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The HP ProLiant ML350 G5 is a tower server refined with essential availability features to form a versatile, dependable backbone for expanding businesses and dedicated workgroups.

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General
1. Where can I find detailed information on the ML350 G5 specifications and supported options?
2. What new HP ProLiant ML350 G5 models are being offered?
3. What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant ML350 G5?
4. What are the configuration options for Hard drives on the ML350 G5 Server?
5. What ML350 G3 or G4 components/options can be shared with the ML350 G5?
Processors /Memory / Hard Drives
1. What kinds of processors are supported on ML350 G5?
2. The ProLiant ML350 G5 uses Fully Buffered DIMM's (FBD) memory. What is Fully Buffered DIMM's memory and why is it important to me?
3. What is a Serial Attached SCSI?
4. What are the end user benefits of Serial Attached SCSI?
5. Where can I find more information on Serial Attached drive technologies like Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA)?
Controllers
1. Is the Smart Array E200 or P400 controller backwards compatible to Ultra2, Ultra3, and Ultra320 SCSI?
2. Will the Smart Array E200 or P400 support external drives?
3. What RAID levels are supported by the Smart Array E200?
4. What RAID levels are supported by the Smart Array P400?
5. Will the SA-E200 & SA-P400 support standard server DIMM memory?
Multifunction
1. What is Multifunction networking?
2. What is TOE? Do I have to do anything special to enable TOE?
3. What is iSCSI?
4. How do I get accelerated iSCSI for my ProLiant server?
5. Where can I find more information about Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapters?
Services / Options
1. What Service and Support options are recommended?
2. Why HP Services?
3. What are the product specific options that are available for my new ProLiant ML350 Generation 5 server?
4. What is the x4 to x8 PCI Express Expander kit?
5. What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?

Answers

General
Q1. Where can I find detailed information on the ML350 G5 specifications and supported options?
A1. The ML350 G5 QuickSpecs include descriptions of all models of the ProLiant ML350 G5 and an extensive list of supported options from HP.
Q2. What new HP ProLiant ML350 G5 models are being offered?
A2. ML350 G5 supports the latest Intel®  Xeon®  5x00 sequence processors. The 5100 and 5200 series processors are Dual-Core with 4MB or 6MB of L2 cache and up to 1333 MHz FSB. The 5300 and 5400 series processors are Quad-Core with 8MB or 12MB of L2 cache and up to 1333 MHz FSB currently.

For more information about the 64-bit Intel®  Xeon®  5000 sequence processors, please visit Intel's website at: http://www.intel.com/products/server/processors/index.htm?iid=process+server

Q3. What operating systems are supported on the ProLiant ML350 G5?
A3. Operating system support includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 2003
  • Novell® NetWare®
  • LINUX® (Red Hat, SUSE)
  • SCO® UnixWare®, OpenServerTM
For a complete and up-to-date listing of supports OS's and versions, please visit our OS Support Matrix.
Q4. What are the configuration options for Hard drives on the ML350 G5 Server?
A4. The ProLiant ML350 G5 server is the only G5 platform to offer both 3.5" (LFF) and 2.5" (SFF) SAS+SATA hard drive capabilities.

Customers can choose between supporting 6 LFF or 8 SFF SAS+SATA drives initially. Both cages support both SAS and SATA drives on the same controller.

The 6 port LFF drive cage offers both high capacity/high speed (15K) SAS and the high capacity/low cost SATA drives. The 8 port SFF drive cage offers the low power (9W)/high reliability SAS and the low cost/energy efficient SATA drives.
Q5. What ML350 G3 or G4 components/options can be shared with the ML350 G5?
A5. Both PCI card based and media bay based options from previous ML350 models can be shared with the ML350 G5. Due to the new technologies implemented in this generation, unique options, processors, and memory cannot be shared. Please consult the product QuickSpecs for more information on supported options.
Processors / Memory / Hard Drives
Q1. What kinds of processors are supported on ML350 G5?
A1. ML350 G5 supports the latest Intel® Xeon® 5000 sequence processors. The 5100 and 5200 series processors are Dual-Core with 4MB or 6MB of L2 cache and up to 1333 MHz FSB. The 5300 and 5400 series processors are Quad-Core with 8MB or 12MB of L2 cache and up to 1333 MHz FSB.

For more information about the 64-bit Intel® Xeon® 5000 sequence processors, please visit Intel's website at: http://www.intel.com/products/server/processors/index.htm?iid=process+server
Q2. The ProLiant ML350 G5 uses Fully Buffered DIMM's (FBD) memory. What is Fully Buffered DIMM's memory and why is it important to me?
A2.

Fully Buffered DIMM's (FBD), a new memory architecture, addresses scaling needs of capacity and bandwidth enabling memory to keep pace with processor and I/O improvements. Typical DRAM subsystems use a stub-bus (parallel path) topology that requires the data signals from the memory controller be electrically connected to the data lines of every DRAM module on the bus. Until now, server designers have had to choose between limiting memory density to reduce high-speed errors or accepting slower speed to achieve high density. With the introduction of FBDIMM's, designers get a solution that increases reliability, speed, and density.

Fully Buffered DIMM's use an Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB) chip that maintains signal integrity and improved error detection methods that reduce soft errors, making fully buffered DIMM's an ideal system memory solution. Using a point-to-point architecture, the AMB transmits signals among the controller, memory devices, and other modules without sacrificing signal integrity or speed. Unlike modules with stub-bus (parallel path) architecture, FBDIMMs move data serially between the AMB and memory controller.

Q3. What is a Serial Attached SCSI?
A3.

Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the logical evolution of the SCSI interface that satisfies the enterprise data center requirement of scalability, performance, reliability and manageability, while providing an enterprise storage infrastructure for both enterprise SAS drives and SATA disk drives. The SAS interface is compatible with SATA devices. This compatibility provides users with unprecedented choices for server and storage subsystem deployment.

Q4. What are the end user benefits of Serial Attached SCSI?
A4.

Key end user benefits include enterprise class robustness, investment protection in compatible SCSI software and middleware and the choice of direct-attach storage devices (SAS or SATA). In addition, greater performance, smaller form factors and greater addressability will all lead to a new level of flexibility when deploying mainstream data center servers and subsystems. Since SAS is based on the foundation of the industry-leading SCSI specification, reliability and peace of mind will satisfy user's needs for continuity in the data center.

Q5. Where can I find more information on Serial Attached drive technologies like Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA)?
A5.

For detailed information on SAS and SATA, visit http://www.hp.com/go/serial. A technology brief is also available

Controllers
Q1. Is the Smart Array E200 or P400 controller backwards compatible to Ultra2, Ultra3, and Ultra320 SCSI?
A1. No, serial attached SCSI controllers are not compatible with parallel SCSI devices.
Q2. Will the Smart Array E200 or P400 support external drives?
A2. No. The Smart Array E200 & P400 have 8, 3Gb SAS ports supporting two internal connections using the controllers x4 Wide SAS Ports.
Q3. What RAID levels are supported by the Smart Array E200?
A3. The SA-E200/64 supports RAID 0, 1 and 1+0.. RAID 5 is available by adding the 128MB BBWC upgrade.
Q4. What RAID levels are supported by the Smart Array P400?
A4. The SA-P400/256 supports RAID 0, 1, 1+0 and 5. RAID 6 (Advanced Data Guarding) is available by adding either the BBWC upgrade or the 512 BBWC upgrade.
Q5. Will the SA-E200 & SA-P400 support standard server DIMM memory?
A5. No. The controller DIMM socket is not designed to accommodate standard DIMM memory because standard server memory DIMM does not support battery back-up and does not meet fault tolerant standards for a RAID controller.
Multifunction
Q1. What is Multifunction networking?
A1. Multifunction networking products offer accelerated networking, storage networking and clustering in a single, all-in-one device, in much the same way that multifunction printers offer printing, scanning and copying in a single, all-in-one device. A multifunction NIC is one card running over one cable and providing multiple functions.
Q2. What is TOE? Do I have to do anything special to enable TOE?
A2. TOE stands for TCP/IP Offload Engine. TOE moves the processing of data in the TCP protocol stacks from the server CPU to the NIC, freeing COP cycles for other work. TOE support requires three things i) a multifunction NIC from HP, either stand-alone or embedded, ii) a TOE driver from hp.com, and iii)Scalable Networking Pack directly from Microsoft so that "TOE Chimney" can be installed.
Q3. What is iSCSI?
A3. iSCSI is block storage access over TCP/IP. The multifunction NICs support accelerated iSCSI by combining the iSCSI driver with the adapter's TOE capability.
Q4. How do I get accelerated iSCSI for my ProLiant server?
A4. Accelerated iSCSI is available for servers by way of a ProLiant Essentials iSCSI Licensing Kit, which is available on the web at hp.com under the networking heading.
Q5. Where can I find more information about Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapters?
A5. For more information about the HP Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapters visit http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliant-advantage/networking.html
Services / Options
Q1. What Service and Support options are recommended?
A1. HP recommends same day Hardware support combined with Software Technical support. This combination provides ready access to technical expertise, will help minimize any downtime, and enable you to focus on your core business. For a complete listing of Support Services that are available, go to: http://h20219.www2.hp.com/services/cache/10950-0-0-225-121.aspx
Q2. Why HP Services?
A2.

Across the globe, more companies rely on HP servers than on any others. HP and its network of channel partners-the largest in the industry-provide a full set of services designed to unleash the power of your hardware and software investment. We offer the best of both worlds: the strong global presence and proven experience of HP, and a familiar local presence in our HP channel partners. With more than 69,000 trained HP service professionals and 70,000 channel-partner product and service experts worldwide, we can provide local resources when and where you need them. When you take on a major operating-system migration, there's no need to go it alone. HP can bolster your migration efforts with a portfolio of related service offerings that ranges from consulting and integration services to business-continuity and availability support. No one is better qualified to design, build, implement, integrate, manage, and support your Microsoft or Open Source Linux environment than HP.

Q3. What are the product specific options that are available for my new ProLiant ML350 Generation 5 server?
A3.
  • 2nd Processor
  • For a complete list of supported options, please see the product QuickSpecs
Q4. What is the x4 to x8 PCI Express Expander kit?
A4. The x4 to x8 PCI Express Expander kit allows you to convert two of the standard x4 PCI Express slots on the ML350 G5 server to a true x8 PCI Express expansion slot. This option provides investment protection by enabling customers to run high performance and future x8 PCI Express option cards in the server
Q5. What USB support is included in my ProLiant server?
A5. The ML350 G5 has six USB 2.0 connections: two ports on the front, two ports in back, and two ports internal (one standard connection and one USB tape connector). HP provides both standard USB 2 .0 support and legacy USB support. Standard support is provided by the operating system (OS) through the appropriate USB device drivers. HP provides support for USB devices prior to the operating system loading through legacy USB support, which is enabled by default in the system ROM. View more information on USB support.
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