These cheaper 100 series Proliants do offer a threat to the other larger Proliant servers as they do offer very good value for money and good performance especially with the release of the multi-core and faster processors.
Now before proceeding make sure you have backed up your data on the disks attached to the E200 array controller. Method #2: USB Firmware Flash Utility v1.72 I thought I’d provide a step by step guide for those of you wanting to take it to v1.72 via a USB memory stick only.
When starting up you should notice that you E200 controller is displaying v1.72 (and it is being displayed as an E200 and not a E200i) I hope this post has helped you update your controller successfully.
Leave a comment and let us know about your experiences or thoughts on the E200 array controller (configurations, performance, reliability, etc) – always interested to hear.
Now enter ‘install ’ As you an see my USB memory stick is using the ‘e:’drive letter.
Press enter and you will be prompted to confirm that you want to format the USB memory stick and copy the firmware files to it. After the confirmation if now starts to format the USB memory stick… Once complete insert the USB memory stick, ensure that the boot priority of your server is set to boot from USB first and then power your ML110/ML115 server up.
Once complete just reboot the server for the new firmware update to take effect – nice and easy! Choose one of the operating systems lists (see below).
Once at the command prompt then change to the directory where you extracted the firmware files (ie: default directory c:sp38332).
I’ve been using an E200 array controller in one of my HP Proliant ML110’s (and ML115’s as I move it around depending on what I’m testing) for about 18 months now and although not as fast as the larger more expensive array controllers I’ve found it just fine for my VMware and general Microsoft lab requirements.
I also run both SATA and SAS based disks from it without any problems.
As a fellow HP Proliant ML110 or ML115 server owner who runs an HP E200 Smart Array Controller in their production or lab environment you may want to consider checking the version of firmware you are currently running as some of the latest revisions have some worthwhile enhancements such as: Upgrading your HP E200 Smart Array controllers is a straight forward process.
Most HP E200 array controllers I’ve seen usually come with the earliest firmware applied (ie: 1.20). If attempting to download the E200 firmware update from either the HP ML110 or ML115 support pages on the HP site you will notice that the last available download is stated as being v1.72 () when the latest version (at the time of writing this article) is in fact v1.84 (26 August 2009).