Driver Kits for HP Proliant Gen8 Servers

There is an issue with the 12.3 (and earlier, I presume) drivers and HP Proliant Gen8 servers. For SUSE Enterprise Server, HP and SUSE have created an ISO image that must be loaded prior to the installation DVD:

“a workaround, HP and SUSE have created a kISO image for the customer to use in this scenario. The kISO is a special installer shim boot image that contains the patched kernel and driver update packages for the storage and network drivers.” (Advisory: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 - Installation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 Does Not Recognize the Chipset on HP ProLiant Gen8-Series Servers - c03237878 - HP Business Support Center)

Unfortunately it does not work with OpenSUSE 12.3 because it doesn’t recognize the proper signature on the installation DVD. Does anyone know of a way around this issue? One of the problems is the drivers included with 12.3 do not recognize HP’s B120i RAID controller configuration.

Thanks in advance for any help.


It would appear per this article re: RHEL support would apply to Suse 12.3 as well:

You can find several other similar pages with people installing CentOS, Ubuntu, etc. following the same recommendation as given there.

The B120i appears to be a SATA fake raid controller. If you configure it in SATA AHCI mode in BIOS, I believe Suse will see the drives and you will not need the closed source fake raid HP driver. You can then use Linux software RAID instead, which may well be more stable than the RAID provided by the card. Fake RAID is pretty much worthless, whereas Linux software RAID is quite stable.