[syslinux] jump from menu.c32 to HP Proliant BIOS

Ayvaz, James James.Ayvaz at hp.com
Wed Dec 2 07:47:28 PST 2009

The HP SmartStart Scripting Toolkit also contains a proprietary reboot tool (not to be confused with the standard reboot command) that will perform a one-time boot to a boot device:

	reboot rbsu	(reboots into the ROM based setup utility)

So you could cook up a live image that when selected from the pxelinux menu performs a one-time reboot to RBSU, then when you exit RBSU it returns to the standard boot order.

-----Original Message-----
From: syslinux-bounces at zytor.com [mailto:syslinux-bounces at zytor.com] On Behalf Of Curtis Doty
Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2009 11:32 AM
To: For discussion of Syslinux and tftp-hpa
Subject: Re: [syslinux] jump from menu.c32 to HP Proliant BIOS

H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 11/13/2009 01:14 AM, Jodok Ole Muellers wrote:
>> Hello,
>> We have got a bunch of HP Proliant Servers and during power on
>> it's possible to press F9 to reach the System BIOS.
>> Since the servers take very long to power on I 
>> miss the stage where I can press F9 to reach the BIOS
>> and so pxelinux gets started.
>> It would be very helpfull if it would be possible to
>> get from the pxelinux menu.c32 to the BIOS.
>> Is this somehow possible ?
> No, it isn't, unfortunately.
> 	-hpa

The closest way to accomplish this with pxelinux is to boot to a live
image cooked from the HP SmartStart Scripting Toolkit that calls the HP
proprietary conrep tool that load your BIOS settings from a conrep.xml file.


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