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Installing Components

Getting Started


Getting the Software

Sun SSM Component Manager Overview

(Linux and Solaris Operating Systems) Using Component Manager

(Linux and Solaris Operating Systems) Using Component Manager in Interactive Mode

(Linux and Solaris Operating Systems) Using Component Manager in Unattended Mode

(Windows Operating Systems) Using Component Manager

BIOS Configuration Tool

BIOSconfig Dependencies

BIOSconfig Terminology

Using BIOSconfig

BIOSconfig Command Overview

How to View BIOSconfig Command Options

How to View BIOSconfig Version Information

What Changes the Boot List

Important Notes on Devices

Configuring the Device Boot Order

How to Make a Persistent Change to Boot Order

How to Switch Boot Devices

How to Specify a Subset of Strings and a Subset of the Boot List

How to Move Boot List Entries

How to Change Boot Order Based on the PCI Bus, Device, or Function

How to Configure for PXE to Boot First

How to Configure for the Hard Drive to Boot First

How to Configure for Any CD/DVD to Boot First

How to Configure for Any Floppy or Removable Media to Boot First

BIOS CMOS Configuration

How to Configure the BIOS CMOS Using a Golden CMOS Image

How to Apply the Golden Image

Configuring Individual CMOS Settings

How to Retrieve Static CMOS Settings

How to Configure a Dynamic Setting

How to Configure NET0_Option_ROM

How to View Chipset-Related Settings

How to Configure System Powered Off

How to Turn Off Quick Boot and Power Off Options

Failure Return Codes

Commands Produce Unrelated, Innocuous, Extra Output

BIOSconfig for Solaris OS

How to View BIOSconfig Commands in Solaris OS

How to Obtain the BMC Driver

BIOSconfig for Windows

BIOSconfig for Windows Known Issues

BIOSconfig Error Messages

IPMItool for Windows

IPMItool Overview

Sun IPMI System Management Driver 2.1

How to Install Sun IPMI System Management Driver 2.1 Manually

How to Perform Unattended Installation of the Sun IPMI System Management Driver 2.1

How to Verify IPMItool Installation


BIOS Configuration Tool

The BIOS configuration tool (BIOSconfig) is an application that runs on the host’s OS and configures that host’s BIOS CMOS settings, host boot order, and some service processor settings.

BIOSconfig allows the user to manipulate BIOS configurations from the OS command line. Due to the nature of this utility, it must be run with administrative access. You should also close all other applications and quiesce your system when running BIOSconfig. The configuration files and command-line interfaces are compatible with the Solaris, Windows, and Linux versions. Solaris BIOSconfig can be used to configure the BIOS settings.

BIOSconfig enables the user to configure settings across multiple like systems where distributions of BIOSconfig spans multiple like systems. BIOSconfig enables you to configure BIOS CMOS settings on like machines using the same XML file. If the machines differ too much, then a customized XML file must be used.

This section shows sample XML configurations and specific configurations needed to change BIOS or BIOS CMOS settings. These XML configurations can be used to make your desired changes to your configuration using BIOSconfig. The XML files are edited by the editor of your choice, such as vi.

BIOSconfig is supported on several operating systems on various platforms with common functionality. For more information, see: Installing Components

This section covers the following topics:

Refer to the user instruction sections for details on using BIOSconfig: Using BIOSconfig

Refer to the installation section on Component Manager for more details on running BIOSconfig: Getting Started.