Installing a 12G SAS Expander Card

  • For 24SFF configurations, install 8SFF front drive cages in boxes 1 and 2.
  • For configurations including a 2SFF rear drive cage, install the drive cage over the power supplies.
  • HPE recommends installing the SAS expander card into slot 3 of the primary PCIe riser expansion card.
  • To ensure that cables are connected correctly, observe the labels on the cable and port.
  • Be sure that you have the latest firmware for the controllers and the expander card. To download the latest firmware, see the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

Before you perform this procedure, make sure that you have the following items available:

  • The components included with the hardware option kit

  • Storage cables for each drive box
  • A storage controller
  1. Power down the server.
  2. Remove all power:
    1. Disconnect each power cord from the power source.
    2. Disconnect each power cord from the server.
  3. Do one of the following:
  4. Remove the access panel.
  5. Remove the air baffle.
  6. Remove the fan cage.
  7. Remove the riser cage.

  8. Locate slot 3, and then remove the expansion slot blank.
  9. Install the 12G SAS expander card.
    IMPORTANT: The 12G SAS expander card requires a controller. The server supports embedded, type-a, and type-p Smart Array controllers. If using a type-p Smart Array controller, then install the controller in slot 1.
  10. Using the labels on each cable, connect the cables to the SAS expander.
    For drive numbering, see "Drive bay numbering: SAS expander".
  11. Install the riser cage.
  12. Connect cables from the 12G SAS expander to the controller.

  13. Connect cables from the 12G SAS expander to the drive backplanes.
    A standard configuration is shown. For additional cabling diagrams, see Cabling diagrams.

  14. Install the fan cage.
  15. Install the air baffle.
  16. Install the access panel.
  17. Install the server into the rack.
  18. Connect each power cord to the server.
  19. Connect each power cord to the power source.
  20. Power up the server.

The installation is complete.