While installing new HP BL460c Gen8’s (Xeon E5-2680 v2) we discovered some strange behavior while setting the HP Power Profile setting to “Maximum Performance”. It appears that this setting causes the ESXi 5.1 Installer to not see the Internal SD-Card as storage device anymore.
Default BIOS Settings give us this, which is good:
Now we only changing the Power Profile on the server to “Maximum Performance”
And now the ESXi Installer gives us this:
Also note that these error messages appear, which obviously are the reason why the SD-Card isn’t detected.
We’ve tried two BIOS versions (2014.02.10 and 2013.12.20) as well as two versions of the HP ESXi ISO’s:
Currently we have a case open with HP for this problem. To be continued..
Update 25 november: HP has released an iLO firmware Update (2.03) to address this problem which can be downloaded here
Full HP Service Pack for Proliant (SPP) Version can be found here. Mind the fact that you also need the “Maintenance Supplement Bundle” that is found on that same page.