Connecting and Powering On the Server (Standalone Mode)
Note This section describes how to power on the server, assign an IP address, and connect to server management when using the server in standalone mode. To use the server in UCS integration, specific cabling and settings are required. See Installation for Cisco UCS Integration.
Note The server is shipped with a default NIC mode called Shared LOM, default NIC redundancy is active-active, and DHCP is enabled. Shared LOM mode enables the two 1-Gb Ethernet ports to access the Cisco Integrated Management Interface (CIMC). If you want to use the 10/100 management ports or a Cisco network adapter card port to access the CIMC, you must first connect to the server and change the NIC mode as described in Step 3 of the following procedure. In that step, you can also change the NIC redundancy and set static IP settings.
Use the following procedure to perform initial setup of the server.
Step 1 Attach a power cord to each power supply in your server, and then attach the power cord to a grounded AC power outlet. See the “Power Specifications” section for power specifications.
Wait for approximately two minutes to let the server boot in standby power during the first bootup.
You can verify power status by looking at the Power Status LED on the front panel (see Figure 1-1 or Figure 1-2):
- Off—The server is not receiving power. Check the power cord connections and the power source of the facility.
- Blinking green—The server is in standby power mode. Power is supplied only to the service processor and some motherboard functions.
- Solid green—The server is in main power mode. Power is supplied to all server components.
Note During bootup, the server beeps once for each USB device that is attached to the server. Even if there are no external USB devices attached, there is a short beep for each virtual USB device such as a virtual floppy drive, CD/DVD drive, keyboard, or mouse. A beep is also emitted if a USB device is hot-plugged or hot-unplugged during BIOS power-on self test (POST), or while you are accessing the BIOS Setup utility or the EFI shell.
Step 2 Use the supplied KVM cable to connect a keyboard and VGA monitor to the console connector on the front panel (see Figure 1-1 or Figure 1-2).
Note Alternatively, you can use the VGA and USB ports on the rear panel. However, you cannot use the front panel console connector VGA and the rear panel VGA at the same time. If you are connected to one VGA connector and you then connect a video device to the other connector, the first VGA connector is disabled. You can then reactivate the first VGA connector only by rebooting the server.
Step 3 Set NIC mode, NIC redundancy, and choose whether to enable DHCP or set static network settings:
a. Press the Power button to boot the server. Watch for the prompt to press F8.
b. During bootup, press F8 when prompted to open the BIOS CIMC Configuration Utility.
c. Set the NIC mode to your choice for which ports you want to use to access the CIMC for server management (see Figure 1-3 for identification of the ports):
– Dedicated—The 10/100 management port is used to access the CIMC. You have to select a NIC redundancy and IP setting.
– Shared LOM (default)—The two 1Gb Ethernet ports are used to access the CIMC. This is the factory default setting, along with Active-active NIC redundancy and DHCP enabled.
– Cisco Card—The ports on an installed Cisco network adapter card are used to access the CIMC. You have to select a NIC redundancy and IP setting.
Note The Cisco Card NIC mode is currently supported only with a Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card (N2XX-ACPCI01) that is installed in PCIe slot 6 (see Figure 3-22). See also Special Considerations for the Cisco UCS P81E Virtual Interface Card (N2XX-ACPCI01).
d. Use this utility to change the NIC redundancy to your preference. This server has three possible NIC redundancy settings:
– None—The Ethernet ports operate independently and do not fail over if there is a problem.
– Active-standby—If an active Ethernet port fails, traffic fails over to a standby port.
Active-active—All Ethernet ports are utilized simultaneously. See NIC Modes and NIC Redundancy Settings for more information.The active/active setting uses Mode 5 or Balance-TLB (adaptive transmit load balancing). This is channel bonding that does not require any special switch support. The outgoing traffic is distributed according to the current load (computed relative to the speed) on each slave. Incoming traffic is received by the current slave. If the receiving slave fails, another slave takes over the MAC address of the failed receiving slave.
e. Choose whether to enable DHCP for dynamic network settings, or enter static network settings.
Note Before you enable DHCP, your DHCP server must be preconfigured with the range of MAC addresses for this server. The MAC address is printed on a label on the rear of the server. This server has a range of six MAC addresses assigned to the CIMC. The MAC address printed on the label is the beginning of the range of six contiguous MAC addresses.
f. Optional: Use this utility to make VLAN settings, and to set a default CIMC user password.
Note Changes to the settings take effect after approximately 45 seconds. Refresh with F5 and wait until the new settings appear before you reboot the server in the next step.
g. Press F10 to save your settings and reboot the server.
Note If you chose to enable DHCP, the dynamically assigned IP and MAC addresses are displayed on the console screen during bootup.
Step 4 Connect to the CIMC for server management. Connect Ethernet cables from your LAN to the server by using the ports that you selected by your NIC Mode setting in Step 3. The Active-active and Active-passive NIC redundancy settings require you to connect to two ports.
Step 5 Use a browser and the IP address of the CIMC to connect to the CIMC Setup Utility. The IP address is based upon the settings that you made in Step 3 (either a static address or the address assigned by your DHCP server).
Note The default user name for the server is admin. The default password is password.
Step 6 To manage the server, see the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server Configuration Guide or the Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Server CLI Configuration Guide for instructions on using those interfaces. The links to these documents are in the C-Series documentation roadmap:
To install or replace hardware components, see the “Maintaining the Server”.