You can process system functions using the control panel.
The control panel is the initial interface to your system. From the control panel, you can process the following system functions:
- Turn on or turn off the system.
- Perform an initial program load (IPL).
- Display and get attributes of error codes to analyze problems.
- Determine processor activity.
- If you have a partitioned system, only the primary partition can access the control panel. All secondary partitions use the remote control panel through the primary partition.
- The information in this topic pertains only to IBM® iSeries™ 270 and 8xx models. If you have a different model, see the IBM Systems Hardware Information Center for more information.
The following topics provide information for you to set up the virtual control panel or the remote control panel, access control panel functions, and use APIs to operate your remote control panel with a user-written program.
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- Control panel concepts
This information explains the differences between the control panel options: the virtual control panel, the remote control panel, and the physical control panel. It also provides details about the functions that the control panel can perform.
- Setting up your control panel
Both the remote control panel and the virtual control panel are set up through an Operations Console configuration. You need to install Operations Console and configure a remote control panel or a virtual control panel to use control panel functions.
- Accessing control panel functions
To access the control panel functions, follow these instructions, which apply to all three kinds of control panels.
- Instructions and descriptions for control panel functions
Control panel functions can be classified into three categories: normal functions, extended functions, and low-level debug functions. The remote control panel and virtual control panel can perform most of these functions. The physical control panel can perform all of them.
- Using remote control panel APIs
You can use these APIs to write a program that can access the control panel remotely. With the APIs, your program can access many commands and queries.
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