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Setting up HP ProLiant ML350 Rack-mount Server

I recently obtained a HP ProLiant ML350 G5 server. This is my first time working with a commercial server and want to put it into my office. We already have a server but it's just not cutting it with a dual core and 8gb ram. I figured the quad core ML350 with 16gb ram and a separate server for exchange would be a much more efficient setup.

So, I realized there are two power supplies in the back of this thing. Should they both be hooked up at the same time for redundancy or should only one be plugged in and one's just there for backup?

Also, the front of the server has (empty) carriage for 2.5" drives. I have 3 brand new 3.5" 1TB Seagate enterprise hard drives. Is there a way to swap out this carriage for one that supports 3.5" drives or is there a way to mount 3.5" drives inside the server (besides using 5.25" to 3.5" mounting brackets)? If so, where can I buy one?

Thank you for your help in advance.

-Sam


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  1. "So, I realized there are two power supplies in the back of this thing. Should they both be hooked up at the same time for redundancy or should only one be plugged in and one's just there for backup?"

    Yes. I usually hook one to wall power and one to UPS power so if the UPS goes down the system still stays up from wall power and vise-versa.

    "Also, the front of the server has (empty) carriage for 2.5" drives. I have 3 brand new 3.5" 1TB Seagate enterprise hard drives. "

    No. You will have to put it in your 5.25 inch bay. As to were to get drives for this bay...

    http://www.globalonetechnology.com/HP_300GB_3G_SAS_10K_2_5_SFF_Dual_Port_Hard_Drive_p/492620-B21_new.htm?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlebase&gdftrk=gdfV2859_a_7c56_a_7c4781_a_7c492620_d_B21_new&gclid=CLbHn8DJnb0CFYqIfgodHlsAhw
  2. JimF_35 said:
    "So, I realized there are two power supplies in the back of this thing. Should they both be hooked up at the same time for redundancy or should only one be plugged in and one's just there for backup?"

    Yes. I usually hook one to wall power and one to UPS power so if the UPS goes down the system still stays up from wall power and vise-versa.

    "Also, the front of the server has (empty) carriage for 2.5" drives. I have 3 brand new 3.5" 1TB Seagate enterprise hard drives. "

    No. You will have to put it in your 5.25 inch bay. As to were to get drives for this bay...

    http://www.globalonetechnology.com/HP_300GB_3G_SAS_10K_2_5_SFF_Dual_Port_Hard_Drive_p/492620-B21_new.htm?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlebase&gdftrk=gdfV2859_a_7c56_a_7c4781_a_7c492620_d_B21_new&gclid=CLbHn8DJnb0CFYqIfgodHlsAhw



    Is it not possible to swap out the 2.5" carriage with a 3.5" one? A ML350 that is using 3.5" drives is pictured below:

    I think it's just a question of where to buy this thing... any one know?

  3. Best answer
    Most HP ProLiant servers come shipped with a drive cage assembly that fits 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Many times you can just locate the proper drive assembly that you want to use (such as switching to the LFF 3.5" cage) and install that. However, sometimes you have to use specific drive cages with specific chassis otherwise there is no compatible other sized cage assembly. I know this is the case on many of the rackmount servers, but the pedistal servers like you have may support either cage without issue.

    The problem comes into locating the proper cage assembly and all the necessary additional components that might be needed to get it installed. Ebay may be your only shot, but there are some websites out there that also sell refurbished server hardware and accessory equipment. Unfortunately I don't know the part numbers you will need to look for. The only way I know of to do that is hunt around the internet in support documents for that specific model and see if they list out part numbers for compatible drive cage assemblies.
  4. Anytime you are looking for HP Part Numbers, Google search the model along with the term QuickSpecs
    Google: ML350 G5 QuickSpecs
    Result: http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04284193

    Now in this case, we find the Sales Part Number for this cage has never been listed.
    So instead we grab one of the CTO chassis part numbers for an LFF model (3.5" drives)
    412645-B21

    And we head over to PartSurfer (HP OEM Spare Parts Lookup)
    http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspx?searchText=412645-B21

    There we find 413986-001 is the Part Number for:
    6-bay SAS/SATA large form-factor (LFF) hard drive cage - Mounts in the left front of the chassis (for rack mounted servers) or lower front of the chassis (for tower servers)

    Quick Check on eBay and I see several people selling this unit for anywhere from $10 to $100.

    PS: I know this thread is old, but the process above works for most HP Servers.
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