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)
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
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.
Optionally (and recommended),
add the network device as a boot option in the EFI Boot Manager menu.
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. |
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:
If your operating system is not running,
access the OpenVMS DCL triple dollar sign prompt ($$$) from your
OpenVMS I64 OE DVD by selecting option 8 (Execute DCL commands and
procedures) on the OpenVMS operating system main menu. Otherwise,
skip to the next step.
At the DCL prompt, enter the following command to start
the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager utility.
Start the LANCP utility and enter the LANCP command
SHOW CONFIGURATION at the LANCP prompt:
$$$ RUN SYS$SYSTEM:LANCP
LANCP> SHOW CONFIGURATION
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
EIB0 1 Ethernet X-21 Up 1000 Full Yes 1500 AA-00-04-00-A5-38 UTP i82546
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)”).
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:
At the DCL prompt, enter the following command
to start the OpenVMS I64 Boot Manager utility:
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
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:
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 : 4
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
Enter the value for VMS_FLAGS in the form n,n.
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.)
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
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.
Exit the utility by entering E at the prompt:
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:
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.)
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.
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 ”).
Provide the device name and its
IP address and MAC address to the person responsible for setting up
the BOOTP server.