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An expandable rack or tower server delivering affordable 2-way performance and essential availability to corporate workgroups and growing businesses.

Question

General

1.What ProLiant ML350 G3 models are available?
2.How do I order a ProLiant ML350?
3.What processors are supported on ML350 G3?
4.Are rack models available?
5.Does HP offer any racking solutions for my ProLiant ML350 G3 in Telco and Third Party Racks?

Array models

1.What is an ML350 G3 Array Model?
2.What RAID configurations are available with the ML350 G3 Array Models?

Processors and memory

1.What processors are supported on ML350 G3?
2.Does the ML350 G3 support interleaved memory?
3.What is the recommended memory configuration for the ML350 G3?
4.The ProLiant ML350 G3 uses DDR memory. What is DDR memory and why is it important to me?

Options

1.What are the product specific options that are available for my new ProLiant ML350 Generation 3 server?
2.What is the optional 2-Bay Drive Cage? Can you ship the 2-Bay SCSI Drive Cage installed in the ML350 G3?
3.Does HP have any external modem support for this server?
4.What is the scripting toolkit and how can I use it?
5.How can I use HP System Firmware Update components to update firmware on a remote server?

Other

1.What are the benefits of having 64-bit PCI slots (in addition to 32-bit PCI slots)?
2.Where can I find additional questions & answers for ProLiant servers?
3.Can the ProLiant ML350 be upgraded to support RAID configurations, and if so, what low-cost RAID options are available to customers with constrained budgets?
4.How do I connect up the Remote Insight Board Lights Out Edition?


Answers

General

Q1.What ProLiant ML350 G3 models are available?
A1.

Please see the QuickSpecs for all models of the ProLiant ML350 G3.


Q2.How do I order a ProLiant ML350?
A2.

The ProLiant ML350 can be ordered through any standard HP channel, including direct from HP by telephone or through the web.


Q3.What processors are supported on ML350 G3?
A3.

The ProLiant ML350 G3 supports 2.0, 2.2, and 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 400 MHz front side bus as well as new 2.8 and 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 533 MHz front side bus. The ProLiant ML350 G3 supports Xeon processors with cache sizes of 512KB only. Processors with only 256KB cache (including PIII processors of 1GHz and below and desktop processors of 1.13GHz and higher speeds) are not supported. Mixing of processor speeds is not supported in this server.


Q4.Are rack models available?
A4.

Yes, ProLiant ML350 G3 rack models are available. In addition, a tower-to-rack conversion kit is available that provides a true rack conversion (5U) for the ProLiant ML350 tower models. This provides the customer with additional flexibility and investment protection when they purchase the ProLiant ML350.


Q5.Does HP offer any racking solutions for my ProLiant ML350 G3 in Telco and Third Party Racks?
A5.

Yes, the ML350 G3 rack model and rack conversion kit support third party racks with the following characteristics:

  • Tool-free support for any square hole rack from 27"-32" deep
  • Support for any rack, square or round hole from 24"-35" deep with screws
  • Support for all Telco racks with 3rd party option kit from Rack Solutions (which requires screws)

Array models

Q1.What is an ML350 G3 Array Model?
A1.

For increased performance and data protection at an affordable price, ML350 G3 Array models include a Smart Array 532 or Smart Array 641 RAID controller and an additional 256MB of RAM for a total of 512MB (2×256MB) of interleaved memory. 3.06 GHz and 2.8 GHz Array models (available in both rack and tower configurations) include the Smart Array 641.


Q2.What RAID configurations are available with the ML350 G3 Array Models?
A2.

The Smart Array 532 and Smart Array 641 controllers, standard in ML350 G3 Array models, support RAID 0, 1, 1+0, and 5.


Processors and memory

Q1.What processors are supported on ML350 G3?
A1.

The ProLiant ML350 G3 supports 2.0, 2.2, and 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 400 MHz front side bus as well as new 2.8 and 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon processors with 533 MHz front side bus. The ProLiant ML350 G3 supports Xeon processors with cache sizes of 512KB only. Processors with only 256KB cache (including PIII processors of 1GHz and below and desktop processors of 1.13GHz and higher speeds) are not supported. Mixing of processor speeds is not supported in this server.


Q2.Does the ML350 G3 support interleaved memory?
A2.

Yes. The standard configuration is non-interleaved, 1×256MB on base models and 1×512MB on array models. Memory interleaving is automatically invoked when DIMMs are populated in identical pairs.


Q3.What is the recommended memory configuration for the ML350 G3?
A3.

The amount of memory that should be installed in a system is dependent on the operating system and applications that it is running. See your specific software documentation to determine how much memory to install. The ML350 G3 supports both interleaving and non-interleaving; interleaving is recommended for best performance.


Q4.The ProLiant ML350 G3 uses DDR memory. What is DDR memory and why is it important to me?
A4.

DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM modules operate at twice the frequency of the system clock - 266 MHz for 533 MHz front side bus systems and 200 MHz for 400 MHz front side bus systems.


Options

Q1.What are the product specific options that are available for my new ProLiant ML350 Generation 3 server?
A1.

For a complete list of supported options, including product specific options, please review the ML350 G3 QuickSpecs.


Q2.What is the optional 2-Bay Drive Cage? Can you ship the 2-Bay SCSI Drive Cage installed in the ML350 G3?
A2.

The 2-Bay Drive Cage is a SCSI drive cage option that is installed in the 2 available removable media bays of the ProLiant ML350 server and is used to expand hot-plug storage capacity or to separate drives. The 2-Bay Drive Cage includes one 1.6" bay that will support a hot-plug hard disk or a hot-plug tape backup device, and a 1" bay that will support a hot-plug hard disk. Many customers use this feature to separate them OS from the data, the OS is mirrored in the optional 2-Bay Drive Cage and data is stored in a RAID configuration using the standard 6-Bay SCSI Drive Cage.

Yes, the 2-Bay Drive Cage can be shipped installed in the ML350 G3 server. This was not the case with the previous generation, the ML350 G2. Shipping the drive cage in the ML350 G2 can cause damage to the servers removable media drive cage. The removable media cage in the ML350 G3 has been reinforced and will not be damaged by shipping the 2-Bay Drive Cage installed.


Q3.Does HP have any external modem support for this server?
A3.

HP does not produce or certify modems. Any 3rd party PCI 2.2 compliant internal modem or serial attached external modem should work. Please refer to each manufacturer's documentation for compliance.


Q4.What is the scripting toolkit and how can I use it?
A4.

The SmartStart Scripting Toolkit is a utility that allows users to setup a software repository that can be used for unattended OS installation. The scripting toolkit can be used to create a replicated configuration for mass deployment of HP servers. The toolkit uses hardware specific configuration files to replicate the server configuration. The toolkit also uses a text file to provide OS installation parameters for unattended installation


Q5.How can I use HP System Firmware Update components to update firmware on a remote server?
A5.

Using the setupc.exe command line Remote Deployment Utility in conjunction with System Firmware update components gives administrators the ability to update the system firmware on remote servers on their network. When the setupc.exe file is executed, it prompts the user for the image name and the target system to update. The utility will update the firmware, reboot the server, and the updated firmware version will be effective. For more information on the System Firmware Update utility, please see web site.


Other

Q1.What are the benefits of having 64-bit PCI slots (in addition to 32-bit PCI slots)?
A1.

There are several advantages to the ProLiant ML350 having both 64-bit PCI and 32-bit PCI slots. First, 64-bit PCI capability provides increased data transfer rates to system memory for maximum performance. In terms of investment protection, having 64-bit PCI slots enables the use of a greater variety of expansion boards both now and well into the future (many 64-bit PCI boards have special or advanced features).


Q2.Where can I find additional questions & answers for ProLiant servers?
A2.

View general questions & answers on ProLiant servers.


Q3.Can the ProLiant ML350 be upgraded to support RAID configurations, and if so, what low-cost RAID options are available to customers with constrained budgets?
A3.

The ProLiant ML350 does support all standard RAID configurations (RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 5, and RAID 5 with online spare). The ProLiant ML350 G3 Array Models include Smart Array 532 or 641 RAID controllers supporting RAID levels 0, 1+0, and 5 delivering enhanced data protection and performance at an affordable price. A wide variety of optional Smart Array controllers are also available.


Q4.How do I connect up the Remote Insight Board Lights Out Edition?
A4.

The Remote Insight Board Lights Out Edition II (RILOE II) is shipped with a 30-pin cable. This cable allows the Remote Insight Board to be powered off of the system power supply. With this cable installed, there is no need to install the external AC power adapter, or the external keyboard and mouse cable. All these signals are passed through the 16-pin cable to the system. The Remote Insight Board uses AUX power and will still function when the system is powered off as long as the AC cord is connected to the system.


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