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Document Information

Using This Documentation

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)

Task Overview

Obtaining OHIA

Preparing for OS Installation

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Creating a Virtual Disk

How to Create a Virtual Disk

About Using the x2APIC Option

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Local Installation by Accessing the Console Using the Serial or Video Port

How to Configure the Serial Port

Remote Installation by Accessing the Console Using Oracle ILOM

How to Access the Server Console Using Oracle ILOM Web Interface

How to Access the Server Console Using the Oracle ILOM CLI Interface

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Oracle Linux From Distribution Media

How to Download Oracle Linux Media

How to Install Oracle Linux From Distribution Media

Updating Oracle Linux

How to Update the Oracle Linux Operating System

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing RHEL From Distribution Media

How to Download RHEL Media Kits

How to Install RHEL From Distribution Media

Updating RHEL

How to Update the RHEL Operating System

How to Update the RHEL Drivers

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Installing SLES From Distribution Media

How to Download SLES Media Kits

How to Install SLES From Distribution Media

Updating SLES

How to Update the SLES Operating System

How to Update the SLES Drivers

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Overview of PXE

How to Install and Configure a DHCP Server for PXE

How to Install Portmap on Your PXE Server

How to Configure the TFTP Service on Your PXE Server

How to Configure PXELINUX on Your PXE Server

How to Configure the NFS Service on Your PXE Server

Disabling the Firewall

How to Disable the Firewall for SUSE Linux

How to Disable the Firewall for Oracle Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for RHEL

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for SLES

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle VM

How to Install Linux From a PXE Server

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

How to Identify Installed Network Ports

How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing Oracle Linux or RHEL

How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing SLES

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

Oracle ILOM Documentation

Updating Firmware

Server-Specific Oracle ILOM Features

Identifying and Clearing Faults

Recovering a Lost Oracle ILOM Password

Monitoring Hardware and Environmental Sensors

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

How to Configure the Serial Port

  1. Connect either a terminal or a laptop running terminal emulation software directly to the serial port using the server's multiport cable.

    Use the following terminal settings:

    8,n,1: eight data bits, no parity, one stop bit

    9600 baud rate

    Disable software flow control (XON/XOFF)

  2. Power on the server.

    Console output appears on the serial port.

    If the output does not appear, it might be necessary to configure the output in the BIOS. Use the following step to configure the output in the BIOS.

  3. If necessary, check the BIOS settings.
    1. During POST, press F2 (F4 on a remote keyboard) during the boot process to enter the BIOS.
    2. Use the right arrow key to navigate to the Advanced tab.

      The left and right arrow keys allow you to access the BIOS Setup Utility menu tabs.

    3. Use the down arrow key to highlight the Remote Access Configuration option, and press Enter.

      The Configure Remote Access type and parameters submenu screen appears.

    4. Confirm that Remote Access is set to Enabled.
    5. Confirm that Redirection after POST is set to Always.
    6. To save the change and exit BIOS, press the F10 key.
  4. If the OS includes GRUB, it might be necessary to configure it as well. Do the following:
    1. When the GRUB menu appears, type “e” to edit it.
    2. Change /boot/grub/menu.lst as follows (the following example is for Oracle Linux):

      Change from:

      # grub.conf generated by anaconda
      #
      # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
      # NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
      #          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg. 
      #          root (hd0,0)
      #          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda3
      #          initrd /initrd-version.img
      #boot=/dev/sda
      default=1
      timeout=5
      title Oracle Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5xen)
              root (hd0,0)
              kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-164.el5
              module /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5xen ro root=LABEL=/ 
              module /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5xen.img
      title Oracle Linux Server-base (2.6.18-164.el5)
              root (hd0,0)
              kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5 ro root=LABEL=/
              initrd /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5.img

      Change to:

      # grub.conf generated by anaconda
      #
      # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
      # NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
      #          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
      #          root (hd0,0)
      #          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda3
      #          initrd /initrd-version.img
      #boot=/dev/sda
      default=1
      timeout=5
      serial --unit=0 --speed=9600
      terminal --timeout=5 serial console
      title Oracle Linux Server (2.6.18-164.el5xen)
              root (hd0,0)
              kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-164.el5 com1=9600 console=com1
              module /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5xen ro root=LABEL=/ console=ttyS0,9600
              module /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5xen.img
      title Oracle Linux Server-base (2.6.18-164.el5)
              root (hd0,0)
              kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ earlylprintk=ttyS0,9600 
                 console=ttyS0,9600
              initrd /initrd-2.6.18-164.el5.img

Next Steps

Choose one of the following installation types: