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Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server

The Cisco UCS B200 M3 is an Intel-based, half-width blade supporting two CPU sockets using Intel E5-2600 series CPUs and up to 24 DIMMs; it supports one modular LOM (dedicated slot for Cisco's Virtual Interface Card) and one mezzanine adapter. At this time, the UCS B200 M2 (second generation) server is still available and is documented elsewhere. You can install up to eight UCS B200 Blade Servers to a UCS chassis, mixing with other models or Cisco UCS blade servers in the chassis if desired.

Figure 1. Cisco UCS B200 M3 Front Panel

1

Asset tag

Each server has a blank plastic tag that pulls out of the front panel which is provided so that you can add your own asset tracking label without interfering with the intended air flow.

7

Network link status LED

2

Blade ejector handle

8

Blade health LED

3

Ejector captive screw

9

Console connector

4

Hard drive bay 1

10

Reset button access

5

Hard drive bay 2

11

Beaconing LED and button

6

Power button and LED

   

LEDs

Server LEDs indicate whether the blade server is in active or standby mode, the status of the network link, the overall health of the blade server, and whether the server is set to give a flashing blue beaconing indication.

The removable drives also have LEDs indicating hard disk access activity and disk health.

Table 1 Blade Server LEDs

LED

Color

Description

Power



Off

Power off.

Green

Main power state. Power is supplied to all server components in normal operation.

Amber

Standby power state. Power is supplied only to the service processor (BMC) of the server so that the server can still be managed.

Note   

If you press and release the front-panel power button, the server performs an orderly shutdown of the 12 V main power and goes to standby power state. You cannot shut down standby power from the front-panel power button. See the Cisco UCS Manager Configuration Guide for your release for information about completely powering off the server from the software interface.

Link



Off

None of the network links are up.

Green

At least one network link is up.

Health



Off

Power off.

Green

Normal operation.

Amber

Minor error.

Blinking Amber

Critical error.

Beaconing



Off

Beaconing not enabled.

Blinking blue 1 Hz

Beaconing to locate a selected blade—If the LED is not blinking, the blade is not selected. You can initiate beaconing in UCS Manager or by using the Locator button.

Activity

(Disk Drive)



Off

Inactive.

Green

Outstanding I/O to disk drive.

Flashing Amber 4 Hz

Rebuild in progress. Health LED will flash in unison.

Flashing Amber 4 hz

Identify drive active.

Health

(Disk Drive)



Off

Can mean either no fault detected or the drive is not installed.

Flashing Amber 4 hz

Rebuild drive active. If the Activity LED is also flashing amber, a drive rebuild is in progress.

Amber

Fault detected.

Buttons

The Reset button is just inside the chassis and must be pressed using the tip of a paper clip or a similar item. Hold the button down for five seconds, and then release it to restart the server if other methods of restarting are not working.

The beaconing function for an individual server may get turned on or off by pressing the combination button and LED.

The power button and LED allows you to manually take a server temporarily out of service but leave it in a state where it can be restarted quickly. If the desired power state for a service profile associated with a blade server or an integrated rack-mount server is set to "off", using the power button or Cisco UCS Manager to reset the server will cause the desired power state of the server to become out of sync with the actual power state and the server may unexpected shutdown at a later time. To safely reboot a server from a power-down state, use the Boot Server action in Cisco UCS Manager.

Connectors

The console port allows a direct connection to a blade server to allow operating system installation and other management tasks to be done directly rather than remotely. The port uses the KVM dongle cable (N20-BKVM) which provides a connection into a Cisco UCS blade server; it has a DB9 serial connector, a VGA connector for a monitor, and dual USB ports for a keyboard and mouse. With this cable, you can create a direct connection to the operating system and the BIOS running on a blade server. A KVM cable ships standard with each blade chassis accessory kit.

Figure 2. KVM Cable for Blade Servers

1

Connector to blade server slot

3

VGA connection for a monitor

2

DB9 serial connector

4

2-port USB connector for a mouse and keyboard

Hard Drive Replacement

Each blade has up to two front-accessible, hot-swappable, 2.5-inch drives. Unused hard drive bays should always be covered with cover plates (N20-BBLKD) to ensure proper cooling and ventilation.

You can remove and install blade server hard drives without removing the blade server from the chassis.

The drives supported in this blade server come with the drive sled attached. Spare drive sleds are not available. A list of currently supported drives is in the specification sheets at: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10280/​products_​data_​sheets_​list.html

Before upgrading or adding an HDD to a running system, check the service profile in Cisco UCS Manager and make sure the new hardware configuration will be within the parameters allowed by the service profile.


Caution


To prevent ESD damage, wear grounding wrist straps during these procedures and handle modules by the carrier edges only.


RAID Considerations

Each blade contains an LSI SAS 2004 RAID controller embedded in the motherboard that is not separately replaceable. The controller supports RAID 0 and 1.

If the drive being replaced was part of a RAID array, Cisco recommends using a new drive of identical size, model, and manufacturer to replace the failed drive. This recommendation comes from the industry standard practice of using drives of the same capacity when creating RAID volumes. If drives of different capacities are used, the useable portion of the smallest drive will be used on all drives that make up the RAID volume.

If you ever need to move a RAID cluster from one server to another, both the old and new servers for the cluster must use the same LSI controller. For example, migration from a server with an LSI 1064E controller to a server with an LSI MegaRAID controller is not supported. Similarly, migrating a RAID cluster from a B200 M3 to a B420 M3 is not supported.

For hard disk and RAID troubleshooting information, see the Cisco UCS Manager B-Series Troubleshooting Guide.

Removing a Blade Server Hard Drive

To remove a hard drive from a blade server, follow these steps:

Procedure
    Step 1   Push the button to release the ejector, and then pull the hard drive from its slot.
    Figure 3. Removing the Hard Drive

    Step 2   Place the hard drive on an antistatic mat or antistatic foam if you are not immediately reinstalling it in another server.
    Step 3   Install a hard disk drive blank faceplate to keep dust out of the blade server if the slot will remain empty.

    Installing a Blade Server Hard Drive

    Procedure
      Step 1   Place the hard drive lever into the open position by pushing the release button.
      Figure 4. Installing a Hard Drive in a Blade Server

      Step 2   Gently slide the hard drive into the opening in the blade server until it seats into place.
      Step 3   Push the hard drive lever into the closed position.

      You can use Cisco UCS Manager to format and configure RAID services. For details, see the Configuration Guide for the version of Cisco UCS Manager that you are using. The configuration guides are available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

      If you need to move a RAID cluster, see the Cisco UCS Manager B-Series Troubleshooting Guide.


      Blade Server Removal and Installation

      Before performing any internal operations on this blade server, you must remove it from the chassis.


      Caution


      To prevent ESD damage, wear grounding wrist straps during these procedures and handle modules by the carrier edges only.


      Powering Off Blade Servers Using the Power Button


      Tip


      You can also shut the server down remotely using Cisco UCS Manager. For details, see the Configuration Guide for the version of Cisco UCS Manager that you are using. The configuration guides are available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html


      Procedure
        Step 1   For each server in the chassis that you want to power off, check the color of the Power Status LED.
        • Green indicates that the server is running and must be shut down before it can be safely powered off. Go to Step 2.

        • Amber indicates that the server is already in standby mode and can be safely powered off. Go to Step 3.

        Step 2   Press and release the Power button, then wait until the Power Status LED changes to amber.

        The operating system performs a graceful shutdown and the server goes to standby mode.

        Caution   

        To avoid data loss or damage to your operating system, you should always invoke a graceful shutdown of the operating system.

        Step 3   (Optional)If you are shutting down all blade servers in a chassis, disconnect the power cords from the chassis to completely power off the servers.
        Step 4   Remove the appropriate servers from the chassis.

        Removing a Blade Server

        Using UCS Manager, decommission the server before physically removing the server. To remove a blade server from the chassis, follow these steps:

        Procedure
          Step 1   Loosen the captive screw on the front of the blade.
          Step 2   Remove the blade from the chassis by pulling the ejector lever on the blade until it unseats the blade server.
          Step 3   Slide the blade part of the way out of the chassis, and place your other hand under the blade to support its weight.
          Step 4   Once removed, place the blade on an antistatic mat or antistatic foam if you are not immediately reinstalling it into another slot.
          Step 5   If the slot is to remain empty, install a blank faceplate (N20-CBLKB1) to keep dust out of the chassis.

          Installing a Half-width Blade Server

          UCS B200 M4, UCS B200 M3, and UCS B22 M3 half-width blade servers are interoperable in a UCS chassis with any other UCS blade servers, including prior generation B200 M2 and B200 M1 servers, or other UCS B-Series blade servers. To install a half-width blade server, follow these steps:

          Procedure
            Step 1   Grasp the front of the blade server and place your other hand under the blade to support it.
            Figure 5. Positioning a Blade Server in the Chassis

            Step 2   Open the ejector lever in the front of the blade server.
            Step 3   Gently slide the blade into the opening until you cannot push it any farther.
            Step 4   Press the ejector lever so that it catches the edge of the chassis and presses the blade server all the way in.
            Step 5   Tighten the captive screw on the front of the blade to no more than 3 in-lbs. Tightening with bare fingers only is unlikely to lead to stripped or damaged captive screws.
            Step 6   Power on the server. UCS Manager automatically reacknowledges, reassociates, and recommissions the server, provided any hardware changes are allowed by the service profile.

            Secure Digital (SD) Card Access

            SD card slots are provided and one or two SD cards can be populated. If two SD cards are populated, they can be used in a mirrored mode (Cisco UCS Manager 2.2.x and later required).


            Note


            Do not mix 16 GB and 32 GB SD cards in the same server.



            Note


            Due to technical limitations, the 32 GB SD card has only 16 GB usable capacity (regardless of mirroring) in this particular server.


            Figure 6. SD Card Slot Locations

            Removing a Blade Server Cover

            Replacing the cover is the reverse of removing the cover.

            Procedure
              Step 1   Press and hold the button down as shown in the figure below.
              Step 2   While holding the back end of the cover, pull the cover back and then up.
              Figure 7. Opening a Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server


              Air Baffles

              The air baffles direct and improve air flow for the server components. Two identical baffles ship with each B200 M3 server. No tools are necessary to install them, just place them over the DIMMs as shown, with the holes in the center of the baffles aligned with the corresponding motherboard standoffs.

              Figure 8. Cisco UCS B200 M3 Air Baffles

              Internal Components

              Figure 9. Inside View of the B200 M3 Blade Server

              1

              Hard drive bays

              2

              Internal USB connector

              Cisco UCS-USBFLSH-S-4GB= is recommended, but if another USB drive will be used it must be no wider than .8 inches, and no more than 1.345 inches long in order tp provide needed clearances to install or remove the USB drive.

              3

              Battery

              4

              CPU and heat sink

              5

              DIMM slots

              6

              Diagnostic button

              7

              Modular LOM (shown installed)

              8

              Adapter card connector 
(Adapter not shown installed)

              Diagnostics Button and LEDs

              At blade start-up, POST diagnostics test the CPUs, DIMMs, HDDs, and adapter cards, and any failure notifications are sent to UCS Manager. You can view these notifications in the System Error Log or in the output of the show tech-support command. If errors are found, an amber diagnostic LED also lights up next to the failed component. During run time, the blade BIOS, component drivers, and OS all monitor for hardware faults and will light up the amber diagnostic LED for a component if an uncorrectable error or correctable errors (such as a host ECC error) over the allowed threshold occur.

              LED states are saved, and if you remove the blade from the chassis the LED values will persist for up to 10 minutes. Pressing the LED diagnostics button on the motherboard causes the LEDs that currently show a component fault to light for up to 30 seconds for easier component identification. LED fault values are reset when the blade is reinserted into the chassis and booted, and the process begins from its start.

              If DIMM insertion errors are detected, they may cause the blade discovery to fail and errors will be reported in the server POST information, which is viewable using the UCS Manager GUI or CLI. UCS blade servers require specific rules to be followed when populating DIMMs in a blade server, and the rules depend on the blade server model. Refer to the documentation for a specific blade server for those rules.

              HDD status LEDs are on the front face of the HDD. Faults on the CPU, DIMMs, or adapter cards also cause the server health LED to light solid amber for minor error conditions or blinking amber for critical error conditions.

              Working Inside the Blade Server

              Installing a Motherboard CMOS Battery

              All Cisco UCS blade servers use a CR2032 battery (Cisco PID N20-MBLIBATT=) to preserve BIOS settings while the server is powered down.


              Warning


              There is danger of explosion if the battery is replaced incorrectly. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.



              To install or replace a motherboard complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) battery, follow these steps:

              Procedure
                Step 1   Remove the old CMOS battery:
                1. Power off the blade, remove it from the chassis, and remove the top cover.
                2. Push the battery socket retaining clip away from the battery.
                3. Lift the battery from the socket. Use needle-nose pliers to grasp the battery if there is not enough clearance for your fingers.
                Step 2   Install a motherboard CMOS battery:
                1. Push the battery socket retaining clip away from where the battery fits in the housing.
                2. Insert the new battery into the socket with the battery’s positive (+) marking facing away from the retaining clip. Ensure that the retaining clip can click over the top of the battery to secure it in the housing.
                3. Replace the top cover.
                4. Replace the server in the chassis and power on the blade by pressing the Power button.

                CPU and Heatsink Replacement

                Special Information For Upgrades to Intel E5-2600 v2 Series CPUs


                Caution


                You must upgrade your server firmware to the required minimum level before you upgrade to Intel E5-2600 v2 Series CPUs. Older firmware versions cannot recognize the new CPUs and this results in a non-bootable server.


                The minimum software and firmware versions required for the server to support Intel E5-2600 v2 Series CPUs are as follows:

                Table 2 Minimum Requirements For Intel E5-2600 v2 Series CPUs

                Software or Firmware

                Minimum Version

                Server CIMC 2.1(3)
                Server BIOS 2.1(3)
                Cisco UCS Manager 2.1(3)
                Board controller firmware 8.0

                Do one of the following actions:

                • If your server’s firmware and/or Cisco UCS Manager software are already at the required levels shown in the table above, you can replace the CPU hardware by using the procedures in this section.

                • If your server’s firmware and/or Cisco UCS Manager software is earlier than the required levels, use the instructions in the Cisco UCS B-Series Servers Upgrade Guide for Intel E5-2600 v2 Series CPUs to upgrade your firmware and software. After you upgrade, return to the procedures in this book to replace the CPU and heatsink hardware.

                Installing a New CPU and Heat Sink

                Before installing a new CPU in a server, verify the following:

                • The CPU is supported for that given server model. This may be verified via the server's Technical Specifications ordering guides or by the relevant release of the Cisco UCS Capability Catalog.

                • A BIOS update is available and installed that supports the CPU and the given server configuration.

                • If the server will be managed by Cisco UCS Manager, the service profile for this server in Cisco UCS Manager will recognize and allow the new CPU.


                Caution


                The Pick-and-Place tools used in this procedure are required to prevent damage to the contact pins between the motherboard and the CPU. Do not attempt this procedure without the required tools, which are included with each CPU option kit. If you do not have the tool, you can order a spare: Cisco PID UCS-CPU-EP-PNP= for 10-, 8-, 6-, 4-, or 2-core CPUs (green); UCS-CPU-EP2-PNP= for v2 12-core CPUs (purple).


                Procedure
                  Step 1   (Optional)If you are installing a CPU in a socket that had been shipped empty, there will be a protective cap intended to prevent bent or touched contact pins. The pick and pull cap tool provided can be used in a manner similar to a pair of tweezers. Grasp the protective cap and pivot as shown.
                  Step 2   Release the catch on the pick and place tool by pressing the handle/button.
                  Step 3   Remove the new CPU from the packaging, and load it into the pick and place tool as follows:
                  1. Confirm that the pedestal is set up correctly for your processor. The pedestal ships configured with the markings “LGA2011-R1” facing upward, and this is the correct orientation.
                  2. Place the CPU on the pedestal. The CPU corners should fit snugly at the pedestal corners and the notches should meet the pegs perfectly.
                  3. Place the CPU pick and place tool on the CPU pedestal aligned with the A1 arrow pointing to the A1 registration mark on the pedestal.
                  4. Press the button/handle on the tool to grasp the CPU.
                  5. Lift the tool and CPU straight up off of the pedestal.
                    Figure 10. Loading the Pick and Place Tool

                    1

                    Alignment mark on the pick and place tool, CPU and pedestal

                  Step 4   Place the CPU and tool on the CPU socket with the registration marks aligned as shown.
                  Step 5   Press the button/handle on the pick and place tool to release the CPU into the socket.
                  Figure 11. Using the CPU Pick and Place Tool to Insert the CPU

                  1

                  Alignment mark on the tool button/handle

                  2

                  Alignment mark on the CPU socket

                  Step 6   Close the socket latch. See callout 1 in the following figure.
                  Step 7   Secure the first hook, which has the following icon: See callout 2 in the following figure.
                  Step 8   Secure the second hook, which has the following icon: See callout 3 in the following figure.
                  Figure 12. Replacing the Heat Sink (B200 M3 Shown)

                  Step 9   Using the syringe of thermal grease provided with replacement CPUs and servers (UCS-CPU-GREASE=), add 2 cubic centimeters of thermal grease to the top of the CPU where it will contact the heat sink. Use the pattern shown. This should require half the contents of the syringe.
                  Caution   

                  The thermal grease has very specific thermal properties, and thermal grease from other sources should not be substituted. Using other thermal grease may lead to damage.

                  Note   

                  CPU spares come with two syringes of thermal grease; one with a blue cap and one with a red cap. The syringe with the blue cap is UCS-CPU-GREASE=, which is used with this server

                  Figure 13. Thermal Grease Application Pattern

                  Step 10   Replace the heat sink. See callout 4.
                  Caution   

                  On certain models, heat sinks are keyed to fit into the plastic baffle extending from the motherboard. Do not force a heat sink if it is not fitting well, rotate it and re-orient the heat sink.

                  Step 11   Secure the heat sink to the motherboard by tightening the four captive screws a quarter turn at a time in an X pattern as shown in the upper right.

                  Installing a New CPU and Heat Sink

                  Before installing a new CPU in a server, verify the following:

                  • The CPU is supported for that given server model. This may be verified via the server's Technical Specifications ordering guides or by the relevant release of the Cisco UCS Capability Catalog.

                  • A BIOS update is available and installed that supports the CPU and the given server configuration.

                  • If the server will be managed by Cisco UCS Manager, the service profile for this server in Cisco UCS Manager will recognize and allow the new CPU.


                  Caution


                  The Pick-and-Place tools used in this procedure are required to prevent damage to the contact pins between the motherboard and the CPU. Do not attempt this procedure without the required tools, which are included with each CPU option kit. If you do not have the tool, you can order a spare: Cisco PID UCS-CPU-EP-PNP= for 10-, 8-, 6-, 4-, or 2-core CPUs (green); UCS-CPU-EP2-PNP= for v2 12-core CPUs (purple).


                  Procedure
                    Step 1   (Optional)If you are installing a CPU in a socket that had been shipped empty, there will be a protective cap intended to prevent bent or touched contact pins. The pick and pull cap tool provided can be used in a manner similar to a pair of tweezers. Grasp the protective cap and pivot as shown.
                    Step 2   Release the catch on the pick and place tool by pressing the handle/button.
                    Step 3   Remove the new CPU from the packaging, and load it into the pick and place tool as follows:
                    1. Confirm that the pedestal is set up correctly for your processor. The pedestal ships configured with the markings “LGA2011-R1” facing upward, and this is the correct orientation.
                    2. Place the CPU on the pedestal. The CPU corners should fit snugly at the pedestal corners and the notches should meet the pegs perfectly.
                    3. Place the CPU pick and place tool on the CPU pedestal aligned with the A1 arrow pointing to the A1 registration mark on the pedestal.
                    4. Press the button/handle on the tool to grasp the CPU.
                    5. Lift the tool and CPU straight up off of the pedestal.
                      Figure 14. Loading the Pick and Place Tool

                      1

                      Alignment mark on the pick and place tool, CPU and pedestal

                    Step 4   Place the CPU and tool on the CPU socket with the registration marks aligned as shown.
                    Step 5   Press the button/handle on the pick and place tool to release the CPU into the socket.
                    Figure 15. Using the CPU Pick and Place Tool to Insert the CPU

                    1

                    Alignment mark on the tool button/handle

                    2

                    Alignment mark on the CPU socket

                    Step 6   Close the socket latch. See callout 1 in the following figure.
                    Step 7   Secure the first hook, which has the following icon: See callout 2 in the following figure.
                    Step 8   Secure the second hook, which has the following icon: See callout 3 in the following figure.
                    Figure 16. Replacing the Heat Sink (B200 M3 Shown)

                    Step 9   Using the syringe of thermal grease provided with replacement CPUs and servers (UCS-CPU-GREASE=), add 2 cubic centimeters of thermal grease to the top of the CPU where it will contact the heat sink. Use the pattern shown. This should require half the contents of the syringe.
                    Caution   

                    The thermal grease has very specific thermal properties, and thermal grease from other sources should not be substituted. Using other thermal grease may lead to damage.

                    Note   

                    CPU spares come with two syringes of thermal grease; one with a blue cap and one with a red cap. The syringe with the blue cap is UCS-CPU-GREASE=, which is used with this server

                    Figure 17. Thermal Grease Application Pattern

                    Step 10   Replace the heat sink. See callout 4.
                    Caution   

                    On certain models, heat sinks are keyed to fit into the plastic baffle extending from the motherboard. Do not force a heat sink if it is not fitting well, rotate it and re-orient the heat sink.

                    Step 11   Secure the heat sink to the motherboard by tightening the four captive screws a quarter turn at a time in an X pattern as shown in the upper right.

                    Memory and Performance

                    Installing Memory

                    To install a DIMM into the blade server, follow these steps:

                    Procedure
                      Step 1   Press the DIMM into its slot evenly on both ends until it clicks into place.

                      DIMMs are keyed, if a gentle force is not sufficient, make sure the notch on the DIMM is correctly aligned.

                      Note   

                      Be sure that the notch in the DIMM aligns with the slot. If the notch is misaligned you may damage the DIMM, the slot, or both.

                      Step 2   Press the DIMM connector latches inward slightly to seat them fully.

                      Supported DIMMs

                      The DIMMs supported in this blade server are constantly being updated. A list of currently supported and available DIMMs is in the specification sheets at:

                      http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10280/​products_​data_​sheets_​list.html

                      Cisco does not support third-party memory DIMMs, and in some cases their use may irreparably damage the server and require an RMA and down time.

                      Memory Arrangement

                      The blade server contains 24 DIMM slots—12 for each CPU. Each set of 12 DIMM slots is arranged into four channels, where each channel has three DIMMs.

                      Figure 18. Memory Slots within the Blade Server

                      1

                      Channels A-D for CPU 1

                      2

                      Channels E-H for CPU 2

                      DIMMs and Channels

                      Each channel is identified by a letter—A, B, C, D for CPU1, and E, F, G, H for CPU 2. Each DIMM slot is numbered 0, 1, or 2. Note that each DIMM slot 0 is blue, each slot 1 is black, and each slot 2 is off-white or beige.

                      The figure below shows how DIMMs and channels are physically laid out on the blade server. The DIMM slots in the upper and lower right are associated with the second CPU (CPU shown on right in the diagram), while the DIMM slots in the upper and lower left are associated with the first CPU (CPU shown on left).

                      Figure 19. Physical Representation of DIMMs and Channels

                      The figure below shows a logical view of the DIMMs and channels.

                      Figure 20. Logical Representation of DIMMs and Channels

                      DIMMs can be used in the blade server in a one DIMM per Channel (1DPC) configuration, in a two DIMMs per Channel (2DPC) configuration, or a three DIMMs per Channel (3DPC) configuration.

                      Each CPU in a Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade server supports four channels of three memory slots each. In a 1 DPC configuration, DIMMs are in slot 0 only. In a 2 DPC configuration, DIMMs are in both slot 0 and slot 1. In a 3 DPC configuration, DIMMs are in slot 0, slot 1, and slot 2.

                      Table 3 Supported DIMM Population Order

                      DIMMs per CPU

                      CPU 1 installed slots

                      CPU 2 installed slots

                      1

                      A0

                      E0

                      2

                      A0, B0

                      E0, F0

                      3

                      A0, B0, C0

                      E0, F0, G0

                      4 (Blue slots)

                      A0, B0, C0, D0

                      E0, F0, G0, H0

                      5

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1

                      6

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1

                      7

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1, C1

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1, G1

                      8 (Blue and black slots)

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1, C1, D1

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1, G1, H1

                      9

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1, C1, D1,A2

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1, G1, H1, E2

                      10

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1, C1, D1,A2, B2

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1, G1, H1, E2, F2

                      11

                      A0, B0, C0, D0, A1, B1, C1, D1,A2, B2, C2

                      E0, F0, G0, H0?E1, F1, G1, H1, E2, F2, G2

                      12 (Blue, black and beige slots)

                      A0, B0, C0, D0?A1, B1, C1, D1,A2, B2, C2, D2

                      E0, F0, G0, H0, E1, F1, G1, H1, E2, F2, G2, H2

                      Memory Performance

                      When considering the memory configuration of your blade server, there are several things you need to consider. For example:

                      • When mixing DIMMs of different densities, the highest density DIMM goes in slot 1 then in descending density.

                      • Your selected CPU(s) can have some affect on performance.

                      • DIMMs can be run in a 1DPC, a 2DPC, or a 3DPC configuration. 1 DPC and 2DPC can provide the maximum rated speed that the CPU and DIMMs are rated for. 3DPC causes the DIMMs to run at a slower speed.

                      Memory Mirroring and RAS

                      The Intel CPUs within the blade server support memory mirroring only when an even number of Channels are populated with DIMMs. If one or three channels are populated with DIMMs, memory mirroring is automatically disabled. Furthermore, if memory mirroring is used, DRAM size is reduced by 50 percent for reasons of reliability.

                      Installing a mLOM Adapter

                      The Cisco VIC 1240 is a specialized modular Lan on Motherboard (mLOM) adapter that provides dual 2 x 10 Gb of Ethernet/ or Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity to each chassis. It plugs into the dedicated mLOM connector only. It is currently the only card that can be plugged into the mLOM connector and it will provide connectivity through either a 2100 series or 2200 series IOM.


                      Note


                      You must remove the adapter card to service the mLOM.


                      To install an mLOM on the blade server, follow these steps:

                      Procedure
                        Step 1   Position the mLOM’s board connector above the motherboard connector and align the captive screw to the standoff post on the motherboard.
                        Step 2   Firmly press the mLOM’s board connector into the motherboard connector.
                        Step 3   Tighten the captive screw.
                        Tip   

                        To remove an mLOM, reverse the above procedure. You might find it helpful when removing the connector from the motherboard to gently rock the board along the length of the connector until it loosens.

                        Figure 21. Installing an mLOM


                        Installing an Adapter Card

                        The network adapters and interface cards all have a shared installation process and are constantly being updated. A list of currently supported and available models for this server is in the specification sheets at this URL:

                        http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10280/​products_​data_​sheets_​list.html


                        Note


                        If a VIC 1240 mLOM is not installed, you must have an adapter card installed.



                        Note


                        Use of the adapters available for this server might require an upgrade to the FEX in the chassis. The 2104XP FEX is not compatible with any Cisco-certified adapter. If a VIC 1240 mLOM card is installed, you will have connectivity through the mLOM but other adapters will not be recognized. Use of all slots requires Cisco UCS 2200 series FEXes.


                        If you are switching from one type of adapter card to another, before you physically perform the switch make sure that you download the latest device drivers and load them into the server’s operating system. For more information, see the firmware management chapter of one of the Cisco UCS Manager software configuration guides.

                        The Cisco UCS 785GB or 365GB MLC Fusion-io Drive and LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive have the same form factor as M3 adapter cards and can be installed and removed using the same procedures. Using these drives in a B200 M3, or B22 M3 blade server requires the presence of a VIC 1240 mLOM to provide blade I/O. They will not work in M1 and M2 generation Cisco UCS servers. These drives appear in Cisco UCS Manager as regular SSDs.

                        Procedure
                          Step 1   Position the adapter board connector above the motherboard connector and align the two adapter captive screws to the standoff posts (see callout 1) on the motherboard.
                          Step 2   Firmly press the adapter connector into the motherboard connector (see callout 2).
                          Step 3   Tighten the two captive screws (see callout 3).
                          Tip   

                          Removing an adapter card is the reverse of installing it. You might find it helpful when removing the connector from the motherboard to gently rock the board along the length of the connector until it loosens.

                          Figure 22. Installing an Adapter Card

                          Figure 23. Installing an Adapter Card


                          Installing and Enabling a Trusted Platform Module

                          The Trusted Platform Module (TPM, Cisco Product ID UCSX-TPM2-001) is a component that can securely store artifacts used to authenticate the server. These artifacts can include passwords, certificates, or encryption keys. A TPM can also be used to store platform measurements that help ensure that the platform remains trustworthy. Authentication (ensuring that the platform can prove that it is what it claims to be) and attestation (a process helping to prove that a platform is trustworthy and has not been breached) are necessary steps to ensure safer computing in all environments. It is a requirement for the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) security feature, which must be enabled in the BIOS settings for a server equipped with a TPM.

                          Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) provides greater protection for information that is used and stored on the business server. A key aspect of that protection is the provision of an isolated execution environment and associated sections of memory where operations can be conducted on sensitive data, invisibly to the rest of the system. Intel TXT provides for a sealed portion of storage where sensitive data such as encryption keys can be kept, helping to shield them from being compromised during an attack by malicious code.


                          Note


                          TPM installation is supported after-factory. However, a TPM installs with a one-way screw and cannot be replaced or moved to another server. If a server with a TPM is returned, the replacement server must be ordered with a new TPM.
                          Procedure
                            Step 1   Install the TPM hardware.
                            1. Power off, decommission, and remove the blade server from the chassis.
                            2. Remove the blade server cover.
                            3. Install the TPM to the TPM socket on the server motherboard and secure it using the one-way screw that is provided. See the figure below for the location of the TPM socket.
                            4. Return the blade server to the chassis, power it on, and allow it to be automatically reacknowledged, reassociated, and recommissioned.
                            5. Continue with enabling TPM support in the server BIOS in the next step.
                            Figure 24. TPM Socket Location

                            1

                            Front of server

                            2

                            TPM socket on motherboard

                            Step 2   Enable TPM Support in the BIOS.
                            1. Enable Quiet Mode in the BIOS policy of the server’s service profile.
                            2. Establish a direct connection to the server, either by connecting a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to the front panel using a KVM dongle (N20-BKVM) or by other means.
                            3. Reboot the server.
                            4. Press F2 during reboot to enter the BIOS setup screens.
                            5. On the Advanced tab, select Trusted Computing and press Enter to open the TPM Security Device Configuration window.
                            6. Set the TPM Support option to Enabled.
                            7. Press F10 to save and exit. Allow the server to reboot, but watch for the prompt to press F2 in the next step.
                            Step 3   Enable TPM State in the BIOS.
                            1. Press F2 during reboot to enter the BIOS setup screens.
                            2. On the Advanced tab, select Trusted Computing and press Enter to open the TPM Security Device Configuration window.
                            3. Set the TPM State option to Enabled.
                            4. Press F10 to save and exit. Allow the server to reboot, but watch for the prompt to press F2 in the next step.
                            Step 4   Verify that TPM Support and TPM State are enabled.
                            1. Press F2 during reboot to enter the BIOS setup screens.
                            2. On the Advanced tab, select Trusted Computing and press Enter to open the TPM Security Device Configuration window.
                            3. Verify that TPM Support and TPM State are set to Enabled.
                            4. Continue with enabling the Intel TXT feature in the next step.
                            Step 5   Enable the Intel TXT feature in the BIOS.
                            1. Choose the Advanced tab.
                            2. Choose Intel TXT (LT-SX) Configuration to open the Intel TXT (LT-SX) Hardware Support window.
                            3. Set TXT Support to Enabled.
                            4. Verify that the following items are listed as Enabled:
                              • VT Support (default is Enabled)

                              • VT-d Support (default is Enabled)

                              • TPM Support

                              • TPM State

                              If VT Support and VT-d Support are not enabled, return to the Advanced tab, select Processor Configuration, and then set Intel (R) VT and Intel (R) VT-d to Enabled.

                            5. Press F10 to save and exit.

                            Server Troubleshooting

                            For general troubleshooting information, see the see the Cisco UCS Manager B-Series Troubleshooting Guide.

                            Server Configuration

                            Cisco UCS blade servers are intended to be configured and managed using Cisco UCS Manager. For details, see the Configuration Guide for the version of Cisco UCS Manager that you are using. The configuration guides are available at the following URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​products/​ps10281/​products_​installation_​and_​configuration_​guides_​list.html

                            Physical Specifications for the Cisco UCS B200 M3

                            Specification

                            Value

                            Height

                            1.95 inches (50 mm)

                            Width

                            8.00 inches (203 mm)

                            Depth

                            24.4 inches (620 mm)

                            Weight

                            15.0 lbs (6.8 kg)

                            The system weight listed here is an estimate for a fully configured system and will vary depending on peripheral devices installed.

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