HMC 7063-CR1 software install (POWER8 based HMC)
nagger 100000MRSJ Comments (11) Visits (20180)
This is part two covering the POWER8 based Hardware Management Console
The first part was covering the installation on the new POWER8 based Hardware Management Console. You can find it here:
First a small recap on what we covered at the end of Part 1 about the network ports. Below we can see the lower HMC has three network ports in use.
The low HMC has
Zooming in on the network port, below:
For the Install of the HMC software for the POWER8 CPU we are going to keep it simple. There are multiple ways to do this, for example:
To keep it simple I strongly recommend method 3 - this is the only method we are covering here.
The IBM Knowledge documentation can be found starting here:
Using a local a Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) to access the BMC console then install the HMC from a USB memory Key
To prepare the USB memory key:
Put the USB memory key into either of the UBS sockets at the front of the HMC as below - the rear ones probably work too but I have not tried that but note you might want those sockets for a USB keyboard and USB mouse.
Connect the VGA screen, and USB keyboard and mouse. We use a purpose build 1U unit to house the screen, keyboard and mouse but you could just as easily put them on a table behind the HMC and directly connect them in. Once we have the HMC installed and the BMC on the network - we can do everything remotely including the BMC text and GUI console access. See below for the cabling:
Next make sure the Screen is powered up (doh!) and power-on the HMC by pushing in the two Power supply cables at the back of the machine on the left.
From memory I had to push the small white Power button on the front of the HMC, just once to get the HMC to start - by default is starts up the BMC (service processor and waits to be told to boot up). You can change the default startup procedure later at the Petitboot console.
Sorry about the quality of the below pictures as it all happens in a rush and using the camera flash washes out all the colour LEDs and without a camera flash its pretty dark.
Below the HMC lights up as a Christmas tree as the fans and disk all startup and the fans are initially noisy, then the red lights go off:
The HMC will then go it to the self check with many lines of output showing you progress.
Below the initial VGA screen looks like this (ignore the line 1 warning - its normal):
Then a few seconds later it has 100's of lines of output like below:
Then more still . . .
If you are very quick at reading, you might pick up some hints of what is happening and starting up
Then you get to the Petitboot menu as below:
It will start with the highlighted line on the bottom of the menu = "Exit to Shell" - this can be used to get to a tiny Linux shell and you can run the IPMI commands to set the BMC service processor on the network but for simplicity we will postpone that until later. It can be done from the HMC Enhanced+ GUI.
I have Up-Arrowed seven times to highlight the line stating "Install Hardware Management Console"
This is below the line that documents the device that found this image on = "USB: sdb "- This is a nice confirmation that it 1) found the USB memory key and 2) it has already worked out what is on the USB memory key.
Note the Lines above state that the disk sda2 has "Hardware Management Console" on it. I assume this might be a pre-installed HMC images. I prefer to install my own HMC software and at the known current level too to avoid having to upgrade the HMC - which can take longer than an install :-) You might decide to boot straight of the disk and skip the below install. Your call.
I next hit RETURN to boot from the USB memory key. and after a little while I get the first recognisable HMC Install screen as below:
From now on its a standard HMC Install (or upgrade) - I will include the steps and take the option not to go through the Install Guided Setup Wizard (I am assuming you know that identical process from HMC on Intel days) as that has dozens and dozens of steps.
Below I select Install, as I do not want any older HMC software on this new HMC for new secret POWER?? machines that we are testing.
Below, so we have started the install below 4% and the Filesystems are created:
Below 11% and the disk logical volumes are initialised (in American!):
Below 21% Base OS installed (it is Linux based but that is pretty obvious - its not a regular Linux Distro but a special cut down on from IBM):
Below 63% HMC software installing:
Below 73% HMC CSM component installing:
Below 85% HMC component SFP installing:
Below 89% HMC component RSCT installing:
Below 91% HMC Enhanced+ Graphical User Interface installing: Note:from HMC 870 and above, there is not Classic GUI
Below PHEW!! It is all installed - if upgrading you have the option to Restore the previously saved data.
Below, I want a completely fresh install so take the second option to Finish the installation without restoring data.
Below The HMC reboots and we see classic Linux shutdown details.
Below the HMC bounces and we see classic Linux startup details.
Below note the HMC/Linux switched to high resolution X Windows graphics under Linux now.
We have the first of three, what I call self destruct options.
If you don't get this right, the next time the HMC boots it will hang here forever unless you get to the screen do something on the keyboard.
Actually the BMC GUI console might let us now fix this remotely.
Below is the first one: Display settings. If OK, YOU MUST take the "Exit and do not run this program again" option to avoid getting stuck
Below second Self destruct option - this time for Language configuration
Below thirdSelf destruct option - this time for Keyboard Layout
If the Keyboard layout is OK, take the "Exit and do not run this program again" option
Below the first legal agreement, get your lawyer to read and agree that you can continue! It should not talk more than a month.
Below the second legal agreement. Why is there two?
Below - Wow! The HMC is now running and doing some sort of house keeping and initial setup - from memory it takes about a minute.
Below you are asked do you want to take the Guided Setup guides to set up (hanging that s two guide's and two setup's!).
If you are new to the HMC, it is strongly recommended - you are asked loads of questions to step you though the process.
It will take perhaps 20 to 40 minutes but every gets done.
One downside is you can't stop and restart the process half way through.
If you are a HMC "old hand" then we skip this and the you can chose which order and when to do the detailed setup from the HMC menu options.
I leave "Show me this again" as unclicked and click "No".
Below the HMC reminds me I have not setup the Call Home function, which is a rather vital HMC function to increase RAS of our POWER servers.
Again I will do that later.
Below Hurray! We have the HMC install - iI have to do the detailed setup steps like putting the HMC on the network, users, Call home etc.
Also need to setup the BMC network too - after that I can do every thing remotely from the comfort of my desk chair and a hot cup of tea.
Below I login and look at all my POWER servers - oh dear!
Oh yes! I have to check the private network cabled up already and the HMC private network to the FSP service processors setup before it will find the POWER servers
Below - this is new - its the option to put the BMC on the network from the HMC Enhanced+ GUI - it reads: "Change BMC/IPMI Network Settings"
ALL DONE ASSUMING I DO THE SETUP - BUT THAT IS JUST LIKE THE OLD INTEL HMC'S!
Well, I hope that helped and shows how easy the new HMC running the POWER8 processors are to set-up.
From what I have seen the POWER8 HMC are:
- - - The End - - -