IBM Power SMS Basics

SMS (System Management Services) is the eqivalent to the “BIOS” of an IBM POWER machine. For our use we primarily use it to change the boot order on the machine.

Getting into SMS

When the machine first boots up, press “1” a few times till the main menu shows up:

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          1 = SMS Menu                          5 = Default Boot List
          8 = Open Firmware Prompt              6 = Stored Boot List

     Memory      Keyboard     Network     SCSI

Change One-time Boot Order

Quick Howto

Press 5, 1, 7, 2 (or which ever is the CDROM), 2, 1

Boot Options

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Main Menu
 1.   Select Language
 2.   Setup Remote IPL (Initial Program Load)
 3.   Change SCSI Settings
 4.   Select Console
 5.   Select Boot Options

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 Navigation Keys:

                                             X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:5

Boot Device

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Multiboot
 1.   Select Install/Boot Device
 2.   Configure Boot Device Order
 3.   Multiboot Startup <OFF>
 4.   SAN Zoning Support

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:1

List All

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Device Type
 1.   Diskette
 2.   Tape
 3.   CD/DVD
 4.   IDE
 5.   Hard Drive
 6.   Network
 7.   List all Devices

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:7

Select CDROM

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Device
 Device  Current  Device
 Number  Position  Name
 1.        2      PORT - 6 IBM Host Ethernet Adapter
        ( loc=U78AB.001.WZSGFG5-P1-C2-T2 )
 2.        1      SCSI CD-ROM
        ( loc=U8231.E2B.06DAFDP-V6-C2-T1-L8300000000000000 )

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

Normal Boot Mode

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Task

SCSI CD-ROM
    ( loc=U8231.E2B.06DAFDP-V6-C2-T1-L8300000000000000 )

 1.   Information
 2.   Normal Mode Boot
 3.   Service Mode Boot

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

Exit

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Are you sure you want to exit System Management Services?
 1.   Yes
 2.   No

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 Navigation Keys:

                                             X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

Change Default Boot Order

Quick Howto

5, 2, 1, 8, (choose device), 2, x, 1

Boot Options

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Main Menu
 1.   Select Language
 2.   Setup Remote IPL (Initial Program Load)
 3.   Change SCSI Settings
 4.   Select Console
 5.   Select Boot Options

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Navigation Keys:

                                             X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:5

Boot Device Order

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Multiboot
 1.   Select Install/Boot Device
 2.   Configure Boot Device Order
 3.   Multiboot Startup <OFF>
 4.   SAN Zoning Support

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

Configure Boot Device Order

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Configure Boot Device Order
 1.   Select 1st Boot Device
 2.   Select 2nd Boot Device
 3.   Select 3rd Boot Device
 4.   Select 4th Boot Device
 5.   Select 5th Boot Device
 6.   Display Current Setting
 7.   Restore Default Setting

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:1

Select Device Type

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Device Type
 1.   Diskette
 2.   Tape
 3.   CD/DVD
 4.   IDE
 5.   Hard Drive
 6.   Network
 7.   None
 8.   List All Devices

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
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 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:8

Select Device

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Device
 Device  Current  Device
 Number  Position  Name
 1.        -      PORT - 4 IBM Host Ethernet Adapter
        ( loc=U78AB.001.WZSGKV7-P1-C2-T2 )
 2.        2      SCSI CD-ROM
        ( loc=U8231.E2B.06D6DDP-V4-C2-T1-L8500000000000000 )
 3.        1      SCSI 249 GB Harddisk
        ( loc=U8231.E2B.06D6DDP-V4-C2-T1-L8100000000000000 )
 4.    None

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:

Set Boot Sequence

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Select Task

SCSI 249 GB Harddisk
    ( loc=U8231.E2B.06D6DDP-V4-C2-T1-L8100000000000000 )

 1.   Information
 2.   Set Boot Sequence: Configure as 1st Boot Device

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

Current Boot Sequence

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Current Boot Sequence
 1.  SCSI 249 GB Harddisk
    ( loc=U8231.E2B.06D6DDP-V4-C2-T1-L8100000000000000 )
 2.  SCSI CD-ROM
    ( loc=U8231.E2B.06D6DDP-V4-C2-T1-L8500000000000000 )
 3.    None
 4.    None
 5.    None

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:x

Exit SMS

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Are you sure you want to exit System Management Services?
 1.   Yes
 2.   No

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Navigation Keys:

                                             X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:1

Show MAC Address

If you want to find the MAC address for an LPAR prior to it booting, do the following.

Select Remote IPL

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 Main Menu
 1.   Select Language
 2.   Setup Remote IPL (Initial Program Load)
 3.   Change SCSI Settings
 4.   Select Console
 5.   Select Boot Options

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Navigation Keys:

                                             X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key:2

MAC Address

PowerPC Firmware
 Version AL730_066
 SMS 1.7 (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2000,2008 All rights reserved.
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 NIC Adapters
      Device                          Location Code                 Hardware
                                                                    Address
 1.  PORT - 6 IBM Host Ethernet Ada  U78AB.001.WZSGFL9-P1-C2-T2  5cf3fc86eb65

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 Navigation keys:
 M = return to Main Menu
 ESC key = return to previous screen         X = eXit System Management Services
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Type menu item number and press Enter or select Navigation key: