Thursday, 20 January 2022

HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Desktop

 We have a number of HPE blades that have been decommissioned and I was wondering if these could be used for some light R&D without the blade chassis.

Quick answer is yes, looks like it. I do not have the breakout cable to connect a screen and keyboard, however the BIOS post beeps all go through correctly.

Did not know this blade had a speaker! Cannot hear it over the fan noise of the chassis!

A HP DPS-600PB PSU with 3 jumpers connected together provides the power:

When power is connected, you should have 12V on the output terminals:

Change switch 1 and 3 to on on the blade motherboard:

Connect the 12V to the blade (Top - and Bottom + in my case):

And you should be good.

Please Note:
- A multimeter is your friend...
- I took an informed guess on the blade power connector, there is no documentation...
- No cooling over the CPU's so that needs some addressing before you run it like this...
- Double check everything...
- I cannot be held responsible for blue smoke...

ProxMox Unprivileged LXC containers USB Drive

Some quick notes on bind mounting under ProxMox and getting the permissions right. Reference -