Looking at your config you posted online, yes, operations console using iSeries Access is what you need. There should be a "startup" disk in the plethora of disks you go. I think it is called "EZ setup for iSeries" I think that will step you through (I have never used it because I have always followed the tried and true twinax method).

I recommend that you follow earlier advice and connect PC to iSeries through a hub/switch so you don't have to tangle with cross-over connection issues.


albartell wrote:
First, look to see how you're supposed to be connected.  Your system is
configured to use something, probably Op's Console.

Where do I look to see how my system is configured?  On the packing list
that shipped with my system I have this line item on it:

Feature Quantity 5553 001 Sys console-ethernet no IOP

You really need to RTFM.

I followed the "Quick start guide for i5 520" that came with my machine -
didn't get me there.  All the other links that I have followed have not
gotten me there (i.e. IBM Systems Hardware Information Center which was
somehow installed on my desktop and I have been pouring through that).  I
should not need to be well versed as an iSeries admin to get my machine
booted for the first time.

Can somebody confirm that I should be able to configure my iSeries if I
connect a desktop PC to it via ethernet cable that has the wires switched
for peer-to-peer capabilities (i.e. the desktop is directly etherneted into
the iSeries without any other devices in-between)

On a last note, the display panel on my latest boot is displaying "01    B
N  V=F"  with a single "T" on the second line.

Thanks for any direction you can provide,
Aaron Bartell

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rob@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 10:50 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: System i5 first boot

First, look to see how you're supposed to be connected.  Your system is
configured to use something, probably Op's Console.  You really need to

Even if you do buy:  twinax card (providing you have a slot for it), twinax
terminal, twinax cabling, etc, just shoving all this in doesn't
automatically make this your system console.

And twinax is not the magic bullet some altzeimers seem to think it is. I've had a lot of issues with it in the past. Twinax cards going bad. Bad
twinax cabling, address conflicts, baluns screwed up, terminals going bad,
electrical shock from the attaching the cable because the wall plug was
reversed, repeaters all needing to be replaced because 5250 signal is not as
strong in an iSeries as it was in an AS/400, and more.

Op's console was problem free for me.
HMC, (now that most of the early ship issues have been worked out) is quite
reliable now.

Plus, with the newer technologies you can get remote access much easier.

Rob Berendt
Group Dekko Services, LLC
Dept 01.073
PO Box 2000
Dock 108
6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755

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RE: System i5 first boot

Hmmm... I get the feeling that is the direction I should be going also.

It has been quite some time since I have been an operator (when I actually
used a dumb terminal). Is this what I should be looking at getting?


Looks like it is going to run me about $145.  Those things must be gaining
speed as collectors items!  I seem to remember a plethora of them at my
previous employer that were all going the way of the buffalo.

Aaron Bartell
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[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joe Pluta
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 10:12 AM
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Subject: RE: System i5 first boot

I don't use the HMC, Aaron, I use a $50 dumb tube and a twinax brick. I've
never had any problems.


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