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Hi, my server spends about 1 minute in post process. Is there a way to reduce this time? What is causing this long duration? Thanks
Are you using UEFI boot or legacy?
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33 minutes ago, schoondoggy said:
21 hours ago, Lord Raven said:
Hi, my server spends about 1 minute in post process. Is there a way to reduce this time? What is causing this long duration? Thanks

Are you using UEFI boot or legacy?

UEFI to boot Windows 10 Enterprise

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UEFI to boot Windows 10 Enterprise
You may be able to go into the BIOS and remove the NIC's from boot to shave a little time off. Do you have any other cards in the server?
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1 hour ago, schoondoggy said:
1 hour ago, Lord Raven said:
UEFI to boot Windows 10 Enterprise

You may be able to go into the BIOS and remove the NIC's from boot to shave a little time off. Do you have any other cards in the server?

I have disabled all other boot options, but still, the system stays in the post for about 1 minute before booting OS. This is weird. I have disabled the 2nd NIC from boot options. 1st NIC is connected and in use.

 

The other boot options are disabled. I do not have any other cards installed. 2 x WD drives on 1 and 2 ports and SSD on port 5 using a floppy power converter.

 

Do you think it is some kind of hardware issue?

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I have disabled all other boot options, but still, the system stays in the post for about 1 minute before booting OS. This is weird. I have disabled the 2nd NIC from boot options. 1st NIC is connected and in use.
 
The other boot options are disabled. I do not have any other cards installed. 2 x WD drives on 1 and 2 ports and SSD on port 5 using a floppy power converter.
 
Do you think it is some kind of hardware issue?
Looking back on initial testing I did with the beta unit, initial boot time was about 50 seconds. The more things I installed and tested the longer boot times got. I may try clearing the BIOS to get back to a clean state. If your server is taking 60 seconds to boot, that sounds about like what it should be.
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4 hours ago, schoondoggy said:
4 hours ago, Lord Raven said:
I have disabled all other boot options, but still, the system stays in the post for about 1 minute before booting OS. This is weird. I have disabled the 2nd NIC from boot options. 1st NIC is connected and in use.
 
The other boot options are disabled. I do not have any other cards installed. 2 x WD drives on 1 and 2 ports and SSD on port 5 using a floppy power converter.
 
Do you think it is some kind of hardware issue?

Looking back on initial testing I did with the beta unit, initial boot time was about 50 seconds. The more things I installed and tested the longer boot times got. I may try clearing the BIOS to get back to a clean state. If your server is taking 60 seconds to boot, that sounds about like what it should be.

It starts booting after a 1-minute delay when you see the dots in a circular motion.  I tried to update the BIOS but the SW won't download from HP site, they need some kind of agreement to download it. Can I get the update from somewhere else?

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10 minutes ago, Lord Raven said:

It starts booting after a 1-minute delay when you see the dots in a circular motion.  I tried to update the BIOS but the SW won't download from HP site, they need some kind of agreement to download it. Can I get the update from somewhere else?

You just need to register your server with HPE, then you can download BIOS while the server is under warranty. Setup a user profile at HPE Support Center then follow the directions here: https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c04055475

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23 hours ago, schoondoggy said:

You just need to register your server with HPE, then you can download BIOS while the server is under warranty. Setup a user profile at HPE Support Center then follow the directions here: https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c04055475

Thanks. I have upgraded the BIOS. At first attempt, it gave a warning of the processor being overheated and it restarted, I don't know why. Then on the second attempt, it was updated without any notification of success. When I reboot the device, it stays even longer for boot. The Hp logo stays, then the device goes through another power cycle, then I see Hp logo and finally, the Windows starts to load.

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Having used HP servers for the last 20 years I'd say it's absolutely as intended. Their boot times have never been good - a DL380 can take up to 3 minutes. At the end of the day it's a server, it's not intended to be shut down/booted regularly.

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