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BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730

 

Hardware Maintenance Manual and

Troubleshooting Guide

BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730

 

Hardware Maintenance Manual and

Troubleshooting Guide

Note

Before using this information and the product it supports, be sure to read Appendix C, “Notices,” on page 157.

Sixth Edition (August 2006)

© Copyright International Business Machines Corporation 2004. All rights reserved.

US Government Users Restricted Rights – Use, duplication or disclosure restricted by GSA ADP Schedule Contract with IBM Corp.

About this manual

This manual contains diagnostic information, a Symptom-to-FRU index, service information, error codes, error messages, and configuration information for the BladeCenter® Type 8720 and 8730.

Important safety information

Be sure to read all caution and danger statements in this book before performing any of the instructions. See “Safety information” on page 113.

Lea todas as instruções de cuidado e perigo antes de executar qualquer operação.

Prenez connaissance de toutes les consignes de type Attention et Danger avant de procéder aux opérations décrites par les instructions.

Lesen Sie alle Sicherheitshinweise, bevor Sie eine Anweisung ausführen.

Accertarsi di leggere tutti gli avvisi di attenzione e di pericolo prima di effettuare qualsiasi operazione.

© Copyright IBM Corp. 2004

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Lea atentamente todas las declaraciones de precaución y peligro ante de llevar a cabo cualquier operación.

Online support

You can download the most current diagnostic, H8 flash, and device driver files from http://www.ibm.com/pc/support on the World Wide Web.

Support telephone numbers

View support telephone numbers at http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/ on the World Wide Web.

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Contents

About this manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Important safety information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Online support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Support telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 1. General information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Related publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Notices and statements used in this book . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Features and specifications for the BladeCenter T Type 8720 unit . . . .

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Features and specifications for the BladeCenter T Type 8730 unit . . . .

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Major components of the BladeCenter T Types 8720 and 8730 unit . . . .

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Front view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Rear view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators . . . . . . . . .

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Starting the BladeCenter T unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 2. Configuring the BladeCenter T unit . . . . . . . . .

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Setting up the remote connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cabling the Ethernet port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Management and configuration program . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Setting up the management and configuration program . . . . . .

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Starting the management and configuration program . . . . . . .

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Setting management and configuration program options. . . . . .

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Saving and restoring the configuration file . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring an I/O module. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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What to configure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Supporting Ethernet failover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Configuring the Ethernet controllers in the blade servers . . . . . .

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BladeCenter T networking guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using Remote Deployment Manager Version 4.11 Update 3 or later . . .

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Using IBM Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Communicating with the IBM Director software . . . . . . . . . .

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Chapter 3. Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Diagnostic tools overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Identifying problems using the Light Path Diagnostics feature . . . .

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Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware . . . . . .

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Setting up the BladeCenter T unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installation guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Preparing for system power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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System reliability considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Handling static-sensitive devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Preinstallation steps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Removing and installing the bezel assembly . . . . . . . . .

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Removing the bezel assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing the bezel assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing the bezel air filter . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing power modules . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing a power module . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing a power module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing the media tray . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing the media tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing the media tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing management modules . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing a management module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing a management module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing blower modules . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing a blower module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing a blower module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing the KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module . . .

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Removing the KVM module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing the KVM module. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing the LAN module . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing the LAN module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing the LAN module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing I/O modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing an I/O module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Installing an I/O module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Blade servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Blade server expansion options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Removing and installing a blade server or filler module . . . . . . .

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Completing the installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Chapter 5. Service replaceable units . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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DC terminal cover with fasteners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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AC rear panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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DC Rear Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Upper flex circuit assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Lower flex circuit assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Docking board/blower housing assembly - (dc Type 8720 and ac Type 8730)

 

 

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Rear chassis stiffener bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Backplane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Backplane insulator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Air damper . . . . . . .

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Mechanical chassis . . . .

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Chapter 6. Symptom-to-FRU index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Error symptoms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Light path diagnostics LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Temperature error messages . . . . . .

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Blower error messages . . . . . . . .

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Power error messages . . . . . . .

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Blade server error messages . . . . .

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KVM error message . . . . . . . .

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Switch error messages . . . . . . .

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Management-module error messages . .

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Bus error messages . . . . . . . .

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Undetermined problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Problem determination tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Chapter 7. Parts listing, BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730

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Type 8720

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Type 8720

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- Rear view . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix A. Getting help and technical assistance . . . .

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Before you call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Getting help and information from the World Wide Web

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Software service and support . . . . . . . . . .

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Hardware service and support . . . . . . . . . .

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Appendix B. Related service information . . . . .

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Safety information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 General safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Electrical safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Safety inspection guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Handling electrostatic discharge-sensitive devices . . . . . . . . . . 116 Grounding requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Safety notices (multi-lingual translations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Appendix C. Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Edition notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Trademarks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Important notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Product recycling and disposal

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Battery return program . . .

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Electronic emission notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) statement . . . . . .

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Industry Canada Class A emission compliance statement . . . . . .

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Australia and New Zealand Class A statement . . . . . . . . . .

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United Kingdom telecommunications safety requirement . . . . . .

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European Union EMC Directive conformance statement . . . . . .

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Taiwanese Class A warning statement . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Chinese Class A warning statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Japanese Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI) statement

 

 

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Power cords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Contents vii

viii BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Chapter 1. General information

The IBM® BladeCenter®T Types 8720 and 8730 units are rack-mounted, high-density, high-performance blade server systems developed for telecommunications network applications and other applications requiring physical robustness.

The BladeCenter T unit uses blade servers, switches, and other components that are common to the IBM BladeCenter product line. This common component strategy makes it ideal for applications in telecommunications networks that need high levels of computing power and access to common off-the-shelf middleware packages that are used in IT data centers. The BladeCenter T unit supports up to eight blade servers and four I/O modules, making it ideally suited for networking environments that require a large number of high-performance servers in a small amount of space. The BladeCenter T unit provides common resources that are shared by the blade servers, such as power, cooling, system management, network connections, backplane, and I/O (CD-ROM drive and connectors for USB, network interfaces, and – for blade servers that support the KVM function – keyboard, video, and mouse).

Performance, ease of use, reliability (NEBS/ETSI compliance), and expansion capabilities were key considerations during the design of the BladeCenter T system. These design features make it possible for you to customize the system hardware to meet your needs today, while providing flexible expansion capabilities for the future.

This Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide provides information to:

vSet up and cable a BladeCenter T unit

vStart and configure a BladeCenter T unit

vInstall and remove modules, options, and blades

vReplace field replaceable units

vPerform troubleshooting and servicing of the BladeCenter T unit

Packaged with the Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide are software CDs that help you to configure and manage the BladeCenter T unit.

This Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide and other publications that provide detailed information about your BladeCenter T unit are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD.

You can register the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers on the World Wide Web. To register, go to: http://www.ibm.com/pc/register/.

© Copyright IBM Corp. 2004

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Record information about your BladeCenter T unit in the following table. You will need this information when you register your BladeCenter T unit with IBM.

Product name

IBM Eserver BladeCenter T

Machine type (8720 or 8730)

_________________________________________

Model number

_________________________________________

Serial number

_________________________________________

 

 

The serial number and model number are located in three places on the BladeCenter T unit:

vTop of the BladeCenter T unit.

vFront of the bezel assembly.

vFront of the BladeCenter T unit.

The labels on the top and the front of the bezel assembly of the BladeCenter T unit are shown in the following illustration.

Information label

CMM 1

CMM

2

Serial number label

A set of user labels comes with each blade server. When you install a blade server in the BladeCenter T unit, write identifying information on a label and place the label on the BladeCenter T unit bezel.

The following illustration shows the placement of the label, to the side of the blade server, on the BladeCenter T unit.

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CMM

CMM

1

2

User label

Important: Do not place the label on the blade server itself or in any way block the ventilation holes on the blade server.

Related publications

This Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). It contains information to help you solve the problem yourself or to provide helpful information to a service technician.

In addition to this Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide, the following documentation is provided in PDF on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD that comes with your BladeCenter T unit:

vSafety Information: This document contains translated caution and danger statements. Each caution and danger statement that appears in the documentation has a number that you can use to locate the corresponding statement in your language in the Safety Information document.

vInstallation and User’s Guide This publication provides general information about the server, including information about features, how to configure the server, and how to get help.

vBladeCenter T rack installation instructions

These documents contain instructions for installing the BladeCenter T unit in a 4-post and 2-post rack.

Note: The BladeCenter T can also be installed in some xSeries and pSeries racks, such as the IBM Netbay42 Enterprise Rack Model 9308. See the installation instructions that come with those racks.

vBladeCenter T Management Module Installation Guide

This document contains instructions for installing an IBM BladeCenter T management module option in a BladeCenter T unit and creating the initial configuration.

vBladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide

This document contains instructions for using the Web interface to configure the management modules in a BladeCenter T unit.

Additional publications might be included on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD.

Chapter 1. General information 3

Notices and statements used in this book

The caution and danger statements that appear in this book are also in the multilingual Safety Information book, which is on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD. Each statement is numbered for reference to the corresponding statement in the Safety Information book.

The following notices and statements are used in the documentation:

vNote: These notices provide important tips, guidance, or advice.

vImportant: These notices provide information or advice that might help you avoid inconvenient or problem situations.

vAttention: These notices indicate possible damage to programs, devices, or data. An attention notice is placed just before the instruction or situation in which damage could occur.

vCaution: These statements indicate situations that can be potentially hazardous to you. A caution statement is placed just before the description of a potentially hazardous procedure step or situation.

vDanger: These statements indicate situations that can be potentially lethal or extremely hazardous to you. A danger statement is placed just before the description of a potentially lethal or extremely hazardous procedure step or situation.

4 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Features and specifications for the BladeCenter T Type 8720 unit

The following table provides a summary of the features and specifications of the BladeCenter T Type 8720 unit.

Table 1. BladeCenter T Type 8720 features and specifications

Media tray (on front):

vDVD/CD-RW drive: slim IDE

vTwo Universal Serial Bus (USB) v2.0 full speed ports

vSystem-status panel

Module bays (on front):

vEight hot-swap blade bays

vFour hot-swap power-module bays

vTwo hot-swap management module bays

Module bays (on rear):

vFour hot-swap I/O module bays

vFour hot-swap blower bays

vOne hot-swap KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module

vOne hot-swap LAN module

Power modules:

vStandard: Two 1300-watt or greater hot-swap -48 V dc (-40 to -60 V dc) power modules

Power modules 1 and 2 supply power to:

-Blade bays 1 through 4

-Management modules 1 and 2

-I/O modules 1 and 2

-Media tray

-All KVM, LAN, and alarm interfaces

-All four blower modules

Power modules 1 and 2 provide redundancy to each other

vMaximum: Four 1300-watt or greater hot-swap -48 V dc (-40 to -60 V dc) power modules

Power modules 3 and 4 supply power to:

-Blade bays 5 through 8

-I/O modules 3 and 4

Power modules 3 and 4 provide redundancy to each other

Blowers are powered by all four power modules

LAN module:

vTwo 10/100 Mb Ethernet remote management connections

vOne DSUB 15P alarm connector

KVM module:

vVideo port (analog)

vPS/2 keyboard port

vPS/2 mouse port

vSystem-status panel

I/O modules:

vStandard: None

vMaximum: Four

Two hot-swap 1 Gb Ethernet four-port switch modules

Two hot-swap switch modules of another network-communication standard, such as Fibre Channel

Management module:

vStandard: One hot-swap management module providing system-management functions for the BladeCenter T unit

vMaximum: Two hot-swap management modules (one active, one redundant)

Redundant cooling:

Four variable-speed hot-swap blowers

Front bezel with changeable filter

Upgradeable microcode:

vmanagement module firmware

vI/O-module firmware (not all I/O module types)

vBlade server service processor firmware (BIOS, service processor)

Size (8 U):

vHeight: 349.25 mm (13.75 in. or 8 U)

vDepth: 508 mm (20 in.) from front of chassis to rear I/O connector plane Maximum depth: 600 mm (23.62 in.) including bezel, handles, and cable bend radius.

vWidth: 442 mm (17.4 in.)

vWeight:

Fully configured with modules and blade servers: Approx. 100.2 kg (221 lb)

Fully configured without blade servers: Approx. 61.7 kg (136 lb)

Security features:

vLogin password for remote connection

vLightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and role based security for user authentication and authorization

vSecure Shell (SSH) for remote command-line interface

vSecure socket layer (SSL) security for remote Web interface access

Predictive Failure Analysis® (PFA) alerts:

vBlowers

vBlade-dependent features

vPower supplies

Declared acoustical noise emission levels for normal operations:

vSound-power levels (upper-limit): 7.8 bels

vSound-pressure levels (average), for four one-meter bystander positions: 63 dBA

The noise emission levels stated are the declared upper limit sound-power levels, in bels, for a random sample of machines. All measurements made in accordance with ISO 7779 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296.

Environment:

vAir temperature:

Altitude: -60 to 1800 m (-197 ft to 6000 ft)

-BladeCenter T on: 5° to 40°C (41° to 104°F)

-BladeCenter T on (short term): -5° to 55°C (23° to 131°F)

Altitude: 1800 m to 4000 m (6000 ft to 13000 ft)

-BladeCenter T on: 5° to 30°C (41° to 86°F)

-BladeCenter T on (short term): -5° to 45°C (23° to 113°F)

System unit off: uncontrolled

vRate of temperature change: 30°C/hour (54°F/hour)

vHumidity:

BladeCenter T on: 5% to 85%

BladeCenter T on (short term): 5% to 90% not to exceed 0.024 water/kg of dry air

BladeCenter T off: uncontrolled

Electrical input:

vdc power

vInput voltage: -48 V dc (-38 V dc to -75 V dc)

vInput current:

Chassis: 70 amp maximum

Single power-supply feed: 70 amp maximum

vInput connector type: Two (2) four post DC terminals, rated at 70 amps each.

Heat output:

vInput kilovolt-amperes (kVA) approx.

Minimum configuration: 0.2 kVA

Maximum configuration: 3.7 kVA

vBTU output

Ship configuration:

673 Btu/hour (197 watts)

Full configuration:

12640 Btu/hour (3707 watts)

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Notes:

1.For details about the BladeCenter T unit port specifications, see “BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators” on page 19.

2.For information about which types of I/O modules can be installed in which I/O-module bays, see “I/O modules” on page 19.

3.The operating system in the blade server must provide USB support for the blade server to recognize and use the keyboard, mouse, and CD-ROM drive. The BladeCenter T unit uses USB for internal communication with these devices.

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Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) alerts: v Blowers
v Blade-dependent features v Power supplies

Features and specifications for the BladeCenter T Type 8730 unit

The following table provides a summary of the features and specifications of the BladeCenter T Type 8730 unit.

Table 2. BladeCenter T Type 8730 features and specifications

Media tray (on front):

vDVD/CD-RW drive: slim IDE

vTwo Universal Serial Bus (USB) v2.0 full speed ports

vSystem-status panel

Module bays (on front):

vEight hot-swap blade bays

vFour hot-swap power-module bays

vTwo hot-swap management module bays

Module bays (on rear):

vFour hot-swap I/O module bays

vFour hot-swap blower bays

vOne hot-swap KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module

vOne hot-swap LAN module

Power modules:

vStandard: Two 1300-watt or greater 220-volt (200-240 V ac) hot-swap power modules

Power modules 1 and 2 supply power to:

-Blade bays 1 through 4

-Management modules 1 and 2

-I/O modules 1 and 2

-Media tray

-All KVM, LAN, and alarm interfaces

-All four blower modules

Power modules 1 and 2 provide redundancy to each other

vMaximum: Four 1300-watt or greater 220-volt (200-240 V ac) hot-swap power modules

Power modules 3 and 4 supply power to:

-Blade bays 5 through 8

-I/O modules 3 and 4

Power modules 3 and 4 provide redundancy to each other

Blowers are powered by all four power modules

LAN module:

vTwo 10/100 Mb Ethernet remote management connections

vOne DSUB 15P alarm connector

KVM module:

vVideo port (analog)

vPS/2 keyboard port

vPS/2 mouse port

vSystem-status panel

I/O modules:

Declared acoustical noise emission levels

v

Standard: None

for normal operations:

v

Maximum: Four

v Sound-power levels (upper-limit):7.8 bels

 

– Two hot-swap 1 Gb Ethernet

v Sound-pressure levels (average), for four

 

four-port switch modules

 

one-meter bystander positions: 63 dBA

 

– Two hot-swap switch modules of

The noise emission levels stated are the

 

another network-communication

 

declared upper limit sound-power levels, in

 

standard, such as Fibre Channel

 

bels, for a random sample of machines. All

 

 

Management module:

measurements made in accordance with ISO

7779 and reported in conformance with ISO

v Standard: One hot-swap management

9296.

 

 

module providing system-management

 

 

 

 

functions for the BladeCenter T unit

Environment:

 

 

v Maximum: Two hot-swap management

v

Air temperature:

 

modules (one active, one redundant)

 

– BladeCenter T on: 10° to 35°C (50° to

Redundant cooling:

 

 

95°F). Altitude: 0 to 914 m (2998.69 ft).

 

– BladeCenter T on: 10° to 32°C (50° to

Four variable-speed hot-swap blowers

 

 

89.6°F). Altitude: 914 m to 2134 m

Front bezel with changeable filter

 

 

(2998.69 ft to 7000 ft).

 

– BladeCenter T off: -40° to 60° C (-40° to

Upgradeable microcode:

v

 

140°).

Humidity:

v

management module firmware

 

– Server on: 8% to 80%

v I/O-module firmware (not all I/O module

 

– Server off: 8% to 80%

 

types)

Electrical input:

v Blade server service processor firmware

v Sine-wave input (50 or 60 Hz single-phase)

 

(BIOS, service processor)

 

required

 

 

v

Size (8 U):

Input voltage:

v Height: 349.25 mm (13.75 in. or 8 U)

 

– Minimum: 200 V ac

 

– Maximum: 240 V ac

v Depth: 508 mm (20 in.) from front of

v

Input current:

 

chassis to rear I/O connector plane

 

Maximum depth: 600 mm (23.62 in.)

 

– Chassis: 18 amp maximum @ 208 V ac

 

 

– Single power-supply feed: 9 amp

 

including bezel, handles, and cable

 

 

 

 

maximum

 

bend radius.

 

 

 

v Input connector type: Four (4) C13 inputs,

v Width: 442 mm (17.4 in.)

 

rated at 8 amps each

v

Weight:

 

 

– Fully configured with modules and

Heat output:

 

blade servers: Approx. 100.2 kg (221

 

lb)

v Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) approx.

 

– Fully configured without blade

 

– Minimum configuration: 0.2 kVA

 

 

– Maximum configuration: 3.5 kVA

 

servers: Approx. 61.7 kg (136 lb)

v

 

BTU output

 

 

Security features:

 

Ship configuration:

 

 

673 Btu/hour (197 watts)

v Login password for remote connection

 

 

 

Full configuration:

v Secure Shell (SSH) for command-line

 

 

 

11900 Btu/hour (3490 watts)

 

interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

v Secure socket layer (SSL) security for

 

 

 

 

remote Web management access

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notes:

1.For details about the BladeCenter T unit port specifications, see “BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators” on page 19.

2.For information about which types of I/O modules can be installed in which I/O-module bays, see “I/O modules” on page 19.

3.The operating system in the blade server must provide USB support for the blade server to recognize and use the keyboard, mouse, and CD-ROM drive. The BladeCenter T unit uses USB for internal communication with these devices.

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Major components of the BladeCenter T Types 8720 and 8730 unit

The following illustration shows the locations of major components in your

BladeCenter T unit.

KVM module

I/O module

LAN

Management module

module

 

Filler blade

Blower module

Blade server

(4 units)

 

Power module

 

 

Media tray

 

Bezel assembly

Attention: To maintain proper system cooling, each module bay must contain either a module or a filler module; each blade bay must contain either a blade server or a filler blade.

Front view

This section identifies the components, controls, and LEDs on the front of your BladeCenter T unit.

Management-module bay 1

Management-module bay 2

Power module 1

 

Power module 2

 

CMM

CMM

 

1

2

 

 

Blade server 1

 

 

Blade server 8

Power module 3

 

Power module 4

ESD connector

Media tray

Front panel

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System service cards

These cards contain system service instructions and a writable area for your use. The cards are located in a slot just above the management-module bays. To access the service cards, slide out the cards as shown in the following illustration.

System service card

CMM 1

CMM

2

Management module controls and indicators

These management-module controls and indicators provide status information about the management module and remote management connection. For additional information, see the Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD.

Management module

Serial port

Power LED

Reset button

Active LED

Error LED

Management module LEDs: These LEDs provide status information about the management module and remote management connection.

vPower: When this green LED is lit, it indicates that the management module has power.

vActive: When this green LED is lit, it indicates that the management module is actively controlling the BladeCenter T unit. Only one management module actively controls the BladeCenter T unit. If two management modules are installed in the BladeCenter T unit, this LED is lit on only one.

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vError: When this amber LED is lit, it indicates that an error has been detected somewhere on the management module. When this LED is lit, the system error LED (critical, major, or minor) on each of the BladeCenter T system-status panels is also lit.

Management module IP reset button: Do not press this button unless you intend to erase your configured IP addresses for the management module and lose connection with the remote management station, the switch modules, and the blade servers. If you press this button, you will have to reconfigure the management module settings (see the information beginning with “Setting up the remote connection” on page 25 for instructions).

Press this recessed button to reset the IP configuration of the management module network interfaces (Ethernet 1, Ethernet 2, gateway address, and so on) to the factory defaults and then restart the management module.

Use a straightened paper clip to press the button.

Serial connector: Use this connection for configuring and managing the BladeCenter components over a serial line through the command-line interface (CLI) user-interface. This port provides access and redirection to the serial-over-LAN (SOL) interface of any processor blade server. For example, you can connect a laptop device to the serial connector and use a terminal-emulator program to configure the assorted IP addresses, user accounts, and other management settings through the CLI user-interface.

Media tray

The media tray is a hot-swap unit that is installed on the front of the BladeCenter T unit and contains the system-status panel, I/O, and CD-ROM drive.

Media tray

CD-ROM drive

System-status panel USB connectors

The following illustration shows the system-status LEDs on the system-status panel on the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

Media tray

USB connectors

CRT MJR MNR

Critical

Power Location

Major Minor

The system-status panel on the front of the BladeCenter T system has five system-status LEDs and two USB connectors.

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System status LEDs: The LEDs on this part of the panel provide status information for the BladeCenter T unit.

vPower: When continuously lit, this green LED indicates the presence of power in the BladeCenter T unit. The LED turns off when the power source is interrupted.

Attention: If the power LED is off, it does not mean electrical power is not present in the BladeCenter T unit. The LED might be burned out. To remove all electrical power from the BladeCenter T unit, you must disconnect all power cords from the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

vLocation: This blue LED is for system identification. A system administrator or servicer uses this LED to locate a specific BladeCenter T unit for service or repair. You can turn off the location LED through the Web interface or a remote management console.

Alarm LEDs: These LEDs provide alarm notifications for the BladeCenter T unit.

vCRT (Critical alarm, amber (default) or red): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a critical system fault. The system comes with amber as the default. See the BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for information on setting the color of this LED.

A critical system fault is an error or event that is unrecoverable. In this case, the system cannot continue to operate. An example is the loss of a large section of memory that causes the system to be incapable of operating.

vMJR (Major alarm, amber (default) or red): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a major system fault. The system comes with amber as the default. See the BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for information on setting the color of this LED.

A major system fault is an error or event that has a discernible impact to system operation. In this case, the system can continue to operate but with reduced performance. An example is the loss of one of two mirrored disks.

vMNR (Minor alarm, amber): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a minor system fault. A minor system fault is an error or event that has little impact to system operation. An example is a correctable ECC error.

USB connectors: There are two USB connectors on the front system-status panel. You can use these USB connectors to connect two USB peripheral devices without an external hub. If more devices are required, you can connect an external hub to any of the built-in connectors.

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Power modules

AC power module

 

DC power module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC in LED

DC in LED

 

DC out LED

DC out LED

Error LED

Error LED

Power module LEDs: Each power module has three LEDs to indicate the status of the power module.

vAC (or DC) in: When continuously lit, this green LED indicates that the input power source is working. If the LED is not lit, it indicates that the input power source is not present or is incorrect.

vDC out: When continuously lit, this green LED indicates that the output power is present. If the LED is not lit, it indicates that the output power is not present.

v! (Error): When continuously lit, this amber LED indicates that there is a error condition within the power module.

Table 3. Power module LEDs

 

 

! (Error)

 

DC IN or AC IN

DC OUT

(amber)

Description and action

 

 

 

 

On

On

Off

The power module is on and operating

 

 

 

correctly.

 

 

 

 

On

Off

Off or On*

There is an output power problem. A system

 

 

 

error has shut down the power module.

 

 

 

Actions: Determine the cause of the shutdown

 

 

 

using the diagnostics and replace the failed

 

 

 

component. When the fault has been cleared,

 

 

 

reset the power module in one of the following

 

 

 

ways:

 

 

 

v Issue a power-module reset through the

 

 

 

management module.

 

 

 

v Remove the power module from the unit for

 

 

 

at least 10 seconds.

 

 

 

If the problem remains, have the unit serviced.

 

 

 

*Error LED will operate only if a redundant

 

 

 

power supply is installed.

 

 

 

 

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Table 3. Power module LEDs (continued)

 

 

! (Error)

 

DC IN or AC IN

DC OUT

(amber)

Description and action

 

 

 

 

Off

Off

Off or On*

There is an input power problem.

 

 

 

Possible causes:

 

 

 

v There is no power to the power module.

 

 

 

Actions: Make sure that:

 

 

 

1. The power is correctly connected to the

 

 

 

unit.

 

 

 

2. The power is connected to 220 v ac

 

 

 

(8730) or –48 v dc (8720).

 

 

 

3. The power source functions properly.

 

 

 

v The power module has failed.

 

 

 

Action: Replace the power module.

 

 

 

If the problem remains, have the unit serviced.

 

 

 

*Error LED will operate only if a redundant

 

 

 

power supply is installed.

 

 

 

 

On

On

On

There is a fault condition in the power supply.

 

 

 

Possible causes:

 

 

 

v Thermal fault.

 

 

 

Action: Replace the power module.

 

 

 

v 12 v over-voltage power condition or 12 v

 

 

 

under-voltage power condition.

 

 

 

Actions: Determine the cause of shutdown

 

 

 

using diagnostics and replace the failed

 

 

 

component. When the fault has ben

 

 

 

cleared, reset the power module.

 

 

 

– Issue a power-module reset through the

 

 

 

management module.

 

 

 

– Remove the power module from the unit

 

 

 

for at least 10 seconds.

 

 

 

 

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Rear view

This section identifies the components and indicators on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

I/O module 2

 

 

I/O module 1

KVM module

 

 

 

 

 

TOP D

 

TOP D

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

Alarms

 

 

CRT

MNR

 

 

 

MJR

 

 

 

Blower module 2

 

 

 

 

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

3

Blower module 4

BTM E

 

BTM E

 

 

 

 

 

LAN module

Blower module 1

Blower module 3

I/O module 4

ESD connector

I/O module 3

Blower modules

The blower modules are hot-swap units that are installed into the rear of the system. The BladeCenter T unit comes with four blowers that are in a 3+1 redundancy configuration. All the cooling requirements are met if one blower fails. All blowers contain a backflow device that prevents the system from drawing air into the exhaust port of a failed blower. The management module in the BladeCenter T unit controls the blower speed and detects blower failures.

Error LED

Power LED

Blower

Blower LEDs: The LEDs on each blower provide status information about the blower.

vPower: When this green LED is lit, it indicates that the blower module has power.

vError: This amber LED is lit and stays lit when an error has been detected in the blower. The system error LED on the BladeCenter system-status panels is also lit.

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KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module indicators and input/output connectors

The KVM module is a hot-swap module that is installed on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit and is held in place by captive thumbscrews. This module contains two PS/2 connectors for the keyboard and mouse, a system-status panel, and an HD-15 video connector.

Thumbscrew

 

 

 

 

 

Keyboard

Major (MJR) alarm LED

 

 

Mouse

Minor (MNR) alarm LED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRT

MNR

 

MJR

Power LED

Video

 

Critical (CRT) alarm LED

 

Location LED

System-status LEDs: These LEDs provide status information for the BladeCenter T unit.

vPower: When continuously lit, this green LED indicates the presence of power in the BladeCenter T unit. The LED turns off when the power source is interrupted.

Attention: If the power LED is off, it does not mean electrical power is not present in the BladeCenter T unit. The LED might be burned out. To remove all electrical power from the BladeCenter T unit, you must disconnect all power cords from the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

vLocation: This blue LED is for system identification. A system administrator or servicer uses this LED to locate a specific BladeCenter T unit for service or repair. You can turn off the location LED through the Web interface or a remote management console.

Alarm LEDs: These LEDs provide alarm notifications for the BladeCenter T unit.

vCRT (Critical alarm, amber (default) or red): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a critical system fault. The system comes with amber as the default. See the BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for information on setting the color of this LED.

A critical system fault is an error or event that is unrecoverable. In this case, the system cannot continue to operate. An example is the loss of a large section of memory that causes the system to be incapable of operating.

vMJR (Major alarm, amber (default) or red): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a major system fault. The system comes with amber as the default. See the BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for information on setting the color of this LED.

A major system fault is an error or event that has a discernible impact to system operation. In this case, the system can continue to operate but with reduced performance. An example is the loss of one of two mirrored disks.

vMNR (Minor alarm, amber): When continuously lit, this LED indicates the presence of a minor system fault. A minor system fault is an error or event that has little impact to system operation. An example is a correctable ECC error.

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Connectors: The KVM module has the following I/O connectors:

vKeyboard connector: The BladeCenter T KVM module contains one PS/2-style keyboard connector.

Use this connector to connect a PS/2 keyboard to the BladeCenter T unit.

6 5

4 3

21

v Mouse connector: The BladeCenter T KVM module contains one PS/2-style mouse connector.

Use this connector to connect a PS/2 mouse to the BladeCenter T unit.

6 5

4 3

21

v Video connector: The BladeCenter T KVM module contains one standard video connector. The integrated video controller on each blade server is compatible with SVGA and VGA and communicates through this video port.

Use this connector to connect a video monitor to the BladeCenter T unit.

5 1

15 11

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LAN-module indicators and input/output connectors

The LAN module is a hot-swap module that is installed on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit and is held in place by captive thumbscrews. The LAN module provides the electrical and mechanical interface to the BladeCenter T unit for the two local area network (Ethernet) connections, as driven from each management module, and the telco external alarms. This module contains two RJ-45 connectors with LEDs and one DSUB 15P telco alarm connector.

Thumbscrews

Remote management and console (Ethernet)

2 1

Alarms

Ethernet link LED

Ethernet activity LED

Alarms connector

LAN-module LEDs: These LEDs provide status information about the LAN connection:

vEthernet link: When this green LED is lit, there is an active connection through the port to the network.

vEthernet activity: When this green LED is flashing, it indicates that there is activity through the port over the network link.

LAN-module connectors:

vRemote management and console (Ethernet) connectors: The LAN module provides two Ethernet RJ-45 connectors.

The BladeCenter T LAN module contains two 10/100 Mb Ethernet connectors that provide the remote connections, driven from each management module, to the network management station on the network.

Use these ports for remote management and remote console.

The network management station, through these connectors, can access control functions running in the management module, the service processor on each blade server, or within each switch module. However, it cannot use these ports to communicate with application programs running in the blade servers. The network management station must direct those communications through a network connected to the external ports in the I/O modules in the BladeCenter T unit.

vAlarms connector: The LAN module provides one telco DB15 alarms connector (male) for critical, major, and minor telco alarms. Each of the alarms has a relay that enables multiple system alarm indicators to be daisy-chained together.

Table 4 on page 19 shows the pinouts for the telco alarms connector.

 

Alarms

1

8

9

15

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Note: The service processor, management module, or systems-management function must monitor the alarm reset inputs to maintain the fault condition that you set for the unit. The alarm reset inputs can be voltages in excess of standard logic levels, so you must electrically or optically isolate them from the monitoring logic.

Table 4. Alarms connector pinout

Pin #

Description

I/O

Pin #

Description

I/O

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Minor alarm reset +

I

9

Minor alarm normally

O

 

 

 

 

closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Minor alarm reset -

I

10

Minor alarm common

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Major alarm reset +

I

11

Major alarm normally open

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Major alarm reset -

I

12

Major alarm normally

O

 

 

 

 

closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Critical alarm normally

O

13

Major alarm common

O

 

open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Critical alarm normally

O

14

Reserved

O

 

closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Critical alarm common

O

15

Reserved

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Minor alarm normally open

O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The electrical specifications for the alarms connector are as follows:

Outputs

-Voltage range: 0 V dc to -100 V dc (maximum current 0.3 A at 100 V dc)

-Current range: 0 A to 1 A (maximum voltage 30 V dc at 1 A)

-Worst-case VA: 1 A at -30 V dc (30 VA maximum) indefinitely

Inputs

-Voltage range: 0 V dc to -100 V dc (including transients)

-Differential input voltage: 3 V dc to 72 V dc

Reset input activation

Pulse width: 200 ms (minimum) to 300 ms

I/O modules

You can install a maximum of four I/O modules at the rear of the system (a maximum of four Gbit Ethernet switches, or a maximum of two Gbit Ethernet switches and two Fibre Channel switches). The minimum system configuration requires one Gbit Ethernet switch or pass-thru module. The I/O switch modules provide high-performance connectivity between the blade servers.

See the documentation that comes with each I/O module for a description of the LEDs and connectors on the I/O module.

BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators

This section describes the controls and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and how to start and shut down the BladeCenter T unit.

Starting the BladeCenter T unit

Complete the following steps to start the BladeCenter T unit:

1. Read the information in “System reliability considerations” on page 39.

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2.Reinstall the four blowers into the rear of the BladeCenter T unit if you have not done so already. See “Removing and installing blower modules” on page 54 for detailed instructions.

Note: The blowers will not start until the power modules are installed.

3.When the power connections are in place, you can reinstall the power modules in the BladeCenter T unit. After you connect power to the BladeCenter T unit, all the power-module bays receive power. To start the BladeCenter T unit, install power modules in all four power-module bays or install power modules in power-module bays 1 and 2 and filler modules in bays 3 and 4. See “Installing a power module” on page 48 for detailed instructions.

AC power module

 

DC power module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AC in LED

DC in LED

 

DC out LED

DC out LED

Error LED

Error LED

Make sure that the LEDs on the power modules indicate that they are operating correctly. Make sure that the input and output power LEDs on each power module are lit, and the error LEDs are not lit.

4.Before proceeding, make sure that the LEDs on the blower modules indicate that they are operating correctly. Make sure that the power LED on each blower is lit, and the error LEDs are not lit.

5.Make sure that the following BladeCenter T modules are installed correctly. See “Media tray” on page 11 for the location of the LEDs on these modules.

v Media tray

vKVM module

vLAN module

vManagement module

vI/O modules

6.Install the blade servers or filler modules in all of the blade server bays before you power on any of the blade servers. See “Removing and installing a blade server or filler module” on page 64 for detailed instructions. Make sure that the power LED on each blade server is flashing.

7.Install the bezel assembly on the front of the BladeCenter T unit by inserting the bottom bezel hooks into the bezel slots at the bottom of the BladeCenter T unit. Push in the bottom and the top of the bezel assembly until they both lock firmly into place.

20 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Notes:

1.Within 2 minutes after power has been connected to the BladeCenter T unit, the management module applies power to the I/O modules.

2.If a power failure occurs, the BladeCenter T unit restarts automatically when power is restored.

3.The blade-server power button turns on or turns off the blade server if local power control has not been disabled through the management module.

4.The blade-server power button turns on the blade server only if the green power light on the blade server is flashing slowly. If the light flashes rapidly, the blade server has not yet synchronized with the management module, and pressing the power button will have no effect. See “Media tray” on page 11 for more information about the controls and indicators on the BladeCenter T unit modules.

See the Installation and User’s Guide for your blade server on the IBM Documentation CD that comes with the blade server for the location of the blade server LEDs.

Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit

You can shut down the BladeCenter T unit by turning off the blade servers and disconnecting the BladeCenter T unit from the power source.

Complete the following steps to shut down the BladeCenter T unit.

1.See your blade server operating-system documentation for the procedure to shut down the operating system in the blade servers; then, shut down each operating system.

2.Press the power-control button on the front of each blade server. Wait until the solid green power LED on the blade server goes to a slow flash indicating that the blade server drives have stopped spinning.

Statement 5:

CAUTION:

The power control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.

1

2

Note: The BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730 units do not have a power switch. The units also have more than one connection to power. To remove all electrical current from the unit, make sure that all connections to input power are disconnected at the power input terminals or connectors.

3.If you have a BladeCenter T Type 8720 (dc-power) unit, disconnect the unit from the input power at the dc power distribution panel by switching the circuit

Chapter 1. General information 21

breakers to the Off position or removing the fuses as applicable. Make sure that both circuits are disconnected or turned off.

If you have a BladeCenter T Type 8730 (ac-power) unit, disconnect all power cords on the BladeCenter T unit from the ac power distribution unit (PDU).

Note: After you disconnect the BladeCenter T unit from power, wait at least 5 seconds before you connect the BladeCenter T unit to power again.

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Chapter 2. Configuring the BladeCenter T unit

The BladeCenter T unit automatically detects the modules and blade servers that are installed and stores the vital product data (VPD). When the BladeCenter T unit is started, the management module automatically configures the remote management port on the management module, accessed through the LAN module on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit, so that you can configure and manage the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers. You configure and manage the BladeCenter T unit remotely, through the management module, using the Web-based user interface.

Note: There are two ways to configure the switch modules; through the management-module Web interface, or through an external switch-module port enabled through the management module, using a Telnet interface or a Web browser. See the documentation that comes with the switch module for more information.

For the active management module to communicate with the I/O modules in the BladeCenter T unit, you must configure the IP addresses for the following internal and external ports:

vThe external Ethernet (remote management) port on the management module, accessed through the LAN module on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit (see “Configuring the external Ethernet port” on page 28 for instructions). The initial management module autoconfiguration enables the network management station to connect to the management module to configure the port completely and to configure the rest of the BladeCenter T unit.

vThe internal Ethernet port on the management module for communication with the I/O modules (see “Configuring the internal Ethernet port” on page 29 for instructions).

vThe management port on each switch module provides for communication with the management module. You configure this port by configuring the IP address for the switch module (see “Configuring management ports on I/O modules” on page 29 for instructions).

Note: Some types of I/O modules, such as the pass-thru module, have no management port.

See the documentation that comes with the I/O module to determine what else you must configure in the I/O module.

To communicate with the blade servers for functions such as deploying an operating system or application program over the network, you must also configure at least one external (in-band) port on an Ethernet switch module in I/O-module bay 1 or 2. See “What to configure” on page 29 for information about configuring external ports on Ethernet switch modules.

The management module supports the following Web browsers for remote access. The Web browser that you use must be Java-enabled, must support JavaScript1.2 or later, and must have the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) 1.4.1 or later Plug-in installed. The JVM Plug-in is available at the Java Web site at http://www.java.com/.

vMicrosoft® Internet Explorer 5.5 (with latest Service Pack installed), or later

vNetscape Navigator 4.72, or later (version 6 is not supported)

vMozilla version 1.3, or later

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For best results when using the Web browser, set the monitor to 256 colors. Use only the video resolutions and refresh rates given in the following table. These are the only video resolution and refresh rate combinations that are supported for all system configurations.

Resolution

Refresh rate

 

 

640 x 480

60 Hz

 

 

640 x 480

72 Hz

 

 

640 x 480

75 Hz

 

 

640 x 480

85 Hz

 

 

800 x 600

60 Hz

 

 

800 x 600

72 Hz

 

 

800 x 600

75 Hz

 

 

800 x 600

85 Hz

 

 

1024 x 768

60 Hz

 

 

1024 x 768

75 Hz

 

 

The Web interface does not support the double-byte character set (DBCS) languages.

The Web-based user interface communicates with the management and configuration program that is part of the firmware that comes with the management module. You can use this program to perform the following tasks:

vDefining the login IDs and passwords.

vSelecting recipients for alert notification of specific events.

vMonitoring the status of the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers.

vControlling the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers.

vAccessing the I/O modules to configure them.

vChanging the startup sequence in a blade server.

vSetting the date and time.

vUsing a remote console for the blade servers.

vChanging ownership of the keyboard, video, and mouse.

Note: Some blade server models do not support the keyboard, video, and mouse feature. Ownership of the keyboard, video, and mouse cannot be transferred to those blade servers.

vChanging ownership of the CD-ROM drive and USB ports. (The CD-ROM drive in the BladeCenter T unit is viewed as a USB device by the blade server operating system.)

vActivating On Demand blade servers.

vSetting the active color of the critical (CRT) and major (MJR) alarm LEDs

You also can use the management and configuration program to view some of the blade server configuration settings. See “Management and configuration program” on page 26 for more information.

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Setting up the remote connection

To configure and manage the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers, you must first set up the remote connection through an Ethernet port on the LAN module. The LAN module is on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit at the top-right side.

KVM module

 

 

 

LAN module

 

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TOP D

 

 

 

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BTM E

 

Cabling the Ethernet port

You can connect to an Ethernet port directly from a personal computer (PC) using a cross-over cable, or you can make the connection through an Ethernet switch.

The right Ethernet port on the LAN module is driven by management module 1, and the left Ethernet port of the LAN module is driven by management module 2.

Rear of BladeCenter T type 8730 unit

192.168.70.125

 

TOP D

TOP D

 

 

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Alarms

 

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BTM E

 

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192.168.70.155

RJ-45 connector

192.168.70.135

Standard

Ethernet cables

Cross-over

Ethernet switch

Ethernet cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect directly to PC

Connect through an Ethernet switch

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Complete the following steps to connect the Ethernet cable to the management module.

1.Connect one end of a Category 5 or higher Ethernet cable to an Ethernet connector on the LAN module. Connect the other end of an Ethernet cable to the network.

2.Check the Ethernet LEDs to make sure that the network connection is working. The following illustration shows the locations of the Ethernet LEDs on the LAN module.

2 1

Alarms

Ethernet link

Ethernet activity

Ethernet link LED

When this green LED is lit, there is an active connection through the port to the network.

Ethernet activity LED

When this green LED is flashing, it indicates that there is activity through the port over the network link.

Management and configuration program

This section provides the instructions for setting up and using the management and configuration program in the management module.

Setting up the management and configuration program

Complete the following steps to set up the management and configuration program:

1.Connect a PC to the BladeCenter T management network.

2.At initial power-on, the management module configures the Ethernet port connection in one of the following ways:

v If you have an accessible, active, and configured dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server on the network, the host name, IP address, gateway address, subnet mask, and DNS server IP address are set automatically.

vIf the DHCP server does not respond within 2 minutes after the port is connected, the management module uses a default IP address of 192.168.70.125 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0.

Either of these actions enables the Ethernet to assign a connection.

If you cannot communicate with a replacement management module through the Web interface. Press the IP reset button on the front of the management module to set the management module to the factory default IP addresses; then, access the management module using the factory IP address (see “Setting up the management and configuration program” for the factory IP addresses) and configure the management module.

Note: If the IP configuration is assigned by the DHCP server, the network administrator can query the MAC address of the management-module network interface on the DHCP server to determine what IP address and host name are assigned.

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Starting the management and configuration program

Complete the following steps to start the management and configuration program:

1.Open a Web browser. In the address or URL field, type the IP address or host name that is defined for the management-module remote connection (see “Setting up the management and configuration program” on page 26 for more details).

The Enter Network Password window opens.

2.Type your user name and password. If you are logging in to the management module for the first time, you can obtain your user name and password from your system administrator. All login attempts are documented in the event log.

Note: The initial user ID and password for the management module are as follows:

vUser ID: USERID (all capital letters)

vPassword: PASSW0RD (note the zero, not O, in PASSW0RD)

3.Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. Be sure to set the timeout value that you want for your Web session.

The BladeCenter T management and configuration window opens.

Note: The upper left corner of the management and configuration window shows the location and identity of the active management module.

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Setting management and configuration program options

From the management and configuration program main menu, you can select settings that you want to view or change.

The navigation pane (on the left side of the management module window) contains navigational links that you use to manage the BladeCenter T unit and check the status of the components (modules and blade servers). The following information describes the choices that you have to configure the external Ethernet port on the management module, the internal Ethernet port on the management module, and the external management port on each I/O module. See the BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide on the BladeCenter T Documentation CD that comes with the BladeCenter T unit for a description of all the navigational links.

Configuring the external Ethernet port

Under MM Control, click Network Interfaces ” External Network Interface (eth0). This is the interface for the remote management and console port.

vSet Interface to Enabled to use the Ethernet connection.

vIf you plan to use redundant management modules and want both to use the same IP address, disable DHCP and configure and use a static IP address (the IP configuration information will be transferred to the redundant management

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module automatically when needed). Otherwise, configure the DHCP setting as you prefer. You must configure the static IP address only if DHCP is disabled.

IP address - The IP address for the management module. The IP address must contain four integers from 0 through 255, separated by periods, with no spaces or consecutive periods. The default setting is 192.168.70.125.

Subnet mask - The subnet mask must contain four integers from 0 to 255, separated by periods, with no spaces. The default setting is 255.255.255.0

Gateway address - The IP address for your network gateway router. The gateway address must contain four integers from 0 through 255, separated by periods, with no spaces.

Configuring the internal Ethernet port

Under MM Control, click Network Interfaces ” Internal Network Interface (eth1). This interface communicates with the network-interface I/O modules, such as the Ethernet switch module or the Fibre Channel switch module.

vSpecify the IP address to use for this interface. The IP addresses for the internal Ethernet port (eth1) and external Ethernet port (eth0) must be on the same subnet.

v(Optional) Configure the locally-administered MAC address for this interface; the other fields (data rate, duplex mode, maximum transmission unit (MTU), and burned-in MAC address) are read-only.

Configuring management ports on I/O modules

Under I/O Module Tasks, click Management; then, click the bay number that corresponds to the I/O module that you are configuring.

vIn the New Static IP address fields, specify the IP address to use for this interface. The new static IP address must be on the same subnet as the internal network interface (eth1).

vClick Advanced Management ” Advanced setup. Enable the external ports.

vClick Advanced Management ” Advanced setup. (Optional) Enable external management.

Saving and restoring the configuration file

After you have configured the management module, you can save the configuration file to a drive attached to the system running the management-module Web interface. Then, if the configuration in the management module becomes damaged or if the management module is replaced, you can restore the saved configuration file to the management module. Use the management-module Web interface to save and restore the configuration file (MM Control ” Configuration File).

Configuring an I/O module

To connect any of the blade servers to the network, you must have an Ethernet switch module installed in I/O-module bay 1 or 2, or a pass-thru module in I/O-module bay 1 or 2 connected to an external Ethernet switch. If you have an I/O expansion option installed on one or more blade servers, you must have compatible I/O modules (switch modules or other compatible modules) in I/O module bays 3 or 4. See “Removing and installing I/O modules” on page 60 for information about the location and purpose of each I/O module.

What to configure

You must configure switch-module IP addresses and subnet masks through the management-module Web interface to communicate with the management module

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and remote management station. This is in addition to the IP addresses that are configured on the management module. You might also have to use the user interface on the switch module to configure the switch external ports to operate in the correct link aggregation (trunking) mode, or to configure any VLANs or other special conditions.

To allow blade servers to communicate with the network, make sure that the External ports configuration item in the management module is set to Enabled. In the management-module Web interface, under I/O Module Tasks, click

Management ” Bay n ” Advanced Management ” Advanced Setup and enable the item (where n is the number of the I/O bay).

To access the user interface using external ports on the switch module, make sure that the External management over all ports configuration item is set to enabled. See your network administrator before enabling this feature.

Because all blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit share access to the external LAN through the switch ports, you can configure the ports on a switch module to operate together as an aggregate link, or trunk. An aggregate link provides more bandwidth than a single link to the attached LAN.

Notes:

1.The attaching LAN switch must have a compatible multiport trunk configuration.

2.Configure link aggregation before you attach cables between the external ports and your LAN equipment.

Configure the switch through the user interface on the switch module, which you can access through the Web interface to the management module (click I/O

Module Tasks ” Management ” Advanced Management ” Start Telnet/Web Session in the navigation pane).

Important: For a remote management station, such as a management server, to communicate with the switch modules in the BladeCenter T unit, the management port of the switch module must be on the same subnet as the management module.

Supporting Ethernet failover

To have the BladeCenter T unit support Ethernet failover on the blade servers, set up the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers as follows:

1.Configure the Ethernet controllers in one or more blade servers for failover (see the blade server documentation and the operating-system documentation for information). When failover occurs on a blade server, the secondary Ethernet controller takes over network communication, using the I/O module associated with that controller.

2.Install a switch module or a pass-thru module that is connected to external Ethernet switches in both I/O-module bays 1 and 2.

3.Configure the Ethernet switch modules and your network infrastructure so that they can direct traffic to the same destinations.

Configuring the Ethernet controllers in the blade servers

Note: The BladeCenter T unit does not include an Ethernet switch module; this is an optional feature that must be purchased separately. An Ethernet switch module or a pass-thru module is connected to an external Ethernet switch

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must be installed in the BladeCenter T unit in I/O-module bay 1 or 2, or both, before the integrated Ethernet controllers on each blade server system board can be used.

The Ethernet controllers are integrated on each blade server system board. The Ethernet controllers provide 1-Gbps full-duplex capability only, which enables simultaneous transmission and reception of data to the external ports on the Ethernet switches. You do not need to set any jumpers or configure the controller for the blade server operating system. However, you must install a device driver on the blade server to enable the blade server operating system to address the Ethernet controller. For blade server device drivers and information about configuring the Ethernet controllers, see the Ethernet software CD that comes with your blade server.

BladeCenter T networking guidelines

Your networking administrator should assist in the configuration of the network infrastructure before you connect the BladeCenter T unit to a LAN switch or similar network device. This section provides additional guidelines that might be useful in setting up your system.

A BladeCenter T unit with two Ethernet switch modules and one management module has the internal configuration that is shown in the following illustration:

1 Gbps links

MAC

 

Switch A

1a

1

 

1b

 

2a

2

 

2b

 

3a

3

 

3b

 

4a

4

Mgmt

4b

 

5a

5

Mod

5b

6a

6

 

6b

 

7a

7

 

7b

 

 

 

8a

8

 

8b

Switch B

 

 

 

1 Gbps links

Note: 2nd switch module is optional

1 Gbps or

100 Mbps links

10/100 Mbps

100 Mbps links

Each blade server has two independent Ethernet controllers, each with its own MAC address and a dedicated 1 Gbps link to one of the switch modules in I/O module bays 1 and 2 (controller 1 to switch A and controller 2 to switch B in the illustration). In this configuration (the default), the blade servers share access to four external ports on each switch. There is no internal data path between the two switches within the BladeCenter T unit; an external network device is required for data packets to flow from one internal switch to the other.

The management module has a separate internal 100 Mbps link to each switch. These links are for internal management and control only. No data packets are allowed to flow from application programs on the blade servers to the management module over this path. A separate, nonswitched path (not shown) is used for communication between the management module and a service processor on each blade server.

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A typical, preferred BladeCenter T network topology is shown in the following illustration. See the IBM Eserver BladeCenter T Planning and Installation Guide for more information and other topologies and guidelines.

MAC

 

Switch A

1a

1

 

1b

 

2a

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2b

 

3a

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Mgmt

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Switch B

 

 

MAC

 

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4a

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Mgmt

4b

5a

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Mod

5b

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Switch B

 

 

 

MAC

 

Switch A

1a

1

 

1b

 

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2b

 

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3b

 

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Mgmt

4b

 

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Switch B

 

 

Multiport aggregation group 1 Gbps or 100 Mbps links

L2 Switch

10/100 Mbps management links

L2+ Switch

Dual external switches

L2+ Switch

IBM Director

-Chassis management

-Application deployment

-Internal switches

Establishment backbone

Network administrator

-Infrastructure management

-Network hardware and software

In this configuration, each BladeCenter T unit contains two Ethernet switch modules and one management module. The external ports on the switch modules are configured for multiport link aggregation groups, or trunks, as are the corresponding ports on the attached external LAN switches. Additionally, every port in the switch module in I/O-module bay 1 (switch A in this illustration) in the BladeCenter T units is connected to the same external LAN switch, and every port in the switch module in I/O-module bay 2 (switch B in this illustration) in the BladeCenter T units is connected to another external LAN switch.

Observe the following guidelines when creating this topology:

1.The external ports on the BladeCenter T switch modules are designed for point-to-point, full-duplex operation to a compatible LAN switch or router. Configure a corresponding multiport link aggregation group, or trunk, in both the switch module and the attached LAN switch before installing the cables. The connection options are as follows, in order of preference:

v Multiport link aggregation group or trunk, 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) per port

vSingle-uplink port, 1 Gbps

vMultiport link aggregation group or trunk, 100 Mbps per port

2.Connect the management-module 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port to a separate layer 2 network for security. If a separate network is not available, you can attach the Ethernet ports of the management module and switch modules to the same layer 2 network.

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3.Avoid network configurations that could lead to data loops, if possible. Loops will be created if you connect multiple ports from the same switch module to the same layer 2 network device without first enabling link aggregation. If you implement configurations that include data loops, you must enable Spanning Tree Protocol on the switch-module external ports.

Using Remote Deployment Manager Version 4.11 Update 3 or later

You can use the Remote Deployment Manager (RDM) Version 4.11 Update 3 (or later) program to install a supported Microsoft Windows® operating system or a BIOS update onto a blade server. Follow the instructions in the documentation that comes with the RDM program to install a supported Microsoft Windows operating system, supported Red Hat Advanced server 2.1, or BIOS code update.

Go to the following Web site for updated information about the RDM program and information about how to purchase the software or download an update: http://www.ibm.com/pc/ww/eserver/xseries/systems_management/sys_migration/ rdm.html

Using IBM Director

For a complete list of operating systems that support IBM Director, see the IBM Director compatibility document. This document is in PDF http://www.ibm.com/ servers/eserver/xseries/systems_management/sys_migration/ibmdiragent.html. This document is updated every 6 to 8 weeks.

The IBM Director program is a systems-management product. Through the remote connection on the management module, you can use IBM Director on a management console to configure the BladeCenter T unit, modify the configuration, and set up more advanced features.

Notes:

1.Some tasks, such as software distribution, require an in-band connection from IBM Director Server through a campus (public) LAN to a switch-module port.

2.See the IBM Support Web site at http://www.ibm.com/support/ for the version of IBM Director software that you can use to manage redundant management modules.

Communicating with the IBM Director software

For a complete list of operating systems that support IBM Director, see the IBM Director compatibility document. This document is in PDF at http://www.ibm.com/ servers/eserver/xseries/systems_management/sys_migration/ibmdiragent.html. It is updated every 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: See the illustration on page 32 for an example of a typical network configuration. See the IBM Eserver BladeCenter T Planning and Installation Guide for more examples of network configurations. You can obtain the planning guide from http://www.ibm.com/support/.

To communicate with the BladeCenter T unit, the IBM Director software needs a managed object (in the Group Contents pane of the IBM Director Management Console main window) that represents the BladeCenter T unit. If the BladeCenter T management-module IP address is known, the network administrator can create an IBM Director managed object for the unit. If the IP address is not known, the IBM

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Director software can automatically discover the BladeCenter T unit (out-of-band, using the Ethernet port on the management module) and create a managed object for the unit.

For the IBM Director software to discover the BladeCenter T unit, your network must initially provide connectivity from the IBM Director server to the BladeCenter T management-module Ethernet port. To establish connectivity, the management module attempts to use DHCP to acquire its initial IP address for the Ethernet port. If the DHCP request fails, the management module uses a static IP address. Therefore, the DHCP server (if used) must be on the management LAN for the BladeCenter T unit.

Notes:

1.All management modules are preconfigured with the same static IP address. You can use the management-module Web interface to assign a new static IP address for each BladeCenter T unit. If DHCP is not used and you do not assign a new static IP address for each BladeCenter T unit before attempting to communicate with the IBM Director software, only one BladeCenter T unit at a time can be added onto the network for discovery. Adding multiple units to the network without a unique IP address assignment for each BladeCenter T unit results in IP address conflicts.

2.For switch communication with the IBM Director server through the management-module external Ethernet port, the switch-module internal network interface and the management-module internal and external interfaces must be on the same subnet.

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Chapter 3. Diagnostics

This section provides basic troubleshooting information to help you resolve some common problems that might occur with your BladeCenter T unit.

If you cannot locate and correct the problem using the information in this section, see Appendix A, “Getting help and technical assistance,” on page 111 for more information.

Diagnostic tools overview

The following tools are available to help you identify and solve hardware-related problems:

vTroubleshooting charts

These charts list problem symptoms and steps to correct the problems. See the Chapter 6, “Symptom-to-FRU index,” on page 89 for more information.

vDiagnostic programs and error messages

The built-in self-test (BIST) program checks the BladeCenter T unit during startup and generates error messages if problems are found.

The system diagnostic program, Real Time Diagnostics Version 1.3, tests the major components of your BladeCenter T unit. The Real Time Diagnostics software is available from the IBM Support Web site at http://www.ibm.com/pc/ support. It is run from the IBM Director Management Console window (under the BladeCenter T task in the Task panel).

To obtain the Real Time Diagnostics program, go to the following Web site: http://www.ibm.com/pc/support, and complete the following steps:

1.Select Servers from the list at the left of the window.

2.Select Downloadable files from the list at the left of the window.

3.In the Downloadable files by category list, select Diagnostic.

4.Click the entry for Real Time Diagnostics, and follow the instructions on that page.

vLight Path Diagnostics feature

Use the Light Path Diagnostics feature to identify system errors quickly. On the BladeCenter T unit, the Light Path Diagnostics feature consists of the LEDs on the front and rear of the BladeCenter T unit and on the front of the modules and blade servers.

Identifying problems using the Light Path Diagnostics feature

If the system-error LED on the system LED panel on the front or rear of the BladeCenter T unit is lit, one or more error LEDs on the BladeCenter T components also might be on. These LEDs help identify the cause of the problem.

This section provides the information to identify problems that might arise during installation using the Light Path Diagnostics feature.

To locate the actual component that caused the error, you must locate the lit error LED on that component.

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For example:

A system error has occurred, and you have noted that the BladeCenter T system-error LED is lit on the system LED panel. You then locate the module or blade server that also has an error LED lit (see “BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators” on page 19 for the location of error LEDs; see the documentation that comes with your blade server for the location of error LEDs on the blade). If the component is a module, replace the module. If the component is a blade server with its system-error LED lit, follow the instructions in the documentation that comes with the blade server to isolate and correct the problem.

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Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware

This chapter provides instructions for setting up the BladeCenter T unit and installing and removing modules, options, and blade servers.

Setting up the BladeCenter T unit

Statement 20:

CAUTION:

To avoid personal injury, before lifting the unit, remove all the blades to reduce the weight.

Statement 4:

≥ 18 kg (39.7 lb)

≥ 32 kg (70.5 lb)

≥ 55 kg (121.2 lb)

CAUTION:

Use safe practices when lifting.

Install the BladeCenter T unit in a rack before installing any blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit. If your BladeCenter unit has blade servers already installed, remove them first. Detailed instructions for installing and cabling a BladeCenter T unit in a rack are in the Rack Installation Instructions that come with the BladeCenter T unit.

Installation guidelines

This section includes guidelines for:

vPreparing and making ac or dc power connections before installing the BladeCenter T modules, options, and blade servers.

vSystem reliability considerations.

vHandling static-sensitive devices and the use of the electro-static discharge (ESD) connector.

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Before you begin to install options in the BladeCenter T unit, read the following information:

vRead the safety information beginning on page 113 and the guidelines in “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40. This information will help you work safely with your BladeCenter T unit and options.

vBlue on a component indicates touch points, where you can grip the component to remove it from or install it in the server, open or close a latch, and so on.

vOrange on a component or an orange label on or near a component indicates that the component can be hot-swapped, which means that you can remove or install the component while the BladeCenter T unit is running. (Orange can also indicate touch points on hot-swap components.) See the instructions for removing or installing a specific hot-swap component for any additional procedures that you might have to perform before you remove or install the component.

vYou do not need to disconnect the BladeCenter T unit from power to install or replace any of the hot-swap modules in the BladeCenter T unit. You need to shut down the operating system and turn off a hot-swap blade server on the front of the BladeCenter T unit before removing the blade server, but you do not need to shut down the BladeCenter T unit itself.

vFor a list of supported options for your server, go to http://www.ibm.com/pc/ compat/.

Preparing for system power

There a number of basic differences in preparing for system power between the

Type 8720 (dc power) and Type 8730 (ac power) units.

Type 8720 (dc power)

The BladeCenter T unit does not have a power switch. The BladeCenter Type 8720 (dc power) unit has two dc-power terminal connectors each powering two power modules. The left connection (looking from the rear) supplies power to power-module bays 2 and 4, while the connection on the right supplies power to power-module bays 1 and 3.

Each dc terminal has four #M6 (1/4 in.) studs, one for -48 V dc, one for RETURN, and two for connecting the safety ground wire. The following guidelines are provided for connecting to the -48 V dc power source:

vDC wire rating of 4AWG (7x7x34/36 TC), 105C, 300V UL 10198, CSA approved and VW1 rated.

vRing terminal designed for M6 stud, 4AWG wire, wire size (circular Mil area) of 33100-52600, and a wire insulation diameter of 12.8mm to 13.1mm.

Note: The actual wire gauge and ring terminal will be determined by the current draw and the length of the wire run or as specified by the customer premises guidelines.

vA two-lug ring terminal is required by NEBS for connecting the single safety ground wire.

Attention: Remove the power modules before installing the power connections. Once the power connections are in place, the power modules can be re-installed in the BladeCenter T unit.

After you connect power to the BladeCenter T unit, all the power-module bays receive power. The blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit are connected to dc power but are not turned on. Press the power-control button on the front of each blade server to obtain full power for the blade server and start its operating system

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(see the documentation that comes with your blade server for information about turning on the blade server). Make sure that you shut down the blade-server operating system before turning off a blade server, to avoid damaging the hard disk drives.

Notes:

1.Within two minutes after power has been connected to the BladeCenter T unit, the management module applies power to the I/O modules.

2.If a power failure occurs, the BladeCenter T unit restarts automatically when power is restored.

3.The blade-server power button turns on or turns off the blade server if local power control has not been disabled through the management module.

4.The blade-server power button turns on the blade server only if the green power light on the blade server is flashing slowly. If the light flashes rapidly, the blade server has not yet synchronized with the management module and pressing the power button will have no effect.

Type 8730 (ac power)

The BladeCenter T unit can support two or four power modules.

The BladeCenter T unit does not have a power switch. To start the BladeCenter T Type 8730 (ac power) unit, connect one end of a power cord into input power connector 1 and 2 on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit, and the other end of each power cord into a 220-volt power distribution unit (PDU) that is connected into an appropriate electrical outlet.

There are four IEC320 power connectors on the rear of the Type 8730 (ac power) unit, marked 1-4 on the rear panel. Power is applied to the respective power module according to the numbering convention on the rear panel.

vPower connector 1 supplies power to power module 1

vPower connector 2 supplies power to power module 2

vPower connector 3 supplies power to power module 3

vPower connector 4 supplies power to power module 4

System reliability considerations

To help ensure proper cooling and system reliability, make sure that:

vEach of the module bays on the front and rear of the BladeCenter T unit has either a module or filler module installed.

vEach of the blade bays on the front of the BladeCenter T unit has either a blade server or filler blade installed.

vEach of the drive bays in a blade server storage expansion option has either a hot-swap drive or a filler panel installed.

vEach of the PCI slots in a blade server PCI I/O expansion option has either a PCI adapter or a PCI filler bracket installed

vA removed hot-swap module or drive is replaced within 1 minute of removal.

vA removed hot-swap blade is replaced within 20 minutes of removal.

vA failed blower is replaced as soon as possible, to restore cooling redundancy.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 39

Handling static-sensitive devices

Attention: Static electricity can damage electronic devices and your system. To avoid damage, keep static-sensitive devices in their static-protective packages until you are ready to install them.

Use an ESD wrist strap and the ESD connectors on the BladeCenter T unit. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the release of stored static electricity that can damage electric circuits. Static electricity is often stored in your body and discharged when you come in contact with an object with a different potential. The ESD wrist strap safely channels the electricity from your body to a proper ground (the BladeCenter T unit).

Use an ESD wrist strap whenever you are working on the BladeCenter T unit, especially when you are handling modules, options, and blade servers. To work properly, the wrist strap must have a good contact at both ends (touching your skin at one end and connected to the ESD connector on the front or back of the BladeCenter T unit.)

Location of ESD connector (front of unit)

CMM

CMM

1

2

 

ESD

ESD connector

E

SD

Location of ESD connector (rear of unit)

 

TOP D

 

TOP D

 

 

 

2

1

 

 

 

 

Alarms

 

 

CRT

MNR

 

 

 

MJR

 

 

 

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

3

 

BTM E

 

BTM E

 

ESD connector

To reduce the possibility of electrostatic discharge, observe the following precautions:

40 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

vLimit your movement. Movement can cause static electricity to build up around you.

vHandle the device carefully, holding it by its edges or its frame.

vDo not touch solder joints, pins, or exposed printed circuitry.

vDo not leave the device where others can handle and damage it.

vWhile the device is still in its static-protective package, touch it to an unpainted metal part of the system unit for at least 2 seconds. This drains static electricity from the package and from your body.

vRemove the device from its package and install it directly into the system unit without setting the device down. If it is necessary to set down the device, place it back into its static-protective package. Do not place the device on the system unit or on a metal surface.

vTake additional care when handling devices during cold weather. Heating reduces indoor humidity and increases static electricity.

This chapter provides instructions for installing and removing modules, options, and blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit.

Each module is keyed so that it can be inserted only in an appropriate bay. For example, you can insert an I/O module only in an I/O-module bay.

This section describes the following BladeCenter T modules and how to install and remove them:

vBezel assembly

vBezel air filter

vPower module

vMedia tray

vManagement module

vBlower module

vKVM module

vLAN module

vI/O modules

vBlade server

See the “Rear view” on page 15 and “Front view” on page 9 for the location of each module. These modules supply common functions to the blade servers that are installed in the blade bays at the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

The KVM module and media tray supply I/O (CD-ROM drive, USB ports, keyboard, video, and mouse) that is available to all the blade servers that support those I/O functions, selected by any one blade server at a time.

Attention: To help ensure proper cooling, performance, and system reliability, make sure that each of the module bays on the front and rear of the BladeCenter T unit has a module or filler module installed. When replacing components, do not operate the BladeCenter T unit for more than the following time limits:

v1 minute without either a module or a filler module installed in each module bay

v20 minutes without a server blade or blade filler

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 41

Preinstallation steps

Before you begin, read the documentation that comes with your module or option.

Statement 8:

CAUTION:

Never remove the cover on a power supply or any part that has the following label attached.

Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels are present inside any component that has this label attached. There are no serviceable parts inside these components. If you suspect a problem with one of these parts, contact a service technician.

Complete the following steps before you install or remove a module or option in the BladeCenter T unit.

Note: These instructions assume the BladeCenter T unit is connected to power.

1.Read the safety information beginning on page 113 and the guidelines in “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40. This information will help you work safely with your BladeCenter T unit and options.

2.If you are installing or removing a module at the front of the BladeCenter T unit, complete the following steps:

a.Remove the bezel assembly from the front of the BladeCenter T unit. See “Removing the bezel assembly” on page 43 for instructions.

b.Connect an ESD wrist strap to the ESD connector at the front of the BladeCenter T unit (see the illustration on page 40 for the location of the ESD connector).

3.If you are installing or removing a module at the rear of the BladeCenter T unit, connect an ESD wrist strap to the ESD connector at the rear of the BladeCenter T unit (see the illustration on page 40 for the location of the ESD connector).

4.Go to the instructions for the module or option you wish to install.

42 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Removing and installing the bezel assembly

The BladeCenter T unit comes with a bezel assembly containing a removable and replaceable air filter. There are software features in the management-module that detect a clogged filter and generate system alerts based on the severity of the airflow reduction. The typical service interval for the filter is approximately three to six months depending on your environment. Be sure to replace the air filter when indicated.

Important: If the BladeCenter T unit contains any blade servers with standard (high-profile) release levers, the bezel assembly will not fit on the chassis. The bezel assembly and air filter can be used only if all blade servers in the chassis have low-profile release levers.

See “Removing and installing the bezel air filter” on page 44 for instructions for removing and replacing the bezel air filter.

Bezel lock retention latch

Bezel touch points

CMM 1

CMM

2

Bezel lock retention latch

Removing the bezel assembly

Complete the following steps if you are removing the bezel assembly from the front of the BladeCenter T unit:

1.Squeeze the upper and lower halves of the bezel lock retention latches together to open the bezel locks on each side as shown in the illustration; then, forcefully pull forward on the blue touch points at the top sides of the bezel.

2.Lift the bezel assembly up and out of the BladeCenter T unit. Carefully set the bezel assembly aside in a safe location.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 43

Installing the bezel assembly

Complete the following steps if you are installing the bezel assembly at the front of the BladeCenter T unit:

1.Ensure that the bezel lock is open; then, insert the bottom bezel hooks into the bezel slots at the bottom of the BladeCenter T unit.

2.Push in the bottom and the top of the bezel assembly until they both click firmly into place; then, close the bezel locks by sliding the bottom half of the bezel lock retention latch down until it stops.

Removing and installing the bezel air filter

The air filter is installed behind the front bezel of the BladeCenter T unit.

Important: If the BladeCenter T unit contains any blade servers with standard (high-profile) release levers, the bezel assembly will not fit on the chassis. The bezel assembly and air filter can be used only if all blade servers in the chassis have low-profile release levers.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead “Important safety information” on page iii.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

Retainer

Air filter

Bezel

CMM 1

CMM

2

Complete the following steps to replace the front bezel air filter in the BladeCenter T unit:

44 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

1.Remove the bezel from the front of the BladeCenter T unit (see “Removing the bezel assembly” on page 43 for instructions).

2.Place the bezel front-side down on a work surface.

3.Remove the air-filter retainer by pulling the retainer upwards and off the ball-stud fasteners on the bezel.

4.Remove the old air filter from the bezel frame.

5.Remove the new air filter from its packaging.

Ball-stud clips

Air-filter retainer

LED pipes

 

Air-filter

LED window

 

Ball-studs

Bezel

 

LED holes

6.Align the LED window of the filter with the holes for the LEDs on the bezel and lay the filter into the bezel frame.

7.Align the air-filter retainer over the filter with the ball-stud clips facing down and the LED light pipe lined up with the LED holes on the bezel.

8.Gently push the air-filter retainer down until it snaps into the ball-stud fasteners on the back of the bezel.

9.Install the bezel on the front of the system (see “Installing the bezel assembly” on page 44 for instructions).

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 45

Removing and installing power modules

The BladeCenter T unit is separated into two power domains. To support devices in power domain B, a power-supply module option (consisting of two power modules) must be installed.

The following table summarizes the modules that are powered by each power domain.

Power domain

Power-module bays

Modules powered by the power domain

 

 

 

A

1 and 2

I/O-module bays 1 and 2

 

 

Management-module bays 1 and 2

 

 

Media tray

 

 

Blade bays 1 through 4

 

 

 

B

3 and 4

Blade bays 5 through 8

 

 

I/O-module bays 3 and 4

 

 

 

All four blowers are required for redundant system operation. Power for all four blowers is shared by all installed power modules. One failed blower creates a nonredundant configuration.

If a power module fails or an input power failure occurs, BladeCenter T units that are configured for redundant power operation will operate in a nonredundant mode. You must replace the failing power module or restore input power as soon as possible to regain redundant power operation.

Important:

1.The power modules must be installed in pairs in a domain and must match each other in capacity (wattage, amperage, and so on).

2.To provide true redundant power, BladeCenter T power modules 1 and 3 must be connected to a different input power source than power modules 2 and 4.

46 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

CMM 1

Power module 1

CMM

2

Power module 2

Power module 3

Power module 4

Filler module

Release handle

Release button

Removing a power module

Complete the following steps to remove a power module or filler panel from the front of the BladeCenter T unit. The procedure is the same for both ac-power and dc-power modules.

Attention: To help ensure proper cooling and system reliability, make sure that you replace a removed power module or filler panel with a power module within 1 minute.

Important: If you are removing a functional power module, make sure that both the ac-power LED and the dc-power LED on the remaining power module are lit; otherwise, shut down the operating systems and turn off all of the blade servers that are supported by the power module you are removing, before you remove it. (See the documentation that comes with the blade server for instructions for shutting down the blade server operating system and turning off the blade server.)

1.Press the blue release button on the front of the new power module to release the power-module handle; then, move the power-module handle outward until it is in the open position (90° from the closed position).

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 47

2.Grip the power-module handle with one hand and slowly pull the power module out of the bay. Use your other hand to support the bottom of the power module as you pull the power module out from the bay.

Attention: Do not carry the power module by only the power-module handle. You must support the weight of the power module.

3.Place the power module in a safe location.

4.Within 1 minute, install either another power module or a filler module into the selected power-module bay.

Installing a power module

Complete the following steps to install a power module at the front of the BladeCenter T unit. The procedure is the same for both ac-power and dc-power modules.

Attention: To help ensure proper cooling and system reliability, make sure that you replace a removed power-module filler panel with a power module within 1 minute.

1.Note the orientation of the power module or filler you are removing; then, remove the filler or power module from the selected power-module bay and set it aside.

2.Press the blue release button on the front of the new power module to release the power-module handle; then, move the power-module handle outward until it is in the open position (90° from the closed position).

3.Grip the power-module handle with one hand and support the bottom of the power module with the other hand.

Attention: Do not carry the power module by only the power-module handle. You must support the weight of the power module.

4.Orient the new power module to the selected power-module bay; then, slide the power module into the bay until it stops.

5.Push the power-module handle in until it locks into the latch next to the blue release button.

6.Make sure the LEDs on the power module indicate that it is operating correctly. Make sure that:

vThe input power LED is lit.

vThe output power LED is lit.

vThe error LED is not lit.

7.If you have other modules to install at the front of the unit, do so now. Otherwise reinstall the bezel assembly at the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

48 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Removing and installing the media tray

The media tray is a hot-swap unit that is installed in the front of the BladeCenter T unit and contains the system-status panel, two USB connectors, and the CD-ROM drive. See “Media tray” on page 11 for information about the system-status panel controls and indicators.

Media tray

CD-ROM drive

System-status panel USB connectors

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install the media tray at the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

CMM 1

CMM

2

Release latch

Media tray

Release button

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 49

Removing the media tray

Complete the following steps to remove the media tray in the front of the

BladeCenter T unit:

1.Open the two release levers as shown in the illustration. The media tray moves out of the bay approximately 0.6 cm (0.25 inch).

2.Make sure that the release latches are in the open position (90° from the closed position).

3.Grasp the media tray at the front of each side of the module and carefully pull the module all the way out of the bay. Set it in a safe place.

4.Within 1 minute, install another media tray into the BladeCenter T unit.

Installing the media tray

Complete the following steps to install the media tray in the front of the BladeCenter T unit:

1.Hold the media tray at the front of each side of the module and orient the media tray to the top of the media-tray bay. Carefully position the module into the rails in the media-tray bay.

2.Make sure that the release latches are in the open position (90° from the closed position).

3.Slide the media tray forward into the media-tray bay until it stops.

4.Push the media tray in until you feel it lock into position.

5.Push both release latches in until they lock.

6.Make sure that the power LED is lit on the system-status panel.

7.If you have other modules to install at the front of the unit, do so now. Otherwise, reinstall the bezel assembly at the front of the unit.

50 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Removing and installing management modules

The BladeCenter T unit comes with one hot-swap management module in management-module bay 1. You can add a second management module in management-module bay 2.

Note: Only one management module is active; the second management module, if present, provides redundancy.

Release button

Management module

Release latch

Serial port

MAC address

The management module functions as a service processor for the multiple blade servers. The management module configures the BladeCenter T unit and modules, configuring information such as switch module IP addresses. The management module also performs USB-to-PS/2 conversions for the system keyboard and mouse and can send the VGA signal stream to a remote console for viewing. See “Management module controls and indicators” on page 10 for information about the controls and indicators.

The service processor in the management module communicates with the service processor in each blade server for functions such as:

vBlade server power-on requests

vBlade server error and event reporting

vBlade server requests for keyboard, mouse, and video

vBlade server requests for CD-ROM drive and USB ports

The management module also communicates with the I/O modules, power modules, blower modules, and blade servers to detect presence or absence and any error conditions, sending alerts when required.

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install a management module at the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 51

CMM 1

CMM 2

Release latch

Management module

Removing a management module

Notes:

1.If you are removing the only management module in the BladeCenter T unit, to avoid unexpected termination of sessions, stop all management-module local and remote sessions before proceeding.

2.If you are removing the only management module in the BladeCenter T unit, be aware that as soon as you remove the module, the BladeCenter T blowers will increase to full speed.

3.If you are replacing the only management module in the BladeCenter T unit and the management module is functional, save the configuration file to another medium before you proceed (in the MM Control section in the navigation pane, click Configuration File and follow the instructions under Save MM Configuration); you will be able to restore the saved configuration file to the replacement management module.

4.If you have just installed a second management module in the BladeCenter T unit, do not remove the first (primary) management module for approximately 2 minutes; the second (secondary) management module needs the time to receive initial status information.

Complete the following steps to remove a management module or filler module from the front of the BladeCenter T unit:

1.Press the blue release button at the front of the management module.

2.Pull the release latch all the way toward the left side of the management module until it stops, as shown in the illustration. The module moves slightly out of the bay.

3.Grip the management module with one hand and slowly pull the management module out of the bay. Use your other hand to support the bottom of the management module as you pull it out from the bay.

Important: Within 1 minute, you must place either another module of the same type or a filler module in the bay.

52 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Installing a management module

Complete the following steps to install a management module in the BladeCenter T unit:

1.If you are installing a second management module, see the IBM BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for information about management-module redundancy.

2.If you are replacing a management module, remove the current module from the bay (see “Removing a management module” on page 52). If you are adding a management module, remove the filler module from the selected management-module bay and store the filler module for future use.

Note: You will be able to apply a saved configuration file to the replacement management module. For more information about applying a saved configuration file, see “Saving and restoring the configuration file” on page 29.

3.If you have not already done so, touch the static-protective package that contains the new management module to an unpainted metal part of the BladeCenter T unit or any unpainted surface on any other grounded rack component for at least 2 seconds.

4.Remove the management module from its static-protective package.

5.Press the blue release button on the management module to open the release latch. Make sure that the release latch on the management module is in the open position (90° from the closed position).

6.Holding the management module at the front with one hand, and in the middle with the other hand, orient the management module to the bottom of the selected management-module bay and gently slide the management module into the bay until it stops. Push the management module in until the release latch starts to close.

7.Push the release latch on the front of the management module to the closed position.

8.Make sure that the error LED on the management module is not lit, indicating that the management module is operating correctly.

9.If this is the only management module in the BladeCenter T unit, configure the new management module. See the IBM BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for detailed instructions. If this is the secondary management module and you followed the instructions in the IBM BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide, no configuring is necessary. The secondary management module receives the configuration and status information automatically from the primary management module when necessary. However, you must apply the latest level of firmware from the IBM Support Web site at http://www.ibm.com/support/ to ensure smooth changeovers (see the IBM BladeCenter T Management Module User’s Guide for more information).

Note: Do not initiate any management module changeover for approximately 2 minutes after installing the secondary management module; the secondary management module needs the time to receive initial configuration and status information.

10.If you have other modules to install at the front of the unit, do so now. Otherwise reinstall the bezel assembly on the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 53

Removing and installing blower modules

The BladeCenter T unit comes with four hot-swap blowers for cooling redundancy. The blowers are installed at the rear of the system. The blower speeds vary depending on the ambient air temperature at the front of the BladeCenter T unit. If a blower fails, the remaining blowers increase their speed to cool the BladeCenter T unit and blade servers.

All flour blowers are required for redundant system operation. Power for all four blowers is shared by all installed power modules. One failed blower creates a nonredundant configuration.

Note: Each power module has cooling fans that are independent from the system cooling.

Error LED

Power LED

Blower

Important: Replace a failed blower as soon as possible to restore cooling redundancy.

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install a blower module at the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

Note: Blowers on the left side of the system are installed with the release lever pointing upward, and blowers on the right side are installed with the release lever facing downward.

54 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Error LED

3 1

Release latch (open)

4 2

Power LED

Removing a blower module

Use the following instructions to remove a blower at the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

1.Press the release lever at the end of the release latch and pull the latch to the open position. The blower module moves slightly out of the bay.

2.Slide the module out of the blower bay and set it aside.

3.Within 1 minute, install another blower module into the bay.

Installing a blower module

Complete the following steps to install a blower module into the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit.

1.Press the release lever at the end of the release latch and pull the latch to the open position.

2.Insert the blower into the selected blower bay.

3.Push the blower module into the bay until it stops. The release latch moves slightly toward the closed position.

4.Close the release latch until it locks into position.

5.Make sure that the blower power LED is lit and the blower error LED is not lit.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 55

Removing and installing the KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module

The KVM module is a hot-swap unit that is installed in the rear of the BladeCenter T unit and is held in place by captive thumbscrews. The KVM module provides the electrical and mechanical interface to the BladeCenter T unit for a local keyboard, RGB VGA video monitor, and a mouse. Five LEDs on the KVM module system-status panel are used for system status information: power, location, minor alarm, major alarm, and critical alarm. See “KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module indicators and input/output connectors” on page 16 for information about the controls and indicators.

 

 

 

M

NR

 

 

 

 

 

T

M

JR

 

C

R

 

 

KVM module

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install the KVM module from the rear of the BladeCenter T unit. The KVM module is held in place by captive thumbscrews. You can use either your fingers or a screwdriver to install or remove the KVM module. If you use a screwdriver, make sure that you do not overtighten the thumbscrews.

3

1

4

2

LAN module

KVM module

56 BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730: Hardware Maintenance Manual and Troubleshooting Guide

Removing the KVM module

Complete the following steps to remove the KVM module at the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit.

1.Remove the keyboard, mouse, and video cables if any are connected.

2.Fully loosen each thumbscrew counterclockwise.

3.Hold the KVM module by both thumbscrews.

4.Carefully pull the KVM module outward from the KVM module bay until you feel it release.

5.Remove the KVM module from the bay and set it aside.

6.Within 1 minute, install a new KVM module.

Installing the KVM module

Complete the following steps to install the KVM module at the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit

1. Hold the KVM module by both thumbscrews.

CRT

MNR

 

MJR

Thumbscrew

Thumbscrew

 

System-status panel

2.Position the KVM module into the rails inside the KVM-module bay.

3.Push the KVM module into the bay until you feel it stop. Make sure that it is snug.

4.Turn each thumbscrew clockwise until it is finger tight. If you use a screwdriver, make sure that you do not overtighten the thumbscrews.

5.Make sure that the power LED on the front of the KVM module is lit.

6.Connect any peripheral devices that you want to use at this time (for example, keyboard, mouse, and video monitor).

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 57

Removing and installing the LAN module

The LAN module is a hot-swap unit that is installed in the rear of the BladeCenter T unit and is held in place by captive thumbscrews. The LAN module provides the electrical and mechanical interface to the BladeCenter T system for the two local area network (Ethernet) connections, as driven from each management module, and the telco external alarms. This module contains two RJ45 connectors with LEDs for the management interface and one DSUB 15P male telco alarm connector. See the “LAN-module indicators and input/output connectors” on page 18 for more information.

A

lar

ms

 

 

 

1 2

LAN module

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install the LAN module into the rear of the BladeCenter T unit (see the illustration of the KVM and LAN modules on page 56). The LAN module is held in place by captive thumbscrews. You can either use your fingers or a screwdriver to install or remove the LAN module. If you use a screwdriver, make sure that you do not overtighten the thumbscrews.

Thumbscrews

Remote management and console (Ethernet)

2 1

Alarms

Ethernet link LED

Ethernet activity LED

Alarms connector

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Removing the LAN module

Complete the following steps to remove a LAN module from the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit:

1.Fully loosen each thumbscrew counter clockwise.

2.Grasp the LAN module by both thumbscrews.

3.Carefully pull the LAN module outward from the LAN module bay until you feel it release from the card edge connector on the backplane.

4.Remove the LAN module from the bay and set it aside.

5.Within 1 minute, install the new LAN module.

Installing the LAN module

Complete the following steps to install a LAN module into the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit:

1.Hold the LAN module by both thumbscrews.

2.Position the LAN module into the rails inside the LAN module bay (see the illustration of the KVM and LAN modules on page 56).

3.Push the LAN module into the bay until it stops. Make sure that it is snug.

4.Turn each thumbscrew clockwise until it is finger tight. If you use a screwdriver, make sure that you do not overtighten the thumbscrews.

Chapter 4. Setting up the BladeCenter T hardware 59

Removing and installing I/O modules

For blade server communication with the network, the BladeCenter T unit supports up to four hot-swap I/O modules. Table 5 identifies the types of I/O modules that you can install in each I/O-module bay. Go to the IBM Support Web site at http://www.ibm.com/support/ to see the list of supported I/O modules.

The BladeCenter T unit supports a minimum of one hot-swap Ethernet switch module or pass-thru module, in I/O-module bay 1 or 2. This I/O module provides an internal connection to an integrated Ethernet controller in all the blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit, up to eight internal connections per I/O module. To provide an internal connection for the second integrated Ethernet controller in each blade server, install an Ethernet switch module or pass-thru module in the available I/O-module bay of the pair (I/O-module bay 1 or bay 2). The management modules are connected to the switch module through the backplane using a transformerless 100 Mbps connection and an I2C interface.

The BladeCenter T unit supports two additional I/O modules in I/O-module bays 3 and 4. Each of these I/O modules provides an internal connection to one of the two network-interface controllers on each of the I/O expansion options that are installed on blade servers in the BladeCenter T unit. The I/O module must be compatible with the network interface on each of the I/O expansion options. For example, if you install a Fibre Channel I/O expansion card on a blade server, the I/O modules that you install in I/O-module bays 3 and 4 must be Fibre Channel switch modules or pass-thru modules.

Important: The switch modules in I/O module bays 3 and 4 and all blade server interface options in the BladeCenter T unit, must use the same interface type. For example, if you install an Ethernet interface option on a blade server, the switch modules that you install in I/O module bays 3 and 4 must be Ethernet. All other interface options in the BladeCenter T unit must also be Ethernet interface options.

Note: You can use a pass-thru module in any I/O-module bay, provided that the associated controller in the blade servers or I/O expansion options is compatible with it.

The following table summarizes the types of modules that can be used in each I/O-module bay. See “Rear view” on page 15 for the location of the I/O-module bays on the BladeCenter T unit.

Table 5. Hot-swap I/O module types by location for redundancy

Bays

I/O-module function

Permissible I/O module

 

 

 

1 and 2

Network connections 1 and 2

One of the following combinations:

 

(Ethernet) for all blade servers in the

v Two Ethernet switch modules

 

BladeCenter T unit

v Two pass-thru modules

 

 

 

 

v One Ethernet switch module and

 

 

one pass-thru module

 

 

 

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Table 5. Hot-swap I/O module types by location for redundancy (continued)

Bays

I/O-module function

Permissible I/O module

3 and 4 Network connections 3 and 4 (for all

One of the following combinations.

 

I/O expansion options on blade

v Two Ethernet switch modules

 

servers in the BladeCenter T unit)

v Two Fibre Channel switch modules

 

 

 

 

v Two pass-thru modules

Important:

v The modules used must support the network interface that is used on the blade server I/O expansion options.

v The I/O modules in bays 3 and 4 must be the same type.

Notes:

1.The enumeration of the Ethernet controllers in a blade server is operating-system dependent. You can verify the Ethernet controller designations that a blade server uses through your operating-system settings.

2.The routing of an Ethernet controller to a particular I/O-module bay depends on the type of blade server. You can verify which Ethernet controller is routed to which I/O-module bay by using the following test:

a.Install only one Ethernet switch module or pass-thru module, in I/O-module bay 1.

b.Make sure that the ports on the switch module or pass-thru module are enabled (I/O Module Tasks ” Management ” Advanced Management in the management module Web-based user interface).

c.Enable only one of the Ethernet controllers on the blade server. Note the designation that the blade server operating system has for the controller.

d.Ping an external computer on the network that is connected to the switch module or pass-thru module.

If you can ping the external computer, the Ethernet controller that you enabled is associated with the I/O module in I/O-module bay 1. The other Ethernet controller in the blade server is associated with the I/O module in I/O-module bay 2.

3.If you have installed an I/O expansion option on a blade server, communications from the option are routed to I/O-module bays 3 and 4. You can verify which controller on the option is routed to which I/O-module bay by performing the test in note 2, using a controller on the I/O expansion option and a compatible switch module or pass-thru module in I/O-module bay 3 or 4.

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install an I/O module at the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

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Filler

Ethernet

module

switch

 

 

module

Release latch (open)

Filler module

Fibre

 

Channel

 

switch

Release

module

latch

 

(open)

Removing an I/O module

Use the following instructions to remove an I/O module or filler module from the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

1.Press the release lever at the end of the release latch and pull the latch to the open position. The I/O module moves slightly out of the bay.

2.Slide the I/O module out of the I/O-module bay and set it aside.

3.Within 1 minute, install another I/O module or filler module into the bay.

Installing an I/O module

Complete the following steps to install an I/O module into the rear of the

BladeCenter T unit.

1.Press the release lever at the end of the release latch and pull the latch to the open position.

2.Insert the I/O module into the selected I/O-module bay.

3.Push the I/O module into the bay until it stops. The release latch moves slightly toward the closed position.

4.Close the release latch until it locks into position.

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Blade servers

The BladeCenter T unit supports up to eight high-performance blade servers. Each blade server is an enclosure that contains microprocessors, memory, a control chip set, an I/O bus, Ethernet controllers, hard disk drives or flash drives, and user-interface controls, and connectors for expansion options. The blade server receives its power, network connection, and I/O devices (CD-ROM, keyboard, mouse, and video ports, USB port, remote monitoring port) from the BladeCenter T unit, reducing the number of cables that are required.

Blade server expansion options

Some blade servers contain connectors for options that add capabilities to the blade server. You can add these options before installing the blade server in the BladeCenter T unit.

Go to http://www.ibm.com/pc/compat/ for a list of available options for your IBM blade server.

I/O expansion option

Some blade servers have connectors for adding an I/O expansion option, such as an IBM BladeCenter Fibre Channel Expansion Card. The BladeCenter T unit routes network communication signals from the I/O expansion option to I/O modules 3 and 4 on the BladeCenter T unit. The I/O expansion option is attached directly to the blade server and does not occupy an additional blade bay.

Note: If an I/O expansion option is installed on any blade server, I/O modules that are compatible with that network interface must be installed in I/O-module bays 3 and 4 on the BladeCenter T unit. See “Removing and installing I/O modules” on page 60 for more information.

Expansion unit option

You can install an optional BladeCenter SCSI Storage Expansion Unit or Peripheral Card Interface (PCI) I/O Expansion Unit on your blade server.

Storage Expansion Unit option: Some blade servers have a connector for adding an expansion unit, such as an IBM BladeCenter SCSI Storage Expansion Unit. The storage expansion unit supports up to two hot-swap SCSI hard-disk drives. The expansion option is attached directly to the blade server and occupies an additional blade server bay.

PCI I/O-expansion Unit option: Some blade servers have a connector for adding an expansion unit, such as an IBM BladeCenter PCI I/O Expansion Unit. The PCI I/O-expansion unit supports up to two PCI-X adapters. The expansion unit is attached directly to the blade server and occupies an additional blade server bay.

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Removing and installing a blade server or filler module

Use the instructions in this section to remove or install a blade server at the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

Important: Reinstalling a blade server into a different bay than the one from which it was removed could have unintended consequences. Some configuration information and update options are established according to bay number. You might need to reconfigure the blade server.

Attention: To maintain proper system cooling, do not operate the BladeCenter T unit for more than 20 minutes without either a blade server or a filler blade installed in each blade bay. If you fail to replace a blade server or filler blade within 20 minutes, system performance might be affected.

CMM 1

Blade Server

CMM 2

Release latches

Filler blade

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Installing a blade server

Complete the following steps to install a blade server or filler blade in the BladeCenter T unit.

Statement 21:

CAUTION:

Hazardous energy is present when the blade is connected to the power source. Always replace the blade cover before installing the blade.

1.Install any options that you need, such as hard disk drives or memory, in the blade server. See the documentation that comes with the blade server for instructions.

2.Select the bay for the blade server.

Notes:

a.If a blade server has a SCSI Storage Expansion Unit or PCI I/O-expansion Unit installed on it, the blade server and expansion option require an additional adjacent blade bay.

b.If you install a blade server or option in bay 5 through 8, you must install power modules in power-module bays 3 and 4.

3.Remove the filler blade from the bay and store in a safe place.

4.Make sure that the release latches on the blade server are in the open position (horizontal to the blade server).

5.Slide the blade server into the bay until it stops.

6.Push the release latches on the front of the blade server until they are closed.

7.Turn on the blade server by pressing the power-control button on the blade server control panel. See the documentation that comes with the blade server for more instructions.

8.Make sure that the power LED on the blade server control panel is lit, indicating that the blade server is receiving power.

9.(Optional) Write identifying information on one of the user labels that come with the blade server; then, place the label on the BladeCenter T unit to the right of the blade server, as shown in the following illustration.

CMM

CMM

1

2

User label

Important: Do not place the label on the blade server or in any way block the ventilation holes on the blade server.

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10.If you have other modules to install at the front of the unit, do so now. Otherwise reinstall the bezel assembly on the front of the BladeCenter T unit.

Note: Reinstall the bezel assembly on the BladeCenter T unit after you have finished installing the blades. However, if you installed an option such as a PCI I/O Expansion Unit with PCI adapters that require cables, you will not be able to install the bezel assembly, which contains an air filter for the BladeCenter T unit. If you cannot install the bezel assembly, a filter must be provided on the rack.

If this is the initial installation for a blade server in the BladeCenter T unit, you must configure the blade server with the blade server Configuration/Setup Utility program and install the blade server operating system. See the documentation that comes with the blade server for instructions.

Removing a blade server

Complete the following steps to remove a blade server from the BladeCenter T unit.

Note: If you do not shut down a blade server properly, it cannot be restarted using the Wake on LAN feature.

1.Shut down the blade server operating system; then, press the blade server power-control button (behind the blade server control panel door) to turn off the blade server. Wait at least 30 seconds until the drives stop spinning, before proceeding to the next step.

2.Open the two release latches as shown in the illustration on page 64. The blade server moves slightly out of the bay.

3.Pull the blade server out of the bay.

4.Place either a filler blade or another blade server in the bay within 20 minutes.

Completing the installation

After you install modules and route and secure any power cords (if necessary, see the Rack Installation Instructions for information about routing the cords), start the BladeCenter T unit (if it is not already started) and verify that it is working correctly.

1.Make sure the LEDs on the modules indicate that they are operating correctly. Make sure that:

v The input and output power LEDs on each power module are lit, and the fault LEDs are not lit.

vThe power LED on each management module is lit.

vThe power LED on each I/O module is lit.

2.Make sure that the power LED on each blade server is lit, either steady or blinking.

See “BladeCenter T unit power, controls, and indicators” on page 19 for information about starting the BladeCenter T unit and the location of the LEDs on the modules. See the BladeCenter HS20 Installation and User’s Guide on the IBM BladeCenter T Documentation CD for the location of the LEDs on the blade servers.

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Chapter 5. Service replaceable units

This chapter describes the removal of server components.

Important: The field replaceable unit (FRU) procedures are intended for trained servicers who are familiar with IBM xSeries products. See the parts listing in Chapter 7, “Parts listing, BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730,” on page 107 to determine if the component being replaced is a customer replaceable unit (CRU) or a FRU.

As further guidance, the components in the BladeCenter T server have an alphabetical stamp in the metal that identifies the order they were assembled at the factory (for example, a, b, c, etc.).

© Copyright IBM Corp. 2004

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DC terminal cover with fasteners

Complete the following steps to replace the dc terminal cover on the Type 8720 unit.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system, and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.Loosen the two captive fasteners on the old DC terminal cover.

DC terminal cover

Captive fasteners (2)

3.Remove the old dc terminal cover from the dc terminal.

4.Remove the new dc terminal cover from its packaging.

5.Align the new dc terminal cover so that the stamped arrow on the back is pointing up, and position the new dc terminal cover over the mounting holes on the dc terminal.

6.Tighten the two captive fasteners on the new dc terminal cover.

Note: Torque the captive fasteners to 8 inch-pounds.

7.Connect power to the BladeCenter T unit (see page“Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

8.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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AC rear panel

Complete the following steps to replace the ac rear panel located at the rear of the unit.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system, and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.Remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

4.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

5.Using a screwdriver, fully loosen the seven captive fasteners on the old ac rear panel.

Captive fastener (6)

AC rear panel

6.Remove the old ac rear panel from the system.

7.Remove the new ac rear panel from its packaging.

8.Position the new ac rear panel so that it aligns with the power inlet receptacles on the system. Make sure that the ac rear panel is well seated on the system.

9.Using a screwdriver, tighten the seven captive fasteners on the new ac rear panel. Torque the screws to 8-inch pounds.

Note: Torque the captive fasteners to 8 inch-pounds.

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10.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system, re-install the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59) and the KVM module (see “Removing and installing the KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) module” on page 56).

11.Plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

12.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

DC Rear Panel

Complete the following steps to replace the dc rear panel located at the rear of the unit.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system, and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.Remove dc terminal covers.

3.Remove the power connections to each of the dc terminals, and safely place the cables aside.

4.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

5.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

6.Using a screwdriver, fully loosen the three captive fasteners on the old dc rear panel.

Captive fasteners (3)

DC rear panel

7.Remove the old dc rear panel from the system.

8.Remove the new dc rear panel from its packaging.

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9.Position the new dc rear panel so that it aligns with the dc power terminals on the system. Make sure that the dc rear panel is well seated on the system.

10.Using a screwdriver, tighten the three captive fasteners on the new dc rear panel.

Note: Torque the screws to 8 inch-pounds.

11.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system, re-install the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page

59)and the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

12.Connect the power cable connectors to the dc terminals of the BladeCenter T unit (see page19).

13.Reinstall dc terminal covers.

14.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

Upper flex circuit assembly

Complete the following steps to replace the upper flex circuit assembly.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.For Type 8720 systems, remove the dc terminal covers and power connections to each of the DC terminals. For Type 8730 systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

4.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

5.Remove the I/O switch that is above the upper flex circuit assembly that you are removing.

6.Using a screwdriver, fully loosen the two captive fasteners on the old upper flex circuit assembly.

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Upper flex circuit assembly

Captive fasteners

7.Carefully remove the old upper flex circuit assembly by placing your fingers under the lower edge of the assembly and pulling the unit out of the chassis.

8.Remove the new upper flex circuit assembly from the packaging.

9.Align the assembly so that the stamped position identifier ″Top″ is facing you.

10.Position the front end of the new upper flex circuit assembly into the assembly bay in the chassis, making sure the leading edge rests on the lower shelf of the bay.

CAUTION:

Be careful not to damage the EMI gaskets located on the vertical sides of the upper flex circuit assembly bay.

11.Carefully push the assembly all the way into the bay.

12.Using a screwdriver, tighten the two captive fasteners on the new upper flex circuit assembly.

Note: Torque the screws to 8 inch-pounds.

13.Reinstall the I/O switch that you removed.

14.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system, re-install the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59) and the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

15.Reconnect the power to the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

16.For Type 8720 systems, reinstall dc terminal covers.

17.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

Lower flex circuit assembly

Complete the following steps to replace the lower flex circuit assembly.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

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2.For Type 8720 systems, remove the dc terminal covers and power connections to each of the dc terminals. For Type 8730 systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

4.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

5.Remove the rear panel.

6.Remove the I/O switch or filler that is below the lower flex circuit assembly that you are removing.

7.Using a screwdriver, loosen the two captive fasteners on the old lower flex circuit assembly.

Lower flex circuit assembly

Captive fasteners

8.Carefully remove the old lower flex circuit assembly by gripping the top edge of the assembly and pulling the unit out of the chassis.

9.Remove the new lower flex circuit assembly from the packaging.

10.Align the assembly so that the stamped position identifier ″BTM″ is facing you, and position the front end of the new lower flex circuit assembly into the assembly bay in the chassis, making sure the leading edge rests against the ceiling of the bay.

11.Carefully push the assembly all the way into the bay.

12.Using a screwdriver, tighten the two captive fasteners on the new lower flex circuit assembly.

Note: Torque the screws to 8 inch-pounds.

13.Reinstall the I/O switch they you removed.

14.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system, re-install the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59) and the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

15.For Type 8720, reinstall dc terminal covers.

16.Reconnect the power to the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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17. Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Docking board/blower housing assembly - (dc Type 8720 and ac Type 8730)

Complete the following steps to replace the docking board/blower housing assembly.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system, and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.For Type 8720 (dc) systems, remove the dc terminal covers and power connections to each of the dc terminals. For Type 8730 (ac) systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the power modules from the bays at the front of the unit on the same side of the docking board/blower housing assembly that you are replacing.

Note: The power modules dock into the docking board on the assembly and must be removed before you can remove the assembly.

4.At the rear of the unit, remove the two blowers from the docking board/blower housing assembly that you are replacing (see “Removing and installing blower modules” on page 54).

5.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

6.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

7.Remove all I/O switches and switch fillers from the rear of the unit. See “Removing and installing I/O modules” on page 60.

8.For Type 8720, remove the dc rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For Type 8730, remove the ac rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

9.Remove the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71) and the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

10.Loosen the two captive fasteners located above and below the power inlet receptacles.

11.Loosen the captive fastener that attaches the old docking board/blower housing assembly to the system chassis.

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Docking board/blower housing assembly

(DC shown)

12.Grab the housing by the housing frame above and below the power inlet receptacles, and carefully pull the housing out from the system chassis.

13.Remove the new docking board/blower housing assembly from its packaging.

14.Align the new assembly at the rear of the unit so that the connectors on the assembly align with the connectors on the backplane, and carefully position and push in the assembly until it is firmly seated in the system chassis.

15.Tighten to 8-inch pounds the two captive fasteners located above and below the power inlet receptacles.

16.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system:

v Reinstall the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see page “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71).

vReinstall the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

vReinstall the rear dc panel (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70) or rear ac panel (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

vReinstall the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59).

vReinstall the KVM module (see page “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

vReinstall the I/O switches or switch fillers.

vReinstall the two blowers (see “Installing a blower module” on page 55).

vFor Type 8720 (dc) units, connect the power cables to the dc terminals and dc terminal covers. For Type 8730 (ac) units, plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

vReinstall the power modules at the front of the unit (see “Installing a power module” on page 48).

17.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Rear chassis stiffener bracket

Complete the following steps to replace the rear chassis stiffner bracket.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.For Type 8720 (dc) systems, remove the dc terminal covers and power connections to each of the dc terminals. For Type 8730 (ac) systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the power modules from the bays at the front of the unit.

Note: The power modules dock into the docking board on the assembly and must be removed before you can remove the assembly.

4.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

5.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

6.Remove all I/O switches and switch fillers from the rear of the unit.

7.For a Type 8720 unit, remove the dc rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For a Type 8730 unit, remove the ac rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

8.Remove the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71) and the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

9.Loosen the four captive fasteners on the old rear chassis stiffner bracket.

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Chassis stiffener bracket

UP

UP

Captive fastener (4)

10.Pull the old rear chassis stiffner bracket off the chassis.

11.Remove the new rear chassis stiffner bracket from its packaging.

12.Align the stiffner bracket with the ″Up″ arrow pointing upwards.

13.Position the bracket on the chassis, and tighten the four captive fasteners.

14.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system:

vReinstall the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see page 71).

vReinstall the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see page 72).

vFor Type 8720, reinstall the rear dc panel (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For Type 8730, reinstall the rear ac panel (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

vReinstall the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59).

vReinstall the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

vReinstall the I/O switches or switch fillers.

vFor Type 8730 (ac) units, plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit. For Type 8720 (dc) units, connect the power cables to the dc terminals and dc terminal covers.

vReinstall the power modules at the front of the unit (see “Installing a power module” on page 48).

15.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Backplane

Complete the following steps to replace the backplane in your BladeCenter T unit

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system, and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.For Type 8720 (dc) systems, remove the power connections to each of the dc terminals. For Type 8730 (ac) systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the power modules from the bays at the front of the unit.

Note: The power modules dock into the docking board on the assembly and must be removed before you can remove the assembly.

4.At the rear of the unit, remove all four blowers from both docking board/blower housing assemblies (see “Removing a blower module” on page 55).

5.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

6.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

7.Remove all I/O switches and switch fillers from the rear of the unit.

8.For a Type 8720 unit, remove the dc terminal covers and the dc rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For a Type 8730 unit, remove the ac rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

9.Remove the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71) and the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

10.For each docking board/blower housing assembly, loosen the two captive fasteners located above and below the power inlet receptacles (Type 8730) or DC terminals (Type 8720).

11.Grab the left docking board/blower assembly housing by the frame and carefully pull the housing out from the system chassis.

12.Grab the right docking board/blower assembly housing by the frame and carefully pull the housing out from the system chassis

13.Loosen the four captive fasteners on the rear chassis stiffener bracket.

14.Pull the rear chassis stiffener bracket off the chassis.

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15.Loosen and remove the six non-captive screws that mount the old backplane to the chassis.

Backplane insulator

Backplane

Screw (6)

16.Holding the backplane at the top near the guide pins, pull the backplane out and off of the guide pins. Set the old backplane aside.

17.Remove the new backplane from its packaging.

18.Install the new backplane.

19.Insert and tighten the six non-captive screws that mount the backplane to the chassis.

Note: Tighten the screws to 8 inch-pounds.

20.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system:

vReinstall the rear chassis stiffener bracket (see page78).

vReinstall the left and right docking board/blower housing assemblies (see page 76).

vReinstall the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71).

vReinstall the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

vFor Type 8720, reinstall the rear dc panel (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For Type 8730, reinstall the rear ac panel (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

vReinstall the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59).

vReinstall the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

vReinstall the I/O switches or switch fillers.

vReinstall the four blowers (see “Installing a blower module” on page 55).

vFor Type 8730 (ac) units, plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit. For Type 8720 (dc) units, connect the power cables to the dc terminals and dc terminal covers.

vReinstall the power modules at the front of the unit (“Installing a power module” on page 48).

21.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Backplane insulator

Complete the following steps to replace the backplane insulator.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Perform steps 1 on page 79 through 15 on page 80 in “Backplane” on page 79. When you have completed these steps, go to step 2 of this procedure.

2.Holding the backplane at the top near the guide pins, pull the backplane out and off of the guide pins.

3.Lift the old backplane insulator out of the chassis.

Backplane insulator

Backplane

Screw (6)

4.Remove the new backplane insulator from its packaging.

Note: The backplane insulator is keyed to the screws and VHDM connectors and installs in only one correct orientation.

5.Install the new backplane insulator over the round alignment studs in the chassis.

6.If you have no other replacement procedures to perform at the rear of the system:

v Reinstall the backplane (see page80).

vReinstall the rear chassis stiffener bracket (see “Rear chassis stiffener bracket” on page 77).

vReinstall the left and right docking board/blower housing assemblies (see page 76).

vReinstall the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see page 71).

vReinstall the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see page 72).

vFor Type 8720, reinstall the rear dc panel (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For Type 8730, reinstall the rear ac panel (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

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vReinstall the LAN module (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59).

vReinstall the KVM module (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

vReinstall the I/O switches or switch fillers.

vReinstall the two blowers (see “Installing a blower module” on page 55).

vFor Type 8720 (dc) units, connect the power cables to the dc terminals and dc terminal covers. For Type 8730 (ac) units, plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

vReinstall the power modules at the front of the unit (see “Installing a power module” on page 48).

7.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

Air damper

Complete the following steps to replace an air damper.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.Remove the power modules and fillers from the bays at the front of the unit (see “Removing and installing power modules” on page 46).

3.Remove the management modules and fillers from the bays at the front of the unit (see “Removing a management module” on page 52).

4.Remove the media tray at the front of the unit (see “Removing the media tray” on page 50).

5.Remove the server blades and fillers from the front of the unit (see “Removing a blade server” on page 66).

6.Remove the broken air damper from the server.

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Spring

7.Use tape to hold the air dampers above and below the empty air damper slot in the open position. This will provide more room to install the air damper and reduce the chance of breaking additional air dampers.

8.Turn the air damper on an angle 1 and insert the end with the pins into the air damper slot in the side panel 2. Be sure the pins on the air damper are behind the side panel.

9.Slide the air damper towards the rear of the chassis until it contacts the back of the slot.

10.Use your thumb to push and hold the spring down; then, slide the air damper all the way towards the front of the chassis 3 until it contacts the front of the slot. Be sure the spring is behind the side panel.

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Slight angle toward the rear of the system

11.Hold the air damper angled slightly towards the back of the server; then, pull the air damper towards the center of the chassis until the pins on the air damper snap into the slots located on the back side of the air damper slot. Rock the air damper up and down while pulling on it to help it seat.

12.Remove the tape used to hold the air dampers open in step 7 on page 83.

13.Install the power modules and fillers in the bays at the front of the unit (see “Installing a power module” on page 48).

14.Install the management modules and fillers from the bays at the front of the unit (see “Installing a management module” on page 53).

15.Install the media tray at the front of the unit (see “Installing the media tray” on page 50).

16.Install the server blades and fillers from the front of the unit (see “Removing and installing a blade server or filler module” on page 64).

17.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Mechanical chassis

Complete the following steps to replace the mechanical chassis of the BladeCenter T system.

Note:

vRead “Installation guidelines” on page 37.

vRead the safety notices at ″Safety information″ on page 113.

vRead “Handling static-sensitive devices” on page 40.

1.Shut down the system and remove power from the system (see “Shutting down the BladeCenter T unit” on page 21).

2.For Type 8720 (dc) systems, remove the dc terminal covers and power connections to each of the dc terminals. For Type 8730 (ac) systems, remove each power cord from the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit.

3.Remove the power modules and fillers from the bays at the front of the unit (see “Removing and installing power modules” on page 46).

4.Remove the management modules and fillers from the bays at the front of the unit (see “Removing a management module” on page 52).

5.Remove the media tray at the front of the unit (see “Removing the media tray” on page 50).

6.Remove the server blades and fillers from the front of the unit (see “Removing a blade server” on page 66).

7.At the rear of the unit, remove the blowers from the docking board/blower housing assemblies (see “Removing and installing blower modules” on page 54).

8.Remove all I/O switches and switch fillers from the rear of the unit.

9.Remove the KVM module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the KVM module” on page 57).

10.Remove the LAN module from the rear of the system (see “Removing the LAN module” on page 59).

11.For a Type 8720 unit, remove the dc terminal covers and the dc rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For a Type 8730 unit, remove the ac rear panel from the rear of the unit (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

12.Remove the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see “Upper flex circuit assembly” on page 71) and the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see “Lower flex circuit assembly” on page 72).

13.For each docking board/blower housing assembly, loosen the two captive fasteners located above and below the power inlet receptacles (Type 8730) or dc terminals (Type 8720).

14.Grab the left docking board/blower assembly housing by the frame, and carefully pull the housing out from the system chassis.

15.Grab the right docking board/blower assembly housing by the frame, and carefully pull the housing out from the system chassis

16.Loosen the four captive fasteners on the rear chassis stiffener bracket.

17.Pull the rear chassis stiffener bracket off the chassis.

18.Loosen and remove the six non-captive screws that mount the backplane to the chassis.

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19.Holding the backplane at the top near the guide pins, pull the backplane out and off of the guide pins.

20.Remove the backplane insulator.

21.Remove the old mechanical chassis, and set it aside.

22.Remove the new mechanical chassis from its packaging, and set it into position to reassemble all the parts.

23.Install the backplane insulator into the new chassis.

Mechanical chassis

UP

24.Install the backplane on the chassis; then, insert and tighten the six non-captive screws that mount the backplane to the chassis.

Note: Tighten the screws to 8 inch-pounds.

25.Install the rear chassis stiffner bracket (see page 78).

26.Install the left and right docking board/blower housing assemblies (see page 76).

27.Install the two upper flex circuit assemblies (see page 71).

28.Install the two lower flex circuit assemblies (see page 72).

29.For Type 8720, reinstall the rear dc panel (see “DC Rear Panel” on page 70). For Type 8730, reinstall the rear ac panel (see “AC rear panel” on page 69).

30.Install the blowers at the rear of the unit (see “Installing a blower module” on page 55).

31.Install the KVM module at the rear of the unit (see “Installing the KVM module” on page 57).

32.Install the LAN module at the rear of the unit (see “Installing the LAN module” on page 59).

33.Install the I/O switches at the rear of the unit.

34.Install the media tray at the front of the unit (see “Installing the media tray” on page 50).

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35.Install the management module(s) at the front of the unit (see “Installing a management module” on page 53).

36.Install the blade servers at the front of the unit (see “Removing and installing a blade server or filler module” on page 64).

37.For Type 8720 (dc) units, connect the power cables to the dc terminals. For Type 8730 (ac) units, plug each power cord into the input power connections on the rear of the BladeCenter T unit. See “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

38.Install the power modules at the front of the unit (see “Installing a power module” on page 48).

39.Install the blade servers (see “Removing and installing a blade server or filler module” on page 64).

40.Install the I/O modules (see “Removing and installing I/O modules” on page 60).

41.Start up the system (see “Starting the BladeCenter T unit” on page 19).

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Chapter 6. Symptom-to-FRU index

This index supports the Eserver BladeCenter T Type 8720 and 8730 systems.

Notes:

1.Check the configuration before you replace a FRU. Configuration problems can cause false errors and symptoms.

2.For IBM devices not supported by this index, refer to the manual for that device.

3.A removed hot-swap module or drive must be replaced within one minute of removal.

4.A removed hot-swap blade must be replaced within 20 minutes of removal.

The symptom-to-FRU index lists symptoms, errors, and the possible causes. The most likely cause is listed first. Use this symptom-to-FRU index to help you decide which FRUs to have available when servicing the system.

The left-hand column of the tables in this index lists error codes or messages, and the right-hand column lists one or more suggested actions or FRUs to replace.

Note: In tables with more than two columns, multiple columns are required to describe the error symptoms.

Take the action or replace the FRU suggested first in the list of the right-hand column, then try the server again to see if the problem has been corrected before taking further action.

Note: Try reseating a suspected component or reconnecting a cable before replacing the component.

Error symptoms

You can use the following information to find solutions to problems that have definite symptoms.

Attention: If diagnostic error messages appear that are not listed in the following tables, make sure that your BladeCenter T unit has the latest level of firmware code installed.

If you have just added a new option and your system is not working, complete the following procedure before using the troubleshooting charts:

1.Remove the option that you just added.

2.Run the diagnostic tests to determine if your system is running correctly.

3.Reinstall the new device.

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Table 6. Troubleshooting charts

Device

Suggested action

 

 

Blade server problem

 

 

 

Blade servers turn off for no

All blade bays must have a blade server, expansion unit, or filler blade in them. Blade

apparent reason.

bays that do not have these items installed or have them installed improperly disturb

 

airflow in the BladeCenter T unit with an adverse effect on BladeCenter T unit

 

cooling. If the BladeCenter T unit begins to overheat, blade server processors will

 

begin to slow down and will eventually turn off the system.

 

 

Blade server does not turn

The problem occurs after installing the second microprocessor option or after

on, the amber system-error

replacing a failed microprocessor in a two-way Blade server.

LED on the BladeCenter T

The processor with the lowest feature set and stepping level must be used as the

system-LED panel is lit, the

amber blade error LED on the

Bootstrap Processor (BSP). This processor must be in the Microprocessor 1 location.

blade server LED panel is lit,

Switch the processors in the Microprocessor 1 and Microprocessor 2 locations.

and the system-error log

 

contains the following

 

message: ″CRUs

 

MisMatched″.

 

 

 

Some components do not

The green status dot for a component is not automatically a link to environmental

report environmental status

information (temperature and voltage) for the component. Only the management

(temperature, voltage).

module and blade servers have environmental information, and only the green dot for

 

those components contains a link to environmental information.

 

 

Switching KVM control

If a blade server is under heavy load, it can take several minutes before it

between blade servers gives

enumerates the USB devices connected to it. If control of the KVM and media tray is

USB device error.

switched away from the blade server before this enumeration is complete, a USB

 

device installation error might be displayed. Do not switch KVM control between

 

blade servers until the mouse and keyboard are both working on the blade server

 

that has control of the KVM and media tray.

 

 

“Unsafe Removal of Device”

Before switching ownership of the media tray to another blade server, safely stop the

error message appears on

media tray devices on the blade server that currently owns the media tray, as follows:

blade server running

1. Double-click the Unplug or Eject Hardware icon in the Windows taskbar at the

Microsoft Windows 2000.

bottom right of the screen.

 

 

2. Select USB Mass Storage Device, and click Stop.

 

3. Click Close.

 

You can now safely switch ownership of the media tray to another blade server.

 

 

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