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Dell PowerEdge R720 and R720xd Owner's Manual

Using The System Setup and Boot Manager

System Setup enables you to manage your system hardware and specify BIOS-level options.

The following keystrokes provide access to system features during startup:



Opens the System Setup page.


Enters System Services and starts Lifecycle Controller, which supports systems management features such as operating system deployment, hardware diagnostics, firmware updates, and platform configuration, using a graphical user interface. The feature set available in Lifecycle Controller is determined by the iDRAC license purchased. For more information, see Related Documentation topic.


Enters the BIOS Boot Manager or the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Boot Manager, depending on the system's boot configuration.


Starts Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot.

From the System Setup, you can:
  • Change the NVRAM settings after you add or remove hardware
  • View the system hardware configuration
  • Enable or disable integrated devices
  • Set performance and power management thresholds
  • Manage system security
You can access the System Setup using the:
  • Standard graphical browser, which is enabled by default
  • Text browser, which is enabled using Console Redirection
To enable Console Redirection, in System Setup, select System BIOS > Serial Communication screen > Serial Communication , select On with Console Redirection .
  • NOTE: By default, help text for the selected field is displayed in the graphical browser. To view the help text in the text browser, press <F1>.

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