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Event ID 129 on Windows Server 2012 on HP MicroServer N40L

Storage Spaces driver.

Symptoms of this issue:

  • Hard drive activity light solid on
  • Occasional disk hangs
  • Event ID 129 in Windows logs storahci “Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued.”

Fix:

  • Go to Power Options > Advanced > PCI Express > Link State Power Management and set it to Off.
  • Reboot the server

Source: Event ID 129 – storachi – Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued. (blogs.technet.com)

Fully resolved the issue for me.

 

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Wake-On-LAN on the HP MicroServer N40L

I’ve read lots of articles on potential issues with Wake-On-LAN on this server. However, I wanted to chime in and say it works fine in my setup:

  • HP MicroServer N40L running BIOS O41.
  • Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS 64-bit.
  • Wake-on-LAN enabled in BIOS

WOL Software:

  • Mocha WOL for iPhone
  • IP address: (blank)
  • MAC address: (servers MAC)
  • Port: 9

It works for me.

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My new home NAS: HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L running FreeNAS 8

I recently bought an HP ProLiant MicroServer for my new home NAS. My previous NAS was a Synology DS211j, and it performed very well, up until recently. My two biggest reasons for replacing it were:

1) It would randomly drop off the network. The LAN led would flash rapidly, but there was no activity on the switch port. It was also unpingable. This means the NIC was probably failing, and the unit would need to be replaced.

2) Synology had the idea to force MyDS registration in DSM 4.2 BETA. This meant I wasn’t getting another Synology if I could help it.

After some searching, I happened on the HP ProLiant MicroServer for the physical unit, and after a couple days of thought and planning, FreeNAS 8 BETA 3 for the OS.

Now, as my luck would have it, the first time I removed the motherboard from the chassis, I knocked a jumper cap off the board, which resulted in the unit not POSTing. A little intuition helped me find the right spot to replace it to. Here’s photos of the jumper locations in case anyone else shares my bad luck:

I installed a 4GB USB stick in the motherboard’s USB header with FreeNAS installed on it, and am using 2TB drives in slots 1-3 in RAID-Z1, and a 250GB 7200RPM drive in slot 4 for ZIL. In case you want to argue why I should be using an SSD instead of a conventional hard drive, you’re welcome to buy me one, but you might want to read this post first.

So that’s that. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more posts on FreeNAS and my NAS setup in general in the future.

Have any questions or comments about the above? Please share them in the comments section below. Thank you!

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