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announcement paper
Hewlett-Packard Company
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1185
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announcement paper
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents..........................................................................................................................................3
Executive Overview .......................................................................................................................................5
Product Availability ....................................................................................................................................... 7
hp ProLiant DL560 ........................................................................................................................................9
Product Overview .................................................................................................................................................... 9
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 13
hp ProLiant DL360 Generation 3 ............................................................................................................. 19
Product Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 19
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 27
hp ProLiant ML530 Generation 2............................................................................................................ 37
Product Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 37
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 46
ProLiant BL20p G2 ..................................................................................................................................... 55
Product Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 55
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 63
hp server tc2120 ......................................................................................................................................... 77
Product Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 77
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 82
ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter .................................................................................. 89
Product Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 89
Questions and Answers ...................................................................................................................................... 94
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Executive Overview
To increase the agility of businesses, HP can help customers build an adaptive infrastructure –
a robust technology foundation that flexibly deploys and assigns IT resources as businesses
evolve. HP is investing in, and building the core capabilities of adaptability into each and
every one of our infrastructure products, including servers, software, storage, access devices,
networking, management and security. Because adaptive infrastructure from HP is based on
industry standards, it offers businesses the best return on investment. Using ProLiant servers,
companies can build an adaptive infrastructure that is second to none in manageability,
serviceability, availability and cost efficiency.
HP Servers
ProLiant DL Servers
As requirements for performance, availability, versatility and control continue to increase in
today’s space-constrained IT environments, HP offers new density-conscious ProLiant servers
to make every inch count. Ideal for multi-server deployments, ProLiant DL servers offer
customers the latest technologies while providing more control and performance in space
saving form factors.
ProLiant DL560
HP is announcing its groundbreaking, ultra-dense 4-way server, the ProLiant DL560.
Designed for high-levels of computing power with ultimate power efficiency and
cooling capabilities, the DL560 delivers 4-way server performance in an innovative 2U
design, all while minimizing power consumption in the data center.
ProLiant DL360 Generation 3
HP introduces the ProLiant DL360 G3 offering essential availability features and
concentrated, 1U compute power for the space constrained data center. Leading the
scale-out environment, the ProLiant DL360 G3 is now available with up to two
3.06GHz Intel Xeon processors with 533MHz system bus and up to two 1” Ultra320
hot-plug hard drives.
ProLiant ML Servers
HP delivers adaptive infrastructure technologies to the small and medium business market
providing the best-in-class performance with the new enhancements to the ML server line.
Helping to reduce IT complexity and improve flexibility, the HP ProLiant ML series servers
offer customers a choice in versatility through a portfolio of entry –level and expansionoptimized servers, which combine powerful management capabilities and highly available
infrastructures that enable businesses to conserve human and IT resources and adapt quickly
and easily to the changing needs of today’s businesses.
ProLiant ML530 Generation 2
The high-performance 2-way server that delivers industry-leading expansion and
availability features, the ProLiant ML530 G2 is now available with 3.0GHz processors.
ProLiant engineering, powerful management capabilities, and design expertise
optimize system resources for intensive data center and remote office environment.
Processor, memory, and I/O subsystems combine to provide unbeatable
price/performance for database engines or server consolidation efforts.
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tc Servers
HP builds on its commitment to provide SMBs with the tools they need to be successful in
today’s business. Every element of hp’s SMB portfolio is world class; from printers to desktops
to workstations, hp is focused on enabling SMBs through technology leadership. The hp
server tc2120 is the next world-class product targeted specifically for the SMB demanding
server performance at desktop prices.
hp server tc2120
HP announces the powerfully yet simple hp server tc2120 to provide all the relevant
server features in an easy-to-use package for the value-conscious small business. The
tc2120 delivers IT functionality small businesses require with the Intel Pentium 4,
2.4GHz processor, 533MHz Front Side Bus, ECC memory and 64-bit PCI support.
HP networking options
ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter
HP introduces the new ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter. As HP’s first
fiber-optic networking solution to combine Gigabit Ethernet speed with PCI-X bus
technology, the NC6770 is a single port Gigabit adapter that supports 1000Mbps
speed. Along with other advanced features that ProLiant customers have come to
expect, the NC6770 includes support for network failover and load balancing, PCI hotplug capability, Jumbo Frames, Dual Address Cycles (DAC), large “send” offload
capability, and Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE).
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Product Availability
ProLiant DL560 ....................................................................................................................... 11 March 2003
ProLiant DL360 Generation 3 .............................................................................................. 11 March 2003
ProLiant ML530 Generation 2 ............................................................................................. 11 March 2003
ProLiant BL20p Generation 2 .............................................................................................. 11 March 2003
hp server tc2120..................................................................................................................... 15 March 2003
Red Hat OEM Linux Operating System from HP ............................................................ 11 March 2003
ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter............................................................. 11 March 2003
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hp ProLiant DL560
Product Overview
The ProLiant DL560 redefines enterprise density by
delivering scalable 4-processor performance in an
innovative 2U design, while minimizing power
consumption in the data center.
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
 Sleek 2U (3.5”) form factor minimizes rack space requirements while providing flexible
deployment options and high levels of performance
 Low-wattage, ultra-efficient power supplies offer complete redundancy without taxing
the data center energy and cooling requirements
 Embedded technologies and comprehensive server management tools simplify
deployment and system care
Product Description
The new ProLiant DL560 is a groundbreaking, ultra-dense 4-way server designed for
environments that require high levels of computing power while maintaining maximum
cooling and power efficiency. The DL560 delivers enterprise class performance based upon
award-winning ProLiant engineering and industry standard technology, and its compact 2U
form factor means the server uses at least 50% less rack space than most enterprise servers on
the market. The server takes advantage of Xeon Processor MP, PCI-X architecture, Wide
Ultra320 SCSI, DDR SDRAM memory, and Gigabit networking technology to provide the
performance and scalability required for today’s compute intensive applications. In addition,
ProLiant management features such as remote administration from a standard web-browser
and Insight Manager event and configuration management significantly reduce total cost of
ownership. The ProLiant DL560 server combines maximum levels of compute performance,
system efficiencies, and manageability to today’s and tomorrow’s enterprise data center.
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Ideal Environment
Space constrained data center customers and service providers
Problems and Requirements
A growing number of IT centers are experiencing a proliferation of servers as they begin to
move toward a distributed computing model, where they centralize their servers in a data
center for security, easy accessibility, and better management. While the workload for IT
computing has increased, often the space allotted has not.
Typical Use
 DL560 space saving design makes it an ideal platform for multi-node, highly available
ProLiant clusters.
 Consolidate older technology servers and web applications onto few new, servers.
 Excellent platform for transaction management, mail and messaging, or decision
processing.
Solving the Customer Problem
The DL560 allows planners to increase the processing capabilities in a rack of their MP
servers while more efficiently utilizing existing data center infrastructure.
 Sleek 2U (1.75”) form factor uses less rack space than any major server in its class.
 General-purpose design maximizes the different locations the server can be
deployed, while common rack and rail solution with other 2U ProLiant servers’
means easier deployment and quick access to the system.
 Storing all the server and all necessary cabling and components in a single,
organized rack simplifies management and maintenance.
Power conscious enterprise customers and IT shops
Problems and Requirements
Faster processors, hard drives, and memory are some of the key factors driving power and
cooling requirements in data center environments significantly higher. While the last decade
has seen a dramatic decrease in the floor and rack space required to achieve constant
computing capability, the power consumption and heat densities have not followed suit.
Typical Use
Customers looking to maximize the power and cooling efficiency of their data center rack
space, while maintaining high levels of performance when running back-office and enterprise
business applications. They are looking at metrics like processing power and wattage per U.
The DL560 offers maximum flexibility when providing power to high-density data centers.
 Flexibility of high line or low line AC power provides ability to scale capacity when
planned and unplanned upgrades become necessary.
 High-density rack deployments of mission critical applications. These servers must
stay on, and thus cannot reduce power consumption by sleeping when the system is
idle.
Solving the Customer Problem
By limiting the memory footprint and drive capacity, the DL560 is able to deliver
enterprise performance with a lower thermal load.
 Requiring just two 550-watt power supplies to run a fully loaded and redundant
system, the DL560 has the lowest power requirements of any major server in its
class.
 The DL560 can run fully configured using low-line or high-line power sources.
 Innovative mechanical design adequately dissipates the total heat generated
quickly out of the box, delivering excellent cooling and ventilation.
 Zoned cooling system ensures efficient ventilation to all major components.
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QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
Model Specification Comparison
Performance
Chassis
Processor
Processor Cache
MP
Power Supply
Front Side Bus
Chipset
Memory
Memory Standard
I/O Subsystem
SCSI
NICs
Expansion/Scalability
Drive bays
Multibays
I/O slots
Max Memory
Availability
Power supply
Fans
Standard Memory
Protection
Advanced
Memory
Protection
hp ProLiant DL560
DL560
DL580 G2
ML570 G2
2U
1.5 GHz, 1.9 GHz or 2.0
GHz Xeon MP
1MB (1.5 or 1.9 GHz) or
2MB (2.0 GHz) iL3
4P capable
550W (1+1)
400MHz
ServerWorks Grand
Champion-LE
200MHz DDR, PC2100
2:1 interleaved
512MB or 1GB
Quad Peer
64bit/100MHz PCI-X
Wide Ultra3/Ultra320ready
2 embedded NC7781
10/100/1000
4U
1.5 GHz, 1.9 GHz or 2.0
GHz Xeon MP
1MB (1.5 or 1.9 GHz) or
2MB (2.0 GHz) iL3
4P capable
800W (1+1)
400MHz
ServerWorks Grand
Champion-HE
200MHz DDR, PC16000
4:1 interleaved
1GB or 2GB
Quad Peer
64bit/100MHz PCI-X
Wide Ultra3/Ultra320ready
Single port
10/100/1000 in a slot
7U
1.5 GHz, 1.9 GHz or 2.0
GHz Xeon MP
1MB (1.5 or 1.9 GHz) or
2MB (2.0 GHz) iL3
4P capable
600W (2+1)
400 MHz
ServerWorks Grand
Champion-HE
200MHz DDR, PC1600
4:1 interleaved
1GB or 2GB
Quad Peer
64bit/100MHz PCI-X
Wide Ultra3/Ultra320ready
2 – 1.0”
1
3 – 2x64bit/100MHz
PCI-X, 1x64bit/133MHz
PCI-X
12GB Advanced ECC
4 – 1.0”
2
12 – 1.0”
0
6 – 64bit/100MHz PCIX (4 Hot Plug)
7 – 64bit/100MHz PCI-X
(4Hot Plug)
32GB Advanced ECC
32GB Advanced ECC
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
Advanced ECC
Advanced ECC
Advanced ECC
Online Spare Memory
Online Spare Memory,
Single Board Mirrored
Memory, Hot-Plug
Mirrored Memory
Online Spare, SingleBoard Mirrored
Memory, Hot-Plug
Mirrored Memory
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ProLiant DL Line Advantage
The ProLiant DL line excels at packing more performance, availability, and engineering in the
least amount of space. ProLiant servers also offer the best setup, maintenance, and
management tools in the industry. Furthermore, ProLiants are designed, in part, to optimize
common spare parts, so systems share hard disk drives, memory, and PCI cards, just to name
a few.
Inside the hp ProLiant DL560
Sleek 2U (3.5”) form factor minimizes rack space requirements while
providing flexible deployment options and high levels of performance
The DL560 allows planners to increase the processing capabilities in a rack of their MP
servers while more efficiently utilizing existing data center infrastructure.
 Intuitive and tool-less layout—including modular design and clearly identified touch
points—make the DL560 among the most serviceable servers available.
 Several shared option kits along with a common rack and rail solution (shared with
other ProLiant 2U servers) allows for rapid deployment.

Low-wattage, ultra-efficient power supplies offer complete redundancy
without taxing the data center energy and cooling requirements
Converts AC power to DC power at various voltage levels based on the requirements
of the internal components.
 The DL560 can support either low-line or high-line power sources
 Utilizes a 1+1 power solution where the power supplies share the load equally. If one
power supply fails, the other supply immediately takes over the entire load.

Embedded technologies and comprehensive server management tools
simplify deployment and system care



Insight Manager 7 provides an easy-to-use, flexible, scalable and secure solution for
managing servers, desktops, workstations, and portables, providing rapid access to
detailed fault and performance information.
System health LEDs and the Unit Identification Lights on the front and back of the
server make pinpointing system issues easier than ever
Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE), Array Configuration Utility (ACU), and ROMBased Setup Utility (RBSU)
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Questions and Answers
Technology
1Q.
What are the features of the DL560? (This will link to product QS on website)
1A.
2U (3.5”) form factor
550W hot plug power supplies (1+1 for redundancy)
4-way Intel Xeon Processors MP with L3 integrated cache,
Hyper-threading technology for optimized performance
ServerWorks Grand Champion-LE Chipset
400MHz Front Side Bus
Integrated Lights-Out Technology standard on all models
Two10/100/1000 Single port, Copper, Gigabit NIC (embedded)
200MHz DDR SDRAM (PC2100) Advanced ECC memory
12GB max memory
Support for Advanced Memory Protection Technology (Online Spare)
3 PCI-X (2-64bit/100Mhz, 1-64bit/133MHz) expansion slots available
Embedded Smart Array 5i Plus Controller (Dual Channel Wide Ultra3) supports up to 64MB write
cache, fully transportable with 72 hour protection
RAID (0, 1, 1+0) across internal hard disk drives
Ultra3 SCSI Backplane supports up to 2 Hot-Plug Hard Disk Drives
ROM-based Set Up Utility
Redundant ROM
2Q.
2A.
What ProLiant DL560 models will be available, and when will they begin shipping?
All models of the ProLiant DL560 became available in February of 2003.
Description
DL560R01 X2000-2MB, 1024MB (2P)
DL560R01 X1900-1MB, 1024MB (2P)
DL560R01 X1500-1MB, 512MB (1P)
HP Part
Number
Processo
r
Quantity
Standard Memory
246639-XX1
283975-XX3
246638-XX3
2
2
1
512MB (2x256MB)
1024MB (2x512MB)
1024MB (2x512MB)
Hot Plug
Redundant
Power
Supplies
2
2
1
Battery
Backed
Write
Cache
Standard
Standard
Optional
For customers deploying applications that require higher availability, the models featuring 2
processors, redundant hot-plug power supplies, and battery backed write cache are recommended.
3Q
3A
Is the ProLiant DL560 a replacement for any of the existing servers?
No. The ProLiant DL560 does not replace any existing ProLiant servers. Rather, it fills a gap
between the DL380 and the DL580 in terms of capability and feature set.
4Q
What are the feature differences between the new ProLiant DL560 and other ProLiant 4-way
servers?
Link to Model Specification Comparisons Chart
4A
5Q
5A
6A
6Q
What are the power requirements for the ProLiant DL560?
The ProLiant DL560 runs off of one 550W power supply; significantly lower than most enterprise
servers. For full redundancy, a second power supply can be added. On two processor models, the
second power supply ships standard.
What chipset is using on this new server?
The new ProLiant DL560 uses the ServerWorks Grand Champion-LE chipset. In this
implementation, the chipset supports up to four Xeon MP processors, 12GB of memory, and two
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independent PCI-X bus segments.
7Q
7A
What memory does the new ProLiant DL560 use?
The ProLiant DL560 uses 200 MHz Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM (PC2100 Registered ECC
SDRAM) with Advanced ECC functionality. DDR SDRAM is a next-generation SDRAM technology.
SDRAM data is transferred on the rising edge of every clock cycle with each DIMM. The memory
chip on DDR DIMMs performs transactions on both the rising and falling edges of the clock cycle,
effectively doubling memory bus clock rate yields. With a doubling of the clock rate yields, the
200MHz memory bus matches the throughput of the 400MHz front side bus of the Intel Xeon
Processor MP.
8Q
8A
What is Advanced Memory Protection?
HP has developed a spectrum of advanced memory technologies that provide superior memory
protection over simple error checking and correcting memory (ECC). Advanced Memory
Protection is designed to maintain server availability and memory reliability without service
intervention. Advanced Memory Protection features are available throughout the ProLiant line,
with increasing fault protection features going up the line.
Additional key points about Advanced Memory Protection include: Advanced Memory Protection
features are optional. Standard system memory uses Advanced ECC to detect and correct single
bit errors as well as some multi-bit errors.
The ProLiant DL560 implementation is OS independent for Online Spare
Advanced Memory Protection uses industry standard DIMMs. The features in Advanced Memory
Protection place specific requirements on the DIMMs used, and Memory Option Kits are
guaranteed to meet all requirements.
The ProLiant DL560 uses an industry standard chipset, however, its implementation of chipset
features is unique.
Advanced Memory Protection options are easily configured in the server’s ROM-based setup
during the POST process.
Advanced Memory Protection options are viewable through Insight Manager 7 (CIM 7) and the
Integrated Management Log (IML.)
The ProLiant DL560 includes the following optional Advanced Memory Protection features:
Online Spare Memory
Offers a higher level of memory protection than Advanced ECC alone. If the number of single-bit
correctable errors on a bank exceeds the pre-defined error threshold, that bank will fail over to the
online spare bank without intervention or server interruption. Online spare memory can be
configured across one or two memory cards. The failed memory can then be replaced at the
user’s convenience during a scheduled maintenance window.
9Q
9A
10Q
10A
What is Advanced ECC functionality?
Advanced ECC technology detects and corrects single-bit and specific multi-bit errors (4bit and
8bit errors occurring on a single DRAM chip on a DIMM.) The functionality provides more robust
error detection and correction capabilities of industry standard ECC SDRAM memory, and is
provided by the ServerWorks Grand Champion-LE chipset. Advanced ECC memory functionality is
standard on all DL560 systems.
How do customers expand the memory on the ProLiant DL560?
The ProLiant DL560 has two server models which ship standard with 1024 MB of PC2100 ECC
SDRAM memory (2x512 MB) and one model which ships standard with 512 MB of PC2100 ECC
SDRAM memory (2x256MB.) Because the ProLiant DL560 features 2-way memory interleaving
architecture for increased memory performance, memory must be expanded 2 DIMM modules at a
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time. Will provide the following option kits for customer memory expansion purposes:
512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x256MB)
1GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x512MB)
2GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x1GB)
4GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x2GB)
300678-B21
300679-B21
300680-B21
300682-B21
11Q
11A
Does the ProLiant DL560 have an integrated array controller?
Yes. The ProLiant DL560 comes with the Smart Array 5i Plus Controller, an intelligent array
controller for entry-level, hardware-based fault tolerance for protection of OS, applications, and
logs. The Smart Array 5i Plus controller provides one of the most cost effective alternatives to
software-based RAID in the market today. A single Ultra3 SCSI channel allow you to support all
Ultra2 and/or Ultra3 SCSI internal hard disk drives or a limited number of tape devices. Designed
as a standard on the ProLiant DL560, the Smart Array 5i Plus controller and BBWC Enabler
provides increased performance and worry-free transportable battery backed write cache data
protection for all server internal storage needs, without consuming a PCI slot.
12Q
12A
Can I mix Wide Ultra3 and Wide Ultra320 drives in my server?
Yes. Wide Ultra3 and Wide Ultra320 drives both operate on the Low Voltage Differential (LVD)
electrical platform, thus the two protocols are completely data compatible. All Wide Ultra3 and
future Wide Ultra320 controllers are compatible with Wide Ultra3and Wide Ultra320 hard drives,
enclosures and servers. Providing the ability to "Mix and Match" all LVD controllers and drives will
play together providing customers with maximum investment protection.
13Q
13A
Will my base server run at Ultra320 speeds?
The ProLiant DL560 is Ultra320 ready. Running at Ultra4 speeds simply requires the use of Wide
Ultra320 drives and installation of a Wide Ultra320 adapter/array controller when they become
available.
14Q
14A
Can you run external hard drives or tape backup using the Smart Array 5i Plus Controller?
No. The ProLiant DL560 does not feature an external SCSI port. Running external drives requires
the installation of a slot-based controller. The Smart Array 5i Plus Controller is best suited on the
ProLiant DL560 to run the internal, single channel Wide Ultra3 SCSI backplane.
What type of NIC comes with the server?
The ProLiant DL560 ships standard with two NC7781 10/100/1000 Port NICs. The NC7781 is an
auto sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps (megabits per second) network interface controller, and should
toggle between standard Ethernet (10Mbps), Fast Ethernet (100Mbps), or Gigabit Ethernet
(1000Mbps) depending on the speed of the network infrastructure that supports it. While these
speeds are theoretical maximums other elements such the server's configuration, applications, and
the total networking infrastructure at the customer location suggest that real world performance
will be somewhat less.
15Q
15A
16Q
16A
Does the ProLiant DL560 support mixed processor speeds and cache sizes?
ProLiant DL560 models do not support mixing processors of different cache sizes or processor
frequency mixing.
17Q
What recommended options will be available for the ProLiant DL560? (This will link to product
QS on website)
2.0Ghz 2M Intel Xeon MP upgrade
270765-001
1.9Ghz 1M Intel Xeon MP upgrade
270764-003
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1.5Ghz 1M Intel Xeon MP upgrade
512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x256MB)
1GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x512MB)
2GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x1GB)
4GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM DIMM (2x2GB)
550W Hot Plug Redundant Power Supply
Battery Backed Write Cache Enabler
8x DVD-ROM Drive (Slim Line)
146-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 10,000 rpm Drive
72.8-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 10,000 rpm Drive
36.4-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 10,000 rpm Drive
72.8-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 15,000 rpm Drive
36.4-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 15,000 rpm Drive
18.2-GB Wide Ultra320 SCSI 15,000 rpm Drive
SA 5302/64 Array Controller
SA 5312 PCI-X Array Controller
Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (64-Bit/66Mhz)
270763-001
300678-B21
300679-B21
300680-B21
300682-B21
267555-XX1
255514-B21
264007-B21
286716-B22
286714-B22
176496-B22
286778-B22
286776-B22
188122-B22
174830-B21
138603-B21
120186-B21
Software Support
18Q
What operating systems are supported on the new ProLiant DL560?
18A
For more details and an updated list on supported OSes on ProLiant Servers, please visit
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/os-support-matrix-310.pdf
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Questions and Answers Index
Technology
1Q.
What are the features of the new DL560?
2Q.
What ProLiant DL560 models will be available, and when will they begin shipping?
3Q
Is the ProLiant DL560 a replacement for any of the existing servers?
4Q
What are the feature differences between the new ProLiant DL560 and other ProLiant dense
servers?
5Q
What are the power requirements for the ProLiant DL560?
6Q
What chipset is the server using?
7Q
What memory does the new ProLiant DL560 use?
8Q
What is Advanced Memory Protection?
9Q
What is Advanced ECC functionality?
10Q
How do customers expand the memory on the ProLiant DL560?
11Q
Does the ProLiant DL560 have an integrated array controller?
12Q
Can I mix Wide Ultra3 and Wide Ultra4 drives in my server?
13Q
Will my base server run at Ultra4 speeds?
14Q
Can you run external hard drives or tape backup using the Smart Array 5i Plus Controller?
15Q
What type of NIC comes with the server?
16Q
Does the ProLiant DL560 support mixed processor speeds and cache sizes?
17Q
What recommended options will be available for the new ProLiant DL560?
Software Support
18Q
What operating systems are supported on the new ProLiant DL560?
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hp ProLiant DL360 Generation 3
Product Overview
Leading the scale out environment with integrated
Lights-Out management, the DL360 offers essential
availability features and concentrated, 1U compute
power for space constrained Internet and data
center installations.
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
 Embedded technologies and full-length slots offer configuration flexibility in an ultra dense
form factor.
 The DL360 provides more intelligent fault resilience per U than ever before, now with optional
redundant power.
 Combining Xeon processors, DDR SDRAM, and PCI-X technology the DL360 has concentrated,
1U compute power.
 Designed with ProLiant’s industry-leading management tools, easing network management
and server deployment.
Product Summary
The ProLiant DL360 Generation leads the scale out environment, combining concentrated, 1U
compute power with unmatched system features such as embedded remote management
and optional redundant power. Xeon processors with 533MHz front side bus, combined with
DDR SDRAM and PCI-X technology means the DL360 can handle greater transaction
workloads for web hosting, infrastructure applications, and terminal services. ProLiant
engineering leadership is evident in the remote management capabilities of Integrated Lights
Out technology embedded in every DL360 providing OS-independent remote console and
remote power on/off. In addition, to meet the demanding fault tolerance requirements of
corporate data centers, the DL360 G3 now offers optional hot plug redundant power.
What’s New
Concentrated 1U computer power
 Up to two 2.4, 2.8 or 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 533 MHz system bus
Ideal Environment
Corporate data centers or Internet installations that value rack server
density, while needing internal flexibility and higher availability than ultra
dense customers
Ideal Applications
 Web Hosting
 Data Center Utility
 Domain controller/Directory services
 Gateway server
 Firewall
 Encryption server
 Development test bed
 Messaging
 Citrix Terminal Services (Scaling and Performance with the DL360G3)
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Streaming Media
Voice over IP
High Performance Technical Computing (HPTC)
Problems and requirements
As IT expenditures continue to receive intense scrutiny and justification, customers need to
increase efficiency of data center resources. Packing as much performance per U as possible
maximizes data center floor space and minimizes infrastructure costs. Key criteria in selecting
the appropriate server technology are configuration flexibility, high availability features, and
server/network management. Customers require:
 A high performance server design to drive higher user workloads per U
 A space-saving dense form factor
 Availability features that limit costly network downtime
 Server deployment and data center management tools to conserve IT resources
 Remote manageability to support centralized or remote data center management
 Superior cable management and rack rail solutions to accommodate dense server
deployment
Typical Use
 Web hosting
 Data center utility
 Terminal services
 HPTC
Solving the customer problem
The DL360 has balanced processor resources with high performance 266MHz, 2-way
interleaved DDR SDRAM, PCI-X technology and U320 drives, bringing more performance
per U for web hosting, data center utility, terminal services, and HPTC environments.
Next-generation Xeon processors with 533MHz front side bus not only increase system
performance, they can also handle a significantly greater workload per processor because
of higher processor frequencies, faster system bus, and Hyper-Threading technology.
Additionally, with up to 8GB memory capacity, the DL360 helps eliminate a common
system bottleneck.
Industry-leading features included in the price of the server, such as integrated Lights Out
remote management and ProLiant Essentials Pack, significantly increase the value-add of
the DL360G3.
The virtual presence of Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) technology provides secure text based
remote console and remote power on/off. Optional graphical remote console and virtual
media functionality further enhances the feature set.
The DL360 G3 now provides an optional hot plug redundant power supply to meet the
demanding availability requirements of corporate data centers. Advanced ECC SDRAM,
redundant ROM, Automatic Server Recover, optional transportable battery backed write
cache and ProLiant reliability guarantee optimum server uptime.
The system can be configured with one or two full-length PCI-X slots (one full-length slot
available if the redundant power supply is installed, two slots available if redundant power
supply is not installed), Integrated Lights Out remote management, dual embedded
10/100/1000 NICs, and an embedded Smart Array 5i+ enhance configuration flexibility,
increasing the DL360 G3’s versatility within the data center.
RRDeployment tools help get the system up and running quickly, simply, and consistently.
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The ProLiant Essentials management pack ships standard with every ProLiant server and
includes SmartStart, SmartStart Scripting Toolkit, Insight Manager, Array Configuration
utility (ACU), iLO Setup Utility ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU), and Pre-Failure Warranty.
In addition, spring-loaded, tool-free Universal rack rails ship standard with the DL360 G3
to support both round hole and square hole racks, providing fast and easy server
installation and maintenance.
Model Specification Comparisons
DL320 G2
DL360 G3
DL380 G3
2.4+GHz GHz Xeon,
533MHz front side
bus (2P)
512k L2
533 MHz
Embedded Smart
Array 5i+, with 64MB
memory, optional
BBWC
Dual 10/100/1000
PC2100, 266MHz, 2:1
interleaved
2.4+GHz GHz Xeon,
400MHz & 533mhZ e
bus (2P)
512k L2
400/533 MHz
Embedded Smart Array
5i+, with 64MB of
memory, optional
BBWC
Dual 10/100/1000
PC2100, 200/266MHz,
2:1 interleaved
Performance
Processor
2.2+GHz GHz P4 (1P)
Processor Cache
FSB
512k L2
533MHz
Drive controller
ATA standard, optional
slot-less U3 SCSI
NICs
Memory
Dual 10/100/1000
PC2100, 266MHz, 2:1
interleaved
Expansion
Drive bays
2 non-hot plug
Management
RILOE in a slot
I/O slots
1 PCI
Max Memory
Availability
4GB ECC SDRAM
Power supply
Fan
Chassis
Power
Non-HP, nonredundant
Non-HP, nonredundant
1U
180W
2 - 1.0” (U320 drives
only)
Embedded iLO
1 or 2 PCI-X slots (1
with redundant
power installed, 2
without)
8GB ECC SDRAM
HP, redundant
Non-HP, nonredundant
1U
325W
6x1.0” HP drives or 5
1.0”HP drives and 1 1.6”
HP AIT/DAT tape”
Embedded iLO
3 PCI-X slots, 2 hot plug
6GB ECC SDRAM
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
2U
400W
QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html
(North
America/US version)
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ProLiant DL Line Advantage
The ProLiant DL line excels at packing more performance, availability, and engineering in the
least amount of space. ProLiant servers also offer the best setup, maintenance, and
management tools in the industry. Furthermore, ProLiants are designed, in part, to optimize
common spare parts, so systems share hard disk drives, memory, and PCI cards, just to name
a few.
Inside the ProLiant DL360 Generation 3
Embedded technologies and full-length slots offer configuration flexibility
in an ultra dense form factor.
The virtual presence of integrated Lights-Out (iLO) technology provides secure text based
remote console and remote power on/off. Optional graphical remote console and virtual
media functionality further enhances the feature set. High performance embedded Smart
Array 5i+ and dual 10/100/1000 NICs maximize I/O performance while maintaining high
availability configuration options. The system can be configured with one or two full-length
PCI-X slots. (One full-length slot is available if the redundant power supply is installed; two
slots available if redundant power supply is not installed.)
Integrated Lights Out (iLO)
The DL360 G3 offers industry-leading iLO embedded remote management technology,
providing a rich suite of lights-out features as standard components of the server.
Standard features include remote power on/off, a text interface for remote viewing and
management of the server’s boot sequence, server logs, alert forwarding, diagnostics,
group administration, and robust security features including 128 bit SSL encryption. The
advanced features of the iLO can be easily activated while the server is online, by applying
a license key sold as a separate option. ILO Advanced features include virtual graphical
console and virtual floppy that provide in-front-of-the-server access and control to
systems located at remote sites and dense data centers.
Embedded Smart Array 5i+
The Smart Array 5i provides RAID 0 or RAID 1 capabilities, and includes 64MB of memory.
This embedded solution uses the same firmware used in all ProLiant Smart Array
products, so interoperability of RAID configured drives is guaranteed. That means that a
drive removed from a DL360 G3 can be placed in any ProLiant server or storage enclosure
and the Smart Array firmware will recognize the drive’s place within the array, without any
data loss or drive re-formatting. This interoperability of drives among all ProLiant servers
and storage enclosures is a hallmark of the Smart Array technology. In the DL360 G3, the
Smart Array 5i+ has an optional battery-back write cache that is fully transportable, and
can be moved to another DL360 G3 to recover data stored in the cache in the event of a
system failure.
Embedded 10/100/1000 NICs
Dual embedded 10/100/100 NICs support Wake On LAN (WOL) and PXE. A configuration
utility enables teaming or redundancy, for either improved performance of higher
availability.
Rackability
A variety of racking solutions support a range of customer server environments. Springloaded, tool-free Universal rack rails ship standard with the DL360 G3 to support both
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round hole and square hole racks. Optional Universal sliding rails provide in-rack
serviceability. An optional telecommunication rack rail solution is also available.
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The DL360 provides more intelligent fault resilience per U than ever before,
now with optional redundant power.
Now offering optional redundant power supplies to meet demanding availability
requirements of corporate data centers. Advanced ECC SDRAM, optional transportable
battery backed write cache and ProLiant reliability guarantee optimum server uptime.
Optional Redundant Power The DL360 G3 now offers an optional hot plug redundant
power supply. This brings redundant power directly into the 1U form factor, and also
provides two power cords for installations that run redundant power to the rack. The
system can be configured with either one or two full-length PCI-X slots. One full-length
slot is available if the redundant power supply is installed, two slots are available if the
redundant power supply is not installed.
Advanced ECC Memory Advanced ECC Memory detects and corrects single-bit memory
errors. In addition, Advanced ECC Memory can also correct 4bit memory errors that occur
within a single DRAM chip on a DIMM. Advanced ECC provides more robust error
detection and correction capabilities than ECC memory, and is standard on the ProLiant
DL360 G3.
Optional Battery-backed Write Cache The Smart Array 5i+ RAID controller that ships
standard with the DL360 G3 can be upgraded to incorporate a battery-backup for the
64MB memory. The optional solution is fully transportable, and can be moved to another
DL360 G3 to recover data stored in the cache in the event of a system failure.
Redundant ROM Reduces the risk associated with system upgrades because the existing
ROM setup is saved as backup during a BIOS upgrade in the event the procedure fails.
Automatic Server Recovery (ASR-2) Increases server availability by restarting the server
after a system hang or shutdown without IT intervention for server restart.
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Combining Xeon processors, DDR SDRAM, and PCI-X technology the DL360
has concentrated, 1U compute power.
Dual Xeon processors with 533MHz front side bus not only increase system performance, they
can also handle a significantly greater workload per processor because of higher processor
frequencies, faster system bus, and Hyper-Threading technology. Up to 8GB memory capacity
helps eliminate a common system bottleneck. ProLiant engineers have balanced the
processor resources with high performance 266MHz, 2 way interleaved DDR SDRAM, PCI-X
technology and U320 drives, bringing more performance per U for web hosting,
infrastructure, HPTC, and clustering environments.
Processor The NetBurst technology of the next-generations Xeon processors allows for
higher frequencies and a faster front side bus. A large, high-speed data bus increases
throughput and performance to critical processor, memory and I/O subsystems, resulting
in uncompromising application performance.
L2 cache is located on die, storing commonly used data closer to the processor. In
addition, L2 cache transfers data on each core clock cycle. This results in reduced memory
access times and increased performance of a critical server subsystem.
With Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, one physical processor looks like two logical
processors to the OS and applications. These two ‘logical’ processors can execute
different tasks simultaneously using shared hardware resources. By allowing the
processor to use on-die resources that would otherwise have been idle, Hyper-Threading
Technology provides a performance boost on multi-threading and multi-tasking
operations.
Memory DDR memory architecture transfers data on both the rising and the falling edge
of each clock cycle. As a result, twice as much data can be sent to (or received from) the
processor in one clock cycle.
Dual interleaved memory doubles the amount of data obtained in a single memory access
from 64bits to 128bits. When data is written to memory, the memory controller
distributes, or interleaves, the data across both DIMMs in a bank. When one processor
sends a request to the memory controller, the request is sent to both DIMMs
simultaneously. The data at the requested address is returned, or read, along with the
data from subsequent sequential addresses on both DIMMs, and is sent to the processor’s
L2 cache. The processor then uses the much faster L2 cache to fulfill subsequent requests
until it cannot find the data it needs. At that point, it sends another request to the
memory controller. Because fewer requests are being sent to the memory controller,
there is less chance the second processor will have to wait (i.e. fewer wait states) to access
the memory controller.
PCI-X A large, high-speed data bus increases throughput, providing up to 3.2GB/s Peak
data transfer rates. Placing embedded 10/100/1000 NICs on separate PCI-X busses
enhances critical I/O subsystem performance. The configuration utility enables customers
to set up the NICs for teaming or redundancy for improved performance or higher
availability.
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Designed with ProLiant’s industry-leading management tools, easing
network management and server deployment
ProLiant Management and Configuration tools conserve valuable IT resources. ProLiant
standards such as SmartStart, Insight Manager, Integrated Lights Out remote management,
and pre-failure warranty ease network management and reduce time to deploy by centralizing
management functions and eliminating redundant efforts. ProLiant Advantages include:
Integrated Lights Out (iLO) The DL360 G3 offers industry-leading iLO embedded remote
management technology, providing a rich suite of lights-out features as standard
components of the server. Standard features include remote power on/off, a text
interface for remote viewing and management of the server’s boot sequence, server logs,
alert forwarding, diagnostics, group administration, and robust security features including
128 bit SSL encryption. The advanced features of the iLO can be easily activated while the
server is online, by applying a license key sold as a separate option. iLO Advanced
features include virtual graphical console and virtual sites and dense data centers.
ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack, shipped with every ProLiant ™ server, enables you
to quickly install and configure systems, proactively manage change and ensure
continuous server operations.
 RBSU (ROM-based Setup Utility) performs CPU, memory and boot disk
diagnostics as well as configures initial hardware settings and prepares your
ProLiant DL360 G3 for OS installation.
 Receive alerts from Insight Manager 7 before degraded systems fail with the PreFailure Warranty. Receive replacement of degraded disk, CPU and memory
before they impact productivity.
 SmartStart ™ configures your hardware, loads optimized drivers and assists with
software installation to achieve optimum reliability, performance and system
uptime.
 Remote Deploy Utility radically simplifies high-volume server deployments by
including replication utilities that create and copy configuration and script files.
Expand your capabilities with optional tools like the ProLiant Essentials Rapid
Deployment Value Pack that automates the process of deploying and provisioning your
unique server software configurations.
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Questions and Answers
What’s New?
1Q.
What are the standard features of the ProLiant DL360 G3?
1A.
(link to product QS on website)
2Q.
2A.
What new models have been announced?
2.4GHz (533MHz fsb) w/ 512MB SDRAM
2.8GHz (533MHz fsb) w/ 512MB SDRAM
2.8GHz (533MHz fsb) w/ 1GB SDRAM and redundant power
3.06GHz (533MHz fsb) w/ 512MB SDRAM
3.06GHz (533MHz fsb) w/ 1GB SDRAM and redundant power
There are three new models for the DL360 G3:
292887-xx1
292889-xx1
308724-xx1
322470-xx1
322471-xx1
The system can be configured with one or two PCI-X slots. Models 292887-xx1, 292889xx1, and 322470-xx1 do not have the optional redundant power supply installed, so each
system ships with two PCI-X slots. Models 308724-xx1 and 322471-xx1 have the
redundant power supply installed, so these systems ship with one PCI-X slot.
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3Q
3A.
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What key options will be available for the ProLiant DL360 G3?
Processor O ptions
292891-B21
2.4GHz (533MHz fsb) Xeon processor option
292892-B21
2.8GHz (533MHz fsb) Xeon processor option
322472-B21
3.06GHz (533MHz fsb) Xeon processor option
HP RPS
293703-B21
293703-001
hot plug redundant power supply w/ IEC cord only
hot plug redundant power supply w/ N EMA cord only
M isc.
303341-B21
251243-B21
264007-B21
263825-B21
255541-B21
308540-B21
G3 Universal sliding rail kit
Telco rack option kit
DVD option kit
Advanced iLO
BBW C Enabler Kit
FCA2355 dual port fiber channel HBA
M emory
300678-B21
300679-B21
300680-B21
300682-B21
512MB DDR 266MHz (2x256MB)
1GB DDR 266MHz (2x512MB)
2GB DDR 266MHz (2x1GB)
4GB DDR 266MHz (2x2GB)
U3 2 0 drives
286775-B22
286713-B22
286776-B22
286714-B22
286778-B22
286716-B22
(The DL360G3 only supports U320 drives)
18GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
36GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
36GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
72GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
72GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
145GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
(link to product QS on website)
4Q.
4A.
What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant DL360 G3?
Operating system support includes:
Microsoft Windows NT Server
Microsoft Windows 2000
Novell NetWare
LINUX (Red Hat, SuSE)
For a complete and up-to-date listing of supports OS’s and versions, please visit our OS
Support Matrix at: http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliantml530/index.html
5Q.
What are the main differences between the DL360 G2 and the DL360 G3 and what are
the benefits of these new features?
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The DL360 G3 has both design changes and the latest technology updates. Link to model
comparison chart
Hot Plug Redundant Power
The DL360 G3 now offers an optional hot plug redundant power supply. This brings
redundant power directly into the 1U form factor, and also provides two power cords for
installations that run redundant power to the rack. The system can be configured with 1
or 2-64bit/100MHz PCI-X 3.3 volt slots. One PCI-X slot is available when redundant power
is installed, 2 slots are available when not installed.
2.4, 2.8, and 3.06GHz Xeon processors with 533MHz front side bus
The NetBurst technology of the next-generations Xeon processors allows for higher
frequencies and a faster front side bus. A large, high-speed data bus increases
throughput and performance to critical processor, memory and I/O subsystems, resulting
in uncompromising application performance.
L2 cache is located on die, storing commonly used data closer to the processor. In
addition, L2 cache transfers data on each core clock cycle. This results in reduced memory
access times and increased performance of a critical server subsystem.
With Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, one physical processor looks like two logical
processors to the OS and applications. These two ‘logical’ processors can execute
different tasks simultaneously using shared hardware resources. By allowing the
processor to use on-die resources that would otherwise have been idle, Hyper-Threading
Technology provides a performance boost on multi-threading and multi-tasking
operations.
266MHz DDR Memory
DDR memory architecture transfers data on both the rising and the falling edge of each
clock cycle. As a result, twice as much data can be sent to (or received from) the
processor in one clock cycle.
Dual interleaved memory doubles the amount of data obtained in a single memory
access from 64bits to 128bits. When data is written to memory, the memory
controller distributes, or interleaves, the data across both DIMMs in a bank. When
one processor sends a request to the memory controller, the request is sent to both
DIMMs simultaneously. The data at the requested address is returned, or read, along
with the data from subsequent sequential addresses on both DIMMs, and is sent to
the processor’s L2 cache. The processor then uses the much faster L2 cache to fulfill
subsequent requests until it cannot find the data it needs. At that point, it sends
another request to the memory controller. Because fewer requests are being sent to
the memory controller, there is less chance the second processor will have to wait (i.e.
fewer wait states) to access the memory controller.
Advanced ECC
The DL360 G3 provides Advanced ECC support for standard system memory. Advanced
ECC detects and corrects single-bit memory errors, just like ECC. In addition, it can also
correct 4bit memory errors that occur within a single DRAM chip on a DIMM.
PCI-X
A large, high-speed data bus increases throughput, providing up to 3.2GB/s Peak data
transfer rates. Placing embedded 10/100/1000 NICs on separate PCI-X busses enhances
critical I/O subsystem performance.
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U320 Drive Support
The DL360 G3 supports only U320 hot plug drives. Below are the drives that are currently
available:
286775-B22
286713-B22
286776-B22
286714-B22
286778-B22
286716-B22
18GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
36GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
36GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
72GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
72GB 15k U320 1" HP drive
145GB 10k U320 1" HP drive
ServerWorks HE Chipset
The DL360 G3 uses the ServerWorks HE chipset for maximum performance in a 1U form
factor. The chipset supports the 533MHz front side bus of the Xeon processors, along
with 266MHz DDR Advanced ECC SDRAM. The DL360 G3 is designed with one PCI-X slot
per PCI-X bus for optimum load balancing. Placing embedded NICs on separate busses
further enhances critical I/O subsystem performance.
6Q.
6A
What is the USB support on the DL360 G3?
The DL360 G3 supports USB 1.1.
7Q.
7A.
Can I use the Xeon processors from the DL380 G3 or the ML370 G3 in the DL360 G3?
No, the DL360 G3 uses a different heat sink than the DL380 G3 and the ML370 G3. This
heat sink is designed specifically for the space constrained system layout of the DL360 G3.
8Q.
8A.
Can I use the memory from other servers in the DL360 G3?
Yes, the DL360 G3 uses the same PC2100 memory used in the DL380 G3, the ML370 G3,
and the ML350 G3. The part numbers are:
M emory
300678-B21
300679-B21
300680-B21
300682-B21
512MB DDR 266MHz ( 2x256MB)
1GB DDR 266MHz ( 2x512MB)
2GB DDR 266MHz ( 2x1GB)
4GB DDR 266MHz ( 2x2GB)
9Q.
9A.
Does the DL360 G3 support DLT, AIT or DAT?
Yes, but due to the extreme density of the chassis, all tape support must be external. This
requires a separate SCSI controller installed in a slot.
10Q
10A
Why do I lose a PCI-X slot when the hot plug redundant power supply is installed?
In the space-constrained environment of a 1U server thermal considerations and proper
airflow are key elements of the server design. The redundant power supply in the DL360
G3 is placed next to the standard power supply, as opposed to behind the standard
power supply. By placing redundant power supplies side by side, each power supply
draws in the maximum amount of air at the coolest temperature, providing optimum
thermal conditions in a dense environment.
11Q
11A
Why does the DL360 G3 only support U320 drives?
The DL360 G3 is optimized for the new line of U320 hard drives, and does not physically
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support the HP branded Ultra3 or HP branded U160 hot plug drives. The DL360 G3 server
will be forward compatible with future U320 SCSI hard drives. The new hot pluggable
Universal U320 drives from HP are distinguishable from the Ultra3 or Ultra2 hard drives by
the redesigned grounding clip and by the HP logo.
In addition, extensive testing has been performed to ensure that the new HP branded
U320 drives are backwards compatible in all ProLiant Servers and ProLiant storage
products, as well as all StorageWorks and Alpha products that have been using the
Compaq branded Universal carriers.
12Q.
12A.
What rack options are available for the DL360 G3?
A variety of racking solutions support a range of customer environments. Spring-loaded,
tool-free Universal rack rails ship standard with the DL360 G3 to support both round hole
and square hole racks. Optional Universal ball-bearing sliding rails provide in-rack
serviceability. An optional telecommunication rack rail solution is also available.
The part number for the optional Universal sliding rail kit for the DL360 G3 is 303341-B21.
The part number for the optional telecommunication rack rail solution is 251243-B21.
13Q.
13A.
What deployment information is available for the DL360 G3?
A white paper that addresses issues such as power distribution, cable management, and
thermal requirements is available. This comprehensive guide provides great detail on
planning and deploying highly concentrated configurations of ProLiant DL360 G3 servers.
The HP DL360G3 Server Deployment Best Practices can be found at:
http://www.compaq.com/support/techpubs/whitepapers/
In addition, there are the standard tools that HP provides for rack deployment, which
include:
 Rack Builder Online http://www.compaq.com/rackbuilder - This tool assists customers
with rack configurations based on unique customer input. Features include:
 Graphical preview of properly configured racks
 Site planning support, including power requirements, cooling mandates, and
physical specifications
 Assists with ordering by providing information on required components, part
numbers, and appropriate quantities
 Provides a variety of reports
 Allows users to register for the ability to save configurations and receive new
product information
 HP Installing Rack Products Audio Visual (AV) CD - This set contains 4 CD-ROMs and
gives a visual overview of the operations required to configure an HP/pre-merger
Compaq rack with rack-mountable components. The video covers key configuration
steps such as:
 Installation of rack-mountable servers and options
 Cabling
 Coupling multiple racks together
 Rack Information Library CD - This CD allows you to view, search, and print
documentation for HP and pre-merger Compaq Racks and Rack Options and help you
set up and optimize your new HP Rack to best fit the needs of your environment.
 The entire Rack Resource CD Kit that includes all the above rack mounting
information, ships with all HP racks and can be ordered through any HP authorized
reseller. The Rack Builder Configuration Tool CD and the Rack Information Library CD
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can be found on the Internet at http://www.compaq.com (PN 298721-002) is for the
4000/7000 series. It contains RBPro CD v1.2, AVCD and the Library CD v2.0. (PN
150240-001) is for the 9000 series and contains RBProCD v2.5, AVCE and Library CD
v2.0
14Q.
14A.
What is Hyper-Threading technology and what are the benefits?
The new Intel XeonTM processors incorporate Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, which
makes one physical processor look like two logical processors to the OS and applications.
These two ‘logical’ processors on a single physical processor can execute different tasks
simultaneously using shared hardware resources. By allowing the processor to use on-die
resources that would otherwise have been idle, Hyper-Threading Technology provides a
performance boost on multi-threading and multi-tasking operations. Not all operating
systems take advantage of the XeonTM Hyper-Threading features. For more information and
details on what operating systems support Hyper-Threading, go to
http://issgweb:2200/products/servers/technology/hyper-threading.html
15Q.
15A.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
NIC Teaming allows the user to configure two NICs such they form one single virtual NIC.
The teamed pair may then be configured for fault tolerance or load balancing.
This feature requires network driver support. HP offers NIC teaming support through the NIC
drivers. For more information on NIC teaming, review the readme files for the hp value-add
software through the ProLiant Support Pack (PSP).
16Q
16A
How do I configure my NIC to run at GB Ethernet speeds?
Gigabit NICs are capable of running 10/100/1000 and will auto-negotiate to the speed of the
network. Existing 10/100 switches and hubs must be replaced with gigabit hubs and switches
to successfully link at gigabit speeds.
17Q
What is the integrated Lights-Out (iLO) and where can I find information about the
Advanced Pack?
There are two versions of Integrated Lights-Out available to meet customers varying remote
management needs. The iLO Standard version provides basic Lights-Out management
features that are integrated as standard components of the ProLiant server. The iLO Standard
features are available free of charge on supported ProLiant Servers. The iLO Standard
features include, simplified setup, text based console for access to server boot sequences and
text mode operating system console, remote power on/off, SSL security, detailed server
status, logs, alert forwarding, virtual indicators, diagnostics, and automatic server recover.
17A
For more information on the Integrated Lights-Out, refer to
http://www.hp.com/servers/lights-out.
18Q.
18A.
What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?
Wake-on-LAN provides a method of remotely powering on a system based on the MAC
address of the NIC. This feature requires hardware support by the NIC, NIC firmware, NIC
driver and system ROM support. Starting with G2 ProLiant servers, all integrated NICs
support WOL and have this feature Enabled by default.
19Q
19A
What is Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE)?
A Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE) allows a user to connect to a PXE server to remotely
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install an operating system. This feature requires NIC hardware and firmware support, as well
as system ROM support. All ProLiant integrated NICs support PXE and have this feature
Enabled by default starting with G2 products. When this feature is Enabled, there is a feature
at POST to press F12 to attempt to locate a PXE deployment server. Not all operating
systems support a PXE deployment for a server operating system. For more information on
PXE, go to ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/pxe_wp.pdf. For
specific information on how to setup a Linux PXE deployment server, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/linux/whitepapers.html.
20Q.
20A.
What is PCI-X technology?
A compatible extension of the existing PCI Bus, the 64-bit PCI-X architecture runs at speeds
up to 100MHz in the DL360 G3, providing burst transfer rates above 1gigabyte per second.
This critical I/O bandwidth is needed for industry standard servers running enterprise
applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Ultra3 SCSI and Cluster Interconnects.
PCI-X ensures investment protection because it offers backward compatibility with existing
PCI based systems and a stable and complementary technology roadmap for future I/O
standard system architectures. For more information on PCI-X, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/technology/pci-x-enablement.html.
21Q.
21A.
22Q.
22A.
23Q.
23A.
24Q.
24A.
What is the difference in a 3.3V and a 5V PCI card and how can I tell what will work in my
PCI slots?
The PCI specification allows for three different PCI add-in cards: 3.3V, 5V and “Universal”
adapters. New PCI controllers are manufactured to operate at 3.3V, while older options were
5V. The DL360 G3 ships with PCI-X slots that are keyed to allow only 3.3V or Universal
adapters. For more information on the PCI slots in your server, review the product
QuickSpecs. Refer to your adapter documentation to determine if your PCI device is keyed
for the 3.3V, 5V or Universal specification.
What is the minimum supported SmartStart version for this server? (This will link to
SmartStart on website)
The minimum supported SmartStart version for this server is SmartStart 6.3 or later.
What is new with SmartStart 6.0?
SmartStart 6.0 is a re-design of SmartStart that streamlines the single ProLiant server setup
process. SmartStart 6.0 streamlines the server setup by leveraging use of embedded utilities
that configure the server and array hardware through RBSU and ORCA, removing the need for
a System Partition and Server Profile Diskette, and streamlining OS interview questions. For
more information please see www.hp.com.
How do I configure my ProLiant server hardware?
For servers shipping prior to 2001, users were required to create a system partition to
install the system configuration utility. The system partition was created as part of the
SmartStart assisted installation and provided a means of configuring a ProLiant server.
The partition was installed during the SmartStart assisted installation. If the system
partition did not exist, the System Configuration Utility had to be loaded via floppies or
the SmartStart CD.
Newer servers, the system configuration utility has been replaced with ROM-Based
Setup Utility (RBSU). ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is loaded from the host ROM and
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replaces the system configuration utility. RBSU does not require the use of any diskettes
or CDs to configure a system. In addition, it eliminates the need for a partition on the
hard drive, does not have to be installed, and decreases the time required to load the
configuration utility. For more information on the introduction of RBSU, go to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/rbsu-whitepaper.pdf.
RBSU is loaded by pressing F9 when prompted at POST. This utility provides similar
functionality to the system configuration utility. For example, it allows the user to set the
date and time, boot controller order; hardware interrupts, and advanced system settings.
The first time you power up the server, the system will prompt you to enter RBSU, select
an operating system, and select a language. Default configuration settings are made at
this time and can be changed later. For additional information on RBSU, review the
RBSU User Guide at to www.hp.com/servers/smartstart under Downloadables.
25Q.
25A.
How does Redundant ROM provide additional system availability?
The ROM is divided into to logical parts. When the system boots, the primary ROM side
is executed and used in server operation. During a ROM flash, the backup image is
flashed. Once the flash is fully completed, the backup image becomes the primary ROM
image. If under rare conditions your flash does not complete safely, potentially due to
interruption of power, the backup ROM image will be available to boot the system. In
the situation where both images are valid, the user can select which image to use at
boot time in RBSU.
26Q.
26A.
What is the Online ROM Flash utility and how can I use it?
The Online ROM Flash utility can be downloaded and run as a component and will
immediately copy the new ROM image, reboot the server, and the new ROM image will
be effective. For more information on the Online ROM Flash utility, go to
www.compaq.com/support/files/server/us/webdoc/rom/bestremoteromusers-001.pdf.
27Q.
27A.
What is Serial Console Redirection?
Serial Console Redirection allows console output to be redirected through the serial port
for those users who operate in a ‘headless’ environment. BIOS Serial Console
Redirection allows POST messages to be redirected as well as execution of ROM-based
Setup (RBSU) and Option ROMs. Some operating systems offer similar functionality,
such as EMS Support in Microsoft Server 2003 (when available). BIOS Serial Console
Redirection and EMS Support are independent features in RBSU. This functionality will
be incorporated into some G3 servers, and included in a maintenance release for some
G2 servers. For more information on these features, go to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/smartstart/biosserialconsole.pdf
28Q
28A.
How do I run Server Diagnostics?.
Server Diagnostics cannot be run through RBSU, but can be run by inserting the
supported SmartStart CD into the ProLiant server. The SmartStart CD will have the same
functionality for server diagnostics as in previous releases.
What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green,
red, amber)?
The front panel and internal FRU LEDs are used to help diagnose a server failure. When
an internal component fails, the indication is made on an internal component LED
(amber) and on the front panel. If the item is serviceable without removing the server
29Q.
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hood, as in the case of a redundant power supply failure, the External Health LED will
illuminate. If the item is serviceable by removing the hood, as in the case of a fan failure,
the Internal Health LED will illuminate.
If no failures have occurred, the system health LEDs will be green. If a failure has
occurred, but a redundant feature has enabled the system to continue running, the LED
will be amber. If the failure is critical and is/has caused the system to shutdown, the LED
will be red. These LEDs serve as local indicators for several failure conditions. Insight
Manager will continue to report these, and many other failure conditions, as well.
30Q
30A
What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?
HP provides both standard USB support and legacy USB support. Standard support is
provided by the operating system (OS) through the appropriate USB device drivers. HP
provides support for USB devices prior to the operating system loading through legacy
USB support, which is enabled by default in the system ROM. Click here for more
information: http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/usb-support.html.
31Q
31A
Where can I find information about the deployment alternatives for this server?
There are many HP-supported software deployment methods, as well as deployment
methods using industry-standard technologies. For information on what software
deployment alternatives are available, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/management/proliant-deployment.html.
32Q
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How can I run Erase?
The Erase utility has been removed from the SmartStart CD and is one of the enhanced
ROM features. Erase can be run by powering on the server and pressing F9 to run RBSU.
There is a new option to Erase NVRAM and local hard drives. This replaces the Erase
utility from the previous version of the SmartStart utility and can be run without booting
the SmartStart CD.
33Q
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How can I run User Diagnostics?
User Diagnostics has been incorporated into the system ROM as one of the enhanced
ROM features. User Diagnostics can be run by powering on the server and pressing F10
to enter the System Maintenance Menu. Within the menu, the user will have the option
to run various diagnostic utilities for their ProLiant server. These utilities can be run
without having to boot the SmartStart CD.
34Q
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What is the value-add software and how do I install it?
HP delivers value-add software via the SmartStart CD. These drivers have been tested
and are supported for HP hardware, and they provided enhanced functionality for
ProLiant servers. To install these drivers using the SmartStart CD, insert the CD after the
operating system has been installed. These drivers and software deliverables are also
available on the HP website under Support and Drivers.
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Questions and Answers Index
What’s New?
1Q.
What are the standard features of the ProLiant DL360 G3?
2Q.
What new models have been announced?
3Q
What recommended options will be available for the ProLiant DL360 G3?
4Q.
What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant DL360 G3?
5Q.
What are the main differences between the DL360 G2 and the DL360 G3 and what are
the benefits of these new features?
6Q.
What is the USB support on the DL360 G3?
7Q.
Can I use the Xeon processors from the DL380 G3 or the ML370 G3 in the DL360 G3?
8Q.
Can I use the memory from other servers in the DL360 G3?
9Q.
Does the DL360 G3 support DLT, AIT or DAT?
10Q
Why do I lose a PCI-X slot when the hot plug redundant power supply is installed?
11Q
Why can’t I use drives other than U320?
12Q.
What rack options are available for the DL360 G3?
13Q.
What deployment information is available for the DL360 G3?
14Q.
What is Hyper-Threading technology and what are the benefits?
15Q.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
16Q
How do I configure my NIC to run at GB Ethernet speeds?
17Q
What is the integrated Lights-Out (iLO) and where can I find information about the
Advanced Pack?
18Q.
What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?
19Q
What is Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE)?
20Q.
What is PCI-X technology?
21Q.
What is the difference in a 3.3V and a 5V PCI card and how can I tell what will work in my
PCI slots?
22Q.
What is the minimum supported SmartStart version for this server?
23Q.
What is new with SmartStart 6.0?
24Q.
How do I configure my ProLiant server hardware?
25Q.
How does Redundant ROM provide additional system availability?
26Q.
What is the Online ROM Flash utility and how can I use it?
27Q.
What is Serial Console Redirection?
28Q
How do I run Server Diagnostics?.
29Q.
What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green,
red, amber)?
30Q
What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?
31Q
Where can I find information about the deployment alternatives for this server?
32Q
How can I run Erase?
33Q
How can I run User Diagnostics?
34Q
What is the value-add software and how do I install it?
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hp ProLiant ML530 Generation 2
Product Overview
Designed for maximum application performance
and user workload, the ProLiant ML530 G2 offers
customers the first 2P expansion server with
Mirrored Memory.
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
 Leading the way with 3.0GHz Intel Xeon
processors, DDR SDRAM, and PCI-X technology,
the ProLiant ML530 G2 is designed with a
balanced system architecture to maximize
application performance and user workload.
 The first 2P server with Mirrored Memory, the
ProLiant ML530 G2 reduces server downtime for
high availability environments.
 The ProLiant ML530 G2 is optimized for server consolidation and future growth, with more
internal expansion than any 2P server on the market.
 Designed with ProLiant industry-leading management tools to ease network management and
server deployment.
Product Description
The ProLiant ML530 Generation 2 is a high-performance 2-way server that delivers industryleading expansion and availability features. ProLiant engineering and design expertise
optimize system resources for intensive data center and remote office environments.
Processor, memory, and I/O subsystems combine to provide unbeatable price/performance
for database engines or server consolidation efforts. Internal expansion of up to 14 hot-plug
hard drives and 7 PCI-X slots allows application flexibility and headroom for future growth.
Intelligent fault resilience features, such as Advanced Memory Protection technology and hotplug components guarantee maximum uptime for business-critical and infrastructure
applications.
What’s New
 Latest dual processor Xeon™ processor from Intel
 3.0 GHz Xeon processors with 400 MHz system bus
 512k L2 cache
 Hyper Threading Technology
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Ideal Environment
Companies over 500 employees with data centers or remote sites that require a
high performance, highly expandable departmental class server.
Ideal Applications
 Server Consolidation Platform
 Remote Site or Branch Office Server
 High Performance, Low Cost Database Engine
Microsoft SQL
Oracle
 Large Infrastructure
File and Print
Domain Controller
Directory Services
Wireless Gateway
 Mail and Messaging
Microsoft Exchange
Lotus Domino
Novell GroupWise
 Dedicated Application Server
E-Commerce Storefronts
Internet/Intranet Back-end Applications
Video Streaming
Current customer problem, example #1 (corporate data center)
As IT expenditures continue to receive intense scrutiny and justification, customers need to
increase efficiency of data center resources through server consolidation and centralization. Key
components in identifying the appropriate server technology are balancing requirements for
flexible configuration and large internal storage, while at the same time improving performance
standards to increase end user productivity.
 Need internal drive and slot expansion for server consolidation- more users per server or
more applications per server
 Looking for the optimum price/performance ratio for database and large infrastructure
applications
 Need an all-purpose server to fit a variety of requirements to reduce the number of
different types of servers to manage
 Want to standardize on a high performance 2P server and requires configuration
flexibility of slot count vs. embedded solutions
 Manage a large site and has standardized on a distributed messaging environment
Typical Use
 Infrastructure (email, file & print, domain server)
 Small to Medium Database
Solving the customer problem
The ProLiant ML530 Generation 2 server is the corporate workhorse that meets customer
requirements for performance, availability, and expansion at a competitive ProLiant ML line price.
An enterprise class chipset, Intel Xeon processors, DDR SDRAM that is 2:1 interleaved, and PCI-X
technology provide a balanced system platform that optimizes application performance. The
ProLiant ML530 series servers have a long history of record-breaking results, as shown by TPC
benchmark tests. (The TPC benchmark Web site is http://www.tpc.org/home.page.html)
The system ships standard with 12 hot plug drive bays, and can be expanded to 14 with an
optional 2 bay drive cage. Internal drive capacity combined with 7 PCI-X slots, an embedded
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10/100 NIC plus up to 16GB of memory the ProLiant ML530 G2 can handle a large end user load.
Customers tell us that the ProLiant ML530 series servers let them ‘put as much stuff as possible’
into the server for the most efficient use of IT resources.
The increased workload capabilities of next-generation Intel Xeon processors extend the value
proposition even further. Xeon processors not only increase system performance, they can also
handle a significantly greater end-user workload per processor. That means customers can add
more users per server, or more applications per server, and the system will still run significantly
faster than Pentium III systems. Plus the 512k L2 cache means the ProLiant ML530 G2 can be
used in CPU intensive environments such as database applications.
Current customer problem, example #2 (branch office)
A large remote site, such as a branch office, often has the same expansion and configuration
flexibility requirements as a centralized corporate data center. Additionally, IT managers
require more redundancy and availability features in this environment because there is not a
trained technician on site. As a result, the ability to schedule downtime through server
availability features, plus access to remote management capabilities, is important criteria in
choosing server technology.
 Require a lot of internal storage capacity for expanding branch office environment
 Need configuration flexibility of card in a slot vs. embedded devices to address
unique requirements of individual offices
 High availability/redundancy features plus remote management capabilities essential
for a remote office
 Do not want to continually upgrade the server as branch requirements grow, so
expansion capabilities are a key server criteria
Typical Use
 Infrastructure (Mail and Messaging, File and Print)
 Stand-alone and proprietary applications
Solving the customer problem
The ProLiant ML530 Generation 2 server has high availability features that reduce server
downtime and avoid unscheduled outages that could severely impact a remote office
environment where trained technicians are not onsite. The ProLiant ML530 G2 is the first 2P
server offering Mirrored Memory, which is an optional redundant memory configuration
similar to RAID 1 drive configurations. In addition, the same management and configuration
tools are available across the entire ProLiant line, helping customers manage and deploy
servers whether onsite or located remotely. The ProLiant ML530 G2 features that specifically
address availability and remote management requirements are:
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Hot-plug redundant power supplies (1+1 redundancy)
Hot-plug redundant fans
PCI-X HP
Advanced Memory Protection
 Single-Board Mirrored Memory
 Online Spare Memory
 Advanced ECC Memory Standard
Redundant ROM
Remote ROM flash
Internal connections for optional RILOE II card
Model Specification Comparisons
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Performance
Processor
Processor Cache
FSB
SCSI
NICs
Memory
Expansion
Drive bays
Rem. media
I/O slots
Max Memory
Availability
Power supply
Fan
Memory Protection
Chassis
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2+ GHz Xeon
512k L2
400MHz
U3
10/100/1000
2+ GHz Xeon
512k L2
400 MHz
U3
10/100 embedded
200MHz DDR
Advanced ECC,
Online Spare,
Mirrored Memory,
2:1 interleaved
1.4+ GHz Xeon MP
512k & 1MB L3
400 MHz
U3
10/100 embedded
200MHz DDR
Advanced ECC,
Online Spare,
Mirrored Memory,
2:1 interleaved
12GB ECC SDRAM
12 – 1.0”
2
7 PCI-X, all 100MHz
(4HP)
16GB Advanced ECC
12 – 1.0”
2
7 PCI-X, all 100MHz
(4HP)
32GB Advanced ECC
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
Online Spare
Memory
Online Spare, SingleBoard Mirrored
Memory
5U
7U, pull out service
drawer
HP, redundant
HP, redundant
Online Spare, SingleBoard Mirroring, HP
Mirrored Memory,
Hot Add Ready
7U, pull out service
drawer
266MHz DDR
(running at 200MHz),
2:1 interleaved
6 – 1.0”
2
6 PCI-X, all 100MHz
QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
ProLiant ML Line Advantage
Future proof
 Drive, slot, and memory expansion provide investment protection
 Large internal expansion eases server consolidation
Performance configurations
 Large slot count maximizes the number of high performance Smart Array Controllers,
NICs, and HBAs that can be installed
 Large spindle count increases application performance
Low cost storage solution
 The ProLiant ML530 G2 ships standard with 12 hot plug drive bays, with an option for
2 more
Flexible DesignFewer embedded features means the motherboard does not have to be
replaced in case of a service event
 Multi-channel drive cage configurations and large slot count provides configuration
flexibility
 All ML Line servers are available in tower and rack configurations.
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All ML products have multiple rack-mount options to address a variety of customer
environments.
 The ProLiant ML530 G2 rack model ships standard with spring-loaded snap-in rails for
installation into Compaq branded/square hole racks.
 Option kits are available for installation into round-hole racks or telecommunication
racks.
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Inside the ProLiant ML530 Generation 2
Leading the way with 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processors, DDR SDRAM, and PCI-X
technology, the ProLiant ML530 G2 is designed with a balanced system
architecture to maximize application performance and user workload.
Intel Xeon processors not only increase system performance, they can also handle a
significantly greater workload per processor. That means customers can add more users per
server, or more applications per server, and the system will still run significantly faster than
Pentium III systems. Plus the 512k L2 cache means the ProLiant ML530G2 can be used in CPU
intensive environments such as database applications. HP engineers have balanced the
processor resources with a new enterprise class chipset, providing high performance DDR
SDARM, 2:1 interleaved DDR SDRAM and PCI-X technology.
Processor
 The NetBurst technology of Intel Xeon processors allows for higher frequencies and a
faster front side bus. A large, high-speed data bus increases throughput and
performance to critical processor, memory and I/O subsystems, resulting in
uncompromising application performance. The new Xeon processor system bus
delivers 3.2GB of data per second in and out of the processor. This compares to
1.06GB/s delivered on PIII processor’s with a 133MHz front side bus.
 L2 cache is located on die, storing commonly used data closer to the processor. In
addition, L2 cache transfers data on each core clock cycle. This results in reduced
memory access times and increased performance of a critical server subsystem. The
larger the cache size means the ML530 G2 can be used in CPU intensive environments
such as large databases that must access specific data multiple times in order to
complete a calculation.
 With Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, one physical processor looks like two
logical processors to the OS and applications. These two ‘logical’ processors can
execute different tasks simultaneously using shared hardware resources. As a result,
one physical processor executes instructions as if it were 1.5 logical processors. By
allowing the processor to use on-die resources that would otherwise have been idle,
Hyper-Threading Technology provides a performance boost on multi-threading and
multi-tasking operations.
Memory
 Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM architecture means the DIMM interface is designed
to transfer two data words per clock cycle, providing high effective bandwidth. With
DDR memory, the memory bus runs at 400MHz to match to front side bus frequency.
Memory is expandable to 16 GB.
 2-way interleaved memory doubles the amount of data accessed during a given
memory read. Reducing the memory accesses in turn decreases the number of wait
states, further improving performance.
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I/O
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A large, high-speed data bus increases throughput, providing up to 3.2GB/s Peak data
transfer rates.
Critical I/O subsystem performance is enhanced through the use of an enterprise class
chipset (ServerWorks GC HE) because there are no more than 2 PCI-X slots per bus.
This load balances I/O resources, such as array controllers and NICs, to improve a
common system bottleneck.
Provides customers with high speed, upgradeable local area networking capability
while saving a PCI slot. The configuration utility enables customers to set up the NICs
for teaming or redundancy with a NIC in a slot for improved performance or higher
availability.
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The first 2P server with Mirrored Memory, the ProLiant ML530 G2 reduces
server downtime for higher availability environments.
High-availability features, including Advanced Memory Protection technology and hot-plug
components, exceed competitive 2P feature sets in the market. Intelligent fault resilience
reduces servicing downtime and ease system expansion. Continuing to drive innovation into
the mainstream server market, the ProLiant ML530 G2 unveils memory features designed to
maintain server availability without service intervention. The ProLiant ML530 G2 memory
features include Mirrored Memory, Online Spare Memory, and Advanced ECC Memory.
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Mirrored Memory is a complete memory redundancy option, similar to RAID 1 for
hard drives, designed for applications or remote sites that need maximum system
uptime. When a multibit memory error or full DIMM failure is detected, the system
fails over to a redundant memory set without server interruption.
Online Spare Memory is an optional memory feature that tracks single bit memory
errors and fails over to a spare bank once a defined single bit error threshold is
reached. This allows the system to continue running until downtown can be
scheduled to replace the failing DIMM.
Advanced ECC Memory is standard on the ProLiant ML530 G2. Advanced ECC
Memory detects and corrects single-bit memory errors. In addition, Advanced ECC
Memory can also correct 4bit memory errors (i.e. the ProLiant ML530 G2 DIMMs use
4bit wide memory technology) that occur within a single DRAM chip on a DIMM. This
provides more robust error detection and correction capabilities of ECC memory, and
is standard for all ProLiant ML530 G2 system memory.
Optional redundant hot plug power supplies provide continued operation in the
event of a single circuit power outage or an internal power supply failure. 1+1
redundancy on the ML530G2 results in only two power cords out the back of the
server which can then be plugged into redundant power sources for even further
system redundancy.
Optional redundant hot plug fans provide maximum availability in the unlikely event
of a fan failure. If this should happen, the system can still be adequately cooled and
the failed fan replaced while the system remains operational, minimizing down time
and increasing server reliability.
PCI-X Hot Plug eases system expansion and reduces servicing downtime.
Redundant ROM Reduces the risk associated with system upgrades because the
existing ROM setup is saved as backup during a BIOS upgrade in the event the
procedure fails.
ASR-2 increases server availability by restarting the server after a system hang or
shutdown without IT intervention for server restart.
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The ProLiant ML530 G2 is optimized for server consolidation and future
growth, with more internal expansion than any 2P server on the market
The system ships standard with 12 hot-plug drive bays, with optional expansion to 14 hotplug drives. Drive capacity to 14, combined with 7 PCI-X slots, an embedded 10/100 NIC and
up to 16GB of memory, means the ProLiant ML530 G2 is the ideal platform to target for server
consolidation efforts or place in growing environments. Customers tell us the ProLiant ML530
lets them ‘put as much stuff as possible’ into the server for the most efficient use of hardware
resources.
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Internal storage up to 14 drives provides a low cost storage solution for stand alone
or consolidated applications.
Seven high performance PCI-X slots provide configuration flexibility to support
multiple applications, high performance or redundant expansion cards, remote
management, and more.
16GB of memory capacity guarantees headroom for continually increasing memory
requirements, especially in a redundant memory configuration.
Designed with ProLiant industry-leading management and serviceability
features to ease network management and server deployment.
ProLiant Management and Configuration tools conserve valuable IT resources. ProLiant
standards such as SmartStart, Insight Manager, RILOE II, ASR-2, and pre-failure warranty ease
network management and reduce time to deploy by centralizing management functions and
eliminating redundant efforts. ProLiant Advantages include:
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ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack, shipped with every ProLiant ™ server, enables
you to quickly install and configure systems, proactively manage change and ensure
continuous server operations.
Embedded RBSU (ROM-based Setup Utility) performs CPU, memory and boot disk
diagnostics as well as configures initial hardware settings and prepares your ProLiant
ML530 G2 for OS installation.
Receive alerts from Insight Manager 7 before degraded systems failure and with the
Pre-Failure Warranty, receive replacement of degraded disk, CPU and memory before
they affect productivity.
SmartStart ™ configures your hardware, loads optimized drivers and assists with
software installation to achieve optimum reliability, performance and system uptime.
SmartStart Scripting Toolkit radically simplifies high-volume server deployments by
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including replication utilities that create and copy configuration and script files.
Expand your capabilities with new tools like the ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment
Value Pack that automates the process of deploying and provisioning your unique
server software configurations.
Optional Remote Lights-Out Edition II card combines secure, basic management
functions and diagnostics with essential virtual presence and control to manage
ProLiant systems across the data center or across the world.
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Questions and Answers
What’s New
1Q.
What are the standard features of the ProLiant ML530 G2?
1A.
Reference the QuickSpecs for a complete list of features at:
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide
version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
2Q.
2A.
What ProLiant ML530 G2 models are available? (link to quickspecs)
The ProLiant ML530 G2 is available in the following tower and rack models:
ProLiant ML530G2/T Model 1 X3.0-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530G2/R Model 1 X3.0-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/T 2P X3.0-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/R 2P X3.0-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530G2/T Model 1 X2.8-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530G2/R Model 1 X2.8-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/T 2P X2.8-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/R 2P X2.8-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530G2/T Model 1 X2400-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530G2/R Model 1 X2400-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/T 2P X2400-512k 1GB
ProLiant ML530 G2/R 2P X2400-512k 1GB
271243-xx1
271244-xx1
271245-xx1
271246-xx1
306487-xx1
306488-xx1
306489-xx1
306490-xx1
180285-xx1
180286-xx1
226608-xx1
226609-xx1
The ProLiant ML530 G2 ships standard with two drive cages for up to 12 hot plug drives.
One 600 watt power supply ships standard, and an additional (optional) power supply is
required for full redundancy (1+1 redundancy). The Model 1 system ships standard with
1GB PC1600 SDRAM (2 x 512MB) and one Xeon processor. The 2P Model ships with two
Xeon processors, 1GB (2 x 512MB), redundant power supplies, redundant fans.
3Q
3A.
What recommended options will be available for the ProLiant ML530 G2? (link to
quickspecs)
The recommended options for the ProLiant ML530 G2 include:
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3.0GHz processor option kit
2.8GHz processor option kit
2.4GHz processor option kit
512MB (2 x 256MB) memory kit
1GB (2 x 512MB) memory kit
2GB (2 x 1GB) memory kit
4GB (2 x 2GB) memory kit
Internal two-bay hot plug SCSI drive cage
redundant system fans
redundant 600 watt power supply
316898-B21
306504-B21
191224-B21
187418-B21
187419-B21
187420-B21
187421-B21
244058-B21
128284-B21
236845-xx1
(--1, 011, 021, 031, 291)
1+1 redundancy for all configurations; third power supply bay
is not used
internal two-bay hot plug SCSI drive cage
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tower to rack conversion kit
rack to tower conversion kit
rack option kit: round / threaded hole racks
NC7770 64/133 PCI-X 10/100/1000 NIC
PCI-X 5312 Smart Array controller
NC3123 10/100 NIC
for teaming with embedded 10/100 NIC
DVD
fits in CD-ROM bay or can go in removable media bay
connecting to 2nd IDE connector
253699-B21
271258-B21
274739-B21
244948-B21
238633-B21
174830-B21
217053-B21
4Q.
4A.
What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?
HP provides both standard USB support and legacy USB support. Standard support is
provided by the operating system (OS) through the appropriate USB device drivers. HP
provides support for USB devices prior to the operating system loading through legacy
USB support, which is enabled by default in the system ROM. Click here for more
information: http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/usb-support.html.
5Q.
5A.
Which slot should the RILOE-II board be installed? Is cable optimization available?
The Remote Insight Lights-Out Edition-II can be installed in any slot on this server. The
30-pin Remote Management connector inside the system has been added to the system
board to enable cable optimization by eliminating the need of the loop-back cables and
the external power brick.
Processor and Memory
1Q.
What is Hyper-Threading technology and what are the benefits?
1A.
The new Intel® Xeon™ processors incorporate Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, which
makes one physical processor look like two logical processors to the OS and applications.
These two ’logical’ processors on a single physical processor can execute different tasks
simultaneously using shared hardware resources. By allowing the processor to use on-die
resources that would otherwise have been idle, Hyper-Threading Technology provides a
performance boost on multi-threading and multi-tasking operations. Not all operating
systems take advantage of the Hyper-Threading features. For more information and
details on what operating systems support Hyper-Threading, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/technology/hyper-threading.html
2Q.
2A.
What is NetBurst architecture and Hyper-Threading? What are the advantages of this
technology?
With the launch of Intel® Xeon™ Processor MP, Intel is introducing a new breed of
processors using the NetBurst architecture. This new architecture integrates the cache
subsystem tightly than previous generation processors, thus providing a higher
throughput (peak bandwidth of 51.2GB/s compared to 28.8GB/s for Intel® Xeon™
processors). Additionally, Intel is also introducing a new concept titled Hyper-Threading
(formerly known as Jackson Technology) with the new generation of Intel® Xeon™
processor MP. Quite simply, Hyper-Threading offers significant performance improvement
in multi-threaded multi-tasking applications through better utilization of CPU execution
resources. It enables a single physical processor to execute two separate codes
concurrently, thus reflecting as two logical processors to the OS. Initial performance gain
estimates of up to 30% on next generation IA-32 processors. Most contemporary 32-bit
operating systems will be supporting Hyper-Threading.
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Together, NetBurst architecture and Hyper-Threading are two of the three cornerstones
for Intel's new innovative Intel® Xeon™ processor MP. The third, Integrated Level Cache
(iL3) is discussed later in this document.
For additional information on these technologies, please visit
http://developer.intel.com/technology/hyperthread/
3Q.
3A.
What is different about the ProLiant ML530 G2 memory and what are the benefits?
There are several new features of the new DDR SDRAM:
DDR SDRAM
The ProLiant ML530 G2 uses PC 1600 200MHz DDR SDRAM that is a next-generation
SDRAM technology. SDRAM data is transferred on the rising edge of every clock cycle
with each DIMM. The memory chip on DDR DIMMs performs transactions on both the
rising and falling edges of the clock cycle, effectively doubling memory bus clock rate
yields. With a doubling of the clock rate yields, the 200MHz memory bus matches the
throughput of the 400MHz system bus of the Intel Xeon processors.
Advanced ECC
The ProLiant 500 series servers provide Advanced ECC support for standard system
memory. Advanced ECC detects both single-bit and 2, 3, or 4bit memory errors, and
corrects single-bit errors, just like ECC. In addition, it can also correct 4bit memory errors
that occur within a single DRAM chip on a DIMM.
Dual Interleaved Memory
The ProLiant ML530 G2 memory is two-way interleaved, and as a result must be installed
in banks. (The PC1600 DIMM kits for the ML530 G2 are packaged with two DIMMs per
kit.) Dual interleaved memory doubles the amount of data obtained in a single memory
access. When data is written to memory, the memory controller distributes, or interleaves,
the data across both DIMMs in a bank. When one processor sends a request to the
memory controller, the request is sent to both DIMMs simultaneously. The data at the
requested address is returned, or read, along with data from subsequent sequential
addresses on both DIMMs, and is sent to the processor’s L2 cache. The processor then
uses the much faster L2 cache to fulfill subsequent requests until it cannot find the data it
needs. At that point, it sends another request to the memory controller. Because fewer
requests are being sent to the memory controller, there is less chance the second
processor will have to wait (i.e. fewer wait states) to access the memory controller.
5Q.
5A.
What is Advanced Memory Protection?
Advanced Memory Protection is designed to maintain server availability and memory
reliability without service intervention. Advanced Memory Protection consists of a variety
of memory protection alternatives, such as Online Spare Memory and Memory Mirroring.
These memory configurations provide additional fault tolerance by configuring extra
system memory for a fail-over scenario. Each of these options can be configured in ROMBased Setup Utility (RBSU) by pressing F9 at POST. Within RBSU, select Advanced Memory
Protection from the Main Menu. For additional information on Advanced Memory
Protection, go to ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/16LC-0402A-WWEN.pdf.
6Q.
6A.
What Advanced Memory Protection is available for the ML530 G2?
The ProLiant ML530 G2 includes the following optional Advanced Memory Protection
features:
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Single Board Mirrored Memory
Mirrored Memory provides a higher level of availability than Advanced ECC and Online
Spare Memory because it protects against multi-bit errors or full DIMM failures. Singleboard mirrored memory uses mirrored banks on a single memory board that is configured
with one or two redundant banks of memory. The system writes to both sets of memory,
but reads from one. If a DIMM(s) has a multi-bit error, the system simply reads from the
mirrored memory set instead. This process occurs without intervention or server
interruption, and the failed DIMM can be replaced during a regularly scheduled shutdown.
Online Spare Memory
Offers a higher level of memory protection than Advanced ECC alone. If the number of
single-bit correctable errors on a bank exceeds the pre-defined error threshold, that bank
will fail over to the online spare bank without intervention or server interruption. The
failed memory can then be replaced at the user’s convenience during a scheduled
maintenance window.
7Q.
7A.
How can I test my memory?
It is recommended that a full memory test be run when installing new memory options.
There is a feature called ROM Post Speed-Up in RBSU that allows the system ROM to do a
complete memory test. When disabled, ROM Post Speed-Up increases the time it takes a
system to boot by performing a complete memory test. This feature is Enabled by default
to provide a shorter boot time.
To run a complete memory test, first install all memory options in the system. The power
on the system and enter RBSU by pressing F9 at POST. Under Advanced Options, disable
ROM Post Speed-Up option and exit RBSU. After the system has completed POST and
checked all system memory, enter RBSU again by pressing F9 and Enable ROM Post
speed-up if a faster boot time is desired. Save and exit RBSU.
Network Interface Controllers (NICs)
1Q.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
1A.
NIC Teaming allows the user to configure two NICs such they form one single virtual NIC.
The teamed pair may then be configured for fault tolerance or load balancing.
This feature requires network driver support. Compaq offers NIC teaming support
through the NIC drivers. For more information on NIC teaming, review the readme files
for the ProLiant value-add software through the CSP.
2Q.
2A.
What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?
Wake-on-LAN provides a method of remotely powering on a system based on the MAC
address of the NIC. This feature requires hardware support by the NIC, NIC firmware, NIC
driver and system ROM support. Starting with G2 Compaq servers, all integrated NICs
support WOL and have this feature Enabled by default.
3Q.
3A.
What is Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE)?
A Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE) allows a user to connect to a PXE server to
remotely install an operating system. This feature requires NIC hardware and firmware
support, as well as system ROM support. All Compaq integrated NICs support PXE and
have this feature Enabled by default starting with G2 products. When this feature is
Enabled, there is a feature at POST to press F12 to attempt to locate a PXE deployment
server. Not all operating systems support a PXE deployment for a server operating
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system. For more information on PXE, go to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/pxe_wp.pdf. For specific
information on how to setup a Linux PXE deployment server, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/linux/whitepapers.html.
PCI Slots
4Q.
What are the performance and availability features of the ProLiant ML530 G2 I/O
architecture?
4A.
The ProLiant ML530 G2 incorporates high performance PCI-X technology along with an
enterprise class chipset that provides quad-peer load balancing across PCI-X busses. The
PCI-X technology of the ProLiant ML530 G2 runs at 64bit, 100MHz and support 3.3V and
universal voltage compliant expansion cards. The increased throughput provides up to
3.2GB/s peak data transfer rates. The performance improvements between conventional
PCI and PCI-X are a result of protocol enhancements that provide higher clock
frequencies.
In addition, critical I/O subsystem performance is enhanced through the use of an
enterprise class chipset (ServerWorks GC-HE) that helps balance system resources. With
quad-peer bus architecture there are no more than 2 PCI-X slots per bus. This load
balances I/O resources, such as high performance array controllers and NICs, to improve a
common system bottleneck.
5Q.
5A.
What is PCI-X technology?
A compatible extension of the existing PCI Bus, the 64-bit PCI-X architecture runs at
speeds up to 133 MHz, providing burst transfer rates above 1gigabyte per second. This
critical I/O bandwidth is needed for industry standard servers running enterprise
applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Ultra3 SCSI and Cluster
Interconnects.
PCI-X ensures investment protection because it offers backward compatibility with existing
PCI based systems and a stable and complementary technology roadmap for future I/O
standard system architectures. For more information on PCI-X, go to
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/technology/pci-x-enablement.html.
6Q.
6A.
What PCI-X adapters does the ML530 G2 support?
The ProLiant ML530G2 supports the following two PCI-X adapters:
1) 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X compatible NIC
2) SA-5312 U3 Dual Channel PCI-X Smart Array Controller with 128MB BBC
7Q.
What is the difference in a 3.3V and a 5V PCI card and how can I tell what will work in
my PCI slots?
The PCI specification allows for three different PCI add-in cards: 3.3V, 5V and “Universal”
adapters. New PCI controllers are manufactured to operate at 3.3V, while older options
were 5V. New ProLiant servers have 64-bit/66MHz and PCI-X slots which are keyed to
allow only 3.3V or Universal adapters. For more information on the PCI slots in your
server, review the product QuickSpecs. Refer to your adapter documentation to
determine if your PCI device is keyed for the 3.3V, 5V or Universal specification.
7A.
Operating System Support
1Q.
What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant ML530 G2?
1A.
Operating system support at launch includes:
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Microsoft Windows NT Server
Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000
Novell NetWare 5.1
SCO UnixWare
LINUX (RedHat, S.U.S.E.)
Microsoft Server 2003 (when available)
Caldera OpenUnix 8
OS/2 e-Business
For a complete and up-to-date listing of supports OS’s and versions, please visit our OS
Support Matrix at: http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliantml530/index.html
2Q.
2A.
Where can I find information about the deployment alternatives for this server?
There are many HP supported software deployment methods, as well as deployment
methods using industry-standard technologies. For information on what software
deployment alternatives are available, go to
http:www.Compaq.com/products/servers/management/proliant-deployment.html
3Q.
3A.
What is the minimum supported SmartStart version for this server?
The minimum supported SmartStart version for the ML530 G2 server is SmartStart 6.2 for
the 3.0GHz models, SmartStart 5.5 for the 2.8GHz models or the SmartStart 5.4 for the
2.4GHz version.
4Q.
4A.
What is the ProLiant value-add software and how do I install it?
HP delivers value-add software via the SmartStart CD. These drivers have been tested and
are supported for ProLiant hardware, and they provided enhanced functionality for
ProLiant servers. To install these drivers using the SmartStart CD, insert the CD after the
operating system has been installed. These drivers and software deliverables are also
available on the HP website under Support and Drivers.
How do I configure my ProLiant server hardware?
Prior to G2 servers, users were required to create a system partition to install the system
configuration utility. The system partition was created as part of the SmartStart assisted
installation and provided a means of configuring a ProLiant server. The partition was
installed during the SmartStart assisted installation. If the system partition did not exist,
the System Configuration Utility had to be loaded via floppies or the SmartStart CD.
5Q.
5A.
Starting with G2 servers, the system configuration utility has been replaced with ROMBased Setup Utility (RBSU). ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is loaded from the host ROM
and replaces the system configuration utility. RBSU does not require the use of any
diskettes or CDs to configure a system. In addition, it eliminates the need for a partition
on the hard drive, does not have to be installed, and decreases the time required to load
the configuration utility. For more information on the introduction of RBSU, go to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/rbsu-whitepaper.pdf.
RBSU is loaded by pressing F9 when prompted at POST. This utility provides similar
functionality to the system configuration utility. For example, it allows the user to set the
date and time, boot controller order; hardware interrupts, and advanced system settings.
The first time you power up the server, the system will prompt you to enter RBSU, select
an operating system, and select a language. Default configuration settings are made at
this time and can be changed later. For additional information on RBSU,
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www.hp.com/servers/smartstart and download the RBSU User Guide from the
“documents” link.
6Q.
6A.
What is the default boot order for my ProLiant server?
The boot order for devices can be configured in RBSU, but the default setting is floppy,
CD, boot controller, and then PXE (network). When the system initializes, it will attempt to
boot these devices in this order. As soon as a device detects bootable media, it will boot
to that media. The default boot controller is the embedded controller, but the boot order
will search for bootable media on the controller configured to be the boot controller. If a
drive with a boot partition is not detected, the server will attempt to PXE boot to the
network.
7Q.
7A.
How does Redundant ROM provide additional system availability?
The ROM is divided into to logical parts. When the system boots, the primary ROM side is
executed and used in server operation. During a ROM flash, the backup image is flashed.
Once the flash is fully completed, the backup image becomes the primary ROM image. If
under rare conditions your flash does not complete safely, potentially due to interruption
of power, the backup ROM image will be available to boot the system. In the situation
where both images are valid, the user can select which image to use at boot time in RBSU.
8Q.
8A.
What is the Online ROM Flash utility and how can I use it?
The Online ROM Flash utility can be downloaded and run as a component and will
immediately copy the new ROM image, reboot the server, and the new ROM image will be
effective. For more information on the Online ROM Flash utility, go to
http://h18023.www.1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/webdoc/rom/bestremoteromusers001.pdf.
9Q.
9A.
What is Serial Console Redirection?
Serial Console Redirection allows console output to be redirected through the serial port
for those users who operate in a ‘headless’ environment. BIOS Serial Console Redirection
allows POST messages to be redirected as well as execution of ROM-based Setup (RBSU)
and Option ROMs. Some operating systems offer similar functionality, such as EMS
Support in Microsoft Server 2003 (when available). BIOS Serial Console Redirection and
EMS Support are independent features in RBSU. This functionality will be incorporated
into some G3 servers, and included in a maintenance release for some G2 servers. For
more information on these features, go to
ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/management/smartstart/biosserialconsole.pdf
10Q.
10A.
How do I run Server Diagnostics?
Server Diagnostics cannot be run through RBSU, but can be run by inserting the
supported SmartStart CD into the ProLiant server. The SmartStart CD will have the same
functionality for server diagnostics as in previous releases.
11Q.
What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green,
red, amber)?
The front panel and internal FRU LEDs are used to help diagnose a server failure. When an
internal component fails, the indication is made on an internal component LED (amber)
and on the front panel. If the item is serviceable without removing the server hood, as in
the case of a redundant power supply failure, the External Health LED will illuminate. If the
item is serviceable by removing the hood, as in the case of a fan failure, the Internal
11A.
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Health LED will illuminate.
If no failures have occurred, the system health LEDs will be green. If a failure has occurred,
but a redundant feature has enabled the system to continue running, the LED will be
amber. If the failure is critical and is/has caused the system to shutdown, the LED will be
red. These LEDs serve as local indicators for several failure conditions. Compaq Insight
Manager will continue to report these, and many other failure conditions, as well.
12Q.
12A.
Does the new ProLiant ML530 G2 support 3rd party and Telco rack environments?
Yes, the new ProLiant ML530 G2 supports several rack configurations as follows:
a) Square holed racks (Compaq branded, HP branded and other manufacturers)
b) Round hole racks (Thru Hole & 10-32 Threaded Hole)
c) Telco Racks
Every rack-optimized server will ship standard with a basic Square Holed Rack kit that
addresses the need of a majority of the customers. However, customers that require
installation in a Round Hole or Telco rack are offered with optional rack kits that enable
them to leverage some components of the basic Rack Kit.
If a Telco is used, an additional rack kit and brackets will need to be used with the rack kit
that comes with the server. This kit can be purchased by accessing the URL listed below.
The kit includes all the necessary brackets, hardware and installation instructions.
http://www.racksolutions.com/hp/products.html
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Questions and Answers Index
What’s New
1Q.
What are the standard features of the ProLiant ML530 G2?
2Q. What ProLiant ML530 G2 models are available? (link to quickspecs)
3Q
What recommended options will be available for the ProLiant ML530 G2? (link to
quickspecs)
4Q.
What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?
5Q.
Which slot should the RILOE-II board be installed? Is cable optimization available?
Processor and Memory
1Q.
What is Hyper-Threading technology and what are the benefits?
2Q.
What is NetBurst architecture and Hyper-Threading? What are the advantages of this
technology?
3Q.
What is different about the ProLiant ML530 G2 memory and what are the benefits?
5Q.
What is Advanced Memory Protection?
6Q.
What Advanced Memory Protection is available for the ML530 G2?
7Q.
How can I test my memory?
Network Interface Controllers (NICs)
1Q.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
2Q.
What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?
3Q.
What is Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE)?
PCI Slots
4Q.
What are the performance and availability features of the ProLiant ML530 G2 I/O
architecture?
5Q.
What is PCI-X technology?
6Q.
What PCI-X adapters does the ML530 G2 support?
7Q.
What is the difference in a 3.3V and a 5V PCI card and how can I tell what will work in
my PCI slots?
Operating System Support
1Q.
What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant ML530 G2?
2Q.
Where can I find information about the deployment alternatives for this server?
3Q.
What is the minimum supported SmartStart version for this server?
4Q.
What is the ProLiant value-add software and how do I install it?
5Q.
How do I configure my ProLiant server hardware?
6Q.
What is the default boot order for my ProLiant server?
7Q.
How does Redundant ROM provide additional system availability?
8Q.
What is the Online ROM Flash utility and how can I use it?
9Q.
What is Serial Console Redirection?
10Q.
How do I run Server Diagnostics?
11Q.
What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green,
red, amber)?
12Q.
Does the new ProLiant ML530 G2 support 3rd party and Telco rack environments?
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ProLiant BL20p G2
Product Overview
Dual processor server blade designed for
performance front-end and mid-tier computing with
enterprise availability
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
 Two 3.0GHz Xeon processors and hot-plug SCSI drives provide no-compromise performance
and availability
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Redundant 2-Gb Fibre Channel option for high performance SAN connectivity for multivendor SAN solutions
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Perfect solution for multi-server applications such as dynamic web hosting, application server,
terminal server farm and media streaming
Quickly respond to changing business needs through dynamic resource scaling and virtual
presence and control.
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Product Description
HP offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of blade servers and technologies optimized to address
customers’ needs. The new ProLiant BL20p G2 is a performance dual-processor server blade
engineered for the enterprise. The ProLiant BL20p G2 delivers high performance Intel
3.0GHz/533MHz Xeon processors, SAN storage capability, up to 8GB of PC 2100 DDR memory and
gigabit NICs standard. The new ProLiant BL20p G2 fits into the same server blade enclosure as the
ProLiant BL20p and the new ProLiant BL40p and shares the same power.
The ProLiant BL20p G2 delivers optional Fibre Channel support for SAN implementations and
clustering capabilities. Through the implementation of a SAN with the ProLiant BL20p G2,
customers can achieve improved data availability, easily scale capacity, and realize management
cost savings from consolidating disk resources. In addition, with HP’s fusion of SAN and NAS
(Network Attached Storage), customers can design a storage architecture that incorporates
application, database and file serving solution functionality. Fibre Channel capability is achieved
using a Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card (2-Gb) specifically designed for the ProLiant
BL20p G2. The ProLiant BL20p G2 is optimized for hp StorageWorks and compatible with EMC and
Hitachi SANs.
What’s New
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Up to two high-speed 3.0GHz/533MHz Xeon Processors
Ideal Customers
Large corporate datacenters
Problems and Requirements
 As servers get smaller, cabling problems increase. Need a way to reduce the number of
cables in the data center
 Environments are changing rapidly – need to be able to scale quickly with customer base
 Rack space is limited – need to do more with less space
 Require solutions that are simple to install and manage because skilled IT resources are
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 Require remote management tools to control servers around the world
 Require redundant solution
 Require highly available and serviceable solution
 Require lowered IT costs by server and storage solution consolidation
 Require highly available and disaster tolerant infrastructure
Typical Use
The ProLiant BL20p G2 processor server would typically be used for
 Web hosting
 Internet Business (e-commerce)
 Computational cluster
 Terminal Server Farm
 Streaming Media Applications
 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
 Messaging front-end and mobility
 Messaging back-end server
 Application server
 Small database
Solving the customer problem
 In a Linux Web Hosting environment the ProLiant BL20p G2 offers the ideal solution for
dynamic data centers. Some of the advantages include:
 Ultra-dense, cost-effective solution for web hosting environments
 Web servers on blades can front end applications on larger systems
 Easily deploy Linux and Apache Web Server
 Easily add more users and web resources
 Better cable management for an array of web servers
 Increased cost pressures and scarce skilled IT resources are causing more and more IT
departments to implement enterprise wide terminal server solutions utilizing Citrix
MetaFrame XP. A cost effective enterprise wide solution requires terminal servers, which
are highly available, can rapidly scale horizontally and are simple to manage. The ProLiant
BL20p server blades are ideal for this infrastructure providing a cost-effective solution that
is highly available and rapidly scales with ease of manageability. The ProLiant BL20p G2
server utilized in terminal server farms provides:
 Horizontal scalability, distributing the risk and load to impact the least amount of
users at any one time
 The performance necessary to support more compute intensive line-of-business or
considerable number of light user for example Microsoft Office applications in a
multi-tiered terminal server environment
 Rapid and dynamic deployments provide faster time-to-solution and quicker time to
respond to changing business needs
 iLO remote connectivity provides anywhere, anytime access to management of
terminal server farm
 A powerful Internet Business solution built on flexible, high-performance and highly
scalable Internet architecture is what is demanded in today’s e-Commerce environment.
As part of this flexible architecture the ProLiant BL p-Class blades:
 Deliver outstanding performance, manageability, scalability in a compact rack design
 Provide an optimum platform for the web application layer in a Microsoft multi-tiered
e-commerce environment
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Provide the flexibility to make it easy to rapidly scale out Microsoft Commerce Server
or Microsoft Content Management Server applications as your demand grows
 Enterprise messaging environments built around Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino
are leveraging multi-tiered architectures and greater SMP scaling efficiencies of today’s
more powerful servers to facilitate the consolidation of mail accounts, simplifying
management and reducing licensing and administrative costs. Additionally, they are
undergoing rapid change with the embracing of native Internet client and integration of
mobile device support. These new access points require additional edge-of-the network
servers which may support several physically distributed sites dictating redundancy, rapid
scalability, and manageability requirements
The ProLiant BL p-class servers fit well into this environment enabling the messaging
environment to scale quickly and easily, as the user population access needs changes.
The ProLiant BL20p servers can be utilized in the following front-end messaging roles:
 Exchange 2000 back-end messaging servers, connected to a SAN, supporting
hundreds to thousands of active users
 Exchange Front-end servers for POP3 and IMAP4 users, particularly those with SSL
enabled
 Exchange Front-end servers for OWA (Outlook Web Access) for web-user populations
and for SSL-enabled users
 Domino servers supporting single or multiple Domino partitions for Lotus Notes
clients
 Domino servers for iNotes or HTTP user access
 Domino Clustering to provide data replication to support high-availability
 Lotus SameTime and QuickPlace servers for real-time collaboration
 Blackberry Enterprise Server wireless application gateways for Microsoft Exchange and
Lotus Domino
 Microsoft Mobile Information Server EE wireless application gateway for Microsoft
Exchange
 Infowave mobility gateway servers, including the Wireless Business Engine, Connector
Service, Web Connector, Domino and/or Exchange connectors
 Other wireless application gateways which enable mobile workers using PDA’s to
access their e-mail in real-time and synchronize email and PIM data for offline access
 Mobile enterprise print servers which enable printing from mobile e-mail devices
 The growing use of rich media on websites and across corporate intranets for eLearning
and corporate communications is increasing the demand for dedicated streaming media
servers. The ProLiant BL20p G2 server used for encoding and distributing streaming
media content provides:
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Rapid and dynamic server deployments provide faster response to time to meet
needs during peak periods
Ultra-dense cost-effective solution for encoding rich media content
The performance necessary to support additional users/streams for rich media
content distribution
Remote manageability tools to deliver rich media content reliably around the world
Deliver outstanding performance, manageability and scalability in a space-saving
design
Customers with multiple SQL Server database applications resident on multiple servers
can achieve economies by physically consolidating their database applications in a single
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location. Application Service Providers may be supporting multiple SQL Server customers
on multiple servers. The use of ProLiant BL20p G2 for physical database consolidation
allows for:
 Better sharing of storage resources by moving from a direct attached environment to
a SAN environment. This can result in a reduction of overall storage costs
 Better overall management of the database server environment to reduce demand on
expensive Database Administrator resources
 Less expensive system management and application deployment and re-deployment
costs
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Customers implementing "n-node" enterprise applications such as Oracle E-Business
Suite that would normally reside on multiple servers can achieve economies by
physically consolidating the database and applications tiers into a single location, for
example; multiple ProLiant BL20p G2's for the Oracle applications tier in conjunction
with the ProLiant BL40p Oracle database tier.
In addition to the space savings, this solution will afford better sharing of resources
through load balancing, better overall management of the environment thereby reducing
demand on expensive Database Administrator resources.
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Customers requiring lower IT costs by server and storage solution consolidation can
consolidate multiple “islands” of storage into a common network storage pool drives IT
savings in the form of management, storage provisioning, storage utilization, and IT
staff. The ENSAeXtended architecture provides customers with the ability to build a
flexible, extensible and resilient storage infrastructure.
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Customers requiring highly available and disaster tolerant infrastructure now have the
ability to support network storage, which significantly enhances availability of the
solution. Remote and local data replication, snapshot, SAN extension and data
protection tools inherent to the SAN environment provide customers with a full suite of
options.
QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
Model Comparison
BL20p
Processor
Pentium III 1.40GHz
133MHz bus
MP
Up to 2 processors
RAM Std/Max
512MB PC133 ECC DDR
Std/4GB max
Drive
controller
NIC
BL20p G2
Xeon 3.0GHz
533MHz bus
NEW
Up to 2 processors
512MB ECC PC2100 DDR
Std/8GB max
BL40p
Xeon MP 1.5 / 2.0GHz
400MHz bus
Up to 4 processors
1GB PC2100 ECC SDRAM
Std/12GB max
Integrated Smart Array
5i with optional BBWC
Integrated Smart Array 5i
Plus with optional BBWC
Integrated Smart Array 5i
Plus (optional BBWC)
(3) 10/100 NICs
(3) 10/100/1000T NICs
(5) 10/100/1000T NICs
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+ 1 Dedicated iLO Port
+ 1 Dedicated iLO Port
+ 1 Dedicated iLO Port
Hard Drive
Bays
(2) 3.5” SCSI hot plug
drive bays
(2) 3.5” SCSI hot plug
drive bays
(4) 3.5” SCSI hot plug
drive bays
Slots
No slots
No slots
Chassis
1U X 6U form factor –
plugs vertically into 6U
server enclosure
1U X 6U form factor –
plugs vertically into 6U
server enclosure
Integrated Lights-Out
Advanced
Rack-centralized
External shared
redundant hot-plug
power
Integrated Lights-Out
Advanced
Two (2) PCI-X slots for
SAN connectivity
4 bays wide X 6U high
form factor – plugs
vertically into 6U server
enclosure
Integrated Lights-Out
Advanced
Rack-centralized External
shared redundant hotplug power
Rack-centralized External
shared redundant hotplug power
Server mgmt
Power
ProLiant BL Line Advantage
The build-out of Internet infrastructure and the trend to scale out within the data center have
created the need for businesses to deploy greater numbers of servers, particularly for edgeof-the-network applications such as web serving, media streaming, load balancing, caching,
and firewall protection. However, adding servers increases operating costs, requires more
power and space, and makes system administration more complex. As a result, requirements
for IT staffing, floor space, and power are exceeding available resources.
HP has addressed these trends by developing a complete portfolio of modular, blade servers:
the ProLiant BL Line. The ProLiant BL Line is specifically designed to address the needs of
space-constrained enterprises and service providers for rapid deployment and provisioning,
remote manageability and increased server density.
With ProLiant BL servers and architecture, HP continues to build on innovative hp ProLiant
technologies and to extend hp leadership in the density-optimized server space. The modular
BL servers are optimized for use with the hp multi-server deployment software tools like the
ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack for automatically installing and configuring
operating systems and applications on up to hundreds of servers simultaneously. The ProLiant
BL server blades include HP industry-leading technologies such as tool-free mechanical
designs, hot-plug components, and integrated lights-out remote management functionality.
The ProLiant BL architecture is designed to protect customer investments in two important
ways:
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Providing longevity of the ProLiant BL server blade and interconnect infrastructure
Enabling installation of ProLiant BL server blades in standard racks along with legacy
servers and storage
HP designed ProLiant BL specifically for customers operating in a multi-tiered environment
requiring everything from a front-end server to a high-performance, backend database server.
ProLiant BL technology is ideal for operations that need rapid deployment and redeployment
flexibility.
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The new hp ProLiant BL e-Class are the first power-efficient, ultra-dense edge server blades
engineered for the enterprise and are part of the ProLiant BL portfolio.
Inside the BL20p
Two Xeon processors and hot-plug SCSI drives provide no-compromise
performance and availability
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Each server blades include up to two 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processors with 512K Level-2
cache, 133-MHz system bus
Two universal hot-plug SCSI hard drives offer up to 292 GB capacity; embedded
Smart Array 5i Plus controller with Ultra3 performance and optional battery-backed
cache option.
Four DIMM slots have a maximum capacity of 8 GB of 133-MHz, ECC PC2100 DDR.
Server blades feature 2 x 1 interleave memory for added performance. DIMMs must
be added in pairs.
Redundant 2-Gb Fibre Channel option for high performance SAN
connectivity for multi-vendor SAN solutions
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Enable more efficient and cost effective utilization of storage with a SAN
Scalable growth of storage capacity over time
Perfect solution for multi-server applications such as dynamic web hosting,
application server, terminal server farm and media streaming
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Delivers performance for enterprise mid-tier applications with Xeon
processors, high performance 15K SCSI drives and 8 GB memory
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High availability features such as redundant power, hot-plug drives and
redundant SAN connectivity ensure applications stay running
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Scales quickly and easily as application usage needs change
Modular architecture reduces today’s operational costs and protects your future investment
 ProLiant BL p-Class 2P and 4P server blades can fit into 6U server blade enclosures
and can be mixed in the same enclosure.
 Power headroom was designed into the p-Class architecture to accommodate future
processors so there is no need to repurchase power infrastructure for the next
generation of blades.
 Once infrastructure is in place, server blades slide can be installed in seconds and
blades are ready for automated provisioning
 Dynamic scaling add more server blades or power supplies without powering down
the system
Innovative design cuts cabling over 80% compared to traditional 1U servers
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The interconnect switch is used to consolidate server blade network cables to a
more manageable quantity. It provides additional convenience by consolidating the
32 network connections into as little as a single cable per server blade enclosure.
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Designed for headless management no keyboard, video, or mouse cables
 Fewer power cables  centralized hot-plug power provides power cable
consolidation
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Cable Savings Comparing Blades to Comparably Configured Traditional 1U Server
42
42
Traditional server
ProLiant BL 20p G2
Using
Interconnect
Switch
42 X 4 = 168
42 X 2 = 84
42 X 1 = 42
42 X 1 = 42
42 X 1 = 42
6X1=6
to
6 X 8 = 48
4
0
0
0
378
10- 52
Network cables
Power cables
Keyboard
Video
Mouse
TOTAL
Quickly respond to changing business needs through dynamic resource
scaling and virtual presence and control.
Integrated virtual management ensures continuous access and control
 HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) advanced functionality ships standard on every ProLiant BL
p-Class server blade. In addition to full graphical access to the host server’s display,
keyboard, and mouse, the advance functionality also includes virtual CD and floppy
capability. Preboot execution environment (PXE) technology enhances remote access by
installing and configuring operating systems to boot remotely
 Insight Manager 7 provides visualization of all blades at an enclosure and rack level
for ProLiant BL blade servers (see illustration)
Deploy and redeploy hundreds of blades by simply dragging and dropping predefined scripts
and images with ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack
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Questions and Answers
BL20p G2 Questions
1Q
1A
What new features are in the ProLiant BL20p G2?
2Q
2A
Does the ProLiant BL20p have PCI slots?
The ProLiant BL20p server blades do not have expansion slots for several reasons:
The ProLiant BL20p G2 features new 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processors.
 Rapid deployment is easier without PCI slots. The ProLiant BL20p plugs in quickly
and easily without any cables coming from the server.
 The following features have been embedded that most customer’s typically use PCI
slots for:
 ProLiant BL20p G2 server has Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) technology, which is
an embedded version of the popular RILOE PCI card.
 ProLiant BL20p G2 has 3 embedded NICs plus a fourth embedded NIC
dedicated to management.
 ProLiant BL20p G2 has an embedded Smart Array 5i RAID controller.
 The ProLiant BL20p G2 has a fibre channel mezzanine card option to provide
SAN connectivity.
 The ProLiant BL20p form factor is much smaller because it does not have PCI
slots.
3Q
3A
Do the BL p-Series server blades have redundant ROM?
Yes. All ProLiant BL servers feature have a redundant ROM.
4Q
4A
Do the BL p-Class server blades have a blue unit identification light?
Yes. The BL p-Class features the same LEDs that the ProLiant DL and ML lines feature
including the blue unit identification LED.
5Q
What infrastructure components need to change to support the new ProLiant BL20p
G2?
5A
None, the new ProLiant BL20p G2 can be used with all of the existing p-Class
infrastructure components (server blade enclosure, interconnects, power, bus
bars and diagnostic station), although new interconnects (either Patch Panel 2
or GbE2 Interconnect Switch (available 2Q03)) must be used for Fibre Channel
SAN connection.
Software Questions
1Q
Which operating systems will be supported?
1A
Windows: 2000 Server and Advanced Server
Linux: Red Hat
For a more complete and up-to-date listing of supported OS’s and versions, please
visit our OS Support Matrix at: ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/os-support-matrix-310.pdf.
2Q
2A
Will Windows 2000 Datacenter be supported?
No. The ProLiant BL servers will not support W2K Datacenter.
3Q
How can Blade servers be used in an IP Failover/Network Load Balancing
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4Q
4A
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environment?
IP Failover and Network Load Balancing applications distribute incoming TCP/IP
traffic between multiple servers, providing increased performance and faster
response times. This is also a very scalable architecture because you can simply add
more servers to increase capacity and performance. IP Failover and Network Load
Balancing applications require a very small amount of disk space and several network
connections, which make this kind of application an ideal match for Blade servers.
Blades, as an “edge of the Web” solution for internet linkages and IP transaction
routing, are very cost effective and provide tremendous scaling. Blades can operate
as Web Servers and provide interconnect routing to application and data servers,
which can coexist in the same rack making a very dense packaged solution for web
application processing.
What operating system support is provided for Blade servers in an IP
Failover/Network Load Balancing environment?
IP Failover and Network Load Balancing in the Linux environment can be
accomplished by a number of tested and certified products on ProLiant Blades. For
IP address failover and transaction load balancing, HP recommends Polyserve
Application Manager or Rainfinity RainConnect. Windows NT Server and Windows
2000 Server provide the Network Load Balancing Service as an integral part of the
operating system.
5Q
5A
How can Blade servers be used in an Application Server clustered environment?
Application servers can provide software scaling and increase the capacity of an
application by adding servers. A management application is used to coordinate the
activities of the individual application servers. This typically involves managing the
replication of data and applications across the applications servers so that they are
all identical, and then routing incoming requests to achieve load balancing and
availability across the application servers. Because the applications and data are
stored locally on each server, Blade servers can provide an excellent platform for an
application server environment.
6Q
What operating system support is provided for Blade servers in an Application
Server clustered environment?
SteelEye Technology supports a Data Replication offering for Linux, and Windows
environments. SteelEye Technology, our strategic High Availability partner, has a
Data Replication Option which will write or mirror dynamic transaction data between
two or more Blade servers and will not close the transaction until the mirrored write
completes. This guarantees that new or updated data is not lost. In the event of a
hardware or software failure, a failover will take place and the application will be
restarted on a backup server and continue as IP connections are re-established.
When the server Blade comes back into service, the data will be resynchronized.
6A
In Microsoft application server environments, the applications can be managed by
Microsoft Application Center 2000. Using Application Center 2000, administrators
can quickly construct logical groupings including the contents, components, and
configuration of applications. These groupings can be easily managed throughout
the cluster, reducing application complexity. When changes are made to a server,
Application Center can automatically apply those changes to the other servers in the
cluster. Applications can also be written to take advantage of the distributed
computing features found in Microsoft’s COM+ (Common Object Model) and DCOM
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7Q
7A
Which Blade servers can be used in a High Availability (Failover) environment?
Most application failover clustering requires that the server nodes in the cluster be
connected to a shared storage system, such as the StorageWorks RA4100 or MA8000
fibre channel storage subsystems. Since the ProLiant BL10e and the first generation
ProLiant BL20p blade servers do not have SAN connection capabilities, they are not
targeted for failover clusters, but the 4-processor blade and the BL20p G2 will
support SAN connectivity and could be used in failover cluster environments.
8Q
Will there be a way of resetting the blade in case of a software lockup without
taking the blade out of the enclosure?
If a software lockup were to occur, the best way to reset the blade is via the HP
Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) ASIC in the ProLiant BL20p server. The ASIC is powered
off Auxiliary Power and isolated from the rest of the system. Other methods include:
Resetting or powering off the server through its Remote Console.
Resetting or powering off the server through the power button, which will be located
on the front of the server. If the hardware is locked up, a five second push on the
power button will result in a power-off override.
Pulling the server out of its bay will cause the entire server to lose power. The iLO
ASIC will have to be reassigned another IP address before further communication
can be established.
8A
Storage:
1Q
What hard drive capacities are available on the ProLiant BL20p G2?
1A
The ProLiant BL20p G2 will support 18/36/72/146 GB universal hot-plug SCSI hard
drives which are the same drives the ProLiant DL and ML lines support.
2Q
2A
What versions of RAID will be supported across the different blades?
ProLiant BL20p G2 has two hot pluggable SCSI hard drives and the onboard Smart
Array 5i Plus controller; RAID 0 and 1 is supported. The 4 processor blade will have 4
hot plug drives and an embedded Smart Array controller, so levels up to RAID 5 will
be possible. ProLiant BL10e blades only have one hard drive, so no RAID support is
possible.
3Q
3A
Is there support for SAN connectivity?
Yes. Both the ProLiant BL20p G2 and the ProLiant BL40p can support redundant SAN
connectivity.
4Q
4A
How does the ProLiant BL20p G2 connect to the SAN?
Fibre Channel capability is achieved using a Dual Port Fibre Channel
Mezzanine Card specifically designed for the ProLiant BL20p G2.
Fibre Channel signals travel from a ProLiant BL20p G2 with a Dual Port Fibre
Channel Mezzanine Card installed through the BL p-Class server blade
enclosure backplane. SERDES signal traces carry Fibre Channel traffic across
the p-Class server blade enclosure backplane to the interconnect bays.
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The Fibre Channel signals are terminated through the Patch Panel 2 or GbE2
Interconnect Switch (available 2Q03) in the interconnect bays. To provide
redundancy each server blade has two Fibre Channel signals and one signal
terminates through the right interconnect, one signal terminates through the
left interconnect.
5Q
5A
What components are required for SAN connectivity on the ProLiant BL20p G2?
The following components are required to support SAN connectivity on the
ProLiant BL20p G2 are:
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ProLiant BL20p G2 with Dual Port Fibre Channel Card installed
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Interconnect Switch Kit that provides Fibre Channel pass-through there are 2 options:
6Q
6A
o
ProLiant BL p-Class Patch Panel 2
o
ProLiant BL p-Class GbE2 Interconnect Switch with the GbE2
Storage Connectivity Kit option (available 2Q03)
Is the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card only offered as an option kit?
No. The ProLiant BL20p G2 can be ordered with the Dual Port Fibre Channel
Mezzanine Card installed or the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card
Option Kit can be ordered separately
7Q
7A
What is the speed of the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card?
The Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card supports up to 2 Gb/s and the
card is backward compatible with existing 1 Gb/s Fibre Channel equipment.
8Q
Can the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card be installed in the first
generation ProLiant BL20p?
8A
No. The Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card can only be installed in the
ProLiant BL20p G2.
9Q
Can the ProLiant BL20p G2 share the same enclosure and power as the first
generation ProLiant BL20p and the new ProLiant BL40p?
9A
Yes. All ProLiant BL p-Class blades can fit in the current BL p-Class
enclosure, blades can be mixed in the same enclosure and all BL p-Class
blades utilize the same power subsystem. We realize this investment
protection is important customers and it is one of the key benefits of the
ProLiant BL p-Class system.
10Q
10A
How much power does the ProLiant BL20p G2 consume?
The BL p-Class Sizing Utility can provides a power estimate for all of the
ProLiant BL p-Class blades based on the blade’s configuration. The BL pClass Sizing Utility is located at
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliant-bl/pclass/documentation.html
11Q
Does the ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit provide connections for
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11A
A: The ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit is designed to
consolidation network signals. The new interconnects (either Patch Panel 2
or GbE2 Interconnect Switch) must be used for the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre
Channel SAN connection. A GbE2 Interconnect Switch that provides both
network cable consolidation and connections for the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre
Channel storage signals is planned for the near future. For a complete list of
the available interconnect options, please consult the ProLiant BL p-Class
How to Buy section at http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliant-bl/pclass/howtobuy.html.
12Q
Can the existing ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kits and Patch Panel
be upgraded to provide pass-through of the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre Channel
signals?
12A
The ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit and RJ-45 Patch Panel
are designed for network signals. The RJ-45 Patch Panel 2 or upcoming
GbE2 Interconnect Switch is required when using the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre
Channel option.
13Q
13A
When will the ProLiant BL20p support StorageWorks arrays?
The ProLiant BL20p G2 and BL40p server blades will support the full range of hp
StorageWorks arrays. This will allow blade servers to integrate with StorageWorks
SANs of any kind - in addition, the blades will be able to integrate with "fused" NAS
and SAN configurations, providing the ability to work in file and block environments
seamlessly.
14Q
14A
Which StorageWorks arrays are supported?
StorageWorks MSA 1000
StorageWorks Enterprsie Virtual Array (EVA)
StorageWorks EMA/MA arrays
StorageWorks XP
15Q
15A
Is Secure Path supported?
Yes - SecurePath is supported for multipath functionality in all of the above
environments.
16Q
16A
When should I use NAS and SAN connectivity?
HP believes that NAS and SAN technologies are purely complementary. NAS should
always be used for file serving. SANs should always be used for block serving. HP
provides the ability to use a common pool of storage for both environments – this is
called NAS/SAN fusion - the ability to provide a storage utility regardless of data
format, protocol or operating system.
Networking:
1Q
Are there any new ProLiant BL p-Class network features?
1A
Yes there are several new features including:
 The new ProLiant BL20p G2 and BL40p servers include as standard NC7781
Gigabit Ethernet Embedded 10/100/1000T network adapters.
 The ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kits (C-GbE and F-GbE)
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provide network adapter signal consolidation (to 100 Mbps) for any possible
combination of p-Class servers.
A free firmware upgrade for the ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch
Kit adds several enhanced switch manageability and deployment features.
A RJ-45 Patch Panel G2 is available that supports the pass-through of
network adapter signals from any ProLiant p-Class server and pass-through
of ProLiant BL20p G2 fibre channel storage signals.
2Q
2A
What network adapters are included with the ProLiant BL20p G2 server?
Each ProLiant BL20p G2 server includes four (4) network adapters: three NC7781
Gigabit Ethernet Embedded 10/100/1000T WOL (Wake On LAN) enabled with
Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) plus one additional 10/100T Ethernet adapter
dedicated to Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) management.
3Q.
On the ProLiant server blades, can the NICs be custom configurable? Can the
customer specify what settings needed rather than having the NIC autosense?
Yes. The NIC on the processor blade is auto-configurable and selectable by the
customer via a software applet.
3A.
4Q.
4A.
Can the NICs on ProLiant BL servers be teamed?
Yes, all three types of ProLiant network adapter teaming are fully supported.
5Q.
How does ProLiant BL address the challenges of network cabling in a dense, rackserver environment?
There are two ways that ProLiant BL reduces the cabling burden often associated
with dense, rack-server environments. First, the cables are plugged into the back of
the enclosures and not the servers themselves. This means that when a server needs
to be removed or redeployed, a customer can just pull out the server and not have
to remove all the network connections. Second, customers have the option of using
the interconnect switch to consolidate network ports to a smaller number of Gigabit
Ethernet uplinks.
5A.
6Q.
6A.
How do I connect ProLiant BL servers to the company network?
Network connectivity can be facilitated through patch panels or interconnect switch
options in the rear of the enclosures. The ProLiant BL40p has six NIC connections
where as the ProLiant BL20p and BL20p G2 each have four NICs. There can be two
BL40p servers per 6U enclosure, one BL40p server and up to four BL20p or BL20p G2
servers, or up to eight BL20p or BL20p G2 servers. This translates to 12 to 32
network connections in total.
The choice of cable management options for the 6U enclosure includes:
 Patch Panel: The network connections are routed through the rear via RJ-45
ports.
 Patch Panel 2: Same as the Patch Panel plus pass-through of BL20p G2 fibre
channel signals.
 GbE Interconnect Switch: Up to 32 network signals are consolidated via
redundant managed VLAN Ethernet switches.
 GbE2 Interconnect Switch (2Q03 availability): Adds advanced network switching
plus pass-through of the of BL20p G2 fibre channel signals.
For a complete list of the available interconnect options, please consult the ProLiant
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http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliant-bl/p-class/howtobuy.html.
7Q
7A
What servers does ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit support?
The ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit may be used with all available
ProLiant p-Class servers (BL20p, BL20p G2, and BL40p). Any possible combination of
these servers is supported.
8Q
What level of ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit network cable
consolidation is realized with the various combinations of ProLiant BL20p, BL20p
G2, and BL40p servers?
Each ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit includes eight switch ports at
the rear and four at the front of the server blade enclosure. One to all 12 ports may
be used as desired for data connections to the network, local switch management,
additional inter-switch cross connections, etc.
8A
The total network cable consolidation depends on the mix of ProLiant server blades:
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A maximum of a 32 to 1 network cable consolidation for any
combination of up to eight ProLiant BL20p and BL20p G2 servers.
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A maximum of a 22 to 1 network cable consolidation for one BL40p
server and any combination of up to four ProLiant BL20p and BL20p G2 servers.
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A maximum of a 12 to 1 network cable consolidation for two BL40p
servers.
9Q
9A
Whose switch solution are you using?
The switch offered in the ProLiant BL line is an HP switch. The switch was designed
with industry standard components, including Broadcom chips. The switch is
designed to work well with other switches in the customer environment.
10Q
Do the ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kits support the NC7781
Gigabit Ethernet network adapter speeds on the new ProLiant BL20p G2 and
BL40p servers?
The ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit is designed for applications
requiring network adapter speeds to 100 Mbps. The RJ-45 Patch Panel or RJ-45
Patch Panel G2 may be used if network adapter speeds to 1000 Mbps are desired.
An all gigabit interconnect switch that supports network adapter speeds to 1000
Mbps is planned for planned for 2Q03.
10A
11Q
11A
12Q
12A
What new features are provided in the GbE Interconnect Switch firmware upgrade
and where can the upgrade be found?
The interconnect firmware upgrade adds several enhanced manageability and
deployment features including a scriptable command line interface (CLI), simple
network time protocol (SNTP) client support, enhanced switch environmental SNMP
reporting, XML human readable/writeable configuration file, and more. The new
firmware upgrade is free and it along with an updated user manual can be
downloaded from the Compaq reference library at http://www.hp.com/support.
Does the hardware for existing interconnect switches need to be upgraded to
support the new firmware?
No. Hardware upgrade is required; the existing interconnect switch is fully
compatible.
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13Q
13A
How is the interconnect switch firmware upgraded?
For Windows 32-bit deployment systems, the firmware is available as an hp Smart
Component package that provides an automatic install. A binary file will also be
available for a TFTP or ZModem/XModem installation. For Linux 32-bit deployment
systems, the firmware is available as a binary file for a TFTP or ZModem/XModem
installation. The interconnect switch's configuration is retained after the upgrade.
14Q
14A
What Interconnect Switch Kits are supported by the new firmware upgrade?
All currently shipping e-Class and p-Class Interconnect Switch Kits (249655-B21,
279720-B21, and 243283-B21).
15Q
15A
Will the firmware upgrade be added to new shipping interconnect switch kits?
Yes. The new firmware will be included with all new production interconnect switch
kits in the near future.
16Q
After the firmware update, can the original interconnect switch firmware be
replaced for any reason?
16A
Yes. Prior to any upgrade, the interconnect switch's original configuration file must
be saved to a TFTP server. Consult the interconnect switch user manual for the
complete procedure.
Rack and Power Infrastructure
1Q
Is 3-phase power required for the ProLiant BL p-Class power infrastructure?
1A
No. The ProLiant BL p-Class power infrastructure is flexible and supports 3-phase,
single-phase and –48 volt facility DC power. 3-phase power and–48 volt facility 8
volt facility DC power can support a full 42U rack of 48 ProLiant BL20p server blades;
single-phase power can support half of a 42U rack or 24 ProLiant BL20p server
blades.
2Q
2A
What if the customer has –48 volt facility DC power?
The ProLiant BL p-Class power supplies are designed to convert AC input power to –
48 volt DC power to the 6U server enclosures via the bus bars. A customer can,
however, connect their –48 volt (+ or – 10%) facility DC power directly to the bus
bars without having to use the power supplies. A facility DC option kit would need to
be purchased to make the connection.
3Q
3A
What is the power draw for each of the servers?
We have created a ProLiant p-Class graphical sizing utility to help determine the
amount of power needed for a particular configuration. The tool provides power,
cooling, weight and configuration information. The tool can be found at
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliant-bl/pclass/documentation.html
4Q
4A
Can we assign power supplies to different areas or enclosures within the rack?
No. The BL p-Class power enclosure provides shared power throughout the system.
No one power supply is dedicated to one enclosure or area within the rack.
5Q
5A
Does the ProLiant BL p-Class fit in 3rd party racks?
Yes. The ProLiant BL p-Class was designed to fit in ProLiant racks, Telco racks and
most 3rd party racks. The BL p-Class will fit into 3rd party racks that meet the
minimum rack requirements below:
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Compatible with 19" Standard EIA rail sets
EIA rail-to-rail depth is 29-30”
Cabinet depth must be at least 36” deep overall (Additional min. 3.5"
clearance from rear RETMA rail to rear door, inclusive in the 36" overall
depth)
Ample room for top and bottom cable egress (approximately 8 square
inches for full rack configuration with patch panel)
Must be capable of supporting 1600 lbs (for full rack configuration)
Perforated front and rear doors to accommodate front-to-back cooling
Must have 65% open perforation on server blade enclosure doors to support
airflow requirements
6Q
6A
What is the redundancy of the power?
The ProLiant BL p-Class architecture supports dual power enclosures. Each 3U power
enclosure is attached to two power circuits to enable redundant power feeds (the
equivalent of dual power cords). Each 3U power enclosure must be able to support
the full load of the rack in case of AC failure. Therefore, to ensure redundancy, the
draw on each power feed must be limited to half its maximum power rating.
7Q
Will there be a UPS solution since that’s currently an option when you build a
rack?
Since the BL p-Class power is distributed at the rack level versus the server level, the
BL p-Class solution would utilize a Datacenter site UPS versus an individual UPS.
7A
Deployment and Management:
1Q
How do the server deployment tools work?
1A
Server software deployment is accomplished via the ProLiant Essentials Rapid
Deployment Pack that we partnered with Altiris to create. It is a GUI-based system,
which makes it easy to rapidly configure many servers and propagate images. The
Rapid Deployment Pack will also include the traditional DOS-based scripting tools
that are currently part of the SmartStart Scripting Toolkit, giving customers more
flexibility.
2Q
2A
Will there be a deployment white paper and a data center preparation guide?
Yes, there is a BL p-Class Overview and Planning whitepaper and power sizing tool
available. The paper provides an overview of the ProLiant BL p-Class server blades,
infrastructure components, and management tools, as well as provides guidance for
establishing a deployment infrastructure and power planning.
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliant-bl/pclass/documentation.html
3Q
3A
Can ProLiant BL servers be managed with Insight Manager 7?
Yes the ProLiant BL line was designed to use the same management tools as all other
ProLiant servers. The ProLiant BL line even has graphical representations of the rack
that can be seen in Insight Manager 7.
4Q
4A
Is there support for 3rd party system management and deployment tools?
ProLiant BL will include the latest version of Insight Manager 7, so customers will
have access to all the standard integration tools currently available to integrate IM 7
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into the higher-level 3rd party management tools such as BMC Patrol, Veritas Cluster
Server, etc. . In addition, the BL p-Class will have the latest integrated Lights Out
technology (RILOE on a Chip) to further enhance the current remote management
capabilities and remove the need for keyboard, video and mouse for each server.
ProLiant BL servers are optimized for use with the ProLiant Essentials Rapid
Deployment Pack enabling automatic configuration and installation of operating
systems and applications on tens or hundreds of servers simultaneously. Partnerships
with TurboLinux and Jareva have also been established to offer customers
deployment flexibility.
5Q
5A
How can ProLiant BL p-Class servers be managed remotely?
Each BL p-Class server blade will have integrated Lights Out (iLO) advanced
technology embedded in the mother board and accessible via a dedicated 10/100
NIC.
6Q
Can the Rapid Deployment tools be used to propagate images that were created
by other imaging software?
Yes, as long as the deployment is scripted. Rapid Deployment Pack does not innately
recognize the images created by other vendors.
6A
7Q
7A
What is the ProLiant BL Diagnostic Station and how does it work?
The ProLiant BL p-Class diagnostic station provides power to ProLiant BL p-Class
server blades and ProLiant BL p-Class GbE interconnect switches outside of the rack
environment. The diagnostic station contains a power supply that provides power to
the server blade or to the interconnect switch and a system board with connectors
for data transfer between the server blade or interconnect switch, and a client PC (a
laptop, desktop, or workstation). The client PC provides the keyboard, video, mouse,
and diskette interface and facilitates the use of the iLO Remote Console.
8Q.
8A.
How are the interconnect switches managed?
A browser-based interface, menu-driven console, and scriptable command line
interface (CLI) are all provided to configure, manage, and monitor the interconnect
switch on a per port basis. Any combination switch ports can be disabled, enabled,
and configured and monitored as required. Out-of-band and in-band access is
supported locally and remotely from anywhere on the network.
Additional management features include:
 Fault detection, configuration, and monitoring of switch functionality with a
RMON probe or through Insight Manager 7, OpenView, and other SNMP
managers
 Access the browser-based interface through the provided local 10/100T
Ethernet ports or via any uplink port
 Access the menu-driven console interface through the provided serial
console port or via a Telnet session over the network
Service and Support
1Q
Are the back planes easily swappable?
1A
BL p-Class servers blind mate into a back plane within the 6U enclosure and are
easily swappable from the rear of the rack.
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What is the warranty for the ProLiant BL p-Class?
The ProLiant BL p-Class has a 3-3-3 warranty on the infrastructure components and
the blades.
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Questions and Answers Index
BL20p G2 Questions
1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
5Q
What new features are in the ProLiant BL20p G2?
Does the ProLiant BL20p have PCI slots?
Do the BL p-Series server blades have redundant ROM?
Do the BL p-Class server blades have a blue unit identification light?
What infrastructure components need to change to support the new ProLiant BL20p
G2?
Software Questions
1Q
Which operating systems will be supported?
2Q
Will Windows 2000 Datacenter be supported?
3Q
How can Blade servers be used in an IP Failover/Network Load Balancing
environment?
4Q
What operating system support is provided for Blade servers in an IP
Failover/Network Load Balancing environment?
5Q
How can Blade servers be used in an Application Server clustered environment?
6Q
What operating system support is provided for Blade servers in an Application
Server clustered environment?
7Q
Which Blade servers can be used in a High Availability (Failover) environment?
8Q
Will there be a way of resetting the blade in case of a software lockup without
taking the blade out of the enclosure?
Storage:
1Q
What hard drive capacities are available on the ProLiant BL20p G2?
2Q
What versions of RAID will be supported across the different blades?
3Q
Is there support for SAN connectivity?
4Q
How does the ProLiant BL20p G2 connect to the SAN?
5Q
What components are required for SAN connectivity on the ProLiant BL20p G2?
6Q
Is the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card only offered as an option kit?
7Q
What is the speed of the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card?
8Q
Can the Dual Port Fibre Channel Mezzanine Card be installed in the first
generation ProLiant BL20p?
9Q
Can the ProLiant BL20p G2 share the same enclosure and power as the first
generation ProLiant BL20p and the new ProLiant BL40p?
10Q
How much power does the ProLiant BL20p G2 consume?
11Q
Does the ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit provide connections for
the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre Channel signals?
12Q
Can the existing ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kits and Patch Panel
be upgraded to provide pass-through of the ProLiant BL20p G2 Fibre Channel
signals?
13Q
When will the ProLiant BL20p support StorageWorks arrays?
14Q
Which StorageWorks arrays are supported?
15Q
Is Secure Path supported?
16Q
When should I use NAS and SAN connectivity?
Networking:
1Q
Are there any new ProLiant BL p-Class network features?
2Q
What network adapters are included with the ProLiant BL20p G2 server?
3Q.
On the ProLiant server blades, can the NICs be custom configurable? Can the
customer specify what settings needed rather than having the NIC autosense?
4Q.
Can the NICs on ProLiant BL servers be teamed?
5Q.
How does ProLiant BL address the challenges of network cabling in a dense, rack-
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How do I connect ProLiant BL servers to the company network?
What servers does ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit support?
What level of ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kit network cable
consolidation is realized with the various combinations of ProLiant BL20p, BL20p
G2, and BL40p servers?
9Q
Whose switch solution are you using?
10Q
Do the ProLiant BL p-Class GbE Interconnect Switch Kits support the NC7781
Gigabit Ethernet network adapter speeds on the new ProLiant BL20p G2 and
BL40p servers?
11Q
What new features are provided in the GbE Interconnect Switch firmware upgrade
and where can the upgrade be found?
12Q
Does the hardware for existing interconnect switches need to be upgraded to
support the new firmware?
13Q
How is the interconnect switch firmware upgraded?
14Q
What Interconnect Switch Kits are supported by the new firmware upgrade?
15Q
Will the firmware upgrade be added to new shipping interconnect switch kits?
16Q
After the firmware update, can the original interconnect switch firmware be
replaced for any reason?
Rack and Power Infrastructure
1Q
Is 3-phase power required for the ProLiant BL p-Class power infrastructure?
2Q
What if the customer has –48 volt facility DC power?
3Q
What is the power draw for each of the servers?
4Q
Can we assign power supplies to different areas or enclosures within the rack?
5Q
Does the ProLiant BL p-Class fit in 3rd party racks?
6Q
What is the redundancy of the power?
7Q
Will there be a UPS solution since that’s currently an option when you build a
rack?
Deployment and Management:
1Q
How do the server deployment tools work?
2Q
Will there be a deployment white paper and a data center preparation guide?
3Q
Can ProLiant BL servers be managed with Insight Manager 7?
4Q
Is there support for 3rd party system management and deployment tools?
5Q
How can ProLiant BL p-Class servers be managed remotely?
6Q
Can the Rapid Deployment tools be used to propagate images that were created
by other imaging software?
7Q
What is the ProLiant BL Diagnostic Station and how does it work?
8Q.
How are the interconnect switches managed?
Service and Support
1Q
Are the back planes easily swappable?
2Q
What is the warranty for the ProLiant BL p-Class?
6Q.
7Q
8Q
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hp server tc2120
Product Overview
The powerfully simple hp server trusted by valueconscious small businesses.
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
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Proven HP dependability and support
Expandable to grow with changing business needs
A true server at a desktop PC price
Product Description
The HP server tc2120 makes small networks hassle-free. This powerful yet simple platform provides
all the relevant server features in an easy-to-use package. Practical performance, such as Intel
Pentium 4 processing, ECC memory, and 64-bit PCI support deliver the IT functionality small
businesses require. As with all HP products, rigorous testing of the tc2120 ensures dependability.
All of this comes at the price of a desktop PC. The hp server tc2120 is affordable, appropriate
technology.
What’s New
The hp server tc2120 delivers the following new features
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Intel Pentium 4, 2.53GHz Processor
Serverworks Grand Champion-SL chipset
533MHz Front Side Bus
Integrated 10/100/1000 networking
Up to 4GB of PC2100 DDR266 memory
(5) 64-bit PCI slots
Updated NOS support
Ideal Environment
Small and medium size businesses running light applications
Problems and Requirements
Lack of IT resources drive need for simplicity
Constrained budgets demand low cost solutions
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Impact of costly failures require dependability
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Need focus on business objectives, not IT infrastructure
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Changes in IT requirements dictate an adaptable platform
Typical Use
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File & print/fax
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Shared web access
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Very limited small databases
Solving the Customer Problem
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The tc2120 delivers peace of mind through attentive design and strenuous testing,
ensuring dependable performance.
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Offering only practical features removes cost and confusion, providing the
appropriate capabilities at the right price. The result is an easy-to-use, affordable
server.
Adaptability concerns are alleviated through substantial memory, HDD, and PCI card
expandability (for details, see table). The ample headroom is designed specifically to
address investment protection concerns.
HP support gives customers world-class service in the rare chance a problem does
occur.
QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
Model Specification Comparison
Server
Processor
Chipset
RAM Std/Max
Drive controller
NIC
tc2110
Pentium 4 2.0 , 2.4 GHz, 512K on-die
cache, 400MHz FSB
Intel Brookdale
128MB/1.5GB ECC SDRAM
Integrated dual-channel ATA,
optional single channel SCSI
Integrated Intel Fast Ethernet 10/100
Hard Drive Bays 2 non-hot-plug
Removable
3 (2 available) Support DAT, NHP
Media Bays
Drives
Slots
3 X 32-bit 33MHz
Chassis
(5U) Tower
Power
250W non-hot-plug PS
Warranty
3-1-1
Blue text indicates array model features.
Green text indicates superior feature.
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Pentium 4 2.53GHz, 512K on-die
cache, 533MHz FSB or Celeron
1.8GHz, 128K on-die cache, 400MHz
FSB
ServerWorks GC SL
128MB (Celeron) or 256MB (Pentium
4)/4GB PC2100 ECC DDR SDRAM
Integrated dual-channel ATA, optional
single channel SCSI
Integrated Broadcom NC7760
10/100/1000 Wake on LAN
2 non-hot-plug
3 (2 available) Support DAT, NHP
Drives
5 X 64-bit 33MHz
(5U) Tower
250W non-hot-plug PS
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Model Specification Comparison
Server
Processor support
Chipset
ML350 G3
2P Intel Xeon,
400MHz FSB
ServerWorks GC LE
RAM Std/Max
256MB / 8GB DDR
SDRAM, (4) sockets,
interleaving capable
Int. HDD Controller
Hard Drive only bays
Rem media bays
I/O slots
Integrated NIC
Chassis
RILOE support
Smart Array Support
ProLiant Essentials
support
RPS
Redundant Fans
dual channel U3
(6) 1" HP HDDs
(4) 1.6" (2 avail),
DAT/AIT/2-Bay HP
drive cage/NHP HDD
(5) avail: (4) 64-bit
100MHz PCI-X; 1 32bit 33MHz PCI
Broadcom
10/100/1000
(NC7760)
(5U) T & R models; R
conv. Kit, Quick
Deploy Rails
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional HP 1+1
No
Warranty
3-3-3
Blue text indicates array model features.
Green text indicates superior feature.
ML310
1P Intel Pentium 4
ServerWorks GC SL
256MB / 4GB DDR
SDRAM, (4) sockets,
no interleaving
single channel U3 or
dual channel ATA-100
w/Integrated ATA
RAID
(2) 1" NHP HDDs
(4) 1.6" (3 avail),
DLT/DAT/AIT/2-Bay
HP drive cage/NHP
HDD
tc2120
1P Intel Pentium 4 or
Celeron
ServerWorks GC SL
128MB or 256MB/
4GB SDRAM, (4)
sockets, no
interleaving
single channel U3
(PCI card) or dual
channel ATA-100
(2) 1" NHP HDDs
(3) 1.6" (2 avail),
DAT/NHP HDD
(4) 64-bit 33MHz PCI
Broadcom
10/100/1000
(NC7760)
(5) 64-bit 33MHz PCI
Broadcom
10/100/1000
(NC7760)
(5U) T; R enabling kit,
Quick Deploy Rails
Yes
Yes
(5U) T only
No
No
Yes
No
No
1-1-1; opt. upgrade
to 3-3-3
No
No
No
1-1-1; opt. upgrade
to 3-3-3
hp server tc2120
The powerfully simply hp server trusted by value-conscious small businesses.
The HP tc2120 is the ideal tool for small and medium size businesses on a tight budget. This
affordable, easy to use server packs all of the appropriate functionality in a wonderfully
ergonomic chassis. The tc2120: for customers who simply want a practical pedestal server.
ProLiant ML310
ProLiant reliability and ease of use for sophisticated small-business applications and branch
office solutions
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The ProLiant ML310 is the perfect entry server for branch offices and sophisticated growing
businesses that require a dependable, inexpensive 1P solutions. Small footprint is great when
space is tight, deploy in small remote sites when a maximum of 2 hot-plug drives bays
(Optional 2-bay NP SCSI drive cage) and no redundant power supplies are required.
ProLiant ML350
An expandable rack or tower platform delivering affordable 2-way performance and essential
availability to corporate workgroups and growing businesses.
Choose the ProLiant ML350 G3 when just the right balance of price and performance is
required. The ML350 G3 is perfect for corporate workgroups, growing businesses and remote
sites that need essential availability features such as hot-plug redundant power supplies and
hot-plug drive bays. Standardize on the flexible and expandable ML350 G2 for a multitude of
applications and deployments.
HP tc server Advantage
The HP tc series servers deliver appropriate technology at an affordable price. The
dependable, powerfully simple platforms provide peace of mind to value-conscious small and
medium sized businesses. The HP tc series offers practical, effective servers.
Inside the hp server tc2120
Proven HP dependability and support
Renowned HP quality
HP has built a reputation of dependability by conducting some of the most rigorous and
thorough testing in the industry. Quality starts with design and is optimized in
manufacturing. Tireless work on system testing and process control ensures only the most
dependable products reach the customer.
Providing solutions through partnerships integration
HP’s powerful alliances with major operating systems and application vendors ensure
robust solution operation. Strong relationships with component providers deliver support
for dependable, cost-effective configurations.
World Class HP Support
In the unlikely even an issue does occur, the tc2120 is backed by HP’s renowned support.
Helping customers address their differing requirements, HP offers a variety of options to
tailor support solutions.
Expandable to grow with changing business needs
Up to 4GB memory headroom
Performance concerns are put to rest with up to 4GB of PC2100 DDR266 ECC memory.
Four slots instead of two provide ample expansion in a cost-effective manner.
Up to 240GB ATA or 109GB SCSI storage capacity
Having enough storage headroom is a concern for small businesses making IT
investments. With up to 240GB of ATA or 109GB SCSI HDD capacity the HP server tc2120
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appropriately addresses the issue. Optional RAID cards provide and additional level of
availability if data integrity is a primary concern.
Five 64-bit PCI slots
Many small businesses add devices incrementally, choosing to upgrade when the need
arises rather than at initial deployment. With an industry leading (5) 64-bit PCI slots, the
tc2120 provides more than enough performance and expandability for additional NICs,
RAID cards, or other devices.
Making expanding easy- the tc2120’s ergonomic chassis
The tc2120 chassis features one-finger removal of the side panel to access all internal
components. Once inside, the tc2120’s color-coordinated ‘touch points’ guide the user for
device installation or the service. All major components are designed to be removed or
installed tool-free; even the CPU heat sink is designed to be removed by hand. When
growth becomes necessary for small business IT networks, the tc2120 makes
reconfiguration easy.
A true server at a desktop PC price
More than ever small businesses are pressured to reduce the cost of their IT infrastructure.
Tight purse strings drive drastic measures; budget constraints have prompted some
companies to use misappropriated desktop PCs as basic small office servers. The HP
server tc2120 solves the dilemma of functionality vs. price.
As a true server, the tc2120 boasts Error Checking and Correcting (ECC) memory, fully
functional gigabit networking, and necessary 64-bit PCI technology. The tc2120 is
specifically designed for and relentlessly tested with server operating systems in
demanding server configurations. Planning for growth, the ergonomic chassis makes
addition of memory, drives, and devices elegantly simple. All of this is available at the
same price of the misapplied desktop PC.
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Questions and Answers
General
1Q
Why should I move from a tc2110 to a tc2120?
1A
The tc2120 provides a significant increase in features and performance over the
tc2110. The tc2120 uses a server specific chipset to deliver true server functionality at
the tc2110 price. A faster Front Side Bus (FSB), faster memory, a higher bandwidth
integrated NIC, and increased PCI support all lead to better overall performance and
faster response times for important applications.
2Q.
2A.
How long with the tc2110 be available?
The tc2110 will be available through April of 2003.
3Q.
3A.
Why should I buy a tc2120 instead using a desktop PC as a server?
There are several important differences between the tc2120 and a desktop PC for
server deployment. First, the tc2120 uses a chipset that is designed specifically for
server applications. This supports a 64-bit PCI bus rather than the 32-bit bus used by
desktop PC. The doubling of bus width will have a significant effect on networking
capability. The chipset is stress tested for ECC memory support, a critical feature for
server dependability. Second, the tc2120 was specifically designed for and rigorously
tested with server applications in demanding server configurations. This testing cycle
ensures optimal performance and dependability when deployed as a server. Finally,
the tc2120 is packaged in an ergonomic chassis that makes typical server hardware
configuration changes simple. By not including expensive graphics or sound cards
found in desktop PCs the tc2120 is able to offer true server functionality at an
equivalent desktop PC price.
4Q.
What tc2120 models and options are available?
4A.
Refer to the following Quickspecs for the available tc2120 server: link to Quickspecs
Processors and chipset
1Q.
What is the difference between the Pentium 4 and the Pentium III processors?
1A.
Pentium 4 is the latest generation of processor technology from Intel for single
processor systems. Improvements include increasing the Front Side Bus (FSB) speed
from 133MHz to 533MHz and higher cycle rates (exceeding 3.0GHz). These changes
translate into improved system performance.
2Q.
2A.
What is a Front Side Bus (FSB)?
The Front Side Bus (FSB) is the pipeline that carries information to and from the CPU
to the memory and chipset. The wider (or faster) the pipeline, the more transactions
per second are carried, the better the system performance. By increasing FSB speed
from 400MHz to 533MHz, the tc2120 delivers increase transaction throughput and
better overall system performance.
Memory
1Q.
Why should I buy more memory?
1A.
Certain applications perform better with more memory. In addition, new operating
systems such as Windows 2000 and Novell Netware 6.0 recommend memory
configurations greater than 128MB for better operating system performance.
2Q.
What is ECC memory?
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2A.
ECC memory, or Error Checking and Correcting memory, helps protect your server
from failure due to errors in the transfer of data to and from the memory. Unlike
standard memory, ECC memory can actually detect and correct single-bit errors.
With standard memory if even a single-bit memory error occurs, your server stop
functioning.
3Q.
3A.
Why do I need four memory slots?
Having four memory slots enables systems to accommodate more total memory
than a two or three slot solution. Additionally, having up to 3 open slots allows users
to add memory incrementally, growing only as fast as is necessary. Most importantly
for cost-sensitive small businesses, having four slots accommodates large memory
configurations without using extremely expensive high density DIMMs. For example,
loading 2GB in two slots costs $3,000-$4,000 more than loading 2GB in four slots
(2x1GB DIMMs vs. 4x512MB DIMMs).
NIC
1Q.
1A.
What is Gigabit and why is it important to me?
Gigabit Ethernet is a networking standard for high performance networking. Today’s
gigabit technologies are capable of transferring data at rates exceeding 800 Mbps,
about eight times the rate of 100Base-T ethernet. In the future, it is expected that
improvements in both hardware and software will lead to gigabit ethernet achieving
speeds of up to 1000Mbps (hence the name, gigabit).
Implementing gigabit ethernet over existing Cat-5 networks will lead to improved
network performance as it increases the bandwidth available for information to pass
along the network.
2Q.
2A.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
NIC Teaming allows the user to configure two NICs such that they form one single
virtual NIC. The teamed pair may then be configured for fault tolerance or load
balancing.
This feature requires network driver support. HP offers NIC teaming support through
the NIC drivers. For more information on NIC teaming, follow this link to the NIC
support web site at the following location:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/networking/teaming.html
3Q.
3A.
What is Wake On LAN (WOL)?
Wake-on-LAN provides a method of remotely powering on a system based on the
MAC address of the NIC. This feature requires hardware support by the NIC, NIC
firmware, NIC driver and system ROM support. On the tc2120 the integrated NIC
supports WOL and have this feature enabled by default in the BIOS (W2K requires the
user to enable this during configuration).
4Q.
4A.
What is Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)?
A Preboot-eXecution Environment (PXE) allows a user to connect to a PXE server to
remotely install an operating system. The tc2120 NICs support PXE and have this
feature enabled by default. Note: not all operating systems support a PXE
deployment for a server operating system. For more information on PXE, go to
ftp://ftp.HP.com/pub/products/servers/management/pxe_wp.pdf. For specific
information on how to setup a Linux PXE deployment server, go to
http://www.HP.com/products/servers/linux/whitepapers.html.
PCI slots
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1Q.
1A.
Why is 64 bit PCI important?
64-bit PCI support is critical for overall server performance. In the tc2120, the PCI bus
hosts all networking devices and PCI cards such as gigabit NICs or SCSI disk
controllers. Moving from a 32-bit (as is still used in desktops) to a 64-bit bus doubles
the amount of data transferred for a given unit of time. To achieve true gigabit NIC
support (send & receive), a 64-bit PCI bus is required. When running multiple tasks
in parallel, such as communicating with the network and writing to the SCSI drives,
the higher bandwidth 64-bit bus reduces bottlenecking that can impact system
performance. Additionally 64-bit PCI support increases the number of supported
devices (such as PCI-X cards or RAID controllers not able to run on 32-bit buses).
2Q.
What is the difference between a 3.3V and a 5V PCI slot? How can I distinguish
between the two?
The PCI specification allows for three different PCI add-in cards: 3.3V, 5V and
“Universal” adapters. New PCI controllers are manufactured to operate at 3.3V, while
older options were 5V. The tc2120 is designed to accommodate both; there are (4)
3.3V slots, and (1) 5V slot for users who may still use 5V cards. The 5V slot uses a
blue connector (as apposed to the 3.3V white connectors) for easy visual
identification. For more information on the PCI slots in your server, review the
product QuickSpecs. Refer to your adapter documentation to determine if your PCI
device is keyed for the 3.3V, 5V or Universal slots.
2A.
Storage
1Q.
How do I decide between ATA hard drives and SCSI hard drives?
1A.
It depends on the application environment – if a you are very cost sensitive, drive
performance is not important, and you will be running the types of applications that
do not place a great deal of stress on the hard drives, then ATA drives may be good
enough.
However, if cost is not an issue or if drive reliability or performance is more
important; or if the application environment will put a great deal of stress on the
drives, then SCSI hard drives are recommended.
For more information on deciding between ATA and SCSI hard drives, please see the
whitepaper, “Assessing and Comparing Parallel-ATA and SCSI Hard Drive Technology
in Server Environment” at www.compaq.com/activeanswers.
2Q.
2A.
What is RAID? Why do I need it?
RAID stands for Redundant Array Of Independent Disks and is a way of storing data
across several different hard disks. By placing data on multiple disks, read/write
operations can overlap, improving performance. Many RAID configurations also
provide data redundancy increasing the fault tolerance of the system. A RAID
appears to the operating system to be a single logical hard disk. RAID employs the
technique of striping, which involves partitioning each drive's storage space into
units ranging from a sector (512 bytes) up to several megabytes. The stripes of all
the disks are interleaved and addressed in order. RAID is typically used for increased
data integrity and better performance. Optional RAID cards for both ATA as well as
SCSI are available on the tc2120.
Options
1Q. What USB support is included in my hp tc server?
1A. HP provides both standard USB support and legacy USB support. Standard support is provided by the
operating system (OS) through the appropriate USB device drivers. HP provides support for USB
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devices prior to the operating system loading through legacy USB support, which is enabled by default
in the system ROM. The HP server tc2120 meets Server Design Guideline 3.0.
2Q.
2A.
Why should I buy a RAID array controller?
There are many benefits to using a RAID array controller in a server, but the primary benefits fall into
two main categories: improved data integrity and higher performance.
Data Integrity: Using a RAID controller, you can choose to mirror data (RAID 1) across two hard drives
or to spray that data across 3 or more hard drives (RAID 5). In both cases, if a hard drive fails, then the
data will not be lost. Once the failed hard drive is replaced, then the RAID controller can re-build the
array and once again ensure the integrity of that data.
Performance: Using a RAID controller, you can choose to spray data across three or more drives either
in a non-secure manner (RAID 0), meaning that if a drive fails then data will be lost, or in a secure
manner (RAID 5), meaning that if a drive fails then no data will be lost. Both RAID 0 and RAID 5 lead to
improved performance of the hard-drive subsystem over standard straight drive controllers (without
RAID). This performance benefit can be as much as 30% improvement or more over straight drive
controllers.
3Q
3A.
Does the tc2120 support hot plug hard drives?
No. The cost and complexity of HP HDDs are not necessary for tc2120 customers. If the additional
availability provided by hot plug drives is necessary, consider the ProLiant ML310.
4Q
4A.
What back-up technology is supported on the tc2120?
The tc2120 offer support of the hp SureStore DAT24i backup. The DAT24i provides fast, reliable
backup well suited for the tc2120. With HP One-Button Disaster Recovery, 24 GB compressed capacity,
and broad compatibility, the DAT24 delivers excellent data protection value. More information on the
DAT24i can be found at the following location:
http://www.hp.com/products1/storage/products/tapebackup/dds_dat_drives/dds3_dat24/index.html
Hardware deployment
1Q.
Can I deploy the tc2120 in a rack?
1A.
No. The tc2120 is a pedestal only server. If a user needs racking, the hp ProLiant
ML310 is a perfect fit.
2Q.
2A.
What is the advantage of an ergonomic chassis?
Ease of use. By utilizing an ergonomic chassis, the tc2120 makes changes in
hardware configurations simple. All major components (memory, HDD, CPUs, PCI
cards) are all tool-free installation and removal, making most servicing fast and
efficient. Color coordinated touch points help clearly guide users to reduce time
spent orienting to the system design. The side panel is simple one-finger entry- very
different from the difficult thumbscrew boxes offered by our competitors.
Software support
1Q.
What operating systems are supported on my hp tc server?
1A.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of supports Operating Systems and versions,
please visit our OS Support Matrix at:
http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/index-tc.html
2Q.
2A.
What is the default boot order for my hp tc server?
The boot order for devices can be configured in set-up, but the default setting is CD,
floppy, IDE HDD, SCSI HDD, and then PXE (network). When the system initializes, it
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will attempt to boot these devices in this order. As soon as a device detects
bootable media, it will boot to that media.
3Q.
3A.
Other
1Q.
1A.
How do I run server diagnostics?
Server Diagnostics are run by inserting the supported Startup CD. Follow the
instructions to make a floppy running the diags. Note: user diagnostics are only
supported for Windows NOS.
What is the base warranty on the HP tc21020? How can I upgrade the warranty?
The base warranty on the HP server tc2120 is a one-year parts, labor, and on-site
service next business day warranty. HP offers several upgrades to the standard
warranty. These upgrades include lengthening the time of coverage from one year to
three years, improving the response time from next business day to same day or
even 4-hour response time, and also various types of installation and software
service upgrades. For more information on the types of service upgrades available,
please see the HP tc2120 QuickSpecs on the product’s web site.
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Questions and Answers Index
General
1Q
Why should I move from a tc2110 to a tc2120?
2Q.
How long with the tc2110 be available?
3Q.
Why should I buy a tc2120 instead using a desktop PC as a server?
4Q.
What tc2120 models and options are available?
Processors and chipset
1Q.
What is the difference between the Pentium 4 and the Pentium III processors?
2Q.
What is a Front Side Bus (FSB)?
Memory
1Q.
Why should I buy more memory?
2Q.
What is ECC memory?
3Q.
Why do I need four memory slots?
NIC
1Q.
What is Gigabit and why is it important to me?
2Q.
What is NIC teaming and how can I use it?
3Q.
What is Wake On LAN (WOL)?
4Q.
What is Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE)?
PCI slots
1Q.
Why is 64 bit PCI important?
2Q.
What is the difference between a 3.3V and a 5V PCI slot? How can I distinguish
between the two?
Storage
1Q.
How do I decide between ATA hard drives and SCSI hard drives?
2Q.
What is RAID? Why do I need it?
Options
1Q. What USB support is included in my hp tc server?
2Q. Why should I buy a RAID array controller?
3Q
Does the tc2120 support hot plug hard drives?
4Q
What back-up technology is supported on the tc2120?
Hardware deployment
1Q.
Can I deploy the tc2120 in a rack?
2Q.
What is the advantage of an ergonomic chassis?
Software support
1Q.
What operating systems are supported on my hp tc server?
2Q.
What is the default boot order for my hp tc server?
3Q.
How do I run server diagnostics?
Other
1Q.
What is the base warranty on the HP tc21020? How can I upgrade the warranty?
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ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server
Adapter
Product Overview
The NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter is the
very highest performing fiber-optic network
solution for ProLiant customers who require the
utmost in bandwidth and features.
Key Benefits
Inside the Box
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High performance PCI-X fiber-optic Gigabit server adapter, supporting a 64-bit/133MHz
PCI-X data path
Maximizes reliability with advanced server features such as PCI Hot Plug, Network Fault
Tolerance, Load Balancing, Dual Address Cycles, and support for Pre-boot eXecution
Environment (PXE)
Integrated with ProLiant Essentials, including SmartStart and Insight Manager
Supports distances up to 550 meters
Large “send” offload capability for enhanced performance
Product Description
The ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter is HP’s first fiber-optic networking solution
to combine Gigabit Ethernet speed with PCI-X bus technology. The NC6770 is a single port
Gigabit adapter that supports 1000Mbps speed. Along with other the advanced features that
ProLiant customers have come to expect, the NC6770 includes support for network failover
and load balancing, PCI hot plug capability, Jumbo Frames, Dual Address Cycles (DAC), large
“send” offload capability, and Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE).
What’s New
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64-bit/133MHz data path for higher throughput and lower CPU utilization
Added performance advantage with PCI-X support, backward compatible with existing PCI
systems.
96KB onboard memory
Support for Pre-boot Execution Environments (PXE)
Large “send” offload capability
Ideal Environment
Large customers whose enterprise installations are suffering network
bottlenecks
Problems and Requirements
 Require Gigabit speed over fiber to sustain high performance between servers and/or
networked power users
 Looking for PCI-X throughput to meet networking demands
 Demand manageability across multiple sites.
Typical Use
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 Server-to-server backbone connections at 1000Mpbs
 Server to high-performance workstations
Solving the Customer Problem
The NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter solves customer problems by bringing nearwire speed performance to fiber-optic cabling plants, thereby allowing customers to
protect their investment in a fiber-optic infrastructure. Furthermore, the increased
capability of the NC6770’s PCI-X data path helps to remove network bottlenecks in even
the most congested networks.
Large and mid-size installations that want to deploy fiber-optic products
across their enterprise.
Problems and Requirements
 The wiring plant in many organizations is Category 5 twisted-pair cabling, which has
significant distance limitations
 Fiber-optic cabling is preferred to twisted-pair cabling in order to increase security and
EMI protection
 Companies want to reduce network complexity by making fiber optic cabling standard in
server environments.
Typical Use
 Server-to-server and/or server-to-switch connections at 1000Mpbs, often over distance
exceeding 100 meters.
Solving the Customer Problem
The NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter allows ProLiant customers to easily move from
twisted-pair to fiber-optic cabling. This decision is typically motivated by the need to
support greater distances, the desire for greater security, or for EMI protection in noisy
environments, e. g. manufacturing plants. Some customers want to future-proof their
environment by deploying fiber-optic cabling, which will support Ethernet speeds in
excess of Gigabit.
QuickSpecs
QuickSpecs are available on the web with the most up-to-date Standard Features,
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/Division/Division.html (World Wide version)
http://www5.compaq.com/products/quickspecs/North_America/North_America.html (North
America/US version)
Model Specification Comparison
Controller
Data Path
Data Bus
Transfer Rate
Ports
Onboard Memory
PXE support
Dual Address
Cycles
ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X
Gigabit Server Adapter
NC6770
Broadcom 5701(h)
64-bit/133MHz
PCI-X
1000Mbps
One
96KB
Yes
NC6136
Intel 82543GC
64-bit/66MHz
PCI
1000Mbps
One
64KB
No
Yes
Yes
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PCI compliance
Diagnostic LEDs
Duplex mode
Fiber-optic
SC
550 meters
PCI v2.2; PCI-X 1.0
Link and activity
Full
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Fiber-optic
SC
550 meters
PCI v2.2
Link and activity
Full
ProLiant PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapters Advantage
The ProLiant line of PCI-X Gigabit Server adapters combine Gigabit speed with PCI-X data
path, making them the best-of-breed networking solution for ProLiant servers. The 64bit/133MHz data path has a theoretical bandwidth maximum of 1066MBps (Megabytes per
second), thereby making these server adapters the optimum choice for the most demanding
networks.
Inside the ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter
High performance PCI-X fiber-optic Gigabit server adapter, supporting a
64-bit/133MHz PCI-X data path
PCI-X architecture ensures server investment protection because it offers backward
compatibility with existing PCI bases systems and a complementary technology roadmap for
future I/O system architectures. Since PCI-X based servers currently run at speeds up to
133Mhz, they can provide transfer rates above 1 gigabit per second. The NC6770 supports
both the PCI v2.2 and PCI-X v1.0 standards in support of backwards compatibility. The
objective of the ProLiant NC6770 PCI-X fiber-optic Gigabit server adapter is to provide a best
in class PCI-X networking solution for ProLiant servers in a fiber-optic networking
environment and this adapter is the very highest performing fiber optic network solution for
ProLiant customers that demand the utmost in bandwidth and features.
Maximizes reliability with advanced server features such as PCI Hot Plug,
Network Fault Tolerance, Load Balancing, Dual Address Cycles, and support
for Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE)
Server and Network reliability is enhanced with these advanced features:
PCI-hot plug allows an adapter to be removed and replaced on the fly within the server
without network interruption of the high-availability server.
Load balancing, sometimes called port-bonding or trunking, is an advanced algorithm that
enhances server availability and performance by "bonding" multiple ports in a server to
act as a single port. ProLiant NC-series network adapters offer two types of load
balancing teaming: Transmit Load Balancing (TLB) and Switch-assisted Load Balancing
(SLB). Both support increased network traffic and redundancy. Through load balancing,
network bandwidth can be increased to a theoretical maximum of 16 Gbps by
automatically balancing full duplex traffic across as many as eight Gigabit network
adapters within a single server.
Network Fault Tolerance (NFT) provides failover between a primary and a secondary
network port on a server. NFT capability monitors the server connection to the network
and automatically switches traffic to a redundant link in the event of a failure. In a system
configured for failover, a secondary port will take over for a failed primary port with no
interruption of server operations. The primary and secondary ports may reside on the
same network adapter, on different network adapters, or on the system board. Two to
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eight ProLiant NC-series network adapters can be teamed in an NFT fault-tolerant
configuration. The team is supported on any speed and on any media.
In summary, network adapter teaming enables IT administrators to avoid network
bottlenecks by increasing bandwidth or providing network fault resilience; thus
maximizing server uptime. ProLiant network adapter teaming offers IT professionals an
easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to provide network fault tolerance and increased
network bandwidth for the price of adding additional network adapters. With this
capability, servers on the network can be on 24 x 7 x 365.
Dual Address Cycles (DAC) capability provides the ability to address memory above 4 GB
and improves system performance because it keeps the operating system (OS) from
performing a buffer copy from below 4 GB to above 4 GB.
PXE enables automatic deployment of computing resources remotely from anywhere and
allows a new or existing server to boot over the network and download software,
including the operating system, from a management/ deployment server at another
location on the network. Additionally, PXE automates setting up and configuring new
systems and enables decentralized software distribution and remote troubleshooting and
repairs.
Integrated with ProLiant Essentials, including SmartStart and Insight
Manager
The most important benefit is that the ProLiant NC6770 is a completely integrated, tested, and
validated solution that is optimized for ProLiant servers. HP integrates, tests, and validates
major operating systems’ drivers with the full suite of web-based enterprise management
utilities and ProLiant Essentials (including SmartStart and Insight Manager) that simplify
network management. This approach provides a much more reliable networking solution than
networking products from other venders. Furthermore, with this ProLiant networking
solution, users have a single point of contact for both their ProLiant servers and their network
adapters.
Supports distances up to 550 meters
Since Category 5 twisted-pair cabling has significant distance limitations, fiber-optic cabling is
preferred by many users in order to increase distance to 550 meters as well as to provide both
security and EMI protection. There are two main environments that a fiber gigabit adapter
(such as the PCI-X based NC6770) is most suited for:
1.
The first environment is large installations whose networks are suffering bottlenecks,
either on the backbone which connects multiple network segments or between server
to server or server to client connections. These types of customers often require
Gigabit speed on fiber optic media to sustain high performance between servers
and/or networked power users. These customers are looking for PCI-X throughput
and Gigabit speed to meet networking demands; and because they are large sites,
they demand manageability across the network’s remote sites.
2. The second environment is large and mid-size installations that want to deploy fiberoptic products across their enterprise. Additionally, these companies want to reduce
network complexity by making fiber optic cabling standard in server environments.
In summary, the NC6770 allows ProLiant customers to easily move from twisted-pair to fiberoptic cabling. This decision is typically motivated by the need to support greater distances,
the desire for greater security, or for EMI protection in noisy environments, e. g.
manufacturing plants. Additionally, it allows customers to go ahead and future-proof their
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environment by deploying fiber-optic cabling now, which will support Ethernet speeds in
excess of Gigabit speeds that will become available later.
Large “send” offload capability for enhanced performance
TCP/IP is the protocol used in Ethernet transmission; and typically, the network’s TCP/IP
segmentation is done by the operating system’s protocol stack. However, through a network
technology (used by the NC6770) called “Large Send Offloads”, the TCP/IP segmentation is
handled by the adapter itself; thus saving host CPU cycles and interrupts. Therefore, this
capability improves network performance when there are large amounts of data sent across
the network. The NC6770 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter offers near-wire speed performance
and with its PCI-X data path, “Large Send Offload” capability, and DAC; this adapter helps to
remove network bottlenecks in congested networks. In summary, it is real fast.
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Questions and Answers
What’s New
1Q.
What is the NC6770?
1A.
The ProLiant NC6770 is a 1000Mps server adapter that has been designed, developed,
and tested to meet the needs of ProLiant server customers. The NC6770 supports the
PCI v2.2 and PCI-X v1.0 standards, delivers PCI-X bus-mastering technology, Broadcom’s
latest Gigabit controller, and ships with support for all major network operating systems
2Q.
2A.
What’s new about the NC6770 compared to earlier ProLiant server fiber optic Gigabit
NIC products?
The new features that the NC6770 offers that are not included with previous fiber optic
Gigabit NIC products are:
 PCI-X support
 Broadcom’s latest 5701(h) network controller
 96KB onboard memory
 Preboot-Execution Environment (PXE)
 Large sendoff load
Common Questions
1Q.
What are the standard features of the NC6770?
1A.
The standard features of the NC6770 include:
 IEEE 802.3u (Gigabit specification for 1000Mbps), IEEE 802.3x (flow control),
802.3p (packet priority), and 802.3ad (link aggregation, static mode
configuration only)
 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X data path
 96KB onboard memory
 Dual Address Cycles (DAC)
 Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE)
 Advanced server features such as: PCI Hot Plug, Network Fault Tolerance,
Transmit Load Balancing, large send offload, and Switch-assisted Load
Balancing
2Q.
What is the advantage of using a PCI-X server adapter with 64-bit/133MHz
support?
2A.
A server adapter with a faster clock speed will have better performance than one
with a slower clock speed because it moves data off the PCI bus faster, thereby
reducing CPU utilization and freeing the bus for other purposes.
3Q
3A
What is the theoretical maximum throughput of the NC6770?
Since the NC6770 is a 1000 Mbps NIC, it has a theoretical maximum throughput of
1066 MBps (Megabytes per second).
4Q.
4A
Can the NC6770 be used in standard 64/66, 64/33, and 32/33 PCI slots?
Yes, a customer’s hardware investment is protected by the NC6770 being compatible
with existing PCI architecture. Performance of the NC6770 in PCI slots will be limited
to the maximum throughput allowed by conventional PCI slots.
5Q
5A
With what certifications does the NC6770 comply?
The NC6770 complies with the following:
 FCC (U.S. only) Class B
 DOC (Canada) Class B
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CE EN 55024, EN55022 Class B
VCCI Class II
UL 1950
CSA 950
EN 60950
CE
ACPI 1.1a
PCI 2.2
PCI-X 1.0
 MicroSoft WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs)
Where can I get the NC6770?
The NC6770 is available on its announcement date and can be ordered through any
standard channel, including directly from HP (NA only), by telephone or through the
Internet at hp.com
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6Q.
6A.
7Q.
7A
Can the NC6770 be teamed for Network Fault Tolerance and Load Balancing with
other server adapters and modules supported on ProLiant servers?
The NC6770 can be configured to work with any other NC series Ethernet server
adapters supported on ProLiant servers, when running under Microsoft Windows or
Linux, even those running at 10 or 100Mbps. Under NetWare, the NC6770 can be
teamed with other NC6770, NC7770, NC7780, and NC7781 adapters.
Service and Support
1Q.
What operating systems does the NC6770 support?
1A.
Operating system support for the NC6770 includes:
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Microsoft Server 2003 (when available), 2000 beta x and NT 4.x
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Linux: selected Red Hat and SuSE distributions
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Novell NetWare 4.x, 5.x, and 6.
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SCO (Caldera) OpenUnix 8 and OpenServer 5
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MS DOS Client for unattended operating system install
2Q.
2A.
3Q
3A
What management solutions are available for the NC6770?
The NC 6770 supports the HP ProLiant Essentials, including:
SmartStart - intelligent integration tool that simplifies the process of installing and
configuring ProLiant systems.
Insight Manager - comprehensive systems management tools designed to provide
proactive and industry leading predicative fault and performance management.
What is the warranty on the NC6770?
The NC6770 carries a standard ProLiant option warranty maximum of the remaining
warranty of the HP product in which it is installed (to a maximum three-year, limited
warranty). The minimum is a one-year limited warranty.
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Question and Answer Index
What’s New
1Q.
What is the NC6770?
2Q.
What’s new about the NC6770 compared to earlier ProLiant server fiber optic Gigabit
NIC products?
Common Questions
1Q.
What are the standard features of the NC6770?
2Q.
What is the advantage of using a PCI-X server adapter with 64-bit/133MHz support?
3Q
What is the theoretical maximum throughput of the NC6770?
4Q.
Can the NC6770 be used in standard 64/66, 64/33, and 32/33 PCI slots?
5Q
With what certifications does the NC6770 comply?
6Q.
Where can I get the NC6770?
7Q.
Can the NC6770 be teamed for Network Fault Tolerance and Load Balancing with
other server adapters and modules supported on ProLiant servers?
Service and Support
1Q.
What operating systems does the NC6770 support?
2Q.
What management solutions are available for the NC6770?
3Q
What is the warranty on the NC6770?
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