Chapter 2. Configuring the blade server
There are several components on the blade server that you can configure and several methods for
configuring those components.
Note: If you intend to use a scalable blade complex in single partition mode, you must partition the complex
before you turn on the blade servers or begin the configuration process. See "Partitioning a scalable blade
complex" on page 20 for information.
Typically, you complete the following steps to configure the blade server:
Configure the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware for the blade server.You can
configure the UEFI firmware by using the Setup utility or the Advanced Settings Utility (ASU). For
more information about the Setup utility, see "Using the Setup utility" on page 20. For more
information about ASU, see "Using the Advanced Settings Utility (ASU)" on page 25.
Note: For more information about firmware configuration options, see Introducing UEFI-Compliant
Firmware on IBMSystem x and BladeCenter Servers at http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/
Set the boot protocol.To set the boot protocol, use either the Setup Utility or the Preboot Execution
Environment (PXE) boot agent utility program. For more information about the PXE boot agent
utility program, see "Using the PXE boot agent utility program" on page 24.
Note: You can temporarily redefine the boot order by using the Boot menu program that is
provided with the blade server firmware
Configure the RAID array.
You can install up to two solid state drives in the blade server and implement RAID level-0 (striping)
or RAID level-1 (mirror) arrays in operating systems that are listed on the ServerProven list at http://
www.ibm.com/ servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. For the blade server, you must configure
the RAID by using the LSI Configuration Utility program.
Note: If you are implementing a scalable blade complex in single partition mode, you cannot
combine the SSD in both the primary and the secondary server to define a RAID array. RAID arrays
can be defined using only the SSDs within a blade server.
If an optional RAID expansion card is installed, you can use it to control all the storage drives that
are installed in the blade server. See the documentation that comes with the expansion card for
information about how to configure the RAID array.
Important: You must create the RAID array before you install the operating system on the blade
Configure the integrated management module (IMM).To configure the IMM, use either the Setup
utility or the Advanced Settings Utility (ASU).
Update the blade server firmware. For more information about updating blade server firmware, see
"Updating firmware and device drivers" on page 30If you are performing inband updates to
firmware on blade servers operating as a single partition in a scalable blade complex, see
"Updating firmware for blade servers operating as a single partition" on page 31. If you are
updating firmware for blade servers that are operating as independent partitions in a scalable blade
complex or you are performing out-of-band updates to firmware for blade servers in a scalable
blade complex, see "Updating firmware for each blade server independently" on page 31.
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