Monthly Archives: April 2015

My HP C7000 Saga: The 24U rack

Today with Corey’s help (thanks again btw), went and picked up a used Dell 24U server rack. Complete with Front and Back locking doors and both locking side panels. Very heavy duty, going to be a very nice addition for the C7000’s.

Dell 24U Rack - Front

Dell 24U Rack – Front


As you can see in the photo below, it had a few servers in it before, we left the two that were in it, as they were to old to be useful. Ended up keeping the KVM switch, which I won’t need, and when we picked it up, they said they couldn’t find the keys.
Dell 24U Rack front open

Dell 24U Rack front open


We got it to the garage, and as you see in the picture below, Corey took the side panel off, and I spied THE KEYS !!! 🙂 A very nice welcome surprise!

Dell 24U - Side Open

Dell 24U – Side Open


These are the two tags I could find on the rack, not sure if one is a model number or not, still need to check that out.
Tag - Dell 24U

Tag – Dell 24U

Tag - Dell 24U

Tag – Dell 24U

Only thing left to do… get it downstairs… so, I wonder which son/son-in-law/future-son-in-law I’m going to have to bribe… 🙂 🙂

My HP C7000 Saga: 2 chassis aren’t enough, 3 is better.

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Ok, so I’m sure my wife thinks I’ve gone crazy by now, but she smiles and doesn’t judge, what a woman. I of course bought 2 C7000 chassis fully loaded with 32 blades in March, but one of the chassis was an older one. Now this doesn’t REALLY matter as you can upgrade the firmware on it, and other than the looks, there really isn’t much difference. That’s one of the awesome features of the HP C7000 platform, the chassis works the same, and runs the same stuff, that part doesn’t change much over the years. I found however a deal I just couldn’t pass up. I found another C7000 chassis. No power supplies or fans, or admin modules, just the chassis. The price was right, so I took a day off of work, and hopped into the Escape and off I went to Blue Springs, Missouri to pick up another Chassis. I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of this 3rd chassis. It was “like new”, and didn’t appear to have anything wrong with it, in fact, I’m not 100% sure it ever has been used at all. Other than a little dust on it, it was in PERFECT shape. I almost felt guilty talking them down 50% after I went and picked it up…

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As you can see, not a scratch on it… so, you ask, WHY did I buy this third chassis ? Well, I wanted two of them to match exactly, and well… it was just simply too good a deal to pass up, my final cost $75.

My HP C7000 Saga begins.

Two C7000 Chassis and Blades

Two C7000 Chassis and Blades


Back in the middle of March of this year (2015), I bought one C7000 Chassis with 16 blades in it, a friend of mine bought one as well. We traveled to St. Louis, Missouri and picked them up. This is the picture of them in my Escape after they were loaded up.
After loading them up and getting them back to my house it was very late, so he drove home and I went to get some much needed sleep after 10+ hours of driving. After a few days, we came to an agreement, I’d give him my Sun SunFire X4600m2 server for his blades/chassis.

So, now I’m the proud owner of 2 blade chassis and 32 blades… 🙂

The blades consist of the following:
[Dual CPU] 4 core Intel Xeon CPU’s E5450 @ 3.00GHz (32GB Ram) (Benchmark 7,796) – 7 -G5 blades
[Dual CPU] 4 core Intel Xeon CPU’s E5450 @ 3.00GHz ( 4GB Ram) (Benchmark 7,796) – 1 -G5 blade
[Dual CPU] 4 core Intel Xeon CPU’s X5355 @ 2.67GHz (16GB Ram) (Benchmark 5,890) – 24 -G1 blades

The G1’s use PC2-5300F-555-11 memory as pictured below:

2GB 2Rx4 PC2-5300F-555-11 Memory

2GB 2Rx4 PC2-5300F-555-11 Memory

This is a picture of the inside of one of the G1 blades.

Inside a G1 Blade

Inside a G1 Blade

This is the information on the top cover of the G1 Blades.

Cover of G1 Blade

Cover of G1 Blade

Now I own two chassis worth of blades, and of course that means I have two chassis, as pictured below. The first one is the one that has all the G1 blades in it, and it has older onboard administrator modules, they don’t have the blue kvm vga adapter that the other one does. I may or may not switch those out. It also has two 16 port ethernet interconnects and not shown, a SAS interconnect for a jbod.

Chassis 1 Back Image. G1 Blade Chassis.

Chassis 1 Back Image. G1 Blade Chassis.

This second image is the back of the blade chassis that contains the G5 blades. It has new OA modules for administration, as shown by the blue vga kvm ports.
This also has the SAS interconnect for Jbods. This shows all 10 fans, and the 6 connections for power (110 OR 220 work). In this image I’m only using 3 of the powercords as they are connecting to one 20amp outlet, and this will power only 7 blades total before it degrades the chassis and it will refuse to power on more.

Chassis 2 back image. G5 blade chassis.

Chassis 2 back image. G5 blade chassis.

This is the front of one of the chassis after installing some 72 GIG hard drives (raided) used for installing the OS (bare metal hypervisiors actually).
Only powered on 2 units to make sure they would go green, the yellow one is powered down, the yellow is the normal color you would see when in this state.

Inital poweron of a few blades.

Inital poweron of a few blades.

When you first power on an HP7000 you can login to the primary OA “Onboard Administrator” through a web interface and run a “First Time Setup Wizard”. Worked pretty well, I ended up making a ton of changes after that though, but this is what that looks like when you get there.

HP C7000 "First Time Wizard"

HP C7000 “First Time Wizard”

Below you can see I have only 4 blades powered on/installed. This is because I wasn’t sure at the time on how many blades my single 20 amp outlet could power, now I know it’s 7 blades.
Shown in this image is the “Device Bay Summary”, which is where you go to see your blades status, and to quickly login via web interface to the blades ilom, by clicking that blue “Ilo IP Address”.

HP C7000 OA "Device Bay Summary" Page.

HP C7000 OA “Device Bay Summary” Page.

Below is the image of the “Power Subsystem” page that shows what 4 blades and the Chassis are using while I was working on them.

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power subsystem – usage image

blue ilom light image

blue ilom light image


The image above shows the 4 blades and one of them has a blue light on, that indicates that someone is logged into it via the ilom. You can manually turn that blue light on and off if you wanted someone to pull a blade at a remote site, that would be a good way to indicate for sure which one you were wanting removed/etc.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve gotten alot further than this, but I don’t have images to go with the updates yet…..so stay tuned, I’ll post more on the updates and progress I’ve made soon.