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Installing the OS requires you to view the system console output. Output can appear on both the serial port and the video port.
Note - This topic describes the default video and serial port outputs. Other settings, including console commands and GRUB menu selections, can change this behavior.
If you are using a terminal or laptop, you can connect to the server's serial port or video port using the multiport cable (also called a 'dongle') to access the console. Refer to Attaching Administration (SP) Cables in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Installation Guide.
Serial port – Connect a serial cable between the serial connector of the multiport cable and a terminal or laptop. From the moment you start the SP until the OS assumes control of the display, all output appears on the serial port. See How to Configure the Serial Port.
Video port – Connect a VGA monitor cable from a KVM to the video port on the server's multiport cable. After the SP startup is complete, the system begins POST/BIOS, and displays all output on the video port. This continues until the OS assumes control of the display. Most OS configurations continue to display information on the video port. Refer to Communicating With Oracle ILOM and the System Console in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Installation Guidefor information about setting up the hardware.