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Solution setup checklist

Use the solution setup checklist to ensure that you have performed all tasks that are required to set up your solution.

The solution setup procedure varies depending on the configuration of the solution when it was delivered. In some cases, the solution is fully configured and you just need to connect the solution to the network and an AC power source, and then you can power on the solution. In other cases, the solution needs to have hardware options installed, requires hardware and firmware configuration, and requires an operating system to be installed.

The following steps describe the general procedure for setting up a solution.

Setup the solution hardware

Complete the following procedures to setup the solution hardware.

  1. Unpack the solution package. See Solution package contents.

  2. Install any required hardware or solution options. See the related topics in Hardware replacement procedures.

  3. Connect all external cables to the solution. See Server components for connectors locations.

    Typically, you will need to connect the following cables:
    • Connect solution to the power source

    • Connect solution to the data network

    • Connect the solution to the storage device

    • Connect the solution to the management network

  4. Power on the solution.

    Power button location and power LED locations are specified in Troubleshooting by system LEDs and diagnostics display.

    The solution can be turned on (power LED on) in any of the following ways:
    • You can press the power button.

    • The solution can restart automatically after a power interruption.

    • The solution can respond to remote power-on requests sent to the Lenovo XClarity Controller.

    You can access the management processor interface to configure the system without powering on the solution. Whenever the solution is connected to power, the management processor interface is available. For details about accessing the management solution processor, see Opening and Using the XClarity Controller Web Interface section in the XCC documentation compatible with your solution at Lenovo XClarity Controller portal page.
  5. Validate the solution. Make sure that the power LED, Ethernet connector LED, and network LED are lit with green light, which means the solution hardware was set up successfully.

    See Troubleshooting by system LEDs and diagnostics display for more information on the LED indications.

Configure the system

Complete the following procedures to configure the system. For detailed instructions, refer to System configuration.

  1. Set the network connection for theLenovo XClarity Controller to the management network.

  2. Update the firmware for the solution, if necessary.

  3. Configure the firmware for the solution.

    The following information is available for RAID configuration:
  4. Install the operating system.

  5. Back up the solution configuration.

  6. Install the applications and programs for which the solution is intended to be used.