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Sun Server X2-8 Name Change

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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

Windows Installation Task Map

Windows Server Installation Methods

Preparing For Windows OS Installation

Supported Windows Operating Systems

Windows Server Installation Considerations

Selecting a Windows OS Media Delivery Method

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Task Overview

Obtaining OHIA

Downloading Server Software

How to Download Server Software

Configuring a Remote Console

How to Set Up an Oracle ILOM Remote Console

Creating a Virtual Disk

How to Create a Virtual Disk

Installing Windows Server

How to Install Windows Server 2008 R2

How to Install Windows Server 2012

How to Install Windows Server 2008 Using PXE

How to Install Windows Server 2012 Using PXE

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software

Prerequisites

Installing Critical Device Drivers

How to Install Server-Specific Device Drivers

Installing Supplemental Software

How to Install the Supplemental Software

Managing RAID Using the MegaRAID Storage Manager

IPMItool

Configuring Support for the Trusted Platform Module

Configuring Intel NIC Teaming

Incorporating Windows Server 2008 Device Drivers Into WIM Images for WDS

Location of Device Drivers on Tools and Drivers DVD

Device Drivers to Incorporate Into WIM Images

Prerequisites and Task Overview for the Device Driver WIM Images

Incorporating Drivers Into the WIM Image

How to Create an ImageUnattend.xml Setup Script

Map ImageUnattend.xml Setup Script to Windows Server 2008 Install Image

Downloading the ISO Image for the Tools and Drivers DVD

How to Download the ISO Image

Identifying Network Interfaces in Windows

How to Determine the Server's Active Network Data Ports

How to Confirm Physical Port MAC Addresses and Map Them to Windows Device Names

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 Install Windows Server 2008 R2

Before You Begin

Before beginning the operating system installation, make sure that the following requirements are met:

Method
Action or Items Required
Windows local
Have the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media available to insert into the attached physical CD/DVD-ROM drive when prompted.
Windows remote with CD/DVD
Insert the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 installation media into the Oracle ILOM Remote Console system’s CD/DVD-ROM drive. Make sure that the Redirection window is open and that you have selected CD-ROM from the Oracle ILOM Remote Console Device menu.
Windows remote with ISO file
Ensure that the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation ISO image is accessible from the client system. Make sure that the Redirection window is open and that you have selected CD-ROM Image from the Oracle ILOM Remote Console Device menu.
  1. If you are using the Windows Remote install method, select the corresponding CD item in the Redirection window:
    • CD-ROM ... Redirects the server to the the CD/DVD-ROM drive attached to the client system.
    • CD-ROM Image... Redirects the server to the ISO image file located on the client system.

      If you select CD-ROM image, you are prompted to browse for the image file.


      image:Graphic showing Oracle ILOM Remote Console Devices menu.
  2. Power cycle the server.

    If you are using the Windows Remote method, you can power cycle the server using Oracle ILOM.

    The BIOS POST process begins.

  3. Start the BIOS Setup Utility.

    Look for the Initializing USB ... Done message on the screen.


    image:Graphic showing window with Press F8 for BBS POPUP (Ctrl+P on Remote Keyboard).

    Note - BIOS POST messages can go by quickly, and you might miss them. If you miss the prompt, power cycle the server again, and hold down the F2 key during boot until the BIOS setup utility appears.


    After the Press F2 to run setup prompt appears, press F2. The BIOS Setup Utility opens.

  4. Disable x2APIC in the BIOS Setup Utility.
    1. Click: Advanced —> CPU Configuration —> x2APIC.
    2. Change the value from Enabled to Disabled.
    3. Press Escape to return to the main BIOS screen.
    4. Select Exit Options —> Save Changes and Exit.
      image:Graphic showing window with x2APIC in the BIOS Setup Utility.
  5. After the Press F8 for BBS POPUP prompt appears on the BIOS POST screen, press F8.

    The BBS POPUP menu allows you to select a boot device.


    Note - BIOS POST messages, including the prompt for the BBS Popup menu, can go by quickly, and you might miss them. If you do, power cycle the server and hold down the F8 key during boot until the BBS Popup menu (shown in Step 1) appears.



    image:Graphic showing window with Press F8 for BBS POPUP (Ctrl+P on Remote Keyboard).
  6. Wait for the Boot Device menu to appear after the BIOS POST process completes.

    If you have selected the Windows Local installation method, insert the Windows media DVD into the connected DVD drive now.


    image:Graphic of Boot Device Menu, example shows local CD drive selection.
  7. Do one of the following from the Boot Device menu:
    • If you are using the Windows Local method, select CD/DVD and press Enter.
    • If you are using the Windows Remote method, select the virtual CD/DVD and press Enter.

    If prompted with Press any key to boot from CD, quickly press any key.

    The Windows installation wizard starts.

  8. Proceed through the installation wizard until you see the Installation Type page, and then click Custom (advanced).
    image:Graphic showing Installation Type Selection page.

    The Where to Install Windows screen appears.

  9. At the Where to Install Windows screen, do one of the following:
    • To select the Windows default partition settings: Click Next. Proceed to Step 10.

    • To override the Windows default partition settings: Click Driver Options (advanced) and proceed to the Advanced Driver Options screen in step 9.


    image:Graphic showing Boot Disk selection page.

    Caution

    Caution - Formatting or re-partitioning a pre-existing partition destroys all data on the partition.


    The Advanced Driver Options screen appears.

  10. At the Advanced Driver Options screen, do the following to create a partition:
    1. Click Delete to delete the existing partition.
    2. Click New to create a new partition.
    3. Change partition size settings as needed, and then click Apply.
    4. Click Next.
      image:Graphic showing Advanced Options for setting format and partition information.
  11. The Windows installation begins. Wait while the server reboots multiple times during the installation process.
  12. After the Windows installation completes, Windows starts and prompts you to change the user password. Click OK and set up your initial user login account.

    Note - Windows Server 2008 R2 enforces password schemes for user accounts. Password standards include restrictions on length, complexity, and history. If you need more details, click the Accessibility link on the account creation screen.


    After you have created your initial account, the Windows Server 2008 desktop appears. The Windows Server 2008 R2 interface is new; review the Microsoft documentation to familiarize yourself with the changes.

See Also

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software