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Unboxing a IBM System x3650 M4 rack Server – 029

Unboxing a IBM System x3650 M4 rack Server – 029

Hi, and welcome to My PlayHouse.
And today I’m nowhere near my playhouse. I’m actually at work.
Well, I don’t work here, from time to time to install a server, and
I’m in the basement of a rather large hospital. And today I’m installing IBM model x3650,
model 4. I think that’s, it’s the IBM X series,
and it’s kind of a very cool, rather new server, so let’s go inside and see what’s
there. I’m probably not gonna be able to talk over
the noise. [Noise] The junkyard.
The noise in this server room was too much, so I decided to dub everything.
So I’m gonna be trying to tell you what we’re seeing here, and this is the unboxing
of the brand new IBM server, and it’s an IBM X series, 3650, model M4.
And here I’m taking it out of the box and removing the security seals.
I think this is something that IBM puts on the servers to actually show you that it’s
brand new. And then I’ve worked a lot with these servers
over the years, and here I’m showing you it’s the model 4, and this model is a bit
different, because it is using the 3.5-inch hard drive bays.
It fits six of these, well, internal hard drives, 3.5 inches, and with a total 24 terabytes
of data. And this data is.
Uh, correction: this server is gonna be used for storing data.
It’s actually gonna be used for a security camera system so that the footage from security
cameras will be stored on this server. And here I’m unboxing the brand new hard
drives, and these are 3 TB original IBM drives. Uh, you’re probably not gonna be able to
read that label unless you’re watching this video in HD, but they’re really well packed,
and one of the really irritating things when you’re unboxing your big server like this
is the amount of wrapping materials that you have to get rid of afterwards.
These hard disks are hot pluggables, and they’re really quite ordinary SATA hard drives.
Almost. You could probably find models like this for
home computers, but they’re probably a bit better than the regular ones.
I haven’t checked this, the numbers on the hard drives or anything.
In the server, we are installing four of these hard drives, which should give them a total
of 12 TB, and they’re gonna be set up in RAID 5, so that’s about 9 TB of data, and
then there’s the loss of, you know, a hard drive not being really 3 TB.
Even though it says it’s 3 TB, it’s, yeah. You’re losing some.
3 TB hard drives, and they have a 7200 rounds per minute a translator transfer rate of 6
GB per second, which is pretty good. We really wanted 4 TB drives, but on the ordering
page that we use at our dealer, they were not really available.
I don’t know if they are available at IBM. And this is the extra hard, no, this is the
extra power supply for the server. We have all our servers with redundant power
supplies, redundancy, so that if one power supply fails, the other one will just keep
going. And we have this on all our servers, and every
server goes to, normally, it goes to two power intakes, so that every, the two power supplies
does not get the power from the same place. So, if one line dies, only one power supply
is not provided with power. This is a storage device.
The server comes with an onboard storage device, but it is only able to do RAID 0 and RAID
1 and JOB, which is just a bunch of disks. I kind of laughed when I heard that.
And it’s like a plug on, which enables this onboard controller to do RAID 5 or RAID 6
and 10 and 50. I’m not entirely sure which RAIDs it does.
I only really need the RAID 5’s. So, okay, I’ve just checked, and right out
of the box, the server does RAID 0, 1, and 10, and with the add on, it does 5, 50, 6,
and 60, so that’s just an update. On the back of the server, there is four network
connections and a management adapter network connection, and on IBM it’s called an IMM. And here I am removing the backplate of the
power supply, the extra power supply, and putting that in.
And what you can also see is there’s USB devices and one HR device and even a serial
port on the back of the server. In front of the server, there’s monitor
connections and a couple of USB connections, so that you can connect your monitor and your
keyboard and mouse in front of the server. So, that’s really very handy, and I use
that later in this video. Well, this is the controller add on for the
RAID controller, and it has this big plug, and it goes in that connection, and also it
comes with a battery, which we’ll see in just a little while.
And, well, this controller, it fits down here, but I thought that this was a bit wobbly.
I didn’t really like this. I didn’t get the right feel of it, so it’s
like, almost not sure if it was actually plugged in correctly. Okay, and here’s the battery, and I found
out it goes in this little box. In goes the battery, and the wire has to go
out in the other direction, which I will change in a little while.
And IBM has these nice drawings inside of the server to tell you different stuff.
This is the wire for the battery to connect to the add on or the storage adapter, and
it goes on there. And, well, it’s actually no problem.
The biggest problem is fitting the wire down there neatly, so that it’s out of the way.
So, here, I’ve mounted the battery and the wire, and I’ll just show you which direction.
It goes down beneath and around the power supply and, well, it’s pretty well hidden
away there. You can see it a few places. This model is able to fit 24 RAMs, blocks
of RAM, inside, and it gives a total of 768 GB of RAM and two processors, and this server
only has one, and if you buy another processor, it comes with the last fan blower that it
is missing here, right beside this one. And there’s a lot of information on the
back of the server, and to configure the memory, you just have to look right there, and that
is actually here on the cover, inside of the cover of the server.
It tells you in which order to put in the memory blocks, and it tells you how to put
in an extra processor, and it’s really important to check what’s on the back of these things,
because there’s a lot of good information there.
And, well, now I’ve put together the server, and what am I showing you there?
The model number, and I don’t know what I’m showing there.
Oh, that’s because this is the first IBM 3650, and this is the second 36.
And then there’s also a model 3, but I couldn’t find it.
And I was actually gonna put the server in the racks up there, but there were some wires
that was in the way, and I actually fitted it in the top, and I’ll do that in a little
while. Now, I’m taking out the rails for it, and
IBM has come a long way. This is all plug and play.
You don’t need any screws, and it has this smart mechanism with these two nails or, what
do you call them? That fits, yeah, up here, and there’s just
a little button, and they will release into the rack, and it’s stuck there.
And I press that, just a second, there, and they shoot forward, and they lock the rails
in place. And on the back side, the system is a bit
different. It’s actually not as smart in the back.
It’s like it grips on with some hooks. I actually had a lot of problems getting that
on there, but I didn’t film that, so, it took some work, but in the front end, it’s
really easy. You find where it’s supposed to be sitting,
and you press the button, and it’s locked in.
And you have this. This is the first time I’m mounting the
server with one hand. Yeah, sometimes I’m concentrating on the
camera, and sometimes I’m concentrating on the server.
And when you plug in the server, you take these out all the way.
Come on. And on the side of the servers, there’s
some mounting brackets, like there’s three of them down the side, and they fit down in
some slots, and the back end of the server has to go down first, which I’ll try to
show with my hand. And go down, and it clicks into place, and
then it locks down. And here you see me really using my head.
This is brain power at work. The server is not really that heavy, but it
does cost a fair amount of money. What is this?
This is 8000 kroner, so $8000 server, so you really don’t wanna drop this.
So, now it’s in, and this takes a bit of practice to hold it there with your head and
getting it to fit on both sides. And here I’m just pushing it in, just using
my head again, and now we’re going around to the back.
And we’re bringing, this is called an elephant foot, roughly translated from Danish.
I don’t know if it’s really called that, but it’s a nice thing.
It’s not too high, and it’s not too low, and it’s pretty stable, and there’s wheels
under it, but when you step on it, the wheels are taken out of order. Well, here I’m just, there’s some patch
cables in the way. There’s a patch panel down in the rack,
and there’s the patch cables going out of the rack.
This is the cable arm, behind of the server, and this is pretty cool.
They have decided to make it in plastic now. Back in the days, it was made in iron.
Just beneath the server I’m working on, you can see the old one from the model 1,
and that arm was really heavy. Oh, yeah.
This is not a one-hand job. It takes some practice to put this together
and to figure out what did they think when they designed this thing.
It’s only because I’ve been doing the model 2 and the model 3 that I was able to
figure this out without looking at the manual, and there’s really not a manual with this
set. There might be on the, there’s a DVD, but
who uses that anymore? A single page would have been really great,
just to see if this is the right way. I think so.
I’m pretty sure that this is the right way, and you can put it in the other side, so it
opens up the other way, which is pretty cool. So, now the cable arm is there, and this is
the model 2, and this is the model 1 of the server, so, and I’m not sure if it’s got.
Oh, yeah. The air flow through the rack has to be fixed.
Don’t want holes in it, and it’s kind of a laugh, because this rack is not really
good for it, those kinds of holes. And now I’ve plugged in some cables.
There’s two power leads from the two power supplies, and there’s four network cables.
We kind of have redundancies on the switches as well.
We have three cables, and what I actually do, I take one of the wire wrapper.
I think they’re called that. You know, the iron plastic things that the
wires are bundled together with. And I put that around the management network
card, and that’s probably what I’m trying to show you here.
In here I have a wire wrapper around the management network connection, and I have that in the
other end of the cable as well, because when you’re just putting in the cables, it’s
really no problem to see which goes where. But when everything is up in the cable arm,
it gets kind of hard to follow the cables in the arm, and I need this one.
I plug it into the switch, because I have to configure the ports of the switch, for
we have VLANs for the network connections, and we have another VLAN for the management
adapter. And we have these redundancies so that the.
Oh, yeah. We have that on power too.
We didn’t have more than one power strip here, so we use switches.
Each of the network connections go into one of the switches, so we can actually have maintenance
on one switch, and the server will not lose connection.
And on both switches, I have connected the network to port one, and on the second switch,
I have put in the IMM in port two, and I’ll have to configure this later on. And right about now I’m gonna show you that
I use my telephone to document that, because sometimes when you get back home after you’ve
done some work, and maybe this is a weekend or something, and which switch was it?
It was this one, and you have everything in your phone, and this is pretty cool.
And, this being a hospital, and me being down in the basement, there is absolutely no telephone
signal. I was not able to get anything, so I actually
had to leave this room, go up three stories to get telephone coverage. Yes, the server’s on, and what we need is
actually just to get connected to the management adapter, and it’s down here, and it’s
called intelligent management model. Oh, yeah.
So, sorry, my mistake. They changed the name.
Now it’s in IMM. Not my problem, really.
They shouldn’t have done that, but companies often do that when they have a good thing
going for them. What can we do to ruin this?
We can change the name so everybody will be totally confused again.
And this is just to show you again that on my phone I have the documentation for this
server, the IP numbers for the management adapter, and actually, also have the IP numbers
for the server. And what you do is you put in the IP numbers
for this. This is the name for the management adapter,
the IMM, and I put in the IP number, and it’s a static number.
Don’t want that changing under any circumstances. Put in the IP number, and afterwards, we’ll
put in the subnet masks and the standard gateway. And then that should be up and running, and
later, I really wanted to test this. This is a hospital on the other side of the
country. Even though Denmark isn’t that big a country,
it takes me about two hours to drive from where I live to this location.
So, I really did wanna test this before I drove back home, so what I ended up doing
was, on the parking lot, checking out if there was connection and actually configuring the
switch from that location. And now I really have to wrap up, because
in just a little while, I’ll be turning back on the sound, I remember.
All right. There’s really not anything.
I just need access to the remote access system, and I can install the server from home. The last thing is, I put on a label on the
server, so the next guy that is told to go down in rack one and reboot this server is
not confused, and he can see this is the server. So, that was about as far as can get with
this server. I don’t know if you can hear me, but now
I have to go back and configure the switch for the VLANs that this server is using.
The management adapter is on one VLAN and the network adapter is on another VLAN.
So, I just hope this works, because it’s kind of two hours drive out here and two hours
back. So, if this doesn’t work, either I have
to find someone that can go down here and check the server, or I have to go out here
again. And even though it’s a nice scenery route,
not. It’s kind of irritating to waste an entire
day on this, and I hope you enjoyed this video and do subscribe, and I’ll hopefully do
some more. Thank you. So, I didn’t really wanna drive all the
way out here if this wasn’t working, so right now, I’m in my car, and I got kind
of a road office here. Let’s take a look at it.
I have my iPhone over here, and it’s charging from the car, and I have an access point.
It’s connected with 3G, the normal thing. Oh, it went off.
I have a 3G connection there, and I’m sharing it on a wireless net, and I got a laptop.
And I have connected to my work through Citrix, and I have configured the switch on which
the server is. It’s this one up here, number 2.
And given it the VLAN, and now I’m able to ping it.
Here we are, just pinged it before. Now I’m just gonna ping it again, and it
is replying. I have some difficulties with, it has its
own webpage here. If you put in the web address, it comes here,
but it’s not able to show the page. I’m not totally sure what that is all about,
but it really doesn’t matter as long as it is answering.
I’m sure that I can find another browser or something that is able to communicate with
it when I get back. Could actually try to put an S out here and
see if it’s just because it’s a secure website.
S. Go.
That probably ain’t it, but yeah. And in the back, over here in the corner,
I have an inverter down there. And that is plugged into a cigarette outtake,
and is supplying my laptop with 120 volts, 220 volts.
Okay, so that was just the last update.


Awesome! I haven't had a chance to unpack a brand new IBM server yet only HP/Compaq and Dell but I enjoy your unscripted video; quite informative You even manage to crack a joke or two about using your head and "…company often do that when they have a good thing going for them: 'What can we do to ruin this?…" LMAO! Very funny yet so true; we all been there with you.

Hi I have just got IBM x3650 M4 I have configured RAID using ServerGuide. The DVD I got with server  mentions windows server 2012 recovery disk. So it means I have to purchase Windows server 2012 Standard on my own. Right? 

Also I have Microsoft COA sticker on that recovery disk DVD what does that mean?

If I get Windows server 2012 from somewhere else can I use that COA for licensing?

Kindly help. 


Sorry forgot to ask one more question.. While Installing Windows Server 2012  through IBM server guide it says to install with product key or without product key.. (I have not installed yet but just saw this on a Youtube window) I am new with servers so please help. Is Microsot COA different than Product key? 

Hello Morten, more data/computer videos please. 😀 

Whats your education? and do you have any specific certificats (IT wise) ? 🙂 

I myself am studying to be an IT supporter/technician and im done in roughly 10 months, and I work daily with 3 x IBM X3560 M4 in a medium size company. 🙂 

Hey, I've seen that are taking many time for your viewers, an that is GREAT! So I hope that more fantasic Videos comming.

LG ThatsEli

Hi There, my organization got this server few months ago and I don't know where to start from. I need to configure it as a file server, but i don't have an idea how to start. Any tips, please

Hello. We got the exact same server, but with 2.5" drives. Server has 16 hard drive slots but it only has one RAID card that can fit 8 drives. We want to expand it to fit 16 drives but both RAID connectors on the motherboard are used for the RAID card that came preinstalled with the server. I have searched online on how to connect the other RAID card but no luck so far so i thought that someone in here could give me more information regarding that. Thank you

Hello Morten, I want to place one server on top of another with just a piece of good in the middle…just right in the middle where it does not block any vents. I have an AC unit specially for server room in my office…in other words my office is the server room 🙁 but anyway….would i have overheating issues?

Computer videos is always interesting, it is a good way to get to know different systems! Thanks for sharing this one!

Are you sure your boss is ok with you basically telling where you are and showing IP addresses of parts of the internal network? i did not see all of your videos yet so if you are the boss yourself its ok i guess 🙂

How reliable are IBM servers, i have never owned one but i had some thinkcenters and they both died. you would turn them one and they would run the fans at full speed. I am yet to come across a server in my travels!

With your microphone set it up so if you put a pen in your mouth so its sideways and you have your teeth around the handle of the pen you want to have your headset microphone touching the end of the pen that will help with audio

hey, i really like your videos. thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us 🙂 Keep on keeping on !

Thank you so much for putting this video together. It's nice to see how much work and configuration needs to happen before a server is put in service. Nice to be able to shadow and learn. Thank you again.

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