How to install a Smart Array Controller P440ar into a ProLiant ML350 G9

I love HP but this week I installed a new server which needed an ar array controller installing. I opened up the server, looked at the card and didn’t have a clue where it was to be installed! looked in the box and found no instructions, looked online and again found no instructions. So if like me you are struggling to work it out here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Open up the server and remove the clear plastic air baffle and fan tray to reveal the motherboard.

Step 2: Remove the cables connecting to port 1 and port 2 on the motherboard, then unscrew and remove the black cable tray.


Step 3: Site the ar controller card as shown and line up the screw holes and turn each screw once or twice to get them sited. Push down in the middle of the card to secure the connecters under the card to the motherboard then do the three screws up hand tight.


Step 6: Re-attach the black cable tray and connect the controller cables ensuring you connect port 1 to port 1 and port 2 to port 2.


Step 7: Locate the battery tray and connector on the motherboard.


Step 8: Orientate the battery as shown and note the step along the bottom. Insert the battery at an angle into the battery tray with the step first then push down the battery securely into the tray.


Step 9: With the battery secure in the tray connect it to the motherboard.


Step 10: Place the clear heat shield over the heat sink as shown, it simply clips on with a gentle push.


Step 11: Re-install the fan tray and air baffle, close up the server and boot it up. Press F10 to enter the intelligent provisioning menu and edit the array settings. If everything has been installed correctly you should now see the Smart Array P440ar controller with a warning.


Step 12: The controller warning is simply that the battery needs charging so we know it’s all connected so just leave the server on to recharge and you’re done!



Hope this guide to installing an ar storage controller into a HP ProLiant ML350 G9 helps you out. Comment below and let me know I’ve helped 🙂

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