Configuring a blade server

The blade server is designed for data processing and has high performance.

A Blade Server works like a normal one. Only it is more compact. It is also made up of processors, network controllers, memory, FiberChannel, and I/O adapters.

Setting up a blade server involves configuring SAS storage, installing the operating system, and updating firmware.

You should consult the documentation for the blade server you are configuring. Contains specific instructions that may differ slightly from those listed below.

For more information about blade servers, see the blade server documentation.

KVM access

Although there are several ways to access the blade server, consider using KVM access (KVM console is a web application that allows you to manage your Cloud Server or Virtual Cloud Server remotely) when you do the initial configuration of a blade server. Connect a monitor to the video connector in the advanced management module. Connect a USB keyboard and mouse to the USB connectors on the Advanced Management Module or the USB connectors on the media tray.

Note: If you are using KVM, you must press the KVM select button on the blade server you are configuring to assign the monitor and keyboard to the blade server.

Seven steps to blade server configuration

Update the firmware for the blade server. See the blade server form documentation for information on updating the firmware.

Start the blade server.

Optionally, use the LSI configuration utility on the blade server to configure the SAS hard drive configuration if you install SAS connectivity modules. You can implement integrated mirroring (IM), integrated mirroring enhanced (IME), or integrated striping (IS) for hard drives.

Assign the DVD drive in the media tray to the blade server you are configuring by pressing the media tray select button on the front of the blade server.

For more information about assigning the media tray to the blade server, see Selecting BladeCenter shares.

Insert the operating system media into the DVD drive.

Set the DVD drive as the boot device for the blade server you are configuring if it is required for that blade server. You can do it from the advanced management module.

Install the operating system.

The ServerGuide program is a server installation wizard that simplifies installing and configuring blade servers. Consider using the ServerGuide CD with your blade server if installing a Microsoft Windows operating system. If you have already configured your SAS storage before using the ServerGuide program, be sure to choose to keep the configuration when you begin to install the operating system.

Important note

Necessary: If you have two SAS connectivity modules installed, the blade server does not have internal hard drives installed, and you are installing the operating system on one of the disks or arrays in the storage modules:

Disable the ports for one of the SAS connectivity modules from the advanced management module web interface.

Install the operating system on the disk or disk array.

From the advanced management module web interface, re-enable the ports for the SAS connectivity module.

If you are using IBM Director and RDM, the software performs these steps; you do not need to perform these steps.

Selecting shared BladeCenter resources

Some BladeCenter resources can be selected for use by only one blade server at a time, such as the media tray or keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM).

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