Set up the server

Before setting up the server, be sure to read the following:
  1. Unbox the server and verify the contents:
    • A server
    • A power cord
    • Rack-mounting hardware
    • Documentation
  2. (Optional) Install hardware options.
    For installation instructions, see "Hardware options installation."
  3. Install the server in a rack.
    The rack rail documentation is included with the rack rails.
    1. Connect devices.
    2. Connect network cables.
    3. Connect power cords.
  4. Decide how to manage the server:
    • To manage the server locally, use a KVM switch or a mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
    • To manage the server remotely, use a remote browser to connect to the iLO web interface:
      1. Verify that a network cable is connected to the iLO management port.
      2. Locate the iLO hostname or IP address:
        • If a DHCP server assigns the IP address:

          Locate the hostname on the serial label pull tab.

          Locate the iLO IP address displayed on the boot screen. You can also try pinging the hostname from a remote workstation.

        • If a static IP address is assigned, use that IP address to connect to the server iLO.
      3. Using the iLO hostname or IP address, connect to the iLO web interface, and then log in to the iLO web interface.
        https://<iLO hostname or IP address>

        The default credentials are on the serial label pull tab.

      4. In the side navigation, click the Remote Console & Media link, and then launch a remote console.

      Remote management is started.

  5. Press the Power On/Standby button.
    The iLO virtual power button can also power up the server through the iLO web interface or remote console.
  6. (Optional) Create logical drives or set up RAID.
    If you experience any issues, try updating the firmware.
  7. Deploy an OS or virtualization software.
    If an OS or virtualization software is already installed, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends updating the drivers.
    To deploy an OS to a single server:
    1. Verify that the OS is supported:
    2. Insert the installation media.
      On remote deployments, use the iLO remote console to mount the image to a virtual drive. From the iLO Integrated Remote Console window, click Virtual Drives and then select how to mount the media.
    3. Deploy the OS.
      • To use Intelligent Provisioning to perform an automated OS installation, press F10 at the boot screen to launch Intelligent Provisioning.
      • To boot the server from the installation media, press F11 at the boot screen, and then select the boot device.
    4. After the OS is installed, update the drivers.
    For advanced deployment options, see "OS deployment options".
  8. Register the server (