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How to get into the configuration utility to set the nic/ip address

At my work we usually get dell servers in and upon startup I'm able to get into the utility by hitting cntrl/E or cntrl/D - with the 4400 I get 2 prompts - one for cntrl/a which is the scsi config or cntrl/m which is the rebuild disk utility. I hneed to set the ip address so our second party vendor can log in and build the server.

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  • Dean Richards May 11, 2010

    Hi, What operating system do you have on this server? Usually you set your IP information after the system is booted.

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The dell PE server should have a PXE boot menu. You probably need to go into PXE menu and configure, or they need to provide a PXE server so the server can boot from PXE automatically.

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