PowerLinux native Linux install with VNC
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This blog also applies to Power Servers running Linux on Power native on the machine.
While you can perform a text based Linux install on the dumb console terminal emulator (see previous AIXpert Blog about the serial cable that you need and the software) as a challenge to survive the Tab navigation, space selection, sometimes the cursor works and occasional Function Key show stopper (SUSE SLES 11) - I would recommend a VNC install.
Looking round the internet there are examples and manual pages but every single one seems to assume you will use DHCP. Doh! These are server machines and while DHCP is OK for your home network booting a Linux PC/laptop where 9 times of of 10 you have a Internet router doing DHCP, that is not the way we do it in the computer room! Of course, you have to assign a IP address in advance for you Linux Server.
For VNC installing, you boot from the Serial cable console than then transfer to the VNC Viewer client once the install starts.
From memory at the Linux Anaconda boot prompt: linux vnc=1 password=abc123456 ip=188.8.131.52 gateway=184.108.40.206 mask=255.255.255.0
You will use either of these two set-ups:
Using two PC/Laptops:
Using just one PC/Laptop:
For the rest of the details and navigating through the Power Server or PowerLinux server Service Processor menus to boot from typically a DVD, I recommend the following YouTube Video on the Jessica Erber-Stark channel:
There is also a parallel video for the case os a graphics card, keyboard and mouse connected to the Server (IMHO very rare but can be useful if this is the first time you have encountered a Power server.