Compute node setup checklist

Use the compute node setup checklist to ensure that you have performed all tasks that are required to set up your compute node.

The compute node setup procedure varies depending on the configuration of the compute node when it was delivered. In some cases, the compute node is fully configured and you just need to connect the compute node to the network and an ac power source, and then you can power on the compute node. In other cases, the compute node needs to have hardware options installed, requires hardware and firmware configuration, and requires an operating system to be installed.

The following steps describe the general procedure for setting up a compute node:
  1. Unpack the compute node package. See Compute node package contents.

  2. Set up the compute node hardware.

    1. Install the required compute node components. See the related topics in Install compute node hardware options.

    2. Install the compute node into the chassis.

    3. Make sure the chassis is connected to power.

    4. Connect the management controller to the network.

    5. Power on the compute node.
      Note: You can access the management processor interface to configure the system without powering on the compute node. Whenever the compute node is connected to power, the management processor interface is available. For details about accessing the management compute node processor, see:

    6. Validate that the compute node hardware was set up successfully. See Validate compute node setup.

  3. Configure the system.

    1. Connect the Lenovo XClarity Controller to the management network. See Set the network connection for the Lenovo XClarity Controller.

    2. Update the firmware for the compute node, if necessary. See Update the firmware.

    3. Configure the firmware for the compute node. See Configure the firmware.

      The following information is available for RAID configuration:
    4. Install the operating system. See Install the operating system.

    5. Back up the compute node configuration. See Back up the compute node configuration.

    6. Install the applications and programs for which the compute node is intended to be used.

  • The first generation Chassis Management Module (CMM1; 68Y7030) is not supported by the ThinkSystem SN550 compute node.

  • The second generation Chassis Management Module (CMM2; 00FJ669) must be at firmware level 1.6.1 or above to support the ThinkSystem SN550 compute node. This applies to both CMMs that are installed in the chassis.