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Oracle® Server X5-4 Installation Guide for Windows Operating Systems

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Updated: December 2015

Oracle System Assistant Overview

Oracle System Assistant is a single-server system management tool for Oracle x86 servers. Oracle System Assistant integrates Oracle system management products, and a selection of related software to provide a suite of tools that allow for the quick and convenient configuration and maintenance of your server.

You can access Oracle System Assistant locally, using a local console connection, or remotely, using the Oracle ILOM Remote System Console Plus application.

If you just completed the installation of the server, then using Oracle System Assistant locally (while physically present at the server) can be a fast and efficient method of configuring the server. Once the server is operational, you can conveniently access Oracle System Assistant remotely while still retaining full-featured functionally.

The components of Oracle System Assistant include:

  • Oracle System Assistant application

  • Oracle Hardware Management Pack

  • User interface access to configuration and maintenance provisioning tasks (including the Install OS task)

  • Oracle System Assistant command-line environment

  • Operating system drivers and tools

  • Server-specific firmware

Oracle System Assistant resides inside the server as an embedded storage device (USB flash drive) and is factory configured with a server-specific version of tools and drivers maintained through online updates.

For more information about Oracle System Assistant, see the following topics:

For more information about Oracle System Assistant, refer to the Oracle X5 Series Servers Administration Guide at http://www.oracle.com/goto/x86AdminDiag/docs.

Get Updates and Install OS Tasks

If you want to use Oracle System Assistant to update the OS drivers and other firmware components (such as BIOS, Oracle ILOM, HBAs, and expanders, if applicable), you should perform the Get Updates task (during boot select Oracle System Assistant (F9) and choose Get Updates) before you install the OS. By doing the Get Updates task, you ensure that you are using the latest version of the platform firmware and drivers.

The Oracle System Assistant application's Install OS task provides a guided installation of a supported OS. You supply the OS installation media, and Oracle System Assistant guides you through the installation process. It then retrieves the appropriate drivers based on your server hardware configuration.

Obtaining Oracle System Assistant

Since your server supports Oracle System Assistant, the Oracle System Assistant USB flash drive might be already installed in your server. If it is installed, you can update to the latest software release using the Oracle System Assistant Get Updates task. If Oracle System Assistant is installed in your server, but it has been corrupted or overwritten, then download the Oracle System Assistant Updater ISO image from the My Oracle Support web site. For download instructions, refer to Getting Server Firmware and Software in Oracle Server X5-4 Installation Guide.

For more information about how to determine if your server has Oracle System Assistant or how to perform updates and recovery procedures, refer to the Oracle X5 Series Servers Administration Guide at http://www.oracle.com/goto/x86AdminDiag/docs.

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