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Setting Up a IBM P5 9131

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My company just purchased a IBM p5 9131 to run a custom application. I have never setup a rs6000 server before and have the following questions?

1) What is the SMS menu?
2) What is th firmware prompt? What commands are valid to use?
3) I have a warning LED lite on the server> How can i tell what is wrong and how can the led be reset?
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Do you know if this system has an AIX operating system installed on it? If so, and if it was operating when sold to you, then if you attach a console (either graphic with keyboard and mouse, or tty) then it should boot.

If not, do you have AIX cd's or dvd's?
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No AIX is not installed...
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I'm going through the links you sent now. but in the short term do you have a nut shell answer for my questions since I've very new at this
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Right now I'm stuck in the firmware prompt and do not konw how to get out of it....
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The firmware prompt is not useful at all in your present situation.

Reboot and hit "1" as soon as the line '1 = SMS Menu ………. 5 = Default …..' appears.

Now you're in System Management Services where you can set up remote boot, choose your boot devices (which includes querying for available devices) and do several more useful things.

To turn off the LED you will have to go to the servcie processor menu, which would involve attaching a serial console.

It's far easier to use OS functions (once an OS is installed) to turn off the LED.
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If AIX is not installed, then there is no opeating system on this machine. You will not be able to do much of anything without it. I assuming you bought this system used, and it did not come with AIX. You must install an OS on the system before you can use it. Typically you can install either AIX or LINUX, but you must have the cd's for this.

You can buy the OS from IBM for this system, but it won't be cheap. I think AIX is around $2,400. REDHAT linux is probably not much different. This would have to be your first step in getting the system to run.

One other comment, I have seen used systems sold without disks. Are you sure your system has them?
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so there is no way to tell why the warning LED is on or reset it without the OS? What will using a serial cable do differently rather then connecting to the console directly which I am now.
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The difference is that you can access the service processor only via serial connection.

An alternative is using the HMC port, but to use this one you must know the IP address of the Hardware Management Console which might once have been connected there.

Why would you want to turn off the LED? it doesn't do any harm when it's lit.
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Right now I'm just trying to findn out why are newly pruchased used Rs6000 has a warning light on..
I will try to connect a serial cable since I do not know what the default HMC IP is..
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The warning light does not really mean anything. It could be as simple as it was shut down improperly. I suggest you focus on AIX, since without it, the system won't do a thing.
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OK, I just was trying to know if the SMS had a way to see why the LED was on and could be reset. ONce the OS is installed this can be done correct
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Yes, you can then turn off the warning light from smit.
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It just seems crazy to me that there isn't any other way to get diagnoic information for the system or reset the warning LED without installing the OS
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Service Processor?
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What do you mean?????
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Did you forget my comment # 37752583 above, or didn't you read it at all?
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