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Common Procedures Guide
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Contents
About This Guide
Audience Assumptions........................................................................................................v
Important Safety Information ..............................................................................................v
Symbols on Equipment .......................................................................................................v
Rack Stability ................................................................................................................... vii
Symbols in Text................................................................................................................ vii
Related Documents.......................................................................................................... viii
Getting Help .................................................................................................................... viii
Technical Support ..................................................................................................... viii
HP Website ................................................................................................................. ix
Authorized Reseller .................................................................................................... ix
Reader’s Comments .......................................................................................................... ix
Chapter 1
Installing the F5 Networks BIG-IP Blade Controller
Installing the BIG-IP Blade Controller............................................................................ 1-1
Select and Configure a Server Blade to Act As a BIG-IP Blade Controller............. 1-2
Select the Host Server............................................................................................... 1-3
Connect to the PXE Port ........................................................................................... 1-3
Configure the Host as a PXE Server......................................................................... 1-4
Boot the Server Blade From a PXE Server............................................................... 1-4
Run the Setup Utility on the Server Blade................................................................ 1-5
Activating the License..................................................................................................... 1-5
Automatically Activating a License from the Command Line Interface .................. 1-7
Automatically Activating a License Using the Configuration Utility ...................... 1-8
Manually Activating a License Using the Configuration Utility .............................. 1-8
Creating a Virtual IP and Pool....................................................................................... 1-10
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Chapter 2
Server Blade Recovery
Overview..........................................................................................................................2-1
Restrictions and Assumptions..........................................................................................2-1
Sequence of Events (Example) ........................................................................................2-2
Setting Up RDP .........................................................................................................2-3
Setting up Insight Manager 7...........................................................................................2-6
Creating an Event to Monitor Server Blades.............................................................2-6
Creating a Task That is Triggered by a Server Blade Failure .................................2-13
Building the Batch File............................................................................................2-20
Replacing the Spare Server Blade..................................................................................2-23
Chapter 3
Rip and Replace or Change Rule
Overview..........................................................................................................................3-1
Setting up a Server Blade for Rip and Replace................................................................3-2
Index
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This guide provides best practices, helpful hints, and suggestions on setting up and
configuring HP ProLiant BL system hardware and management tools.
Audience Assumptions
This guide is for the person who installs, administers, and troubleshoots servers. HP
assumes you are qualified in the servicing of computer equipment and trained in
recognizing hazards in products with hazardous energy levels.
Important Safety Information
Before installing this product, read the Important Safety Information document
included with the server.
Symbols on Equipment
The following symbols may be placed on equipment to indicate the presence of
potentially hazardous conditions:
WARNING: This symbol, in conjunction with any of the following symbols,
indicates the presence of a potential hazard. The potential for injury exists if
warnings are not observed. Consult the documentation for specific details.
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This symbol indicates the presence of hazardous energy circuits or electric
shock hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified personnel.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from electric shock hazards, do not
open this enclosure. Refer all maintenance, upgrades, and servicing to
qualified personnel.
This symbol indicates the presence of electric shock hazards. The area
contains no user or field serviceable parts. Do not open for any reason.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from electric shock hazards, do not
open this enclosure.
This symbol on an RJ-45 receptacle indicates a network interface connection.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of electric shock, fire, or damage to the
equipment, do not plug telephone or telecommunications connectors into this
receptacle.
This symbol indicates the presence of a hot surface or hot component. If this
surface is contacted, the potential for injury exists.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from a hot component, allow the
surface to cool before touching.
These symbols, on power supplies or systems, indicate that the
equipment is supplied by multiple sources of power.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury from electric shock,
remove all power cords to completely disconnect power from the
system.
This symbol indicates that the component exceeds the recommended
weight for one individual to handle safely.
Weight in kg
Weight in lb
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WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the
equipment, observe local occupational health and safety requirements
and guidelines for manual material handling.
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Rack Stability
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the equipment,
be sure that:
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The leveling jacks are extended to the floor.
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The full weight of the rack rests on the leveling jacks.
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The stabilizing feet are attached to the rack if it is a single-rack installation.
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The racks are coupled together in multiple-rack installations.
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Only one component is extended at a time. A rack may become unstable if
more than one component is extended for any reason.
Symbols in Text
These symbols may be found in the text of this guide. They have the following
meanings.
WARNING: Text set off in this manner indicates that failure to follow directions
in the warning could result in bodily harm or loss of life.
CAUTION: Text set off in this manner indicates that failure to follow directions could
result in damage to equipment or loss of information.
IMPORTANT: Text set off in this manner presents essential information to explain a concept
or complete a task.
NOTE: Text set off in this manner presents additional information to emphasize or supplement
important points of the main text.
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Related Documents
For additional information on the topics covered in this guide, refer to the following
documentation:
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Overview and planning white papers for the ProLiant BL e-Class system or
ProLiant BL p-Class system
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HP ProLiant BL System Best Practices Guide
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Setup and installation guides for the server blades and the ProLiant BL e-Class
system or ProLiant BL p-Class system
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Hardware installation posters for the ProLiant BL e-Class system or ProLiant BL
p-Class system
Getting Help
If you have a problem and have exhausted the information in this guide, you can get
further information and other help in the following locations.
Technical Support
In North America, call the HP Technical Support Phone Center at 1-800-652-6672.
This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For continuous quality
improvement, calls may be recorded or monitored. Outside North America, call the
nearest HP Technical Support Phone Center. Telephone numbers for worldwide
Technical Support Centers are listed on the HP website, www.hp.com.
Be sure to have the following information available before you call HP:
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Technical support registration number (if applicable)
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Product serial number
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Product model name and number
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Applicable error messages
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Add-on boards or hardware
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Third-party hardware or software
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Operating system type and revision level
HP Website
The HP website has information on this product as well as the latest drivers and flash
ROM images. You can access the HP website at www.hp.com.
Authorized Reseller
For the name of the nearest authorized reseller:
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In the United States, call 1-800-345-1518.
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In Canada, call 1-800-263-5868.
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Elsewhere, see the HP website for locations and telephone numbers.
Reader’s Comments
HP welcomes your comments on this guide. Please send your comments and
suggestions by e-mail to ServerDocumentation@hp.com.
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Installing the F5 Networks BIG-IP Blade
Controller
This chapter provides instruction for the installation and configuration of the
F5 Networks BIG-IP Blade Controller. Have a list of the server blade IP address
available before beginning the procedures in this chapter.
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Installing the BIG-IP Blade Controller
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Activating the License
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Creating a Virtual IP and Pool
IMPORTANT: The BIG-IP Blade Controller is not supported by the HP ProLiant BL40p server
blade.
Installing the BIG-IP Blade Controller
To install the BIG-IP software on the HP ProLiant BL10e server blade or HP
ProLiant BL20p server blade, the network boot procedure known as a Pre-boot
Execution Environment (PXE) is used. Booting a server with the BIG-IP F5
Resource CD allows you to configure that server (host) to act as a PXE server. The
following sections provide procedures for installing the BIG-IP software:
Note: When installing the BIG-IP software on multiple server blades, it is recommended that
you install and license the software on one server blade at a time. This can be accomplished
by creating a private network with only the host PXE/install server then adding and the server
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1. Select and Configure a Server Blade to Act As a BIG-IP Blade Controller.
2. Select the Host Server.
3. Connect to the PXE Port.
4. Configure the Host as a PXE Server.
5. Boot the Server Blade From a PXE Server.
6. Run the Setup Utility.
Select and Configure a Server Blade to Act As a BIG-IP Blade
Controller
1. Select the server blade. The selected server blade must:
— Be either a ProLiant BL20p server blade or a ProLiant BL10e server blade.
— Have one PXE-enabled NIC that resides on the same network as the PXE
(host) server. NIC 1 on ProLiant BL20p server blades and ProLiant BL10e
servers blades have PXE enabled by default.
2. If using a ProLiant BL20p server blade, disable Hyper-Threading through RBSU:
a. Log into the iLO Remote Console.
b. Power on or reboot the server blade.
c. At the BIOS Options prompt, press F9 to enter the ROM Based Setup Utility
(RBSU).
d. Select Advanced Options, and press Enter.
e. Select Processor Hyper-Threading, and press Enter.
f.
Select Disable, and press Enter.
g. Press Esc twice.
h. Press F10 to save changes and exit RBSU.
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Select the Host Server
Select a host server that can act as a PXE server. The selected server must:
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Have a CD-ROM drive
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Support booting from the CD-ROM drive
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Reside on the same subnet as the target server blade and be connected through
the server blade PXE NIC 1
Connect to the PXE Port
Connect the host server to the server blade to install the BIG-IP software:
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If using a ProLiant BL10e server blade, use the diagnostic adapter card.
Attach the diagnostic adapter to the diagnostic connector on the front of the
server blade in order to attach peripherals such as a keyboard, video, mouse, USB
diskette drive, or USB CD-ROM drive.
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If using a ProLiant BL20p server blade, use the Integrated Lights-Out (iLO)
control panel.
Connect a workstation to the server blade using one of the following methods:
— Establish a network connection using the I/O cable connector to connect to
the iLO default IP address: 192.168.1.1.
— Establish an Ethernet network connection using the iLO Ethernet
management connector on the RJ-45 Patch Panel.
NOTE: If directly connecting a NIC to an RJ-45 patch panel, you will need to use the
crossover cable.
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Configure the Host as a PXE Server
1. After connecting the host to the server blade, insert the F5 Resource CD into the
host, and reboot the system from the CD-ROM drive.
2. To select an installation option, at the initial prompt select 2. Set up server to
provide network installation.
3. From the list of available network interfaces on the machine, select an interface
as the PXE server interface.
4. Select No at the prompt. This selection produces the following series of prompts:
IP network [10.1.10]?
IP address of server 10.1.10[n] [199]?
Lower range for clients 10.1.10.[n] [199]?
Upper range for clients 10.1.10.[n] [200]?
5. If the subnet is private, accept the default IP addresses provided. If other
machines share the subnet and possible conflict exists, substitute appropriate
unique addresses and ranges.
The host displays the selected settings and prompts you to accept or reject them.
6. If the settings are correct, enter yes to accept them. If the settings are not correct,
enter no and the host repeats the prompts. The PXE server configuration is not
complete until you accept the settings.
Boot the Server Blade From a PXE Server
1. Boot the server blade.
2. The server blade detects the BIG-IP PXE server and prompts to confirm the
installation. After the installation completes.
3. Remove the BIG-IP Controller CD from the CD-ROM drive and power down the
host server.
4. Disconnect the host server from the server blade.
5. Reboot the server blade.
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Run the Setup Utility on the Server Blade
The next step in the process is to run the Setup Utility. The Setup Utility defines the
initial configuration settings required to install the BIG-IP system into the network.
For more information on running the Setup Utility, refer to the BIG-IP Reference
Guide.
To run the Setup Utility:
1. Log into the server blade. At the logon prompt, enter the user name: root and
the password: default.
2. At the prompt, enter config. Follow the configuration steps for setting up the F5
BIG-IP Blade Controller. The configuration steps will prompt for the following:
— Host name, accounts, gateway, DNS, IP address information
— VLANs and networking information
— Web server configuration
Upon completion, a Web server page reference is provided. In the future,
changes can be made in the Setup Utility by entering config.
Activating the License
After loading the BIG-IP software onto the target server blades, you must obtain a
valid license certificate to activate the software. To gain a license certificate, provide
the following items to the license server: a registration key and a dossier.
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The registration key is a 25-character string that lets the license server know what
F5 Networks products you are entitled to license. If you downloaded the BIG-IP
software, you should have received the registration key by email. Otherwise,
refer to the back of the BIG-IP Controller CD case.
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The dossier is an encrypted list of key platform characteristics that the BIG-IP
software uses to identify the platform and to enforce or restrict activation on the
platform. Obtain the dossier from the BIG-IP kernel.
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Obtain a license certificate using one of the following methods:
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Automatic license activation
For this method to succeed, the target server blade must be installed on a network
with direct Internet access. The automatic license activation method retrieves and
submits the dossier to the F5 Networks license server and installs the signed
license certificate.
Perform automatic license activation either from the BIG-IP command line
interface or from the BIG-IP software user interface (F5 Configuration Utility).
Refer to “Automatically Activating a License from the Command Line Interface”
or “Automatically Activating a License Using the Configuration Utility” for
instructions.
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Manual license activation
This method is for systems that run behind a firewall, or in other network
environments that do not have direct Internet access. This process requires an
administrative workstation that can access both the BIG-IP system and the
Internet. With the manual license activation method, manually submit the dossier
to and retrieve the signed license file from the F5 Networks license server.
Perform automatic license activation from the BIG-IP software user interface
(Configuration Utility). Refer to “Manually Activating a License Using the
Configuration Utility” for instructions.
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Automatically Activating a License from the Command Line
Interface
To automatically activate a license from the command line interface:
1. Log into the server blade. At the logon prompt, enter the user name: root and
the password: default.
2. At the prompt, enter license. The following prompts are displayed:
IP:
Netmask:
Default Route:
1.1, 1.2
Select interface to use to retrieve license
3. Enter the appropriate value for each prompt (the server blade uses this
information to make an Internet connection), and continue to the following
prompt:
The Registration Key should have been included with the
BIG-IP software or given when the order was placed.
Do you have your Registration Key? [Y/N]:
4. Enter Y. The following prompt is displayed:
Registration Key:
5. Enter the 25-character registration key. The dossier is retrieved and sent to the F5
Networks license server, and a signed license file is returned and installed. A
message is displayed indicating the process was successful.
6. To finish the licensing process, if you have not previously accepted an End User
License Agreement (EULA), proceed to the EULA acceptance screen, review the
EULA, and then accept it.
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Automatically Activating a License Using the Configuration Utility
To automatically activate a license using the Configuration Utility:
1. Open a Web browser from the administrative workstation.
2. Open the Configuration Utility using the following address:
https://192.168.1.245
This is a default address on the server blade local area network.
3. At the logon prompt, enter the user name: root and the password: default.
The Configuration Utility menu is displayed.
4. Click License Utility to open the License Administration screen.
5. In the Registration Key box, enter the 25-character registration key and click
Automated Authorization. The License Status screen displays status messages,
and the message “Process complete” is displayed when the licensing activation is
complete.
6. Click License Terms, review the EULA, and then accept it.
7. At the Reboot Prompt screen, select a time to reboot the server blade. You must
reboot the server blade to complete the license activation.
Manually Activating a License Using the Configuration Utility
To manually activate a license using the Configuration Utility:
1. Open a Web browser from the administrative workstation.
2. Open the Configuration Utility using the following address:
https://192.168.1.245.
This is a default address on the server blade LAN.
3. At the logon prompt, enter the user name root and the password default. The
Configuration Utility menu is displayed.
4. Click License Utility to open the License Administration screen.
5. In the Registration Key box, enter the 25-character registration key and click
Manual Authorization.
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6. At the Manual Authorization screen, retrieve the dossier using one of the
following methods:
— Copy the entire contents of the Product Dossier box.
— Click Download Product Dossier, and save the dossier to the hard drive.
7. Click (http://activate.f5.com/f5/index.jsp) in the License Server box:
8. The Activate F5 License screen opens in a new Web browser.
9. On the Activate F5 License screen, submit the dossier using one of the following
methods, depending on a previous selection:
— To copy the contents of the Product Dossier, paste the copied data copied
from the Product Dossier box into the Enter your Dossier box and then click
Activate.
— To save the dossier to the hard drive, click Browse in the Product Dossier
box to locate the dossier on the hard drive and then click Activate.
The screen displays a signed license file.
10. Retrieve the license file using one of the following methods:
— Copy the entire contents of the signed license file.
— Click Download license, and save the license file to the hard drive.
11. Return to the Manual Authorization screen, and click Continue.
12. At the Install License screen, submit the license file using one of the following
methods, depending on a previous selection:
— To copy the contents of the license file, paste the data copied from the signed
license file into the License Server Output box and then click Install
License.
— To save the license to the hard drive, click Browse in the License File box to
locate the license file on the hard drive and then click Install License.
The License Status screen displays the status messages, and the message
“Process complete” is displayed when the BIG-IP software has finished
activating the license.
13. To finish the licensing process, click License Terms, review the EULA, and
accept it.
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14. At the Reboot Prompt screen, select a time to reboot the server blade. You must
reboot the server blade to complete the license activation.
Creating a Virtual IP and Pool
The following steps describe the process to create a virtual IP and pool.
1. Using a Web browser, connect to the Blade Controller webpage created in the
section “Run the Setup Utility,” earlier in this chapter.
2. Click Yes to proceed with the security alert.
3. Enter the Web server username and password created by the Configuration
Utility.
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4. Click Configure Your BIG-IP using the Configuration Utility.
Figure 1-1: BIG-IP F5 Configuration Utility
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5. The main page appears. On the left-hand menu, click Pools.
Figure 1-2: Configuring BIG-IP
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6. Click the ADD button.
Figure 1-3: Adding a pool
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7. Complete the form fields:
a. Enter Pool name. Enter a member’s IP address and select service.
b. Select the load balancing method and any other options appropriate to your
environment, and click >> to add that member to the pool. Repeat this step
for each member.
c. Click Done.
Figure 1-4: Adding pool information
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8. Verify all members have been added to the newly created pool.
Figure 1-5: Pools and associated members
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9. On the left-hand menu, click Virtual Servers, and then click ADD.
Figure 1-6: Adding a virtual server
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10. Enter the virtual IP address for the web-pool and select the service. Click Next.
Figure 1-7: Configuring the virtual IP address and
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11. In the Configure Basic Properties dialog box, make the appropriate selections and
click Next.
Figure 1-8: Configuring basic properties
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12. Select the physical resource (web-pool) and click Next.
Figure 1-9: Selecting the physical resource
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13. In the Configure Redundant Properties dialog box, make a selection for mirror
connections and click Next.
Figure 1-10: Configuring redundant properties
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14. In the Configure Outbound Properties dialog box, select the outbound properties
and click Next. The virtual pool is complete.
Figure 1-11: Configuring outbound properties
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15. On the left-hand menu, click System to display all the nodes and pools.
Figure 1-12: Displaying nodes and pools
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Server Blade Recovery
Overview
This chapter describes setting up a server blade recovery operation using Rapid
Deployment Pack (RDP) and Insight Manager 7. In the event a server blade fails, a
designated spare server blade takes on the role of the failed server blade.
Restrictions and Assumptions
•
This recovery method is for stateless servers or server blades. The image placed
on the spare server blade is captured when the server blade is originally set up.
Any change in state is lost.
•
Server blade names and the names of RDP events and images must be consistent.
•
VLANs and load balancer are not adjusted for the new server. This method could
be extended to include them in the future.
•
Currently, this recovery method supports a single spare for a set of target server
blades. A time period exists in which server blade recovery is not operational
because the spare has been taken. Once the faulty server blade is replaced and a
new spare set up, the system is fully operational. More than one spare can be
supported and the system will stay fully operational (assuming some of the failed
server blades are replaced before all the spares are used).
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The spare server blade must have the same hardware configuration, such as
processors, NICs, memory, and storage, as the one it replaces.
•
This recovery method may be repeated for other combinations of target servers
and spares. Be sure to make the server names, event names, and image names
different for each combination.
Sequence of Events (Example)
Table 2-1: Sequence of Events
Event
Operational
Failure occurs
Build the spare server blade as a Windows® 2000 server named “spare.”
(RDP)
2.
Build the set of servers that may be replaced by the spare. (RDP)
3.
Create an event that will monitor the desired servers. (Insight Manager 7)
4.
Configure a task that will run when the previously created event is
triggered. (Insight Manager 7)
5.
Write the batch file that will execute when Insight Manager 7 executes the
task.
1.
Create images for each server that might be replaced by the “spare.”
(RDP)
2.
Create events to deploy the images that are named exactly as the server
name to be repaired. (RDP)
Server blade 20 is the
spare server blade and
can be used to replace
server blades 3-13.
Server blade 5 fails.
In Service Blades
In service
blades
spare
Create Images
1.
spare
Set up Insight
Manager 7 and
RDP
Details
continued
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Table 2-1: Sequence of Events continued
Event
1.
Insight Manager 7 detects the failed server blade and a batch file is started
which passes information on the failed server blade to RDP.
2.
RDP provisions the spare server blade (20) with the image that was
originally used for server blade 5.
Operational
without a spare
Server blade 20, now
running, has taken the
role of server blade 5.
Faulty server
blade replaced
with a new spare
Manual intervention:
Operational
In service
blades
1.
Replace the failed server blade.
2.
Install Windows 2000 Server on the new server blade and name it “spare.”
3.
Delete the duplicate RDP entry for the server blade that was recovered.
4.
Manually execute a discovery scan in Insight Manager 7.
The new server blade in
slot 5 is now the spare.
spare
Server Recovery
Details
In service
blades
Setting Up RDP
1. Select a server blade as the spare and build it as a base Windows 2000 server
named “spare.”
2. Build the set of servers to be serviced by the spare.
3. Create images of each server.
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4. Create events to deploy the images that are named exactly as the server name to
be repaired. When creating these events, uncheck the box Automatically
perform configuration task after completing the imaging task.
Un-checking the box is necessary to allow the exact same information to be
downloaded. RDP makes changes. For instance, RDP will not deliver the IP
addressing information for the second NIC; it reverts it to DHCP.
Figure 2-1: Disk Image Source dialog box
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5. Each server blade can have the “server change rule” set to run the predefined
event named “spare.”
To find the “server change rule” from the RDP console:
a. Select the server, right click , and click Server Properties.
b. On the left side of the Computer Properties screen, click the Bay icon. This
will allow RDP to automatically put the spare image on the new server blade,
and return the service to a recoverable state.
Figure 2-2: Computer Properties dialog box
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Setting up Insight Manager 7
Insight Manager 7 must be configured to run a script upon a server failure, using the
following procedures:
1. Creating an Event to Monitor Server Blades
2. Creating a Task That is Triggered by a Server Blade Failure
3. Building the Batch File
Creating an Event to Monitor Server Blades
To create an event that will monitor the desired server blades:
1. Click the Devices tab.
2. On the left-hand menu, click Queries, and then Event.
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3. Under Public Queries>Events by Severity, click New.
Figure 2-3: Creating an event to monitor server blades
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4. In the Please enter a name for this query box, enter a name for the event.
Figure 2-4: Entering a name for the event
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5. Under Query Criteria Selection, check the Events of Severity box.
6. Under Query Description, click the severity link.
Figure 2-5: Events of severity
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7. In the Criteria Configuration window, check the Critical box and then click OK.
Figure 2-6: Critical Configuration
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8. Under Query Criteria Selection, check the Device(s) within IP Range(s) box.
9. Under Query Description, click the IP range(s) link.
Figure 2-7: Query Description
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10. Enter the range of IP addresses to be monitored and then click Add. Multiple
ranges can be added, if desired.
Figure 2-8: Entering range of IP address to be
monitored
11. When all desired IP address ranges have been added, click OK.
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12. Click Save.
Figure 2-9: Saving the query
The new event will appear under Public Queries>Events by Severity.
Creating a Task That is Triggered by a Server Blade Failure
Create a task that is triggered when a server blade fails and that will run a batch file.
1. Click the Devices tab.
2. On the left-hand menu, click Queries.
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3. Under Control Tasks, click New Control Task.
Figure 2-10: Creating a new control task
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4. Click Application Launch.
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5. On the Create/Edit Task screen, in the Executable Full Path and Name box, enter
the path to the location of the batch file. Click Next.
Figure 2-12: Entering the path to the batch file
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6. Under List of Queries, locate the event created in the previous section, “Creating
an Event to Monitor Server Blades.” Check the box next to the event.
7. Under Selected Query and Schedule, click Schedule.
Figure 2-13: Scheduling query
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8. In the Schedule Configuration dialog box, select the When new devices or
events meet the query criteria radio button, and then click OK.
Figure 2-14: Schedule Configuration dialog box
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9. The event and schedule is displayed on the Create/Edit Task screen. Click Save.
Figure 2-15: Saving configuration
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The new control task is displayed under Control Tasks on the Tasks screen.
Figure 2-16: Tasks screen
Building the Batch File
Using notepad, create a file with the following information:
e:
cd\
axSched spare %devicename% /t "2000-12-31 00:00" /o "Altiris
eXpress Database" /d dl380k367.ABCdemo.com /u sa /p ""
For more information on the axSched command, refer to the Altiris user manual,
accessible through the Help menu on the Altiris console.
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Schedule Event Utility
The Schedule Event Utility command is:
axSched <computer/group> <event-name> <options>
Where <options> is one or more of the following commands:
•
/t <yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm>—Time to schedule
IMPORTANT: If the /t parameter is not used, the event is assigned to the computer, but
not scheduled. As a result, the event will not execute.
NOTE: To run the event immediately, choose a date in the past.
NOTE: If the date is omitted, the current date is assumed.
•
/n—Don't notify servers of the changes
•
/y—Suppress confirmation prompts
•
/o <odbc-dsn-name>—ODBC datasource name
•
/d <db-server>—Database server name
•
/u <db-user>—Database user name
•
/p <db-password>—Database user password
NOTE: If a group or computer name includes spaces, put the name in quotes.
NOTE: Aclient (Altiris Client for Windows) "All Computers" can now be used as a group
option.
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Examples
•
To schedule an event called Office2000 to run on computer ABC at midnight on
12-31-2000, the command is:
axSched ABC Office2000 /t "2000-12-31 00:00"
•
To schedule an event called Office2000 to run on the Accounting Group
computers tonight at 10PM, the command is
axSched Accounting Office2000 /t "2001-2-15 22:00"
•
To schedule an event called ShutDown to run on all computers at tonight at
10PM, the command is:
axSched "All Computers" ShutDown /t "2001-2-15 22:00"
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Replacing the Spare Server Blade
1. Delete the duplicate RDP entry for the server blade that was repaired. The icon
should be grayed out.
Figure 2-17: Replacing the spare server blade
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2. Under Events, drag and drop the event “Spare” up to the new server blade under
Computers.
Figure 2-18: Drag and drop event
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3. After the new server blade is recognized by RDP as the “Spare,” drag and drop
the spare to the appropriate group below.
Figure 2-19: Drag and drop the spare
4. In the Insight Manager 7 Console, click the Settings tab.
5. On the left-hand menu, click Discovery, and then Automatic Discovery.
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6. Click Execute Discovery Now.
Figure 2-20: Execute discovery
The Insight Manager 7 database is updated with the new server blade and name
assignments.
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Rip and Replace or Change Rule
Overview
This chapter describes further optimization for the ProLiant BL server blades
including rule-based deployment based on detection of changes in physical locations.
This feature enables rapid serviceability when replacing a failed server blade, a
procedure called “Rip-and-Replace.”
The Deployment Server keeps track of the physical location of every ProLiant BL
server blade and can detect when a new server blade has been placed in a particular
bay. The Change Rules feature can be configured so that when the Deployment
Server detects a new server blade placed into a previously occupied bay, one of
several different deployment actions can occur.
The following rules can be configured at the Bay Properties page:
Re-Deploy Computer—This rule takes the previous server blade configuration
history and replays it on the new server blade. All tasks and jobs in the server blade
history replay starting from the most recent image or scripted installation job.
Run a Predefined Job—The server blade processes any job specified by the user,
including the Initial Deployment job.
Wait for User Interaction—No job or task is performed. The Deployment Agent on
the server blade is instructed to wait, and the icon on the Deployment Server Console
is changed to reflect a waiting server blade.
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Ignore the Change—The new server blade is ignored, meaning that no jobs are
initiated. If the server blade existed in a previous bay, the history and parameters for
the server blade are moved or associated with the new bay. If the server blade is
unrecognized, its properties are associated with the bay, and the normal process
defined for new server blades, if any, is followed.
Setting up a Server Blade for Rip and Replace
To setup a server blade for rip and replace, follow these instructions:
1. Open the RDP console, right click the server blade that is to perform the
deployment and select Properties.
2. Scroll down to Bay Properties.
3. From the server blade change rule drop down menu select, Re-deploy
computer.
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4. Click OK.
Figure 3-1: setting up a server blade
If this server blade fails, replace it with a like-configured server blade. The new
server blade will automatically get deployed with the image of the failed server blade
and return the service to a recoverable state.
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Index
A
E
activating, license 1-5
adding
pool 1-13
virtual servers 1-16
authorized reseller ix
event utility, schedule 2-21
event, creating 2-6
B
basic properties, configure 1-18
batch file, building 2-20
BIG-IP Blade Controller
configure 1-1
installing 1-1
booting, PXE server 1-4
building, batch file 2-20
C
F
F5 Networks BIG-IP Blade Controller See
BIG-IP Blade Controller
H
HP website ix
I
Insight Manager 7, setting up 2-6
installing, BIG-IP Blade Controller 1-1
L
configure
basic properties 1-18
BIG-IP Blade Controller 1-1
outbound properties 1-21
redundant properties 1-20
rules 3-1
creating
event 2-6
task 2-13
virtual IP 1-10
license, activating 1-5
O
outbound properties, configure 1-21
P
pool, adding 1-13
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PXE server
booting 1-4
configure host 1-4
select host 1-2, 1-3
R
rack, warning vii
Rapid Deployment Pack(RDP), setting
up 2-3
RDP (Rapid Deployment Pack), setting
up 2-3
redundant properties, configure 1-20
replacing, spare server blade 2-23
rip and replace 3-2
rules
configure 3-1
ignore the change 3-2
re-deploy computer 3-1
run predefined job 3-1
wait for user interaction 3-1
S
schedule, event utility 2-21
server blade failure 2-13
Index-2
server blade recovery, restrictions and
assumptions 2-1
setting up
Insight Manager 7 2-6
ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment
Pack 2-3
setup utility 1-5
spare server blade, replacing 2-23
symbols
in text vii
on equipment v
T
task, creating 2-13
technical support viii
telephone numbers viii, ix
V
virtual IP, creating 1-10
virtual servers, adding 1-16
W
websites, HP ix
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