How to Prepare the HP Blade Server C7000 for Configuration

Written by joshua laud
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The HP Bladesystem C7000 Enclosure is a server enclosure to host all the necessary drives for your office network. If this is the first time you are setting up a server it may seem daunting to prepare your enclosure for the initial set up, but preparing the enclosure for installation is much simpler than you might imagine and follows a logical process that exists throughout most server enclosures. If you only have the C7000 enclosure then you can perform a rack-free installation of it which requires no additional components.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Install the power supplies into the enclosure. If you are using two power supplies, slot them into bays 1 and 4. If you are using three, slot them into 1, 2 and 4. For four, use 1, 2, 4 and 5. For five use 1 through to 5. If using six power supplies use all 6 bays.

  2. 2

    Install your blades. There is space for four full-size blades or eight half-size blades. Pull the blank blade from the back of the enclosure. Remove the adjacent blanks and then remove the device bay shelf. Remove the connecting covers at the far end of the blank. Press the button to eject the connector on the actual blade. Slide it into place. Put your blank blades back in place.

  3. 3

    Connect the cables you need to use from the output panel to your other devices. For example if you want to connect to USB devices, a monitor or input devices connect them.

  4. 4

    Install your fans by twisting the blank fans anticlockwise and pulling them out. Push your actual fans into place until they "click" into place.

  5. 5

    Unclip and pull out the administrator blank and replace it with your actual administrator module. Connect an Ethernet cable from here to your server.

  6. 6

    Connect your power cords into the empty jacks for the power on the side of the enclosure. Turn the power on. Your C7000 is now prepared for configuration.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to install with a rack, you must buy the correct racks. Consult your documentation for further information. The type of racks compatible with the C7000 are the: HP 10000 or 10000G2 racks (excluding HP 10614), Telco racks and third-party racks that fit the exact measurements (these are detailed heavily in the reference manual).

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