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Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, as well as power-on and power-off procedures and information about installing components.

The following sections are included in this chapter:

1.1 Features

TABLE 1-1 lists the system's key components.

TABLE 1-1 Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Features




  • One dual-core AMD Opteron 1000 series processor
  • Processor frequencies: 1.8 GHz and faster
  • Up to 1 MB level 2 cache


  • Four DIMM slots
  • Each DIMM socket on board supports 512 MB, 1 GB, or 2 GB unbuffered DDR2 DIMM modules.
  • Up to 8 GB total memory supported

Media storage

Optional DVD-ROM or DVD-RW

Hard disk drives

Up to two SATA or SAS 3.5-inch optional disk drives with NVIDIA and LSI RAID supported (LSI PCIe card needed)

Power supply

345W PSU

Network I/O

Four 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet ports


Optional PCI-Express (PCIe) riser card with two 8-lane slots, supporting low profile, half length PCIe cards up to 25W

Other I/O

  • Four USB 2.0 connectors on the back panel and two on the front panel
  • Onboard 2D/3D graphics controller with HD15 connector
  • One serial RS232 port with DB9 connector

System management

Onboard IPMI 2.0 compliant service processor with Embedded Lights Out Manager

1.2 Operating System and Software

This section describes the operating system and additional software that is supported for the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server.

1.2.1 Preinstalled Software

If you ordered a hard drive with your Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, the hard drive might have the Solaristrademark 10 6/06 Operating System with Javatrademark Enterprise System (Java ES) installed, as well as Suntrademark Studio 1l developer software.

For information on configuring the preinstalled Solaris 10 OS for the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, refer to the Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Installation Guide, 819-6589.

For further information on the Solaris 10 OS, see the Solaris 10 OS documentation at:


1.2.2 Supported Operating Systems

The following operating systems (or later versions) are supported for the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server:

See the Sun Fire X2100 M2 Operating System Installation Guide, 819-6592, and the product-specific documentation for instructions on installing these operating systems.

If you want to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 or 4 or SUSE Linux Enterprise System 9 on the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, you can order it from the from the following web site:


Support for additional operating systems will be available after the initial release of the Sun Fire X2100 M2 servers. Go to the following URL for information about the operating systems currently supported:


After installing the operating system, refer to the Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Operating Server Installation Guide, 819-6592, for further information on updates and drivers that need to be installed.

1.2.3 Tools and Drivers CD Software

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Tools and Drivers CD, included with the server, contains drivers for operating system installation, LSI and NVIDIA RAID drivers, BIOS/BMC flash utilities, diagnostics software, Windows Remote Installation Service (RIS) files, and Broadcom NetXtreme software.

For more information on using the Tools and Drivers CD software, see Appendix B.

1.2.4 System Management

An IPMI 2.0-compatible service processor with Embedded Lights Out Manager (LOM) is integrated onto the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server motherboard. See the Embedded Lights Out Manager Administration Guide, 819-6588, for more information on system management.

1.3 Hardware System Overview

The following sections describe the hardware orientation and features of your Sun Fire X2100 M2 server.

1.3.1 Front and Back Panels

FIGURE 1-1 shows the front panel of the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server.

FIGURE 1-1 Front Panel

Figure showing the front panel of the server.[ D ]


TABLE 1-2 Front Panel






System identification button/LED


Optional hard disk drive 0


Fault LED


USB 2.0 connectors (2)


Power LED


Optional DVD drive


Power button


Optional hard disk drive 1

FIGURE 1-2 shows the back panel of the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server.

FIGURE 1-2 Back Panel

Figure showing the back panel and optional PCI Express slots for the server.[ D ]


TABLE 1-3 Back Panel






Power connector


NVIDIA Ethernet connectors (LAN-2 left, LAN-3 right)


Broadcom Ethernet connectors (LAN-0 top,
LAN-1 NET MGT bottom)


Serial management/DB9 RS-232 serial port


System identification LED


PCI-Express slots


Fault LED


Onboard HD15 video connector


Power LED


USB 2.0 connectors (4)

1.3.2 Internal Components

FIGURE 1-3 shows the locations of the components inside the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server.

FIGURE 1-3 S un Fire X2100 M2 Server System Components

Figure showing the internal components of the server.[ D ]


TABLE 1-4 Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Internal Components






PCI-Express riser and cards


I/O board


Power supply


Single fan module


Optional hard drive 1


Air duct


Dual blower module




Optional DVD drive


DIMM slots (4)


Optional hard drive 0



1.4 Powering On and Powering Off the Server

You have to apply only standby power to the server at this point so that you can perform initial configuration of the service processor. Procedures for powering on to main power mode and for shutting down from main power mode are also included in this section.

1.4.1 To Apply Standby Power for Initial Service Processor Configuration

Use this procedure to apply standby power to the service processor (SP) before initial configuration.

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Caution - Do not operate the server without all fans, component heatsinks, air baffles, and the cover installed. Severe damage to server components can occur if operated without adequate cooling mechanisms.

1. Connect grounded AC power cord to the AC power connector on the back panel of the server and to grounded AC power outlets.

Note - At this point, standby power is supplied only to the service processor and power supply fans. You can proceed to Chapter 2 of this guide to begin initial configuration. Do not apply main power to the rest of the server until you are ready to install a platform operating system.

2. Continue with initial software setup tasks, as described in Sun Fire X2100 M2 Server Installation Guide.

1.4.2 Powering On Main Power Mode

single-step bulletTo power on main power for all server components:

a. Verify that the power cord has been connected and that standby power is on.

In standby power mode, the Power/OK LED on the front panel flashes. See FIGURE 1-1.

b. Use a ballpoint pen or stylus to press and release the recessed Power button on the server front panel.

When main power is applied to the full server, the Power/OK LED next to the Power button lights and remains lit.

1.4.3 Shutting Down Main Power Mode

single-step bulletTo power off the server from main power mode, use one of the following two methods:

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Caution - To completely power off the server, you must disconnect the AC power cords from the back panel of the server.

1.4.4 Clearing the CMOS

You can use this procedure to clear the server's CMOS settings in the case of a system hang.

For example, if the server hangs because of incorrect settings and will not boot, use this procedure to invalidate the settings and reboot with the default settings.

1. Remove the AC power cord.

See FIGURE 1-2 for the location of the power cord connection.

2. Remove the battery for 30 seconds, then reinsert it.

See Chapter 4 for instructions on removing and replacing the battery.

3. Reinsert the AC power cord.

1.5 Customer-Orderable Components

You can order additional components and replacement parts for the Leo server.

Contact your local Sun sales representative for more information. For the most up-to-date component information, see the components list on one of the following web sites: