Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller

Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller
Startup Guide
Keysight M9536A AXIe
Embedded Controller
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Manual Part Number
M9536-90001
Edition
Seventh Edition, December 2014
Printed in Malaysia
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Safety Information
The following general safety precautions must be observed during all
phases of operation of this instrument.
Failure to comply with these precautions or with specific warnings or operating instructions in the product
manuals violates safety standards of
design, manufacture, and intended use
of the instrument. Keysight Technologies assumes no liability for the customer's failure to comply with these
requirements.
General
Do not use this product in any manner not
specified by the manufacturer. The protective features of this product must not be
impaired if it is used in a manner specified in
the operation instructions.
Before Applying Power
Verify that all safety precautions are taken.
Make all connections to the unit before
applying power. Note the external markings
described under “Safety Symbols”.
Ground the Instrument
Keysight chassis’ are provided with a
grounding-type power plug. The
instrument chassis and cover must be
connected to an electrical ground to
minimize shock hazard. The ground pin
must be firmly connected to an electrical ground (safety ground) terminal at
the power outlet. Any interruption of
the protective (grounding) conductor
or disconnection of the protective
earth terminal will cause a potential
shock hazard that could result in personal injury.
Do Not Operate in an Explosive
Atmosphere
Do not operate the module/chassis in
the presence of flammable gases or
fumes.
Do Not Operate Near Flammable
Liquids
Do not operate the module/chassis in
the presence of flammable liquids or
near containers of such liquids.
Cleaning
Clean the outside of the Keysight module/chassis with a soft, lint-free,
slightly dampened cloth. Do not use
detergent or chemical solvents.
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Do Not Remove Instrument Cover
Only qualified, service-trained personnel who are aware of the hazards
involved should remove instrument
covers. Always disconnect the power
cable and any external circuits before
removing the instrument cover.
Keep away from live circuits
Operating personnel must not remove
equipment covers or shields. Procedures involving the removal of covers
and shields are for use by servicetrained personnel only. Under certain
conditions, dangerous voltages may
exist even with the equipment
switched off. To avoid dangerous electrical shock, DO NOT perform procedures involving cover or shield removal
unless you are qualified to do so.
DO NOT operate damaged
equipment
Whenever it is possible that the safety
protection features built into this product have been impaired, either through
physical damage, excessive moisture,
or any other reason, REMOVE POWER
and do not use the product until safe
operation can be verified by servicetrained personnel. If necessary, return
the product to an Keysight Technologies Sales and Service Office for service and repair to ensure the safety
features are maintained.
DO NOT block the primary
disconnect
The primary disconnect device is the
appliance connector/power cord when
a chassis used by itself, but when
installed into a rack or system the disconnect may be impaired and must be
considered part of the installation.
Do Not Modify the Instrument
Do not install substitute parts or perform any unauthorized modification to
the product. Return the product to an
Keysight Sales and Service Office to
ensure that safety features are maintained.
In Case of Damage
Instruments that appear damaged or
defective should be made inoperative
and secured against unintended operation until they can be repaired by
qualified service personnel
Do NOT block vents and fan exhaust:
To ensure adequate cooling and ventilation, leave a gap of at least 50mm
(2") around vent holes on both sides of
the chassis.
Do NOT operate with empty slots: To
ensure proper cooling and avoid damaging equipment, fill each empty slot
with an AXIe filler panel module.
Do NOT stack free-standing chassis:
Stacked chassis should be rackmounted.
All modules are grounded through the
chassis: During installation, tighten
each module's retaining screws to
secure the module to the chassis and
to make the ground connection.
Operator is responsible to maintain
safe operating conditions. To ensure
safe operating conditions, modules
should not be operated beyond the full
temperature range specified in the
Environmental and physical specification. Exceeding safe operating conditions can result in shorter lifespan,
improper module performance and
user safety issues. When the modules
are in use and operation within the
specified full temperature range is not
maintained, module surface temperatures may exceed safe handling conditions which can cause discomfort or
burns if touched. In the event of a
module exceeding the full temperature
range, always allow the module to cool
before touching or removing modules
from the chassis.
Safety Symbols
A CAUTION denotes a hazard. It
calls attention to an operating procedure or practice, that, if not correctly performed or adhered to
could result in damage to the
product or loss of important data.
Do not proceed beyond a CAUTION
notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood and met.
A WARNING denotes a hazard. It
calls attention to an operating procedure or practice, that, if not correctly performed or adhered to,
could result in personal injury or
death. Do not proceed beyond a
WARNING notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood and met.
Products display the following symbols:
Notice for European Community: This
product complies with the relevant
European legal Directives: EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and Low Voltage
Directive (2006/95/EC).
The Regulatory Compliance Mark
(RCM) mark is a registered trademark.
This signifies compliance with the Australia EMC Framework regulations
under the terms of the Radio Communication Act of 1992.
ICES/NMB-001 indicates that this ISM
device complies with the Canadian
ICES-001.
Waste Electrical and
Electronic
Equipment (WEEE)
Directive
2002/96/EC
This product complies with the WEEE
Directive (2002/96/EC) marking
requirement. The affixed product label
(see below) indicates that you must not
discard this electrical/electronic product in domestic household waste.
Product Category: With reference to
the equipment types in the WEEE
directive Annex 1, this product is classified as a “Monitoring and Control
instrumentation” product.
Do not dispose in domestic household
waste.
To return unwanted products, contact
your local Keysight office, or see
www.keysight.com/environment/product for more information.
Warning, risk of electric
shock
Refer to manual for additional safety information.
Earth Ground.
This symbol represents the time period
during which no hazardous or toxic
substance elements are expected to
leak or deteriorate during normal use.
Forty years is the expected useful life
of this product.
Chassis Ground.
Alternating Current (AC).
Standby Power. Unit is not
completely disconnected
from AC mains when
switch is in standby.
Antistatic precautions
should be taken.
This computer contains a lithiumion battery. There is a risk of fire
and chemical burn if the battery
pack is handled improperly. Do not
disassemble, crush, puncture, short
external contacts, dispose of in
water or fire, or expose it to temperature higher than 60 °C (140
°F).
For localized Safety Warnings, Refer
to Keysight Safety document (p/n
9320-6792).
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Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Related documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
M9536A at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front panel LED definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Base channel fabric channel LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LAN / Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connector LED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
ESD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inspect for damage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If you need to return the module for service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step 3: Install the M9536A Embedded Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the M9536A from the chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power on sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-off sequence.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Down Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the LAN Ports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LAN Port Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Embedded System Module LAN connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Microsoft Windows Activation (Windows 7 Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controller Operating System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
User data backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Create a System Repair disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Create a System Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step 5. Verify Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the AXIe Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install application module drivers (if necessary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chassis shutdown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controller BIOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Environmental Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller Startup Guide
M9591A AXIe Embedded Controller
Startup Guide
Introduction
Keysight’s M9536A is a one-slot AXIe compatible embedded PC controller. It can
be used to build compact AXIe systems while integrating easily with LXI
instruments due to the built-in Gigabit LAN interface. Features include:
- One Intel Xeon EP Quad Core L5518 Processor running at 2.13 GHz
- Gen2 PCI Express link (5.0 GT/s PCI Express) to the AXIe backplane
- 8 GB RAM standard, 16GB RAM optional (up to 24 GB RAM Maximum)*
- 160 GB SATA 2.5 inch, solid state hard drive (SSD).
- Three USB 2.0 ports (type A), two 10/100/1000 BASE-T LAN ports (GbE), one
serial COM port, and UXGA port (up to 1600x1200 resolution)
- Preloaded with the Keysight I/O Libraries Suite and your choice of the
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES 7) 32-bit or 64-bit Operating
System
Keysight’s M9536A is AXIe 1.0 compliant. It does not provide the chassis
management functions of an AXIe system module but it does provide application
processing power for the chassis. Hence, the controller must be installed in slot
#1 of the Keysight M9502A or M9505A AXIe chassis. Keysight’s Embedded
System Module is required.
Related documentation
Because the Operating System and drivers were installed at the factory and no
additional drivers are required, no printed documentation other than this Startup
Guide is supplied with the Controller Module.
Adobe Reader is required to view the documentation supplied on the M9536
product information CD. It is available free at: http://www.adobe.com. You
should install this on your M9536A prior to attempting to open a .PDF file.
For the latest M9536A specifications, go to: www.Keysight.com/find/M9536A.
* The M9536A has three 240-pin, RDIMM sockets which support DDR3-1333 REG/ECC RAM sticks. Each socket
can support memory modules up to 8GB for a total memory capacity of 24GB. The standard M9536A
configuration is a single 8GB memory stick with a factory option to add a second 8GB memory stick. This
leaves an empty socket for future expansion. Note: The capability of addressing 4GB memory is operating
system dependent. A 32-bit OS system may not be able to address the full memory space. To use the full
8GB/16GB/24GB memory, a 64-bit OS must be used.
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M9536A at a Glance
M9536A at a Glance
The following figure shows the front panel for the M9536A. Information about
installing the controller and basic use follows in this manual.
Base Channel
Fabric LEDs
Out Of
Service LED
Serial COM
(RJ45)
USB ports for keyboard
and mouse
UXGA port to
video monitor
SSD
Activity LED
Reset Button
LAN (GbE)
(RJ45)
Front panel LED definitions
The following tables list the front panel LEDs and a brief description of their use
and what they indicate.
Out Of Service (OOS) LED
Out of Service LED (Red)
State
Blink
During BIOS POST
Off
BIOS POST OK
On
After Operating
System shutdown
Hard Drive (SSD) LED
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LED (Amber)
State
Blink/on
During access
Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller Startup Guide
M9536A at a Glance
Base channel fabric channel LEDs
These LEDs indicate the LAN activity on the base channel (backplane).
Base Channel 1 Speed/Link
1Gbps - Amber
Base Channel 1 ACT (Amber)
Blinks when accessing
Ethernet I/O
LAN / Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connector LED
These LEDs indicate activity on the front panel LAN channels.
LED1: ACT
Blinking when accessing
IO
RJ-45
LED2: Speed and Link
1Gbps: Amber
100Mbps: Green
IMPORTANT: Keysight M9502A or M9505A AXIe chassis must have
firmware revision 1.3.23 or later for the M9536A to identify and
communicate with other chassis module. Refer to the Keysight
chassis web pages for information on updating the firmware.
The drivers and Keysight’s IO Libraries Suite installed on the
M9536A controller are the current versions available when the
module shipped from the factory. Regularly check Keysight’s web
sites and download the latest drivers and software:
www.Keysight.com/find/M9536A for the embedded controller
www.Keysight.com/find/iosuite for IO Libraries
Periodically check for the latest AXIe chassis firmware:
www.Keysight.com/find/M9502A for the 2-slot AXIe chassis
www.Keysight.com/find/M9505A for the 5-slot AXIe chassis
For example, Keysight’s AXIe chassis firmware version 1.3.23 (and
later) provides for enhanced fan control and E-Keying that was
not supported in earlier chassis firmware versions.
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Keysight’s AXIe Modules are shipped in materials that prevent
static electricity damage. The modules should only be removed
from the packaging in an anti-static area ensuring that correct
anti-static precautions are taken. Store all modules in anti-static
envelopes when not in use.
ESD
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage or destroy electronic components. All
work on electronic assemblies should be performed at a static-safe work station.
The following figure shows an example of a static-safe work station using two
types of ESD protection. Purchase acceptable ESD accessories from your local
supplier.
- Conductive table-mat and wrist-strap combination.
- Conductive floor-mat and heel-strap combination.
Both methods, when used together, provide a significant level of ESD protection.
Of the two, only the table-mat and wrist-strap combination provides adequate
ESD protection when used alone. To ensure user safety, the static-safe
accessories must provide at least 1 M of isolation from ground.
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Inspect for damage
After unpacking the controller module, carefully inspect it for any shipping
damage. Report any damage to the shipping agent immediately, as such
damage is not covered by the warranty.
To avoid damage when handling a module; do not touch exposed
connector pins.
Information on preventing damage to your Keysight equipment
can be found at www.Keysight.com/find/tips.
If you need to return the module for service
Should it become necessary to return the module for repair or service, follow the
steps below:
1 Review the warranty information shipped with your product.
2 Contact Keysight to obtain a return authorization and return address. If you
need assistance finding Keysight contact information go to
www.Keysight.com/find/assist (worldwide contact information for repair and
service) or refer to the Support information on the product web page at:
www.Keysight.com/find/M9536A.
3 Write the following information on a tag and attach it to the malfunctioning
equipment.
– Name and address of owner. A Post Office box is not acceptable as a return
address.
– Product model number (for example, M9536A)
– Product serial number (for example, TWxxxxxxxx). The serial number label
is located on the side of the module.
– A description of failure or service required.
4 Carefully pack the module in its original ESD bag and carton. If the original
carton is not available, use bubble wrap or packing peanuts, place the
instrument in a sealed container and mark the container “FRAGILE”.
5 On the shipping label, write ATTENTION REPAIR DEPARTMENT and the
service order number (if known).
If any correspondence is required, refer to the product by model
number and serial number.
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Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents
Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents
Your shipment should have included the following:
- The Keysight M9536A module that you ordered.
- This document (Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller Startup Guide).
- An Automation-Ready CD with Keysight IO Libraries Suite.
- An M9536A Product Information CD. This CD contains the M9536A User
Guide which provides detailed information about the module, configuration,
etc.
- Any other accessories that you ordered (cables, connectors, etc.).
- Note, a keyboard, mouse, video monitor are not included with the M9536A
The operating system has been installed for you at the factory.
Keysight IO Libraries version (the latest version available at the
time of shipment) is pre-installed on the controller. It must be
installed prior to installing and running any application software.
The latest version can be downloaded from:
www.Keysight.com/find/iosuite.
No other drivers are required to operate the controller module. However, your
application modules may require drivers. If possible, you should connect the
controller module to the internet and download drivers from the original source.
Alternately, you can install the drivers on a USB memory stick and install them
accordingly.
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Step 3: Install the M9536A Embedded Controller
Step 3: Install the M9536A Embedded Controller
The Keysight M9536A has been designed for easy installation. However, the
following standard precautions, installation procedures, and general information
must be observed to ensure proper installation and to prevent damage to the
board, other system components, or injury to personnel.
Follow these steps to install the M9536A Embedded Controller in the AXIe
chassis.
1 Ensure the AXIe chassis is turned off. The chassis should be plugged into an
AC power source. The AC power cord grounds the chassis and protects it from
electrical damage while modules are installed.
2 Extend and pull out on the controller’s ejector/injector handles.
Embedded controllers, such as the M9536A, must be installed in
Slot 1 of the AXIe chassis.
3 Carefully align the M9536A board edges with the chassis guide rails and
insert the controller into the chassis guide rails.
4 Check that the catch hooks and alignment pins at both ends of the module
are correctly inserted into the proper chassis holes. Push inward on the
handles until the module is firmly seated in the chassis. (Do not force the
handles if there is resistance; this may damage the connectors and/or
backplane.)
5 Collapse the insertion/extraction handles against the module faceplate.
6 Tighten the captive retaining screws at both ends of the module
7 Connect other peripherals (such as the USB keyboard and mouse, VGA
monitor, LAN cable for remote access, etc.) to the embedded controller front
panel. See the graphic on the next page.
8 Plug in and power up the AXIe chassis. Verify that the chassis fans are
operating and free of obstructions that may restrict air flow.
Refer to the instructions provided with your AXIe Chassis for
chassis power up / power down instructions.
IMPORTANT: Keysight M9502A or M9505A AXIe chassis must have
firmware revision 1.3.23 or later for the M9536A to identify and
communicate with other chassis modules. Refer to the Keysight
chassis web pages for information on updating the chassis
firmware.
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Step 3: Install the M9536A Embedded Controller
The M9536A module is powered and connects to the Embedded
System Module (ESM) through the chassis backplane. With the
M9536A installed, do not connect an external host PC to the ESM
module PCIe connector.
Removing the M9536A from the chassis
To remove the M9536A controller, reverse the previous procedure. Execute the
Windows shut down process on the controller first. Then power down the
chassis. Loosen the captive screws, extend and pull outwards on the extraction
handles to release the module from the backplane. Pull the module towards you
until it is free of the chassis.
Exercise care when handling the board as the heat sink can get very hot. Do
not touch the heat sink when installing or removing the board. The board
should not be placed on any surface or in any form of storage container
until the board and heat sink have cooled down to room temperature.
Power on sequence
The controller will boot with the operating system installed. Allow the controller
to run through its startup screens and start the operating system. For detailed
power on sequence and configuration information, refer to the M9536A User
Guide on the M9536A Product Information CD.
Power-off sequence.
As with any PC, Windows-based instruments should not be shutdown by either
removing the power via an external power source or by pulling the power plug
out from the rear panel. This could corrupt the operating system. The only
approved way to shut down the controller is to execute the Windows shutdown
process and then turn off the chassis via the chassis On/Off button.
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Step 3: Install the M9536A Embedded Controller
Pressing the chassis power button immediately removes power
from the controller. This may cause loss of data or damage to the
controller.
Power Down Modes
Keysight’s M9536A defaults to the Windows High Performance Power Plan. This
plan does not allow the controller display to shut off or the controller to enter a
sleep mode.
Do not enable the Microsoft Windows sleep mode. It is possible
that the M9536A controller could go into sleep mode while it is
running a user test program. The controller may not have proper
chassis enumeration when it wakes up.
If you have a USB keyboard with a Sleep button (sometimes this is
a key with a moon logo), do not use it.
Do not use the Sleep or Hibernate modes from the Startup Button
as shown in the following graphic.
Using the LAN Ports
If you installed the Keysight M9536A controller in an Keysight AXIe chassis (such
as the M9502A or M9505A), there are a total of three LAN ports accessible on the
front panels -- two on the M9536A controller and one on the Embedded System
Module (ESM). Windows Device Manager shows a total of five (5) individual
Network Interface Cards (NICs); one is not used and one connects to the chassis
backplane.
Changing the LAN port connection or removing the LAN cable,
may cause Keysight Connection Expert to lose track of
LAN-enabled instruments. Reboot the AXIe chassis to restore the
complete list of LAN-enabled instruments. Read the following for
details.
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LAN Port Recommendations
As a general rule, connect a network LAN cable to the ESM’s LAN port and
connect LXI instruments to the M9536A’s LAN ports. While other configurations
are viable, this configuration provides the fastest and most consistent reporting
in Keysight Connection Expert. Refer to the figure on the following page.
- Where you have the network and instruments connected when the chassis
and controller first power on determines how quickly Keysight Connection
Expert locates network instruments. If necessary, shut down the controller
and chassis and reboot.
- If you move a LAN cable while chassis power is applied, Connection Expert
may not find all of the instruments available on the network.
For example, if the LAN cable is connected to the ESM when power is first
applied to the chassis and subsequently moved to one of the two LAN ports
on the controller (while the chassis is still powered on), Connection Expert
may only find the M9536A controller and AXIe modules installed in the
chassis. Shut down the controller and chassis and reboot to restore
Connection Expert’s ability to locate other network instruments.
- Connect external LAN-enabled instruments (LXI instruments) to the M9536A
controller LAN ports. This allows Keysight Connection Expert to automatically
find the instruments. These instruments will have a local LAN IP address or
private network range.
LXI instruments may be connected to the ESM’s LAN port but Connection
Expert may not automatically find them when these instruments are not
located on the same LAN subnet range. However, instruments may be added
manually using Connection Expert’s Add Address feature.
Embedded System Module LAN connection
Changes to the Embedded System Module (ESM) LAN connection are only
detected as the ESM is powered up. Therefore, whenever you change the ESM
LAN connection do the following:
1 Power down the M9536A using the Shut down selection on the Windows
Start menu.
2 After shut down is complete, power down the chassis using the chassis power
button.
3 Make the desired change to the LAN connection.
4 Use the chassis power button to power up the chassis and M9536A controller.
5 After Windows starts, verify that your LAN interface is operating correctly.
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Microsoft Windows Activation (Windows 7 Only)
Microsoft Windows Activation (Windows 7 Only)
Activation applies to the Windows 7 operating system only. No
activation is required or available for the WES 7 operating system.
Keysight ensures that your copy of Windows 7 is activated at the time it ships from
the factory. However, the first time you install and turn on the M9536A and
Windows 7 starts, you must accept the End User License Agreement (EULA). A
copy of the EULA was included in your controller shipment. For information about
Windows 7 EULA, go to www.microsoft.com.
To verify Windows Activation, do the following:
1 Open the System by clicking the Windows Start button. Click Control Panel, then
System and Maintenance, and then click System.
2 Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Under Windows Activation, you can
view the activation status.
By Keysight’s agreement with Microsoft, Windows Automatic
Update is turned off at installation. You may choose to turn
Windows Automatic Update on after starting the operating
system. However, Keysight cannot be held responsible for
changes to the system caused by the automatic update process.
It is possible for automatic updates to cause unexpected behavior
in the system.
Make certain the caps lock and num lock keys are off when entering
passwords (especially for the first time). It is possible for these
keys to be on when the controller powers on.
Controller Operating System
Your M9536A comes with our choice of either Microsoft Windows Embedded
Standard 7 (WES 7) 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System preinstalled along with the
Keysight IO Libraries Suite. This section provides some general system
configuration and preventative maintenance procedures that you, the customer,
are responsible for. In general, the M9536A operates as any other PC, including
remote desktop access.
The Windows operating system supplied with your M9536A is licensed for use on
the SSD mounted to the controller. If the SSD is replaced, you may be responsible
to purchase or relicense the operating system.
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Windows Security
Windows Security
If your system is connected to the internet, you should take the following steps to
ensure the operating system is protected:
- Use an internet firewall
- Get the latest Windows updates
- Install and use up-to-date antivirus software.
To check the status of, or make changes to, the security settings for your
controller, open the Windows Security Center (Start > Control Panel >
Security Center).
The default system setting is to not automatically check for critical Windows
updates and notify you, if the controller has internet access. You can change the
configuration of the Microsoft Automatic Updates to notify you of updates, in
which case you would need to manually update windows operating system by
accessing Internet Explorer and from the Tools menu, select Windows
Update.
Downloading and installing Windows Updates can be network
and CPU intensive (impacting system performance) and some
Windows Updates automatically reboot the controller. Therefore,
Windows updates should be performed when the system is not in
normal use.
There is no antivirus or spyware software included with your
controller. Antivirus application software is the customer's
responsibility. Having antivirus software installed my have a slight
impact on system performance if your system uses intensive
network data transfer.
User data backup
All user data should be regularly backed up to an external memory device. This
can be done across a network or to a USB device. Your IT department may
already have a backup strategy which is suitable for the system and data. Also,
user data back up should be done just prior to sending the controller back to
Keysight for service.
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Windows Security
Create a System Repair disc
If you are unable to boot the M9536A, you may need to use a System Repair disc.
You are responsible to create this disk. Refer to the M9536A User Guide for
additional information.
You will need a separate USB CD/DVD ROM drive to create and
use the System Repair disc.
Create a System Image
You should create a System Image as a backup in case you ever need to reinstall
the operating system. You should regularly create a system image so that all
data, applications, etc. have backups.
Use the Windows Backup tool to create a backup system image on an external
(USB) hard drive. To start the backup, click on the Windows Start button, then
type “Back Up” in the search field. Select the “Back up your Computer” link then click
on the “Create a system image” link. Refer to the M9536A User Guide for detailed
information on system back up including instructions to unhide the Keysight
Recovery Partition.
There is a small system partition for the Keysight Recovery System on the SSD.
During the boot process, you are given the choice to boot the operating system
normally or boot from the recovery partition.
Some third-party disk backup utilities may destroy the Keysight
backup partition. If this happens, the Keysight Recovery System
will not work.
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Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite
Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite
The Keysight IO Libraries version available at time of shipment
was pre-installed on the controller. It must be installed prior to
installing and running any application software. You should
regularly check for, download and install the latest version. The
latest version can be downloaded from:
www.Keysight.com/find/iosuite.
Keysight IO Libraries installs the IVI Shared Components and VISA
Shared Components on your PC.
If Connection Expert is not already running, run it now to verify your I/O
configuration. From the Windows Start button, click the IO Libraries icon (
or from the Task bar, click the Keysight Connection Expert icon ( ) (earlier
versions of IO Libraries used a different icon).
)
Locate your interfaces and instruments in the Keysight Connection Expert
Explorer Pane. The following graphic shows the Connection Expert screen.
With Keysight IO Libraries 16.2 (and later versions) Keysight
Connection Expert should automatically identify the AXIe chassis.
With Keysight IO Libraries version 16.1, you may need to start
Connection Expert, then power down the controller and chassis
and reboot them in order for Connection Expert to identify the
AXIe chassis.
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Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite
M9536A
Controller
AXIe Chassis
Note that the chassis appears under the PXIO interface. Refer to the Keysight IO
Libraries Suite documentation and the M9536A User Guide for information on
using the IO Libraries.
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Step 5. Verify Operation
Step 5. Verify Operation
There are no actual verification procedures for the M9536A Embedded
Controller. If it boots properly, then the controller is working normally.
However, from Keysight Connection Expert (see Step 4 above), you can access
the M9502A/M9505A Chassis Web page and from there you can find the
M9536A version information and sensor diagnostic information. For detailed
instructions, refer to the M9536A User Guide.
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Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the AXIe Chassis
Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the AXIe Chassis
The AXIe chassis accepts modules conforming to the AXIe standard, which can
usually be installed in any available slot in the chassis. These may include:
- AXIe instrument or instrument hub modules
- AXIe embedded controller module (must be installed in chassis slot 1)
- AXIe filler panel modules
The insertion and removal procedures are the same for the 2-slot and 5-slot
chassis, and for all module types except filler panels.
Periodically check for the latest AXIe chassis firmware:
www.Keysight.com/find/M9502A or
www.Keysight.com/find/M9505A
For example, Keysight’s AXIe chassis firmware version 1.3.23 (and
later) provides for enhanced fan control and E-Keying that was
not supported in earlier chassis firmware versions.
Static Electricity—The components and connectors on modules
are sensitive to static electricity. To minimize electrostatic
damage, take the necessary anti-static precautions. Both chassis
provide a grounding terminal, to which you can connect a wrist
strap.
Empty Slots—Except for performing initial chassis verification or
troubleshooting, do not operate the chassis with uncovered empty
slots. Always insert a filler panel module or instrument module
into empty slots. This is especially important for the slots on either
side of an instrument module. This allows proper air flow and
cooling, and provides EMI shielding for the chassis and installed
components. Leaving empty slots uncovered can increase fan
speed, raise ambient noise, overheat components, and shut down
modules.
ESM—The Embedded System Manager (ESM) Module is integral
to the operation of the AXIe chassis. Except for troubleshooting
purposes, do not remove the ESM.
Hot Swap—AXIe does not explicitly support hot swap for
instrument modules. Keysight recommends fully powering down
and unplugging the chassis before installing or removing modules
AXIe chassis are shipped with filler panel modules on all but Slot 1; you may
need to remove filler panels from covered slots.
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Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the AXIe Chassis
Certain modules require bus master and/or Rear I/O capability. If
you are in doubt whether such features are required for the
module you intend to install, please check your specific module
and/or system documentation to make sure that your system is
provided with an appropriate free slot in which to insert the board.
Install application module drivers (if necessary)
Each installed application module will typically require device drivers and control
software. You need not install them to verify basic chassis operation, but would
logically install them on the host PC at this time. For others, consult the module
provider for software requirements and instructions.
You may need to connect the embedded controller to the internet.
Locate and install the necessary drivers from the internet.
Chassis shutdown
As with any PC, Windows-based instruments should never be shutdown by
turning off the power via an external power source or by pulling the power plug
out from the rear panel. This could corrupt the operating system. The only
approved way to shut down the controller is to execute the Windows shutdown
process. After Windows has completely shutdown (indicated by no activity on the
hard disk drive light), turn off the chassis via the chassis On/Off button.
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Controller BIOS
Controller BIOS
As of this printing, two versions of BIOS are available for the M9536A -- AG10
and AG16. The only significant difference between AG10 and AG16 is that AG16
BIOS allows the M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller to properly enumerate large
PCIe systems, including up to three M9514A AXIe 14-slot Chassis. To determine
which version is currently installed in your M9536A:
1 Turn chassis power off and then on again.
2 At startup, press the Delete key when the Keysight Splash screen appears.
This opens the BIOS menu Main page displaying the currently installed
version of BIOS.
BIOS AG16 may be installed only on an M9536A running Microsoft
Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES 7) Operating System. BIOS
AG10 of the M9536A BIOS can be installed on the M9536A using
either Windows 7 Pro or WES 7. Refer to the User Guide for more
information.
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Environmental Operating Conditions
Environmental Operating Conditions
The Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller is designed to operate in a
temperature range of 0°C to +50°C with non-condensing humidity. The
maximum humidity is 95% at +40 °C. The maximum operating altitude is 3000 m
(9800 ft). The module should be operated in an indoor environment where
temperature and humidity are controlled. Condensation can pose a potential
shock hazard.
Condensation can occur when the module is moved from a cold to a warm
environment, or if the temperature and/or humidity of the environment change
quickly.
Samples of this product have been type tested in accordance with the Keysight
Environmental Test Manual and verified to be robust against the environmental
stresses of storage, transportation and end-use. Those stresses include but are
not limited to temperature, humidity, shock, vibration, altitude and power line
conditions. For complete specifications, check the Keysight web site at:
www.Keysight.com/find/M9536A.
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