The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) or UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a firmware program that is responsible for booting your server and providing basic system functionality. In order to install an operating system on your server, you’ll need to configure the BIOS or UEFI settings to boot from the installation media. Here’s how to do it:
- Restart your server and press the key to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings: The key to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings is usually displayed on the boot screen and is often one of the following: Del, Esc, F1, F2, F10, or F12.
- Navigate to the boot options menu: Once you’re in the BIOS or UEFI settings, navigate to the boot options menu. The specific steps to do this will vary depending on the BIOS or UEFI firmware you’re using, but it’s usually located under a menu called “Boot” or “Startup.”
- Set the boot order: In the boot options menu, you’ll see a list of boot devices. You’ll need to set the boot order so that your server will boot from the installation media first. To do this, use the arrow keys to highlight the installation media and press the + key to move it to the top of the list.
- Save and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings: Once you’ve set the boot order, save your changes and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings. Your server will restart and begin booting from the installation media.
- Begin the installation process: Follow the prompts to begin the installation process. You’ll need to select your language, time and currency format, and keyboard layout, and then choose your installation type (clean install or upgrade).
It’s important to carefully follow these steps to ensure that your server is properly configured to boot from the installation media. If you have any issues during the installation process, you may need to troubleshoot your BIOS or UEFI settings to resolve the issue.