Dive Deeper Into Power Systems Management With ASMI
The browser-based Advanced Systems Management Interface (ASMI) enables administrators to configure Flexible Service Processor (FSP) options. The FSP is a standard feature of Power Systems servers, versions 5 through 7. While most configuration tasks can accomplished using a Hardware Management Console (HMC), sometimes the ASMI is needed.
The two primary aspects of Power Systems server management are logical partitioning and physical server configuration. An HMC is required to configure and manage logical partitions; an HMC or ASMI can be used to configure physical servers. While the HMC is commonly used for physical server management, some tasks are only available through the ASMI.
Accessing the ASMI
The ASMI is generally accessed using an HMC. Begin by selecting:
System Management > Servers
Choose a server and use the following menu options:
Tasks > Operations > Launch Advanced System Management (ASM)
The HMC will connect you to the ASMI’s browser-based interface. ASMI can also be accessed directly from a Web browser that has access to your HMC management network. This method requires the IP address of one of the connected HMC ports on your server. Regardless of how you access the ASMI, the user interface will be identical.
The following list features for the top-level menu options provided by the ASMI. (The HMC Console V7 Handbook provides a full listing, along with a detailed description of each.) Many of these features are also available through various menus on the HMC:
Power/Restart Control allows you to configure various options for server power on and off sequences.
System Service Aids provides access to dump information and service tools.
System Information contains vital product data (VPD) and boot progress indicator history.
System Configuration offers the option to enable de-configured processors, disconnect HMCs from the service processor, and access service indicators (lights).
Network Services is used to configure the IP addresses for the two HMC ports on the back of the server.
Performance Setup allows one to configure Memory Block and Memory Page settings.
On Demand Utilities provides capacity on demand (CoD) configuration capabilities, including license key information.
Concurrent Maintenance contains tools for hot service activities.
Login Profile for the ASMI enables one to change the ASMI password and view login history.
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