My ramblings on the stuff that holds it all together
Press F8 to enter CIMC configuration does not work on Cisco c-class rack mount server
I encountered this today, on a system that is not managed by UCS manager, to setup the CIMC (HP iLo equivalent) you need to connect to the physical console with a screen and keyboard to set the initial IP address.
You do this by pressing F8 at the BIOS screen, however I couldn’t get this to work
the fix was simple, if a bit weird – I had accidentally cabled the management NIC to the serial console port on the back of the server, if you do this – it recognises you pressing F8 but then boots to a flashing prompt – I assume this is because it switches to some sort of serial console interface unstead of displaying the UI on the screen.
for reference – connect the Ethernet management cable to the correct NIC! as below