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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bare Metal Installation using VMM 2012 on Dell R710

 

I’ve just had an opportunities to test bare metal installation using VMM 2012 on new Dell R710 which just arrived @ office. The concept of having Bare Metal installation is similar as Boot from VHD. We know that VHD can be boot up as an operating system and we often we use on laptop, especially to engineer. Well, on VMM 2012, you can achieve bare metal installation by integrate with WDS. But you may think that using WDS is similar like push operating system to a Hyper-V by using wim file. However it is not true when using VMM 2012. Rather than using wim file, VMM will use VHD from VMM Library and VHD is deploy to Hyper-V host. By doing this, you will have a VHD boot up on the host. Another cool stuff about this is, Hyper-V roles is automatically install with join to domain, etc.

The specification of DELL R710:-

  • 2 X Intel six cores 2.4Ghz
  • 64GB of Memory
  • 3 X 146GB HDD

Without wasting time, let walkthrough on the configuration @ Dell R710.

Pre-requisite:-

1. Enable Virtualization Technology and Execute Disable on BIOS.

a) Boot up the server

b) When the server boot up, Press F2 to enter System Setup

c) Once you enter to the BIOS, select Processor Setting and enable

a. Virtualization Technology

b. Execute Disable.

Press <spacebar> to make selection

d) Go to Boot Setting, select Boot Sequence and go to Embedded NIC 1.

d) Press “-“ to move it up. Make sure Embedded NIC is listed on the above.

e) Go to Integrated Devices. Make sure Embedded Gb NIC 1 is set to Enabled with PXE

f) Press ESC and save the changes.

2. Configure BMC Board

a) Boot up the system wait until you see the BMC Board IP Configuration

b) Press Ctrl + E to enter BMC Board.

c) On the IDRAC 6 Configuration Utility, Enable IPMI Over LAN

d) Go to LAN User Configuration- configure

IPMI LAN Privileges : Admin

Account user name: root

Password : password

e) Go to System Services, make sure System Services is Enabled.

f) Go to LAN Parameters

a. NIC Selection: Dedicated

b. Domain name: contoso.com

c. Host name setting:- PR-HYP05

d. Ipv4 : Enabled

e. Ipv4 Address: 192.168.168.98

f. Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0

g. Default gateway: 192.168.168.4

g) Press Esc and save the changes.

3. Configure Host Profile

a) Click on Library | Profiles | Host Profiles | Right click and select Create Host profile

b) enter Profile name

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c) On OS Image, select a VHD from the VMM Library

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d) On hardware configuration, go to Drive filter and select the tag for your driver.

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e) on OS Configuration page, enter all the information

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f) On Host setting, leave it default and click Next to the end.

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4. Provisioning Host

a) Click on Fabric | Home | Add Resources | Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters

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b) On Resource location, select “Physical computer to be provisioned into Hyper-V” and click Next

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c) Enter BMC account authentication that you have configure on BMC Board.

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Specify protocol “IPMI”

d) On Discovery scope, enter the IP address that you configure on BMC Board.

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e) On Target resources, VMM will detect the server. Tick the server and click Next

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f) On Deployment customization, enter the name that you have configure on BMC Board and click Next.

g) Review the summary and click Finish to start deploy.

Wait until the installation complete. Once complete, you can verify the VHD has put into D:\ and C:\ Drive is the files inside the VHD.

Even, Hyper-V roles has installed into the server as well.

Look cool and i’ve repeat the same process on other physical DELL R710 in my environment.

3 comments:

  1. Hi, I have been looking into this and reading about it and am wondering how big the VHD file is and if it's fixed or dynamic. I read some where that it doesn't create the pagefile in the VHD and drops it on the physical drive. Wondering if that is true? My servers are Dell PER510s with 48GB of memory each and 8 HDDs and I was thinking a RAID10 across all of them and the VHD on the same array as the VMs with the swapfile. I'm not using a SAN/NAS etc etc. Thanks

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  2. Hi,
    Sorry for late reply. Busy nowaday. Let get back to your question
    1. Size of VHD- Up to you. Normally Windows Server 2008 R2 size is around 80 GB. I do set to 60GB.
    2. You can configure dynamic disk. When use Bare metal in VMM, it will convert to fixed disk.
    3.No pagefile. No idea about it
    Hope this help

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