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HP ProLiant ML570 G3 Server - Configuring the Server

Configuration tools

List of tools:

SmartStart software

SmartStart is a collection of software that optimizes single-server setup, providing a simple and consistent way to deploy server configuration. SmartStart has been tested on many ProLiant server products, resulting in proven, reliable configurations.

SmartStart assists the deployment process by performing a wide range of configuration activities, including the following:

  • Configuring hardware using embedded configuration utilities, such as ROM-Based Setup Utility and Option ROM Configuration for Arrays Utility.

  • Preparing the system for installing "off-the-shelf" versions of leading operating system software.

  • Installing optimized server drivers, management agents, and utilities automatically with every assisted installation.

  • Testing server hardware using the HP Insight Diagnostics Utility.

  • Installing software drivers directly from the CD. With systems that have internet connection, the SmartStart Autorun Menu provides access to a complete list of ProLiant system software.

  • Enabling access to the Array Configuration Utility, Array Diagnostics Utility, and Erase Utility.

SmartStart is included in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack. For more information about SmartStart software, refer to the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack or refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/smartstart .

SmartStart scripting toolkit

The SmartStart Scripting Toolkit is a server deployment product that delivers an unattended automated installation for high-volume server deployments. The SmartStart Scripting Toolkit is designed to support ProLiant BL, ML, and DL servers. The toolkit includes a modular set of utilities and important documentation that describes how to apply these new tools to build an automated server deployment process.

Using SmartStart technology, the Scripting Toolkit provides a flexible way to create standard server configuration scripts. These scripts are used to automate many of the manual steps in the server configuration process. This automated server configuration process cuts time from each server deployed, making it possible to scale server deployments to high volumes in rapid fashion.

For more information about SmartStart Scripting Toolkit or to download the Toolkit, refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/sstoolkit .

HP ROM-Based Setup Utility

ROM-Based Setup Utility, an embedded configuration utility, performs a wide range of configuration activities that may include the following:

  • Configuring system devices and installed options
  • Displaying system information
  • Selecting the primary boot controller
  • Configuring memory options
  • Language selection

For more information on ROM-Based Setup Utility, refer to the HP ROM-Based Setup Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD or refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/smartstart .

Using ROM-Based Setup Utility

While powering the server for the first time, the system prompts to enter ROM-Based Setup Utility and select a language. Default configuration settings are made at this time and can be changed later. Most of the features in ROM-Based Setup Utility are not required to set up the server.

To navigate ROM-Based Setup Utility, use the following keys:

  1. To access RBSU, press the F9 key during power up when prompted in the upper right corner of the screen.

  2. To navigate the menu system, use the arrow keys.

  3. To make selections, press the Enter key.

NOTE: ROM-Based Setup Utility automatically saves settings when the Enter key is pressed. The utility does not prompt for confirmation of settings before exiting the utility. To change a selected setting, select a different setting and press the Enter key.

Boot options

After the auto-configuration process completes, or after the server reboots upon exit from ROM-Based Setup Utility, the POST sequence runs, and then the boot option screen is displayed. This screen is visible for several seconds before the system attempts to boot from either a diskette, CD, or hard drive. During this time, the menu on the screen allows to install an operating system or make changes to the server configuration in ROM-Based Setup Utility.

BIOS Serial Console

BIOS Serial Console allows to configure the serial port to view POST error messages and run ROM-Based Setup Utility remotely through a serial connection to the server COM port. The server that is being remotely configured does not require a keyboard and mouse.

For more information about BIOS Serial Console, refer to the BIOS Serial Console User Guide on the Documentation CD or refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/smartstart .

Configuring memory

After installing the required DIMMs, configure the server memory:
  1. To power up the server, press the Power On/Standby button.

  2. Access RBSU by pressing the F9 key during powerup when prompted.

  3. Select System Options .

  4. Select Advanced Memory Protection .

  5. Select the appropriate mode:
    • Advanced ECC

    • Online Spare

    • Mirrored Memory

    • Hot-plug RAID Memory

  6. Press the Enter key.

  7. Press the Escape key twice to return to the RBSU menu.

  8. Press the F10 key to exit RBSU.

Array Configuration Utility

Array Configuration Utility (ACU) is a browser-based utility with the following features:

  • Runs as a local application or remote service.

  • Supports online array capacity expansion, logical drive extension, assignment of online spares, and RAID or stripe size migration.

  • Suggests the optimum configuration for an unconfigured system.

  • Provides different operating modes, enabling faster configuration or greater control over the configuration options.

  • Remains available any time that the server is On.

  • Displays on-screen tips for individual steps of a configuration procedure.

The minimum display settings for optimum performance are 800 × 600 resolution and 256 colors. The server must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 (with Service Pack 1) installed and be running Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Linux Operating System. Refer to the README.TXT file for further information about browser and Linux support.

For more information, refer to the HP Array Configuration Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD or refer to the following URL at: http://www.hp.com .

Option ROM Configuration for Arrays

Before installing an operating system, the Option ROM Configuration for Arrays Utility can be used to create the first logical drive, assign RAID levels, and establish online spare configurations.

The utility provides support for the following functions:

  • Configuring one or more logical drives using physical drives on one or more SCSI buses.
  • Viewing the current logical drive configuration.
  • Deleting a logical drive configuration.
NOTE: If this utility is not used, ORCA will default to the standard configuration.

For more information regarding array controller configuration, refer to the controller user guide. For more information regarding the default configurations that ORCA uses, refer to the HP ROM-Based Setup Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD.

HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack

The Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP) software is the preferred method for rapid, high-volume server deployments. The Rapid Deployment Pack software integrates two powerful products: Altiris Deployment Solution and the HP ProLiant Integration Module.

The intuitive graphical user interface of the Altiris Deployment Solution console provides simplified point-and-click, and drag-and-drop operations that enable deploying target servers remotely, perform imaging or scripting functions, and maintain software images.

For more information about the RDP, refer to the HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack CD or refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/rdp .

Re-Entering the server serial number and product ID

After the system board is replaced, the server serial number and the product ID has to be re-entered. Follow the steps given below to re-enter the server serial number and product ID:

  1. During the server startup sequence, press the F9 key to access ROM-Based Setup Utility.

  2. Select the System Options menu.

  3. Select Serial Number . The following warning is displayed:

    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! The serial number is loaded into the system during the manufacturing process and should NOT be modified. This option should only be used by qualified service personnel. This value should always match the serial number sticker located on the chassis.

  4. Press the Enter key to clear the warning.

  5. Enter the serial number and press the Enter key.

  6. Select Product ID .

  7. Enter the product ID and press the Enter key.

  8. Press the Esc key to close the menu.

  9. Press the Esc key to exit RBSU.

  10. Press the F10 key to confirm exiting RBSU. The server will automatically reboot.

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Management tools

List of tools:

Automatic Server Recovery

Automatic Server Recovery (ASR) is a feature that causes the system to restart when a catastrophic operating system error occurs, such as a blue screen, ABEND, or panic. A system fail-safe timer, the ASR timer, starts when the System Management driver, also known as the Health Driver, is loaded. When the operating system is functioning properly, the system periodically resets the timer. However, when the operating system fails, the timer expires and restarts the server.

Automatic Server Recovery increases server availability by restarting the server within a specified time after a system hang or shutdown. At the same time, the HP SIM console notifies by sending a message to a designated pager number that ASR has restarted the system. The Automatic Server Recover can be disabled from the HP SIM console or through ROM-Based Setup Utility.

ROMPaq Utility

Flash ROM enables to upgrade the firmware (BIOS) with system or option ROMPaq utilities. To upgrade the BIOS, insert a ROMPaq diskette into the diskette drive and boot the system.

The ROMPaq utility checks the system and provides a choice (if more than one exists) of available ROM revisions. This procedure is the same for both system and option ROMPaq utilities.

For more information about the ROMPaq utility, refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/manage .

Integrated Lights-Out technology

The iLO subsystem is a standard component of selected ProLiant servers that provides server health and remote server manageability. The iLO subsystem includes an intelligent microprocessor, secure memory, and a dedicated network interface. This design makes iLO independent of the host server and its operating system. The iLO subsystem provides remote access to any authorized network client, sends alerts, and provides other server management functions.

Use iLO to:
  • Remotely power up, power down, or reboot the host server.

  • Send alerts from iLO regardless of the state of the host server.

  • Access advanced troubleshooting features through the iLO interface.

  • Diagnose iLO using HP SIM through a web browser and SNMP alerting.

For more information about iLO features, refer to the Integrated Lights-Out User Guide on the Documentation CD or on the HP website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/servers/lights-out .

StorageWorks Library and Tape tools

HP StorageWorks L&TT provides functionality for firmware downloads, verification of device operation, maintenance procedures, failure analysis, corrective service actions, and some utility functions. It also provides seamless integration with HP hardware support by generating and emailing support tickets that deliver a snapshot of the storage system.

For more information, and to download the utility, refer to the StorageWorks L&TT website at the following URL: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/ltt .

HP Systems Insight Manager

HP Systems Insight Manager (HP SIM) is a web-based application that allows system administrators to accomplish normal administrative tasks from any remote location, using a web browser. HP Systems Insight Manager provides device management capabilities that consolidate and integrate management data from HP and third-party devices.
NOTE: Install and use HP SIM to benefit from the Pre-Failure Warranty for processors, hard drives, and memory modules.

For additional information, refer to the Management CD in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack or the HP SIM website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/hpsim .

Management Agents

Management Agents provide the information to enable fault, performance, and configuration management. The agents allow easy manageability of the server through HP SIM software, and third-party SNMP management platforms. Management Agents are installed with every SmartStart assisted installation or can be installed through the HP PSP. The Systems Management homepage provides status and direct access to in-depth subsystem information by accessing data reported through the Management Agents.

For additional information, refer to the Management CD in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack or refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://www.hp.com/servers/manage .

Redundant ROM Support

The server enables upgrading or configuring the ROM safely with redundant ROM support. The server has a 4 MB ROM that acts as two, separate 2 MB ROMs. In the standard implementation, one side of the ROM contains the current ROM program version, while the other side of the ROM contains a backup version.
NOTE: The server ships with the same version programmed on each side of the ROM.

Safety and security benefits

While flashing the system ROM, ROMPaq writes over the backup ROM and saves the current ROM as a backup, enabling to switch easily to an alternate ROM version if the new ROM becomes corrupted for any reason. This feature protects the existing ROM version, even if there is a power failure while flashing the ROM.

USB Support

HP provides both standard USB support and legacy USB support. Standard support is provided by the operating system through the appropriate USB device drivers. HP provides support for USB devices prior to the operating system loading through legacy USB support, which is enabled by default in the system ROM. HP hardware supports USB version 1.1.

Legacy USB support provides USB functionality in environments where USB support is normally not available. Specifically, HP provides legacy USB functionality at:
  • POST

  • RBSU

  • Diagnostics

  • DOS

  • Environments which do not support USB natively

For more information on ProLiant USB support, refer to the HP website at the following URL: http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/usb-support.html Non-HP site .

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Diagnostic Tools

List of tools:

Array Diagnostic Utility

Array Diagnostic Utility (ADU) is a Windows-based tool that collects information about array controllers and generates a list of detected problems. The Array Diagnostic Utility can be accessed from the SmartStart CD.

Click here to go to the "SmartStart software" section .

HP Insight Diagnostics

The HP Insight Diagnostics utility displays information about the server hardware and tests the system to be sure it is operating properly. The utility has online help and can be accessed using the SmartStart CD. Online Diagnostics for Microsoft Windows is available for download from the HP website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/support .

Integrated Management Log

The Integrated Management Log (IML) records hundreds of events and stores them in an easy-to-view form. The Integrated Management Log timestamps each event with 1 minute granularity.

The recorded events can be viewed in the Integrated Management Log in several ways, including the following:

  • From within HP SIM
  • From within Survey Utility
  • From within operating system-specific IML viewers
    • For NetWare: IML Viewer
    • For Windows: IML Viewer
    • For Linux: IML Viewer Application
  • From within HP Insight Diagnostics

For more information, refer to the Management CD in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack.

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Remote Support and Analysis Tools

HP Instant Support Enterprise Edition

HP Instant Support Enterprise Edition (ISEE) is a proactive remote monitoring and diagnostic tool to help manage the systems and devices, a feature of HP support. ISEE provides continuous hardware event monitoring and automated notification to identify and prevent potential critical problems. Through remote diagnostic scripts and vital system configuration information collected about the systems, ISEE enables fast restoration of the systems. Install ISEE on the systems to help mitigate risk and prevent potential critical problems.

Click here for more information or to download ISEE

Click here to view the document "HP Instant Support Enterprise Edition-Client Installation and Upgrade Guide"

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Keeping the System Current

List of tools:

Drivers

The server includes new hardware that may not have driver support on all operating system installation media. If installing a SmartStart-supported operating system, use the SmartStart software ( Click here to go to the "SmartStart software" section ) and its assisted path feature to install the operating system and latest driver support at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/support .

NOTE: If installing drivers from the SmartStart CD or the Software Maintenance CD, refer to the SmartStart website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/servers/smartstart to be sure that the latest version of SmartStart is being used. For more information, refer to the documentation provided with the SmartStart CD.

If the SmartStart CD is not being used to install an operating system, drivers for some of the new hardware are required. These drivers, as well as other option drivers, ROM images, and value-add software can be downloaded from the HP website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/support .

NOTE: Always perform a backup before installing or updating device drivers.

Resource Paqs

Resource Paqs are operating system-specific packages of tools, utilities, and information for HP servers running certain Microsoft or Novell operating systems. The Resource Paqs include utilities to monitor performance, software drivers, customer support information, and whitepapers on the latest server integration information.

Refer to the Enterprise Partnerships website at the following URL: http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/solutions/partners.html , select Microsoft or Novell, depending on the operating system, and follow the link to the appropriate Resource Paq.

ProLiant support packs

PSPs represent operating system-specific bundles of ProLiant optimized drivers, utilities, and management agents. Refer to the PSP website at the following URL: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/psp.html .

Operating system version support

Refer to the operating system support matrix at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/supportos .

Change Control and Proactive Notification

HP offers Change Control and Proactive Notification to notify customers 30 to 60 days in advance of upcoming hardware and software changes on HP commercial products.

For more information, refer to the following URL on HP website at: http://h18023.www1.hp.com/solutions/pcsolutions/pcn.html

Care Pack

HP Care Pack Services offer upgraded service levels to extend and expand standard product warranty with easy-to-buy, easy-to-use support packages that help in making the most of server investments. Refer to the Care Pack website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/hps/carepack/servers/cp_proliant.html .

System Online ROM Flash Component Utility

The Online ROM Flash Component Utility enables system administrators to efficiently upgrade system or controller ROM images across a wide range of servers and array controllers. This tool has the following features:
  • Works offline and online

  • Supports Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Novell Netware, and Linux operating systems
    NOTE: This utility supports operating systems that may not be supported by the server. For operating systems supported by the server, refer to the HP website at the following URL: http://www.hp.com/go/supportos .
  • Integrates with other software maintenance, deployment, and operating system tools

  • Automatically checks for hardware, firmware, and operating system dependencies, and installs only the correct ROM upgrades required by each target server

Click here for ROMPaq downloads

Click here to view the Drivers, Software and Firmware page for HP ProLiant ML570 G3 Server .

PaqFax

PaqFax provides technical, warranty, and support information transmitted by facsimile (fax) machine.

Natural Language Search Assistant

The Natural Language Search Assistant is a search engine that finds information on HP products, including ProLiant servers. The search engine responds to queries entered in question form. Refer to the following website for more information: http://askq.compaq.com Non-HP site .

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