I recently purchased a used BladeCenter E chassis and I have two HS21, one HS20, and seven QS20 blades. As you are likely aware, used hardware means I get to figure it out myself (and that's part of the fun!).
I've figured out how to update the firmware for the blades and the chassis, but I still have a bunch of questions.
For example, what's the right way to shut down the chassis? So far I just shutdown the blades and then cut power to the chassis, but the management module sends out panicky log messages when I do that. Is there a better/right way?
I've found documentation that's specific to operating the server connectivity module, the management module and more, but is there a general overall introduction to operating a bladeserver that would answer questions like "What's the right way to shutdown?"
I'd also like to see a list of common problems and their solutions, and the IBM BladeCenter forum isn't particularly active.
I've installed Ubuntu server on one of my HS21s, but I wonder what sort of kernel modules I could modprobe to get more integration with the blades or chassis?
I also have specific problems like: "the Advanced Management Module remote control function only works with VGA modes, is there some way to get it to display a text-based linux 80x25 console?"