Tour: Inside a server

Tour: Inside a server


A tour of a HP DL360 G5 server that (at the time of writing) I was preparing for deployment in the Sydney Data Centre facility that my employer uses. This server is a 1RU server that is designed for general purpose medium-to-high density installations. This particular server is the performance variant (basic and standard variants are also available) and support up to two quad-core Intel Xeon microprocessors 32GB of RAM and six 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drives. It is simple to perform maintenance on the server and for the most part tools are not required. Detailed specification and maintenance documents for the server can be freely downloaded from HP’s website.

 A close-up view of the front of the server showing a single-port 10000 RPM 146GB SAS hard disk drive. The two LEDs on the right indicate the status of the disk (disk activity failure status etc). The maroon latch is used to remove this hot-swappable disk from the server.

After pressing the maroon latch in a handle swings out from the drive caddy allowing for easy removal of the drive.

The drive can then be removed from the server. Replacing the drive is a simple matter of pushing the caddy in to the server and swinging the handle back in so that the maroon latch locks the handle in place.

The underside of the drive caddy showing the drive’s electronics including the SAS and power connectors. The server provides SAS and power connections to the drive via the disk backplane.

The server ships rails that allow the server to be mounted in a communications rack. These rails also allow the server to be slid out so that maintenance can be done on the server hardware. The rails are designed so that they can be installed securely without the use of tools screws or cage nuts.

A latch on top of the server is used to fix the top lid in place. By lifting the latch the top lid slides back allowing for its removal.

Next: Looking inside the server

The Full Tour
The HP DL360 G5
Looking inside the server
Heatsink CPU and fans
Memory slots and graphics card
Power supply
Identifying the server USB and LEDs
Other storage options
Managing the cables
Managing the server