LAN Console Set up and Installation Using a Default IP Address
This document includes instructions on setting up LAN console on the initial installation of a server using the default console IP address. The procedure described in this document requires IBM i V6R1M1 MF54513 or V7R1M0 Tech Refresh 3 (MF54263) or later. Resave level RS-710-D contains the PTFs. It assumes a stand-alone (non-HMC/SDMC managed) POWER6 or POWER7 server; however, it can be used with a POWER5 server substituting port T5 in place of T1.
Resolving the problem
This document includes instructions on setting up LAN console on the initial installation of a server using the default console IP address. The procedure described in this document requires IBM i V6R1M1 MF54513 or V7R1M0 Tech Refresh 3 (MF54263) or later. It assumes a stand-alone (non-HMC/SDMC managed) POWER6 or POWER7 server; however, it can be used with a POWER5 server substituting port T5 in place of T1.
This document only outlines the setup and configuration of LAN console using the new preset IP address functions. It does not cover any other LAN console configuration.
Note: This configuration should be used only when the PC is initially connected directly to the console LAN adapter port with an Ethernet cable.
Do not power on the server at this time.
Step 1. Install System i Access for Windows V7R1 (iSeries Access for Windows) and latest Service Pack.
Note: The list of Microsoft Windows operating systems supported Operations Console LAN supported on the Microsoft Windows operating systems as documented at: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/software/access/windows/supportedos.html
a. You will need to be signed on to the PC as the local Administrator account.
b. Make sure you have installed a full version of iSeries Access with the latest Service Pack.
The Web site to download the latest SP for iSeries Access follows:
Step 2. Cable the PC direct to Server.
1. Plug a Cat-5e or Cat-6 (recommended) ethernet cable from the PC directly into T1 port or console I/O adapter port on the back of the server. A crossover is not needed.
The initial connection must be done with the PC direct cabled to the server. The PC and server can be reconfigured and re-cabled to the network after the initial connection is made.
2. The cable must be plugged into the TOP port ( port 1 )of a dual line Ethernet adapter if using an external adapter 5706, 5767, and so on.
a. Determine the location of the console adapter using the system diagrams below.
b. Record the console adapter location here for reference to use in later steps. ____________________________________ The adapter location will either be the internal HEA (T1) or an external I/O location such as C2. This location may be referred to later in the setup.
Step 3. Configure the PC Networking.
Access the Windows Control panel, Network Connections.
a. Disable any additional adapters.
Disable any additional adapters listed, leaving only the "Local area connection".
b. If you plan to place the PC back on the network after the system is configured:
Record current TCP/IP settings.
1) Access the adapter properties, Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.
2) Record the current settings including IP Address, subnet mask and gateway, if applicable.
3) Tape this information on the console PC as a reminder to reset it before reconnecting to the network.
c. Change the TCP/IP Settings.
Note: Some versions of i5 OS require that the gateway address respond to pings before the console LAN adapter will activate. IBM Support recommends configuring the PC with the default gateway IP address.
1) Set the PC's IP address to 192.168.2.100.
2) Set the subnet mask to 255.255.255.0
3) Set the PC Default gateway to 192.168.2.150. This points to the console adapter as the gateway.
Step 4. Configure Operations Console.
Configure the session on your PC.
Note: All screen shots below are from Version 7.1; however, they are essentially the same for Version 6.1.
a. Start operations console
Select Start, All Programs, IBM iSeries Access, Operations Console.
b. Launch the Configuration Wizard.
If this is the first time operations console has started, the connection wizard will start automatically. If it does not start automatically, click Connection, New Connection to manually start the wizard. Read the notifications and click Next:
c. Enter the Service Host Name. This is the name of the connection and can be named anything. The name Console was used in our example.
d. Press the Tab key.
Note: When you tab away from the Service Host name field, the Service TCP/IP address field will enable.
e. Specify the service TCP/IP Address of 192.168.2.150.
f. Click Next.
g. Specify the LAN Console Interface information.
Service Subnet Mask: Use the subnet mask of 255.255.255.0
Service gateway address: Input the IP address of the PC. If you set the PC address to 192.168.2.100, this is the address to use for the gateway.
System serial Number: The System serial number must match the tag on the server. It should be 7 characters long, with no dash.
Target partition: The target partition must be set to 1.
h. Specify the device ID.
If prompted to specify a service tools device ID enter QCONSOLE. This should be the default selection.
i. Click Finish.
Your session is now ready to connect.
This completes the connection configuration.
Continue to the next section to power on the server and make the console connection.
- Server Power On
Step 1: Powering on the server
Note: If the AC cords are connected but the control panel is blank, you may need to remove the power supply shipping brackets. These are the orange brackets located near the power supplies to keep the connectors from damage during shipment. Remove the AC cords, remove the brackets, reseat the power supplies and reconnect the AC cords. The panel should then show it has power.
a. Set the for a manual IPL.
1. Locate the Server's control panel. Look for the little blue tab on the front of the box; push it to the side, and pull out slowly.
2. Press the Up arrow until you see 02, and press Enter.
3. Press Enter again, and you will see a < move to the N.
4. Press the up arrow and your N will change to an M.
5. Press Enter.
6. Press Enter again. This will bring you back to just 02.
b. Once you have the server set to a manual IPL, push the white power button to power on the server.
c. Continue to the next section to set the console configuration on the system using the control panel.
- Using Control Panel to Set Default IP Address and Console Adapter Location
Note: Read this section completely before performing the steps. When performing the control panel functions there is a time limit involved. If you take to long between the steps you may have to start over again or cycle through the different codes more than once.
The system control panel is used to set the console options including the console type and location of the adapter for the system console. Each sequence of 65-21-11 (enter on each step) will cycle through the different functions shown in the chart below. To "set" one of the functions, you should use a control panel function 21, press Enter, and then use control panel function 11 and Enter to verify the setting. When a function is successfully set, the code ends with letter "C" Successive 65+21+11 sequences must be done within 60 seconds or a time-out occurs. SRC A6XX500D = time-out setting console bit, start over.
Example: You have scrolled through the options using 65<enter>-21<enter>-11<enter> and the control panel now displays A603500A. This is the option for LAN console. To set this option, you should use control panel function 21 and press Enter. Then use the down button to go to function 11 and press Enter. You would see A603500C as a confirmation that the LAN console option was selected.
During the IPL, the system will show C6004031 (searching for console) for 20-30 minutes. Then A6005008 is displayed, meaning no available console. You can either wait for the A6005008 or you may also set the console configuration while the C6004031 is displayed.
- Completion Steps
IPL and configure the system
For helpful tips on configuring the new server, refer to Rochester Support Center knowledgebase document N1018613, New System Setup - Beyond the Basic Console Connection:
If you desire, you can move the console to the network once the system is configured.
To change the console IP address and move the console to the network, follow Rochester Support Center knowledgebase document N1012279, How to Change the Operations Console LAN IP Address: .
- Completion Steps
- Console Setting Reference Information
Below is a table of all the various Console Settings that can be selected using the 65-21 process on the control panel:
Function00 No console defined01 Twinax console02 Direct-attached Operations Console03 LAN Operations Console04 Hardware Management Console (HMC)A1 Shows current ip address in HEX mode when looking at additional words - convert HEX to DEC to see IP addressC3 Clearing the resource and configuration for the Operations Console LAN adapterC4 Set adapter IP address to 192.168.2.150 - Note: C3 option must be used prior to C4 becoming availableA3 Deactivating and activating the Operations Console LAN adapterDD Dumping Operations Console-related flight recorders to vlogsE1 Enable embedded port (OPSCONSOLE ENBINTLAN)E2 Enable add-on adapter (OPSCONSOLE ENBEXTLAN)D1 Disable embedded port (OPSCONSOLE DISINTLAN)D2 Disable add-on adapter (OPSCONSOLE DISEXTLAN)Bn Enable LAN adapter in slot Cn (OPSCONSOLE ENBLSLOT n)
Note: This requires that the embedded (internal) LAN flag be off and the external flag be on or you will not see this series.Fn
Enable asynchronous adapter in slot Cn (OPSCONSOLE ENBSLOT n)
|Operating System||IBM i 7.1|
More support for:
Software version: 7.1, 7.1.0
Operating system(s): IBM i
Reference #: N1011268
Modified date: 21 February 2013
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