HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 AMD X3421

Note: AstLinux 1.3.6 or later is required

Board Specifications: QuickSpecs User Guide Review Overview Video

Note → The description below applies to running AstLinux “bare metal”. Alternatively, this same hardware is well equipped to run a VM hypervisor with AstLinux running as a “guest VM”.

AstLinux Board Type:

  • “genx86_64” (Video Console: VGA)

Complete System Recommended Options:

  • Memory: 288-pin 8GB DDR4 1Rx8 PC4-2400T (Included)
  • Internal USB Drive: Remove ClearOS USB Drive (Included)
  • Storage: 2.5“ SATA SSD with ORICO 2.5 to 3.5 Hard Drive Adapter Tray

Total System Power: 16 Watts when idle.

Performance: 28.0 secs. (Single-core test, lower is better)

time ( echo "scale=3456; 4*a(1)" | bc -l )

Configuration:

/mnt/kd/rc.conf.d/user.conf

SENSEMODS="k10temp"


/mnt/kd/sensors.conf

# libsensors configuration file
# -----------------------------
# HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10

# k10temp CPU sensor
chip "k10temp-pci-00c3"

label temp1 "CPU Temp"


BIOS NIC Setup for Ethernet PXE Boot (disable):

On startup press the Control-S key to enter the BIOS NIC Setup, For each of the two NIC's, make the following changes…

  • Boot Protocol → None
  • Banner Message Timeout → 2 Seconds

The results should look like the following screen…

BIOS NIC PXE


BIOS Setup for Restore AC Power Loss:

The Energy-Related Products Directive (ERP) is the European Commission Directive required for products sold and exported to the EU. As such the HPE MicroServer does not automatically power on after a power failure. Obviously this feature needs to be disabled.

On startup press the F2 key to enter the BIOS Setup, go to the “Chipset” → “Restore On Power Loss” . Make the following changes…

  • Restore On Power Loss → Power On

The results should look like the following screen…

BIOS Power On


BIOS Setup for Boot Mode (non-UEFI):

While in the BIOS Setup as above, make certain Legacy only boot is enabled, go to the “Advanced” → “Boot Mode” menu…

  • Boot Mode → Legacy only

The results should look like the following screen…

BIOS Legacy Boot


Save the above BIOS changes, reboot.

Tip → If you need to choose the boot drive, for example when booting the ISO Installer via a USB drive, on startup press the F11 key.

Note → The final HPE boot screen with the QR code displayed appears for 40 seconds, there does not appear to be a way to shorten this boot delay.

Photos:

Front

Back

Disk Tray

2.5“ SATA SSD with ORICO 2.5 to 3.5 Hard Drive Adapter Tray