HPE Proliant SmartArray

Management of HPE Proliant SmartArray RAID controllers

SmartArray software

Install Linux software:

# rpm --import http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/SDR/hpePublicKey2048_key1.pub

Add Yum repository file /etc/yum.repos.d/HPE-MCP.repo:

baseurl = http://downloads.linux.hpe.com/repo/mcp/centos/8/x86_64/current/
enabled = 1
gpgcheck = 1
gpgkey = https://downloads.linux.hpe.com/SDR/repo/mcp/GPG-KEY-mcp
name = HPE Management Component Pack

Install packages and OS prerequisites:

# yum install net-snmp net-snmp-utils net-snmp-libs net-snmp-agent-libs
# yum install ssa ssacli ssaducli hponcfg

A Smart Storage Adminstrator CLI command /usr/sbin/ssacli is installed. Example usages are:

# /usr/sbin/ssacli
=> help
=> controller all show

Status of controller slot=0:

=> controller slot=0 show status
=> controller slot=0 show detail
=> controller slot=0 enclosure all show detail

Show physical drives:

=> controller slot=0 physicaldrive all show

Show arrays:

=> controller slot=0 array all show detail

Show logical drives:

=> controller slot=0 logicaldrive all show detail

A useful script is smartshow from GitHub.

Moving SmartArray disk to another server

It may be necessary to move SmartArray disk to another HPE Proliant server and import the logical drives contained on the set of disks. The following command will import all new logical drives:

# vgimportdevices -a

Verify the new Physical Volumes and Logical Volumes:

# pvdisplay
# lvdisplay

Extend a logical drive

New disks can be added to an existing logical drive (RAID-6, for example), see these ssacli help items:

=> help extend
=> help expand

For example, add a new drive to controller in slot=0 array B:

=> controller slot=0 array B add drives=1I:1:11

Having added disk drives, the logical drive will be transformed, and this can take a number of hours. After this you can extend the logical drive no. 2 size:

=> controller slot=0 logicaldrive 2 modify size=max

At this point you may need to reboot the server so that it recognizes the updated disk label! Also watch out for disk being renamed in the process (sda may become sdb and vice versa), a new reboot may solve this issue.

When the SmartArray logical drive has been extended, the Linux LVM volume must be extended as well by updating the disk partition table, for example:

# parted /dev/sdb
GNU Parted 3.5
Using /dev/sdb
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) p
Warning: Not all of the space available to /dev/sdb appears to be used, you can fix the GPT to use all of the space (an extra 1172048384 blocks) or continue with the current setting?
Fix/Ignore? fix
Disk /dev/sdb: 4201GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name     Flags
 1      17.4kB  3601GB  3601GB               primary  lvm

The disk partition is still the old size, and it must be resized as well to the available size (which is 4201GB in the above example):

(parted) resizepart 1 4201GB
(parted) p
Disk /dev/sdb: 4201GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:

Number  Start   End     Size    File system  Name     Flags
 1      17.4kB  4201GB  4201GB               primary  lvm

After updating the disk partition size, a reboot of the server may be required for LVM to recognize the changed disk size!

Finally resize the PV (first make a verbose test) and verify the new Physical Volume size:

# pvresize --test --verbose /dev/sdb1
# pvresize --verbose /dev/sdb1
# pvdisplay /dev/sdb1

Now you can use vgdisplay for the Volume Group containing /dev/sdb1 to verify the new Volume Group size.