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Initiates an unattended installation of the operating system and device drivers
for most adapters and devices
The program is contained on the ThinkServer EasyStartup DVD provided with your
server. If you did not receive the DVD with your server, you can download an ISO
image of the DVD from http://www.lenovo.com/support. The program has a
built-in help system and User Guide to answer questions you might have. The
program also provides compatibility notes to help you determine what server
configurations and operating systems are supported by that specific version of the
The ThinkServer EasyStartup program also enables you to save the response file on
a USB device for reuse, and an option that enables you to install an operating
system using the saved response file. This option is useful if you intend to install
the same operating system on similarly configured ThinkServer servers.
If you intend to implement a RAID, make sure your storage controller or RAID
adapter is configured correctly before you use the ThinkServer EasyStartup
program to install the operating system.
If you are using any external storage devices or fiber channels, use the utilities
provided with the device. You also will have to provide the device drivers for
these devices and install them after the EasyStartup program finishes installing
the operating system.
The ThinkServer EasyStartup DVD requires that you have a DVD drive that is
configured as your first device in the startup sequence. Use the Setup Utility
program to view or change your startup sequence. See “Viewing or changing
the startup device sequence” on page 52.
To install an operating system, you need the operating system installation disc
(CD or DVD) and the associated product key, if one was provided.
To start the ThinkServer EasyStartup DVD, do the following:
Insert the ThinkServer EasyStartup DVD and restart the server. If the EasyStartup
program does not start, see “EasyStartup problems” on page 60.
Follow the instructions on the screen and continue to the main interface.
When you arrive at the Home screen, do any of the following:
Click Compatibility notes to view detailed information about the operating
systems and server configurations supported by that version of the
Click User Guide to view an overview of the various functions provided by
that version of the EasyStartup program.
Click Hardware list to view a list of hardware detected by the ThinkServer
Click Install operating system to begin the process of creating a response file
and installing the operating system. As part of this procedure you will be
given the opportunity to include the ThinkServer EasyManage Agent as part
of the installation process. You also can provide one or more command-line
based instructions to run at the end of the operating system installation
Click About to view version information and legal notices.
To use the ThinkServer EasyStartup DVD to install an operation system using a
preexisting response file, do the following:
Chapter 6. Configuring the server