Setting Up Your Dell PowerEdge Server Using Dell Lifecycle Controller

Setting Up Your Dell PowerEdge Server Using Dell Lifecycle Controller

Dell Lifecycle Controller is an advanced embedded systems management technology that enables remote server management using integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). Using Lifecycle Controller, you can update the firmware using a local or Dell-based firmware repository. The OS Deployment wizard available in Lifecycle Controller enables you to deploy an operating system.

This document provides a quick overview of the steps to set up your PowerEdge server using Lifecycle Controller.

NOTE: Before you begin, ensure that you set up your server using the Getting Started Guide document that shipped with your server.

To set up your PowerEdge server using Lifecycle Controller:

  1. Connect the video cable to the video port and the network cables to the iDRAC and LOM port.
    Figure 1. Video port, iDRAC port, and Lights Out Management (LOM) port
    video portiDRAC portLights Out Management (LOM) port
  2. Turn on or restart the server and press F10 to start Lifecycle Controller.
    Figure 2. Starting Lifecycle Controller
    Lifecycle Controller Boot Wizard
    NOTE: If you miss pressing F10, restart the server and press F10.
    NOTE: The Initial Setup Wizard is displayed only when you start Lifecycle Controller for the first time.
  3. Select the language and keyboard type and click Next.
    Figure 3. Language and Keyboard Selection page
    Language and Keyboard Selection Dialog
  4. Read the product overview and click Next.
    Figure 4. Product Overview page
    Product Overview Dialog
  5. Configure the network settings, wait for the settings to be applied, and click Next.
    Figure 5. Lifecycle Controller Network Settings page
    Lifecycle Controller Network Settings Dialog
  6. Configure the iDRAC network settings, wait for the settings to be applied, and click Next.
    Figure 6. iDRAC Network and Credential Configuration page
    iDRAC Network and Credential Configuration Dialog
  7. Verify the applied network settings and click Finish to exit the Initial Setup Wizard.
    Figure 7. Summary page
    Summary
    NOTE: The Initial Setup Wizard is displayed only when you start Lifecycle Controller for the first time. If you want to make configuration changes later, restart the server, press F10 to launch Lifecycle Controller, and select Settings or System Setup from the Lifecycle Controller home page.
  8. Click Firmware Update > Launch Firmware Update and follow the instructions on the screen.
    Figure 8. Firmware Update page
    Firmware Update Dialog
  9. Click OS Deployment > Deploy OS and follow the instructions on the screen.
    Figure 9. OS Deployment page
    OS Deployment Dialog
NOTE: For iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller videos, visit Delltechcenter.com/idrac.
NOTE: For iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller documentation, visit www.dell.com/idracmanuals.

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