Power up, connect to, reboot, and shut down the appliance

This topic describes how to power up, reboot, and shut down the physical appliance. It also describes how to connect to the Appliance Console Menu.

The following assumes you have followed the procedures in the Appliance Quick Start card that is supplied in the box with your physical appliance.

Power up the appliance

If this is not the first time you are powering up the appliance, press the Power button and release it. When the system is powered up, the blue Appliance Console Menu is displayed.

When you power up the system, there is a period of 30 seconds after the OS boots during which you can select a screen resolution. Press Enter during the 30-second period to display resolutions supported by the graphics card.

If you select a resolution not supported by the monitor connected to the appliance, the boot process continues, but the appliance will display either nothing or unrecognizable characters. Reboot the appliance to restore the display.

If you do not select any resolution, the boot process continues with standard 80x25 resolution.

Connect to the console

There are several ways to access the appliance console. However, only connecting directly to the appliance or using the Remote Access Controller gives you complete control over the appliance. Console 1, the (blue) Appliance Console Menu, is the first screen you see when you power up the appliance.

Note    
  • The first time you connect to the Appliance Console Menu a legal warning is displayed. You must accept the warning before you can continue.
  • If the root password matches the default password, a warning message is displayed on the Appliance Console Menu. You must change the root password and the new root password must meet the password complexity rules to disable this message. For more information on changing the password, see Work with appliance passwords.

Connect directly

  1. Connect a USB keyboard and a VGA monitor to your appliance and power up the monitor. You can connect a USB keyboard to any of the USB ports on the appliance.
  2. If it is not already on, power up the appliance.
  3. The blue Appliance Console Menu (console 1) is displayed.

Use the DELL Remote Access Controller (DRAC) to connect

  1. Open a browser on your computer.
  2. Enter the IP address designated by the DRAC Network Configuration into your browser.
  3. Log in using the user name and password designated by the DRAC Network Configuration.
  4. Note These values apply only to the DRAC, not the appliance. In addition, these values can only be changed through the web-based DRAC user interface.
  5. Click the Console tab.
  6. In the Virtual Console preview pane, click the option Launch Virtual Console.
  7. If the new window that displays is black, point your mouse to the window and press Enter.
  8. The Appliance Console Menu (console 1) is displayed.

Reboot the appliance

Note   Do not pull the AC power cord to force a shutdown. This can, on rare occasions, cause damage to the appliance hard drives and render the appliance inoperable.

Use the Power button

Shut down the appliance by pressing the Power button momentarily. The appliance begins a graceful shutdown. After the appliance completes the shutdown, turn it back on by pressing the Power button momentarily.

The appliance reboots and the Appliance Console Menu is displayed.

Use the Configuration Menu

  1. Connect to the console. See Connect to the console for more information.
  2. The Appliance Console Menu is displayed.
  3. On the Appliance Console Menu, type A, Appliance Management.
  4. On the Appliance Management menu, type R, Reboot System.
  5. Type Y to confirm.
  6. The appliance reboots and the Appliance Console Menu is displayed.

Shut down the appliance

Use the following procedures to shut down the appliance. Whenever the appliance is plugged into a power outlet, a small portion of the appliance circuitry is powered up even if you shut down the appliance. Several LEDs inside the appliance may be illuminated and visible through the perforations.

Note   DRAC remains powered up even when you shut down the appliance. This means it is possible to connect to and work with the DRAC after you shut down the appliance as long as the physical power cord is not removed.

Use the Power button

Press the Power button momentarily and then release it. This initiates a safe shutdown by the operating system.

If the appliance seems to hang for a long period of time, or does not respond to a momentary press of the Power button, press and hold the Power button. This forces the appliance to shut down immediately.

A forced shutdown (by pressing and holding the Power button, pulling the AC power cord, or an unexpected power loss) can, on rare occasions, lead to data loss and render the appliance inoperable. In installations where there may be occasional power dropouts, an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) is recommended.

Use the Configuration Menu

  1. Connect to the console. See Connect to the console for more information.
  2. The Appliance Console Menu is displayed.
  3. On the Appliance Console Menu, type A, Appliance Management.
  4. On the Appliance Management menu, type S, Shutdown System.
  5. Type Y to confirm.
  6. The appliance shuts down.

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