When to use a server profile

A server profile allows you to do the following tasks:
  • Manage the server hardware configuration separately from the actual server hardware.

  • Easily reapply the configuration to the server hardware if the server hardware is serviced or replaced.

  • Define the server configuration before the server hardware is installed.

  • Capture significant portions of the server configuration in one place, greatly simplifying and hastening server configuration.

Depending on the hardware environment, you can configure the following settings:
  • Firmware (optional):
    • Specify the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) version and the installation method to install the firmware and drivers while the server is powered on (the updates are applied over the management network).

    • Specify to install the firmware without drivers regardless of whether the server is powered on or off (the server hardware will be powered on to install the firmware).

    • Specify the activation schedule for the Smart Update Tool based installation methods.

    NOTE:

    Supports Gen8, newer generations of servers, and DL servers.

  • BIOS settings (optional):
    • Specify the BIOS settings to apply on the selected server hardware.

    NOTE:

    Supports Gen8 and DL servers.

  • iLO settings (optional):
    • Specify the iLO settings to apply on the selected server hardware.
      NOTE:

      Supports Gen8 and later servers.

  • Boot Order (optional):
    • Specify the BIOS boot order or UEFI boot order to apply on the selected server hardware.

      NOTE:

      Supports Gen8 and DL servers.

  • Local Storage configuration (optional):
    • Configure the disk drives directly connected to the integrated Smart Array controller with a specific RAID level to create a logical volume.

    • Configure multiple logical volumes depending on the number of disk drives supported by the server hardware.

    • Specify the local storage configuration for Gen8 and DL servers.

  • Connections (required for Virtual Connect):
    • Describes which Ethernet networks and Fibre Channel SANs are accessible by the server hardware.

    • Describes boot configuration options.

    • Describes how Virtual Connect technology virtualizes the connections and provides the ability to have MAC Addresses and WWNs set on a server bay. The virtualized MACs and WWNs presented to the networks remain constant when the underlying hardware components change.

  • Storage Attachments (requires Virtual Connect):
    • Lists the storage volumes that are accessible by the server hardware, and supports creation of new StoreServ, StoreVirtual, and Nimble storage volumes, which are accessible using Fibre Channel and FCoE (StoreServ), or Ethernet and iSCSI (StoreVirtual and Nimble).

    • Lists the StoreServ volumes used to automate the presentation of the volumes to the server hardware, which eliminates the need to configure zoning manually.

    • For iSCSI volume attachments, a Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) can be used to authenticate that the storage system is using a CHAP server. For StoreVirtual, the storage system can likewise authenticate that the server is using Mutual CHAP (MCHAP). All StoreVirtual storage volumes are configured to use both CHAP and MCHAP authentication by default. Nimble volumes are configured to use CHAP authentication by default, because Nimble does not support MCHAP. The CHAP and MCHAP credentials are automatically generated by the server.