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HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 Upgrade and Installation Manual > Appendix C Setting Up and Performing Network Booting

Setting Up Your System as an InfoServer Client (I64 Only)

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To set up your local OpenVMS I64 system as an InfoServer client for network booting, you must perform the following steps. Detailed instructions are provided in the subsections that follow. For OpenVMS Alpha systems, no extra steps are required for setting up an InfoServer client.

  1. Determine the LAN I/O card to be used on your local Integrity server for the network boot. Report the associated OpenVMS device name and its IP address and MAC address to the network administrator responsible for setting up the BOOTP server.

  2. Optionally (and recommended), add the network device as a boot option in the EFI Boot Manager menu.

  3. Verify that the network device is supported by EFI as a bootable device.

NOTE: The ability to boot over the network requires that the nearest switch or router be configured to autonegotiate.

Determining the Local Network I/O Card to Be Used

Select a LAN I/O card (also referred to as a LAN I/O device or adapter) on your Integrity server. This device must be supported by your Integrity server’s EFI firmware. At minimum, EFI supports the core I/O LAN cards installed in the Integrity server. On all Integrity servers, devices supported by OpenVMS are either EI or EW devices (for example, EIA0 or EWA0). The EFI firmware might also support variants of the core I/O cards, such as additional network interface cards (NICs) of the same type. It might also support other NICs that are installed in the system but not classified as core I/O cards. In any case, you can verify that the device you select is supported by EFI.

If multiple I/O cards are available on your system, you can choose more than one to serve for network booting.

To list the installed LAN I/O devices known to your OpenVMS I64 system, follow these steps:

  1. If your operating system is not running, access the OpenVMS DCL triple dollar sign prompt ($$$) from your OpenVMS I64 OE DVD by selecting option 8 (Execute DCL commands and procedures) on the OpenVMS operating system main menu. Otherwise, skip to the next step.

  2. At the DCL prompt, enter the following command to start the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager utility.

       @SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS
  3. Start the LANCP utility and enter the LANCP command SHOW CONFIGURATION at the LANCP prompt:

       $$$ RUN SYS$SYSTEM:LANCP
    LANCP> SHOW CONFIGURATION
        LAN Configuration:
    Parent or
    Device PrefCPU Medium/User Version Link Speed Duplex Auto BufSize MAC Address Type Description
    ------ ------- ----------- ------- ---- ----- ------ ---- ------- ---------------- ------------ -----------
    EIA0 0 Ethernet X-21 Up 1000 Full Yes 1500 AA-00-04-00-A5-38 UTP i82546
    00-13-21-5B-85-E4 (default)
    EIB0 1 Ethernet X-21 Up 1000 Full Yes 1500 AA-00-04-00-A5-38 UTP i82546
    00-13-21-5B-85-E5 (default)
    EWA0 0 Ethernet X-59 Down - - Yes 1500 00-11-0A-43-23-D8 UTP AB465A
    EWB0 1 Ethernet X-59 Down - - Yes 1500 00-11-0A-43-23-D9 UTP AB465A

    This display example lists four LAN devices, two of which are available (connected), as indicated by the Link column (Up means the device is available; Down means it is not). You can use a device that is in use by other protocols. Decide which available devices you want to use for network booting and record the device’s name, MAC address, and IP address. (The MAC address should be labeled on the physical device.) Once the LAN device is verified as bootable by EFI, you provide this information to the person responsible for maintaining the BOOTP server database (see “Setting Up the BOOTP Boot Server (I64 Only)”).

Adding the Network Boot Option to the EFI Boot Manager

To add the LAN device (virtual DVD drive) as a network boot option, use the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager utility, as follows:

  1. At the DCL prompt, enter the following command to start the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager utility:

       @SYS$MANAGER:BOOT_OPTIONS
  2. The OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager Boot Options main menu is displayed. To add a network boot option, enter 1 at the prompt:

     
    OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager Boot Options List Management Utility

    (1) ADD an entry to the Boot Options list
    (2) DISPLAY the Boot Options list
    (3) REMOVE an entry from the Boot Options list
    (4) MOVE the position of an entry in the Boot Options list
    (5) VALIDATE boot options and fix them as necessary
    (6) Modify Boot Options TIMEOUT setting

    (B) Set to operate on the Boot Device Options list
    (D) Set to operate on the Dump Device Options list
    (G) Set to operate on the Debug Device Options list

    (E) EXIT from the Boot Manager utility

    You can also enter Ctrl-Y at any time to abort this utility

    Enter your choice: 1
    NOTE: While using this utility, you can change a response made to an earlier prompt by entering the caret (^) character as many times as needed. To end and return to the DCL prompt, press Ctrl/Y.
  3. The utility prompts you for the device name. Enter the device name. In the following example, the device name is EIA0:.

       Enter the device name (enter "?" for a list of devices): EIA0:
  4. The utility prompts you for the position you want your entry to take in the EFI boot option list. Enter any position number other than 1. (The number 1 position sets the device for automatic rebooting, which is not desirable for upgrades.)

       Enter the desired position number (1,2,3,,,) of the entry.
    To display the Boot Options list, enter "?" and press Return.
    Position [1]:
    4
  5. The utility prompts you for OpenVMS boot flags. By default, no flags are set. Enter the OpenVMS flags (for example, 0,1), or accept the default (NONE) to set no flags as in the following example:

       Enter the value for VMS_FLAGS in the form n,n.
    VMS_FLAGS [NONE]:
  6. The utility asks whether the device will be used for cluster satellite booting. Answer NO as in the following example.

       Will EIA0 be used for cluster satellite boot? (Yes/No): NO

    (For information about establishing a device for cluster satellite booting, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.3 New Features and Documentation Overview and the HP OpenVMS Cluster Systems manuals.)

  7. The utility prompts you for a description to include with your boot option entry. By default, the device name and MAC address is used as the description. You can enter more descriptive information, as in the following example. As shown in the display of boot entries that follows, the device name and MAC address (without dashes) are included anyway in the boot entry line.

       Enter a short description (do not include quotation marks).
    Description ["EIA0"]:
    I64 UPGRADE VIA NET

    efi$bcfg: eia0 (Boot0002) Option successfully added

    Using the utility to display the devices at this point (selecting 2 on the main menu), you see your device listed, as in the following example:

       Enter your choice: 2

    To display all entries in the Boot Options list, press Return.
    To display specific entries, enter the entry number or device name.
    (Enter "?" for a list of devices):

    EFI Boot Options list: Timeout = 10 secs.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    01. DKB0 PCI(0|20|1|1) Scsi(Pun0,Lun0) "Boot VMS from DKB0" OPT
    02. DKB200 PCI(0|20|1|1) Scsi(Pun2,Lun0) "Boot VMS from DKB200" OPT
    03. VenHw(d65a6b8c-71e5-4df0-d2f009a9) "EFI Shell [Built-in]"
    04. EIA0 PCI(0|0|2|0) Mac(0013215b85e4) "I64 Upgrade VIA NET"
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    4 entries found.
  8. Exit the utility by entering E at the prompt:

       Enter your choice: E

Verifying the Network I/O Device Is Bootable by EFI

Finally, verify that the LAN device you selected for your system’s InfoServer client is bootable by EFI. Verification is recommended if the selected device is not one of the core I/O LAN devices installed on your Integrity server. To verify that the selected LAN device is bootable by EFI, follow these steps:

  1. Access the EFI console for your Integrity server. If your operating system is running, you must shut down your system to access EFI. (For details about accessing and using EFI, see your hardware documentation.)

  2. From the EFI main menu, select the Boot Configuration option (or in some versions of EFI, the Boot Option Maintenance Menu). Make a selection before the EFI timeout expires; otherwise, the first entry of the EFI Boot Manager is selected automatically. If you are brought to the EFI Shell prompt, enter the exit command at the prompt to move back to the EFI main menu. If an autoboot begins, you can perform a cold reset of the Integrity server to get back to the EFI console. (For more information, see your hardware documentation.) Otherwise, you must wait for your system to boot and shut it down again.

  3. At the EFI Boot Configuration menu, select the Boot From a File option. In the Boot From a File list, look for the load file that corresponds to the LAN device you selected for network booting. This is the load file with a matching MAC address, as in the following example:

       Load File [Acpi(HWP0002,0)/Pci(2|0)/Mac(0013215b85e4)]

    The MAC address of the EIA0 network device selected earlier was 00-13-21-5B-85-E4, which matches the MAC address shown (without dashes). This verifies that the selected device is visible to the EFI console. If none of the Boot From a File options listed matches your selected device, then try another available device (as listed with the LANCP command SHOW CONFIGURATION in “Determining the Local Network I/O Card to Be Used ”).

  4. Provide the device name and its IP address and MAC address to the person responsible for setting up the BOOTP server.