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Configuring the Gigabit Ethernet controller

Use this information to locate the device drivers for the Gigabit Ethernet controller.

One Ethernet controller is integrated on the blade server system board. A controller provides a 1000 Mbps full-duplex interface for connecting to one of the Ethernet-compatible I/O modules in I/O-module bays 1 and 2, which enables simultaneous transmission and reception of data on the Ethernet local area network (LAN). The Ethernet controller on the system board is routed to a different I/O module in I/O-module bay 1 or bay 2. The routing from an Ethernet controller to an I/O-module bay varies according to the blade server type and the operating system that is installed.

You do not have to set any jumpers or configure the controller for the blade server operating system. However, you must install a device driver to enable the blade server operating system to address the Ethernet controller. For device drivers and information about configuring the Ethernet controller, see the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Software CD that comes with the blade server.

To find updated information about configuring the controller, complete the following steps.

Changes are made periodically to the IBM® Web site. The actual procedure might vary slightly from what is described in this document.
  1. Go to
  2. Under Product support, click BladeCenter®.
  3. Under Popular links, click Publications lookup.
  4. From the Product family menu, select BladeCenter HS12, and click Continue.