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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

Selecting the Boot Media Option

Selecting the Installation Target Option

Oracle VM Installation Options

Using 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

BIOS Advanced Menu Selections

This section includes a searchable text-based representation and an on-screen image of the BIOS Advanced Menu. The options that are available from the Advanced Menu are described in the table that follows. Options in the table that are marked as “(R/O)” are read-only information and cannot be changed.

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|                                                    |F10: Save & Exit         |
|                                                    |ESC: Exit                |
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image:This figure shows the BIOS Advanced Menu image.

Table 35 BIOS Advanced Menu Options

Setup Options
Options
Defaults
Description
PROCESSORS
Enable or disable processor (CPU) features.
Hyper-threading
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
When enabled, two threads are available per enabled core. When disabled, only one thread per enabled core is available.
Execute Disable Bit
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
When enabled, execute disable bit can prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting OS (Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP SP2, SUSE Linux 9.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 3).
Hardware Prefetcher
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable the mid-level cache (L2) streamer prefetcher.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetcher
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable the mid-level cache (L2) prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
DCU Streamer Prefetcher
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable prefetch of next L1 data line based on multiple loads in same cache line.
DCP IP Prefetcher
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable prefetch of next L1 line based on sequential load history.
Intel Virtualization Technology
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
When enabled, a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Intel Vanderpool Technology.
CPU Power Management Configuration
Displays processor (CPU) information. BIOS provides C-states, P-states, and T-states support in order for the OS to manage the power utilization of the system. Power management is also controlled by the service processor based on system policies.
Power Technology
Disabled/Enabled

Efficient/Custom

Efficient
Enable the power management features. The following options are not displayed if Power Technology is set to Disabled.
Intel SpeedStep
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom. Enable or disable Intel SpeedStep. The Intel technology used to support P-state transitions is referred to as Intel SpeedStep.
Turbo Mode
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom and Intel SpeedStep is set to enabled and Turbo Mode is supported in the CPU. Enable or disable Turbo Mode.
CPU C3 Report
Disabled/Enabled
Disabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom and power state (C3) is supported in the CPU. Enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to operating system.
CPU C6 Report
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom and power state (C6) is supported in the CPU. Enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to operating system.
CPU C7 Report
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom and power state (C7) is supported in the CPU. Enable or disable CPU C7 (ACPI C3) report to operating system.
Package C-States
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Displays only if Power Technology is set to Custom. The power state control is referred to as C-State. Enable or disable the Package C-State limit.
Energy Performance
Performance

Balanced Performance

Balanced Energy

Energy Efficient

Balanced Performance
Optimize between performance and power savings. Windows 2008 and later operating systems override this value according to its power plan.
USB PORTS
Set USB port configuration parameters.
EHCI Hand-off
Disabled/Enabled
Disabled
Enable or disable Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) hand-off support.
Port 60/64 Emulation
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable I/O port 60h/64h emulation support. Enable this setting for the complete USB keyboard legacy support for non-USB aware operating systems.
All USB Devices
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable all USB devices.
Rear Port 0
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 0.
Rear Port 1
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 1.
Front Port 0
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 2.
Front Port 1
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 3.
Internal Port 0
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 4.
Internal Port 1
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable USB Port 9.
SERIAL PORT CONSOLE REDIRECTION
Provides the capability to redirect console output/input to the serial port. Graphic output is not redirected. BIOS serial console redirection lets you monitor BIOS POST messages and navigate the BIOS Setup menus and Option ROMs from a terminal connected to the server using a serial connection.
External Serial Port
System/BMC
System
Control whether the external serial port connects to the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) or directly to the system. Set to BMC for serial link management.
EMS Console Redirection
Disabled/Enabled
Disabled
Enable or disable console redirection for Windows Emergency Management Service (EMS) administration.
Console Redirection
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable console redirection.
Terminal Type
VT100

VT100+

VT-UTF8

ANSI

VT100+
Select the emulation for the terminal:
  • VT100: ASCII character set.

  • VT100+: Extends VT100 to support color, function keys, etc.

  • VT-UTF8: Uses UTF8 encoding to map Unicode characters onto one or more bytes.

  • ANSI: Extended ASCII character set.

Bits per Second
9600

10200

57600

115200

9600
Select the serial port transmission speed. The speed must be matched on the connecting serial device. Long or noisy lines require lower speeds.
Data Bits
07/08/11
8
Select the data bits.
Parity
None

Even

Odd

Mark

Space

None
A parity bit can be sent with the data bits to detect some transmission errors.
  • None: No parity bits are sent.

  • Even: Parity bit is 0 if the number of 1's in the data bits is even.

  • Odd: Parity bit is 0 if the number of 1's in the data bits is odd.

  • Mark: Parity bit is always 1.

  • Space: Parity bit is always 0.

Mark and Space parity do not allow for error detection. They can be used as an additional data bit.

Stop Bits
01/02/11
1
Stop bits indicate the end of a serial data packet. (A start bit indicates the beginning of a serial packet.) The standard setting is 1 stop bit. Communication with slow devices may require more than 1 stop bit.
Flow Control
None/Hardware RTS/CTS
None
Flow control can prevent data loss from buffer overflow. When sending data, if the receiving buffers are full, a “stop” signal can be sent to stop the data flow. Once the buffers are empty, a “start” signal can be sent to restart the flow. Hardware flow control uses two wires to send start and stop signals.
TRUSTED COMPUTING
If you intend to use the Windows 2008 Trusted Platform Module (TPM) feature set, you must configure the server to support TPM. The TPM feature is used by the OS for proof that BIOS code has not been tampered with.
TPM Support
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable TPM support. Only UEFI BIOS implements this setup option. If disabled, the OS will not show TPM. Reset of the platform is required.
TPM State
Disabled/Enabled
Disabled
Displays if TPM Support is enabled.
Current TPM Status Information (R/O)
If TPM Support is disabled, Current TPM Status displays “TPM SUPPORT OFF.”

If TPM Support is enabled, Current TPM Status displays:

  • TPM Enabled Status:

  • TPM Active Status:

  • TPM Owner Status:

NETWORK STACK
Configure network stack settings.
Network Stack
Disabled/Enabled
Enabled
Enable or disable the network stack (PXE and UEFI).
BMC NETWORK
Configure Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) network parameters.
BMC Network: Current Active Management Port (R/O)
Active management port settings are displayed.
Refresh
Refresh current BMC network information with the latest information from the service processor.
Active Management Port
NETMGT

NET0

NET1

NET2

NET3

NETn

Change the management port that is currently active.
Commit
Commit the current BMC network information.
IPv4 Configuration (R/O)
Current configuration of the IPv4 settings is displayed.
Channel Number (R/O)
1
Current channel number is displayed.
IPv4 Assignment (R/O)
Static/Dynamic
Static
View whether the service processor is assigned a static IPv4 address or assigned a dynamic IPv4 address using Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP).
Current IPv4 Address in BMC (R/O)
Current IPv4 address of the service processor is displayed.

Example: 129.144.82.86

Current IPv4 MAC Address in BMC (R/O)
Current IPv4 MAC address for the service processor is displayed.

Example: 00:12:46:BE:0A:02

Current IPv4 Subnet Mask in BMC (R/O)
Current IPv4 subnet mask address for the service processor is displayed.

Example: 255.255.255.0

Refresh
Select Refresh to update to the current settings.
IPv4 Address
If IPv4 Assignment is set to Static, set the IPv4 address for the service processor.

Example: 129.144.82.86

IPv4 Subnet Mask
If the IPv4 Assignment is set to Static, set the IPv4 subnet mask.

Example: 255.255.255.0

IPv4 Default Gateway
If the IP Assignment is set to Static, set the IPv4 default gateway

Example: 129.144.82.254

Commit
Commit the IPv4 configuration settings.
IPv6 Configuration (R/O)
Static/Dynamic
Dynamic
Current configuration of the IPv6 settings is displayed.

IPv6 addresses are written with hexadecimal digits and colon separators. For example: 2001:0db0:000:82a1:0000:0000:1234:abcd. IPv6 addresses are composed of two parts: a 64-bit subnet prefix and a 64-bit host interface ID. To shorten the IPv6 address, you can (1) omit all leading zeros, and (2) replace one consecutive group of zeros with a double colon (::). For example: 2001:db0:0:82a1::1234:abcd

Channel Number (R/O)
1
Current channel number is displayed.
Current IPv6 State (R/O)
Current IPv6 state is displayed.
Current IPv6 Auto Configuration (R/O)
Current IPv6 autoconfiguration parameters are displayed.
Link Local IPv6 Address (R/O)
Current link local IPv6 address is displayed.

Example: fe80::214:4fff:feca:5f7e/64

Static IPv6 Address (R/O)
Current static IPv6 address is displayed.

Example: 2001:0db0:000:82a1:0000:0000:1234:abcd

IPv6 Gateway (R/O)
Current IPv6 gateway address is displayed.

Example: fe80::211:5dff:febe:5000/128

Dynamic IPv6 Address 1 (R/O)
Current dynamic IPv6 address is displayed.

Example: fec0:a:8:b7:214:4fff:feca:5f7e/64

Dynamic IPv6 Address 2 (R/O)
If the IPv6 address is moved in the network, packets will be routed to the first IPv6 address.
Dynamic IPv6 Address n (R/O)
If the IPv6 address is moved in the network, packets will be routed to the first IPv6 address.
Dynamic IPv6 Address 10
If the IPv6 address is moved in the network, packets will be routed to the first IPv6 address.
Refresh
Select Refresh to update to the current settings.
IPv6 State (R/O)
Disabled/Enabled
View whether IPv6 state is enabled or disabled.
Auto IPv6 Configuration
Disabled

Stateless

Dhcpv6_stateless

Dhcpv6_stateful

Disabled
Autoconfiguration options are:
  • Disabled: When autoconfiguration is disabled, only the Link Local address is set. None of the autoconfiguration options to configure an IPv6 address are run.

  • Stateless: When enabled, the IPv6 Stateless autoconfiguration is run to learn the IPv6 addresses for the device.

  • Dhcpv6_stateless: When enabled, the Dhcpv6_stateless autoconfiguration is run to learn the DNS and domain information for the device.

  • Dhcpv6_stateful: When enabled, the Dhcpv6_stateful autoconfiguration is run to learn the IP addresses and DNS information for the device.

Static IPv6 Address
Set the static IPv6 address.

Example: 2001:0db0:000.82a1:0000:0000:1234:abcd

Commit
Commit the IPv6 configuration settings.
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