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HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server - System Manageability

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.

ASR 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 you by sending a message to a designated pager number that ASR has restarted the system. You can disable ASR from the HP SIM console or through RBSU.

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ROMPaq utility

The ROMPaq utility enables you to upgrade the system firmware (BIOS). To upgrade the firmware, insert a ROMPaq USB Key into an available USB port and boot the system. In addition to ROMPaq, Online Flash Components for Windows and Linux operating systems are available for updating the system firmware.

The ROMPaq utility checks the system and provides a choice (if more than one exists) of available firmware revisions.

For more information, see the Download drivers and software page for the server. To access the serverspecific page, enter the following web address into the browser:

http://www.hp.com/support/<servername>

For example:

http://www.hp.com/support/dl360g6

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Integrated Lights-Out 3 technology

The iLO 3 subsystem is a standard component of selected ProLiant servers that provides server health and remote server manageability. The iLO 3 subsystem includes an intelligent microprocessor, secure memory, and a dedicated network interface. This design makes iLO 3 independent of the host server and its operating system.

In addition to remote management features, iLO 3 is also responsible for managing the health of the ProLiant server. The intelligence of iLO 3 manages the Sea of Sensors thermal control, directs the Dynamic Power Capping technology, and monitors the health of server components.

The iLO 3 subsystem provides secure remote access from any authorized network client. The enhancements to iLO 3 enable customers to get work done faster by providing turbo-charged remote access performance, a streamlined user experience, and enhanced standards support.

Using iLO 3, you can do the following:

  • Access a high-performance and secure Remote Console to the server from anywhere in the world.

  • Use the shared iLO 3 Remote Console to collaborate with up to six server administrators.

  • Remotely mount high-performance Virtual Media devices to the server.

  • Securely and remotely control the power state of the managed server.

  • Send alerts from iLO 3 regardless of the state of the host server.

  • Access advanced troubleshooting features through the iLO 3 interface.

For more information about iLO 3 features (which may require an iLO Advanced Pack or iLO Advanced for BladeSystem license), see the iLO 3 documentation on the Documentation CD or on the HP website (http://www.hp.com/go/iLO).

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Erase Utility

CAUTION: Perform a backup before running the System Erase Utility. The utility sets the system to its original factory state, deletes the current hardware configuration information, including array setup and disk partitioning, and erases all connected hard drives completely. Refer to the instructions for using this utility.

Run the Erase Utility if you must erase the system for the following reasons:

  • You want to install a new operating system on a server with an existing operating system.

  • You encounter an error when completing the steps of a factory-installed operating system installation.

To access the Erase Utility, use the System Erase button on the home screen of the SmartStart CD

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Redundant ROM support

The server enables you to upgrade or configure the ROM safely with redundant ROM support. The server has a single ROM that acts as two separate ROM images. 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

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

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USB support and functionality

USB support

HP provides both standard USB 2.0 support and legacy USB 2.0 support. Standard support is provided by the OS through the appropriate USB device drivers. Before the OS loads, HP provides support for USB devices through legacy USB support, which is enabled by default in the system ROM.

Legacy USB support provides USB functionality in environments where USB support is not available normally. Specifically, HP provides legacy USB functionality for the following:

  • POST

  • RBSU

  • Diagnostics

  • DOS

  • Operating environments which do not provide native USB support

Internal USB functionality

An internal USB connector is available for use with security key devices and USB drive keys. This solution provides for use of a permanent USB key installed in the internal connector, avoiding issues of clearance on the front of the rack and physical access to secure data.

For additional security, external USB functionality can be disabled through RBSU. Disabling external USB support in RBSU disables the USB connectors on the local I/O cable. Internal USB functionality is unaffected.

Internal SD support

An internal SD connector is available for use with embedded Hypervisors. This solution provides for use of a permanently installed SD card in the internal connector, decreasing the possibility of tampering or loss.

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