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Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.0 Supplement for the Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2)     Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Documentation Library
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Sun Server X2-8 Name Change

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Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Common Server Management Tasks

Server Management Software Benefits

Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager

Oracle Hardware Management Pack

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Evaluating Your Server Environment

Server Management Downloads and Documentation

Oracle ILOM Documentation

Oracle ILOM 3.0 Common Feature Set Documentation

Updating Firmware

Firmware Versions Worksheet

Determining Current Firmware Versions

Planning and Downloading the Firmware Update

Updating the Oracle ILOM and System BIOS

How to Update Embedded HBA Firmware

How to Update NEM Firmware Using the Web Interface

How to Update NEM Firmware Using the CLI

Server-Specific Oracle ILOM Features

Minimum Supported Firmware and BIOS

Power Management

Fixing Problems with Oracle ILOM Using the Preboot Menu

Identifying and Clearing Faults

Determining Faults

Clearing Faults

Components With No Fault Diagnosis

Recovering a Lost Oracle ILOM Password

How to Recover a Lost Password by Proving Physical Presence

Monitoring Hardware and Environmental Sensors



SNMP and PET Traps


Evaluating Your Server Environment

Now you decide which option or combination of options best suits your needs.

The evaluation covers the following categories:

Which Operating System Do You Plan to Install?

Most of the server management software works with most operating systems that are supported for Oracle servers. However, there are some exceptions that are important to note. See the following table for detailed information.

Server Management Software
Operating System Limitations
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
There are no operating system limitations with Oracle ILOM, because the software runs on the system service processor, not on the operating system.
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
There are some limitations on which operating systems are supported with the Hardware Management Pack components. Refer to the support matrix at for details.
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
You can install only Windows and Linux (Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux ) operating systems with Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant.

If you have Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM, or VMware ESX installed on the server, you can update firmware and perform additional server management tasks.

From Which Platform Do You Want to Run the Software?

One factor to keep in mind when deciding on your server management strategy is whether you want to run your server management tasks from the system host, embedded firmware, or bootable media.

Server Management Software
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Embedded service processor firmware
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Host operating system
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
Bootable media (CD/DVD or USB drive) from a local or remote source
Do You Want to Update or Monitor Your System Components?

If you want to primarily update or monitor system software and components, you will want to make sure that the software that you choose covers those requirements. The following table lists the main functions of each software option.

Server Management Software
Update Functions
Monitoring Functions
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Updates Oracle ILOM and BIOS firmware
Monitors component status and reports faults
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Configures Oracle ILOM and BIOS firmware

Updates HBA and expander firmware

Configures RAID

Monitors component status and reports faults
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant
Updates and configures Oracle ILOM, BIOS, and HBA firmware

Assists in operating system and driver installation

Configures RAID

Provides minimal system status information
Do You Have a Modular System (Blade) Environment?

All of the server management software can be used with a modular systems (blades) or rack servers, but only one of the software solutions, Oracle ILOM, can be used to manage blade servers from both the modular system chassis and blade server interfaces.

Server Management Software
Modular System CMM Interface?
Server Module Interface?
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)
Oracle Hardware Management Pack
Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant