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LAN Console Set up and Installation Using a Default IP Address

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Problem(Abstract)

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.

    • - Preparation



      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:
      http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/software/access/windows/casp.html
      Step 2. Cable the PC direct to Server.

      Notes:
      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.

      POWER7 Servers


      • - View of Model 8202-E4B and 8205-E6B

        Locations for 8202-e4b and 8205-e6b
        Note: Console port can be internal (HEA) on port T1 or an external port on one LAN adapters in the IOA slots. Console port is the top port of an IOA adapter.



      • - View of Model 8202-E4C and 8205-E6C

        Locations for 8202-e4c and 8205-e6c
        Note: There is no internal HEA port. LAN console must be designated to an adapter slot location. Use top port of adapter for console connection.



      • - View of Model 8231-E1C and 8231-E2C

        Locations for 8231-e1c and 8231-e2c



      • - View of Model 8233-E8B and 8233-E8C

        Locations for 8233-e8b and 8233-e8c
        Note: P1-C6 is the HEA location and internal port. Use P1-C6-T1 for the console connection.




      POWER6 Servers

      • - View of Model M15 and M25

        Locations for POWER6 M15 and M25 Rack mounted
        Locations fo POWER6 M15 and M25 Tower Model

        Note: Plug the cable into P1-C7-T1 in the diagram above.



      • - View of Model 550 or 720




        Rear view of a model 550 and 720



        rear view of a model 550 and 720 rack mounted


        Note: Plug the cable into P1-T9 in the diagram above.


      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.

      This is the OPCON screen.

      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:

      This is the Welcome screen.

      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.

      Operations console wizard - Specify Host Name screen.


      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.

      Operaitons console wizard - Specify ip address

      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.

      Click Next.

      Operations console wizard - specify subnet mask, gateway, serial number and partition id.

      h. Specify the device ID.

      If prompted to specify a service tools device ID enter QCONSOLE. This should be the default selection.

      Click Next.

      Operations console wizard - specify device ID - QCONSOLE


      i. Click Finish.
      Your session is now ready to connect.

      Operaitons console wizard - finsih configuration

      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.

        1. Set manual mode.
        If the system is Normal mode (function 01 shows 01 B N), you should perform Steps a-e below. Otherwise, if the system is in Manual mode (01 B M), continue to Step 2.

        Place the system in manual mode.
        a) Use the up or down arrow buttons on the control panel to go to function 02.
        b) Press the Enter button - the cursor should move to the Mode selection (A,B,D).
        c) Press the Enter button - the cursor should move to the keylock position (N).
        d) Press the Up button to change the selection to M.
        e) Press Enter until the display reads 02.

        Note: You can check if the upper functions are already available by pressing the down arrow button once. If it did not go to 70 or 69, you need to do Steps 2 and 3. Otherwise, proceed to Step 4.
        2. Enable control panel functions.

        Use the Up button to get to function 25, then press the Enter button. You should see a 00 return code.
        Use the Up button to get to function 26, then press the Enter button. You should see a 00 return code.

        Note: If you see a FF return code, go back to function 25 and press Enter, then return to function 26 and press Enter.
        3. Read the current setting.
        Issue one 65+21+11 sequence to read the current setting.
        A600 500A = No console defined
        A601 500A = Twinax console
        A602 500A = Direct cable console
        A603 500A = LAN console
        A604 500A = HMC console

        If the SRC = A603500A, skip to Step 5.
        For all others, continue to the next step.
        4. Set console type to LAN.
        Issue 65+21+11 sequences until it returns A603500B (lan console).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A603500C indicates success.
        5. Set the console adapter location.
        Refer to the "console adapter location" you noted earlier in the preparation section. If it is the internal HEA adapter,
        use Step 5a. If the adapter location is in an I/O slot location, use Step 5b.

        5a. Select console adapter location - Internal HEA port T1.

        a) Use 65+21+11 sequences until it returns A6E1500B (clear).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6E1500C indicates success.

        Console Setting
        Function
        E1
        Enable embedded port (OPSCONSOLE ENBINTLAN)

        5b. Select the console adapter location - external PCI card.

        a) Use the 65-21+11 options sequences until it returns A6E2500B (Enable add-on adapter).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6E2500C indicates success.
        b) Use the 65-21+11 options sequences until it returns A6D1500B (disable the internal embedded port).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6D1500C indicates success.
        c) Use the 65-21+11 options sequences until it returns A6Bn500B (enable the LAN Adapter in location Cn) where n= the location code of the "Console adapter location".
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6Bn500C indicates success.

        Console Setting
        Function
        E2
        Enable add-on adapter (OPSCONSOLE ENBEXTLAN)
        D1
        Disable embedded port (OPSCONSOLE DISINTLAN)
        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.
        6. Clear adapter address.
        Use 65+21+11 sequences until it returns A6C3500B (clear).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6C3500C indicates success.
        7. Set adapter address.
        Use 65+21+11 sequences until it returns A6C4500B (clear).
        Use 21+11 to save the setting. A6C4500C indicates success.
        8. On the PC, select the option to connect the console if not already in a "connecting" status.

        a. Monitor the console status.
        Watch for the status of "Pending Authorization". Once the status changes, the "Service Tools Sign-on" window is displayed; however, it may be behind the Operations Console window. Resize/move the window to locate the sign-on.

        This is the System i Ops Console screen.

        b. Sign on to service tools. Use the ID eight 1's ( 11111111) with password of eight 1's (11111111).

        This is the Service Tools Sign-on screen.

        Once the status shows connected, wait a few minutes and you should see the Remote Control Panel and 5250 screen open with the language feature screen displayed.

        If the console fails to connect, you should monitor the control panel for failure.
        If your session does not connect, wait for the power on to halt on an attention or IPL failure system reference code (SRC) such as A6005008 or B2xxxxxx. If the power on halts at A6005008, leave the server in this state and call your IBM service provider for assistance. In the United States, call 1-800-IBM-SERV (1-800-426-7378) and use fastpath code 3400.
          • - 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: Database 'DCF Technotes (IBM i)', View 'Products', Document '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: Database 'DCF Technotes (IBM i)', View 'Products', Document 'How to Change the Operations Console LAN IP Address'.




          • - 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:

            Console Setting
            Function
            00
            No console defined
            01
            Twinax console
            02
            Direct-attached Operations Console
            03
            LAN Operations Console
            04
            Hardware Management Console (HMC)
            A1
            Shows current ip address in HEX mode when looking at additional words - convert HEX to DEC to see IP address
            C3
            Clearing the resource and configuration for the Operations Console LAN adapter
            C4
            Set adapter IP address to 192.168.2.150 - Note: C3 option must be used prior to C4 becoming available
            A3
            Deactivating and activating the Operations Console LAN adapter
            DD
            Dumping Operations Console-related flight recorders to vlogs
            E1
            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)



          Cross reference information
          Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
          Operating System IBM i 7.1

          Historical Number

          617119188

          Document information

          More support for: IBM i
          System Console

          Software version: 7.1, 7.1.0

          Operating system(s): IBM i

          Reference #: N1011268

          Modified date: 21 February 2013


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