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Joule

Initial Installation
When setting up Joule, we had a difficult time because of the 32Gig limit for Windows Server.

We then purchased a license for "Windows Server 2008 R2", but accidentally purchased a distribution of "Windows Server 2008 SP2". We then tried to use a MSDN install, but could not get the licensing to work. Then, when doing the install, we were not wiping the disk, so there were files on the disk that were owned by a non-existent user

  1. Register the machine with the department. Be sure to request that the machine be added to the DNS tables so that we can use Windows Remote Desktop to connect from outside the EECS Windows Domain. Registering need happen only once.
  2. During one of the installs, we upgraded Joule's firmware. This needs to happen only once.
  3. Boot and set up a logical disk of about 1 Gig using three drives and a spare. If you have 1.6 Gig, then the machine is misconfigured and is using all 4 drives, we want to use three.
  4. Install Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (Full Installation). We use Enterprise because we want to use all the memory. Use the Key. Be sure to wipe the disk so that there are not orphan files on the disk
  5. Add it to the domain. First, change the name, then reboot, then add it to the domain and reboot.
  6. Run Windows Update
  7. Enabled remote desktop
  8. Add eecs/marys and eecs/cxh as remote desktop users. See How do I allow access?
  9. Create local accounts for marys and cxh on joule with administrative privileges.
  10. Set up Terminal server. See This terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections
  11. Enabling automatic disconnect
  12. How do I disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration?
  13. Install 11.0.6 UCB Custom - AV only from http://software.berkeley.edu. Be sure to choose the AV only version (no firewall or intrusion detection). Also, choose the 64-bit version. Note that Symantec Endpoint may interfere with Windows Remote Desktop, see Windows Remote Desktop Connection stops working after Symantec Endpoint Install.
  14. Install the RAID Driver, Firmware update and Client, see Joule RAID System
  15. Install user Software such as Firefox

Joule Firmware Update
To update Joule's firmware, we first created a bootable USB. Note that the program that creates the bootable USB should be run from a mostly empty drive or else the program will copy the contents of the current directory to the USB stick.

The next step is to copy the update files to the bootable USB drive. In our case, they were in a directory named USB_FILES or something similar.

In the boottable USB drive, view the contents of autoexec.bat and be sure that the file that is listed is present on the USB drive.

Joule RAID System
Joule has an "HP P410 with 1G Flash Back Cache Smart Array Controller". 572532-B21

Driver

Go to hp.com Support & Drivers, search for HP P410, find the Windows Server 2008 x63 drivers, download and install "** CRITICAL ** HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition", which requires a reboot.

The HP Array Configuration Utility Software shows that we have "HP EF0600FARNA" drives. So, install "RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - EF0300FARMU, EF0450FARMV, EF0600FARNA drives", which requires a reboot. I'm not sure if this needs to be installed each time or not.

Client Program

Install a client program called the "HP Array Configuration Utility Software" (it is at the bottom of the web page). The client program shows that we have a 1Tb RAID5 with a live spare.

Joule RAID Problem

Joule was failing to boot: It hung in exactly the same spot as before, the first operation in the booting process after you see the 'HP ProLiant' splash screen. Details:

Slot 2 HP Smart Array P410 Controller (1024 MB, V.3.50) 1 Logical Drive

  Press < F8 > to run the Option ROM Configuration for Arrays Utility

  Press  to skip configuration and continue
The boot failure seems intermittent.

6/16/11Updated firmware to 3.66. * RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P712m, and P812
Downloaded cp014344.exe
Running the Array Configuration Utility shows:

RAM Firmware Revision 3.50
ROM Firmware Revision 3.66
After the update the RAM Firmware Revision changed to 3.66

Installed * RECOMMENDED * HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (6.20.2.64 2 Sep 2010) cp013514.exe

7/15/11: used online chat. Case ID 4632163802. The support person suggested RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, and P812 Firmware - Storage Controller Version: 5.06 (B) (29 Jun 2011) After the above update, the splash screen changed from 3.66 to 5.06.

May 8, 2013

Hangs on ? F10/PXE F12 screen after patching by Windows. Mary wrote:

Joule is back up. Note that a 'reset' wasn't the cure. It hung in the same place in the boot process (Press F12 for a PXE boot), so I power-cycled it and that did the trick.

This is after the HP Smart Array P410 initialization and the BMC Firmware screen. There is a delay and then we get BMC message

The screen is

 
Press F10 for ROM-based Setup Utility
Press F12 for PXE Boot

Then, nothing happens. The keyboard is not responsive. Resetting via the front panel brings us back to the same place.

Marten installed HP ProLiant Smart Array SAS/SATA Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition 6.26.0.64 (released on 19 Feb 2013) and rebooted machine several times; seems to have solved the problem.

The configuration of Joule
Joule is a 12 Core machine with 64 Gig of memory and 1000 gig of raid5 disk. See the quote for Joule.

32Gig limit for WIndows Server 2008 R2
Joule was ordered with 64 gig of memory, but can only use 32 gig.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778%28v=vs.85%29.aspx#physical_memory_limits_windows_server_2008_r2 has the memory limits

The System control panel of this machine says:

Installed memory (RAM) 64.0GB (32.0 GB usable).

We've had the machine longer than 30 days, so returning the memory is probably not possible. Looking at the HP higher education website, the memory is $1820.

The HP Website also has Windows Server 2008 Enterprise for $2788

SHI has Windows Server 2008 Enterprise for $253.50.

See the Microsoft Server 2008 Enterprise PO

15549858 	P72-03638 	Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise w/SP2 - Media - volume - DVD - 32/64-bit - English
-Media Only, License also needs to be purchased. 	$19.39 	1 	$19.39
 
15901225 	P72-04236 	Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise - License - 1 server - EDU - Enterprise, Select, Select Plus - 64-bit - All Languages
-License only. Media can be delivered electronically. 	$253.50 	1 	$253.50

After the install, the System Control Panel says:

Windows edition
Windows Server (R) Enterprise
Copyright (C) 2007 Microsoft Corporation
Service Pack 2
http://knol.google.com/k/leonid-shirmanov/find-out-which-version-of-windows-you/2i969eujgjrbz/17# suggests Start - > ms32info.exe
OS Name   Microsoft (R) Windows Server (R) 2008 Enterprise
Version   6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-rds.aspx says: "Remote Desktop Services (RDS, formally known as Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008) functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2"
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