Complete adding a host interface card

You complete the process of adding a host interface card (HIC) by checking the controller LEDs and seven-segment display, and then confirming that the controller's status is Optimal.

Before you begin

  1. Turn on the two power switches at the back of the controller shelf.
    • Do not turn off the power switches during the power-on process, which typically takes 90 seconds or less to complete.
    • The fans in each shelf are very loud when they first start up. The loud noise during start-up is normal.
  2. As the controller boots, check the controller LEDs and seven-segment display.
    • The seven-segment display shows the repeating sequence OS, Sd, blank to indicate that the controller is performing Start-of-day (SOD) processing. After a controller has successfully booted up, its seven-segment display should show the tray ID.
    • The amber Attention LED on the controller turns on and then turns off, unless there is an error.
    • The green Host Link LEDs remain off until you connect the host cables.
    Note: The figure shows an example controller canister. Your controller might have a different number and a different type of host ports.
    Attention LED (amber) Seven-segment display
    Host Link LEDs  
  3. From ThinkSystem System Manager, confirm that the controller's status is Optimal.
    If the status is not Optimal or if any of the Attention LEDs are on, confirm that all cables are correctly seated, and check that the HIC and the controller canister are installed correctly. If necessary, remove and reinstall the controller canister and the HIC.
    Note: If you cannot resolve the problem, contact technical support.
  4. If the new HIC ports require SFP+ transceivers, install these SFPs.
  5. If you installed a HIC with SFP+ (optical) ports, confirm the new ports have the host protocol you expect.
    1. From ThinkSystem System Manager, select Hardware.
    2. If the graphic shows the drives, click Show back of shelf.
    3. Select the graphic for either Controller A or Controller B.
    4. Select View settings from the context menu.
    5. Select the Host Interfaces tab.
    6. Click Show more settings.
    7. Review the details shown for the HIC ports (the ports labelled e0x or 0x in HIC Location slot 1) to determine if you are ready to connect the host ports to the data hosts:
  6. Connect the cables from the controller's host ports to the correct switch or data hosts.
Before you resume normal operations, ensure that you have completed the following steps: