Selecting hardware settings


  1. Select Express OS Install on the Intelligent Provisioning home screen.

    The Operating System Installation screen appears.

  2. Select a RAID Configuration option.
    • Recommended settings—HPE SSA polls any drives that are present, and builds an appropriate array for those drives. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends selecting this option when initially provisioning a server.


      Selecting this option resets all disks (and arrays, if any are present). Because no arrays or disk data are present during a first-time setup, this does not affect your server. However, if you choose this option when re-provisioning your server, you can lose your data and any disk arrays. For more information about HPE SSA, see the HPE Smart Storage Administrator User Guide.

    • Keep current settings—Uses existing settings to maintain any previously constructed arrays. Use this option when re-provisioning a server. This option is displayed only when valid logical drives are present on the server. For new server installations, this option is not displayed.

    In Legacy BIOS mode, drives that are 2.2 TB or larger will not be detected during OS installation.
    • If you want to use Legacy BIOS mode, use HPE SSA to create a logical drive to boot with less than 2.2 TB. To access HPE SSA, select RAID Configuration from the Intelligent Provisioning Perform Maintenance home screen.

    • If you want to use logical drives of 2.2 TB capacity or more for OS installation, use UEFI mode instead. See the UEFI System Utilities User Guide for more information.

  3. Select a Controller from the list. Controller selections are based on your operating environment.
  4. Select a Disk from the list. Disk selections are based on your operating environment.
  5. Select an Install Source from the list. The options and the required information and action for each are described in the following table.

    Always On Intelligent Provisioning is limited to only using network install sources.

    Media type

    Required information/action

    DVD-ROM Media

    Insert the disc.

    File on a USB drive

    Insert the USB drive and browse to the location of the OS installation files on the USB drive. Then, double-click the ISO file.


    Only FAT or exFAT-formatted USB drives are supported. For OS image files that cannot copy to the USB unless it is NTFS-formatted, use a different source media.

    SBM/CIFS (Windows Share)
    Enter network connection information, including:
    • Server Name or IP Address—Server name or IP address of the server that hosts the OS contents. If a server name is specified, a DNS entry is also required.
    • Share Name—The name of the network share using Server Message Block (SMB) protocol that hosts the OS contents.
    • Network Share User—User name used to access the network share.
    • Network Share Password (not encrypted)—Password for the user name used to access the network share.
    An anonymous FTP server
    Enter network connection information, including:
    • Server Name or IP Address—FTP server name or IP address of the server that hosts the OS contents. FTP support requires anonymous access to the FTP server and does not support connecting to an FTP server through a proxy.

    When entering an FTP path, remove spaces and punctuation. The FTP server directory structure cannot contain spaces or special characters (including punctuation).

  6. Select whether or not to do a Firmware Update.
    • Skip—Default. No firmware updates are performed before the OS installation.

    • Update before OS Install—Firmware updates available according to the baseline defined in the latest SPP are done before OS installation.

  7. Select an Install Method.

    If using Always On (Intelligent Provisioning accessed from the iLO Web page), only the Assisted Install option is listed.

    • Assisted Install—An express installation process uses Hewlett Packard Enterprise-defined defaults to configure the server software and firmware, partition storage, and install the OS with drivers. It also performs a software and firmware update if the network is available at your location. Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends selecting this option for first-time server setup.


      Agentless Management Service (AMS) and the ProLiant iLO 5 Channel Interface Driver are installed automatically if you use the Intelligent Provisioning Assisted Install method for Windows installation. The ProLiant iLO 5 Channel Interface Driver is standard for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise.

    • Manual—Installs the OS from a custom OS CD/DVD without searching the Web. After selecting this option, insert the provided CD/DVD so that the server can reboot from the OS CD/DVD.

      The Legacy BIOS boot order cannot be changed by pressing F10. If doing an assisted or a manual install in Legacy BIOS mode, you must ensure that:
      • On Windows, the system boots to DVD.

      • On Linux/VMware, the system boots to the hard drive.

      Do this by changing the boot order or by pressing F11 to choose at boot.
  8. To proceed to Selecting the OS, click the Continue right arrow.
    IMPORTANT: If an unsupported media device is selected, you will not be able to continue to the next screen. To resolve the issue, remove the unsupported media device, and make sure that you have a supported install source when prompted.