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intervention. During this process, the ORCA utility, in most cases, automatically configures the array to a
default setting based on the number of drives connected to the server.
NOTE: The server may not support all the following examples.
NOTE: If the boot drive is not empty or has been written to in the past, ORCA does not
automatically configure the a rray. You must run ORCA to configure the array settings.
Drives installed Drives used RAID level
1 1 RAID 0
2 2 RAID 1
3, 4, 5, or 6 3, 4, 5, or 6 RAID 5
More than 6 0 None
To change any ORCA default settings and overri de the auto-configuration process, press the F8 key when
By default, the auto-configuration process configures the system for the English language. To change any
default settings in the auto-configura tion process (such as the settings for language, operating system, and
primary boot controller), execute RBSU by pressing the F9 key when prompted. After the settings are
selected, exit RBSU and allow the server to reboot automatically.
For more information on RBSU, see the HP ROM-Based Setup Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD
or the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/support/smartstart/documentation
Near the end of the boot process, the boot options scr een is displayed. This screen is visible for several
seconds before the system attempts to boot from a di skette, CD, or hard drive. During this time, you can
do the following:
• Access RBSU by pressing the F9 key
• Access the System Maintenance Menu (which enables you to launch ROM-based Diagnostics or
Inspect) by pressing the F10 key
• Force a PXE Network boot by pressing the F12 key
BIOS Serial Console
BIOS Serial Console allows you to configure the seri al port to view POST error messages and run RBSU
remotely through a serial connection to the server CO M port. The server that you are remotely configuring
does not require a keyboard and mouse.
For more information about BI OS Serial Console, see the BIOS Serial Console User Guide on the
Documentation CD or the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/support/smartstart/documentation
Array Configuration Utility
ACU is a browser-based utility with the following features:
• Runs as a local applicat ion or remote service
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• Supports online array capacity expansion, logical driv e extension, assignment of online spares, and
RAID or stripe size migration
• Suggests the optimum configuration for an unconfigured system
• Provides different operating modes, enabling fast er configuration or greater control over the
• Remains available any time that the server is on
• Displays on-screen tips for individual steps of a configuration procedure
For optimum performance, the minimum display settings are 800 × 600 resolution and 256 colors.
Servers running Microsoft® operating systems require Inte rnet Explorer 5.5 (with Service Pack 1) or later.
For Linux servers, refer to the README.TXT file for additional browser and support information.
For more information, refer to the Configuring Arrays on HP Smart Array Controllers Reference Guide on
the Documentation CD or the HP website ( http://www.hp.com
Option ROM Configuration for Arrays
Before installing an operating system, you can use the OR CA utility to create the first logical drive, assign
RAID levels, and establish on line spare configurations.
The utility also provides support for the following functions:
• Reconfiguring one or more logical drives
• Viewing the current logical drive configuration
• Deleting a logical drive configuration
• Setting the controller to be the boot controller
If you do not use the utility, ORCA wi ll default to the standard configuration.
For more information regarding array controller conf iguration, refer to the controller user guide.
For more information regarding the default configurations that ORCA uses, refer to the HP ROM-Based
Setup Utility User Guide on the Documentation CD.
HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack
The RDP software is the preferred method for rapid, high-volume server deployments. The RDP software
integrates two powerful pr oducts: Altiris Deployment Solution an d the HP ProLiant Integration Module.
The intuitive graphical user interface of the Altiris Deployment Solution console provides simplified point-
and-click and drag-and-drop operations that enable you to deploy target servers, including server blades,
remotely. It enables you to perform imaging or sc ripting functions and maintain software images.
For more information about the RDP, refer to the HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack CD or
refer to the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/servers/rdp
Re-entering the server serial number and product ID
After you replace the system board, you must re-ent er the server serial number and the product ID.
1. During the server startup sequence, press the F9 key to access RBSU.
2. Select the System Options menu.
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Select Serial Number . The following warning is displayed:
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! The serial number is loaded into the system
during the manufacturing process and should NOT be modified. This option\
should only be used by qualified service personnel. This value should
always match the serial number sticker located on the chassis.
4. Press the Enter key to clear the warning.
5. Enter the serial number and press the Enter key.
6. Select Product ID .
7. Enter the product ID and press the Enter key.
8. Press the Esc key to close the menu.
9. Press the Esc key to exit RBSU.
10. Press the F10 key to confirm exiting RBSU. The server will automatically reboot.
Automatic Server Recovery
ASR is a feature that causes the system to restart wh en a catastrophic operating system error occurs, such
as a blue screen, ABEND, or panic. A system fail-s afe timer, the ASR timer, starts when the System
Management driver, also known as the Health Dr iver, is loaded. When the operating system is
functioning properly, the system periodically resets th e timer. However, when the operating system fails,
the timer expires and restarts the server.
ASR increases server availability by restarting the se rver within a specified time after a system hang or
shutdown. At the same time, the HP SIM console no tifies you by sending a message to a designated
pager number that ASR has restarted the system. You can disable ASR from the HP SIM console or
The ROMPaq utility enables you to upgrade the system firmware (BIOS) or Lights-Out 100 firmware. To
upgrade the firmware, insert a ROMPaq diskette into the diskette drive or ROMPaq USB Key into an
available USB port and boot the system.
The ROMPaq utility checks the system and provides a choice (if more than one exists) of available
For more information about the ROMPaq utility, see the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/go/support
System Online ROM flash component utility
The Online ROM Flash Component Utility enables system administrators to efficiently upgrade system or
controller ROM images across a wide range of servers and array controllers. This tool has the following
• Works offline and online
• Supports Microsoft® Windows NT®, Windows® 2000, Windows Server™ 2003, Novell Netware,
and Linux operating systems
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This utility supports operating systems that may not be supported by the server.
For operating systems supported by the server, see the HP website
• Integrates with other software maintenanc e, deployment, and operating system tools
• Automatically checks for hardware, firmware, and op erating system dependencies, and installs only
the correct ROM upgrades required by each target server
To download the tool and for more information, see the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/support
Integrated Lights-Out 2 technology
The iLO 2 subsystem is a standard component of selected ProLiant servers that provides server health and
remote server manageability. The iLO 2 subsystem incl udes an intelligent microprocessor, secure memory,
and a dedicated network interface. This design makes iLO 2 independent of the host server and its
operating system. The iLO 2 subsystem provides remote access to any authorized network client, sends
alerts, and provides other se rver management functions.
Using iLO 2, you can:
• Remotely power up, power down, or reboot the host server.
• Send alerts from iLO 2 regardless of the state of the host server.
• Access advanced troubleshooting featur es through the iLO 2 interface.
• Diagnose iLO 2 using HP SIM throug h a web browser and SNMP alerting.
For more information about iLO 2 features, refer to the iLO 2 documentation on the Documentation CD or
on the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/servers/lights-out
Perform a backup before running the System Erase Utility. The utility sets the system
to its original factory state, deletes the current hardware configuration information, including
array setup and disk partitioning, and erases all connected hard drives completely. Refer to the
instructions for using this utility.
Run the Erase Utility if you must erase the system for the following reasons:
• You want to install a new operating system on a server with an existing operating system.
• You encounter an error when completing the steps of a factory-installed operating system installation.
The Erase Utility can be accessed from the Maintenance Utilities menu of the SmartStart CD (" SmartStart
software " on page 59).
StorageWorks library and tape tools
HP StorageWorks L&TT provides functionality for firmwa re downloads, verification of device operation,
maintenance procedures, failure analysis, corrective se rvice actions, and some utility functions. It also
provides seamless integration with HP hardware support by generating and emailing support tickets that
deliver a snapshot of the storage system.
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For more information, and to download the util ity, refer to the StorageWorks L&TT website
( http://h18006.www1.hp.com/p roducts/storageworks/ltt
HP Systems Insight Manager
HP SIM is a web-based application that allows system administrators to accomplish normal administrative
tasks from any remote location, using a web browser. HP SIM provides device management capabilities
that consolidate and integrate management data from HP and third-party devices.
You must install and use HP SIM to be nefit from the Pre-Failure Warranty for
processors, SAS and SCSI hard drives, and memory modules.
For additional information, refer to the Management CD in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack or
the HP SIM website ( http://www.hp.com/go/hpsim
Management Agents provide the information to enable fault, performance, and configuration
management. The agents allow easy manageability of the server through HP SIM software, and third-
party SNMP management platforms. Management Agen ts are installed with every SmartStart assisted
installation or can be installed through the HP PS P. The Systems Management homepage provides status
and direct access to in-depth subsystem information by accessing data reported through the Management
Agents. For additional information, re fer to the Management CD in the HP ProLiant Essentials Foundation
Pack or the HP website ( http://www.hp.com/servers/manage
Redundant ROM support
The server enables you to upgrade or configure the ROM safely with redundant ROM support. The server
has a 4-MB ROM that acts as two, separate 2-MB RO Ms. In the standard implementation, one side of the
ROM contains the current ROM program version, wh ile the other side of the ROM contains a backup
NOTE: The server ships with the same version programmed on each side of the ROM.
Safety and security benefits
When you flash the system ROM, ROMPaq writes ov er the backup ROM and saves the current ROM as a
backup, enabling you to switch easily to the alte rnate ROM version if the new ROM becomes corrupted
for any reason. This feature protects the existing ROM version, even if you experience a power failure
while flashing the ROM.
Access to redundant ROM settings
To access the redundant ROM through RBSU:
1. Access RBSU by pressing the F9 key during powerup when the prompt is displayed in the upper
right corner of the screen.
2. Select Advanced Options .
3. Select Redundant ROM Selection .