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Server setup checklist

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

To set up the server, perform the following steps:
  1. Unpack the server package. See Server package contents.

  2. Set up the server hardware.

    1. Install the server into a standard rack cabinet by using the rail kit shipped with the server. See the Rack Installation Guide that comes with optional rail kit.

      The Product_name server is designed to be serviced while it is installed in a rack. You do not need to remove the server from the rack to perform service. However, you should make sure that the server is installed low enough in the rack to support this feature. For example, if you install the server in the very top of the rack (41U and 42U), the clearance will not be sufficient to remove the top cover.
    2. Connect the Ethernet cables and power cords to the server. See Rear view to locate the connectors. See Cable the server for cabling best practices.

    3. Power on the server. See Power on the server.

      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 version compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Controller portal page.

    4. Validate that the server hardware was set up successfully. See Validate server setup.

  3. Configure the system.

    1. Connect the Lenovo XClarity Controller to the management network. See Set the network connection for the Lenovo XClarity Controller.

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

    3. Configure the firmware for the server. See Configure the firmware.

    4. Install the operating system. See Deploy the operating system.

    5. Back up the server configuration. See Back up the server configuration.

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