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Huawei Server Brickland Platform BIOS Parameter Reference 23

This document describes the basic input/output system (BIOS) menu structure, parameters and common tasks based on the Brickland platform.
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Boot

Boot

This topic describes how to configure boot functions, such as setting a boot type, setting a boot sequence, and configuring a boot process, on the Boot screen.

On the Boot screen, you can set a boot type, boot sequence, and boot process.Table 5-54 describes the parameters on this screen. Figure 5-52 shows the Boot screen.

Figure 5-52 Boot screen

Table 5-54 Parameters on the Boot screen

Parameter

Description

Default Value

Bootup NumLock State

Numlock indicator status when the system is started. The options are as follows:

  • On: indicates that the Numlock indicator is on.
  • Off: indicates that the Numlock indicator is off.

On

Quiet Boot

Specifies whether to enable the quiet boot mode. The options are as follows:

  • Disable: displays the POST messages during the startup process.
  • Enable: displays the logo instead of the normal POST messages during the startup process.

Disable

Boot mode select

Boot mode. The options are as follows:

  • LEGACY: indicates that the legacy boot mode is supported.
  • UEFI: indicates that the UEFI boot mode is supported.
  • DUAL: indicates that the legacy and UEFI boot modes are supported.
    NOTE:
    • If the boot type is changed after the OS has been installed in Legacy or UEFI mode, the OS will be inaccessible. To access the OS, you need to change the boot type to that used when the OS is installed. If the OS needs to be reinstalled, select the Legacy or UEFI mode based on actual situation.
    • If the capacity of the target hard drive or RAID group is greater than 2 TB, set Boot Type to UEFI Boot.
    • If the OS is to be installed on an NVMe hard drive, you can only set Boot Type to UEFI Boot.
    • If multiple boot devices are configured for a server, some boot devices may fail to start in legacy mode. The UEFI mode is recommended because it supports more boot devices than the legacy mode. If the legacy mode is required, you are advised to disable serial port redirection or NIC PXE based on service requirements so that the OS can start properly. For details, see Configuring the PXE Function of a NIC and Setting Serial Port Redirection.

LEGACY

FIXED BOOT ORDER Priorities

Boot priority.

-

PXE Only (unavailable for rack servers)

Indicates whether to enable the PXE-only function. The options are as follows:

  • Enable: indicates that the server always boots from the PXE device regardless of the boot priority setting.
  • Disable: indicates that the server boots based on the boot priority setting.

Disable

Network

Device from which the network is booted. The options are as follows:

  • Do not launch: The NIC cannot execute PXE boot.
  • UEFI only: The NIC can be booted only in UEFI mode, and the NIC must support UEFI booting.
  • Legacy only: The NIC can be booted only in legacy mode.
  • Legacy first: If both the legacy and UEFI modes are available, the NIC is booted in legacy mode first. If only the legacy mode is available, the NIC is booted in legacy mode.
  • UEFI first: If both the legacy and UEFI modes are available, the NIC is booted in UEFI mode first. If only the UEFI mode is available, the NIC is booted in UEFI mode.
NOTICE:

For the E9000 server, if stateless computing and FC/FCoE switchover functions must be enabled, the value of network is set to Legacy first by default. Otherwise, commands cannot be sent to the NIC.

Legacy only

PXE1 Configuration

Indicates whether to enable pre-boot execution environment 1 (PXE1). The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The onboard NIC port 1 cannot execute PXE boot.

Enable

PXE1 MAC Address

Media Access Control (MAC) address of PXE1.

-

PXE2 Configuration

Indicates whether to enable PXE2. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The onboard NIC port 2 cannot execute PXE boot.

Do not launch

PXE2 MAC Address

MAC address of PXE2.

-

PXE3 Configuration

For the E9000 server and the RH8100 V3 server in single-system mode, this parameter indicates whether to enable PXE3. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The onboard NIC port 3 cannot execute PXE boot.

For the RH8100 V3 server in dual-system mode, this parameter is unavailable.

For other rack servers, this parameter is dimmed and not configurable in the BIOS.

Do not launch

PXE3 MAC Address

MAC address of PXE3.

This parameter is available only for the E9000 server and the RH8100 V3 server in single-system mode.

-

PXE4 Configuration

For the E9000 server and the RH8100 V3 server in single-system mode, this parameter indicates whether to enable PXE4. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The onboard NIC port 4 cannot execute PXE boot.

For the RH8100 V3 server in dual-system mode, this parameter is unavailable.

For other rack servers, this parameter is dimmed and not configurable in the BIOS.

Do not launch

PXE4 MAC Address

MAC address of PXE4.

This parameter is available only for the E9000 server and the RH8100 V3 server in single-system mode.

-

Offboard_82599 PXE Configuration (unavailable for the E9000 server)

Indicates whether to enable an external 82599 NIC. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The 82599 NIC cannot execute PXE boot.

Do not launch

Offboard_I350 PXE Configuration (unavailable for the E9000 server)

Indicates whether to enable an external I350 NIC. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The I350 NIC cannot execute PXE boot.

Do not launch

Offboard_X540 PXE Configuration (unavailable for the E9000 server)

Indicates whether to enable an external X540 NIC. The options are as follows:

  • Enable
  • Do not launch: The X540 NIC cannot execute PXE boot.

Do not launch

Storage

Device from which the memory is booted. The options are as follows:

  • Do not launch: The PCIe storage controller cannot be booted.
  • UEFI only: The storage controller can be booted only in UEFI mode and must support UEFI booting.
  • Legacy only: The storage controller can be booted only in legacy mode.
  • Legacy first: If both the legacy and UEFI modes are available, the storage controller is booted in legacy mode first. If only the legacy mode is available, the storage controller is booted in legacy mode.
  • UEFI first: If both the legacy and UEFI modes are available, the storage controller is booted in UEFI mode first. If only the UEFI mode is available, the storage controller is booted in UEFI mode.

Legacy only

Other PCI devices

Indicates other PCI devices. The options are as follows:

  • Legacy only: The PCI devices can be booted only in legacy mode.
  • UEFI first: If both the legacy and UEFI modes are available, the PCI devices are booted in UEFI mode first. If only the UEFI mode is available, the PCI devices are booted in UEFI mode.

Legacy only

Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities

Hard disk boot priority. If a hard disk is connected, this parameter is displayed.

-

CDROM/DVD Drive BBS Priorities (available only for the RH8100 V3 configured with the IvyBridge CPU)

CD- or DVD-ROM drive boot priority. This parameter is available only when an external CD- or DVD-ROM drive is connected.

-

BEV Device BBS Priorities

PXE device boot priority. If the PXE function of an NIC is enabled, the NIC is used as a Boot Entry Vector (BEV) option.

A maximum of 16 PXE devices can be used as boot devices. Excessive PXE devices can be displayed but cannot be used as boot devices.

If the network is deployed over PXE but the system cannot be booted from the PXE network ports, perform the following operations to resolve this issue:

  1. Check whether the number of PXE network ports exceeds 16.
    • If yes, go to 2.
    • If no, check that cables are properly connected to the PXE network ports and that the PXE server is correctly configured.
  2. Insert the NICs that support PXE in slots with smaller numbers, for example, slots 1 and 2. Log in to the iBMC command-line interface (CLI) over Secure Shell (SSH) and run the ipmcset -d clearcmos command to clear the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). Then restart the operating system (OS).

-

Figure 5-53 shows the BEV Device BBS Priorities screen.

Figure 5-53 BEV Device BBS Priorities screen

Table 5-55 describes parameters on the BEV Device BBS Priorities screen.

Table 5-55 Parameters on the BEV Device BBS Priorities screen

Parameter

Description

Default Value

Boot Option #1

Configuration of the first boot option.

-

Boot Option #2

Configuration of the second boot option.

-

Boot Option #3

Configuration of the third boot option.

-

Boot Option #4

Configuration of the fourth boot option.

-

Boot Option #5

Configuration of the fifth boot option of.

-

Note: If the RH5885 V3 server is configured with two RAID controller cards in standard PCIe slots and one RAID controller card on the mainboard, an operating system can be installed only on a hard disk managed by the RAID controller card on the mainboard. In the list of boot options, the RAID controller cards in standard PCIe slots are unavailable and the RAID controller card on the mainboard is available.

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