Setup my first CE (3) Node HP DL360p G8 Cluster

  • 18 May 2020
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Very happy to share that with the help of this forum I was able to setup my first CE (3) node cluster on some recently acquired HP DL360p G8 gear. Whether is it was enabling HBA on the P420i controller, or accounting for duplicate drive serial numbers, or troubleshooting the cluster creation process and how to cleanup and start over; ultimately, there wasn’t a single issue that I ran into that I couldn’t find the answer for right here within this community and I LOVE IT! *Also, HP is offering FREE Advanced iLO Licenses through the end of 2020 :o

  • (3) HP DL360p G8
  • (4) Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 0 @ 2.50GHz
  • (2) Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 0 @ 2.20GHz
  • (24) DDR3 1333Mhz 4GB (96GB) RAM
  • (1) 16GB Sandisk Cruzer USB
  • (1) 240GB SSD
  • (1) 500GB SSD
  • (1) 1TB SSD (Pending Addition)
  • (5) 300GB 10K SAS (Pending Addition)


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Hi @Jason Hendren 

Homelab looks awesome! :thumbsup:

keep us posted on any developments with the lab. Ping me if there is anything I can help with!

Thanks @aluciani , and great timing!


  1. Deployed a couple of test Windows VM’s
  2. Backed them up with a separate Unitrends Virtual Appliance.
  3. Destroyed the cluster and redeployed it with the additional 1TB SSD’s
  4. Restored the test Windows VM’s successfully
  5. Used MOVE to migrate a few workloads from ESXi to AHV - consisting of W7, W10, W2K8.

I have to say, the MOVE migrations were the smoothest migrations I've ever done. Even the in-place MOVE upgrade from 3.5.0 to 3.5.1 was buttery smooth. It didn't matter whether I waited 14hrs to complete the W7 migration - Or if I stayed on top of the W2K8 migration - the cutover was slick and I only needed to deal with some minor NIC static IP assignments afterwards... a truly impressive utility!

*Any idea if FILES will be released with CE?



Hi @Jason Hendren,

we tried to create with CE 3 node cluster. Hardware is similar to yours:

each DL380p Gen8 with:

2 x 480 GB SSD

2 x 600 GB SAS

2 x E5-2630 v2

192 GB RAM 

Installer starts without errors, prechecks were fine but during installation we get strange messages (timeout, I/O Errors on disks,...)

We set the P420i Smartarray Controller in HBA mode too.

Do you have any hints for troubleshooting?

Thanks in advance and kind regards


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@ThomasM, I'm happy to help! The first thing that comes to mind are the (2) 480 SSD. I would first check to see if they are presenting identically to the system (same s/n, etc). If this is the case the easiest troubleshooting method would be to remove (1) 480 and re-test the installation. There are ways to modify the s/n if necessary.

@Jason Hendren

Hi Jason,

I’ve removed one SSD and one SAS Drive, there left one SSD and one SAS drive in the server.

But no luck: