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HX Node Convert as a Standalone Server

Shambhu1993
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Hi Team,

 

Our one customer want to do one HX node C220 M5SX want to use a standalone server.

Yesterday I tried to install ESXi on SSD but it is not booting. So I want to know that Can we convert as a standalone server one of them HX node. If yes then please share the link.

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Kirk J
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

The Hyperflex M5 servers are designed to have either a local installer, or Intersight installer connect and configure the servers including boot order.

Hyperflex converged nodes are not configured for single node redundant storage (i.e. no raid controller), and will contain a number of jbod mode disks.  ESXi will see the individual disks (i.e. 6 1TB disks), and cannot provide any redundancy.  If this is just for a lab or test box then it shouldn't present a problem.  NOT something you want production running on.

 

HX M5 servers ship with a M.2 SSD that will need a boot order entry created (sata , see picture below).

m2bootorder.PNG

 

Also, please keep in mind that retasking an appliance sold with specific Hyperflex config, part IDs, and contracts, can create some support complications (hardware itself will always be supported while under warranty or contract).

 

Kirk...