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Setting up Compaq Servers
without the SmartStart CD
Updated September 17, 2001
Created September 6, 2001


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Downloads

The necessary components can be gathered from the following locations (Choose 1 location from each category.): If you download a SoftPaq from the Compaq web site, you will need to run the SoftPaq on a Windows computer in order to create the diskettes. If you download an .RPM file, then that file is directly usable from within Linux.


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Hardware Preparation: Setting up your Compaq ProLiant Server without SmartStart

The following tasks will need to be performed:
  • Erase the server with Compaq System Erase Utility (Sys Erase)
  • Configure the Server Hardware using Compaq System Configuration Utility (SCU)
  • Configure any Array Controllers (ACU)(1)
  • Install the Compaq F10 System Partition
Note: 1: The Original Compaq Smart Array Controller is configured through SCU and not through ACU.

Note: If you have a copy of SmartStart, you may refer to the SmartStart instructions listed here: smartstart.html
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Compaq System Erase

Boot on the System Erase diskette to begin the hardware preparation process.

Warning: System Erase deletes all information from the Compaq server.

Follow the prompts in the System Erase Utility in order to erase the server.


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Server Hardware Configuration using SCU

Once the Compaq ProLiant Server has been erased, the next step is to configure the server hardware.

Boot from the first diskette of SCU (System Configuration Utility) to configure your server hardware.

If asked to use a previous .SCI file say "No".
If asked to autoconfigure, say "No".

You may be prompted to set the date and time, see #TIME for instuctions on how to set the date and time in UTC format.

Choose Linux as the OS to be installed.

This process ends by displaying a prompt to either "Save and Exit" or "Review or Modify".

If you have a Compaq Original Smart Array Controller, then please continue with the #ORIG_SMART section in order to configure that controller.

If you do not have a Compaq Original Smart Array Controller installed, then you may choose "Save and Exit" and go to #ACU in order to continue the hardware preparation process.

Note: An unconfigured server may report only 16MB of memory. Running SCU will update the system so that it reports the correct amount of memory.

Note: You should run SCU any time you make any hardware changes to the system including changes to items such as memory, cpu's, and controller cards. SCU does not need to be run after changes to hard drives, tape drives, CD-Rom's, etc.


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Configuring the Compaq Original Smart Array Controller

Note: The Compaq Original Smart Array Controller is configured in SCU, while all other Compaq array controllers are configured by using the ACU (Array Configuration Utility).

A Compaq Original Smart Array Controller can be identified because it will have one of the following numbers on it: 142130-001, 002969-001, 142055-001, 181132-001, 003596-001, 003596-002, 142055-001.

If you have a Compaq Original Smart Array Controller, then let's configure it now.

While in SCU (If you got out of SCU, then get back in) make the following choices (I'll list all the choices for completeness, just find the spot that matches the menu choices you have):
  1. --System Configuration
  2. --Configure Hardware
  3. --Review or Modify Hardware Settings
  4. --Step 3: View or edit details

  5. Now configure the Compaq Original Smart Array Controller.


  6. You will then find the Compaq Original Smart Array Controller in the listing. You configure the controller by selecting the logical drives, adding physical drives to them, and setting the raid level.

    Once you have configured the Compaq Original Smart Array Controller, exit this utility through the following steps:

  7. --press F10 (<DONE=F10>)
  8. --Step 5: Save and exit
  9. --Save the configuration and restart the computer

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Array Controller Configuration

Note: The Compaq Original Smart Array Controller is configured in SCU, while all other Compaq array controllers are configured by using the ACU (Array Configuration Utility).

After you exit from SCU, you should configure any array controllers you may have in your system.

Based on the model of array controller you may have in your system, perform one of the following steps:
  • Compaq Original Smart Array Controller
    • Configure using SCU utility as described in the section above (#ORIG_SMART).

  • All other Compaq Array controllers
    • Configure using ACU (Array Configuration Utility)

  • No Compaq Array Controller
    • Skip this step and continue with Installing the F10 Setup Partition.

The Array Controller Utility is used to configure any array controllers you may have. Arrays must be configured before they can be used. Creating an array involves choosing the drives for the array, choosing the raid level (1=mirroring, 2=mirrored, 5=striping with parity), and finally creating a logical drive.

Follow the prompts in ACU in order to set up your array controller.

Note: ACU will not configure the Compaq Original Smart Array Controller, you must use SCU to configure that array controller. See #ORIG_SMART for instructions on configuring that controller.
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Installing the Compaq F10 System Partition

Once you have set up your array controller (if you have one) you may now install the Compaq F10 System Partition on your primary hard drive. Another names for this partition is the "Compaq F10 Setup Partition". This partition is about 39MB in size.

I recommend only putting SCU and Compaq Diagnostics (Diags) into the System Partition. Other items you can put in there will probably become out of date and won't be as useful as SCU and Diags.

LILO will need to be kept out of the MBR (Master Boot Record) in order for the F10 utility to be able to be called by using the F10 key during bootup. LILO should be installed into the /boot partition in order to preserve the F10 key functionality during bootup.

Boot on the SCU diskette #1 and select "Create System Partition" in order to begin installing the Compaq F10 System Partition. After the partition is created and the system reboots, you will need to boot back to diskette #1. SCU should automatically begin copying files, if it does not begin copying files, then you may need to choose "Upgrade System Partition". Choose to install SCU and Compaq Server Diagnostics.

Once you cycle through all 4 diskettes of the SCU utility, the installation of the Compaq F10 System Partition is complete.

Your system is now ready to install Linux.

Here are some notes regarding the Compaq System Partition:

System Partition Installation Utility

The System Partition is a special area of the fixed disk
which can contain Compaq configuration, diagnostic and
maintenance utilities.  These utilities are more readily
available and run faster when installed on the System
Partition.
To access the System Partition, press F10 at boot time when
the cursor moves to the upper right corner of the screen.

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Setting the System Clock (Time)

Current versions of Red Hat installations (RH71 and prior) don't set the date and time as part of its installation procedure; therefore, setting date and time is recommended before installing Linux.

Store the time in the system clock in UTC format. This means (for Central Time) to add either 5 hours (if within the timeframe of the beginning of April to about the end of October) or add 6 hours (if outside of those dates).

You can use SCU to set the System Clock, here are the menu choices to get you there:

  1. --System Configuration
  2. --Power-On Defaults
  3. --Set Date and Time

  4. Remember to set the Date and Time in UTC rather than in your local time.

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Installing your Operating System

After completing the above steps you are now ready to install your operating system on this server.

Please insert your operating system installation media and prepare to install your operating system.

Items to note during installation of Linux:
  • Boot Prompt Parameters - making sure Linux detects all your memory (memory.html)
  • SCSI and/or Array drivers
  • Detection of other controller cards
  • Persistent Parameters for the boot prompt
  • Parameters for any modular drivers
  • LILO configuration
  • Choose packages to be installed
Other pages that should be of interest:
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Questions and Answers

Q. Is there an easier way to configure this server without downloading all these diskette images?
A. Yes, use the SmartStart CD - see smartstart.html.