HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server Overview

By Dylan Kerling – Velocity Tech Solutions

Today, I am going to be doing an overview of the ProLiant DL380 G5 server; one of our more popular entry-level HP servers.

To start out, we will be going over what type of hardware is compatible with this model.  Starting with the processors, the DL380 G5 supports both dual core and quad core processors.  It supports up to two (2) processors for a max of 8 threads.  The processors can be found, here, on the motherboard (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1Location of Processors

Each processor requires a VRM installed in the corresponding slot (Fig. 2).  The right slot is for CPU 1 and the left slot is for CPU 2.  The machine will not run without VRMs.

Fig. 2Slots for VRMs

The DL380 G5 server takes PC2-5300 FBDIMM RAM and has 8 DIMM slots on the board.  It runs in dual channel mode so you will need to have RAM installed in sets of two (2) for best performance.  The maximum amount of memory this machine can support is 64GB with 8GB DIMMs.  The DIMMs can be found under the shroud on the board, here (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3Location of DIMMs

This machines typically comes with a Smart Array P400, with multiple sizes of raid cache.  The standard cache size is 256MB but can also come with no cache, 128MB and 512MB.  Battery-backed cache is optional on this machine.  However, it is still recommended in most instances.  The smart array card can typically be found on the back of the machine, here (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4Location of Smart Array

It takes 2.5″ SAS HDDs and has 8 bays for expandability.

For expansion slots, this machine has two (2) PCI-E 4x slots on the mainboard itself and has an expansion bay found here (Fig. 5 & 6).  The expansion bay can come in both a PCI-X model and PCI-E model with three (3) expansion slots on either type.  The server features dual redundant 800W power supplies, has Windows support up to Windows Server 2008 and is compatible with various Linus distros.

Fig. 5Location of Expansion Bay

Fig. 6Another View

I hope this overview of the HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server has been informational and helpful.

Please feel free to call us anytime at 888-784-2088 or visit our website at www.velocitytechsolutions.com

4 thoughts on “HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server Overview

  1. Johannes B says:

    Hi, Thanx a lot for the very good description-overview of this Server. Does the server support 8 SAS-HD´s in Standard or is there a limitation of 2 HD´s for each Channel? In the hardware-display of the MS-Server2008 it shows 1 Adapter with two channels only.

      • Johannes B says:

        Hi Anne,
        so I have a problem. There are 2 drive actually in use; one with 72GByte (System) and one with 250GByte (Data); no Raidsystem configured – simple HD´s as C: and D:.
        Now I wanted to put in an additional drive because the DataHD is full soon – but nothing happens. There are no LEDs burning on the HD-Cage and the system did not react in any way. Then I changed the drive to annother one which run in annother ProLiant before – but it was the same behavior: nothing happens. I changed the insertions also (No. 3 to 5). Then I did a restart of the server but no change. I don´t believe that both HDs are defect. Tomorrow I will open the server to see, if I there is something wrong in it, but I do not expect any to see.
        I think there are special HP-Tools on the server and so I will search for them. The Windows-System-Tools don´t show me any new HD.
        Please excuse my bad English.

      • Hi Johannes!

        You have great English! When you expand the number of drives in a raid array you have to go into the controller. You might have a P400 or E200 in that machine you need to go into the controller and add the drives to the raid array.
        Does that help or do you need directions on how to do that?


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