I’ve just installed a perfect-running HP Smart Array P212 in my server. It comes with 2.72 firmware version.
My server runs vmware ESXi 6.0 and, after perform a firmware update to 6.64 version as explained in this link.
I perform the installation process correctly, bur after it the system asks to perform a reboot. I went out from ESXi shell and reboot the server.
But after it the system shows the message:
HP Smart Array P212 Controller Initializing... +x+ (the rotation mark)
And then it halts. Doesn’t proceed with the booting process.
I am disappointed, because we have some important data in the RAID disks.
I checked if it has the same behaviour with and without disks attached to the board, and it doesn`t change anything.
The status LED's don't show any error, with the heartbeat running ok and low CPU load (<25%).
When I remove the board from the server, it performs the boot normally.
Please someone help me what can I do to bring the RAID array back without losing data.