BladeCenter unit configuration

You must configure the BladeCenter unit for command-line interface operation.

The BladeCenter® unit automatically detects the modules and blade servers that are installed and stores the vital product data (VPD). When the BladeCenter unit is started, the management module automatically configures the remote management port of the management module, so that you can configure and manage BladeCenter components. You configure and manage BladeCenter components remotely by using the management-module command-line interface (CLI) or the management-module web interface.

To communicate with network resources and with the I/O modules in the BladeCenter unit, you must configure IP addresses for the management module and I/O modules. You can configure management-module IP addresses by using the web interface or command-line interface. You can configure the I/O modules through the management-module web interface or through an external I/O-module port that is enabled through the management module, using a Telnet interface, a serial connection, or a web browser. See the documentation that comes with each I/O module for information and instructions.

To communicate with the blade servers for functions such as deploying an operating system or application program over a network, you must also configure at least one external (in-band) port on an Ethernet switch module in I/O-module bay 1 or 2.

Note: If a pass-thru module is installed in I/O-module bay 1 or 2 (instead of an Ethernet I/O module), you must configure the network switch that the pass-thru module is connected to; see the documentation that comes with the network switch for instructions.