IBM ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit, DOS Edition, version 1.3.07

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New IBM xSeries firmware and device driver file naming convention

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What's new in 1.3.07

Support for the following hardware:

  • System x3200 M2 (4367, 4368)
  • System x3250 M2 (4190, 4191, 4194)
  • System x3350 (4192, 4193)
  • System x3850 M2/x3950 M2 (7141, 7144)

Support for the following RAID controllers:

  • ServeRAID 8s
  • ServeRAID-MR10i
  • ServeRAID-MR10k
  • ServeRAID-MR10M
  • LSI SAS 1078 IR

Feature overview

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit is a collection of system-configuration tools and sample scripts that you can use to deploy operating systems to IBM eServer or IBM eServer xSeries servers in a repeatable, predictable manner. The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit includes IBM PC DOS 7.1 and can use the device-driver set from IBM ServerGuide.

This task list uses the following terminology:

  • The system from which you deploy the operating system is the source system.
  • The server to which you deploy the operating system is the target server.

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit can perform the following tasks.

  • Detect machine type and model, serial number, and other information about the target server hardware
  • Save persistent-state information across server restarts to monitor the deployment process
  • Report errors encountered during the deployment process
  • Delete existing partitions and data from the hard disks of the target server
  • Erase all data on the hard disks of the target server
  • Update BIOS code on the target server
  • Update IBM ServeRAID BIOS and firmware code on adapters and controllers in the target server
  • Configure supported RAID adapters and controllers in the target server
  • Configure supported Fibre Channel host bus adapters (Windows operating systems only) in the target server
  • Create a primary operating-system installation partition on the first hard disk of the target server, and format the new partition (support for FAT32 partitions for Windows only)
  • Install an operating system on the target server (Microsoft Windows or Linux )
  • Install device drivers on the target server (for Windows only)
  • Install IBM Director Agent for Windows
  • Integrate with third-party products like Altiris Deployment Solution, and Microsoft Automated Deployment Solution.
  • Install Post-operating system UpdateXpress System Packs.

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit does not currently include installation script files for Windows Preinstallation Environment 2005 or Linux boot environments.


The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit utilities were tested with IBM PC DOS 7.1. If you run the utilities with another version of DOS, replace the and commands with commands applicable to the version of DOS you are using.

Use the InstallShield wizard to install the ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit on a 32-bit source platform running one of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition

    Requirement: Microsoft Automated Deployment Services (ADS) requires Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with SP1.

To install the Scripting Toolkit onto the source server, you need a user account and password on the source system with sufficient authority to install the files. You should also obtain a static IP address for the source system to use the source system to deploy code to target systems.

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit might require some of the following items that are not part of the Web-downloadable package:

  • Licensed copies of all operating systems to be deployed
  • The executable for Linux installations.
  • The latest version of the IBM ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD-ROM that supports the target server
  • The latest version of the IBM Director Setup and Installation CD
  • The latest version of the IBM UpdateXpress CD
  • The latest version of the UpdateXpress System Pack for the target server
  • The latest version of the UpdateXpress System Pack Installer

Supported deployment scenarios

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit supports the following standalone deployment scenarios:

  • DOS-startable CD or standalone DOS-startable diskette with data CD
  • DOS-startable diskette with network share
  • Remote Supervisor Adapter II or BladeCenter® Management Module and network share

You can use any of these deployment scenarios to deploy a supported Windows operating system. You must use the DOS-startable diskette with standalone network share deployment scenario to deploy a Linux operating system.

The ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit also supports Windows and Linux deployment through the Altiris Deployment Solution for Servers.

ServerGuide Scripting Toolkit 1.3.07 supports the following servers

  • IBM eServer 325
  • IBM eServer 326
  • IBM eServer 326m
  • AMD Opteron LS20 for IBM BladeCenter
  • IBM BladeCenter HS20 (7981, 8832, 8843, 1883, 1884)
  • IBM BladeCenter HS21
  • IBM BladeCenter HS21 XM
  • IBM BladeCenter S
  • AMD Opteron LS21 for IBM BladeCenter
  • AMD Opteron LS41 for IBM BladeCenter
  • IBM BladeCenter HS40
  • IBM eServer xSeries 100
  • IBM eServer xSeries 205
  • IBM eServer xSeries 206
  • IBM eServer xSeries 206m
  • IBM eServer xSeries 225
  • IBM eServer xSeries 226
  • IBM eServer xSeries 235
  • IBM eServer xSeries 236
  • IBM eServer xSeries 260
  • IBM eServer xSeries 255
  • IBM eServer xSeries 305
  • IBM eServer xSeries 306
  • IBM eServer xSeries 306m
  • IBM eServer xSeries 335
  • IBM eServer xSeries 336
  • IBM eServer xSeries 345
  • IBM eServer xSeries 346
  • IBM eServer xSeries 365
  • IBM eServer xSeries 366
  • IBM eServer xSeries 445
  • IBM eServer xSeries 460
  • IBM System x3105
  • IBM System x3200
  • IBM System x3200 M2
  • IBM System x3250
  • IBM System x3250 M2
  • IBM System x3350
  • IBM System x3400
  • IBM System x3455
  • IBM System x3500
  • IBM System x3550
  • IBM System x3650
  • IBM System x3655
  • IBM System x3755
  • IBM System x3800
  • IBM System x3850
  • IBM System x3850 M2
  • IBM System x3950
  • IBM System x3950 M2


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Last modified:  2009-04-07
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