This article details installing the server on a DHCP enabled network and booting off of a USB drive in order to install an operating system onto the server. 


The server is designed to be a headless system and does not have a dedicated interface for a monitor.  The system’s user interface (UI) / desktop can be viewed through KVM-over-IP which is accessible through the server’s baseboard management controller (BMC).   

For this procedure you will require: 

  • 1 x Powered HarshPro Server 
  • 1 x USB drive (4 GB or larger) 
  • 100Base-T/1000Base-T local area network with DHCP enabled 
  • 1 PC connected to the same local area network as the HarshPro Server with an OS and internet browser loaded 


  1. Physically install server in desired location. 
  2. Connect power cable to power input socket on server chassis. 
  3. Connect ethernet cable to the RJ45 port on the right-hand side.  Note: the ethernet cable must be plugged into the ethernet port on the right-hand side to enable communication with the server’s BMC, further enabling setup and operation of the server.  
  4. Once all cables are connected, turn the server on by pressing the power button.  If you have not already done so, you will need to remove the front bezel off of the server in order to gain access to the power button.   
  5. Once the server is powered, an IP address should automatically be assigned.   
  6. Using an IP scanner, search for the newly added IP address on the network.  
  7. Once the server has an IP address, open the browser on your PC, enter https://  and then type the IP address that was observed in the previous step.  
  8. Ignore any warning prompts regarding security.  
  9. A login prompt for the BMC should appear within the browser on the PC.   
  10. Enter the following details to login:
    Username: admin 

Password:  admin 

  1. Insert the pre-formatted USB drive into any USB2.0 port.   
  2. In the upper left-hand corner of the BMC page, you can select to turn the server on.  
  3. While booting, immediately press DELETE in order to gain access to the UEFI/BIOS screen.    
  4. Within the UEFI/BIOS screen, select to change the boot order.  Assuming the USB drive was formatted correctly, the USB drive should show up in a list of bootable devices.  
  5. Once you have selected to boot from the USB drive, proceed with booting. 
  6. Follow on-screen Ubuntu OS installation instructions to install. 
  7. After installation is completed, log into the server to verify the installation.

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Important notes: 

  • To access the BMC, the ethernet cable for your local area network must be plugged into the RJ45 ethernet port on the right-hand side (when viewing the IO bezel).  
  • The BMC is not accessible through the left hand 1G RJ45 ethernet port or the 10G SFP ethernet port. 
  • To boot off of a USB drive, the drive must be plugged into a USB2.0 port.  USB ports have the following color codes: USB2.0 - white, USB3.1 - blue. 
  • USB3.1 ports will not be functional until an OS and drivers are installed