Top 5 IBM Bladecenter Queries
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The IBM Bladecenter is truly a remarkable product. It offers a lot of benefits to a company's IT operations, and is now a commonly used hardware solution for Clouds. The ability to 14 physical machines into a 9U box, and when each of those machines can go up to a very high configuration (like using an HX5 or a PS702), you can get complete organisations who base their entire infrastructure on this powerful box.
What I'm going to do here is list a few common queries I get when supporting this product, either in the field or on the developerWorks forums. Your first point of reference should always be this redbook - IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology (htt
Right, lets get to the main topic then!
1. Upgrading the Advanced Management Module firmware
- This is a pretty easy task. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, this is a non-disruptive process and does not affect the working of your blades n anyway. It takes roughly about half an hour, and should be your first point of action on Bladecenter related issues. The instructions in the readme are pretty self-explanatory. [htt
2. Bladecenter Switches external ports
- By default, all the external ports on your Bladecenter switches are set to 'Disabled'. Its important that you remember to enable them, as it can lead to a lot of frustration if you forget :)
[You can enable external ports here: AMM ->I/O Module Tasks ->Ad
3. Remote Console Utility
- This one is truly a life saver! Instead of being physically near a bladecenter to work on the blades, it gives you an option to view the console, mount iso's remotely and manage the blades, without having to get up from your seat!
4. Blade details
- Another handy tool to get information is the Bladecenter VPD. Not only can it provide you with the Blade serial numbers, firmware and models, it can also give you information such as the Blade MAC addresses, FC and SAS WWN numbers.
5. Bladecenter Component Replacement
- Most of the components in your bladecenter are hot-swappable. Replacing objects like power supplies, blowers, switches, media tray, and even the AMM can be done without shutting down your blades. Thus giving your machines very less downtime for hardware related issues. For more, check out the Problem Determination and Service Guide [htt
These are some of the most common queries asked to me regarding Bladecenters. of course, if you have any other specific query, I would direct you to the IBM developerWorks forum [htt