How to Configure HPE MSA 2050 Step by Step


In this article, I’ll teach configure HPE MSA 2050. HPE Modular Smart Array (MSA) storage is an affordable industry-leading, entry-level consolidation solution that gives essentially the most storage capacity for your investment. Affordable – Setting new levels of affordability in entry storage, whether you’ll want to optimize cost or performance.

The HPE MSA 2050 arrays are equipped with a dual controller available in iSCSI, FC, and SAS. On the MSA 2040, 2050 series, it’s possible to mix controllers to have two storage access technologies.

Introduction HPE MSA 2050

By default, the IP addresses are:

Controller A:
Controller B:

Login :

Login: manage
Password : !manage

Access to the administration is completed in HTTPS

1. First Open Google Chrome Browser and go to one of the two controllers and enter the credentials of the managed account.

HPE MSA 2050

2. Home Screen HPE MSA 2050

HPE MSA 2050 Home Screen

System Configuration HPE MSA 2050

Step 1. From the Home screen, click Action Configuration Wizard

System Configuration HPE MSA 2050

Step 2. The first page shows the elements that will be configured. Click on Next

Introduction of HPE MSA 2050

Step 3. Change data and time and an NTP Server and click on Next

Configure Data and Time in HPE MSA 2050

Step 4. Change the default account passwords (optional) and click Next

Change the Password HPE MSA 2050

Step 5. Network Configuration of both controllers, click Next

Network Configuration MSA 2050

Step 6. You can select the different modes of administration and click on Next

HPE MSA 2050 System Management Services

Step 7. Enter the credentials for the array and click Next


Step 8. Configure event notifications and click Next

Notification Setting in MSA 2050

Step 9. Check the configuration setting that will be changed and click Finish


Step 10. Click Yes to confirm and save the setting


Network Configuration

Step 1. First Go to System and click on Action then Configure Network


Step 2. Set the controller addresses and click OK

Set the Controller A and B issign IP Address Manully in HPE MSA 2050

Administration Mode

Step 1. Firstaly at the bay name at the top of the administration, click on chevron and then Set Up System Services

HPE MSA 2050 System Services

Step 2. Select the modes to activate and click OK


Step 3. Confirm the change and click Yes


System Information

Step 1. First, the bay name at the top of the administration, click on chevron and then Set System Information


Step 2. Edit your information and click OK


Date and Time Setting

Step 1. In the top part of the hour click on chevron and then Set Date and Time


Step 2. Click edit the form and click OK


User Management

Step 1. In the top part, click on the chevron at the current user level and then on Manage Users


Step 2. Select the user you want to edit, edit the settings and click Apply and OK to close the window.


Notification Management

Step 1. In the main part of the administration, click on chevron and Set Up Notification


Step 2. Click edit modes and notifications

Storage Configuration HPE MSA 2050

First, your access to the creation of a storage pool, and to the disk group is done by the menu on the left Pools, click on the button Action, and then Add disk Group


Disk Group Storage

Step 1. You can select the type Virtual, choose the desired level of raid then check the disks to put in the group and select pool A, and click on Add

Raid 5 Confiqure in HPE MSA 2050

A disk was not included in the group because it will be defined as a spare.

A disk group consists of a disk of the same speed and capacity.

Step 2. The disk group is visible on the pools page. We see that pool A was created, that this one contains the group of disk dgA01, and that it is composed of the disks 1.3 to 1.14


Disk Group Cache

Step 1. You can access the Add Group Group form.

Step 2. Select the radio button Read Cache, and also check the SSD to put in it. then Check the pool and press Add button

Drive Cahe Setting in HPE MSA 2050

Also, a read cache disk group consists of one or more SSD

Step 3. On the pools page, you also should see the disk group and its physical disk configuration.


Define a Spare Disk

Step 1. First, go to System and click on Action then Change Global Spare

How to create spare disk in HPE MSA 2050

Step 2. Check the disk to spare and click on the Change

How to change a disk spare in HPE MSA 2050

Step 3. From the System page, by hovering over the disc, it is possible to see the use provided for it.


Summary of the Configuration MSA 2050

Step 1. From the System table, here you can see the state of each disk 3 with its allocation pool.

How to show system table in HPE MSA 2050

Step 2. Go to the home page, you can see the two storage pools with the size of the affected disk groups.



A volume is a virtual disk created on a storage pool that is performed to a server as storage.

Add a Volume

Step 1. Go to the Volumes section and click on Action and Create Virtual Volumes


Step 2. Enter the volume capabilities and click OK


You can create multiple volumes at once by clicking Add Row.

Step 3. The volume is now visible in the list.


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  1. Thank you for this wonderful tuitorial, so how do i link with my w2k12/16 server that has vm n hyperv , i wanna backup them here

    • First, you have to communicate between HPE MSA 2050 and Physical Server Machine through (HBA fiber channel card) then you have to configure HPE MSA 2050. Finally, you can export your VM through Hyper-V and save it to HPE MSA 2050. There are many features in HPE MSA 2050. I hope so your query will be solved.

  2. Is SSD drives for Read Cache must be put on disk slot 1 & 2? can we put SSD drives for Read Cache in any disk slot other than disk slot 1 & 2 ?

    Can we add Read Cache (SSD drives) after Virtual Volume(s) created ?

    • “A read-cache disk group is a special type of a virtual disk group that is used to cache virtual pages to improve read performance. Read cache does not add to the overall capacity of the pool to which it has been added. You can add or remove it from the pool without any adverse effect on the volumes and their data for the pool, other than to impact the read-access performance.

      If your system uses SSDs, you can create read-cache disk groups for virtual pools if you do not have any virtual disk groups for the pool that are comprised of SSDs. Virtual pools cannot contain both read-cache and a Performance tier.

      Only a single read-cache disk group may exist within a pool. Increasing the size of read cache within a pool requires the user to remove the read-cache disk group, and then re-add a larger read-cache disk group. It is possible to have a read-cache disk group that consists of one or two disks with a non-fault tolerant RAID level. “

      Based on the way you have configured your disk groups & pools your setup follows the setup for SSD read-cache.


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