Intel® Active System Console User Guide

Intel® Active System Console v7.0
User Guide
April 2015
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Revision History
Description
Revision Date
Support for Intel® Server based Grantley Platforms
September
2013
Update some typo error and added some known issue list.
December
2013
Remove Node Manager features, IASC not able to support
NM power policy suspend period setting.
March 2014
Remove IASC check for update package feature.
Jun 2014
Updated the copyright RHEL 7 support and SLES 12 support
Jan 2015
Updated the Linux Installation step as per the latest folder
structure
Jan 2015
Updated the new version of Appcore as 3.2 in order to
implement debug lock (to turn off debug log).
Feb 2015
Fixed memory leaks issue for Policy service
Mar 2015
Appcore 3.2 with Bullseyecoverage disabled
Apr 2015
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Contents
Legal Statements ....................................................................................... 2
Contents ............................................................................................4
1
Introduction ................................................................................7
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
2
Getting Started ..........................................................................13
2.1
2.2
2.3
3
Installing Intel® Active System Console ...................................................... 13
TCP Information ...................................................................................... 14
Uninstalling Intel® Active System Console ................................................... 15
Navigating Intel® Active System Console ..................................16
3.1
4
Target Audience......................................................................................... 7
Overview .................................................................................................. 7
Features and Benefits ................................................................................. 8
System Requirements ................................................................................ 9
1.4.1
Supported Operating Systems ......................................................... 9
1.4.2
Browser Requirements ................................................................. 10
1.4.3
Supported Platforms .................................................................... 10
Supported Languages ............................................................................... 10
Additional Information .............................................................................. 10
1.6.1
Third Party Source Code/Binaries .................................................. 10
1.6.2
Support Information .................................................................... 10
1.6.3
Related Documentation ................................................................ 11
Terminology ............................................................................................ 11
System
3.1.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
3.1.4
3.1.5
3.1.6
3.1.7
3.1.8
3.1.9
3.1.10
Information ................................................................................. 18
Viewing System Health ................................................................ 18
Viewing System Summary ............................................................ 19
Viewing Processor Summary Readings ........................................... 20
Viewing Memory Device Readings .................................................. 21
Viewing Temperature and Fan Readings (Cooling Sensors) ............... 21
Viewing Voltage and Current Sensors Readings ............................... 22
Viewing Chassis Information ......................................................... 23
Viewing Storage Readings ............................................................ 24
Viewing Miscellaneous Readings .................................................... 25
Viewing System Events ................................................................ 25
Configuring Server Hardware and Reports Generation ..............27
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
Configuring BMC ...................................................................................... 27
4.1.1
Configuring BMC Users ................................................................. 27
4.1.2
Configuring Network .................................................................... 29
4.1.3
Configuring Serial Over Lan (SOL) Settings ..................................... 29
4.1.4
Configuring SNMP Alerts ............................................................... 30
4.1.5
Configuring BIOS ......................................................................... 31
4.1.6
Configuring Basic Email: Use Default Email Profile ........................... 32
4.1.7
Configuring Advanced Email: Create and Apply Email Profiles ........... 33
Generating Reports .................................................................................. 35
User Settings........................................................................................... 35
Viewing Software Updates ......................................................................... 36
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Security Features ......................................................................36
5.1
6
Security Recommendations ....................................................................... 37
Troubleshooting Guidelines .......................................................39
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1
Introduction
The Intel® Active System Console is a simple, lightweight web application console that gives
you a dashboard view of the Server hardware on which it is running. It helps you
proactively monitor the health of your Server, allows remote configuration of Server,
tracking of assets, alerting of any issues and generation of asset reports.
The Intel® Active System Console is a product offering from the Intel ® System Management
Software - a suite of software products designed to reduce the cost and time of managing
servers and keep businesses running 24/7.
IASC is included with almost all Intel ® Server Products at no additional charge giving your
customer “peace of mind” that servers are healthy.
IASC offers the following:

Proactive alerting allows the server administrator to plan routine maintenance
activities and avoid unplanned downtime

Asset Inventory tells you what components are installed in the server without
having to shut down and open the system

Remote debug isolates problems quickly saving hours and even days in the time it
takes to debug and fix the issue.
1.1 Target Audience
The purpose of this document is to help system/server administrators install and use the
Intel® Active System Console. It provides you detailed information on the features and
benefits of Intel® Active System Console and how to use them. It describes the software
requirements, supported operating systems, and the supported platforms. It also explains
the installation and un-installation process.
1.2 Overview
The Intel® Active System Console helps you in proactive monitoring of the health of your
Server, allows remote configuration of Server, tracking of assets, alerting of any issues and
generation of asset reports. It gives you an overall view of the server hardware. This
comprises information on hardware components of the system - overall health of the server
and component health, sensors, System Event Log (SEL), storage (Logical Drives, Hard
Drives), processors, memory, Field Replaceable Unit(FRU)s as well as BMC configuration.
Get Peace of Mind
It improves security, reduces costs, and helps businesses move from reactive to proactive
system management. The software enables secure remote management and monitoring of
servers, clients, and applications from virtually any location—in a way that IT generalists
can understand without attending weeks of training. It's all about IT made easy:
Simple

Makes it easy to set up and maintain a reliable and secure IT infrastructure

Streamlines tasks throughout server life cycle with remote management

Manages IT functions with a single suite of tools
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Secure

Keeps IT informed with automated daily health reports and alerts

Improves reliability and stability with application and patch deployment
Smart

Designed specifically for small to midsize business

Reduces travel time and costs

Provides a proactive solution to server management with reports and alerts
IASC displays the hardware sensors, Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) data, and System Event
Log (SEL) for any system.
To launch the Intel® Active System Console, go to Start> Programs> Intel® Server
Management Software >Intel® Active System Console.
You can also launch IASC from any client using the URL:
https://<ipadddressofserver>:9393/asc
1.3 Features and Benefits
This section discusses the features and benefits of Intel® System Management Software
suite of Products in general and the IASC in particular.
Intel® System Management Software
The following table lists the comparative features and benefits of Intel® System
Management Software suite of Products:
Intel® Active System
Console
Features
Intel® SNMP-SA
Server Environment
Enterprise
Enterprise
User Interface
Web Based
Integrates into
enterprise tools such as
HP* OpenView
Operating System Support
Windows, Linux
Windows, Linux
Single, easy to use console
X
Hardware Predictive Failure Analysis
X
X
Sensor readings
X
X
Hardware Event Log
X
Hardware and Software Inventory
X (Hardware and Operating
System)
OS and Application Monitoring
Software Patch Deployment
Application Deployment
Alerting
X (Email and BMC SNMP)
Reporting
X
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Intel® Active System
Console
Features
BMC Configuration
Intel® SNMP-SA
X
Power Management
Performance Views
Remote Management
X
X
Multi Server Management
Remote Power On/Off/Reboot
Serial Over LAN (Console
Redirection)
OEM Customization
Intel® Active System Console
The Intel® Active System Console has the following features:

Viewing System Health in the Dashboard

Viewing Other System Information as follows:


o
Viewing System Summary
o
Viewing Processor Summary Readings
o
Viewing Memory Device Readings
o
Viewing Temperature and Fan Readings (Cooling Sensors)
o
Viewing Voltage and Current Sensors Readings
o
Viewing Chassis Information
o
Viewing Storage Readings
o
Viewing Miscellaneous Readings
o
Viewing System Events
Generating Reports
Checking for software updates
1.4 System Requirements
This section details the software requirements, supported operating systems and the
supported platforms for the Intel ® Active System Console.
1.4.1 Supported Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows* Server 2012 R2 EM64T

Microsoft Windows* Server 2012 Enterprise

Microsoft Windows* Server 2008 R2 SP1 EM64T

RHEL6* update5 (32 bit & EM64T)
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7* EM64T

SLES* 11 SP3 (32 bit & EM64T)

SuSE* Linux ES 12 SP0 (x64)
Note: OS without GUI (Graphical User Interface) is not supported.
1.4.2 Browser Requirements
The application has been tested to run on Microsoft* Internet Explorer 7.x or later and
Mozilla Firefox* 3.6 or later versions. It is best viewed in screen resolution from 1024 X 768
to 1440 X 900.
1.4.3 Supported Platforms

Multi-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 V3 Sequence-based Servers
For the latest and up-to-date list of supported operating systems, system requirements and
platforms supported refer to the release notes available with the product.
1.5 Supported Languages
English only.
1.6 Additional Information
This section lists additional IASC related information that will help you use it appropriately.
1.6.1 Third Party Source Code/Binaries
Link to third party source code/binaries:
http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sysmgmt/sb/CS-031025.htm
1.6.2 Support Information
If you encounter an issue with your server platform or management software, please follow
these steps to obtain support on your product.
1. Get connected to our support web page for 24x7 support when you need it to get the
latest and most complete technical support information on all Intel ® Enterprise Server,
Storage Platforms and Management Software. Information available at the support site
includes:

Latest BIOS, firmware, drivers and utilities available through Intel’s download center.

Product documentation and flash demos, installation and quick start guides

Full product specifications, technical advisories and errata

Compatibility documentation for memory, hardware add-in cards, chassis support
matrix, and operating systems
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Server and chassis accessory parts list for ordering upgrades or spare parts

A searchable knowledgebase to search for product information throughout the
support site
2. Utilize the community forums or chat with a live person.
3. You can also contact an Intel support representative using one of the following support
phone numbers. Charges may apply. Intel customer support suggests running the Intel ®
System Information Tool (depending on the operating system being used) for Microsoft
Windows*, Linux* or EFI* to extract relevant data that pertains to the issue being
encountered and provide the information when asked by a support agent.
Intel now offers Channel Program members round-the-clock 24x7 technical phone support
on Intel® server boards, server chassis, server RAID controller cards, and Intel ® Server
Management.
Warranty Information
Connect to Intel's website to obtain warranty information.
NOTE: Requires Login to the Reseller Site to obtain the 24x7 Number.
1.6.3 Related Documentation
The following table lists the related documentation:
Document/ Information
Intel® Active system Console Release Notes
Source
Available at the same package
1.7 Terminology
The following table lists the terminology used in this document and the description:
Term
Description
BMC
Baseboard Management Controller
CIM
DMTFs Common Information Model - CIM provides a common definition of
management information for systems, networks, applications and services,
and allows for vendor extensions
GUI
Graphical User Interface
®
Intel SMS
Intel® System Management Software
IPMI
Intelligent Platform Management Interface. Operates independent of the
operating system (OS) and allows you to manage a system remotely even
in the absence of the OS
RMCP
Remote Management Control Protocol – Protocol used by IPMI for
communicating over LAN
SEL
System Event Log
SMBIOS
System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) is specification to lay out data
structures (and access methods) in a BIOS which allows a user or
application to store and retrieve information specifically about the Server
SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol
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Term
Description
SOL
Serial Over LAN
Upgrade
Enhanced versions of Intel® SMS with new platform support or new
features are uploaded to Intel Website. Users installing Intel® SMS from a
CD can upgrade to a new version using multiple ways. Intel recommends
all users to upgrade to a new versions
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2
Getting Started
This section provides information on how to install and use the Intel® Active System
Console.
2.1 Installing Intel® Active System
Console
For Linux*
To install the software, run with root privilege.

Get the zip package and unzip to a folder
cd Linux/<OS_NAME> [RHEL5 | RHEL6 | RHEL7 | SUSE10 | SUSE11 | SUSE12]

Run the following command to untar the package
tar -xvf

[ASC package name]
After untar ASC package following folder will appear
/ASC and /common

Then run the following commands.
*cd ASC
*./install
For Microsoft Windows*

Insert Intel® Server Deployment and Management media, go to System
Management Software Tab or user can browse ASC package folder and start the
ASC installation main interface manually.

Click on the “Click to Install” button for Intel ® Active System Console Install.
This will take you to the prerequisite Page, choose “Install Software” if enabled.
Then, once the prerequisite software is installed click the “Continue Installation”
button.
Notes:

While installing, user will be asked to change the default password of “admin”.
We recommend you set a strong password for “admin” (for example, use a
combination of letters, numbers, or keyboard characters not defined as letters or
numerals such as ` - _ = + ! ~ # @ $ * : ; . , ? & ^ )

The IASC installed in the server also serves as an MSM agent monitoring this server.
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2.2
TCP Information
The following TCP ports are used by Intel® Active System Console.
Port #
Description
Firewall
Exception
Required
7777
Use for discovery and management by Intel® Multi Server Manager
(MSM).
9393
Use for web server hosting
4369
Use for socket based IPC on the software backend.
No
9191
Use for lighttpd web service.
No
521
Use for lighttpd web service / PHP CGI.
No
Yes **
Yes ***
Notes:
** 7777 is required to add on the firewall approval list only when used to manage IASC with
Intel® Multi-Server Manager.
*** 9393 is required to add on the firewall approval list if accessing IASC remotely over the
network with a supported web browser.
Refer to Chapter 5 for more security features.
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2.3 Uninstalling Intel® Active System
Console
To uninstall, run the following:
Linux* cd /usr/local/asc/bin/
“sh uninstall”
Windows* - You can uninstall ASC from Windows either

from Add/Remove Program options

from Start Menu->All Programs->Intel->Uninstall Intel® Active System Console
You will be asked to reboot the server to complete installation. You can either reboot
immediately or postpone it. All files and registry entries will be completely removed only on
reboot.
Note: The database will also be removed on uninstallation. If you want the database for
any further storage make sure you copy the database SMS.db to appropriate location before
uninstall.

/usr/local/asc/bin/SMS.db (in Linux*)

C:\Program Files\Intel\ASC\SMS.db (in Windows* 32 bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\ASC\SMS.db (in Windows* 64 bit)
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3
Navigating Intel® Active
System Console
This section details how you can navigate the Intel® Active System Console to use its
features.
By default, the Intel® Active System Console opens in the System>Dashboard view
displaying overall server health as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Intel
®
Active System Console Login page (By default, IASC opens in
Dashboard page)
The left side Navigation menu comprises buttons that have submenu items.
For a quick overview of the tasks performed by these buttons and their sub menu items see
following Table:
Menu Button
Submenu
Task
System
Dashboard
Displays aggregate of the system health in
the Dashboard (chassis, storage, cooling,
processor, memory, and power).
Summary
Displays a table of all hardware sensors
and the threshold settings.
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Processor
Displays processor details and speed
information.
Memory
Displays memory size and type
information.
Cooling
Displays all System/Processor fans. It
shows the current health status of the fan
and the current reading of the fan in RPM.
Power
Displays all Voltage and Current sensors.
It shows the current health status and the
current reading of the Voltage and Current
sensors.
Chassis
Displays the state of the chassis intrusion
sensor and enables identifying the system
by turning on/off the Chassis ID LED
Storage
Displays information about the hard disk
drives, logical disk drives, and media or
DVD drives.
Miscellaneous
Lists out all the Sensors which are not
categorized under any of the main
sensors.
These include some BIOS and other
discrete sensors.
Events
Lists all the server event logs.
Configuration
BMC
Baseboard Management Controller. Has the following submenu buttons:
Manages the interface between system management software and
platform hardware.
Users
Helps you add/delete/edit a BMC User.
Network
Lists all the Network present on the motherboard.
Serial Over Lan
SOL. Settings help change the Baud rate of the
system.
SNMP Alerts
Help send SNMP based alerts to the target server (
fan failure, memory error, etc.
BIOS
BIOS settings.
Basic Email
Simple mail configuration that sends all server
alerts to mail server.
Advanced Email
Helps configure user specific Email alerts. Featurerich customized user settings available.
Reports
Generation
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example, Asset Information, All System Events,
Critical Events, Sensor Values ,and BMC Settings.
The file can be exported either in XML, HTML, or
CSV format.
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3.1 System Information
This section lists the Hardware choices available shown in Figure 1.
The Hardware choices and their functions are listed in the following Table:
Hardware choice
Function
System - Displays system health information.
Dashboard
Default IASC view. Displays chassis, Processor, Storage, Memory, Cooling,
Power, and other Miscellaneous information in a convenient dashboard view.
Summary
Displays a table of all hardware sensors and the threshold settings.
Processor
Displays processor details and speed information.
Memory
Displays memory size and type information.
Cooling
Displays all System/Processor fans. It shows the current health status of the
fan and the current reading of the fan in RPM.
Power
Displays all Voltage and Current sensors. It shows the current health status
and the current reading of the Voltage and Current sensors.
Chassis
Displays the state of the chassis intrusion sensor and enables identifying the
system by turning on/off the Chassis ID LED.
Storage
Displays information about the hard disk drives, logical disk drives, and
media or DVD drives.
Miscellaneous
Lists out all the Sensors which are not categorized under any of the main
sensors.
These include some BIOS and other discrete sensors
Events
Lists all the server event logs.
3.1.1 Viewing System Health
The System page as shown in Figure 1 displays the health of the system and its
components. The UI gets refreshed every 10 minutes.
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3.1.2 Viewing System Summary
To view information on the board, BIOS, and Firmware, in the System page, click the
Summary button to display System Summary, FRU data, and Power Supply as shown in
Figure 2.
Figure 2. System Summary page
System Summary:

System Name: Computer name given to a server.

Asset Tag: Name given to a server for easy server asset tracking such as hardware
and software configuration information during server deployment.

BIOS version details: Current values obtained from server.

System GUID value: Global Unique Identifier for each system on the network.

Manufacture, Platform ID and Serial Number: Details of server baseboard
manufacture, product name and serial number.

SDR (Sensor Data Recorded) Package version, BMC (Baseboard Management
Controller) and HSC (Hot Swap Backplane) version.

Operating System Name, Kernal Version and Version Build.
FRU Data:
Display entire FRU for server baseboard, chassis board, PDB (Power Distribution Board) and
Power Supply unit.
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Power Supply:
Display system sensor type code for “Other Units Based” threshold sensors.
3.1.3 Viewing Processor Summary Readings
To view the processor summary readings, click System -> Processor to display processor
summary, processor configuration, and discrete sensor readings shown as follows:
Figure 3 – Processor Summary Readings
NOTE:
IASC get the L1, L2 & L3 Cache from SMBIOS table Type 7. In this case, by pressing "F2"
BIOS show L1, L2 & L3 Cache difference from IASC. Because in BIOS setup, the cache size
is for per core instead of socket, but in SMBIOS Type 7, the cache size is for socket instead
of per core. Example show in above picture:
IASC:
L1 = 896KB (64KB X 14 (cores))
L2 = 3584KB (256KB X 14 (cores))
L3 = 35840KB
BIOS:
L1 = 64KB
L2 = 256KB
L3 = 35840KB
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3.1.4 Viewing Memory Device Readings
To view the processor memory device readings, click System -> Memory to display
memory device details and discrete sensor readings shown as follows:
Figure 4 – Memory Device Readings
Displays the health of each populate memory module. It lists the entire memory bank
supported in the Server. If a memory module is populated in the memory slot, it will list the
corresponding size, speed, and type of module. If the slot is not populated, then it will list
as not populated.
3.1.5 Viewing Temperature and Fan Readings
(Cooling Sensors)
To view the temperature and fan readings, click System -> Cooling to display the Cooling
Sensors page shown as follows:
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Figure 5 - Cooling Sensors
Display all System threshold temperature and fans, display discrete temperature sensors. It
shows the current health status of the fan and the current reading of the fan in RPM. Click
on any of the System threshold temperature and fans to view the upper and lower threshold
details.
3.1.6 Viewing Voltage and Current Sensors
Readings
To view the voltage and current readings, click System -> Power to display the Voltage
and Current Sensors page shown as follows:
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Figure 6. Power Sensors
Lists all the current reading of the voltage sensors present on the base board. The details of
each voltage sensor list the upper/lower critical and warning values.
3.1.7 Viewing Chassis Information
To view chassis status, click System -> Chassis to display shown in following figure. The
user can also identify the server by turning the LED on or off. To do this, click the ‘ON’ /
‘Off’ button.
Notes:

For systems that do not support the chassis sensor, The system LED is currently
Not Supported status is displayed.

For some platforms, the status of LED is not supported, but the user will still be able
to turn the LED on and off as shown in Figure 7.
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Figure 7 – Chassis Information page/ Identify Chassis On/Off Dialog
Display physical security status of the chassis. Also helps identify chassis (physical Server)
by turning the blue LED in the front panel of the chassis on/off (LED blinks till it is turned
off).
3.1.8 Viewing Storage Readings
To view the temperature and fan readings, click System -> Storage to display the Storage
Sensors page as shown in following figure.
Figure 8 – Storage Device, Logical Drives, Drive Sensor Information page

Storage Device. The Storage page lists out all the Storage drives present in the
server. Each drive name includes the Model Number, device name serial number and
the total Hard Disk capacity.

Logical Drive. Each correctly mounted logical drive is listed including it total and
free space.

Drive Sensor. The Drive Status and the Drive Presence sensors are displayed for
each drive slot. These indicate the corresponding Hard drive presence or absence
status.
A warning alert gets generated in the Events page if the Hard disk space crosses the
threshold of 75% and a Critical alert is generated if it crosses the 90% margin.
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3.1.9 Viewing Miscellaneous Readings
This section lists out all the Sensors which are not categorized under any of the main pages.
These include some BIOS and other discrete sensors. It lists the name of the Bus Sensors
and shows the corresponding health along with the values.
Figure 9. Miscellaneous Information page (Bus Sensors, BIOS and other discrete
sensors)
3.1.10 Viewing System Events
This page lists all the server events as follows:
Figure 10 – System Events Information page
The description, severity, status of events (open or closed) and time stamp for each of the
events is listed.
The top row heading shows a list of filters and actions that can be taken on the table. There
are filters for State, Severity and Module Type. If a particular value in filter is selected, only
events belonging to that filter value appears in the table.
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
Severity filter. Use for viewing only critical/warning/informational events. The
column headings follow the filters and actions. The entire table can be sorted based
on each column.
To sort the table based on a column click on column heading. First click on the
column sorts it in ascending (lexicographic) order. Any further clicks, the order
toggles between ascending and descending.

Open Status. If in open state, check for event description. If critical event, take
immediate corrective action.
Actions
Two sets of actions can be performed on events.

Delete Events. All the events listed in the table can be deleted from database. Here
again, two options are available:
Delete all events from Database. Here the events are deleted from ASC database.
This include all open and closed Server Events as well as Application Events.
Delete all events from Baseboard Management Controller (BMC). Here the Server
Events are deleted from BMC SEL store.
Notes:
You cannot selectively delete events from either database or BMC. Either all events
or none are deleted.
If you delete from database, it cannot be recovered. So, backup event logs by
exporting Reports. Also a refresh for new events information will not display anything
until after ~5-6 mins.

Close Selected. Update the status of events to close. Based on the type of events
two results are observed. If the event is regular events, close will just update the
status to close. If any active events are appearing in bottom scroll log, that will be
gone. If the event contributes to Server health, displayed as ”Open *” in the Status
column, closing the event causes the IASC to ignore the event and re-compute the
health of the component. This may cause the health of the Server from being critical
to go to healthy state in IASC (if the event that closed is the only one causing the
critical state).
For instance ”memory ….”
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4
Configuring Server Hardware
and Reports Generation
This section explains configuring the server hardware using IASC. It details the options
available in the Configuration feature of the Intel® Active System Console. Click
Configuration button to access the menu with the configuration options on Baseboard
Management Controller as follows:
Note: Only users with ADMIN privilege can configure a Server using ASC.
Figure 11 – Configuration Menu
4.1 Configuring BMC
This section explains configuring the BMC. It details the options available in the BMC
Configuration feature of the Intel® Active System Console. The BMC Configuration window
has the choices listed in Figure 11.
4.1.1 Configuring BMC Users
The BMC User Configuration section helps you edit a BMC User. While doing so, you can set
the privilege level as Administrator, Operator, or User.
Baseboard Management Controller supports authentication and authorization for remote
access (out-of-band access). Users have to configure a BMC Username and password to
access BMC in out-of-band fashion
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You can also enable or disable the User.
In the left navigation pane, click the Configuration>Users button to view the BMC User
window as shown in Figure 12.
Figure 12. Intel
®
Active System Console BMC User Configuration window
You can enable or disable the User by clicking Edit Selected to display the following dialog:
Figure 13. Configuring BMC User Settings: Edit User dialog
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4.1.2 Configuring Network
Click the Configuration>Network.
Figure 14. Configuring BMC Network Window
This page lists all the networks present on the motherboard. This indicates the LAN channels
over which a baseboard controller (BMC) can be reached out-of-band.
To enable, check the enable box.

To edit the settings, select the network channel and then choose either static or
DHCP IP address.

If you are choosing the option ”IP address from a DHCP server” then you must have
a DHCP Server present in your network environment for the server to obtain an IP
address automatically.
o
User Privilege can be either set to Admin, User, or Operator.
o
Admin user privilege configuration is needed for read, execute, and write
privileges.
Note: These are not Operating System IP Addresses.
4.1.2.1
LAN Failover
BMC FW provides the LAN Failover capability such that the failure of the system HW
associated with one LAN link will result in traffic being routed to an alternate link.
Intel ® Active System Console enables LAN FAILOVER feature dynamically on the supported
platform. On enabling LAN FAILOVER, only LAN Channel No. 1 will be allowed for
configuration. Other active LAN channel shares the same configuration when the network
connection of LAN channel 1 is broken.
Figure 155. Configuring LAN FAIL Over
Note:
This feature is supported only on Intel® Xeon® Process E5 family based platforms. For more
details on LAN Failover feature, refer Motherboard TPS.
4.1.3 Configuring Serial Over Lan (SOL) Settings
Base-board controller supports re-direction of Server boot sequence video console over LAN
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channel. Users can see the entire screen output of boot sequence and control it using
keyboard simulating actual Server control. This console is lost once the operating system
boots up. This feature is known as Serial-over-LAN.
Using ASC you can enable/disable or edit Serial-Over-LAN settings in base-board controller.
To change SOL settings, select LAN channel -> select baud rate -> select privilege level ->
click Update.
You can enable authentication in which case only users with valid username and password
can do SOL console redirection.
You can enable encryption in which case the entire SOL traffic will be encrypted and
protected from network snooping.
Click Configuration>Serial Over Lan to display the Serial Over Lan window as shown in
following figure:
Figure16. Configuring SOL Settings Window
Note:
Configuring Baud Rate will not be supported on Intel® Xeon® E5, E5 V2, E5 V3 Process
based platforms and the Baud Rate will be shown as “NOT_AVAILABLE”. For more details,
refer Motherboard TPS.
4.1.4 Configuring SNMP Alerts
SNMP Alerts help send SNMP -based alerts to the target server. Alerts include fan failure,
memory error, and so on.
If you want base-board controller to send alerts about any change in Server hardware in the
form of SNMP Traps to any SNMP Manager you can set it up using Active System Console.
SNMP Alerts help send SNMP Traps to the target server. Alerts include fan failure, memory
error, and so on. Click Configuration>SNMP Alerts to display the SNMP Alerts settings
window as shown in following figure:
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Figure17. Configuring SNMP Alerts Settings Window
To set an alert, enter the IP address of target SNMP Manager or trap receiver -> click
Apply.
4.1.5 Configuring BIOS
Click Configuration>BIOS to display the BIOS settings window as shown in the following
figure:
Figure 18. Configuring BIOS Window
Set Boot Order. Helps select system boot order - Hard Disk, DVD, Network, and so on - for
the next reboot cycle. Select desired boot order -> click Update.
When Admin Password is set on the BIOS, user will be prompted as shown in the below
image to enter the BIOS Admin password to update the boot order change. This feature is
supported only on Romley.
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Figure 169. BIOS Admin Credentials for Boot Order
Power Action. Helps set power action in case of power breakdown. You have the option to
choose one of the following:

Stay powered off. Server remains in a powered off state even if the power is restored
back.

Restore to Original State. Server will either get powered up or it will remain in an Off
state depending on previous power state during the power breakdown.

Power Up. Server powers up when the power is restored back.
4.1.6 Configuring Basic Email: Use Default Email
Profile
Email Alerting helps you receive Server Health Alert messages. For this, you must first
configure your mail settings either through Basic Email settings or through Advanced Email
settings.
Click Configuration>Basic Email to display the Email Alerts Settings window as shown in
following figure:
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Figure 21. Basic Email Alerts Settings Window
Email Alerting helps you receive Server Health Alert messages. For this, you must first
configure your mail settings either through Basic Email page or through Advanced Email.
For configuring Basic Email settings, you must have a mail server in your network
environment. If not present, you must setup a mail server to use this feature.

Select Default -1 profile to receive all Hardware alerts that include critical, warning,
and informational.
OR

Select Default-2 profile to get only the critical Hardware events alert.
Enter the mail server IP address, its hostname and then enter the To Email address to
which the alert has to be sent. Click Apply to set the basic Email alert setting.
4.1.7 Configuring Advanced Email: Create and
Apply Email Profiles
Click Configuration>Advanced Email to display the advanced Email Alerts Settings
window as shown in following figure:
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Figure 22. Advanced Email Alerts Settings Window
Advanced Email Settings is rich in customized user settings. To create an advanced Email,
do the following:
1. Enter the following:

Profile name

Mail server IP address. If a mail server is not present, then you need to set
one up to use this feature.

From address of the Email

One/multiple ”To” address/s

Subject line. For example, Chassis Intrusion Detected

Specific comments
2. Next, in the Alerts pane

Click Select all to select all the alerts (Select Clear All to deselect all as
needed)

Select only specific alerts based on your need.
OR
3. Next, click Apply to apply the settings.
To create another advanced Email, create a separate profile in step1 and then follow the
same procedure.
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4.2 Generating Reports
This option helps you generate reports on categories such as Asset Information, All System
Events, Critical Events, Sensor Values, and BMC Settings. Click Reports>Generation to
display the Report Generation window as shown in following figure:
Figure 23. Generating Reports Window
The file can be exported either in HTML, XML, or CSV format.
4.3 User Settings
A User setting icon is provided on the main IASC page on the top corner right hand side.
Clicking on the setting icon will open the user setting page. Here, new users can be added
or existing user privilege can be edited or users can be deleted.
Figure 24. User Settings Window
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4.4 Viewing Software Updates
This feature is no longer supported.
5
Security Features
The Intel® Active System Console offers multiple security features as protection against
unauthorized access to the application.

It supports role-based multiple user authentication as follows:
o
ADMIN. Users with administrator privileges.
Default Administrator user is admin. Only admin can create new users and
assign privileges. Any user can, however, change password.
o
USER. Users with read-only privileges. Configuration changes using the
application not permitted.

IASC supports SSL based data encryption to securely communicate between client
and application

Secure Socket Layer allows two communicating devices to encrypt data using a
public certificate and private key.

The certificate used in IASC is a self-signed one to reduce the cost of deployment. All
modern browsers will detect self-signed certificate and give a warning that the
“certificate is invalid” since the authority that signed the certificate is not a publicly
acknowledged authority. However, Users can override the warning and accept the
certificate. You should do this only if you are sure that the certificate is originated
from the application itself (by making sure you first launch the application from a
trusted network and add the certificate to the trusted list).
Once a certificate is accepted, the warning goes away as long as you launch the
application from the same client.
Customers having a valid certificate from a public CA can use that certificate instead
of auto-generated one.
Replacing Certificate in a Windows* Installation
To replace certificate in a Windows* installation, do the following:
1.
After installation, shut down the web-server for Certificate replacement.

Run services.msc from Run command in Windows. This will launch
Services window.

Search for LightTPDService and stop the service.
2.
Go to application installation directory (C:\Program Files\Intel\ASC\ in default
case) and go inside conf folder.
3.
Replace lighttp.crt with your valid certificate. If the name is different rename it
to lighttp.crt.
4.
Replace the private key file, lighttp.pem with your private key file.
5.
Set all the permissions of the key file to only Administrator. No other users
should be able to read or write this file.
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6.
Set the permissions of the lighttp.pem to read-write for Administrator and
read-only for other users.
7.
If you do not want to change the file names of your certificate/key file pair,
make appropriate changes in the lighttpd-inc.conf in the same folder.
8.
Restart the web-service LightTPDService from the Service window.
Replacing Certificate in Linux* Installation
To replace certificate in a Linux installation, do the following:
1. After installation, shut down the web-server for Certificate replacement.
/etc/init.d/lighttpd stop.
2. Go to the folder /etc/lighttpd/ and replace lighttp.crt with your valid certificate.
If the name is different rename it to lighttp.crt.
3. Replace the private key file, lighttp.pem with your private key file.
4. Set the permissions of the files as below:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1326 Mar 28 12:11 lighttp.crt
-rw------- 1 root root 3005 Mar 28 12:11 lighttp.pem
Only root is allowed to read the private key file and write the public certificate
file
5. If you do not want to change the file names of your certificate/key file pair,
make appropriate changes in the lighttpd.conf in the same folder.
6. Restart the web-server
/etc/init.d/lighttpd start

IASC uses a custom http TCP port (9393) so it does not conflict with site’s access control
lists or firewall rules
For proper access to the application, appropriate changes should be done in firewall
rules to exclude this port from blocking.
Customers can modify the port if they want by editing the /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf (in
Windows, %ProgramFiles%\Intel\ASC\conf\lighttpd-inc.conf) and restarting the webservice.

IASC uses TCP port 7777 for the communication between IASC and Intel® Multi-Server
Manager (MSM). The port can be blocked by customer firewall if you don’t have MSM.

IASC may use TCP port 9191, 4369, 521 for internal only, those ports all can be blocked
by firewall for security purpose.
Traceability and Security Audit

IASC keeps track of who all logged-in and logged out and from which client. Any
unauthorized attempts to login are also kept track of. This is recorded in the form of
events in the Event Table.
Administrators of the tool should periodically do an audit on the events table to find out if
there is any misuse of the application or any unauthorized attempts to access the tool.
5.1 Security Recommendations
No security feature is fool proof unless you follow certain standard security procedures and
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controls.

Security controls. Implement, update and monitor industry security products for
servers, such as but not limited to: anti-virus, anti-spyware, host based firewall,
intrusion prevention, and so on.

Remote access. The platform should be managed by those familiar with securing
remote access functions as well as managing systems that are exposed to the Internet.

When assigning passwords for the ASC and BMC user accounts, make them strong
enough to minimize your risk that someone could guess the passwords and thus use the
ASC to change the server configuration or interrupt its power/temperature controls. ASC
warns the user if the password is weak, so follow the warning and guide-lines.

Network controls. If the management console is being established to allow internet
based access it is recommended to be placed within a network enclave that is consistent
with many companies’ internal policy of maintaining a “DMZ” or zone of networks that is
more closely monitored than internal networks.

Firewall. Enable firewall software/services on Server where you install ASC or to the
network, and only enable exceptions to allow access to the web server on each server.
Where possible, limit which remote clients (e.g. using IP address ranges) can connect to
the web server.

To prevent successful Cross-Site Scripting and Forgery attack (XSS/CSRF) the users
should follow certain security guidelines:
 Make sure you access the application only from trusted clients.
 Do not leave the application logged-in for a prolonged time and close the browser
as soon as you finish the usage.
 Do not visit any suspicious site or click on any public links in any other tabs in the
browser while you are accessing the application.
 Change the passwords frequently to prevent unauthorized access by any internal
user and to reduce social engineering attacks.
 Delete and create new application user accounts to reduce the risk of
unauthorized access from internal users or ex-users.
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Troubleshooting Guidelines
If you face any issues or doubts while using IASC, you may refer to the Help section
available in each page of IASC. If the issue persists, read the following sections for known
issues and troubleshooting tips.
INSTALLATION ISSUES AND ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS
1. If you are not able to access the IASC installed in a server from a remote location but
you are able to ping the server or connect remotely to the server, then it could be a
firewall issue. Troubleshoot this by disabling the firewall temporarily and try connecting
to the IASC URL remotely again. If it works by disabling the firewall, then try adding the
ports 9393, 9191, and 7777 to the exception list of firewalls to the server.
IASC uses ports 9393, 9191, and 7777 which should be excluded from system’s
firewall if you have to reach the tool from other systems remotely or from outside of
your private network.
2. System runtime components such as Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributions 2005 and
2010 x86 are pre-requisites for IASC installation, the IASC installer will install those
components automatically.
3. During installation of IASC on Linux* Operating Systems, the License Agreement may be
loaded with Firefox* browser and cannot be closed by clicking the “Close” button. This is
due to the Firefox* browser’s default setting which disabled any external script to
terminate the browser.
To enable the button,
Step 1: In Mozilla Firefox browser, type about:config in the URL textbox.
Step 2: Search for dom.allow_scripts_to_close_windows and double-click
it to set the value to “true”.
Step 3:
Click the “Close” button, it shall close the License Agreement
and browser in all.
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4. Installation of IASC on RHEL* 5.x requires libxslt.so, a compiled library file which is not
installed by default OS setting. This may halt the installation with dependency error
message. To resolve the issue, install compatible libxslt.<os_arch>.rpm before reinstalling IASC.
5. For RHEL* 6.4 (Legacy Boot and UEFI Optimized Boot), SLES 11 (UEFI Optimized Boot
only) and their consecutive releases. The Intelligent Platform Management Interface
(IPMI) drivers must always be started manually before starting IASC service, including
the installation.
To start the IPMI service,
Step 1: Enter modprobe ipmi_devintf* in a Linux Terminal.
* This command works only if the openIPMI package has been installed in the
OS.
Step 2: (i) For first-time installation of IASC, re-launch the installation script after
Step 1,
IASC service will use the latest setting of IPMI.
(ii) For post-installation, run /usr/local/asc/bin/IASCService.sh script to
restart IASC after Step 1, this will update the IPMI setting in IASC.
Note:
Both steps have to be performed for each System reboot.
6. (i) Installation of IASC on RHEL* 6.x (x64 architecture only) requires the following 32-bit
shared library files which are not installed with the OS by default setting. The shared
libraries could be installed from the RHEL* OS installation image disc (ISO) containing
their respective RPMs.
Table 2: Required RPMs for IASC Installation
1. zlib-1.2.3*i686*
2. libxml2-2.7.6*i686*
3. libgpg-error-1.7*i686*"
4. libgcrypt-1.4.5*i686*
5. libxslt-1.1.26*i686*
6. libstdc++-4.4.7*i686*
7. compat-libstdc++-33-3*i686*
8. ncurses-libs-5.7-3*i686*
9. ncurses-devel-5.7-3*i686*
10. db4-4.7*i686*
11. nspr-4.9*i686*
12. nss-util-3.14.0*i686*
13. readline-6.0*i686*
14. sqlite-3.6.20*i686*
15. nss-softokn-3.12.9*i686*
16. nss-3.14.0.0*i686*
17. cyrus-sasl-lib-2.1.23*i686*
18. libidn-1.18-2*i686*
19. libcom_err-1.41.12*i686*
20. openldap-2.4.23*i686*
21. keyutils-1.4-4*x86_64*
22. keyutils-libs-1.4-4*i686*
23. libselinux-2.0.94*i686*
24. krb5-libs-1.10.3*i686*
25. openssl-1.0.0-27*i686*
26. libssh2-1.4.2*i686*
Note: The RPMs have inter-dependency which requires them to be installed in sequence
as numbered as in Table 2.
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(ii) The IASC installation package has included a shell script RHELx86_64AUTO.sh for
the convenience of installing the 26 RPMs all in once.
To use the script,
Step 1: Insert a RHEL* 6.x OS installation image disc containing the 32-bit shared
library RPMs to the system.
Step 2: Unzip the shell script and run sh RHELx86_64AUTO.sh in a Linux Terminal.
Disclaimer:
The RHELx86_64AUTO.sh script is intended to be used as an
installation auxiliary, and it is not maintained as an Intel product, thus
its content may be outdated and rendered the script erroneous.
However, user may install each of the RPMs directly from the RHEL* OS
ISO Disc or download using yum install.
7. User may see the following warnings during installation of IASC on SLES*:
Insserv: warning: script 'K01Appcore' missing LSB tags and overrides
Insserv: warning: script 'S01Appcore' missing LSB tags and overrides
Insserv warning are bootscript comment header warning. User may ignore these
warnings as they do not affect the installtion.
7. Installation of IASC on Microsoft Windows 8* and Windows 2012* R2 requires UAC
to be disabled using direct registry modification.
Step 1: Launch regedit.exe, look through directories for
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVers
ion
\Policies\System
Step 2: Look for entry EnableLUA, and alter the values as followed
UAC Enabled: 1
UAC Disabled:
0
Step 3: Save the setting and reboot the system if required.
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9. If at any time, any of the following essential services of IASC are down, IASC will not
work properly. If you are facing some issues in accessing the tool, you should check if
the following services are running.
In Windows*, start the following services and verify,
 IASCServiceManager
 Appcore
In Linux*, run the following commands and verify,
 /etc/init.d/lighttpd status
 /etc/init.d/ascpolicy status
 /etc/init.d/Appcore status
10. If web-server seems to be non-responsive on Linux* OS, run the following command:
/etc/init.d/lighttpd
restart
11. User must make sure two Windows* services, IASCServiceManager and Appcore, are
always running on Windows* OS. To run the services, execute the batch file
“IASCService.bat” in the installed path, user may run “services.msc” from command
line and search for the service names.
Manually start these services if they are stopped. If the problem persists due to
Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) interface being non-responsive, a power cycle
may resolve the problem.
12. User must make sure that the system installed with IASC is NOT installed with SNMP-SA
or equivalent applications. IASC may provide incorrect and incomplete information or
even ceased from running as it would conflict with SNMP-SA on using the same system
resources.
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13. Installation of IASC in Linux* Operating Systems will show warning message (shown
below message) at the end of the installation process. This warning is to let user know
user may experience IASC login failure if the system network configuration not working
properly. For more details refer section 10.
“!!! Warning……!!!!
Please check the DNS server setting or add the hostname into system file /etc/hosts in
order for the Active System Console to do name resolution for the system name to avoid
login fail issue, refer to the software Release Notes for details.”
USER LOGIN ISSUES AND BROWSER SETTINGS
1. IASC supports secure transport using SSL/TLS authentication process with selfsigned certification. But as the certification is not signed by publicly acknowledged
authority, default security settings of web browsers may blocked IASC Login Page
from loading and prompt warning messages of “Untrusted Connection” (Firefox) or
“Invalid Security Certification” (Internet Explorer)
To resolve this,
Method 1:
Override the warnings and accept the certificate, proceed to login
page. User must ensure the certificate is originated from the
application on a trusted secure network.
Method 2:
Add your own certificate, please refer to User Guide for further
instructions.
2. When user logged into IASC webpage https://system_IP:9393/asc/ for the first
time, IASC may appear unresponsive for a few minutes as it is updating its system
health data enquiries with latest information.
3. When using Internet Explorer to launch IASC, users may clicked button with no
response, or not able to launch pop-up active windows upon clicking button.
To resolve this, user must edit setting of Internet Explorer:
Step 1: Go to Menu -> Tools -> Options -> Security -> Select Internet
Zone -> Custom Level -> Scripting
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Step 2: Under Scripting, enable all Active Scripting and Scripting options.
Step 3: Save the new setting, then restart Internet Explorer and load IASC page.
4. User may not able to save the reports generated by Report feature of IASC in
Internet Explorer* due to browser setting.
To change this,
Step 1:
Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Security, and
uncheck the ‘Do not save encrypted pages to disk’.
Step 2:
Retry generating the reports and save.
5. The “waiting” icon (spinning wheel, flashing dots) and Critical Event scrolling may
not work if the browser does not allow animation to play.
To enable the feature in Internet Explorer,
Step 1:
Go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced -> Multimedia, and
check the ‘Play animations’ option.
Step 2:
Refresh browser or re-launch IASC.
6. When IASC login shows “Login Failed Try Again” or no activity, user should follow
the methods below to debug the issue.
To resolve this,
Method 1:
If Appcore service is stop, restart the service by running shell script
file /usr/local/asc/bin/IASCService.sh.
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Method 2:
Check the network connection. If DNS network connection is
disconnected, IASC will keep looping until time-out. If user decides not
to use DNS network anymore, user can set the system hostname into
the /etc/hosts refer below example (mysys_hostname added into hosts
file). Restart IASC service after setting the system hostname.
Rhat OS:
SuSE OS:
KNOWN INFORMATIONAL IRREGULARITIES AND ISSUES
1. Part of system sensor information, such as on Memory and Processor, are not available
in IASC that installed on system with GPT volume.
2. Sensor Events are generated by IASC only if the sensor is functional and providing
analyzable reading; sensors which are showing NOT_AVAILABLE state are not used in
system health calculation, e.g. PCIe Corr sensor.
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3. When a CD/DVD is inserted to the system, IASC® would show “0MB space left” and
generates a Critical warning. Once the CD/DVD is removed from system, IASC ® returns
to Healthy state.
4. IASC may not able to comprehend FRUSDR details which have special characters such as
“&,*, #”, thus blank values may be shown.
5. IASC is not supported on Virtual Environment and Non-BMC Server Board.
6. SOL BAUD Rate configuration is not available for Intel® Server S1200RP product family.
7. HSC FW version for Intel® Server S1200RP product family is shown in unseparated
format on screen.
8. Boot order changes might not be successful if “syscfg /bbo” command is being used
before using IASC to change the boot order. Use bios F2 setup page, press F9 to load
bios default & reconfigure the boot order if this issue happen.
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