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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.

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 an AC 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 and CMA to a standard rack cabinet. Follow the instructions in Rail Installation Guide and CMA Installation Guide that come with the rail and CMA kit.

  4. If necessary, install the server into a standard rack cabinet. See Install the server to rails.

  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

    • Connect server to the data network

    • Connect the server to the storage device

    • Connect the server to the management network

  6. 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.
  7. 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 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 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.