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Sun Server X2-8 Name Change

Product Downloads

Get Software and Firmware Downloads

Documentation and Feedback

About This Documentation

Change History

Hardware Installation and Product Notes

Product Notes

Overview of the Sun Server X2-8 Product Notes

Supported Software and Firmware

Hardware Issues

Oracle Solaris Operating System Issues

Linux Issues

Oracle VM Issues

Windows Operating System Issues

ESX Issues

Oracle ILOM Issues

BIOS Issues

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Documentation Errata

Requesting Physical Media

Hardware Installation

Installation Overview

Front and Back Features and Components

Unpacking the Server and Identifying the Rack Mounting Hardware

Installing the Server In the Rack Using the Standard Rack Mounting Kit

Installing the Server in the Rack Using the Universal Rack Mounting Kit

Removing the Server from the Rack

Cabling and Power

Getting Service for Your Server

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Configuring the Preinstalled Solaris Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Linux Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle VM Software

Communicating With Oracle ILOM and the System Console

I/O and Interrupt Resource Allocation

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media

Operating System Installation

Oracle Solaris Operating System

Introduction to Oracle Solaris OS Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Solaris OS

Linux

Linux Installation Task Map

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Preparing for OS Installation

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

Windows

Windows Server OS Installation Planning

Preparing For Windows OS Installation

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Downloading Server Software

Configuring a Remote Console

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Windows Server

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software

Incorporating Windows Server 2008 Device Drivers Into WIM Images for WDS

Identifying Network Interfaces in Windows

Oracle VM

Introduction to Oracle VM Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Installing Oracle VM

ESX

Installing VMware ESX 4.1

Installing VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5 Installable

Booting From OS Distribution Media

Administration, Diagnostics, and Service

ILOM Supplement

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Common Server Management Tasks

Server Management Software Benefits

Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager

Oracle Hardware Management Pack

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Evaluating Your Server Environment

Server Management Downloads and Documentation

Oracle ILOM Documentation

Oracle ILOM 3.0 Common Feature Set Documentation

Updating Firmware

Firmware Versions Worksheet

Determining Current Firmware Versions

How to Verify the Oracle ILOM and BIOS Firmware Versions Using the Web Interface

How to Verify the Oracle ILOM and BIOS Firmware Versions Using the Command Line Interface

How to Verify the LSI HBA Firmware Version

Planning and Downloading the Firmware Update

How to Plan the Firmware Update

How to Download Firmware Updates

How to Request Physical Media Online

How to Request Physical Media by Phone

Updating the Oracle ILOM and System BIOS

How to Update the Oracle ILOM and System BIOS Using the Web Interface

How to Update the Oracle ILOM and System BIOS Using the CLI

How to Update Embedded HBA Firmware

How to Update NEM Firmware Using the Web Interface

How to Update NEM Firmware Using the CLI

Server-Specific Oracle ILOM Features

Minimum Supported Firmware and BIOS

Power Management

Power Management Terminology

How to Use the Web Interface to Monitor Power Usage and Set Notification Thresholds

How to Use the CLI to Monitor Power Usage and Set Notification Thresholds

Fixing Problems with Oracle ILOM Using the Preboot Menu

Accessing the Preboot Menu

Preboot Menu Command Summary

Using the edit Command and Configuring the Preboot Menu for Remote Access

Restoring Oracle ILOM Access to the Serial Console

How to Recover the SP Firmware Image

Identifying and Clearing Faults

Determining Faults

Clearing Faults

Components With No Fault Diagnosis

Recovering a Lost Oracle ILOM Password

How to Recover a Lost Password by Proving Physical Presence

Monitoring Hardware and Environmental Sensors

Indicators

Sensors

SNMP and PET Traps

Diagnostics Guide

Overview of the Diagnostics Guide

Introduction to System Diagnostics

Troubleshooting the Server

Troubleshooting DIMM Problems

BIOS POST

Using Oracle ILOM to Monitor the Host

Creating a Data Collector Snapshot

Using SunVTS Diagnostics Software

Performing Pc-Check Diagnostic Tests

U-Boot Diagnostic Start-Up Tests

Service Manual

Sun Server X2-8 Service Manual Overview

Server and Component Overview

Power and Reset

Removing and Installing Components

Sun Server X2-8 Service Procedures and Information

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media

Index

Evaluating Your Server Environment

Now you decide which option or combination of options best suits your needs.

The evaluation covers the following categories:

Which Operating System Do You Plan to Install?

Most of the server management software works with most operating systems that are supported for Oracle servers. However, there are some exceptions that are important to note. See the following table for detailed information.

Server Management Software
Operating System Limitations
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
There are no operating system limitations with Oracle ILOM, because the software runs on the system service processor, not on the operating system.
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
There are some limitations on which operating systems are supported with the Hardware Management Pack components. Refer to the support matrix at http://www.oracle.com/goto/system-management for details.
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
You can install only Windows and Linux (Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux ) operating systems with Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant.

If you have Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM, or VMware ESX installed on the server, you can update firmware and perform additional server management tasks.

From Which Platform Do You Want to Run the Software?

One factor to keep in mind when deciding on your server management strategy is whether you want to run your server management tasks from the system host, embedded firmware, or bootable media.

Server Management Software
Platform
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Embedded service processor firmware
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Host operating system
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
Bootable media (CD/DVD or USB drive) from a local or remote source
Do You Want to Update or Monitor Your System Components?

If you want to primarily update or monitor system software and components, you will want to make sure that the software that you choose covers those requirements. The following table lists the main functions of each software option.

Server Management Software
Update Functions
Monitoring Functions
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Updates Oracle ILOM and BIOS firmware
Monitors component status and reports faults
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Configures Oracle ILOM and BIOS firmware

Updates HBA and expander firmware

Configures RAID

Monitors component status and reports faults
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
Updates and configures Oracle ILOM, BIOS, and HBA firmware

Assists in operating system and driver installation

Configures RAID

Provides minimal system status information
Do You Have a Modular System (Blade) Environment?

All of the server management software can be used with a modular systems (blades) or rack servers, but only one of the software solutions, Oracle ILOM, can be used to manage blade servers from both the modular system chassis and blade server interfaces.

Server Management Software
Modular System CMM Interface?
Server Module Interface?
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Yes
Yes
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
No
Yes
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
No
Yes