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Document Information

Using This Documentation

Getting the Latest Software and Firmware

About This Documentation

Related Documentation

Feedback

Support and Accessibility

Site Planning

Preparing the Site for Installation

Server Specifications

Preparing the Facility

Installation

About the Installation Procedure

Installation Procedure Overview

About Server Features and Components

Server Components

UEFI BIOS

Front Panel Status Indicators, Connectors, and Drives

Back Panel Status Indicators, Connectors, Drives, and PCIe Slots

Server Management Software Overview

Preparing for Server Installation

Shipping Inventory

Optional Component Installation

Tools and Equipment Needed for Installation

ESD and Safety Precautions

Installing the Server Into a Rack

Installation Prerequisites

Rack Requirements

Safety Precautions When Rackmounting the Server

Rackmount Kit Contents

Stabilize the Rack for Installation

Install Mounting Brackets

Mark the Rackmount Location

Attach Tool-less Slide-Rail Assemblies

Install the Server Into the Slide-Rail Assemblies

Install the Second-Generation Cable Management Arm

Remove the Second-Generation Cable Management Arm

Install the First-Generation Cable Management Arm

Verify Operation of Slide-Rails and CMA

Cabling the Server

Rear Cable Connections and Ports

Ethernet Ports

Attaching Data Cables and Power Cords to the Server

Connecting to Oracle ILOM

Oracle ILOM Hardware and Interfaces

Network Defaults

Logging In to Oracle ILOM Using a Local Serial Connection

Logging In to Oracle ILOM Using a Remote Ethernet Connection

Accessing the Host Console Through Oracle ILOM

Troubleshooting the Service Processor Connection

Setting Up Software and Firmware Using Oracle System Assistant

Set Up Software and Firmware

Setting Up an Operating System and Drivers

Configuring Server Drives for OS Installation

RAID Configuration Tools

RAID Configuration Requirements

Configuring Storage Drives Into RAID Volumes Using Oracle System Assistant

Configuring RAID Using the BIOS RAID Configuration Utilities

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System

Preinstalled Operating System RAID Limitations

Operating System Options

Oracle Solaris Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System

Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System Documentation

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Linux Operating System

Oracle Linux Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle Linux Operating System

Register and Update Your Linux OS

Oracle Linux Operating System Documentation

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle VM 3.x Software

Preinstalled Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager Compatibility Requirements

Oracle VM Server Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle VM

Oracle VM Documentation

Controlling System Power and Troubleshooting Installation Issues

Power Off the Server for Orderly Shutdown

Power Off the Server for Immediate Shutdown

Reset the Server

Installation Troubleshooting

Technical Support Information Worksheet

Locating the System Serial Number

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Oracle Solaris Installation

About Oracle Solaris Operating System Installs

Oracle Solaris OS Installation Task Map

Supported Operating Systems

Selecting the Console Display Option

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

Solaris OS Installation Options

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring RAID

Installing the Oracle Solaris Operating System

Before You Begin

Installing the Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 Operating System on a Single System Using Media

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Oracle VM Installation

About Oracle VM Installs

Oracle VM Installation Task Map

Supported Oracle VM Software

Selecting the Console Display Option

Console Display Options

Set Up the Local Console

Set Up the Remote Console

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Boot Media Options Requirements

Set Up the Local Boot Media Option

Set Up the Remote Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

Installation Target Options

Set Up a Local Storage Drive (HDD or SSD) as the Installation Target

Set Up a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network Device as the Installation Target

Oracle VM Installation Options

Using Oracle System Assistant

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Oracle System Assistant Tasks

Oracle System Assistant Install OS Task

Obtaining Oracle System Assistant

Preparing to Install Oracle VM

Verify the BIOS Factory Defaults

Configuring RAID

Installing Oracle VM

Before You Begin

Installing Oracle VM on a Single System Using Oracle System Assistant

Installing Oracle VM on a Single System Using Media

Post Installation Tasks for Oracle VM

Configuring Network Interfaces

NIC Connectors

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Linux Installation

About Linux Operating System Installs

Supported Linux Operating Systems

Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Linux

Selecting the Console Display Option

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

Linux OS Installation Options

Using Oracle System Assistant

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring the SLES 11 SP1 Operating System Software to Support Network Connections

Configuring RAID

Installing the Linux Operating System

Installing a Linux OS on a Single System Using Oracle System Assistant

Installing Oracle Linux on a Single System Using Media

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux on a Single System Using Media

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on a Single System Using Media

Configuring Network Interfaces

NIC Connectors

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Windows Installation

About Windows Server 2008 Operating System Installs

Windows OS Installation Task Map

Supported Windows Operating Systems

SAS PCIe HBAs Requiring LSI Mass Storage Driver for Windows Server 2008 SP2

Selecting the Console Display Option

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

OS Installation Options

Using Oracle System Assistant

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring RAID

Installing the Windows Server 2008

Before You Begin

Installing Windows OS on a Single System Using Oracle System Assistant

Installing Windows Server 2008 on a Single System Using Media

Post Installation Tasks for Windows Server 2008

Supplemental Software Component Options

Installing Device Drivers and Supplemental Software

Configuring Intel NIC Teaming

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

VMware ESXi Installation

About VMware ESXi Installs

VMware ESXi Installation Task Map

Supported VMware ESXi Software

Selecting the Console Display Option

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

VMware ESXi Installation Options

Preparing to Install VMware ESXi

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring the VMware ESXi 5.0 Software or the Server Hardware to Support Network Connections

Configuring RAID

Installing VMware ESXi

Before You Begin

Installing VMware ESXi on a Single System Using Media

Post Installation Tasks for VMware ESXi

Configure Network Adapter Settings

Determine the MAC Address of a Connected Server Network Port

Update the VMware ESXi Software

Manage VMware ESXi Resources

Configuring Network Interfaces

NIC Connectors

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Service

About the Sun Server X3-2L

Product Description

About Controls and Connectors

About Server and Component LEDs

About System Components

Troubleshooting the Server

Service Troubleshooting Task List

Diagnostic Tools

Gather Service Information

Locate the Server Serial Number

Inspecting the System

Preparing for Service

Safety Precautions

Safety Symbols

Electrostatic Discharge Safety

Required Tools

Preparing the Server for Component Replacement

Servicing CRUs That Do Not Require Server Power-Off

Servicing Storage Drives and Rear Drives (CRU)

Servicing Fan Modules (CRU)

Servicing Power Supplies (CRU)

Servicing CRUs That Require Server Power-Off

Servicing the DIMMs (CRU)

Servicing PCIe Cards (CRU)

Servicing the SAS Expander Module (CRU)

Servicing the Air Baffle (CRU)

Servicing the DVD Drive (CRU)

Servicing the Internal USB Flash Drives (CRU)

Servicing the Battery (CRU)

Servicing FRUs

Servicing Processors (FRU)

Servicing the Front and Rear Storage Drive Backplanes (FRU)

Servicing the Front LED/USB Indicator Modules (FRU)

Servicing Cables (FRU)

Servicing the Motherboard Assembly (FRU)

Identifying the Server Ports

Gigabit-Ethernet Ports

Network Management Port

Serial Management Port

Video Connector

USB Ports

Returning the Server to Operation

Server Filler Panel Requirements

Remove and Install Filler Panels

Install the Top Cover

Install the Fan Assembly Door

Remove Antistatic Measures

Reinstall the Server Chassis in the Rack

Reconnect Power and Data Cables

Power On the Server

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Administration

Planning the System Management Environment

Choosing Tools for Single System Management

Choosing Tools for Multiple System Management

System Management Tools Overview

Common System Management Tasks

Common System Administrative Tasks

Evaluating the Server Environment

Installing System Management Tools

System Management Documentation

Accessing System Management Tools

Accessing Oracle System Assistant

Accessing Oracle ILOM

Accessing Oracle Hardware Management Pack

Setting Up Software and Firmware

Set Up Software and Firmware Using Oracle System Assistant

Set Up Software and Firmware Using Oracle ILOM

Set Up Software and Firmware Using Oracle Hardware Management Pack

Setting Up the Server Using Oracle System Assistant

Organization of Oracle System Assistant

Configuring the Server Using Oracle System Assistant

Mounting the Oracle System Assistant USB Flash Drive

Troubleshooting Oracle System Assistant

Accessing the Oracle System Assistant Filesystem

Managing the Server Using Oracle ILOM

Oracle ILOM Features

Oracle ILOM Features for Oracle x86 Servers

Configuring RAID

Supported HBA Disk Controllers

RAID Configuration Options

Creating a RAID Volume Before Installing an Operating System

Creating a RAID Volume After Installing an Operating System

Using Oracle ILOM to Monitor Storage Devices

Setting Up BIOS Configuration Parameters

Managing the BIOS Configuration

Accessing the BIOS Setup Utility

Using Legacy or UEFI BIOS

Using BIOS for Resource Allocation

Common BIOS Setup Utility Tasks

BIOS Setup Utility Menu Options

BIOS Main Menu Selections

BIOS Advanced Menu Selections

BIOS IO Menu Selections

BIOS Boot Menu Selections

UEFI Driver Control Menu Selections

BIOS Save & Exit Menu Selections

Monitoring Components and Identifying SNMP Messages

Monitoring Component Health and Faults Using Oracle ILOM

Monitoring System Components

Identifying SNMP Trap Messages

Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Accessing Firmware and Software

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

Index

Oracle VM Installation Options

You can choose to install Oracle VM on a single server or on multiple servers. The scope of this document is for single server Oracle VM installations. The table below provides some information about these two installation options.

Option
Description
Multiple servers
You can use the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to install an OS on multiple servers. For information, go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/ops-center/index.html
Single server
Installs an Oracle VM to a single server using one of the following methods:
  • Locally: Oracle VM installation is performed locally at the server. This option is recommended if you have just completed the physical installation of the server in the rack.

  • Remotely: Oracle VM installation is performed from a remote location. Uses the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application to access the Oracle System Assistant or to perform a manual Oracle VM installation.


Note - You should use the Oracle System Assistant for single server Oracle VM installations.


For more information about single-server OS installation methods, see:

Single-Server Installation Methods

Select a method for providing the Oracle VM installation media. Use the following information to determine the local or remote Oracle VM installation that best serves your needs.

Media Delivery Method
Additional Requirements
Local assisted OS installation – Uses Oracle System Assistant.(Recommended)
A monitor, USB keyboard and mouse, a USB device, and Oracle VM distribution media. For more information, see Guided Oracle VM Installation.
Remote assisted OS installation – Uses Oracle System Assistant.(Recommended)
Oracle ILOM Remote Console application, a redirected CD/DVD drive or ISO image file, and Oracle VM distribution media. For more information, see Guided Oracle VM Installation.
Local using a CD/DVD drive – Uses a physical CD/DVD drive connected to the server.
A monitor, USB keyboard and mouse, a USB CD/DVD drive, and Oracle VM distribution media. For more information, see Manual Oracle VM Installation.
Remote using a CD/DVD drive or CD/DVD ISO image – Uses a redirected physical CD/DVD drive on a remote system running the Oracle ILOM Remote Console application.
A remote system with a browser, an attached physical CD/DVD drive, Oracle VM distribution media, and network access to the server's management port. For more information, see Manual Oracle VM Installation.
Guided Oracle VM Installation

This is the recommended method for installing Oracle VM on your server. This method involves using the Oracle System Assistant application. You deliver the Oracle VM installation media on either a local or remote CD/DVD drive, USB device, or CD/DVD image. The Oracle System Assistant guides the installation process and gathers and installs the needed drivers when necessary. Your server must support Oracle System Assistant, and it must be installed in the server.

Manual Oracle VM Installation

With this method, you deliver the Oracle VM distribution media on either a local or remote CD/DVD drive, USB device, or CD/DVD image. You also need to install any necessary drivers. The drivers for your server are available on the server's internal Oracle System Assistant USB flash drive (which must be installed for the drivers to be accessible) and from the My Oracle Support web site as either OS-specific and server-specific packages or as an ISO image file. To install Oracle VM, use the distribution media's installation wizard.