Introducing the Sun Fire V210 and V240 Servers
This guide provides you with a starting point for understanding the scope of the November 2005 release of the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. This guide also includes links to the resources available with these servers, instructions for planning the installation of a Sun Fire V210 or V240 server, and information for locating the cable connections, configuring the server and preinstalled software, and finding more information about these servers.
The Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers are both UltraSPARC® IIIi based machines that are rackmountable. Both servers come with the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), the Java Enterprise System, and the Advanced Lights Out Manager software preinstalled as a software image on the boot drive.
Both servers feature four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one 10BASE-T Ethernet port for ALOM, two serial ports, two USB ports, one UltraSCSI LVD port, and up to 16 gigabytes of memory. The servers have the following differentiating features:
For a detailed list of features, available configurations, and compatible options, go to:
For detailed information about these servers, go to:
See: Sun System Handbook
This section contains a list of tasks that you must complete during the installation process. Each task includes a reference to the appropriate instructions. Each task must be completed in order.
1. Preparing the site according to the power, clearance, and environmental requirements.
If you are installing the server into a new Sun rack, you must fully prepare the site for the installation. If you are installing the server into an existing rack, you must conduct some site preparation to satisfy the additional power and environmental requirements. See Site Preparation for specific instructions.
2. Verifying that you have received all of the components.
The Sun Fire server ships in several packages. See Shipping Kit Contents for a list of the shipping kit.
3. Installing the server into the rack.
The installation of the rack slides and cable management arm (CMA) represent the majority of physical work during the installation. This release of the Sun Fire servers includes new rack slides, so the slide installation differs greatly from prior releases. In addition, the Sun Fire V210 and V240 Servers Installation Guide replaces the rackmounting instructions that shipped with prior Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers.
4. Installing the optional components, if any, shipped with your server.
To install optional components, refer to the Sun Fire V210 and V240 Servers Administration Guide for instructions.
5. Setting up a console to communicate with the server.
You can communicate with the Sun Fire server using either a Tip connection from another server or an ASCII terminal connected to the SERIAL MGT port.
To set up the console, refer to the Sun Fire V210 and V240 Servers Installation Guide for instructions.
6. Powering on the server and configuring the preinstalled software.
The Solaris OS and the Java Enterprise System is preinstalled on the server. When you power the server on, you will automatically be taken through the Solaris OS configuration procedure. However, you must first go to the preinstalled software site for the latest updates and patches.
To power on the server and configure the preinstalled software, refer to the Sun Fire V210 and V240 Servers Installation Guide for instructions.
7. Setting the desired OpenBoot PROM configuration options.
The initial boot will test the entire system. You can change the level of testing by using the OpenBoot PROM commands and configuration variables. To change the boot test level and other boot variables, refer to the OpenBoot PROM Enhancements for Diagnostics Operation.
8. Loading additional software from the Solaris OS media kit (optional).
The Solaris OS media kit includes several CDs containing software to help you operate, configure, and administer your server. Refer to the documentation provided with the media kit for a complete listing of included software and detailed instructions.
Before you install the Sun Fire server, you must prepare the site. This section includes information and links to information you will need to prepare the site.
TABLE 2 shows the physical specifications for the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers.
You can operate and store the system safely in the conditions detailed in TABLE 3.
Your environmental control system must provide intake air for the server that complies with the limits specified in Environmental Requirements.
To avoid overheating, do not direct warmed air:
The operating environmental limits in TABLE 3 reflect the limits to which the systems have been tested to meet all functional requirements. Operating computer equipment in extremes of temperature or humidity increases the failure rate of hardware components. To minimize the chance of component failure, use the server within the optimal temperature and humidity ranges.
An ambient temperature range of 21°C to 23°C is optimal for system reliability. At 22°C it is easy to maintain safe relative humidity levels. Operating in this temperature range provides a buffer in the event of the environmental support systems failing.
Ambient relative humidity levels between 45% and 50% are the most suitable for data processing operations to:
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is easily generated and less easily dissipated in areas where the relative humidity is below 35%, and becomes critical when levels drop below 30%.
The Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers self-cool when operated in still air.
TABLE 4 shows the amount of acoustic noise generated by the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers.
The table shows the operating power for the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers.
The estimated power consumed in a fully powered server depends on the configuration of the server. For more information on calculating power consumption, go to the following site:
To calculate the heat generated by a server so that you can estimate the heat your cooling system must dissipate, convert the figure for the system's power requirement from Watts to BTU/hr. A general formula for doing this is to multiply the power requirement figure in Watts by 3.412.
The server is supplied with the components described in the following list:
Note - The contents of the shipping kit might vary, depending on any options that you have ordered. Make sure that all the basic parts, as described in the list, are present in the shipping kit. If any component is missing, contact your Sun sales representative.
Before you attach and route the cables, become familiar with the location of the power inlets and I/O ports on the back of the servers. FIGURE 1 shows the back panel for the V210 server, and FIGURE 2 shows the back panel for the V240 server.
The Sun Fire V210 server has a single AC inlet on the back of the server. The Sun Fire V240 server has two inlets, one for each power supply unit. As long as the server is connected to a power source, the server is in Standby power mode. The only way to turn the server fully off is to remove the server from the power source by unplugging the power cable.
The Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers each have four autonegotiating 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet system domain ports. All the Ethernet ports use a standard RJ-45 connector, the transfer rates for which are given in TABLE 6.
In addition, each server has one 10BASE-T Ethernet management domain interface, labelled NET MGT. For information on configuring this port for managing the server with ALOM, see the Sun Advanced Lights Out Management Software User's Guide.
The server has two serial ports, labelled SERIAL MGT and 10101.
The SERIAL MGT port accepts an RJ-45 connector. Use this port only for server management.
The port labelled 10101 accepts a DB-9 connector. Use this port for general purpose serial data transfer.
The default serial connection settings are listed in TABLE 7.
If you need to connect to the SERIAL MGT port using either a DB-9 or a DB-25 connector, use an adapter to perform the crossovers. See the Sun System Handbook for more information about the crossovers.
The server has two USB ports for attaching supported devices.
The SCSI port is a mulitmode Ultra 160SCSI interface. To operate at Ultra 160SCSI speeds, the port must be in LVD mode. If a single-ended device is connected to the server, it automatically switches to single-ended mode.
Your Sun Fire V210 and V240 server is shipped with the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and the Java Enterprise System software. You must configure the preinstalled software as part of the installation process. However, before you begin the configuration process, go to:
This site contains the latest information about the preinstalled software and links to the software updates and patches you must install.
With the upgrade to OpenBoot PROM 4.18.5 or a subsequently compatible version of the OpenBoot PROM, diagnostics are enabled by default. This ensures complete diagnostic test coverage on the initial boot and after error reset events. This change results in increased boot time.
To change the system defaults and diagnostic settings after the initial boot, refer to the OpenBoot PROM Enhancements for Diagnostic Operation (817-6957) document in the shipping kit. You can also view or print this document at:
The Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers ship with the Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) software installed. The system console is directed to ALOM by default and is configured to show server console information on startup.
ALOM enables you to monitor and control your server over either a serial connection (using the SERIAL MGT port), or Ethernet connection (using the NET MGT port). For information about configuring an Ethernet connection, refer to the Sun Advanced Lights Outs Manager Software User's Guide.
ALOM can be configured to send email notification of hardware failures and other events related to the server or to ALOM.
The ALOM circuitry uses standby power from the server. This means that:
For more information about ALOM, see the Sun Advanced Lights Out Management Software User's Guide.
The documentation set has changed for the RoHS-compliant release of the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. The following list contains summaries of the changes:
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