Friday, 26 October 2012

HP P2000 G3 FC Install Complete with Windows Server 2008R2

The following blog runs through what could be considered to make up a complete install of a HP P2000 MSA and all possible software components when integrating with Windows Server 2008R2.
Note: Not all these components have to be installed; this will depend on use case.

The following reference kit is being considered:
1 x AP846B (HP P2000 G3 FC Dual Controller SFF MSA)
24 x 512547-B21 (HP 146 GB 2.5” 6Gb/s SAS 15k rpm HDD)
2 x AJ764A (HP 82Q 8Gb 2-port PCIe FC HBA)

The FC HBAs will go into two separate physical Windows Server 2008R2 servers, which will be directly connected to the P2000 G3 MSA, in a Failover Cluster setup.

Sources of Information


Contents

Part 1: P2000 Hardware
Part 2: Windows Features Install
Part 3: QLogic FC HBA Hardware Install on Windows Hosts
Part 4: QLogic FC HBA Software Installs on Windows Hosts
Part 5: P2000 Software on Windows Hosts
Part 6: P2000 Software on a Management Station or Windows Host
Part 7: Configure the MSA and Best Practices

Walkthrough

Part 1: P2000 Hardware

1.1 Install equipment in the rack
1.2 Install hardware options
  
1.3 Connect the P2000 G3 MSA System to data hosts

1.4 Connect the P2000 G3 MSA System’s Ethernet network management ports into network switches for management network connectivity.

1.5 Power on components

Part 2: Windows Features Install

2.1 Install Multipath I/O
2.2 Install Storage Manager for SANs
Note 1: Installing Failover Clustering is not considered here.
Note 2: Windows 2008R2 does not need to install an additional DSM.

Part 3: QLogic FC HBA Hardware Install on Windows Hosts

3.1 Install the HP 82Q FC HBA’s into the 2 x physical Windows 2008R2 servers.

Part 4: QLogic FC HBA Software Installs on Windows Hosts

4.1 Install the HP Storage Fibre Channel Adapter Kit (Windows Driver) for the x64 QLogic Storport Driver

4.2 Install the HP Firmware Online Flash for QLogic FC HBAs

4.3 Install the QConvergeConsole Management Utility GUI for HP Branded QLogic based FC Adapters

4.4 Install SANSurfer Manager for HP Branded Qlogic FC HBAs

4.5 Install the HP Insight Management Agents

Part 5: P2000 Software on Windows Hosts

5.1 Install the HP P2000 MSA CAPI Proxy for Windows x64

5.2 Install the HP P2000 MSA VDS Provider for Windows x64

5.3 Install the HP P2000 MSA VSS Provider for Windows x64

5.4 Install the HP P2000 MSA USB Driver (x64)

Part 6: P2000 Software on a Management Station or Windows Host
Note: Of the 4 components below, only the MSA Device Discovery Tool is not supported on virtualized guest operating systems.

6.1 Install the HP P2000 MSA Device Discovery Tool

6.2 Install the HP P2000 MSA Firmware Update Tool for Windows
(Or install the HP P2000 G3 MSA Arrays – Online ROM Flash Component for Windows.)

6.3 Install the HP P2000 MSA HDD Detection Tool

6.4 Install the HP P2000 MSA Performance Tool

Part 7: Configure the MSA and Best Practices

Highly recommended reading:

A few excellent extracts:

The chart below gives information on the expansion capability for the P2000 G3 MSA supported RAID levels

Table 1: An overview of supported RAID implementations

Table 2: Optimizing performance for your application

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