Poweredge SC1435 HOWTO Setup BIOS

Kuba Ober kuba at mareimbrium.org
Mon Oct 1 09:46:04 CDT 2007

> Well, not exactly.  I really don't care about the whole management
> framework and the hardware monitoring and such like that, which rides
> along with the whole OMSA package.  I really just want to be able to
> twiddle the bits you would normally have to press F2 on the console to get
> to.  It'd be nice if I could hardware monitoring and such for the 1435s,
> but really they're horizontally scalable throw away machines, I don't
> critically need "hardware monitoring" at less than the level of whole
> machine failures.  If omitting that makes them cheaper, I'm fine with
> losing that functionality (and i think things like ipmitool and smartd
> will get me enough of the monitoring that i need...).  Requiring humans to
> hit F2 to configure the machine, though, is a PITA when you're dealing
> with hundreds of them.  Its time-consuming and error-prone.

This could be reverse-engineered. I don't know if those systems support the 
old (IBM-AT era) CMOS RAM interface, but if they do it'd be a simple matter 
to reverse-engineer what all the different bits in the RAM mean.

Cheers, Kuba

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