About This Guide

This guide is designed to help you learn to use, manage, troubleshoot, and upgrade your SGI 2200 deskside server. This document is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, “Introducing the SGI 2200 Server,” describes the system and its capabilities and contrasts them with other server technology. A brief overview of the system's compute and interface capabilities is provided.

Chapter 2, “Chassis Tour,” describes all of the system components and reviews all of the controls, indicators, and connectors.

Chapter 3, “Basic Operating Procedures,” reviews hardware-specific operating components and procedures. The chapter covers booting the system, graceful shutdown, and proper use of optional console terminals.

Chapter 4, “SGI 2200 Interface and Cabling Information,” covers the use of Ethernet, serial, and external SCSI interfaces. The chapter also describes optional types of connections that make the system operational.

Chapter 5, “Installing and Replacing Customer-Replaceable Units,” describes installation and replacement procedures for disk, CD-ROM, and System Controller assemblies. Includes basic information on external peripherals.

Chapter 6, “Using the Module System Controller,” describes the basic System Controller and interface panel used with the deskside server.

Chapter 7, “Basic Troubleshooting,” offers information on tracking down and fixing simple problems.

Start at the beginning to familiarize yourself with the features of your new system, or proceed directly to the information you need using the table of contents as your guide.

Additional software-specific information is found in the following software guides:

Finding Additional Information

The SGI 2200 Server Owner's Guide covers many basic and useful topics that are necessary for setting up, operating, and maintaining your deskside system. The following sections and illustrations describe multiple sources of information that you may find helpful or vital to your work with the SGI 2200 (see Figure i).

Read the SGI 2200 Server Owner's Guide (this book) whenever you need help with the basic hardware aspects of your system. The system and the procedures in this guide are designed to help you maintain the system without the help of a trained technician. However, do not feel that you must work with the hardware yourself. You can always contact your maintenance provider to have an authorized service provider work with the hardware instead.

Figure 1. Deskside System Owner's Guide

Figure ii illustrates various sources of information available for using the SGI 2200 server.

Figure 2. Information Sources for the SGI 2200 Server

Online Man Pages

Your deskside system comes with a set of IRIX man pages, formatted in the standard UNIX man page style. These are found online on the internal system disk, (or CD-ROM) and are displayed using the man command. For example, to display the man page for the Add_disk command, enter the following command at a shell prompt:

man Add_disk

Important system configuration files as well as commands are documented on man pages. References in the documentation to these man pages include the name of the command and the section number in which the command is found. For example, “Add_disk(1)” refers to the Add_disk command and indicates that it is found in section 1 of the IRIX reference.

For additional information about displaying man pages using the man command, see man(1).

In addition, the apropos command locates man pages based on keywords. For example, to display a list of man pages that describe disks, enter the following command at a shell prompt:

apropos disk

For information about setting up and using apropos, see apropos(1) and makewhatis(1M).

Release Notes

You can view the release notes for a variety of SGI products and software subsystems using one of two utilities:


Text-based viewer for online release notes.


Graphical viewer for online release notes.

To see a list of available Release Notes, type the following at a shell prompt:


For more information, see the relnotes(1) and grelnotes(1) man pages.

World Wide Web-Accessible Documentation

SGI makes its manuals available in a variety of formats via the World Wide Web (WWW). Using your Web browser, open the following URL:


Enter a keyword search, or search by title to find the information or manual you need.


The SGI 2200 Server Owner's Guide uses these conventions:

  • References to documents are in italics.

  • References to other chapters and sections within this guide are in quotation marks.

  • Names of commands that you type at the shell prompt are in italics as are IRIX filenames.

  • Steps to perform tasks are in numbered sentences. When a numbered step needs more explanation, the explanation follows the step.