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Server setup checklist

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

The server setup procedure varies depending on the configuration of the server when it was delivered. In some cases, the server is fully configured and you just need to connect the server to the network and a power source, and then you can power on the server. In other cases, the server 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 server.

Setup the server hardware

Complete the following procedures to setup the server hardware.

  1. Unpack the server package. See Server package contents.

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

  3. If necessary, install the rail to a standard rack cabinet. Follow the instruction in Rail Installation Guide that comes with the rail installation kit.

  4. If necessary, mount the server or install the server to an enclosure. See Configuration guide.

  5. Connect all external cables to the server. See Server components for connectors locations.

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


      If applicable, before connecting DC power source to the server, remove the header from the corresponding power connector. See Rear view to locate the power connector and remove the header.

    • Connect server to the data network

    • Connect the server to the storage device

    • Connect the server to the management network

  6. For the models without wireless module, install the Bluetooth antenna filler to the corresponding slot for proper operation. The Bluetooth antenna filler is in the material box. See Front view to locate the Bluetooth antenna filler.

  7. Install the I/O fillers when the connectors are not used. The connectors could be damaged without proper protection of the fillers. The I/O fillers are in the material box. See Front I/O fillers and Rear I/O filler to distinguish the I/O fillers.

  8. If the security LED of the server is blinking, the server is in System Lockdown Mode. Activate or unlock the system for operation. See Activate or unlock the system.

  9. Power on the server.

    Power button location and power LED are specified in:
    The server can be turned on (power LED on) in any of the following ways:
    • You can press the power button.

    • The server can restart automatically after a power interruption.

    • The server 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 server. Whenever the server is connected to power, the management processor interface is available. For details about accessing the management server processor, see Opening and Using the XClarity Controller Web Interface section in the XCC documentation compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Controller portal page.
  10. Validate the server. Make sure that the power LED, Ethernet connector LED, and network LED are lit with green light, which means the server hardware was set up successfully.

    See System LEDs 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 the Lenovo XClarity Controller to the management network.

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

  3. Configure the firmware for the server.

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

  5. Back up the server configuration.

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

  7. Configure ThinkEdge security features. See Activate/unlock the system and configure ThinkEdge security features.