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SUPPORT COMMUNICATION - CUSTOMER ADVISORY

Document ID: c03742583

Version: 1

Advisory: HP ProLiant Gen8 Servers - The HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i and B320i Controller Driver for Linux and VMware (hpvsa) Must Be Downloaded from HP.COM in Order to Use RAID Functionality
NOTICE: The information in this document, including products and software versions, is current as of the Release Date. This document is subject to change without notice.

Release Date: 2013-04-19

Last Updated: 2013-04-19


DESCRIPTION

HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i and HP Dynamic Smart Array B320i Controllers are shipped with RAID enabled (by default) and require device drivers from HP.COM in order to use RAID functionality.

HP strongly recommends RAID protection of data and/or boot volumes when using RAID capable controllers, such as HP Dynamic Smart Array Controllers. However, the HP Dynamic Smart Array Controller driver for Linux and VMware (hpvsa) is not included in the operating system distribution media, as some customers may expect.

HP Dynamic Smart Array Controllers, which provide the same level of RAID protection as other HP Smart Array Controllers, differ from the other controllers by moving the proprietary RAID algorithms into an operating system device driver. These RAID algorithms, which run in the firmware of traditional Smart Array RAID controllers, now run in the server CPU and memory space as part of the Dynamic Smart Array closed source device driver software.

HP strongly recommends enabling RAID protection by downloading the HP driver (hpvsa). The following related article on the Red Hat website provides additional information to users:

Is the HP Smart Array B320i RAID controller and the B120i SATA controller supported by RHEL?
https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/articles/118133 Non-HP site

HP has a long history and established working relationship with the Linux community to incorporate functionality for the majority of HP devices directly into the upstream Linux kernel, and to provide timely updates to Linux distribution vendors for inclusion in their in-box device drivers. Because the HP Dynamic Smart Array Controller technology is owned exclusively by HP, the device driver for Linux and VMware (hpvsa) is only available from HP.COM, instead of the operating system media.

Regardless of the delivery method used, HP is fully commited to providing full support of these drivers for use with the supported Linux and VMware distributions.

Note: This does not indicate a change for Windows customers because HP already provides closed source drivers for Microsoft Windows Server operating systems on all products.

HP provides binary drivers for HP Dynamic Smart Array Controllers for all supported operating system releases and updates that are supported by the ProLiant Gen8 servers that support these controllers. These are listed on the HP operating system support matrix at the following URL:

HP Operating Systems and Virtualization Software Support for ProLiant Servers
http://www.hp.com/go/OSsupport

SCOPE

Any HP ProLiant Gen8 server (listed under Platforms Affected) that is configured with an HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i or Dynamic Smart Array B320i Controller and running any of the following operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x64 or x86)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x64 or x86)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x64 or x86)
  • VMware ESXi 4.1 u2
  • VMware ESXi 5.0 u1
  • VMware ESXi 5.1

RESOLUTION

Before installing the operating system on ProLiant servers equipped with Dynamic Smart Array Controllers, download the HP Dynamic Smart Array driver from HP.COM, which can be located using the following navigation:

  1. Go to

    http://www.hp.com/

  2. Select Support & Drivers .
  3. Select Drivers and Software .
  4. Enter "Dynamic Smart Array B120i" or "Dynamic Smart Array B320i" for the product and click Search .
  5. Select the appropriate operating system.
  6. Select Driver - Storage Controller .
  7. Download the latest version of the Dynamic Smart Array Controller driver.

Detailed instructions for installing the driver are located under Installing device drivers and Management Agents in the HP Dynamic Smart Array RAID Controller User Guide at the following URL:

The HP Dynamic Smart Array Controller driver for Linux and VMware (hpvsa) is also available in HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) 2012.06.0 (B) (or later) at the following URL:

HP Service Pack for ProLiant Download
www.hp.com/go/spp/download

Linux and VMware customers who do not require RAID functionality may disable RAID mode using the procedures outlined in the HP Dynamic Smart Array RAID Controller User Guide . When RAID mode is disabled, there is no need to obtain or use the HP Dynamic Smart Array Controller closed source driver (hpvsa).



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NAVIGATION TIP : For hints on navigating HP.com to locate the latest drivers, patches, and other support software downloads for ProLiant servers and Options, refer to the Navigation Tips document .

SEARCH TIP : For hints on locating similar documents on HP.com, refer to the Search Tips document .

To search for additional advisories related to HP Dynamic Smart Array Controllers, use the following search string:

+Advisory +ProLiant -"Software and Drivers" +"Dynamic Smart Array"


Hardware Platforms Affected: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller(Standard HP Product), HP Dynamic Smart Array B320i Controller(Standard HP Product), HP ProLiant BL420c Gen8 Server Blade, HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 Server, HP ProLiant DL360e Gen8 Server, HP ProLiant DL380e Gen8 Server, HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server, HP ProLiant ML350e Gen8 Server, HP ProLiant SL140s Gen8 Server
Operating Systems Affected: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x86), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x86-64), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (x86), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (x86-64), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86-64), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86-64), VMware ESXi 4.1(Standard HP Product), VMware ESXi 5.0(Standard HP Product), VMware ESXi 5.1(Standard HP Product)
Software Affected: Not Applicable
Support Communication Cross Reference ID: IA03742583
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