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LAN console setup - reduce complexity and use fixed parameters.
Newly delivered 41G system (with 7.4 preloaded) and LAN console. Proceeded as described in https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/power9/9009-41G?topic=use-cabling-server-accessing-operations-console but - no console. Tested everything from cable, PC, settings, firewalling, all network cards and ports on PC and Power Server.
No luck. The preloaded 7.4 LIC showed console ONCE (!) - a boot of 7.3 LIC (level N) also does not show up console.
After long tries we managed to get a console using 7.4 LIC from USB thumb drive - but 7.3 or 7.2 is not explicitely excluded from the documentation?
A console must be made available fast, easy, simple, reliable. IBM messed up LAN console setup by changing from a fixed IP range (192.168.2.x) to ZeroConf (169.254.x.x) - which is known to cause trouble on windows side. Why not use the control panel for what it is supposed for? Show the IP and the network port on the control panel display to help finding the problem. Why not stay on the "fixed IP" approach for initial LAN console setup to avoid network issue investigation. This is an initial scratch install where hours of work are spent to get started...
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