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I have an HP ProLiant DL370 G6 server that I am using as a workstation. It takes 60 seconds during reboot and cold boot before screens post with a discrete Radeon HD6xxx GPU. What can I do to make it boot faster?


I have had a chance to use HP Gen8 server. It posts quickly and shows various CPU/memory/QPI initialization steps. Still takes a long time, but at least I can see what's going on.

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FWIW, that's a crapload faster than the Dell M610, M700, and M710 blades that I was working with at my last job. –  mfinni Dec 4 '12 at 3:15
    
@mfinni In other news: Dell's reliable memory technology is actually good for you. My question is about the specifics of HP server. I am curious to find out what takes that long, actually, and how to turn this thing off :) –  GregC Dec 4 '12 at 14:29
    
That's why I posted a comment: I don't have an answer to your question :-) –  mfinni Dec 4 '12 at 15:45
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The Gen8 servers were modified to show early initialization steps on the console shortly after power-on. The boot and POST times are similar to the G7, but I suppose it gives people a warm-fuzzy to see something on the screen. –  ewwhite Nov 1 '13 at 21:52
    
Yuppers. Warm fuzzies all around :) –  GregC Nov 1 '13 at 21:59
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There's no option here. Since the advent of the Nehalem and newer CPU's, the POST time on HP systems has grown tremendously.

I see that you're using this as a workstation. Is there any option to leave the system running and take advantage of some of the BIOS power management options?

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For truth. They all take an extremely long time to POST. In an outage where minutes matter, it's rather annoying. –  sysadmin1138 Dec 3 '12 at 21:05
    
It helps to disable option roms for network booting. –  Matt Dec 3 '12 at 21:05
    
@Matt I am talking specifically about the time before screens post. Option ROMs for a myriad cards is a battle for another day. –  GregC Dec 3 '12 at 21:06
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@sysadmin1138 I'm about to send a G5 ML370 to another SF user. It boots in 60 seconds. The G6 variant of the same server is 90-110 seconds. –  ewwhite Dec 3 '12 at 21:06
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Nothing. HP's proliant servers simply are very slow at booting. G7 is even worse and G8 (just testing them now) hasn't improved things either. It looks shinier, but is slower still to boot.

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Who needs fast boots? I just let the servers run until they die... # uptime 15:09:27 up 1033 days, 10:16, 39 users –  ewwhite May 30 '13 at 22:09
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