RS720-X7/RS8
Configuration Guide
E7389
First Edition V1
June 2012
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Contents
Revision history........................................................................................... III
Safety information....................................................................................... IV
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Key features................................................................................... 1-2
1.3
Front panel features...................................................................... 1-4
1.2
1.4
1.5
System overview........................................................................... 1-3
Rear panel features....................................................................... 1-4
System specifications.................................................................. 1-5
Chapter 2:
Components
2.1
Upgrading CPU and CPU heatsink.............................................. 2-2
2.3
Upgrading hard disk drives.......................................................... 2-6
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
Upgrading system memory.......................................................... 2-4
Installing ASUS PIKE RAID module............................................ 2-7
Installing an expansion card to the riser card bracket.............. 2-8
Installing optical drive.................................................................. 2-9
OS support list............................................................................ 2-10
Revision history
Revision
Revision history
Date
V1
First release of RS720-X7/RS8 configuration guide
June 2012
III
Safety information
Electrical Safety
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Before installing or removing signal cables, ensure that the power cables for
the system unit and all attached devices are unplugged.
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
When adding or removing any additional devices to or from the system, contact
a qualified service technician or your dealer. Ensure that the power cables for
the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you service.
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your dealer.
Operation Safety
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Servicing of this product or units is to be performed by trained service
personnel only.
Before operating the server, carefully read all the manuals included with the
server package.
Before using the server, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If any damage is detected, contact your dealer
as soon as possible.
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Place the server on a stable
surface.
This product is equipped with a three-wire power cable and plug for the user’s
safety. Use the power cable with a properly grounded electrical outlet to avoid
electrical shock.
Lithium-Ion Battery Warning
CAUTION! Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
CD-ROM Drive Safety Warning
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
Heavy System
CAUTION! This server system is heavy. Ask for assistance when moving or
carrying the system.
IV
This chapter describes the key features
of RS920A-E6 and RS926A-E6. It
includes the product overview and
general specifications.
Product introduction
Chapter 1
1-
1.1
Key features
Mass Storage Capacity in a 2U Chassis with 92% Power
Efficiency
Based on the Intel® Socket R E5-2600 processor platform, the ASUS RS720-X7/
RS8 server offers customers assured quality of service with high memory
capacity, outstanding power efficiency, quad LAN, and mass storage. It also
enables comprehensive server management and flexible RAID, offering functional
integration that makes it an excellent all-round choice for any IT application.
Mass storage capacity in a 2U chassis
The RS720-X7/RS8 features eight SAS/SATA 2.5”/3.5” hard drive bays and
supports up to 24TB storage capacity in 2U. Its hot-swap design provides 24/7
non-stop service, high availability, and easy upgrades.
Up to 92% power efficiency
Equipped with 1+1 redundant 770W 80 PLUS Gold power supplies, the RS720-X7/
RS8 saves users money on energy costs while maintaining strict environmental
protection standards. The two power supplies also utilize a hot-swap design that
allows work to continue even if one of them requires maintenance or replacement.
Extensive expandability
The expansion slot design includes up to one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot and six PCI
Express 3.0 x8 slots, meeting future expansion demands with ease.
Quad LAN support
Four LAN ports offer higher networking bandwidth with load-balancing and faulttolerance functions. The RS720-X7/RS8 supports ASUS-made and most other
available 10Gb/s LAN cards for the fastest networking currently possible.
Intelligent thermal design
The front-parallel placement of the CPU and memory guides smooth airflow
throughout the chassis, while smart fan control technology adjusts fan speeds
automatically based on system load.
Flexible RAID
The RS720-X7/RS8 supports optional ASUS RAID PIKE upgrade kits. With these,
users can integrate server capabilities with greater data security and quickly
upgrade storage from SATA to SAS.
Built-in remote server management
The web and graphical interface-based ASMB6-iKVM module lets users fully
control the server with out-of-band management using the IPMI 2.0 standard
for real time remote monitoring. Additionally, ASWM Enterprise provides one-tomultiple centralized management, including BIOS flashing, remote control, power
control, and asset management, all via a user-friendly interface.
1-2
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.2
System overview
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1. Central processing unit (CPU)
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Friction rackmount rail kit
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1-3
1.3
Front panel features
Location LED
Reset button
Message LED
LAN1/3 LED
LAN2/4 LED
HDD Access LED
USB ports
Optical drive (optional)
Location
switch
Power
LED
Power
button
2
HDD 1 HDD 5
1.4
HDD 2 HDD 6
HDD 3 HDD 7
1
HDD 4 HDD 8
Rear panel features
7 Expansion slots
LAN port 4
LAN port 3
LAN port 2
LAN port 1
VGA port
USB ports
DM_LAN1 port*
PS/2 keyboard port
PS/2 mouse port
Power cord connector
Redundant power supply
Power Supply dummy
* This port is for ASUS ASMB6-iKVM controller only.
1-4
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.5
System specifications
Model Name
RS720-X7/RS8
2 x Socket-R 2011
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 product
Processor / System Bus
family(115W)
QPI 6.4 / 7.2 / 8.0 GT/s
Core Logic
Intel® C602-A PCH chipset
Smart Fan
√
ASUS Features
ASWM Enterprise √
12 (4-channel per CPU, 8 DIMM per CPU1,
Total Slots
4 DIMM per CPU2)
Maximum up to 96GB (UDIMM)
Capacity
Maximum up to 384GB (RDIMM)
Maximum up to 384GB (LRDIMM)
DDR3 800 / 1066 / 1333 / 1600 RDIMM
Memory
DDR3 1066 / 1333 ECC UDIMM/Non-ECC
Memory Type
UDIMM
DDR3 1066 / 1333 LR-DIMM
1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB (RDIMM)
Memory Size
1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB (UDIMM)
8GB, 16GB, 32GB (LRDIMM)
Total PCI/PCI-X/
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PCI-E Slots
Low-profile:
- 1 x PCI-E x16 (Gen3 x16 link) + 5 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link)
Expansion Slots
Slot Type
or
- 1 x PCI-E x16 (Gen3 x8 link) + 6 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link)
Additional Slot 1
1 x PIKE slot for storage enhancement
Intel® C602-A:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (for Windows only)
SATA Controller
- Supports software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5
LSI® Mega RAID (for Windows/Linux)
- Supports software RAID 0, 1, & 10
Storage
Optional:
- ASUS PIKE 2008 8-port SAS 6G RAID card
- ASUS PIKE 2008/IMR 8-port SAS 6G RAID
SAS Controller
card
- ASUS PIKE 2108 8-port SAS 6G H/W RAID
card
I = internal
HDD Bays
A or S will be
8 x Hot-swap 3.5” HDD Bays
hot-swappable
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Model Name
Networking
LAN
Graphic
VGA
Auxiliary Storage Device Bay
(Floppy / Optical Device)
Onboard I/O
OS Support
Out of Band
Remote
Hardware
Software
Dimension (HH x WW x DD)
Net Weight Kg (CPU, DRAM &
HDD not inclu ded)
Management
Solution
Power Supply
Environment
RS720-X7/RS8
4 x Intel 82574L + 1 x Mgmt LAN per Node
Aspeed AST2300 16MB
1 x Slim-type optical Device Bay
Options: No Device / DVD-RW
2 x Internal Serial Port
5 x RJ-45 ports (1 for ASMB6-iKVM)
4 x USB 2.0 ports (Front x 2, Rear x 2)
1 x Internal A Type USB Port
1 x VGA port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
Windows® Server 2008 R2
Windows® Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows® Server 2008 Enterprise 32/64-bit
RedHat® Enterprise Linux AS5.6/6.0 32/64-bit
SuSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11.2 32/64-bit
CentOS 5.6 32/64-bit
VMWare ESX4.1/ESXi4.1
(Subject to change without any notice)
Onboard ASMB6-iKVM for KVM-over-IP
ASWM Enterprise
615mm x 444mm x 87.0mm (2U)
22 Kg
1+1 Redundant 770W 80PLUS Gold Power Supply
(following different configuration by region)
Operating temperature: 10°C–35°C
Non operating temperature: -40°C–70°C
Non operating humidity: 20%–90%
(Non-condensing)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter lists the key components
and optional accessories for the server
system.
Components
Chapter 2
1-
2.1
Upgrading CPU and CPU heatsink
The motherboard comes with two surface mount LGA 2011 Socket R designed for
the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processor family.
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1
8
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Position the CPU over the socket, ensuring that the notch match
the socket.
Tighten the four heatsink screws in a diagonal sequence.
2-2
A
B
B
A
Chapter 2: Components
P/N
Description
90-S000U0C87T E5-2670 2.6G (8C/20M/115W/DDR3 1600/8.00 GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C88T E5-2665 2.4G (8C/20M/115W/DDR3 1600/8.00 GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C89T E5-2660 2.2G (8C/20M/95W/DDR3 1600/8.00 GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C8AT E5-2650 2.0G (8C/20M/95W/DDR3 1600/8.00 GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C8BT E5-2640 2.5G (6C/15M/95W/DDR3 1333/7.20GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C8CT E5-2630 2.3G (6C/15M/95W/DDR3 1333/7.20GT) with Heatsink
90-S000U0C8DT E5-2620 2.0G (6C/15M/95W/DDR3 1333/7.20GT) with Heatsink
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2.2
Upgrading system memory
The motherboard comes with eight (for CPU1) and four (for CPU2) Double Data
Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets.
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1 DIMM_A1
5 DIMM_D2
9 DIMM_E1
2 DIMM_A2
6 DIMM_D1
10 DIMM_F1
3 DIMM_B1
7 DIMM_C2
11 DIMM_G1
4 DIMM_B2
8 DIMM_C1
12 DIMM_H1
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* RDIMMs or 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and
8GB* UDIMMs or 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* LR-DIMMs into the DIMM sockets using the
memory configurations in this section.
1 CPU Configuration (must on CPU1)
A1
A2
B1
1 DIMMs
P
2 DIMMs
P
3 DIMMs
P
P
4 DIMMs
P
P
5 DIMMs
P
P
P
6 DIMMs
P
P
P
7 DIMMs
P
P
P
8 DIMMs
P
P
P
2-4
B2
C1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
C2
D1
D2
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Chapter 2: Components
2 CPU Configuration
1 DIMMs
2 DIMMs
3 DIMMs
4 DIMMs
5 DIMMs
6 DIMMs
7 DIMMs
8 DIMMs
9 DIMMs
10 DIMMs
11 DIMMs
12 DIMMs
A1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
A2
P
P
P
P
Order P/N
90-S000I0600T
90-S000I0610T
90-S000I0620T
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B1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
B2
C1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
C2
P
P
P
D1
P
P
P
P
P
P
D2
E1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
F1
G1
H1
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
P
Description
DDR3 1600 ECC REG 4G 240P SINGLE PACK
DDR3 1600 ECC REG 8G 240P SINGLE PACK
DDR3 1600 ECC REG 16G 240P SINGLE PACK
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2.3
Upgrading hard disk drives
The hard disk drive installed on the drive tray connects to the motherboard SATA/
SAS ports via the SATA/SAS backplane.
When installed, the SATAII/SAS connector on the drive connects to the SATAII/
SAS interface on the backplane.
Order P/N
90-S000H64R0T
90-S000H64S0T
90-S000H64T0T
90-S000H65D1T
90-S000H65B1T
90-S000H65V0T
90-S000H65U0T
90-S000H65T0T
90-S000H65E2T
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Description
300GB 6G SAS15Krpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
450GB 6G SAS15Krpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
600GB 6G SAS15Krpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
500GB SATA3 6Gb 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
1TB SATA3 6Gb 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
500GB SATA3 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
1TB SATA3 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
2TB SATA3 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
3TB SATA3 7200 rpm with HDD Tray (Single Pack)
Chapter 2: Components
2.4
Installing ASUS PIKE RAID module
Follow the steps below to install an optional ASUS RAID card on your motherboard.
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PSA
S1
PSA
S2
PSA
PSA
S3
S4
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
5
Locate the PIKE RAID card slot on the motherboard, then remove the screw
at the end of the PIKE slot on the motherboard.
Tighten the screw to secure the PIKE card on the motherboard.
Remove the SATA/SAS cables from the onboard SATA1–4 connectors.
Connect the SATA/SAS cables to the onboard SAS1–4 connectors (blue).
Move the SGPIO_SEL1 jumper on the SATA/SAS backplane to 2–3.
Order P/N
Description
90-S00CS0130T
PIKE2008 8-port SAS 6G card. RAID Kit (RAID 0, 1, 10, 1E)
90-S00CS0140T
PIKE 2008/IMR 8-port SAS 6G card. RAID Kit (RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50)
90-S00CS0150T
PIKE 2108 8-port SAS 6G card.
RAID Kit (H/W RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, 50, 60)
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2.5
Installing an expansion card to the riser card bracket
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following subsections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
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Chapter 2: Components
2.6
Installing optical drive
P/N
Description
90-S000C4000T
SLIM DVD-ROM 8X MODULE
90-S000C2000T
SLIM DVD-RW MODULE
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2.7
OS support list
OS support list
WindowsR Server 2008 R2
WindowsR Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
WindowsR Server 2008 Enterprise 32/64-bit
RedHatR Enterprise Linux AS5.6/6.0 32/64-bit
SuSER Linux Enterprise Server 11.2 32/64-bit
CentOS 5.6 32/64-bit
VMWare ESX4.1/ESXi4.1
P/N
Description
90-S00SW8200T
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (1-8 CPU, 10CAL)
90-S00SW7151T
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WINDOWS SERVER 2008 STD R2 64 (64-bit only)
Chapter 2: Components