Chapter 2. Configuring the blade server
Use this information for details about the configuration requirements of the blade server.
This chapter describes the configuration requirements of the blade server. Before you continue, make sure
that the blade server has the latest version of firmware code. For additional information, see "Updating
firmware and device drivers" on page 23.
The following configuration programs come with the blade server:
• Setup utility
The Setup utility is used to change system settings, such as interrupt requests (IRQ), date and time, and
password. See "Using the Setup utility" on page 11 for more information.
• IBM FastSetup
IBM FastSetup is a no-cost software tool that helps simplify the maintenance and deployment of selected
IBM BladeCenter chassis, servers, and components. The intuitive graphical interface initializes all phases
of server setup, including discovery, update, and configuration. Features include templates that enable
replication of settings to many servers and automation that reduces hands-on time and user errors.
Wizards and other default settings enable customization capabilities. The low-touch, set-once and walk-
away feature reduces the hands-on server setup time from days to minutes, particularly for larger
deployments. For information about this tool, see http://www-947.ibm.com/ support/entry/portal/
• IBM ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD
The ServerGuide program provides software-setup tools and installation tools that are designed for the
blade server. Use this CD during the installation of the blade server to configure basic hardware features
and to simplify the installation of the operating system. For information about obtaining and using this CD,
see "Using the ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD" on page 21.
• Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot agent utility program
The PXE boot agent utility program is part of the blade server firmware. Use it to select the boot protocol
and other boot options and to select a power-management option. For information about using this utility
program, see "Setting the PXE boot protocol using the Setup utility" on page 23.
The IBM Remote Deployment Manager (RDM) Version 4.4 program is available for purchase. You can use
RDM to install a UEFI code update onto a blade server. For the latest information about RDM, including
which operating systems that RDM supports and how to purchase the software, see http://www.ibm.com
Using the Setup utility
Use these instructions to start the Setup utility.
To start the Setup utility, complete the following steps:
Turn on the blade server (see "Turning on the blade server" on page 6).
Immediately give the blade server control of the BladeCenter unit shared keyboard, video, and
• If you are managing the blade server by using the BladeCenter system console, press the KVM
select button on the blade server (see "Blade server controls and LEDs" on page 4 for
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