Configure the firmware

Several options are available to install and set up the firmware for the compute node.

Important:

Do not configure option ROMs to be set to Legacy unless directed to do so by Lenovo Support. This setting prevents UEFI drivers for the slot devices from loading, which can cause negative side effects for Lenovo software, such as Lenovo XClarity Administrator and Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI, and to the Lenovo XClarity Controller. The side effects include the inability to determine adapter card details, such as model name and firmware levels. When adapter card information is not available, generic information for the model name, such as "Adapter 06:00:00" instead of the actually model name, such as "ThinkSystem RAID 930-16i 4GB Flash." In some cases, the UEFI boot process might also hang.

  • Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager

    From Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager, you can configure the UEFI settings for your compute node.
    Note: The Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager provides a Graphical User Interface to configure a compute node. The text-based interface to system configuration (the Setup Utility) is also available. From Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager, you can choose to restart the compute node and access the text-based interface. In addition, you can choose to make the text-based interface the default interface that is displayed when you press F1.
  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI

    You can use the config application and commands to view the current system configuration settings and make changes to Lenovo XClarity Controller and UEFI. The saved configuration information can be used to replicate or restore other systems.

    For information about configuring the compute node using Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI, see:

    Configuring the server through the Lenovo XClarity Essentials

  • Lenovo XClarity Administrator

    You can quickly provision and pre-provision all of your servers using a consistent configuration. Configuration settings (such as local storage, I/O adapters, boot settings, firmware, ports, and Lenovo XClarity Controller and UEFI settings) are saved as a compute node pattern that can be applied to one or more managed servers. When the compute node patterns are updated, the changes are automatically deployed to the applied servers.

    Specific details about updating firmware using Lenovo XClarity Administrator are available at:

    Configuring the server through the Lenovo XClarity Administrator

  • Lenovo XClarity Controller

    You can configure the management processor for the compute node through the Lenovo XClarity Controller Web interface or through the command-line interface.

    For information about configuring the compute node using Lenovo XClarity Controller, see:

    Updating firmware through the Lenovo XClarity Controller