C H A P T E R  1

Preparing for Installation

This chapter provides background information about the Sun Fire V215 and V245 server installation procedures that are provided in Chapter 2.

This chapter contains these topics:

Tools Needed

You need the following tools to complete the installation:

Shipping Kit Inventory List

Standard and optional components of Sun Fire V215 and V245 servers are installed at the factory. However, if you ordered a keyboard or a monitor, these are shipped separately.

Note - Inspect the shipping cartons for evidence of physical damage. If a shipping carton appears damaged, request that the carrier's agent be present when the carton is opened. Keep all contents and packing material for the agent's inspection.

The following list includes the components that you should have received:

Installation Overview

This installation guide provides procedures that must be performed in the following order:

1. Verify that you have received all of the components.

2. Gather the configuration information for the server. You will need the following parameters:

3. Mount the server into the rack. See Installing the Server in a Rack.

4. Connect the server to a serial terminal or a terminal emulator. See Powering On the System Controller.

Tip - Connect the serial terminal or a terminal emulator before you connect the power cables so that you see the system messages.

5. Connect the data cables to the server. See Cabling the Server.

6. Connect one or two AC power cable to the server and examine the display for any error messages. See Powering On the System Controller.

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Caution - There is a potential for electric shock if the server and related equipment are not properly grounded.

Note - The system controller (SC) runs on the 3.3V standby voltage. As soon as AC power is connected to the system, the system controller immediately powers on, runs diagnostics, and initializes the Sun Advanced Lights Outs Management (ALOM) firmware.

7. After the system controller boots, access the ALOM command-line interface through the serial management port. See To Log Into the System Controller.

8. Configure the SC network addresses. See To Configure the System Controller Network Management Port.

Note - The SC network management port is not operational until you configure the network settings for the system controller (through the SC serial management port).

9. Enable the new configuration by resetting the system controller. See To Reset the System Controller.

10. Power on the server from a keyboard using the ALOM software. See Powering On the System Controller.

11. Go to the preinstalled software site to obtain configuration information, patches, and updates:


12. Configure the Solaris OS. See Booting the Solaris Operating System.

The Solaris OS is preinstalled on the server. When you power on the server, you are automatically guided through the Solaris OS configuration procedure.

13. Install any required patches or updates to the server.

14. (Optional) Load additional software from the Solaris OS media kit.

The Solaris OS media kit (sold separately) includes several CDs containing software to help you operate, configure, and administer your server. Refer to the documentation provided with the media kit for a complete listing of included software and detailed installation instructions.

Safety Precautions

Read the following safety precautions before you attempt to install the server: