HP ProLiant SL Servers Solution Overview

HP ProLiant SL Servers
Solution Overview
• H
P Intelligent Provisioning is a single-server deployment tool that
is embedded in ProLiant Gen8 servers. It eliminates the need
for SmartStart CDs and Smart Update Firmware DVDs. For more
information about Intelligent Provisioning, see the HP Intelligent
Provisioning User Guide at the Information Library
Setup Poster
This document describes setup requirements and procedures for ProLiant SL
server solutions. HP assumes you are qualified in the servicing of computer
equipment and trained in recognizing hazards in products with hazardous
energy levels.
IMPORTANT: HP ProLiant SL servers do not support operating
system installations with Intelligent Provisioning. ProLiant SL servers
currently support Intelligent Provisioning maintenance features only.
For a detailed installation and configuration checklist, see the HP
ProLiant Gen8 Server and iLO Management Engine Setup Guide on
the Documentation CD or the HP ProLiant Gen8 Server Management
Information Library (http://www.hp.com/go/proliantgen8/docs).
1 Before you begin
Research and develop a solution
To begin researching the HP ProLiant SL server solution, see the ProLiant
SL server technical resources website (http://www.hp.com/support/
SL_servers). The website includes white papers, tech briefs, instructions,
best practices, helpful hints, useful links, and suggestions for setting up and
configuring the solution.
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Site requirements
Select an installation site that meets the detailed installation site
requirements described in the server user guide on the Documentation CD
and on the HP ProLiant Gen8 Server Management Information Library
Rack planning resources
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Part number 667149-002
August 2012
Edition: 2
The rack resource kit ships with all HP branded or Compaq branded
9000, 10000, and H9 series racks. For more information on the content of
each resource, see the rack resource kit documentation.
Software prerequisites
• If you are deploying multiple servers or prefer to install the operating
system remotely, use HP Insight Control automated server deployment.
For more information, see the HP Insight Control Server Deployment
User Guide on the HP Insight Software Information Library
Unpack the system
The chassis and components ship with hard copy installation instructions.
When unpacking, be sure to locate all hard copy installation instructions.
Compile the documentation
The documentation, while delivered individually and in various formats,
works as a system. Consult these documents before attempting installation.
These documents provide required important safety information and
decision-making steps for configuration.
• The enclosed documentation includes the following:
o HP ProLiant SL Servers Solution Overview Setup Poster
o HP ProLiant SL Servers Quick Setup Instructions
oHP ProLiant s6500 Chassis Documentation CD, including safety
information, the enclosure setup and installation guide, Intelligent
Provisioning documentation, and other useful links
• T he following items are available on the HP SL solutions documentation
website (http://www.hp.com/support/SL_servers) :
oUseful links to ProLiant SL server technical information like Quick
Specs and Customer advisories
oThe installation checklist, used to collect information needed for
installation and configuration
oUser documentation, such as user guides, quick install cards, and
troubleshooting information
o Copies of all the material included with the chassis
oNumerous white papers and technical briefs on various ProLiant SL
server components
Determine power and cooling configurations
Validate power and cooling requirements based on location and installed
ProLiant Power Interface Control Utility
HP ProLiant Power Interface Control Utility is a command-line utility
performing power display and control power functions for the chassis. You
can use the utility and the embedded Power Management Controller to set
different power levels or chassis power capping.
The utility provides the following:
• Chassis fan controls
• Chassis power control
• Server fans and power through BMC, iLO, and BIOS
• Capability to power up servers based on power capacity
• Power emergency break support
• Capability to set the chassis power level through PPIC utilities with BMC
and iLO
For more information or to download the ProLiant Power Interface Control
Utility, see the HP website (http://www.hp.com/support/ppicu_dr).
HP ProLiant SL Advanced Power Manager overview
HP ProLiant SL Advanced Power Manager (“SL APM”) is a single point of
contact for HP ProLiant Scalable System administration.
To install, configure, and access SL APM, see the HP ProLiant SL Advanced
Power Manager User Guide on the HP website (http://www.hp.com/
2 Install the chassis
The s6500 chassis can be installed either in a rack or rack-free
environment. For rack installations, install the rack rails, and then install the
chassis and other components.
For more information, see the HP ProLiant s6500 Chassis Setup and
Installation Guide, Quick Deploy Rail System Installation Instructions that
ship with the rack hardware kit, and applicable installation instructions.
3 Install the options
Install any hardware options before initializing the node. For options
installation information, see the documentation that ships with the option.
For node-specific information, see the node user guide on the HP website
4 Install the components
WARNING: The node is very heavy. To reduce the risk of personal
injury or damage to the equipment:
•Reduce the weight of the node by removing the hard drives and power supplies before installing the server into the rack.
•At least two people are required to lift the node during installation or removal.
CAUTION: Always plan the rack installation so that the heaviest
item is on the bottom of the rack. Install the heaviest item first, and
continue to populate the rack from the bottom to the top.
Before installing front or rear components into the s6500 chassis, review
s6500 chassis bay numbering for each component. For slot numbering
information, see the quick setup instructions.
Based on the total number ordered and the planned configuration, install
the following components:
• Nodes
• Power supplies
• System fans
For more information, see the appropriate chassis setup and installation
guide and the node installation instructions.
5 Power up the chassis
Connect the AC or DC power cables, depending on the power configuration.
When the circuit breakers are powered, the chassis and HP ProLiant SL
Advanced Power Manager have power. By default, each installed component
also powers up. Examine the HP ProLiant SL Advanced Power Manager for
any errors which may prevent installed components from powering up.
6 Configure the chassis
For further information on setting up and configuring your system, see the
HP ProLiant s6500 Chassis Quick Setup Instructions and the HP ProLiant
s6500 Chassis Setup and Installation Guide.
7 Power up and select boot options
1. Connect the Ethernet cable and press the Power On/Standby button.
2. To modify the server configuration ROM default settings using RBSU,
press F9 when prompted during the initial boot. By default, RBSU runs
in the English language.
NOTE: If an HP Smart Array controller has been added or is embedded in
the system, the controller defaults to a RAID configuration based on the size
and number of hard drives installed. For more information on modifying the
controller default settings, see the documentation on the Documentation CD.
For more information on automatic configuration, see the HP ROM-Based
Setup Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD or the iLO Management
Engine Information Library (http://www.hp.com/go/ilomgmtengine/docs).
8 Install the system software
To operate properly, the node must have a supported operating system installed.
For information about operating systems supported by ProLiant servers, see the
operating system support matrices (http://www.hp.com/go/supportos).
To install an operating system on the node, use one of the following methods:
• Manual Installation—Insert the operating system CD into the USBattached DVD-ROM drive (user provided) and reboot the node. You must
download the HP Service Pack for ProLiant from the SPP download site
(http://www.hp.com/go/spp/download) and create SPP media so that
you can install the drivers.
• Remote deployment installation—Use Insight Control server deployment
for an automated solution to remotely deploy an operating system
To access and configure Intelligent Provisioning on a single node:
1. Access Intelligent Provisioning by rebooting the server and pressing F10.
2. The first time you log into Intelligent Provisioning, follow the steps to set
preferences and activate Intelligent Provisioning.
3. From the Home screen, click Perform Maintenance, and then click
Firmware Update.
4. Ensure the latest drivers are available for installation. Select Intelligent
Provisioning Software from the list of firmware, and click Update. If the
check box is not selected, the latest drivers are already installed.
To update your drivers and system software:
Intelligent Provisioning automatically integrates optimized ProLiant server
support software from the HP SPP. For more information on using SPP,
see the HP Service Pack for ProLiant User Guide on the HP website
For more information on using these installation methods, see the HP
website (http://www.hp.com/go/ilo).
9 Register the server
To register the server, refer to the HP Registration website
Troubleshooting resources
The HP ProLiant Gen8 Troubleshooting Guide, Volume I: Troubleshooting
provides procedures for resolving common problems and comprehensive
courses of action for fault isolation and identification, issue resolution,
and software maintenance on ProLiant servers and server blades. The
HP ProLiant Gen8 Troubleshooting Guide, Volume II: Error Messages
provides a list of error messages and information to assist with interpreting
and resolving error messages on ProLiant servers and server blades.
The documents are on the Documentation CD and on the HP website
For definitions of the acronyms used in this document, refer to “Acronyms
and abbreviations” on the Documentation CD.
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