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Using This Documentation

Getting the Latest Software and Firmware

About This Documentation

Related Documentation

Feedback

Access to Oracle Support

Installation

About the Installation Procedure

Installation Procedure Overview

Preparing for Server Installation

Server Physical Specifications

Space Requirements

Electrical Power Requirements

Environmental Requirements

Ventilation and Cooling

Agency Compliance

Shipping Inventory

Tools and Equipment Needed for Installation

ESD and Safety Precautions

Optional Component Installation

About Server Features and Components

Server Components

Front Panel Status Indicators, Connectors, and Drives

Front Panel With Eight 2.5-inch Drives

Front Panel With Four 2.5-inch Drives and SATA DVD Drive

Back Panel Status Indicators, Connectors, and PCIe Slots

Server Management Software Overview

Oracle System Assistant

Oracle ILOM Overview

UEFI BIOS Overview

Getting Server Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Software Releases

Getting Firmware and Software From MOS or PMR

Installing Updates Using Other Methods

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 to the Server

Connecting 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

Accessing Oracle System Assistant

Setting Up Software and Firmware Using Oracle System Assistant

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 11.1 Operating System

Preinstalled Oracle Solaris 11.1 Image BIOS Boot Mode Restriction

Preinstalled Operating System RAID Limitations

Operating System Options

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle Solaris 11.1 Operating System

Oracle Solaris 11.1 Operating System Documentation

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Linux 6.x Operating System

Preinstalled Oracle Linux Image BIOS Boot Mode Restriction

Oracle Linux 6.x Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle Linux 6.x Operating System

Registering Oracle Linux and Activating Automatic Update

Oracle Linux 6.x Operating System Documentation

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle VM 3.2 Software

Preinstalled Oracle VM Image BIOS Boot Mode Restriction

Preinstalled Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager Compatibility Requirements

Oracle VM Server Configuration Worksheet

Configure the Preinstalled Oracle VM Server

Updating Oracle VM Software

Oracle VM Documentation

Controlling System Power

Powering Off the Server for Orderly Shutdown

Powering Off the Server for Immediate Shutdown

Reset the Server

Troubleshooting Installation Issues

Installation Troubleshooting

Technical Support Information Worksheet

Locating the System Serial Number

Site Planning Checklists

Preparation Checklists

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

Oracle Solaris OS Installation Options

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring RAID

Installing the Oracle Solaris Operating System

Before You Begin

Installing Oracle Solaris on a Single System Using Oracle System Assistant

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

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

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Preparing to Install Oracle VM

Verify the BIOS Factory Defaults

Disable VT-d and SR-IOV in BIOS

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

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

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring RAID

Installing a 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

Windows Installation

About Microsoft Windows Server 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

Windows OS Installation Options

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Preparing to Install the Operating System

Setting Up BIOS

Configuring RAID

Installing a Windows Server Operating System

Before You Begin

Installing Windows Server on a Single System Using Oracle System Assistant

Installing Windows Server on a Single System Using Media

Post Installation Tasks for Windows Server

Supplemental Software Component Options

Installing Device Drivers and Supplemental Software

Configuring Intel NIC Teaming

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

Service

About the Sun Server X4-2

Product Description

About Controls and Connectors

About Server and Component Status Indicators

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

FRU TLI Auto-Update

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 (CRU)

Servicing Fan Modules (CRU)

Servicing Power Supplies (CRU)

Servicing CRUs That Require Server Power-Off

CRU Locations

Servicing the DIMMs (CRU)

Servicing PCIe Risers (CRU)

Servicing PCIe Cards (CRU)

Servicing the DVD Drive (CRU)

Servicing the Internal USB Flash Drives (CRU)

Servicing the Battery (CRU)

Servicing FRUs

FRU Locations

Servicing Processors (FRU)

Servicing the Disk Backplane (FRU)

Servicing the Front Indicator Module (FRU)

Servicing the Motherboard (FRU)

Servicing the SAS Cables (FRUs)

Returning the Server to Operation

Removing and Installing Server Filler Panels

Install the Server Top Cover

Remove Antistatic Measures

Reinstall the Server Chassis Into the Rack

Return the Server to the Normal Rack Position

Reconnect Data Cables and Power Cords

Power On the Server

Identifying the Server Ports

Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Network Management Port

Serial Management Port

Video Connector

USB Ports

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

Index

Server Components

Table 7 Sun Server X4-2 Components¬†

Feature
Description
Processor
One or two processors with four integrated DDR3 memory controllers per processor. Processors with the following capabilities are supported:
  • 2.7 GHz, 12-core, 130W

  • 3.0 GHz, 10-core, 130W

  • 2.6 GHz, 8-core, 95W

  • 2.6 GHz, 6-core, 80W

  • 2.5 GHz, 4-core, 80W

Memory
Up to 8 DIMMs per processor for a maximum of 16 DDR3 DIMMs and a maximum of 512 GB of memory are supported in dual-processor systems. RDIMMs (8 GB and 16 GB) and LRDIMMs (32 GB) are supported.

Note - A maximum of 8 DIMMs and a maximum of 256-GB of memory are supported in single-processor systems.


Storage drives
Storage drive configurations can comprise both spinning media hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). Configurations include:
  • Up to eight 2.5-inch hot-pluggable SAS HDDs/SATA SSDs

  • Up to four 2.5-inch hot-pluggable SAS HDDs/SATA SSDs with a DVD


Caution

Caution - In Oracle Engineered Systems, storage drive 7 might be populated with a remote battery module for the host bus adapter (HBA) card. The battery module is not a customer-replaceable unit and should not be removed or replaced by customers. For more information, refer to the Service, Battery Module.


PCI Express (PCIe) I/O slots
Three PCIe Gen3 slots that accommodate low-profile PCIe cards.
  • Slot 1: x16 electrical interface

  • Slots 2 and 3: x8 electrical interface


Note - PCIe slot 1 is nonfunctional in single-processor systems.


Internal HBA
One dedicated PCIe Gen3 slot for use with an optional internal-only host bus adapter (HBA) card. This internal HBA is used to control and manage the storage drives.
Ethernet ports
Up to four 10GBASE-T RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports on the rear panel.

Note - Ethernet ports NET 2 and NET 3 are nonfunctional in single-processor systems.


USB 2.0 ports
Two front, two rear, and two internal.

Note - One of the internal USB ports might be preinstalled with a USB drive containing the Oracle System Assistant. For more information, see the Oracle X4 Series Servers Administration Guide at http://www.oracle.com/goto/x86AdminDiag/docs.


Video (VGA) ports
One rear high-density DB-15 video port.
Service processor (SP)
The server includes an AST2300 service processor (SP). The SP provides IPMI 2.0 compliant remote management capabilities. The SP features:
  • Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) version 3.1.

  • Local Oracle ILOM command-line access using a serial connection.

  • Support for Ethernet access to SP through a dedicated, 10/100BASE-T management port (NET MGT) and optionally through one of the host Ethernet ports (sideband management).

  • Support for remote KVMS (keyboard, video, mouse, and storage) over IP.

Management Software
  • Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.1
  • Oracle System Assistance 1.1

  • Oracle Hardware Management Pack 2.2

Power supplies
Two hot-swappable and highly-redundant 600W power supplies.
Cooling fans
Four 40-mm, hot-swappable fan modules for chassis cooling. Each fan module contains two counter-rotating fan pairs (four rotors total).

Each power supply has its own cooling fans.

Operating systems
  • Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux operating systems can be optionally preinstalled on the server.
  • Oracle Solaris, Linux, and Windows are supported. For a complete list of supported OS versions for your server, refer to the Sun Server X4-2 Product Notes at: http://www.oracle.com/goto/X4-2/docs

Virtualization software
  • Oracle VM and VMware ESXi are supported.
  • Oracle VM software can be optionally preinstalled on the server.

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