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UEFI-aware operating system does not boot after load defaults or deployment - IBM BladeCenter and System x

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UEFI-aware operating system does not boot after load defaults or deployment - IBM BladeCenter and System x

Postby Ernie » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:23 am

Symptom

Loading the defaults in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) deletes the Boot Order entries for any UEFI aware operating system.
These entries are required to boot the operating system correctly.
Deployment images may also use this information to automatically boot an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) operating system for the first time.

Affected configurations

The system may be any of the following IBM servers:

    • BladeCenter HS22, type 7870, any model
    • BladeCenter HS22V, type 1949, any model
    • BladeCenter HS22V, type 7871, any model
    • BladeCenter HX5, type 7872, any model
    • System x3200 M3, type 7327, any model
    • System x3200 M3, type 7328, any model
    • System x3250 M3, type 4251, any model
    • System x3250 M3, type 4252, any model
    • System x3250 M3, type 4261, any model
    • System x3400 M2, type 7836, any model
    • System x3400 M2, type 7837, any model
    • System x3500 M2, type 7839, any model
    • System x3550 M2, type 7946, any model
    • System x3650 M2, type 7947, any model
    • System x3690 X5, type 7148, any model
    • System x3690 X5, type 7149, any model
    • System x3850 X5, type 7145, any model
    • System x3850 X5, type 7146, any model
    • System x3950 X5, type 7145, any model
    • iDataPlex dx360 M2 Server, type 6380, any model
    • iDataPlex dx360 M2 Server, type 7321, any model
    • iDataPlex dx360 M2 Server, type 7323, any model
    • iDataPlex dx360 M3 Server, type 6391, any model

Workaround

The workaround is dependent upon the particular UEFI operating system. Refer to the UEFI operating system information for the actual file name and path used to boot that particular operating system.

For example, for Microsoft Windows Server 2008, the steps are as follows:

    1. Power on the system, and, when prompted, press F1 to enter setup.
    2. Select Boot Manager.
    3. Select Boot from File.
    4. Select the GUID Partition Tables (GPT) System Partition where you installed Microsoft Windows Server 2008.
    5. Select EFI.
    6. Select Microsoft.
    7. Select Boot.
    8. Select bootmgfw.EFI.
Additional information

This is working as designed.

Operating system vendors are aware of the symptom. When you boot your UEFI operating system using "use the Boot from File method," the operating system may recreate the UEFI Boot Order Entry if it has been deleted.

By copying the UEFI operating system boot manager to the GPT System Partition directory \EFI\BOOT with the name BOOTX64.EFI, this will allow the EFI operating system to boot automatically.

The boot manager for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is as follows:

\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\Bootmgfw.EFI

Copying the UEFI operating system boot manager when building the master disk image that will be cloned for deployment will allow the EFI operating system to boot the first time the system is started.

http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5079636
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