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SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Administration Guide

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Updated: September 2017

Initial Administration Tasks

This list of tasks can be used as a guide for the initial steps to take after your server is installed. Some tasks are described in the SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Installation Guide so might already have been performed.

Setup and management of service processor (SP) which runs Oracle ILOM.
The SP must be accessed through its serial port when the server is initially powered on to see the console output. You can then assign an IP address and set related network properties for the SP so you can access Oracle ILOM on the SP through the network.
Become familiar with security practices for Oracle ILOM and the server.
Configure boot devices
The server does not include integrated storage devices like drives or disk arrays. Each server PDomain must have access to a bootable storage device so that it can run the Oracle Solaris OS, run applications, and store data.
After you power on a server PDomain for the first time, you can set the boot device for the PDomain. Procedures are different for different types of storage devices.
Start HOST
You must start the host that resides in a PDomain before you can install the OS.
Set OpenBoot variables
A number of boot characteristics are controlled by configuration variables that are stored in nonvolatile memory. If needed, you can change the configuration variables default values to tailor operating characteristics to your environment.
You should in particular consider setting variables that increase security.
Install the OS
If your server has Oracle Flash Accelerator PCIe Cards installed, the OS is preinstalled at the factory on one drive per PDomain.
You must install the OS on any other storage devices
If you are using Automated Installation, consider implementing secure practices.
Configure and boot the OS
Become familiar with security practices for Oracle Solaris.
Monitor the system for faults and other issues

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