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

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Updated: December 2015

Set the Boot Mode

The server can be configured to boot in either Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (default) or UEFI Boot Mode. Legacy BIOS Boot Mode is enabled by default. Because Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 operating systems support both Legacy BIOS and UEFI, you have the option of setting the boot mode to either Legacy BIOS Boot Mode or UEFI Boot Mode before you perform the OS installation.

Note -  After you have the installed Windows Server operating system, if you decide you want to switch from Legacy BIOS Boot Mode to UEFI Boot Mode, or vice versa, you must reinstall the operating system.

Before You Begin

Ensure that the following requirements are met:

  1. Reset or power on the server.

    For example, do one of the following:

    • From the local server, press the Power button (approximately 1 second) on the front panel of the server to turn the server off, and then press the Power button again to power on the server.

    • From the Oracle ILOM web interface, click Host Management → Power Control , select Reset from the Select Action list box, and then click Save.

    • From the Oracle ILOM CLI, type: reset /System

    The server begins the boot process and the BIOS screen appears.

    Note -  The BIOS screen might take a while to appear. Please be patient.

    image:Graphic showing BIOS Screen.

    Note -  The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the following steps. Watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time. You might want to enlarge the size of your screen to eliminate scroll bars.
  2. When prompted in the BIOS screen, press the F2 key to access the BIOS Setup Utility.

    After a few moments, the BIOS Setup Utility appears.

  3. In the BIOS Setup Utility, use the arrow keys to navigate to the Boot menu.

    The Boot menu screen appears.

    image:UEFI/BIOS Boot mode setting screen.

    Note -  The options in the boot order list differ depending on the storage drive configuration and whether you have enabled the Persistent Boot Support feature. For more information about Persistent Boot Support, refer to the Oracle X5 Series Servers Administration Guide at http://www.oracle.com/goto/x86AdminDiag/docs.
  4. Use the down arrow key to select the UEFI/BIOS Boot Mode field, and then press Enter.
  5. Select your preferred boot mode, and then press Enter.
  6. To save changes and exit BIOS, press the F10 key.

    Note -  You must select the desired boot mode, Legacy BIOS Boot Mode or UEFI Boot Mode, before starting the operating system installation.