HMC 7063-CR1 hardware install (POWER8 based HMC)
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We at Advanced Technology Support, UK have been running the HMC based on POWER8 for 4 months but it was based on a proto-type HMC based on the S822LC Supermicro Stratton.
This week, our genuine offical HMC's that use the POWER8 chips have arrived, so I thought I would via pictures show you what we did to get them installed.
A second AIXpert Blog with cover the Software install - which is very easy. They run the HMC software 870 and 910.
You can find the IBM KnowledgeCenter information here:
Below is theHMC as delivered:
Below cut the straps and slice the sellotape:
Below, the Bits box has Mains cables, a plastic bag of bots & washes and a plastic bag of 4 converting brackets:
Below, is one of the
Below is the HMC still in the box after removing the Bits and Rails:
Below, lift out the HMC, break the seal and take off the plastic wrapper:
Below the front view of the HMC CR1 POWER8 based:
Remove the plastic from the handles whenever it suite you.
Below, is the rear view:
Below, removing the plastic film from the two of the machine (there are two parts):
Below, YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOOK INSIDE THE HMC but here s what you find:
Below, a side view:
Below, prepare the Side Rails - it is pretty simple:
Only do the screws up finger tight - you may have to slightly adjust the length once both ends are connected to the rack sides.
If you have a round holed Server Rack
Below, If you have round holes in the rack sides then you need to convert the default fitted squire bracket to a round bracket as below:
Server fixing bolts
Below, If you intend bolting the Server to the rack - find the screws and washed now as its easier to check you have the right ones.
Installing the Rails
Below, note that there is a springy strip near the end of the rails. You will have to have this in the position shown when you add the rail to the rack.
Once the square or round bracket is firmly in the rack holes let the spring move back into place on the other side of the rack hole bar.
Don't over bend it. We found a screwdriver was simplest to move it roughly 5 to 8 mm.
Below, shows the rail mounted
Note: do the front and back.
Below, tighten up the mid-rail screws
Below, The HMC CR1 already has the other part of the rail mounted on the sides. So just line up the HMC box with the rail slots, make sure you have it nice and square and gently push it along the rails.
It is a metal to metal baring so it a little stiff but do not force it in - if it snags, you are probably not straight.
If you want to add the securing bolts do them now - they bolt the HMC fount to the rack hole brackets.
You will need a cross-head screwdriver (medium size).
Below, a view around the back. The bottom HMC is already plugged in and working the top one is the one just added.
Connecting it up
You will need
This took me 1 hour of photographing and 2 hours to write this blog - in practice, this would take about 20 minutes (after the first one).
It is all pretty simple stuff.
Once the hardware is installed, the power and Ethernet connected there is then the HMC software to sort out - I will cover that in the next AIXpert Blog.
Good news this is a little simpler than on Intel.
One final point, the plan is to withdraw the Intel-based HMC sooner rather than later.
The POWER8 based HMC is faster, very slightly cheaper and has more memory.
Once running it is hard to determine if its Intel or POWER (apart from the speed) as the GUI and CLI are identical.
You can work it out - if you find a way (apart from physically looking or the feature code) then add it to the comments.
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