Cabling the rack-mounted 7063-CR1 HMC

Learn how to physically install your rack-mounted Hardware Management Console (HMC).


  1. Ensure that the HMC is installed into a rack and the power cords are plugged into the power supplies. For more information, see Installing the system into the rack and connecting and routing power cables. After you install the HMC into a rack, continue with the next step.
    Note: If a plug is covering a port that you need to use on the rear of the system, remove and discard it. The port covers ensure that you are reminded that you must reset the Administrator password on your managed system upon initial system IPL.
  2. Connect the keyboard, monitor, and mouse.
    Figure 1. Rear ports
    rear of the server
    Table 1. Input and output ports
    Identifier Description
    1 USB 2.0 used for keyboard and mouse
    2 Ethernet Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI)
    3 Serial IPMI
    4 Video Graphics Array (VGA) that is used for the monitor. Only the 1024 x 768 at 60 Hz VGA setting is supported. Only up to a 3-meter cable is supported.
    Note: The system has two front USB ports that you can use. The front serial port is non-functional.
  3. Connect the Ethernet cable that is intended for the connection to the managed system or systems.
    Figure 2. Ethernet ports
    Ethernet ports
    Note: To learn more about the HMC network connections, see HMC network connections.
  4. If your managed system is already installed, you can verify that the Ethernet cable connection is active by observing the green status lights at both the HMC and managed system Ethernet ports as your installation progresses.
  5. Connect the Ethernet Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) port to a network.
    Note: This connection is required to access the baseboard management controller (BMC) on the HMC. Access to the BMC is required for service tasks and to maintain the HMC firmware. For more information, see Types of HMC network connections.
  6. Plug the system power cords and the power cords for any other attached devices into the alternating current (AC) power source.
  7. Verify the power status by using the power supply LEDs as indicators. For more information, see LEDs on the 7063-CR1 system.


Next, you need to install and configure your HMC software. Continue with Configuring the 7063-CR1 HMC.