Setup Overview

for the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server

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Before you begin

  • For safety, environmental, and regulatory information, see Safety and Compliance Information for Server, Storage, Power, Networking, and Rack Products on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.
  • Select an installation site that meets the detailed installation site requirements described in the server user guide.
  • Unpack the server shipping carton, and locate the materials and documentation necessary for installing the server.
  • Verify operating system support—For information about operating systems supported by ProLiant servers, see the operating system support matrices.

For more pre-installation information, see the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server User Guide.

Component identification

Front panel components

  • Four-bay LFF drive model

    Front panel components: LFF

    Item

    Description

    1

    Optical drive (optional)

    2

    Serial label pull tab

     

    The serial number/iLO information pull tab is double-sided. The top side shows the server serial number and the customer asset tag label. The reverse side shows the default iLO account information and QR code label. Use your mobile device to scan the QR code label to display the server mobile product page. This page contains links to server setup information, spare part numbers, QuickSpecs, troubleshooting resources, and other useful product links.

    3

    USB 2.0 connector

    4

    LFF drives (8.89 cm, 3.5 in)

  • Eight-bay SFF drive model

    Front panel components: Eight-bay SFF

    Item

    Description

    1

    Front USB 3.0 connector (optional)

    2

    Serial label pull tab

     

    The serial number/iLO information pull tab is double-sided. The top side shows the server serial number and the customer asset tag label. The reverse side shows the default iLO account information and QR code label. Use your mobile device to scan the QR code label to display the server mobile product page. This page contains links to server setup information, spare part numbers, QuickSpecs, troubleshooting resources, and other useful product links.

    3

    Optical drive (optional)

    4

    USB 2.0 connector

    5

    SFF drives (6.35 cm, 2.5 in)

Front panel LEDs and buttons

  • Four-bay LFF drive model

    Front panel LEDs and buttons

  • Eight-bay SFF drive model

    Front panel LEDs and buttons

    Item

    Description

    Status

    1

    UID button/LED

    Solid blue = Activated

    Flashing blue:

    • 1 flash per second = Remote management or firmware upgrade in progress
    • 4 flashes per second = iLO manual reboot sequence initiated
    • 8 flashes per second = iLO manual reboot sequence in progress

      Off = Deactivated

    2

    Health LED

    Solid green = Normal

    Flashing green (1 flash per second) = iLO is rebooting

    Flashing amber = System degraded

    Flashing red (1 flash per second) = System critical

     

    If the health LED indicates a degraded or critical state, review the system IML or use iLO to review the system health status.

    3

    NIC status LED

    Solid green = Link to network

    Flashing green (1 flash per second) = Network active

    Off = No network activity

    4

    Power On/Standby button and system power LED

    Solid green = System on

    Flashing green (1 flash per second) = Performing power on sequence

    Solid amber = System in standby

    Off = No power present

     

    If the system power LED is off, verify the following conditions:

    • The facility power is present.
    • The power supply is installed and is working correctly.
    • The power cord is attached and is connected to a power source.
    • The front I/O cable is connected.

When all four LEDs described in this table flash simultaneously, a power fault has occurred. For more information, see the "Power fault" section in the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server User Guide.

Rear panel components

Rear panel components

Item

Description

1

Slot 1 PCIe3 x16 (16, 8, 4, 1)

2

Slot 2 PCIe3 x8 (8, 4, 1)

3

Slot 3 PCIe3 x16 (16, 8, 4, 1)

4

Non-hot-plug power supply

5

Power supply blank (bay 2 of optional redundant power supply module)

6

Hot-plug power supply (bay 1 of optional redundant power supply module)

7

NIC connector 2

8

NIC connector 1

9

Video connector

10

USB 3.0 connectors

11

Dedicated iLO module connector (optional)

Rear panel LEDs and buttons

Rear panel LEDs and buttons

Item

Description

Status

1

UID LED

Solid blue = Activated

Flashing blue:

  • 1 flash per second = Remote management or firmware upgrade in progress
  • 4 flashes per second = iLO manual reboot sequence initiated
  • 8 flashes per second = iLO manual reboot sequence in progress

    Off = Deactivated

2

NIC link LED

Green = Network link

Off = No network link

3

NIC activity LED

Solid green = Link to network

Flashing green = Network active

Off = No network activity

4

Power supply LED

Solid green = Normal

Off = One or more of the following conditions exists:

  • Power is unavailable
  • Power supply failed
  • Power supply is in standby mode
  • Power supply error

Install hardware options

Installing hardware options

Install any hardware options before initializing the server. For options installation information, see the documentation that ships with the option. For server specific information, see the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server User Guide.

Install the server in the rack

Installing the server in the rack

Install the server and cable management into the rack. Before you begin installation, be sure to review the warnings and cautions, as well as the installation instructions that ship with the 1U Easy Install Rail Kit.

Before installing the server, be sure that you understand the following warnings and cautions.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the equipment, be sure that:

  • The leveling jacks are extended to the floor.
  • The full weight of the rack rests on the leveling jacks.
  • The stabilizing feet are attached to the rack if it is a single-rack installation.
  • The racks are coupled together in multiple-rack installations.
  • Only one component is extended at a time. A rack may become unstable if more than one component is extended for any reason.

 

WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury or equipment damage when unloading a rack:

  • At least two people are needed to safely unload the rack from the pallet. An empty 42U rack can weigh as much as 115 kg (253 lb), can stand more than 2.1 m (7 ft) tall, and might become unstable when being moved on its casters.
  • Never stand in front of the rack when it is rolling down the ramp from the pallet. Always handle the rack from both sides.

 

WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the equipment, adequately stabilize the rack before extending a component outside the rack. Extend only one component at a time. A rack may become unstable if more than one component is extended.

WARNING: When installing a server in a telco rack, be sure that the rack frame is adequately secured at the top and bottom to the building structure.

WARNING: This server is very heavy. To reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to the equipment:

  • Observe local occupational health and safety requirements and guidelines for manual material handling.
  • Get help to lift and stabilize the product during installation or removal, especially when the product is not fastened to the rails. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that a minimum of two people are required for all rack server installations. A third person may be required to help align the server if the server is installed higher than chest level.
  • Use caution when installing the server in or removing the server from the rack; it is unstable when not fastened to the rails.

 

CAUTION: Protect the server from power fluctuations and temporary interruptions with a regulating uninterruptible power supply. This device protects the hardware from damage caused by power surges and voltage spikes and keeps the system in operation during a power failure.

CAUTION: Do not operate the server for long periods with the access panel open or removed. Operating the server in this manner results in improper airflow and improper cooling that can lead to thermal damage.

Connect cabling and power cords

  1. Connect the iLO management cabling.

    The dedicated iLO connector shown in the image is an optional component. If you do not have this option installed, the iLO management connection will be routed through the NIC 1/shared iLO connector.

    Connecting the iLO cable

  2. Connect the network cabling.

    Connecting the network cable

  3. Connect the power cord to the power supply.

    Connecting the power cord

    WARNING: To reduce the risk of electric shock or damage to the equipment:

    • Do not disable the power cord grounding plug. The grounding plug is an important safety feature.
    • Plug the power cord into a grounded (earthed) electrical outlet that is easily accessible at all times.
    • Unplug the power cord from the power supply to disconnect power to the equipment.
    • Do not route the power cord where it can be walked on or pinched by items placed against it. Pay particular attention to the plug, electrical outlet, and the point where the cord extends from the server.

     

For more information about cabling the system, see the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server User Guide.

Power up and select boot options

On servers operating in UEFI Boot Mode, the boot controller and boot order are set automatically.

  1. Press the Power On/Standby button.
  2. During the initial boot:
    • To modify the server configuration ROM default settings, press the F9 key in the ProLiant POST screen to enter the UEFI System Utilities screen. By default, the System Utilities menus are in the English language.
    • If you do not need to modify the server configuration and are ready to install the system software, press the F10 key to access Intelligent Provisioning.

For more information on automatic configuration, see the UEFI documentation on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

Install the system software

This ProLiant server does not ship with provisioning media. Everything needed to manage and install the system software and firmware is preloaded on the server.

To operate properly, the server must have a supported operating system. Attempting to run an unsupported operating system can cause serious and unpredictable results. For the latest information on operating system support, see the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

Failure to observe UEFI requirements for ProLiant Gen9 servers can result in errors installing the operating system, failure to recognize boot media, and other boot failures. For more information on these requirements, see the HPE UEFI Requirements on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

To install an operating system on the server, use one of the following methods:

  • Intelligent Provisioning—For single-server deployment, updating, and provisioning capabilities.

    To install an operating system on the server with Intelligent Provisioning (local or remote):

    1. Connect the Ethernet cable between the network connector on the server and a network jack.
    2. Press the Power On/Standby button.
    3. During server POST, press F10.
    4. Complete the initial Preferences and Registration portion of Intelligent Provisioning.
    5. At the 1 Start screen, click Configure and Install.
    6. To finish the installation, follow the onscreen prompts. An Internet connection is required to update the firmware and systems software.
  • Insight Control server provisioning—For multi-server remote OS deployment, use Insight Control server provisioning for an automated solution. For more information, see the Insight Control documentation on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

For additional system software and firmware updates, download the Service Pack for ProLiant from the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website. Software and firmware must be updated before using the server for the first time, unless any installed software or components require an older version.

For more information, see "Keeping the system current" section in the HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen9 Server User Guide.

For more information on using these installation methods, see the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

Register the server

To experience quicker service and more efficient support, register the product at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Product Registration website.

Additional information

For more information, see the ProLiant DL160 Gen9 documentation in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Information Library.

For important safety, environmental, and regulatory information, see Safety and Compliance Information for Server, Storage, Power, Networking, and Rack Products, available at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise website.

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Part number: 788697-004
August 2018
Edition: 4