About an HPE Synergy Frame Link Module

The frame link module is used by HPE OneView to discover and manage the Synergy frame. The frame link module manages:

  • Power and cooling

  • Management network

  • Inventory and configuration checking

  • The system monitor port and USB port for setup, diagnostics, and consoles

The frame link module is also an access point for hardware setup and the physical management of the Synergy frames cabled together in the data center. Use the monitor port on the front panel of the Synergy frame to connect to a display, keyboard, and mouse to:

  • Perform the initial configuration of HPE OneView and enable remote management using a web browser

  • Perform tasks such as changing a password or restoring a backup

A single Synergy frame or enclosure has one or two frame link modules. For redundancy, or to link multiple Synergy frames together, each frame must have two frame link modules. These link modules automatically negotiate so that one frame link module takes on an Active state and the other takes on a Standby state. Management of the Synergy frame is automatically maintained during a failover. To manually change which frame link module is active, see“Set an HPE Synergy Frame Link Module to active” in the REST API Scripting Help. In the event that both frame link module fail, see Communication failed.

You can view screen details about the HPE Synergy Frame Link Modules from the Enclosures screen, Link Modules view.

Synergy frame link modules are located in the rear panel of the frame. For more information about the hardware, see also www.hpe.com/info/synergy-docs.

Synergy frame link module ports

MGMT — The port labeled MGMT on the frame link module is used to provide network connectivity to the management LAN or to OS deployment software. For each frame containing a Composer, connect the MGMT port on the frame link module that is in the same frame and bay as the Composer to the management LAN. For example, if the Composer is in appliance bay 1, connect the MGMT port of frame link module bay 1 to the management LAN. Connecting the MGMT port on other frame link modules (that do not have a Composer) to the management LAN is optional and can be done for redundancy.

For each frame containing Image Streamer, connect the MGMT port on the frame link module to a Virtual Connect interconnect.

LINK — The port labeled LINK on the frame link module is used to provide connectivity to a group of Synergy frames cabled together. Connect multiple Synergy frames together to manage all the resources of the connected frames with one instance of HPE OneView. To connect the frames, connect a cable from the LINK port in one frame link module to a LINK port in another frame link module. The last frame in the group must have its frame link module cabled to the frame link module of the first frame, forming a management ring. As you make the cable connection, each new Synergy frame is automatically discovered.

For more information on cabling, see the Synergy System Setup and Installation Guide at www.hpe.com/info/synergy-docs

For a single Synergy frame, the two LINK ports must be cabled together.

HPE Synergy Frame Link Module ports

HPE Synergy Frame Link Module ports

1

MGMT port — connector used for network connectivity to the management LAN

2

Health LED light — light indicates status of the frame link module

Solid green — OK
Blinking amber — Warning
Blinking red — Critical

3

UID button — button turns on the frame link module UID light for location purposes

4

USB port — connector used to connect a keyboard or mouse for Synergy console use

5

LINK port — connector used to link to other frame link modules

6

Monitor port — connector used to connect a monitor