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HP ProLiant DL385 G2 Server series - HP ProLiant DL Servers
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The new DL385 G2 is engineered with ProLiant reliability and proven 2-way AMD Opteron performance for ease of ownership, enterprise-class uptime and manageability, and 2U density for a variety of rack deployments and applications.

Questions

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General
1. Where can I find detailed information on the DL385 G2 specifications and supported options?
2. What are the standard features of the DL385 G2?
3. Does HP offer racking solutions for my ProLiant DL385 G2 in Telco and Third Party Racks?
Processors & Memory
1. What processor does the DL385 G2 use?
2. Why has HP delivered ProLiant servers with Opteron processor technology?
3. What memory does the ProLiant DL385 G2 support? Is it interleaved?
Options
1. What new product specific options are available for the ProLiant DL385 G2 server?
2. Can the front USB port on the DL385 G2 be used as a floppy replacement?
3. What DL380 G5 components/options can be shared with the DL385 G2?
Health & Management
1. What server management software and features are supported on the ProLiant DL385 G2?
2. What is the purpose of the UID?
3. What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green, red, amber)?
4. What is Integrated Lights-Out (iLO2)?
5. What are the advantages of AMD's new PowerNow! technology, and what operating systems and processors support the new technology?
Service and warranty
1. What is the warranty on this product?
2. What service offerings are recommended?

Answers

General
Q1. Where can I find detailed information on the DL385 G2 specifications and supported options?
A1. The DL385 G2 QuickSpecs include descriptions of all models of the ProLiant DL385 G2 and an extensive list of supported options from HP.
Q2. What are the standard features of the DL385 G2?
A2.
  • Performance
    Up to two AMD Opteron processors:

    HyperTransport technology delivering 6.4 GB/sec CPU to CPU throughput for maximum performance and scalability
    Up to 32GB of 2 way PC5300 DDR2 667 SDRAM to support demanding memory intensive applications
    4 available PCI-Express slots - Two x8 (x8 buss speed, Half Height and x4 buss speed, full length) and Two x16 (x8 buss speed) full length
    Dual-single port MFN NIC
    SAS Model - Smart Array P400 controller, E200 controller in Entry Model
  • Management
    Powerful Integrated Lights-Out (iLO2) technology embedded
    Support for SmartStart and Systems Insight Manager
  • Uptime
    Advanced ECC memory protection
    Hot plug redundant power supplies and fans
    Redundant ROMs
Q3. Does HP offer racking solutions for my ProLiant DL385 G2 in Telco and Third Party Racks?
A3. Yes, the DL385 G2 Quick Deploy Rail System provides Tool-free support for racks with square or round mounting holes (including Compaq/HP 7000, 9000, 10000 and HP series), with an adjustment range of 24" - 36". Installation into Telco racks requires a 3rd party option kit from Rack Solutions.
Processors & Memory
Q1. What processor does the DL385 G2 use?
A1. Up to two AMD Opteron processors
AMD Opteron model 2222 3.0GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 95 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2220 2.8GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core,95 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2218 2.6GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core,95 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2218 HE 2.6GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 68 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2216 2.4GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 95 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2216 HE 2.4GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 68 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2214 HE 2.2GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 68 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2212 HE 2.0GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 68 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2210 HE 1.8GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 68 Watts
AMD Opteron model 2210 1.8GHz - 2MB L2 dual-core, 95 Watts
Q2. Why has HP delivered ProLiant servers with Opteron processor technology?
A2. HP has a history of delivering servers which offer outstanding performance, versatility, uptime, and manageability. The ProLiant server family is the most trusted server line in the industry, based on volumes sold. Opteron processor technology allows us to deliver specific enhanced features and continue delivering the broadest server line to our customers.
Q3. What memory does the ProLiant DL385 G2 support? Is it interleaved?
A3. The DL385 G2 supports 32GB of dual-interleaved PC5300 DDR2 Base models come standard with 2GB (2×1GB). Memory is interleaved and must be installed in pairs. Optional 1GB (2×512MB PC3200), 2GB (2×1GB PC3200), 4GB (2×2GB PC3200), 8GB (2 × 4GB PC5300) memory option kits are available. Please see the DL385 G2 Quickspecs for additional information.
Options
Q1. What new product specific options are available for the ProLiant DL385 G2 server?
A1. The DL385 G2 includes optional support for:
  • PCI-X with PCI riser
  • USB Floppy disk drive
For a complete list of supported options, including product specific options, please review the DL385 G2 Quickspecs.
Q2. Can the front USB port on the DL385 G2 be used as a floppy replacement?
A2. Utilities are now available that allow the use of USB instead of floppy for a number of tasks, including system boot from USB drive key. For additional information, view the HP Drive Key Boot Utility whitepaper.
Q3. What DL380 G5 components/options can be shared with the DL385 G2?
A3. The DL380 G5, DVD, CD-ROM, HDD, DC and AC power supply are identical to those included in the DL385 G2. These are the only components that can be shared.
Health & Management
Q1. What server management software and features are supported on the ProLiant DL385 G2?
A1. The ProLiant DL385 G2 offers a number of industry-leading server management software and features to help you manage your server faster and easier than ever before, which helps to lower your total cost of owning this server. Some of these include:
  • ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack (SmartStart, HP System Insight Manager, System Management Homepage)
  • ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack
  • Integrated Lights-Out (ILO2)
More information for all of the above can be found at HP's ProLiant Essentials website.
Q2. What is the purpose of the UID?
A2. The Unit Identification light (UID) is a feature of all DL servers that allows the user to distinguish which server they are working on in the rack. The UID can be lit from the Insight Manager console, as well as at the server by pressing either the front or rear UID button. Once lit, the LED will be blue to help the user identify the unit.
Q3. What are the system health LEDs used for? What do the different colors mean (green, red, amber)?
A3. The front panel and internal LEDs are used to help diagnose a server failure. When an internal component fails, the indication is made on an internal component LED (amber) and on the front panel. If the item is serviceable without removing the server hood, as in the case of a redundant power supply failure, the External Health LED will illuminate. If the item is serviceable by removing the hood, as in the case of a fan failure, the Internal Health LED will illuminate.

If no failures have occurred, the system health LEDs will be green. If a failure has occurred, but a redundant feature has enabled the system to continue running, the LED will be amber. If the failure is critical and is/has caused the system to shutdown, the LED will be red. These LEDs serve as local indicators for several failure conditions. Insight Manager will continue to report these, and many other failure conditions, as well.

Q4. What is Integrated Lights-Out (iLO2)?
A4. Integrated Lights-Out (ILO2) is HP's lights-out technology embedded on selected ProLiant servers. There are two versions of Integrated Lights-Out available to meet customers varying remote management needs. The iLO Standard features are available free of charge on supported ProLiant servers. The iLO Standard features include, simplified setup, text-based console for access to server boot sequences and text-mode operating system console, group configuration and server actions, remote power on/off, SSL security, detailed server status, logs, alert forwarding, virtual indicators, diagnostics, and automatic server recovery.

Customers can easily upgrade iLO Standard to iLO Advanced by purchasing the ProLiant Essentials iLO Advanced Pack which provides a license key for switching on the advanced functionality of iLO. The iLO Advanced feature suite include Virtual Graphical Console and Virtual Floppy Drive that provide significant cost savings by removing any advantages of being physically present in front of the server for routine access and maintenance.

For additional information visit the iLo website.
Q5. What are the advantages of AMD's new PowerNow! technology, and what operating systems and processors support the new technology?
A5. AMD's PowerNow! is an ACPI-based OS demand-based switching technology that allows the processors to run dynamically at different frequencies and voltages depending upon CPU computing demand. Therefore, PowerNow! enables lower server power consumption without compromises in performance. AMD PowerNow! Technology enables the CPU to:
  • Run at multiple performance states (frequency and voltage combinations)
  • Switch among multiple performance states (controlled by software), without having to reset CPU or change FSB frequency
Service and warranty
Q1. What is the warranty on this product?
A1. Industry Standard Servers are supported with a Worldwide Limited warranty featuring 3 years of parts, labor, and on-site service. In addition processors, memory, and hard drives are also covered by HP's prefailure warranty. Click for a complete description of your warranty.

Q2. What Service offerings are recommended?
A2. A full range of hardware and software support offerings are available ranging from installation services to 7/24 on-site repair coverage. HP recommends 4 hour same day response and software technical support to maximize uptime, improve system performance, and increase the productivity of system managers/operators. Click for a complete listing of response and service offers.
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