What is the difference between IDRAC, IPMI, and ILO?

These are all forms of out-of-band management. IPMI is a standard. DRAC is a proprietary offering from Dell. ILO is the HP ProLiant variant. ILOM for Sun/Oracle. In some cases, you may hear the terms used interchangeably.

The proprietary lights-out management solutions provide more integration with the hardware and often time have nicer features (monitoring, logging, access) than a generic IPMI implementation.

Configuring RAID 5 and 10 using MegaRAID Storage Manager

Configuring RAID 5 and 10 using MegaRAID Storage Manager
How to create RAID 5, 6 and 10 on RX300 S5

This outlines the steps in configuring RAID on Fujitsu server using the local drives.

Step 1: Power on the Fujitsu server and press control H while booting
Step 2: this will work you through the configuration process and prompt you with the Adaptor Selection window
– Select ‘”Adaptor No and Type Radio button and click on start”

Step 3: Now select “configuration wizard” to create and configure the RAID

Step 4: A New Configuration window pops up
Here select the new configuration to create your RAID configuration.
Note: This also clears the existing configuration and click on Next.

Step 5: Now select “yes” to clear the configuration
Step 6: Then select Manual Configuration and select “Redundancy when possible” as well and click on Next

Step 7: Now you are prompted with the “Drive Group Definition Window”

Note: for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6 RAID Configuration,
— You can select ALL all the drives by holding down the
the control key and clicking on all drives
— Now click on Add to Array and
— Click on “Accept DG” and click on Next


For RAID 10 Configuration
You will probably have to create two “Drive Groups” from the available drives to
“Drive Group 0” and
—- The other two drives to “Drive group 1” and
—- Click on “Accept DG” and click on next

Step 8): You are prompted with the Span Definition Window,

Note: for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6 RAID Configuration
— this configuration, you would have to select just one “Drive Group” to
— Click on Add to SPAN and click on next

Note: for RAID 10 Configuration
— For this configuration, you would have to add all by selecting one instance at a time. Ensure to add all to the Span Window
(Select All the “Drive Group”) and
— Click on Add to SPAN and click on next

Step 9: Now you are prompted with the virtual drive definition window where you have to
select the raid level you desire.

Note: You will have to manually enter select size “TAB” as it can have a size different from
your desired RAID Size.

–Click on Accept and Click on Next and

Step 10: A configuration preview window is prompted,
– Click on Accept and save the configuration.

Finally click on home, exit and reboot.

Relevant links: http://virtualcloudzz.blogspot.de/2013/08/fujitsu-server-raid-configuration-steps.html

How to update Fujitsu server BIOS

Bios update on Fujitsu Server

The BIOS update of a mainboard is a critical process that should not be
interrupted. If an error occurs e.g. due to power failure the BIOS may become
corrupted; this can result in a failure to boot and make the system completely
inoperable. Thanks to the Fujitsu Technology Solutions Recovery BIOS
functionality a new BIOS can be flashed any time, even after such a severe flash
failure has occurred.

Note: Fujitsu Technology Solutions provides new BIOS versions in a
couple of different ways; this allows the user to choose the most convenient and reliable
way for flashing their systems:

• From Floppy Disk (also Recovery BIOS possible)
• From USB Memory Stick (also Recovery BIOS possible)
• From CD/DVD Drive (by ISO-Image)
• From within Windows with the DeskFlash Utility

Login to and download the file to update the BIOS
(TS_FlashBIOSUpdateUSBStick executable)
BIOS Update from Floppy Disk
A bootable BIOS Update Diskette is created and used for the update:
1. Download the appropriate update file from our website
(from http://ts.fujitsu.com/support/downloads.html)
2. Insert a blank floppy (1,44MB) and run the update file (e.g. 2836S1R100.exe for D2831-S).
3. A bootable floppy will be created
4. Insert the floppy disk into the system which should be updated
5. Restart the PC and make sure that the system will boot from diskette
(Attention: possibly, the boot order must be checked and modified)
6. The BIOS update process is done automatically
7. Follow the on-screen information if required to complete the process
8. Remove the floppy disk from the system
9. Restart the system and enter the BIOS by pressing the <F2> key to enter the BIOS Setup.
10. Select EXIT, select “Get Default Values”
Hint: If the BIOS Setup Values have been changed by the user remember that user settings
11. Exit the BIOS Setup.