Replace Optical drive with SSD Caddy - HP Proliant DL380e gen8

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I have recently acquired a HP Proliant DL380e Gen8 + a storage array.

The need:

Need to utilize the Storage array as just a bunch of disks, preferably with TrueNAS and ZFS for inter usability, if the server dies we just replace it and not spend days trying to get data back and find different raid/smart arrays

The Specs:

  • HP Proliant DL380e Gen8
  • HP Storageworks (Unsure of model)
  • Intel Xeon
  • 36gb RAM
  • SFF
  • B360i Smart Array

What i've done already:

  • Installed an NVMe M.2 Riser + M.2 - The TrueNAS installer see's it (yay), the TrueNAS installer can install to it.. double yay. The BIOS then flips out and says "Non System-Disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready."
  • SmartArray disabled in BIOS & setup as Legacy AHCI
  • Installed to the StorageWorks - worked like a charm.. until I made the pools then I wasn't able to boot in again. Sadly my block (8 houses) likes to trip the grid for 1-3 days at least once every 2-3 years.

My Plan -- Not sure if this will work, so this is where smarter people come in

Step 1. Remove the Optical Drive Step 2. Replace the Optical Drive with a Laptop Optical Drive to SSD/HDD Caddy Step 3. Install a WD Green SSD (80gb) Step 4. Install TrueNAS to the WD Green SSD Step 5. Pray to any god that exists that this works and I don't get beaten by a piece of technology.

Any ideas?


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