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  Summary of Contents for Acer AB460 F1

  • Page 1 AB7000 Series User Guide...
  • Page 2 Copyright © 2010. All Rights Reserved. Acer AB 7000 Series User Guide Acer AB 7000 Model Number : Serial Number: Purchase Date: Place of Purchase:...
  • Page 3: Safety Instructions

    Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
  • Page 4 • Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
  • Page 5: Operating Instructions

    grounded power outlet. Contact your electrician for details. Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury. Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product.
  • Page 6: Additional Safety Information

    For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit http://www.acer-group.com/public/Sustainability/sustainability01.htm. Mercury advisory For projectors or electronic products containing an LCD/CRT monitor or display: Lamp(s) inside this product contain mercury and must be recycled or disposed of according to local, state or federal laws.
  • Page 7 If you have these symptoms, or any other recurring or persistent discomfort and/or pain related to computer use, consult a physician immediately and inform your company's health and safety department. The following section provides tips for more comfortable computer use. Finding your comfort zone Find your comfort zone by adjusting the viewing angle of the monitor, using a footrest, or raising your sitting height to achieve maximum...
  • Page 8 viii • Keep your head at a higher level than the top edge of the display so your eyes point downward when looking at the middle of the display. • Adjust the display brightness and/or contrast to a comfortable level for enhanced text readability and graphics clarity. •...
  • Page 9: Fcc Notice

    Regulations and safety notices FCC notice This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 10 Caution Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority, which is granted by the Federal Communications Commission, to operate this computer.
  • Page 11 Operation conditions This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Notice: Canadian users This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
  • Page 12: Laser Compliance Statement

    to operate within the following limits for compliance with Telecom's Specifications: There shall be no more than 10 call attempts to the same number within any 30 minute period for any single manual call initiation, and The equipment shall go on-hook for a period of not less than 30 seconds between the end of one attempt and the beginning of the next call attempt.
  • Page 13 Voorzichtig: Onzichtbare laserstraling indien geopend. Voorkom blootstelling aan straal. Declaration of Conformity for EU countries Hereby, Acer, declares that this system is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/ 5/EC. List of applicable countries This device must be used in strict accordance with the regulations and constraints in the country of use.
  • Page 15: Table Of Contents

    Installing the System Into a Rack Rack Mounting Hardware Installation Chassis Management Module Module Installation Configuring the CMM CMM Functions Firmware Acer Smart Blade Console Introduction Network Connection/Login Home Page Blade System Virtual Media System Health User Management KVM Settings...
  • Page 16 AB460 F1 External and Internal Structure KVM Connector Front Panel LED Indicators Blade Unit Components Mainboard CMOS Clear Memory Support Memory Installation Populating Memory Slots Hard Disk Drives AB460 F1 System BIOS Introduction Starting the Setup Utility BIOS Updates Flashing BIOS...
  • Page 17 Running Setup Main BIOS Setup Advanced Settings Security Server Management Settings Boot Exit Options AB460 F1 Onboard SAS RAID Configuration AB2x280 F1 Internal and External Structure Control Panel Blade Unit Components Mainboard Memory Support Memory Installation Populating Memory Slots Supported Memory Population...
  • Page 18 xviii Login Home Page Top Page Links Top LED Display Left Side Tree Middle Configuration Link Table System Management Page System Settings File Management Firmware Upgrade Management Security Syslog WEBGUI Settings SNMP RMON NTP Settings Stack Layer 2 Management Layer 2 Basic Settings Port Manager VLAN Dynamic Vlan...
  • Page 19 Firmware Upgrading Procedures Firmware Failure Recovery Steps InfiniBand Modules Overview Installation and Configuration of InfiniBand Switch Modules Acer 4X QDR InfiniBand Switch Module Acer 4X QDR InfiniBand Switch Module with Integrated CMM 5 Acer Smart Blade Manager Acer Smart Blade Manager Introduction...
  • Page 20 Logon Management Virtual Media CMM Setting Connecting to the Slave CMM Appendix A: Troubleshooting BIOS POST Messages BIOS POST Codes Recoverable POST Errors Terminal POST Errors Index...
  • Page 21: Document Description

    1 Document Description...
  • Page 22: About This Manual

    Chapter 3: Sever Blades: Setup and Installation This section provides information on the setup, installation, maintenance and upgrade of the AB460 F1 and AB2x280 F1 server blades. Chapter 4: Networking Switch Modules Detailed here is information on the installation and configuration of the 1/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module and 4X QDR Infiniband Switch Modules.
  • Page 23 Chapter 5: Acer Smart Blade Manager This chapter details how to configure and use the Smart Blade Manger. Appendix A Provides information on troubleshooting, detailing BIOS post code error messages.
  • Page 24 1 Document Description...
  • Page 25: Chassis Enclosure

    2 Chassis Enclosure...
  • Page 26: Introduction

    Introduction The Acer AB7000 optimizes component efficiency by sharing the same power supply, management module, and switch module in a pre- configured form factor. The highly-integrated system design of the AB7000 provides you with a: • Datacenter minimizing computing density through an existing rack infrastructure •...
  • Page 27: External And Internal Structure

    External and internal structure Front panel (with AB460 F1 blades included) Front panel LED indicators Enclosure power supply LED descriptions are shown in the following table . State Power Status Yellow (off) (left LED) Green Green (Flashing) Figure 2-1. Front Panel...
  • Page 28: Rear Panel

    Fault LED Yellow (right LED) Yellow (Flashing) Rear Panel (with 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet module and CMM included) 1G PORT IN 10G PORT Stack ID RS232 1G PORT IN Over Temperature State in Switch Module (GbE, IB) or Power Supply Module Fan Failure Normal Figure 2-2.
  • Page 29: Product Configuration Guidance

    Figure 2-3. Blade Configuration The AB7000 can be configured with up to ten (10) blades. There are two blade options available: • AB460 F1 • AB2x280 F1 The blades may be configured in any required arrangement within the enclosure chassis.
  • Page 30: Rear Modules

    Rear Modules 1G PORT IN 10G PORT Stack ID RS232 1G PORT IN Bay No. Module 1 (top) 1G/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module 1 (bottom) 1G/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module (installed for Ethernet module redundancy) 2 (top) Dummy Chassis Management Module (CMM) 3 (top) 4xQDR(40Gbps) Infiniband Switch module with miniCMM 2+3 (top)
  • Page 31: Setup And Installation

    Setup and Installation Overview This chapter provides a quick setup procedure for your AB7000. Following these steps in the order given should enable you to have the system operational within a minimum amount of time. This quick setup assumes that the processor(s) and memory have already been installed. If not, please turn to “3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation”...
  • Page 32: Rack Precautions

    • This product is intended for installation only in a Location (dedicated equipment rooms, service closets and the like). This is because the AB7000 enclosure does not provide any physical security measures. • This product is not suitable for use with visual display work place devices according to Visual Display Units Warning! Please read the following important Warnings...
  • Page 33: Rack Mounting Considerations

    Allow the hot plug hard drives and power supply units to cool before touching them. • Always keep the rack's front door and all panels and components on the servers closed when not servicing to maintain proper cooling. Rack Mounting Considerations Below are listed important considerations for rack mounting.
  • Page 34: Installing The System Into A Rack

    power supply connections other than the direct connections to the branch circuit (such as the use of power strips and so on). Note: It is recommended that you seek the advice and assistance of a licensed electrician that can advise you on best practices for ensuring that the electrical supply and the rack are joined to a Common Bonding Network Professional documents on grounding techniques include:...
  • Page 35 Installing an enclosure: Decide where you want to place the blade enclosure into the rack (see "Rack Mounting Considerations" in the previous section). Position the Enclosure Template at the front of the enclosure to determine the locations of the screws for the enclosure rails (see Figure 2-5).
  • Page 36 (Optional step) Add the front left and right handles to the enclosure using five screws to secure each handle. Install a thumbscrew through the bottom hole of each handle (see Figure 2-7). Note: These handles are optional and need only be installed when mounting the system into a short rack.
  • Page 37 Figure 2-8. Enclosure Installed into Rack...
  • Page 38: Chassis Management Module

    This “command” module communicates with the blade units, the power supplies and the blade switches. Used in conjunction with the Web Interface or Acer Smart Blade Manager, the CMM provides administrator control over individual blade units, power supplies, cooling fans and networking switches and monitors onboard temperatures, power status, voltage levels and fan speeds.
  • Page 39: Reset Button

    User Name and Reset to root and superuser (case Password sensitive) IP Address Reset to 192.168.100.100 Acer Address Reset to 0.0.0.0 Description Can manage 10 blade units with up to 20 computing nodes, network modules and 4 power supplies One Ethernet port, one VGA port and two USB...
  • Page 40: Module Installation

    Software Setting Default Subnet Mask Reset to 255.255.255.0 To reset these values, press and hold the Reset button for five seconds. USB Switch Figure 2-10. USB Switch on Rear of CMM The USB ports on the CMM can function in either 2.0 or 1.1 mode (the default is 1.1).
  • Page 41: Configuring The Cmm

    Removing the Module: Pull out the release handle to the open position. Pull the module out of the bay. Replace immediately with another module or with a dummy module cover to maintain airflow integrity. Configuring the CMM To access/configure the CMM, you first have to configure the IP settings of the CMM depending on you network environment.
  • Page 42 2 Chassis Enclosure Choose “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” under the G tab and ENERAL click on P (see Figure 2-11 ). ROPERTIES Figure 2-11. Choose Internal Protocol...
  • Page 43 IP address: 192.168.100.101 • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0 • Default Acer: 192.168.100.1 Figure 2-12. Manually Configure the IP Address Once the IP address for the computer system is configured, the CMM can be accessed through the web browser by entering the default IP address 192.168.100.100 of the CMM into the browser’s...
  • Page 44: Cmm Functions

    CMM. With only minor exceptions, all of the remote functions can be performed by one of three mechanisms: web-based access to the CMM module, access to the CMM using Acer Smart Blade Manager, a client tool implemented in Java.
  • Page 45: Virtual Media

    (Acer Smart Blade Manager or Acer Smart Blade Console). Attach the LAN cable to the LAN port on the CMM module then refer to Acer Smart Blade Console on page 28 to login and use either utility. Virtual Media...
  • Page 46: Monitoring Functions

    Monitoring Functions Used in conjunction with Acer Smart Blade Manager or Acer Smart Blade Console, the CMM module can monitor and provide information on the hardware health of the blade modules and the system as a whole. In addition to the monitoring functions, you can remotely power on, power off or reboot a system.
  • Page 47: Firmware

    Acer Smart Blade Console. Within the utility, go to the M the Acer Smart Blade Console. Here you can enter the name of the firmware you want to update or click on B file. Finish by clicking the U Note: This process is not reversible once the firmware is updated, so proceed with caution.
  • Page 48: Acer Smart Blade Console

    Supported Browsers The following browsers have been tested for use with the Acer Smart Blade Console. It is recommended that you use the most current revision of the browser you choose. The minimum browser revisions supported by the Acer Smart Blade Console are shown below: •...
  • Page 49: Home Page

    (see “Device Settings” on page 57). Default Default IP Address Default Acer Address Default Subnet Mask Default username Default password Home Page Figure 2-14 and the following table respectively display the Acer Smart Blade Console and its controls. Description 192.168.100.100 0.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 root superuser...
  • Page 50 Click on this icon to refresh the remote console preview screen. Main Use these icons to initiate the various functions in the Menu Acer Smart Blade Console. See Main Menu Icons for Icons details. Main Menu Icons The icons below in the following table cover the main functions of IPMI.
  • Page 51 See“Maintenance” on page 67 for details. Log Out From any page, click on the L to log out of the Acer Smart Blade Console. icon at the top right of the screen...
  • Page 52: Blade System

    Blade System The B menu allows you to access and configure the various LADE YSTEM blades in your AB7000 system. Clicking the B you to access the following screens through its sub-menus: • Blade • Power Supply • Gigabit Switch •...
  • Page 53 Figure 2-15. Blade Status Screen Item Name Description Power On Click to apply power to (power up) a selected blade module. Power Off Click to remove power from a selected blade module. Reset Click this icon to reset a selected blade module. UID On Click this icon to turn on the UID LED of a selected blade module.
  • Page 54 Power Supply Click on P to reveal the P OWER UPPLY (Figure 2-16). The P OWER allows you to check the status of all the power supplies in the system you are accessing. Power status (on or off), temperature, fan rpm, wattage, firmware version and FRU version are all shown in the power supply status list.
  • Page 55 Item Name Description Power If you change the F Supply Fan ONTROL Speed power supply fans by clicking one of the fan icons. Set Control to minimum speed by clicking the icon numbered “1” and to maximum speed by clicking the icon numbered “4”.
  • Page 56 Figure 2-17. Gibabit Switch Status Screen Item Name Description Power On Click this to power up a selected GbE module. Power Off Click this to shut down a selected GbE module. Reset Click this icon to reset a GbE module to its default settings.
  • Page 57 After gaining access to the GbE switch(es), you can use the reset button to reset their configurations to the default settings. The reset button will reset all GbE switch configurations, including IP address and so on. InfiniBand Switch Click on I NFINIBAND WITCH (Figure 2-18).
  • Page 58 Figure 2-19. CMM Status Screen Item Name Description Use this control to specify either Enterprise Blade Mode Operation or Office Blade Mode for your CMM Operation. Choose Mode Enterprise Blade Mode for high performance operation or Office Blade Mode for quiet operation in a low noise office environment.
  • Page 59 Item Name Description Primary Enter the IP Address for the primary NTP server that Time you want to synchronize with the CMM internal real- Server time clock. NOTE: Daylight savings time cannot be automatically adjusted. Please manually set up the UTC offset twice a year to compensate for daylight savings time.
  • Page 60: Virtual Media

    Virtual Media The V menu allows you to configure the various media and IRTUAL EDIA drive systems in your AB7000 system. Clicking the V allows you to access the following screens through its sub-menus: • • CD-ROM • Drive Redirection •...
  • Page 61 “floppy”. The floppy Upload image uploaded should be in binary format with a maximum size of 1.44 MB. It will be loaded to the Acer CMM card and will be emulated to the host as a USB device.
  • Page 62: Drive Redirection

    Item Name Description Active This box displays if any virtual device/image has been Image connected to the remote host. (Drive1) Active This box displays if any virtual device/image has been Image connected to the remote host. (Drive2) Image This allows the user to decide how to share the CD- Windows ROM ISO image file with users in the remote host.
  • Page 63 Figure 2-22. Drive Redirections Screen Item Name Active Image (Drive1) Active Image (Drive2) Drive Redirection Disable Drive Redirection Force Only Apply Reset to Defaults Description This box displays if any virtual device/image has been connected to the remote host. This box displays if any virtual device/image has been connected to the remote host.
  • Page 64 Options The O selection in the V PTIONS configure Virtual Media Options. The O its controls (described in the following table) are shown below. Figure 2-23. Options Screen Item Name Description Virtual Use this option to disable or enable USB mass storage Media in the remote host.
  • Page 65: System Health

    System Health The S menu allows you to access and configure logs and YSTEM EALTH alert settings in your AB7000 system. Clicking the S allows you to access the following screens through its sub-menus: • • Alert Settings System Event Log The S option in the S YSTEM...
  • Page 66 Click on the three headings at the top of the list in the IPMI A screen (Figure 2-25) to sort between the three ONFIGURATION categories. The three headings are: • Filter List – This list shows all filters. • Policy List – This list shows all policies. •...
  • Page 67: User Management

    Change Password The C screen (Figure 2-26) is where you can change HANGE ASSWORDS the password used to access the Acer Smart Blade Console. Its controls are shown in the following table. Figure 2-26. Change Passwords Screen Item Name Description Type your new password in the window.
  • Page 68 Users & Groups The U & G screen (Figure 2-27) is where you specify and SERS ROUPS manage groups and users, which helps you manage the remote systems you are managing. Its controls are shown in the following table. Figure 2-27. Users and Groups Screen Item Name Description...
  • Page 69 Item Name Description Email Type in the user's email address in this window Address (optional). Mobile Type in the user's mobile phone number (optional). Phone Group This field indicates the group that the user belongs to. Membersh To select a group, click on the group name in the “Not Member Of”...
  • Page 70 Item Name Description Delete Click on this button to delete a user's or group information in the User/Group Management fields. Group This window allows you to enter group information for Managem better user management. Create and modify groups they same way you do for users. Permissions You can use the P ERMISSIONS...
  • Page 71 Item Name Description Show Click on the pull-down arrow to activate the user/ Permissions group permissions selection menu. for User/ Group Update Click this icon to update the permissions information. Effective This field indicates the actual permissions a user or Permissions group has.
  • Page 72: Kvm Settings

    KVM Settings The KVM S menu allows you configure keyboard, mouse and ETTINGS console settings. Clicking the KVM S the following screens through its sub-menus: • User Console • Keyboard/Mouse User Console Selecting the U ONSOLE up the KVM S screen (Figure 2-29).
  • Page 73 The controls found in the above sections are shown and described in detail in the following table. Figure 2-29. KVM Settings Screen Item Name Description User This field allows you to decide which group the user Selection belongs to. Click on the arrow on the right to activate the pull-down menu and highlight the name of the group to select it.
  • Page 74 Item Name Description Automatic Select this option to allow the CMM to automatically Detection detect the networking configuration settings (such as the bandwidth of the connection line) and transmit data accordingly. Pre- This item allows the user to select the data configured transmission settings from a pre-defined options list.
  • Page 75 Item Name Description Hotkey Enter a hot key combination in the box to specify either mouse synchronization mode or the single mouse mode. Button Enter the syntax of a button key in the box. For Keys detailed instructions on creating button keys, please click on the “Click here for Help”...
  • Page 76 Item Name Description Keyboard Click the arrow for the pull-down menu to specify the Model type of keyboard. Check this box to enable the function of K Release IMEOUT Timeout pressed by the user. Timeout If the K after____ click on the arrow to select the time-out setting in the msec pull-down menu.
  • Page 77: Device Settings

    Device Settings Use the D menu for configuring network, security and log EVICE ETTINGS settings for your AB7000 system. Clicking the D allows you to access the following screens through its sub-menus: • Network • Dynamic DNS • Security • Event Log Network Clicking the N...
  • Page 78 Item Name Configuration Preferred Host Name (DHCP only) IP Address Subnet Mask Acer IP Address Primary DNS Server IP Address Description Click on the pull-down menu to select a desired item from the list. The options are N and BOOTP.
  • Page 79 Item Name Secondary DNS Server IP Address Remote Console & HTTPS Port HTTP Port SSH Port Bandwidth Limit Enable SSH Access Disable Setup Protocol LAN Interface Speed LAN Interface Duplex Mode Description Enter the IP address of the Secondary Domain Name Server in the box.
  • Page 80: Dynamic Dns

    Dynamic DNS Selecting the D DNS option from the D YNAMIC brings up the D DNS S YNAMIC to configure Dynamic DNS settings. Controls for this screen are shown and detailed in the following table. Figure 2-32. Dynamic DNS Settings Screen Item Name Description...
  • Page 81 Item Name Description Password Enter the password for the remote host user. Check Enter the time the CMM first registers with the DNS time server in the HH:MM format (such as: 07:25 or 19:30). (HH:MM) Check Enter the time interval for the IPMI to report to the Interval Dynamic DNS again.
  • Page 82 Figure 2-33. Security Screen Item Name Description Force Check this box to enable Force HTTPS for Web Access. If HTTPS for enabled, you will need to use an HTTPS connection to access the web. Access This option allows you to configure the encryption of Encryption the RFB protocol.
  • Page 83 Item Name Description Default When IP A Policy either Accept or Drop from this pull-down menu to either allow or deny access according to pre-defined rules. NOTE: If set to D accept the Internet connection, then an Internet connection over the LAN is impossible. In this case, you need to change your security settings via modem or by disabling the IP A ONTROL Rule#...
  • Page 84: Event Log

    Item Name Description Block Time Enter the number of minutes allowed for a user to (Minutes) attempt to login. If the user fails to login within this time allowed, the user will be blocked from system. NOTE: If this box is left empty, the user is allowed to try to login to the server indefinitely.
  • Page 85 Item Name List ogging Enabled Entries Shown Per Page Clear Internal NFS Logging Enabled NFS Server NFS Share NFS Log File SMTP Logging Enabled SMTP Server Receiver Email Address Sender Email Address Description Check this box to activate the event-logging list. To show the event log list, click on E YSTEM EALTH...
  • Page 86 Name SNMP Logging Enabled Destination Community Click here to view the Acer Blade System SNMP Event Log Assignments Description Check this box to enable SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) logging. Enter the IP address where the SNMP trap will be sent to.
  • Page 87: Maintenance

    Maintenance Use the M menu for maintenance configurations on your AINTENANCE AB7000 system. Clicking the M following screens through its sub-menus: • Device Information • Event Log • Update irmware • Unit Reset Device Information Clicking the D EVICE NFORMATION brings up the D EVICE NFORMATION...
  • Page 88: Update Firmware

    Item Name Description Connected List the name(s), the IP Address(es) and the status of Users the connect user(s). Event Log Clicking the E option in the M VENT the M AINTENANCE VENT contains information on events that are recorded by the CMM in the order of Date/Time, Types and Descriptions including the IP address(es), user(s) and activities involved.
  • Page 89: Unit Reset

    Figure 2-37. Update Firmware Screen Item Name Description Firmware Enter the name of the firmware you want to update File or click B Browse Click the B Button Upload Click on the U to the server for the update. Unit Reset Clicking the U option in the M ESET...
  • Page 90 Figure 2-38. Unit Reset Screen Item Name Reset Keyboard/ Mosue (USB) Reset USB Reset Video Engine Reset Device Description Click the R icon to reset the Keyboard/ ESET Mouse. Click the R icon to reset the USB module. ESET Click the R icon to reset the Video Engine ESET module.
  • Page 91: Remote Console

    Remote Console This chapter covers the use of the Remote Console in the Acer Smart Blade Console. Activating the remote console may be done in two ways: • Home Page: On the H upper left area of the screen. •...
  • Page 92 Figure 2-39. Remote Console Interface Screen Item Name Description Drive Click on this button to open and display the D Screen EDIRECTION Button Redirection Screen" below for details. Adjust Click on this button to adjust the screen size. Screen Button 2 Chassis Enclosure screen and its controls.
  • Page 93 Commands and Write Support (see below for details on these controls). Once you have clicked C remote servers will have access to the local drive that you have selected. Connect Click this button to allow you to redirect an CD/DVD ISO image.
  • Page 94: Remote Console Options

    Item Name Description Write Support Check this button to allow the remote operating system to have write access to the drive that you have selected. This function allows a user to alter, overwrite, erase and destroy data stored in the drive selected and therefore should only be used on drives with non- critical data.
  • Page 95 The following items are included in the O more detail in the sections below: • Monitor Only • Exclusive Access • Readability Filter • Scaling • Local Cursor • Chat Window • Video Settings • Soft Keyboard • Local Keyboard •...
  • Page 96 Scaling This item allows the user to scale the remote console screen to the desired size. Click on this button to access its submenu and select the desired setting from the options listed in the submenu: 25%, 50%, 100% and S CALE TO Local Cursor This item allows the user to choose the desired shape for the local...
  • Page 97: Video Settings

    Item Name Description Title Bar This shows the IP address of the remote host you are connected to. Chat This frame displays chat messages, including your own Window messages that have been sent to other users. This is a Frame read-only test display area.
  • Page 98 2 Chassis Enclosure world languages. When the language list displays, select the language you want to use by clicking on it (see Figure 2-45). Figure 2-44. Keys in English Soft Keyboard Figure 2-45. Soft Keyboard Language Selection Local Keyboard This item allows the user to manually change the local keyboard setting for interaction with a remote host.
  • Page 99 After you've clicked the H button, the submenu displays as shown OTKEY in Figure 2-46. Figure 2-46. Hotkeys Encoding This item allows the user to set the video bandwidth and video quality parameters.
  • Page 100: Power Supply Modules

    C20 socket, which requires a power cord with a C19 connector (see "Power Cord" below for details). Acer's high-efficiency blade system power supplies deliver continuous redundant power at 94%+ peak efficiency. Each power supply module includes a management module that monitors the power supplies and the power enclosure.
  • Page 101: Power Supply Failure

    Feature Description Input AC Range 200-240VAC Operating Temp: -5 to 50 C Conditions Humidity: 5 to 95% RH Fan Type 4x 90mm fans - PFB0912DE-9E69 (8000 RPM) - QFR0912UHE-9E70 (8800 RPM) Power Supply Failure If a power supply or a fan in a power supply fails, the system management software will notify you of the situation.
  • Page 102: Removing A Power Supply

    Removing a Power Supply First, make sure the power supply has been shut down. You can remove power from a power unit via your system management software. Remove the power cord from the power supply unit. Release the locking clip to unlock the power supply module (see Figure 2-48).
  • Page 103: Power Supply Fans

    Power Supply Fans Each power supply unit has four rear fans. These fans are not hot- swappable. If one fails, the power supply will continue to operate but you should replace the power supply unit at the earliest opportunity. If two or more fans fail, the power supply unit will shut down and the LED on the back will turn amber.
  • Page 104: Power Components

    Power Components Power components for the AB7000 system’s power supplies are shown below in Figure 2-49 and described in the following table. Figure 2-49. Power Components Item Name Description Power Distribution Unit (NEMA L6 Plug) Power Extension Cord (connection from power supply module Cord to PDU) ower...
  • Page 105: Power Cord Tie And Clamp

    power cord connects to a C20 type socket (IEC-60320-C20) for AC power on the power supply module. See Figure 2-49 for an example of a power cord. The plastic locking clip that partially covers the socket was designed to prevent the power supply module from being removed with the power cord still connected.
  • Page 106 2 Chassis Enclosure This will secure the power cord to the power supply and keep it from dislodging during operation. Figure 2-51. Power Cord Tie and Clamp Assembly...
  • Page 107: Double-Wide Modules

    Double-Wide Modules Most modules in the AB7000 fit into single-wide bays. The InfiniBand module and some other modules however (such as the 10GbE module), require a double-wide bay and can only be installed in such a bay created by combining the two right most bays. The enclosure's module bays are designed to be easily modified from single to double-wide by following the procedures below.
  • Page 108 2 Chassis Enclosure Modules in the upper left hand bays will have their release handles on the bottom, while all modules in the lower bays will have their release handles on the top. Placing modules in an “upside-down” orientation in the upper-left corner (only) does not affect their operation.
  • Page 109 Figure 2-53. Modifying for a Double-Wide Module Bay (Steps 1 & 2) Center Support Step 1 Screws (2) Step 2 Center Support Horizontal Spacer Screws (4) Horizontal Space...
  • Page 110 Figure 2-54. Modifying for a Double-Wide Module Bay (Step 3 & 4) Step 3 Step 4 2 Chassis Enclosure Horizontal Spacer Screws (4) Horizontal Spacers (1) Double-Wide Module...
  • Page 111: Server Blades: Setup And Installation

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 112: Overview

    Press the power button on the blade unit. • Use Acer Smart Blade Manager or the Acer Smart Blade Console to apply power using either a CMM module, or by the use of the onboard BMC chip in the blade module.
  • Page 113: Removing/Replacing The Blade Cover

    Removing a Blade Unit from the Enclosure Power down the blade unit (see "Powering Down a Blade Unit" above). Squeeze both handles to depress the red sections then pull out both handles completely and use them to pull the blade unit from the enclosure.
  • Page 114 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Note: Blade Modules can be Hot-Plugged into the enclosure. Warning! Use extreme caution when inserting a blade module into the enclosure. If the blade's power connector becomes damaged, it can damage pins on other blade bays that it is inserted into.
  • Page 115: Processor Installation

    Processor Installation Up to four processors may be installed to the mainboard of each blade unit. See “AB460 F1” on page 147 or “AB2x280 F1” on page 203 for general information on the features of the blade units. Warning! These procedures should only be performed by a trained service technician.
  • Page 116 Loosen the two or four screws (depending on blade type) that secure the heatsink to the mainboard. Remove the heatsink by with your fingers to release it from the processor. Set the heatsink aside and upside-down so that nothing comes into contact with the thermal grease on its underside.
  • Page 117: Dimm Installation

    Figure 3-57. Instaling a CPU Notched corner Lower the socket lever until it locks. To install the heatsink, apply thermal grease to the top of the processor. (If reinstalling a heatsink, first clean off the old thermal grease with a clean, lint-free cloth.) Place the heatsink on the processor then tighten two diagonal screws until snug, then the other two screws.
  • Page 118: Hard Disk Drive Installation

    Installing DIMM Memory Modules Power down the blade module (see "Powering Down a Blade Unit" on page 92). Remove the blade from the enclosure and the cover from the blade (see "Removing/Replacing the Blade Cover" on page 93). Insert each DIMM vertically into its slot, starting with slots 1A and 2A.
  • Page 119 Warning! To maintain proper airflow, all hard drive bays must have drive carriers or dummies inserted during operation. To remove a hard drive carrier, do the following: Removing a Hard Drive Carrier Locate the colored “Open” button at the bottom of the drive carrier and press it with your thumb.
  • Page 120: Infiniband Mezzanine Card Installation

    Figure 3-59. Installing a Hard Drive in a Carrier Infiniband mezzanine card installation All models of the Mezzanine HCA card are compatible with both blade modules. Card installation Confirm that you have the correct card and three (3) screws. Following the instructions, remove the blade module and open the cover to access the mainboard.
  • Page 121 Figure 3-60. Card Installation...
  • Page 122: Installing The Operating System

    Installing the Operating System An operating system (OS) must be installed on each blade module. Blades with Microsoft Windows OS and blades with Linux OS can both occupy and operate within the same blade enclosure. There are several methods of installing an OS to the blade modules. Installing with an External USB CD-ROM Drive The most common method of installing the OS is with an external USB CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 123: Installing Via Virtual Media

    PXE server to begin the boot/install. Installing via Virtual Media You can install the OS via Media Redirection through either the Acer Smart Blade Manager or the Acer Smart Blade Console. With this method, the OS is installed from an ISO image that resides on another system/blade.
  • Page 124: Acer Smart Console

    Server Blade Unit management may be performed with the Smart Console. The Smart Console residing in each server blade can be accessed via the Acer Smart Blade Console or Acer Smart Blade Manager. This is designed to provide an administrator with a comprehensive set of functions and monitored data to keep tabs on the server blade and perform management activities.
  • Page 125 <Enter>. The onboard BIOS will automatically set the IP Address, MAC Address, Acer, and Subnet Mask. Once the IP, MAC Addresses, Acer and Subnet Mask are set, click on the item Update LAN Settings. Select Yes and hit <Enter> to update IPMI LAN settings.
  • Page 126 Enter your Password in the "Password" box and click "Login." The Home Page displays as follows. Note 1: To use the Acer Smart Blade Manager to access the BMC/IPMI settings, please refer to the“Acer Smart Blade Manager” on page 554.
  • Page 127 Figure 3-62. IPMI Main Page The IPMI Main page contains a submenu bar (Top), the Options window (Left), and the main display area (Right) Submenu Bar (Callout #1) The submenu bar on the top lists the following submenus: Item System Information Server Health Configuration Remote Control...
  • Page 128: Server Health

    Item Language ? Help Options window (Callout #2) The Options window on the left side allows the user to navigate through different options, including the following: Item Description Refresh Page Click this icon to refresh the page. Logout Click this icon to logout from the IPMI utility. The Main Display Area (Callout #3) This area displays the items included in a submenu.
  • Page 129 Figure 3-63. Server Health The Server Health submenu (#1) contains: Sensor Readings, Sensor Readings with Thresholds, and Event Log. When clicking an item in the Options window on the left (#2), or on the Main Display area (#3), a pop-up menu will appear to display the category of sensor types (#4) as shown in the following figure.
  • Page 130 Figure 3-64. Sensor Type Category The Categories of Sensor Types (#4) The Sensor Type Category includes the following: • All Sensors: This item displays the readings for all sensors • Temperature Sensors: This item displays the system temperature. • Voltage Sensors: This item displays the following items: CPU voltage, CPU Core, voltage, DIMM (memory) voltage, +3.3v, +12v, +5V, -12v.
  • Page 131 Sensor Readings Display-All Sensors When you select All Sensors (#1) from the Sensor Type Category pop- up submenu, the sensor readings for the following items will be displayed as shown below: • CPU Temperature: This item displays the status of the CPU temperature.
  • Page 132 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Event Log This feature allows the user to configure Event Log settings. When you select Event Log (1) in Options Window and click on the item Event Log Category (2), the following event log categories displays in a pull-down submenu (3) as shown in the following screen.
  • Page 133 Figure 3-67. Event Log Status Sensor Name: This item indicates the name of the sensor (device) to which the event occurred. Sensor Type: This item indicates the type of the event. Description: This item provides a brief description of the event. Event Log: This item indicates the number of events included on the event log.
  • Page 134 Configuration This feature allows the user to configure various network settings. When you click on the Configuration icon (#1) on the submenu bar, the following screen will display: The Configuration submenu includes the items shown in the Options window on the left (2) or in the Main Display area on the right (3). Select an item on the list to configure the settings for the item selected.
  • Page 135 Note: To set up an email alert, please enter the IP address of your mail server in the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.) Configuration - Alerts This feature allows the user to configure time and date settings for the host server and client computer. When you click on the Time and Date icon in the Options window (1), the following screen will display.
  • Page 136 Modifying Alerts When you select an item (2) and click on Modify (5), the Modify Alert submenu displays as shown below. Figure 3-70. Modifying Alerts To modify an alert, enter the information needed for the following items: • Alert Type: This item allows you to specify the alert type. You can select Snmp Type or Email from the pop-up menu.
  • Page 137 Note: To set up an email alert, please enter the IP address of your mail server in the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.) Configuration - Time and Date Settings This feature allows the user to configure time and date settings for the host server and client computer.
  • Page 138 Save: Click on this icon to save any changes done to the Time and Date settings Configuration - Light-Weight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Settings This feature allows the user to configure Light-Weight Directory Access Protocol (LDPA) settings. When you click on the LDAP icon in the Options window (1), the following screen will display.
  • Page 139 Configuration - Active Directory Settings This feature allows the user to configure Active Directory settings. When you click on the Active Directory icon in the Options window (1), the following screen will display. Figure 3-73. Configuration - Active Directory Settings Active Directory: Click on this item to configure Active Directory settings.
  • Page 140 Time Out: This item displays the Time-out settings. Domain Controller Server Addresses 1~3: These items allow the user to enter the IP addresses for the Domain Controller Servers 1~3. Default Active Directory Certificate: This item displays the information of the default active directory certificate.
  • Page 141 Configuration - The Mouse Mode Setting This feature allows the user to configure mouse mode settings. When you click on the Mouse Mode icon in the Options window (1), the following screen will display. Figure 3-75. Mouse Mode Settings Mouse Mode: Click on this icon to configure the mouse mode setting.
  • Page 142 IP address in the box. Subnet Mask: Enter the address for the subnet mask of your network. Default Acer: Enter the IP address for the default gateway of your network. Primary DNS Server: Enter the IP address of your primary domain name server.
  • Page 143 VLAN Tag: This item allows you to use VLAN Tagging or Frame Tagging to encapsulate specific data, so it can be transparently transmitted through multiple platforms without information leakage. After entering the required information in the fields, click <Save> to save the information you have entered.
  • Page 144 access. Floppy Emulation (Callout #3): Click the pull-down menu to see the following: • Off (Default): Select this item to disable fl oppy emulation when you wish to connect the USB Flash drive via virtual media redirection. • On: Select this item to enable fl oppy emulation when you wish to connect a floppy drive or fl oppy ISO image through virtual media redirection.
  • Page 145 Mail Server IP: Enter the SMTP Mail Server IP address for your network in the box. Save: Click on this icon to save any changes to the SMTP setting. Configuration - SSL Upload Settings This feature allows the user to configure upload settings for encrypted data totransmit across the internet by using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.When you click on the SSL Upload icon in the Options window (1), the followingscreen will display.
  • Page 146 Configuration - Users Settings This feature allows you to change users settings. When you click on the Users icon in the Options window (1), the following screen will display. Users: Select this item to configure the user settings. The current users list is displayed.
  • Page 147 Add User: Click on this icon to add a new user to the network. When prompted, select an empty slot from the users list to add an user. Modify User: Click on this icon to modify the information or the status of a user.
  • Page 148 Refresh: Click this button to refresh the page. LogOut: Click this button to log out from the remote console. Remote Console This feature allows you to perform various activities on the server. When you click on the Remote Console icon in the Options window (1) to activate Remote Console settings, the following screen will display.
  • Page 149 Remote Console - Video This feature allows you to configure video settings for your remote console. When you click on the Video icon in the Menu bar (1), the video settings of the remote console displays as shown below. Video: Click this item to configure and manage the video settings of a server on a remote site via the Remote Console.
  • Page 150 Video Options: The pull-down submenu contains the options listed below. • Pause: Click this item to freeze the screen. • Resume: Click this item to re-activate a frozen screen. • Refresh: Click this item to refresh the system. • Capture Current Screen: Click this item to capture the current screen display.
  • Page 151 window key press. • Callout# 3. Press and Release: Click on this option to press and release the left window key. • Right Window Key: Click on this item to display the Right Window Key submenu as follows: • Callout# 3. Hold down: Check this item to emulate right window key press.
  • Page 152 • • Pause • Keyboard pass-through: Click this item (1) to use your local keyboard for the remote console. Figure 3-87. Keyboard Pass-through. Note: This feature-"Keyboard Pass-through" provides full keyboard support. It will send all keys, including special key combinations to the host server. 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 153 Soft Keyboard: Select the item Soft Keyboard (1) to use soft keyboard for the remote console as shown below. Figure 3-88. Soft Keyboard Language: From the pull down menu, select the following language settings: English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Japanese, and Germany. Modifier Key (CRTL, Alt, Shift) - Select the keys: <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Shift>...
  • Page 154 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Figure 3-89. Mouse The pull-down submenu contains the option listed below. Synchronize Mouse Cursor Alt+M (2): Click this item (or press <Alt> and <M> keys simultaneously) to synchronize your local mouse cursor and the mouse cursor of your remote console. Remote Console - Media This feature allows you to configure media virtualization settings for your remote console.
  • Page 155 Figure 3-90. Media Virtual Media Wizard (2): Click on this item on the pull-down submenu to launch the Virtual Media Wizard, which allows you to configure Virtual Media settings as shown below. Figure 3-91. Virtual Media Settings Virtual Media...
  • Page 156 Floppy/USB Key Media: This item allows the user to configure the Floppy/ USB Key Media settings. You can choose from the following items: • Floppy Image • A (Disk Drive A of the remote console) • Browse: Click Browse to select the location of the Floppy ISO image.
  • Page 157 Remote Control-Launch SOL This feature allows you to launch the remote console by using Serial_over_LAN.When you click on the Remote Control icon in the Menu bar (1) to activate the Remote Control settings, the Remote Control Main Page will display. Launch SOL: Click on this item in the left Options window to activate SOL(Serial Over LAN) support, which provides serial port connections over LAN and allows the user to access a host server...
  • Page 158 Security Warning: Once you've launched SOL, a security warning will appear, indicating that the application's digital signature cannot be verified Always trust content from this publisher: Click on this item to give full access to this publisher, eliminating further security warnings. Click Run to continue with SOL launching.
  • Page 159 Click on the dropdown menu to pull down the Baud Rate submenu, which will allow you to select the Baud Rate for serial line transfer (see the following figure). Figure 3-95. Baud Rate...
  • Page 160 Figure 3-96. Setting the Baud Rate Baud Rate (bps): You can select a Baud rate from the list as your SOL transfer rate. The options are: 9600 bps (bit-per-second), 19200 bps, 38400 bps, 57600 bps, 115200 bps, and default. Make sure that the Baud Rate selected here matches the Baud Rate set in the BIOS.
  • Page 161 Figure 3-97. Stop the SOL Session You can also press <Stop> to abort the SOL session. Server Power Control This feature allows you to configure power management settings for your remote console. When you click on the Remote Control icon in the Menu bar (1) to activate the Remote Control settings, the Remote Control Main Page will display.
  • Page 162 Figure 3-98. Power Control Click Server Power Control in the left Options Window (2) to display the Power Control submenu as shown above. (3): Power Control and Status: This submenu indicates the status and the current power control settings of the host server (the remote console).
  • Page 163 Maintenance Use this feature to manage and configure IPMI devices.When you click on the Maintenance icon (1) in the Menu bar, the Maintenance Main page will display. Options: Click on the Options window on the left (2) to use Maintenance settings. The options include the following: •...
  • Page 164 Enter Update Mode: Click on this item to enter the update mode. Warning! Once you've entered the firmware update mode, the device will be reset even if you cancel the process of firmware updating. Notes: 1. When updating firmware, you are given the option to "Preserve Configuration."...
  • Page 165 Miscellaneous This feature allows the user to perform network activities.Click on the Miscellaneous icon (1) in the Menu bar to display the Miscellaneous page. Figure 3-101. Miscellaneous Options: Click on the Options window on the left (2) to use Miscellaneous settings. The options include the following: •...
  • Page 166 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Language This feature allows you to configure Language Settings for your IPMI connections. Click on the Language icon (1) in the Menu bar to display the Language page as shown below. Figure 3-102. Language Available Languages (2): The Available Languages submenu displays language setting options.
  • Page 167: Ab460 F1

    AB460 F1 External and Internal Structure This chapter describes the AB460 F1 blade module. Installation and maintenance should be performed by experienced technicians only. See Figure 3-103 for a front view of the blade unit and the following table for its features.
  • Page 168: Power Button

    Item Function State Power LED Green Orange KVM/ID Blue Flashing Blue Network/ Flashing IB LED Green Flashing Orange System Fault LED Connector Power Button Each blade has its own power button so that individual blade units within the enclosure may be turned on or off independently of the others.
  • Page 169: Kvm Connector

    To switch to another blade, disconnect the cable then reconnect it to the new blade. See the Acer Smart Blade Console on page 28 for further details on using the KVM function remotely. Front Panel LED Indicators Blade module LEDs are described below in the following table.
  • Page 170: Blade Unit Components

    Blade Unit Components Figure 3-104. Exploded View of AB460 F1 Blade Module Main components of the AB460 F1 blade module are shown in Figure 3-104 and described in the following table. Item Description Blade Unit/Module SAS2/SATA Hard Drives (six per blade module)
  • Page 171 Item Description DIMMs (system memory) Airflow Deflector CPU Heatsinks Top Cover...
  • Page 172: Mainboard

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Mainboard Figure 3-105. AB460 F1 Mainboard...
  • Page 173: Cmos Clear

    Item Description LGA 1366 CPU Sockets DIMM Slots 6 SAS2/SATA Hard Drive Bays InfiniBand Connectors (for InfiniBand cards) Gbx Connectors (for power and logic to backplane) ICH10 Intel 5500 chip Onboard Battery Front IO Module BIOS Chip LSI 2008 SAS2 Controller JPT1 (CMOS clear) CMOS Clear JBT1 is used to clear CMOS and will also clear any passwords.
  • Page 174: Memory Support

    Memory Support The AB460 F1 blade module supports up to 192 GB/48 GB of ECC Registered/Unbuffered ECC DDR3-1333 SDRAM in twelve DIMM sockets. Memory Installation The mainboard of each blade unit must be populated with DIMMs (Dual In-line Memory Modules) to provide system memory. The DIMMs should all be of the same size and speed and from the same manufacturer due to compatibility issues.
  • Page 175 Figure 3-106. 12-Slot DIMM Numbering Edge of Board...
  • Page 176 Independent Mode: Single Processor Configuration Total DIMM 1B DIMM 1A Capacity 12GB 12GB 16GB 24GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 48GB 16GB 16GB 32GB 16GB 48GB 16GB 64GB 16GB 16GB 96GB 16GB 16GB 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation DIMM 2B DIMM 2A DIMM 3B 16GB 16GB...
  • Page 177 Independent Mode: Dual processor configuration. Total Capa CPU1 city DIMM 12GB 12GB 16GB 18GB 24GB 12GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 36GB 48GB CPU2...
  • Page 178 Total Capa CPU1 city DIMM 16GB 24GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 72GB 96GB 32GB 16GB 48GB 16GB 64GB 16GB 96GB 16GB 128GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 144GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 192GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB...
  • Page 179 Mirroring or Lockstep Mode: Single processor configuration Please follow the table as shown below. The same rules are applied to the CPU2 memory channel. For mirroring mode, there is a primary and a copy of the primary image. By this definition, the effective size of memory is reduced by at least one-half Total DIMM 1B...
  • Page 180 Mirroring or Lockstep Mode: Dual processor configuration Total Capaci CPU1 DIMM 12GB 16GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 32GB 16GB 64GB 16GB 96GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 128GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB...
  • Page 181 Sparing Mode: Single processor configuration For sparing mode, there is one or two memory modules as spared. By this definition, the effective size of memory is reduced by the capacity of one (when three memory modules installed) or two (when six memory modules installed) memory modules installed per processor.
  • Page 182 Total Capaci CPU1 DIMM 12GB 12GB 18GB 24GB 12GB 24GB 36GB 48GB 24GB 48GB 72GB 96GB 48GB 16GB 96GB 16GB 144GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 192GB 16GB 16GB 16GB Note: The DIMM slot number specified in the table equals the DIMM slot to be populated. A “---” indicates that the DIMM slot should be left unpopulated.
  • Page 183: Hard Disk Drives

    Hard Disk Drives The AB460 F1 blade unit accommodates up to six 2.5" SAS2/SATA hard disk drives, which are mounted in drive “carriers”. The drives are hot- swappable and can be removed or replaced without powering down the blade unit they reside in.
  • Page 184: (Green) Blink

    Status (Blue) HDD Failure HDD Rebuild Blink HDD Locate 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 185: Ab460 F1 System Bios

    AB460 F1 System BIOS Introduction This chapter describes the BIOS for AB460 F1 blade modules. The AB460 F1 blade modules use a AMI™ ROM BIOS that is stored in a flash chip. This BIOS can be easily upgraded using a floppy disk-based program.
  • Page 186: Bios Updates

    BIOS Updates It may be necessary to update the BIOS used in the blade modules on occasion. However, it is recommended that you not update BIOS if you are not experiencing problems with a blade module. There are several methods you may use to upgrade (flash) your BIOS. After downloading the appropriate BIOS file (in a zip file format), follow one of the methods described below to flash the new BIOS.
  • Page 187: Running Setup

    Flashing a BIOS using a Floppy Image File This method must be performed remotely. Copy the image file from the zip file to your desktop. Use the web browser or IPMIView to access your CMM remotely using its IP Address. Go to the V IRTUAL or O...
  • Page 188: Main Bios Setup

    While the BIOS is in control, the Setup program can be activated in one of two ways: By pressing <F2> immediately after turning the system on, or When the message at the bottom of the screen during the POST, press the <F2> key to activate the main S Main BIOS Setup All Main Setup options are described in this section.
  • Page 189: System Overview

    Figure 3-109. Main Setup Menu Screen System Overview System Time/System Date Use this option to change the system time and date. Highlight System Time or System Date using the arrow keys. Enter new values using the keyboard. Press the <Tab> key or the arrow keys to move between fields.
  • Page 190: Advanced Settings

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Speed: This item displays the speed of the CPU detected by the BIOS. Physical Count: This item displays the number of processors installed in your system as detected by the BIOS. Logical Count: This item displays the number of CPU cores installed in your system as detected by the BIOS.
  • Page 191: Boot Features

    Boot Features Figure 3-111. Boot Features Quick Boot: Skip certain tests during POST to reduce the time needed for system boot. Quiet Boot: Allows the bootup screen options to be modified between POST messages or the OEM logo. Select Disabled to display the POST messages.
  • Page 192: Power Configuration

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Power configuration Power Button Function: If set to Instant_Off, the system will power off immediately when you press the power button. If set to 4_Second_Override, the system will power off when you press the power button for four seconds or longer.
  • Page 193 Ratio CMOS Setting: This option allows you to set the ratio between the CPU core clock and the FSB frequency.The default setting depends on the type of CPU installed on the motherboard. The default setting for the CPU installed in your motherboard is [18]. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to change this value.
  • Page 194 and applications in independent partitions, creating multiple virtual systems in one physical computer. Important: The following feature is only available if supported by the processor and/or operating system. Execute-Disable Bit Capability: Set to Enabled to enable the Execute Disable Bit which will allow the processor to designate areas in the system memory where an application code can execute and where it cannot, thus preventing a worm or a virus from flooding illegal codes to overwhelm the processor or damage the system during an attack.
  • Page 195: Advanced Chipset Control

    C6 State: This feature allows the user to decide how the onboard 5500 Series processor will act at C6 State. C-State package limit setting: If set to Auto, the BIOS will automatically set the limit on the C-State package register. C1 Auto Demotion: When Enabled, the CPU will conditionally demote C3, C6 or C7 requests to C1 based on un-core auto-demote information.
  • Page 196: Cpu Bridge Configuration

    CPU Bridge configuration Figure 3-114. CPU Bridge Configuration QPI Links Speed: This feature selects QPI data transfer speed. Important: The following feature is only available when QPI Links Speed is set to Full Speed. QPI Frequency: This selects the desired QPI frequency. QPI L0s and L1: This enables the QPI power state to low power.
  • Page 197 Demand Scrubbing: A memory error-correction scheme where the processor writes corrected data back into the memory block from where it was read by the processor. Patrol Scrubbing: A memory error-correction scheme that works in the background looking for and correcting resident errors. Throttling - Closed Loop/Throttling - Open Loop: Throttling improves reliability and reduces power in the processor by automatic voltage control during processor idle states.
  • Page 198: Northbridge Configuration

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation NorthBridge configuration This feature allows you to configure the settings for the Intel NorthBridge chip. Figure 3-115. NorthBridge configuration Intel I/OAT: Significantly reduces CPU overhead by leveraging CPU architectural improvements, freeing resources for other tasks. DCA Technology: Uses Intel's DCA (Direct Cache Access) Technology to enhance data transfer efficiency.
  • Page 199: Southbridge Configuration

    Active State Power-Management: Uses power management for signal transactions between the PCI Express L0 and L1 Links. Select Enabled to configure PCI Express L0 and L1 Link power states. IOH PCIE Max Payload Size: Some add-on cards perform faster with the coalesce feature, which limits the payload size to 128 MB.
  • Page 200 USB 2.0 Controller: Select Enabled to activate the onboard USB 2.0 controller. Note: Only available when USB Functions is set to Disabled. Otherwise, this item will be set to Enabled by the BIOS. USB 2.0 Controller Mode: This setting allows you to select the USB 2.0 Controller mode.
  • Page 201 type for SATA#1. The options are IDE, RAID and AHCI. • ICH RAID Code Base - Select Intel or Adaptec to launch the appropriate SATA RAID firmware to configure SATA RAID. SATA#2 configuration: Selecting Enhanced will set SATA#2 to native SATA mode.
  • Page 202 Select Description Use PIO mode 4. It has a data transfer bandwidth of 32 bits. Enabled Enable 32-bit data transfer. • Select Description Auto Automatically detect IDE DMA mode when the IDE disk drive support cannot be determined. SWDMA0 Use Single Word DMA mode 0. It has a data transfer rate of 2.1 MBs.
  • Page 203 disk drive support. • 32Bit Data Transfer - Select Enable to enable the function of 32-bit IDE data transfer. IDE Detect Timeout (sec): Use this feature to set the time-out value for the BIOS to detect the ATA, ATAPI devices installed in the system. PCI/PnP configuration Figure 3-118.
  • Page 204: Super Io Device Configuration

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Super IO Device configuration Figure 3-119. Super IO Device configuration Serial Port1 Address/ Serial Port2 Address: This option specifies the base I/O port address and the Interrupt Request address of Serial Port 1 and Serial Port 2. Select Disabled to prevent the serial port from accessing any system resources.
  • Page 205: Acpi Configuration

    ACPI configuration Figure 3-120. ACPI configuration Use this feature to configure Advanced configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) power management settings for your system. ACPI Aware O/S: Select Yes to enable ACPI support for an operating system that supports ACPI. Select No to disable ACPI support for an OS that does not support ACPI.
  • Page 206: Security

    Note: Only available when ACPI is enabled on an ACPI- aware operating system. NUMA Support: Uses Non-Uniform Memory Access to improve CPU performance. High Performance Event Timer: Select Enabled to activate the High Performance Event Timer (HPET) that produces periodic interrupts at a much higher frequency than a Real-time Clock (RTC) does in synchronizing multimedia streams, providing smooth playback and reducing the dependency on other timestamp calculation devices, such...
  • Page 207 Supervisor Password: This item indicates if a supervisor password has been entered for the system. Clear means such a password has not been used and Set means a supervisor password has been entered for the system. User Password: This item indicates if a user password has been entered for the system.
  • Page 208: Server Management Settings

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Server Management Settings Use this feature to configure Server Management settings. Figure 3-122. Use this feature to configure Server Management settings.
  • Page 209: System Information

    System Information Figure 3-123. System Information This submenu displays the following product information. • System Product Name • System Serial Number • Base Board Product Name • Base Board Serial Number • UUID • NIC1 Mac Address • NIC2 Mac Address •...
  • Page 210 (e.g., 192.168.10.253). The value of each three-digit number separated by dots should not exceed 255. Acer Address: The BIOS will automatically display the Acer address of this machine. This should be in decimal and in dotted quad form (i.e., 192.168.10.253).
  • Page 211: Remote Access Configuration

    Remote Access Configuration Figure 3-124. Remote Access Configuration Remote Access: This allows you to enable Remote Access support. If Remote Access is set to Enabled, the following items will be displayed: Serial Port Number: This feature allows the user to decide which serial port to be used for Console Redirection.
  • Page 212: Event Log Configuration

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Terminal Type: Allows you to select the target terminal type for Console Redirection. VT-UTF8 Combo Key Support: Select Enabled to enable VT-UTF8 Combination Key support for ANSI/VT100 terminals. Sredir Memory Display Delay: Defines the length of time in seconds to display memory information.
  • Page 213: Boot

    Boot Figure 3-126. Boot Setup This menu allows you to configure boot settings for the system.
  • Page 214: Boot Device Priority

    Boot Device Priority This feature allows you to specify the sequence of priority for the Boot Device. Figure 3-127. Boot Device Priority • 1st Boot Device • 2nd Boot Device • 3rd Boot Device • 4th Boot Device 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 215 Hard Disk Drives Figure 3-128. Hard Disk Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available hard disk drives. The settings are Disabled and a list of all hard disk drives that have been detected. • 1st Drive...
  • Page 216 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Removable Drives Figure 3-129. Removable Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available removable drives.
  • Page 217 CD/DVD Drive Figure 3-130. CD/DVD Drive This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available removable drives.
  • Page 218: Network Drives

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Network Drives Figure 3-131. Network Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from available network drives.
  • Page 219: Exit Options

    Exit Options Figure 3-132. Exit Setup Menu Save Changes and Exit: When you have completed the system configuration changes, select this option to leave the BIOS Setup Utility and reboot the computer, so the new system configuration parameters can take effect. Select Save Changes and Exit from the Exit menu and press <Enter>.
  • Page 220 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Load Fail-Safe Defaults: To set this feature, select Load Fail-Safe Defaults from the Exit menu and press <Enter>. The Fail-Safe settings are designed for maximum system stability, but not for maximum performance.
  • Page 221: Ab460 F1 Onboard Sas Raid Configuration

    AB460 F1 Onboard SAS RAID Configuration This section briefly shows how to create RAID with onboard SAS RAID. Entering onboard SAS Configuration Utility To start the SAS Configuration Utility, press CTRL-M when you see the onboard SAS BIOS during POST. After POST finished, the SAS Configuration Utility will show on the screen.
  • Page 222: Assigning A Hot Spare Disk

    The below warning message displayed. Please press + key or Space key to add the HDD to the RAID volume. WARNING! Data was found on the selected disk, this data will be lost when the volume is created! 10 Press C to commit the changes. 11 Select Save changes then exit this menu to create the volume.
  • Page 223: Ab2X280 F1

    AB2x280 F1 Internal and External Structure This chapter describes the AB2x280 F1 blade unit. Installation and maintenance should be performed by experienced technicians only. Control Panel Each blade has a similar control panel (Figure 3-103) with power on/off button, a KVM connector, a KVM button and four LEDs on the top front of the unit.
  • Page 224: Led (Yellow)

    Item Function State Button Power LED Green Orange KVM/ID Blue Flashing Blue Network/ Flashing IB LED Green Flashing Orange System Fault LED Connector Power Button Each blade has its own power button so that individual blade units within the enclosure may be turned on or off independently of the others.
  • Page 225 KVM connector (#7) of the blade you wish to access. To switch to another blade, disconnect the cable then reconnect it to the new blade. See the Acer Smart Blade Console on page 28 for further details on using the KVM function remotely. Description...
  • Page 226: Blade Unit Components

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Blade Unit Components Figure 3-134. Exploded View of AB2x280 F1 Blade Module...
  • Page 227 The main components of the AB2x280 F1 Blade Module are described in the following table. Item Description Blade Unit/Module SATA Hard Drives (2 per blade node, 4 total) DIMMs (system memory, 8 per node) CPU Heatsinks (4) Top Cover...
  • Page 228: Mainboard

    Mainboard Figure 3-135. AB2x280 F1 Mainboard 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 229 Item Description CPU Sockets DIMM Slots Space for 2.5” SATA Hard Drive Gbx Connector (for power and logic to backplane) BIOS Chip Onboard Battery Intel 5500 Chip ICH10R Chip Front IO Module Matrox G200eW Graphics chip JPT1 (CMOS clear) Jumpers The jumpers present on the mainboard are used by the manufacturer only;...
  • Page 230: Memory Installation

    Item Description Blade Unit/Module SATA Hard Drives (2 per blade node, 4 total) DIMMs (system memory, 8 per node) CPU Heatsinks (4) Top Cover Memory Support Each node of a AB2x280 F1 blade module supports up to 128GB/32GB of ECC Registered/Unbuffered ECC DDR3-1333 SDRAM in eight DIMM sockets.
  • Page 231 Figure 3-136. AB2x280 F1 DIMM Numbering For an interleaved configuration, memory modules of the same size and speed must be installed. You should not mix DIMMs of different sizes and speeds. Note: The DIMM slot number specified in the following tables equals the DIMM slot to be populated.
  • Page 232: Supported Memory Population

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Supported Memory Population The node has eight DIMM slots. Each CPU controls four DIMM slots. The DIMM slots support three channel DDR3-1333 registered/ unbuffered ECC memory modules. The farthest socket to CPU is socket A (in blue color), while the nearest one is socket B (in black color).
  • Page 233 Independent mode: Single Processor Configuration. Total DIMM 1B Capacity 12GB 16GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 16GB DIMM 1A DIMM 2A 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB DIMM 3A 16GB 16GB...
  • Page 234 Independent Mode: Dual Processor Configuration Total Capacity DIMM 12GB 16GB 12GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 16GB 24GB 32GB 48GB 64GB 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation CPU 1 CPU2...
  • Page 235 Total Capacity DIMM 32GB 16GB 48GB 16GB 64GB 16GB 96GB 16GB 128GB 16GB 16GB Mirroring or Lockstep mode: Single Processor Configuration Please follow the table as shown below. The same rule is applied to the CPU2 memory channel. For mirroring mode, there is a primary and a copy of the primary image.
  • Page 236 Mirroring or Lockstep mode: Dual Processor Configuration Total Capacity DIMM 16GB 16GB 32GB 32GB 16GB 64GB 16GB Sparing Mode: Single Processor Configuration For sparing mode, there is one memory module as spared. By this definition, the effective size of memory is reduced by the capacity of one memory module installed per processor.
  • Page 237 Total DIMM 1B DIMM 1A Capacity 48GB 16GB Sparing Mode: Dual Processor Configuration Total Capaci CPU1 DIMM 12GB 12GB 24GB 24GB 48GB 48GB 16GB 96GB 16GB DIMM 2A DIMM 3A 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB 16GB CPU2 16GB 16GB 16GB...
  • Page 238: Off

    AB2x280 F1 Hard Disk Drives The AB2x280 F1 blade unit accommodates up to two 2.5" SATA hard disk drives per node which are mounted in drive “carriers”. The drives are hot-swappable and can be removed or replaced without powering down the blade unit they reside in. The six drives can be used to set up a RAID array (SATA RAID 0 or 1 only) or JBOD.
  • Page 239: Ab2X280 F1 System Bios

    AB2x280 F1 System BIOS Introduction This chapter describes the BIOS for AB2x280 F1blade modules. The AB2x280 F1blade modules use a AMI™ ROM BIOS that is stored in a flash chip. This BIOS can be easily upgraded using a floppy disk-based program.
  • Page 240: Flashing Bios

    BIOS Updates It may be necessary to update the BIOS used in the blade modules on occasion. However, it is recommended that you not update BIOS if you are not experiencing problems with a blade module. There are several methods you may use to upgrade (flash) your BIOS. After downloading the appropriate BIOS file (in a zip file format), follow one of the methods described below to flash the new BIOS.
  • Page 241: Running Setup

    Flashing a BIOS using a Floppy Image File This method must be performed remotely. Copy the image file from the zip file to your desktop. Use the web browser or IPMIView to access your CMM remotely using its IP Address. Go to the V IRTUAL or O...
  • Page 242: Main Bios Setup

    While the BIOS is in control, the Setup program can be activated in one of two ways: By pressing <F2> immediately after turning the system on, or When the message at the bottom of the screen during the POST, press the <F2> key to activate the main S Main BIOS Setup All Main Setup options are described in this section.
  • Page 243 Figure 3-139. Main Setup Menu Screen System Overview System Time/System Date Use this option to change the system time and date. Highlight System Time or System Date using the arrow keys. Enter new values using the keyboard. Press the <Tab> key or the arrow keys to move between fields.
  • Page 244: Advanced Settings

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Speed: This item displays the speed of the CPU detected by the BIOS. Physical Count: This item displays the number of processors installed in your system as detected by the BIOS. Logical Count: This item displays the number of CPU cores installed in your system as detected by the BIOS.
  • Page 245 Boot Features Figure 3-141. Boot Features Quick Boot: Skip certain tests during POST to reduce the time needed for system boot. Quiet Boot: Allows the bootup screen options to be modified between POST messages or the OEM logo. Select Disabled to display the POST messages.
  • Page 246 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Power configuration Power Button Function: If set to Instant_Off, the system will power off immediately when you press the power button. If set to 4_Second_Override, the system will power off when you press the power button for four seconds or longer.
  • Page 247 Ratio CMOS Setting: This option allows you to set the ratio between the CPU core clock and the FSB frequency.The default setting depends on the type of CPU installed on the motherboard. The default setting for the CPU installed in your motherboard is [18]. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to change this value.
  • Page 248 and applications in independent partitions, creating multiple virtual systems in one physical computer. Important: The following feature is only available if supported by the processor and/or operating system. Execute-Disable Bit Capability: Set to Enabled to enable the Execute Disable Bit which will allow the processor to designate areas in the system memory where an application code can execute and where it cannot, thus preventing a worm or a virus from flooding illegal codes to overwhelm the processor or damage the system during an attack.
  • Page 249 C6 State: This feature allows the user to decide how the onboard 5500 Series processor will act at C6 State. C-State package limit setting: If set to Auto, the BIOS will automatically set the limit on the C-State package register. C1 Auto Demotion: When Enabled, the CPU will conditionally demote C3, C6 or C7 requests to C1 based on un-core auto-demote information.
  • Page 250 CPU Bridge configuration Figure 3-144. CPU Bridge Configuration QPI Links Speed: This feature selects QPI data transfer speed. Important: The following feature is only available when QPI Links Speed is set to Full Speed. QPI Frequency: This selects the desired QPI frequency. QPI L0s and L1: This enables the QPI power state to low power.
  • Page 251 Demand Scrubbing: A memory error-correction scheme where the processor writes corrected data back into the memory block from where it was read by the processor. Patrol Scrubbing: A memory error-correction scheme that works in the background looking for and correcting resident errors. Throttling - Closed Loop/Throttling - Open Loop: Throttling improves reliability and reduces power in the processor by automatic voltage control during processor idle states.
  • Page 252 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation NorthBridge configuration This feature allows you to configure the settings for the Intel NorthBridge chip. Figure 3-145. NorthBridge configuration Intel I/OAT: Significantly reduces CPU overhead by leveraging CPU architectural improvements, freeing resources for other tasks. DCA Technology: Uses Intel's DCA (Direct Cache Access) Technology to enhance data transfer efficiency.
  • Page 253 Active State Power-Management: Uses power management for signal transactions between the PCI Express L0 and L1 Links. Select Enabled to configure PCI Express L0 and L1 Link power states. IOH PCIE Max Payload Size: Some add-on cards perform faster with the coalesce feature, which limits the payload size to 128 MB.
  • Page 254 USB 2.0 Controller: Select Enabled to activate the onboard USB 2.0 controller. Note: Only available when USB Functions is set to Disabled. Otherwise, this item will be set to Enabled by the BIOS. USB 2.0 Controller Mode: This setting allows you to select the USB 2.0 Controller mode.
  • Page 255 type for SATA#1. The options are IDE, RAID and AHCI. • ICH RAID Code Base - Select Intel or Adaptec to launch the appropriate SATA RAID firmware to configure SATA RAID. SATA#2 configuration: Selecting Enhanced will set SATA#2 to native SATA mode.
  • Page 256 Select Description Use PIO mode 4. It has a data transfer bandwidth of 32 bits. Enabled Enable 32-bit data transfer. • Select Description Auto Automatically detect IDE DMA mode when the IDE disk drive support cannot be determined. SWDMA0 Use Single Word DMA mode 0. It has a data transfer rate of 2.1 MBs.
  • Page 257 disk drive support. • 32Bit Data Transfer - Select Enable to enable the function of 32-bit IDE data transfer. IDE Detect Timeout (sec): Use this feature to set the time-out value for the BIOS to detect the ATA, ATAPI devices installed in the system. PCI/PnP configuration Figure 3-148.
  • Page 258 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Super IO Device configuration Figure 3-149. Super IO Device configuration Serial Port1 Address/ Serial Port2 Address: This option specifies the base I/O port address and the Interrupt Request address of Serial Port 1 and Serial Port 2. Select Disabled to prevent the serial port from accessing any system resources.
  • Page 259 ACPI configuration Figure 3-150. ACPI configuration Use this feature to configure Advanced configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) power management settings for your system. ACPI Aware O/S: Select Yes to enable ACPI support for an operating system that supports ACPI. Select No to disable ACPI support for an OS that does not support ACPI.
  • Page 260 Note: Only available when ACPI is enabled on an ACPI- aware operating system. NUMA Support: Uses Non-Uniform Memory Access to improve CPU performance. High Performance Event Timer: Select Enabled to activate the High Performance Event Timer (HPET) that produces periodic interrupts at a much higher frequency than a Real-time Clock (RTC) does in synchronizing multimedia streams, providing smooth playback and reducing the dependency on other timestamp calculation devices, such...
  • Page 261 Security The BIOS provides a Supervisor and a User password. If you use both passwords, the Supervisor password must be set first. Figure 3-151. Security Setup Menu Supervisor Password: This item indicates if a supervisor password has been entered for the system. Clear means such a password has not been used and Set means a supervisor password has been entered for the system.
  • Page 262 be changed. • Limited - allows only limited .elfis to be changed such as Date and Time • No Access - prevents User access to the Setup Utility. Change User Password: Select this feature and press <Enter> to access the submenu , and then type in a new User Password. Clear User Password: (Available only if User Password has been set) This item allows you to clear a user password after it has been entered.
  • Page 263 Server Management Settings Use this feature to configure Server Management settings. Figure 3-152. Use this feature to configure Server Management settings.
  • Page 264 System Information Figure 3-153. System Information This submenu displays the following product information. • System Product Name • System Serial Number • Base Board Product Name • Base Board Serial Number • UUID • NIC1 Mac Address • NIC2 Mac Address •...
  • Page 265 (e.g., 192.168.10.253). The value of each three-digit number separated by dots should not exceed 255. Acer Address: The BIOS will automatically display the Acer address of this machine. This should be in decimal and in dotted quad form (i.e., 192.168.10.253).
  • Page 266 Remote Access Configuration Figure 3-154. Remote Access Configuration Remote Access: This allows you to enable Remote Access support. If Remote Access is set to Enabled, the following items will be displayed: Serial Port Number: This feature allows the user to decide which serial port to be used for Console Redirection.
  • Page 267 Terminal Type: Allows you to select the target terminal type for Console Redirection. VT-UTF8 Combo Key Support: Select Enabled to enable VT-UTF8 Combination Key support for ANSI/VT100 terminals. Sredir Memory Display Delay: Defines the length of time in seconds to display memory information.
  • Page 268: Boot

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Boot Figure 3-156. Boot Setup This menu allows you to configure boot settings for the system.
  • Page 269 Boot Device Priority This feature allows you to specify the sequence of priority for the Boot Device. Figure 3-157. Boot Device Priority • 1st Boot Device • 2nd Boot Device • 3rd Boot Device • 4th Boot Device...
  • Page 270 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Hard Disk Drives Figure 3-158. Hard Disk Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available hard disk drives. The settings are Disabled and a list of all hard disk drives that have been detected.
  • Page 271 Removable Drives Figure 3-159. Removable Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available removable drives.
  • Page 272 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation CD/DVD Drive Figure 3-160. CD/DVD Drive This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from all available removable drives.
  • Page 273 Network Drives Figure 3-161. Network Drives This feature allows you to specify the boot sequence from available network drives.
  • Page 274: Exit Options

    3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation Exit Options Figure 3-162. Exit Setup Menu Save Changes and Exit: When you have completed the system configuration changes, select this option to leave the BIOS Setup Utility and reboot the computer, so the new system configuration parameters can take effect.
  • Page 275 Load Fail-Safe Defaults: To set this feature, select Load Fail-Safe Defaults from the Exit menu and press <Enter>. The Fail-Safe settings are designed for maximum system stability, but not for maximum performance.
  • Page 276: Ab2X280 F1 Onboard Sata Raid Configuration

    AB2x280 F1 Onboard SATA RAID Configuration This section briefly shows how to create RAID volume with Intel and Adaptec onboard SATA RAID. Enabling Intel onboard SATA RAID Turn on the server and the display monitor. If the server is already turned on, please close all open applications and then restart the server.
  • Page 277: Enabling Adaptec Onboard Sata Raid

    Select desired HDD to create the RAID. Select Create Volume. Press Y when "Are you sure you want to create the volume? (Y/ N):" displayed. Now the RAID volume is created, you can press ESC and select Exit to exit. Initialing a RAID Volume During Intel onboard SATA RAID volume creation process, the onboard SATA RAID volume will be automatically initiated once the onboard...
  • Page 278 Loading Adaptec Factory Default Setting Adaptec onboard SATA RAID utility does not provide an option for factory default setting. To reset onboard SATA RAID volume related configurations, please delete the existing onboard SATA RAID volumes. Creating an Adaptec RAID Volume Select the Array Configuration Utility option.
  • Page 279 Press Y when "Do you want to create a spare? (Yes/No):" displays. Now a hot spare drive is created, you can press ESC to exit.
  • Page 280 3 Server Blades: Setup and Installation...
  • Page 281: Networking Switch Modules

    4 Networking Switch Modules...
  • Page 282: Acer 1/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module

    Acer 1/10Gb Ethernet Switch Module This chapter covers the setup and installation of the 1/10Gb Ethernet switch modules. The Acer 1/10Gb Ethernet switch module is a 1-Gbps Ethernet switch with three external 10-Gbps uplink and two external 1-Gbps Ethernet uplink ports.
  • Page 283: Installing/Removing A Switch Module

    Installing/Removing a Switch Module Installing a Switch Module Make sure the cover to the module has been installed before proceeding. Follow the anti-static precautions described in “Electrostatic discharge precautions” on page vii. Remove the dummy cover from the bay you want to place the module in.
  • Page 284: Removing A Switch Module

    Note: After the module has been installed and the handle locked, it will turn on and a POST test will run to verify it is working properly. If there are no problems the blue module will illuminate and you will see an the G WITCH Note: If the module is installed in a top bay it must be positioned...
  • Page 285: Configuring The Switch Module

    • Directly through a command line (using a telnet interface or a serial console) The Acer Smart Blade Console and Acer Smart Blade Manager access the switch module through the CMM module. To access it directly, use the command line.
  • Page 286 Network Connection Use the procedure below to connect and login to the Acer Smart Blade Console. Logging In to the Acer Smart Blade Console: Connect a PC to a network that is accessible to the switch. For example, connect a PC to any of the front panel ports of the switch and make sure the PC has an IP address on the same subnet as the switch management IP.
  • Page 287 Logging In to the Acer Smart Blade Manager: Launch the Acer Smart Blade Manager in your PC, the L displays. Figure 4-165. Smart Blade Manager Login Screen a. Type in your Username in the U b. Type in your Password in the P...
  • Page 288 Figure 4-166. IPMI Blade System Screen Clicking on a gigabit switch module will display the gigabit switch in the Gigabit Switch panel on the screen. You may make changes in the configuration of the GbE switch module in this panel to your needs.
  • Page 289: Command Line

    Address Default Setting Default IP Address 192.168.100.102 Default Acer Address 192.168.100.1 Default Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0 If two GbE switches are installed in a AB7000 system, you will Note: have to change the IP address of one from the default so that both switches have unique addresses.
  • Page 290 Choose the serial port connected with the switch and configure with the following parameters: Baudrate = 9600 Data bits = 8 Parity = None Stop bit = 1 This brings up the switch’s command line interface for user login. Enter username and password to login to the switch. To view the switch configurations use show commands and to configure the switch type config term to get access to the configuration commands.
  • Page 291: Internal And External Structure

    Internal and External Structure Figure 4-168. 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module Ports and Indicators 1G PORT IN 10G PORT 1G PORT IN Item Description RS-232 (COM) Serial Port Module Fault LED “Initiation OK” LED Stack ID LEDs (4) 10-Gbps Uplink Port Status LEDs (3) 1-Gbps RJ45 Uplink Port Status LEDs (Link/Activity and Speed) 1-Gbps RJ45 Uplink Ports (2) CX4 10-Gbps Uplink Ports (2)
  • Page 292 LED Indicators State RJ45 Link/Activity Green RJ45 Speed Amber/ Green/Off “Initiation OK” LED Blue Module Fault LED 10G Port LEDs Green Stack ID LEDs Green Stack LED 4 Stack LED 3 4 Networking Switch Modules Description Solid denotes link established, no activity. Blinking denotes activity.
  • Page 293: Ports

    Ports The 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch module contains several front- mounted ports as described below in the following table. Port RS-232 Compatible Serial Port RJ45 Ethernet Ports CX4 10-Gbps Ports SFP+ 10-Gbps Port Description This port accepts an connector cable for uplink using RS-232 connection to a console.
  • Page 294: Web-Based Management Utility

    Overview The Acer switch utility for the 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch modules provides a web-based interface for managing layer2 and layer3 switching at wire speed for constructing a switched/routed network.
  • Page 295: Nomenclature

    the switch through switching ports. Here the term switching ports refer to all internal and external 1G and 10G ports of the switch. Nomenclature The following nomenclature applies to screens found in this chapter: • Port */* – This indicates the stacking ID number, port number •...
  • Page 296: Login

    Login Figure 4-169. Acer Swtich Login The initial login page is used to login to the Acer Switch web-based management utility for 10-Gbps switches. To login, enter your User Name and Password in the fields provided and press the L button.
  • Page 297: Home

    The H page contains links and menus for going to all other control pages in the Acer Switch web-based interface utility. A list of controls for this page is shown in the following table. The basic page structure of the H page is duplicated for all subsequent sub-pages of the Acer Switch web-based interface utility.
  • Page 298: Top Page Links

    • Support – Click this link to get technical support for Acer Products. • Help – Click on this link to open a context specific help page that covers all the items on the page being viewed.
  • Page 299: Top Led Display

    Top LED Display This part of the screen displays the Port Status, Speed and Link Status for every port of the switch. • Sixteen Gigabit Ethernet (Gi) ports and three 10-Gigabit Ethernet (Ex - Extreme Ethernet) ports. Note that Ex ports configured as stacking ports will not be displayed. In stacking, the Switch Identifier will be displayed on top of this LED display.
  • Page 300: System Management

    System Management Page Figure 4-172. System Management Page The S YSTEM ANAGEMENT • “System Settings” on page 281 • “System Version” on page 283 • “File Management” on page 284 • “Firmware Upgrade” on page 286 • “Management Security” on page 286 •...
  • Page 301: System Settings

    System Settings The following pages can be accessed through the System Settings link: • “System Settings” on page 281 • “System Version” on page 283 System Settings Clicking the S YSTEM NFORMATION This page provides system related information and also helps you configure system specific parameters.
  • Page 302 Parameter Description Device Location Use this parameter to change the device location. PIM Mode Use this to configure the PIM status of the switch. Snoop forwarding You can use this parameter to change the Snoop Mode Fowarding Mode between MAC based and IP based. Switch Start MAC This is a display for the Switch Start MAC address.
  • Page 303 System Version Figure 4-174. System Version Clicking the S tab brings up the S page. This YSTEM ERSION YSTEM ERSION page displays the hardware and firmware version of the switch.
  • Page 304: File Management

    File Management Clicking the F ANAGEMENT The F page helps you to manage the configuration files ANAGEMENT in the switch. This page provides three main features. • Save Configuration • File Copy • File Management Save Configuration You can save a currently running switch configuration in the following three ways: •...
  • Page 305 File Copy You can copy a local file to or from a remote TFTP server. This feature is useful to create a backup of configuration files remotely, and also to download configuration files from remote computers to the switch. You need to provide a local file name and also the remote TFTP server’s IP address and file name for this feature.