on the picture, the SSD is in port 1 and the drive that used to be there is on top.

    It's the only workaround I've found atm.

    During the boot, mdadm seemed unhappy but managed to create the raid and OMV tells me it's "clean".


    I guess I could create a raid 1 with only the SSD in it as decribed here (french link, sorry) which would allow me to boot directly from the SSD...

    So, here's my question :

    1. Does creating a raid 0 array for the SSD erases his data ? I guess so. (Dynamic Smart Array B120i raid)


    I Had another question for which I've found on stackoverflow it's possible :

    2. Is it possible to recover the MDADM raid 5 from another install ? There's still important data I would like to keep...


    Thanks for your answer.
    I'll try that before patching the bios et setting up raid 1 for my ssd as explained here (french).

    What boot order do you have in your setup ?

    Do you know about the power of the iLO ?



    usb, cd, hd and the rest.

    I can do ILO (I forgotted it existed since the nas hasn't failed in 4 years).


    I created another bootable usb drive and it's not working.

    As long as there's only one drive (ssd with system) in the SATA ports, I can boot from it.

    As soon as there's another drive in the front bay it won't boot.

    It doesn't seem to boot from the usb drive anymore...

    Is there another way to boot from the 5th drive ?

    Any error message ?

    Maybe something like "error: 'grub_calloc' symbol not found."



    There's no error message...

    But I tried something else :

    I set up sata AHCI in bios and tried again.

    I can boot on the first SATA port containing a hard drive, I can't boot from USB with grub :(

    I'll try to create another key from recovery mode since it's now possible.

    Thanks for your answer

    Hello every one,

    I installed OMV 3 back in 2016 on a Gen 8 proliant (bios J6) following the tips.

    Here is what I did :

    1. boot with debian live key in usb port and a fresh ssd in the front bay
    2. installed debian (them omv) on that ssd
    3. rebooted on the ssd
    4. from debian, I flashed a usb key with supergrub2.
    5. moved the ssd to the optic sata port
    6. rebooted and everything worked fine.
    7. installed 4 WD 3to in the front bay (software raid 5 etc.)

    Tl;dr : I used to boot on an SSD (optical drive), launched via USB (supergrub).

    Every thing worked flawlessly.

    Since yesterday I can't boot on any hard drive which ever the port I place them.

    I tried both disks on other machines (usb boot key and ssd) and I can mount them and see the partitions.

    I tried to boot from super grub but I can't see any hard drive in super grub. When I list the partition, the hard drive is there, but I can't find any boot partition (altrough I booted from it the day before). I tried supergrub and another ssd (with debian 9 already installed) but it doesn't work either.

    I can boot on a live usb image and reach the desktop where I can see my SSD partitions... But I still can't boot them.

    Every time I try to boot on a hard drive, it's skipped and it tries to boot from network (NIC) which fails after the DHCP server gives it an IP.

    What is wrong with my gen8 ? What can I do to solve this problem ?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks for all your answers !

    ifconfig eth1

    eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 1c:xx:xx:xx:d9
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

    @JanN : No I only copied the code and edited the ips. My file is exactly as you typed it in your last message.

    @gderf : The only proper reason is that the only switch I have atm is 15 years old (I'm a newb, not a young fellow anymore) and is 100 base T... I guess I'll buy a better switch after Christmas as @Spy Alelo proposed earlier.

    Hello again (and sorry to interfere)
    I tried what @JanN proposed (two posts below my original question) and edited /etc/network/interfaces as proposed with correct ip adresses.
    I plugged the printer in Nic2, router in Nic1 and rebooted both (printer and server).
    eth0 works fine, I can ssh into the server.
    The bridge doesn't work, the router can't see the printer.

    # ip a

    I edited MAC adresses for safety.

    I backed up /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules and the deleted it, rebooted.
    Nothing changed and the same 70-persistent-net.rules was created.

    Is there something I'm doing wrong ?


    I'm setting up a HP Gen 8 1610T server.

    I carefully followed instructions from this thread to boot from a ssd on the 5th sata port and it worked perfectly, thanks.

    I installed a complete debian and then OMV 3.0

    I have a very newbie question about networking :

    In my final setup I would like to use the second rj45 port for my printer/scanner and give it access to the network.

    Currently every device is connected directly to the internet router and is working fine (network print and scan).

    My network would look like :

    internet router -----------(rj45 1) gen8 (rj45 2)------------ printer

    Obviously, the printer should be accessible from the PC (or any other device on my network)... and ideally from internet trough google print (wich I use sometimes from work).

    1. is it even possible ? I wonder why it wouldn't.
    2. how ? :)

    It would allow me to move both the server and the printer to a closet (space is limited in my appartment) with only one long rj45 wire.

    Currently ifconfig only shows eth0 and lo.
    /etc/network/interfaces is standard :

    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

    I don't know where to start since I never configured anything similar (just routers with dhcp, port forwarding and default stuff).

    Thanks in advance !

    Hello there !

    I'm discovering NAS & OMV 3 as i'm setting up a HP proliant g1610t server.

    Currently most of my media files are on my main windows computer :

    • windows : 4to normal drive for videos, formated NTFS. Half way full. Other drives won't move.
    • Gen8 server : ssd for system, 1x 3to NAS drive (formated ext4). Both are almost empty.

    I'd like to buy other drives, 3 or 4tos, and add them to the Gen8 - I'll restart the installation from scratch if necessary.
    Ideally, I'd like to have :

    • HP Proliant Gen8 : ssd for system, 3x 3to NAS drive, 1x 4to normal drive.

    On this server I'll run :

    • OMV 3 + deluge,
    • MotionEye (or ZoneMinder, but motioneye fits better with my raspberry pi cameras and doesn't require apache2),
    • personal webserver (wordpress, display scripts for IoT stuff) - It's mostly a backup but I'll need it one day or another.
    • some backup solutions for my work (I haven't read enough to pick one yet)

    the disk usage would be :

    • media (movies, music) : 3 to - expanding...
    • data backup (work, pictures, misc, isos etc.) : max 1 to
    • system backups : max 1 to
    • motion (camera files) : max 1 to
    • website : 1 gb

    I have a TON of questions, but mostly :

    • What kind of FS / raid / snapshot should I use ?
      Should i separate the motion files (a lot of writes) from the media/backup files (very few writes & reads)?
    • How do I safelly transfer my movies from the 4to NTFS formated drive if I plan to reuse the same drive in the final setup ?
      Is it even possible whithout using another drive ?
      Can I : create a pool/raid/whatever, copy the media files, add the 4to drive to the pool ?

    Thanks !

    PS. Sorry for the poor grammar, I read a lot of english but never write...