How to configure HP c7000 Chassis Management OA and Interconnect

Overview:

The BladeSystem c7000 enclosure provides all the power, cooling, and I/O infrastructure needed to support modular server, interconnect, and storage components today and throughout the next several years. The enclosure is 10U high and holds up to 16 server and/or storage blades plus optional redundant network and storage interconnect modules.

It includes a shared 7.1 Tbps high-speed NonStop mid-plane for wire-once connectivity of server blades to network and shared storage. Power is delivered through a pooled-power backplane, and power input flexibility is provided with choices of single-phase AC input, 3-phase AC input, -48V DC input, and high voltage DC input.

What’s new

Universal high voltage power solution for reduced Datacenter CAPEX & OPEX – 2650W power supply with a wide ranging input supporting 277VAC & 380VDC – Power input module with APP Saf-D-Grid connectors

Features

Extending the foundation for Converged Infrastructure

The HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure goes beyond just Blade servers. It consolidates server, storage, networking and power management into a single solution that can be managed as a unified environment.
With demanding workloads, the increased power supply wattage and mid-plane bandwidth aligned with Intelligent Infrastructure technologies such as Platinum Power Supplies, Intelligent Power Module, and Location Discovery Services have enhanced the foundation for converged infrastructure.
HP OneView combines server, storage, and networking with control of your data center environment into a single, integrated management platform architected to deliver lifecycle management for the complete Converged Infrastructure.
With Onboard Administrator, iLO remote management, and HP OneView you can manage your servers and take complete control regardless of the state of the server operating system.

Lets start configuring

Step 1. There are two things on how to configure the management port for the first time.
 a. Connect the HP c7000 Chassis OA management port which is located behind the chassis to network with DHCP server then check the Insight Monitor information in front once its connected to check the IP address that was assigned.
b. Navigate to Insight Monitor in from of the server and scroll down to

“Enclosure Info” then press OK and look for the “Active OA” IP address

Rear View of HP Chassis 7000 with Flex Fabric and Onboard Administration module

hp c7000-rear

Step 2. Once you already identified the IP address that was assigned by DHCP (for me its the “10.37.231.52” local IP address) launch your favorite browser and type in the IP address in the address bar and login using the default user “Administrator” password “check the sticker in your OA module”
hp-c7000-login-page

Step 3.  Change the IP address of OA module with the correct assigned IP address that was given by your Network Team to use. Go to

“Enclosure Settings -> Enclosure TCP/IP Settings” then select radio button “Static IP Settings”

and type in the IP address, Subnet, Gateway and DNS IP.

Then configure the “link loss failover” if your using two OA modules so that once the primary OA module dies/fail it will use the standby module

hp-c7000-linkloss-setting-b

Now configure the NTP and Date/Time of your HP c7000 chassis and also use this to sync the blades NTP

Enclosure Settings -> Date and Time -> Set time using an NTP server

Step 4. Configure the Flex Fabric Module IP address as shown in Step 1 I have two of them

Enclosure Settings -> Enclosure Bay IP Addressing -> IPv4

 

 

Step 5. To support VLAN Tagging you need to enable it in the

“Enclosure Settings -> VLAN Configuration” then on select “VLAN Settings” Tab and click the check box “Enabled”

hp-c7000-vlan-b

6. Create VLAN ID and assign this vlan ID to “Device Bays” (Blade) and “Interconnect Bay” modules

VLAN ID: 10

VLAN NAME: VLAN-10

hp c7000 - define vlan

 

Then assign this VLAN ID to Blade so that the iLO can be access on the blades

hp c7000-vlan assignement

Now do the same to the Interconnect Bay module so that you can access the flex fabric (Virtual Connect) VC.

 

hp-c7000-vlan-interconnect-bay-b

7. Configure the iLO IP address of the Proliant Blades

Enclosure Settings -> Enclosure Bay IP Addressing -> IPv4

Then type the necessary IP,Subnet Mask, Gateway and DNS. Note make sure you tick the checkbox then apply.

Next Access the Flex fabric and configure the Storage and Network configuration for blade server in the next article “How to Configure Flex Fabric – Virtual Connect module (VC)“.

Note:

Tip: In case suddenly weird happen in the blade system and you want to remove and slot it back again to reseat it to (disconnect it from backplane) and your your chassis is in remote datacenter you can follow this  how to reseat blade system in c7000 chassis

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