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HP Microserver Gen8 - Install FreeNAS on SSD Drive remotely

  • 31 October 2020
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In this article will present How to install FreeNAS on the SSD drive installed in the ODD bay.

Note: Follow the HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot tutorial to see how to install the SSD.

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Before starting the installation of the FreeNAS it is very important to configure the HP Microserver to boot from the ODD drive, otherwise, the system will not start after the installation. Follow the HP Microserver Gen8 - Boot from SSD install on ODD bay tutorial for detail.

For installation follow the next steps.

Step 1

Make sure the ILO network cable is connected to your router.

Step 2

Identify the IP assigned to ILO interface by your router. How to find out the IP depends on the router model. Check the router manual for details.

In my case, the IP is 192.168.1.102.

Step 3

Make sure that the server is running.

Step 4

Login to ILO Dashboard. The default user is administrator.

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Step 5

Navigate to Remote Console -> Remote Console

There are 2 methods to connect to the remote console:

  • a .NET application that can be launch from Windows OS only.
  • Java Applet or Web Start that can be launch from any operating system. Java needs to be installed and active from the browser.

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I went with Java Web Start option.

Step 6

From Virtual Drivers menu select Image File CD/DVD-ROM option, browse for the FreeNAS downloaded FreeNAS download page.

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Step 7

The system will boot now from the ISO image attached and the following screen will appear.

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Chose the first option and press Enter.

Step 8

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Choose the first option and press Enter.

Step 9 (conditional)

If you have 4Gb or less the following screen will appear. Even if you have 4Gb this will still appear as some (configurable in the BIOS) will be used by the graphic card.

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Select Yes and press Enter.

Step 10

In this step, you need to select the drive where you want to install FreeNAS. In my case, I will choose the SSD drive installed in the ODD space.

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Step 11

...and a warning saying that the drive will be deleted.

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My drive is empty, so it is safe to go on.

Step 12

Enter your root password, select Ok and press Enter.

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Step 13

HP Microserver Gen8 doesn't have UEFI boot so we need to select "Boot via BIOS" option.

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After selecting the boot option, the installation process will start and will take some time.

Step 14

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Congratulations you successfully installed the FreeNAS OS.

Step 15

Select Reboot System and press Enter.

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Step 16

Deselect the Image File CD/DVD-ROM.

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Step 17

Select Reboot System and press Enter.

Congratulations, you installed FreeNAS successful. Depending on your configuration the startup might take a few minutes.

If the server starts up successfully, you should be able to see the following screen.

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Now, if you open in browser the web user interface, you will be able to login with root user and the password setup in the Step11.

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