Problems installing on HP Microserver Gen8


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I had XPEnology running DSM 5.x as an ESXi VM on My Gen 8 for a number of years. For various reasons (irrelevant) I decided to build a new VM with a newer XPEnology and larger storage.

 

My setup:

HP Proliant Microserver Gen8

16GB RAM

P222 Array Controller

2 x 1TB in RAID1 for ESXi VM datastore (hardware RAID)

2 x 4TB in RAID1 for XPEnology datastore (hardware RAID)

ESXi 6.5 U2 (upgraded recently from 6.0)

 

I followed the tutorial and configured the VM. Unfortunately I am having great difficulties installing.

 

If I boot with the synoboot.img from Juns loader for DSM 6.2 (either 3615 or 3617) the VM boots up, I get the message to open find.synology.com but I cannot find the synology on the network. Tried with Synology Assist as well.

If I boot with the synoboot.img which was in the vmdk folder (older, according to the date stamp) I can find the synology, connect, install DSM, but when it reboots after installation it shows as recoverable installation and the whole thing goes in loop.

 

My aim is to get the latest stable boot image and DSM possible for my setup. Don't mind starting with an older versions and upgrade (if an upgrade is more straight forward than a clean install of the latest).

 

Will appreciate any help.

 

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On your new VM, what sort of vnic are you using? (e1000e should be the "safe" choice).

Did you configure the mac of that vnic, to reflect the mac in grub.cfg?

Did you edit grub.cfg? (make sure the mac is not already used in your environment)

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8 minutes ago, bearcat said:

On your new VM, what sort of vnic are you using? (e1000e should be the "safe" choice).

Did you configure the mac of that vnic, to reflect the mac in grub.cfg?

Did you edit grub.cfg? (make sure the mac is not already used in your environment)

 

Thanks for your reply.

 

Yes to all.

I use the 1000e NIC but have tried the others too.

I configured a unique MAC address in the VM and in grub.cfg

I used the SN generator for SN.

 

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Managed to resolve the issues. Up and running:

HP Proliant Microserver Gen8

P222 array controller

ESXi 6.5 U2

DSM 6.2.3-25426

DS3615xs 6.0.2 Jun's Mod V1.01

 

In case it helps anyone else:

 

I solved it with the following setup:

HDD1 on SATA 0:0 - Juns synoboot.vmdk

HDD2 on SCSI Controller 0:1 - my ~4TB datastore

SCSI Controller 0 - VMware Paravirtual SCSI (was previously set to LSI Logic Parallel)

 

Then, in the VM BIOS, I changed the boot order to boot from SATA.

 

All good now.

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So what is the benefit of running a virtual machine instead of a bare metal in this instance?

I've got Gen8 but still on 6.1.7

Want to expand to more than 4 drives, but then I cannot install a new NIC in order to use anything higher.

Had so many issues with this, and not received much help here.
Took me like 2 years to figure out the "Cannot find the page" error, which lead me to having to reinstall, was due to a bad microsd card!

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1 hour ago, Dfds said:

@omarthe Gen8 Microserver will run DSM 6.2.3 using jun’s 1.03b loader with rhe internal nics.

 

But this takes up the single PCI slot, which I need for the controller card so I can add more than 4 drives.
So I cannot add the new NIC card as there is not second PCI slot

But my question here is what's the advantage of a VM?

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38 minutes ago, omar said:

 

But this takes up the single PCI slot, which I need for the controller card so I can add more than 4 drives.
So I cannot add the new NIC card as there is not second PCI slot

As I said, you can use the internal nics with 6.2.3 so there is no need to add another nic card , meaning that the PCI slot is free for anything else you want to use it for.

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