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iLO Amplifier Pack - Configuring the iLO Amplifier Pack Appliance

Upgrading the appliance firmware

NOTE: To upgrade iLO amplifier pack from version 1.0x to version 1.10 or later, user must redeploy the appliance. The configuration can be restored from version 1.0x to version 1.10 or later.

HPE recommends backing up user's current configuration before upgrading so that user can restore the configuration of the earlier version.

HPE recommends upgrading the appliance firmware to version 1.30 or 1.40 before upgrading to version 1.50.

iLO Amplifier Pack oƒers two methods to upgrade the appliance firmware:

  1. Upgrading the appliance firmware manually.

  2. Upgrading the appliance firmware automatically.

Upgrading the appliance firmware manually

Prerequisites

  • iLO amplifier pack user with either of the following privileges:

    • Configure manager

    • Configure manager with security

Procedure

NOTE: Use the following procedure to upgrade iLO amplifier pack from v1.10 to v1.15 or later releases.
  1. Download and save iLOAmpPack_1.50_Binary.zip and its corresponding checksum file.

    NOTE: Use an appropriate checksum verification tool to verify the integrity of the downloaded files.
  2. Extract iLOAmplifierPack.bin from the zip file.

  3. Save the firmware upgrade file to a removable storage device, network share, HTTP share, or client computer.

  4. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click System Update.

  5. Select the storage type that corresponds to the location where user saved the firmware upgrade file.

  6. Depending on the storage type user selected, do one of the following:

    • For removable storage (USB), select the mounted device or enter the file path in the format /folder/ filename.

      NOTE: USB mounting is supported only in iLO amplifier pack installed using VMware ESXi.
    • For a network share, enter a file path in the format /folder/filename, an IPv4 or IPv6 address, and the network storage path.

    • For an HTTP file share, enter the URL for the firmware upgrade file.

    • For a file upload, click Browse, and then navigate to the firmware upgrade file on the client computer.

  7. Click Update system manually.

    The system will reboot after the update is finished.

    NOTE: The IP address of the appliance might change after reboot if iLO amplifier pack is configured with DHCP.
  8. Clear the browser cache.

    NOTE:
    • The update will fail if jobs are still running.
    • Keep the initial registration email for use with future updates.

Upgrading the appliance firmware automatically

iLO amplifier pack version 1.50 onwards allows user to automatically download the binary files when an update is available. User can then choose to allow iLO amplifier pack to update the appliance automatically when no jobs are running or user can trigger the update manually.

Prerequisites

  • iLO amplifier pack user with either of the following privileges:

    • Configure manager

    • Configure manager with security

    • DNS Configuration

    • Firewall allows outbound connection to midway.ext.hpe.com.

    • Proxy settings if required.

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click System Update.

  2. Under Automatic Update, select the Enable Automatic Update check box and choose from one of the following options:

    • Select Automatically download the binary and manually update to allow iLO amplifier pack to automatically download the update binary. Once the package is downloaded, a banner message will be displayed at the top of the page. The upgrade will then need to be initiated manually from the System Update page. This option will be selected by default if automatic updates are turned ON.

    • Select Automatically download the binary and automatically update to allow iLO amplifier pack to automatically update itself when an update is available. The update will be scheduled for later if any jobs are running.

  3. Click Save.

  4. Optional. Click Check for updates now to check if any new updates are available.

Appliance firmware upgrade storage types

User should choose from the following methods when upgrading iLO amplifier pack firmware:

  • Removable Storage (USB) - Upgrade the firmware from a file saved on a removable storage device.

    NOTE: USB mounting is supported only in iLO amplifier pack installed using VMware ESXi.
  • Network Share (NFS) - Upgrade the firmware from a file saved on a shared network device.

  • HTTP/HTTPS Share - Upgrade the firmware from a file saved on an HTTP/HTTPS file share.

  • File Upload - Upgrade the firmware from a file saved on the client computer.

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Performance settings

Modifying the refresh settings

User can set the refresh settings for iLO amplifier pack to wait for a manually specified time limit between inventory processes or refresh automatically. User can also enable iLO amplifier pack to refresh inventory based on alerts from the iLO.

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click Performance Settings.

  2. Select one of the following:

    • To have iLO amplifier pack automatically refresh server inventory, click to select the Enable Auto Refresh check box.

      When Auto Refresh is selected, iLO amplifier pack continuously refreshes the inventory. Servers that have been refreshed within the past hour will not be inventoried again.

    • To specify the refresh interval time, clear the Enable Auto Refresh check box, and select a number from the Refresh Interval (in hours) menu.

      iLO amplifier pack waits for the selected period of refresh interval time (in hours) and then starts the inventory process for all the added servers.

      NOTE: If auto refresh is disabled, the server inventory information in iLO amplifier pack may not always be up to date.
  3. To have iLO amplifier pack automatically refresh server inventory on receiving an iLO alert event, select the Enable Alert Based Refresh check box.

    NOTE: HPE recommends that this setting be enabled to ensure that the inventory is always up to date.
  4. Click Save.

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Configuring alert settings

Prerequisites

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

  • iLO Advanced license on the managed server

  • An IFTTT account for IFTTT alerts

  • Mail server details and an email address for email alerts

  • Proxy set up on the Network Settings page if user's Internet connection uses a proxy

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings, and then click Alert Settings.

  2. Optional: Configure email alerts.

    1. In the Email Settings section, select the Enable Email Alerts check box.

    2. Enter the email address to which user want the alerts sent. User can enter multiple email addresses by separating them with a semicolon.

    3. Add the SMTP server information in the following format: smtp.gmail.com.

    4. Provide the outgoing server port number.

    5. To enable authentication, click the Enable Secure Connection check box, and then enter the username and password for the email account that will send the alerts.

  3. Optional: Configure IFTTT alerts

    1. In the IFTTT Settings section, select the Enable IFTTT Alerts check box.

    2. Enter the IFTTT key.

  4. Select the alert categories and severities for which user want to receive emails.

    Click All Alerts to receive emails for all alert categories and severities or click any combination of the following to designate for which alerts the appliance will send an email.

    • Alert Category

      • Security

      • Hardware failure

      • General failure

      • Storage

      • Maintenance

      • Administration

      • Other

    • Alert Severity

      • Critical

      • Warning

      • Info

  5. Optional. If user want to receive alerts from the iLO amplifier pack appliance, select the Enable Activity Alerts check box.

  6. Click Save to save user's settings.

  7. Optional. Click Send Test Alert to test the alert configuration.

    NOTE: Save the configured settings before sending a test alert.

Sending a test alert

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings, and then click Alert Settings.

  2. Click Send Test Alert.

    This will send an email or IFTTT event, whichever is configured.

Setting up an IFTTT alert

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Create an account on the IFTTT website and sign in. Click here to access IFTTT website Non-HPE site .

  2. In the search box, search for webhooks.

  3. Click on the Services tab and then click the webhooks icon.

  4. Click Connect, and then click Settings.

  5. Copy the URL into another tab in the browser, and then go to that page to get key.

  6. Copy the key and save it in Notepad.

  7. Go back to the profile page and click New Applet on the top right corner of the page.

  8. Click the word this, and then search for Webhooks.

  9. Click Webhooks, and then click Receive a web request.

  10. Enter HPEServerAlert as the event name, and then click Create Trigger.

  11. Click the word that, and then click the Email icon.

  12. Select Connect and enter user's email address. Enter the pin which user receive on the registered email address on the webpage.

  13. Click Send me an email on the Choose action page.

  14. Review the action fields, and then click Create action.

  15. Click Finish on the Review and finish page to complete the alert.

  16. Open iLO Amplifier Pack, click Configuration and Settings, and then click Alert Settings.

  17. Enter the key in the IFTTT field.

IFTTT alert syntax

Use the following syntax for the types of alerts user want to receive.

Email, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites

Subject line (email only)

HPE server alert

Body

What: {{EventName}}<br>
When: {{OccurredAt}}<br><br><br>
Category: {{Value1}}<br>
Summary: {{Value2}}<br>
Action: {{Value3}}

SMS

Body

{{EventName}}<br>
When: {{OccurredAt}}<br>
Category: {{Value1}}<br>
Action: {{Value3}}

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Configuring network settings

Use the settings on the following tabs to configure the network settings for the iLO amplifier pack.

  • Network Summary

  • Network port 1

  • Network port 2

  • General settings

  • Proxy configuration

The results are displayed on the Network Summary tab.

Configuring the network ports

Prerequisites

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Network Settings.

  2. Select the Network Port 1 or Network Port 2 tab.

  3. Click the check boxes to enable NIC, DHCPv4, or DHCPv6 if required.

  4. Do one of the following or both if DHCP is not configured:

    • Enter information into the Static IPv4 Address section:

      • IP address

      • Subnet mask

      • Default gateway

    • Enter information into the Static IPv6 Address section:

      • IP address

      • Default gateway

      • Prefix length

  5. Click Save to save user's settings.

  6. Click Reboot to restart the system.

NOTE: If the appliance is configured with DHCP, the appliance IP address might change after user restart the system.

Configuring general network settings

Prerequisites

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Network Settings.

  2. Click the General Settings tab and provide the following information in the General Settings section:

    • Host name

    • Domain name

    • DNS Search

  3. Optional: In the Manually configured IPv4 DNS servers or Manually configured IPv6 DNS servers section, enter the DNS IP address for up to two servers.

  4. Optional: In the DHCP Settings section, click the check boxes to enable the appropriate DHCPv4 or DHCPv6 settings:

    • DHCPv4 settings:

      • Use DHCPv4 supplied DNS servers

      • Use DHCPv4 supplied domain name

      • Use DHCPv4 supplied gateway

    • DHCPv6 settings:

      • Use DHCPv6 supplied DNS servers

      • Use DHCPv6 supplied domain name

      • Use DHCPv6 supplied gateway

  5. In the Management Network Port section, select Network Port 1 or Network Port 2.

  6. Click Save to save user's settings. Click Reboot to restart the system.

Configuring proxy settings

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Network Settings.

  2. Click the Proxy Configuration tab.

  3. Click to select the Enable Proxy check box.

  4. Enter the Proxy Servername in the following format:<proxy server>

  5. Enter the Port number.

  6. Optional: Click to select the Enable Secure Proxy Connection check box.

  7. Optional: Enter a Username and Password to enable proxy authentication.

  8. Optional: Click to select the Enable Bypass Proxy check box.

  9. Optional: Enter the IP address, range of IP addresses in CIDR format, or a specific FQDN for which the proxy connection should not be used. User can enter multiple values if required, but each value must be separated by a comma.

  10. Click Save to save user's settings. Click Reboot to restart the system.

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Configuring time and NTP settings

Prerequisites

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Time and NTP Settings.

  2. Select a time zone from the menu.

  3. To use NTP settings, select the Use NTP check box, and then enter the Primary and Secondary Server Address.

  4. Click Save to save user's settings.

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Configuring remote sysLog settings for iLO amplifier pack

Use this page to configure the sysLog settings for iLO amplifier pack. Remote sysLog settings for individual servers can also use the settings on this page or can be configured to send server sysLog files to a diƒerent location.

Prerequisites

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Remote SysLog Settings.

  2. Click to select the SysLog Enabled check box.

  3. Enter the SysLog Port number.

  4. Enter the IPv4 or IPv6 address and host name for up to two servers in the SysLog Server1 and SysLog Server2 fields.

  5. Click Send test SysLog to validate the server settings.

  6. Click Save.

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Configuring security settings

Configuring access settings

  • One of the following user privileges:

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigational menu, click Security Settings, and then click the Access Settings tab.

  2. Set the minimum password length in the Min Password Length field.

  3. Select the time-out period from the Session Idle Time Out (Min) menu.

  4. Click Save to save user's settings.

Obtaining and importing an SSL certificate

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, click Security Settings, and then click the SSL Certificate tab.

  2. Perform one of the following:

    • Click Generate Self Signed Certificate

    • Click Import Certificate, paste the base64-encoded X.509 Certificate in the field provided, and then click Import.

Generating a certificate signing request

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, click Security Settings, and then click the Customize Certificate tab.

  2. Select Generate CSR.

  3. Provide the following information:

    • Country

    • State

    • City or locality

    • Organization name

    • Organizational unit

    • Common name

  4. Click Generate CSR.

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Configuring LDAP

LDAP is a lightweight client/server protocol for accessing directory services that provides information about users, systems, networks, services, and applications in the network. LDAP is used as a centralized repository for authentication purposes. With this version of iLO amplifier pack, user can configure iLO amplifier to authenticate users using the LDAP directory services. iLO amplifier communicates using secure protocol to the LDAP servers. Users must be part of groups in an LDAP directory. The groups can be configured in iLO Amplifier and privileges can be associated to the groups. A user logged in to iLO Amplifier, will have the privilege associated to the group.

Login LDAP using the following formats:

  1. Domain\Log-on name format (for example, asia\testuser).

  2. Email ID (for example, Username: jon.doe@domain.com).

  3. Distinguished name of the user (for example, CN=jon_doe,DC=Domain,DC=com).

NOTE: Although there can be multiple active directory servers and domains in the data center, iLO amplifier can configure only one active directory server. However, iLO amplifier allows authentication for groups and users that are part of the same domain in the active directory server which is configured in iLO amp. Groups and users configured on diƒerent servers will not work.

Example : Suppose Username1 and Username2 belong to Domain 1 while Username3 belongs to Domain 2. iLO amplifier will only allow Username1 and Username2 to log in to Domain 1. Unlike Microsoft Active Directory, Username3 will not be able to log in to Domain 1 since Username3 is part of a diƒerent server (Domain 2).

Configuring Directory Server Settings

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, click Security Settings, and then click the Directory tab.

  2. To enable the directory server settings, select the Enabled check box.

  3. Select the Active Directory from the Directory Type field.

  4. Enter the base distinguished name in the Base DN field.

    Base DN format (for example, OU=My_OU,DC=Domain,DC=COM).

    NOTE: To avoid LDAP timeout, users are advised to use a more specific base DN value. For example, instead of using "DC=domain,DC=com", use specific values such as "CN=path1,DC=domain,DC=com" or

    "OU=path2,DC=domain,DC=com" or "CN=path1,OU=path2,DC=domain,DC=com" (assuming the users are present in this specified path).

  5. Enter the IPv4 or IPv6 address or FQDN in the Directory Server Address field.

  6. Select the port number from the Directory Server Port field.

  7. To enable the iLO Amplifier Pack communication with LDAP server using secure protocols, select the Use secure communication check box.

  8. Click Save.

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Managing iLO amplifier pack user accounts and active sessions

Use the options on the User Administration tabs to manage user/group privileges and active sessions.

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Adding a user account

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure user

    • Configure devices

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings in the left navigation menu, and then click User Administration.

    The Local Users tab opens by default.

  2. Enter the User Name.

    This value is the name that user use when logging in to iLO amplifier pack. The maximum length for a user name is 32 characters. The User Name must use printable characters. Assigning descriptive user names can help user to easily identify the owner of each display name.

  3. Enter the Display Name.

    This value is the name that is displayed after user log in. The Display Name does not have to be the same as the User Name. The maximum length for a display name is 32 characters. The display name must use printable characters.

  4. Use Password and Password Confirm to set the password that the user will use to log in to the appliance.

    Password minimum length must conform to the setting on the Access Settings page. The maximum password length is 39 characters.

  5. Select the Enabled check box to enable the user login.

  6. Set the privilege level for this user.

    • Configure Manager with Security - Allows all operations including recovery management.

    • Configure Manager - Allows all operations except recovery management.

    • Configure User - Allows configuring users with device privileges.

    • Configure Devices - Allows configuring and performing actions on devices and login privileges.

    • Login - Allows report generating and read operations, such as viewing discovered servers and groups.

  7. Click Save.

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Editing a user account

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click User Administration. The Local Users tab opens by default.

  2. Click for the user that user want to edit.
  3. Click Save.

Disabling a user account

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click User Administration.

    The Local Users tab opens by default.

  2. Click for the user that user want to disable.
  3. Clear the Enabled check box, and then click Save.

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Deleting a user account

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, and then click User Administration. The Local Users tab opens by default.

  2. Click for the user that user want to delete, and then click Ok to confirm the deletion.
  3. Click Save.

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iLO Amplifier pack user privileges

iLO amplifier pack user accounts can have the following privileges:

  • Configure Manager with Security - Allows a user to perform all iLO amplifier jobs, including recovery management.

  • Configure Manager - Allows a user to perform all iLO Amplifier Pack jobs, except for recovery management.

  • Configure User - Allows a user to configure user accounts. This privilege includes the Configure Devices and Login privileges.

  • Configure Devices - Allows a user to configure and perform jobs on devices. This privilege includes the Login privilege.

  • Login - Allows a user to log in to iLO amplifier pack with read-only access.

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Adding a group account

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure user

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, click User Administration, and then click the Directory Groups tab.

  2. Enter the group name in the Group field.

    The maximum length allowed for a group is 255 characters. The group name must contain a group name and a domain component name. For example, CN=group name, DC=domain, DC=com.

  3. Set the privilege level for this group

    • Configure Manager with Security - Allows all operations including recovery management.

    • Configure Manager - Allows all operations except recovery management.

    • Configure User - Allows a user to configure user accounts. This privilege includes the Configure Devices and Login privileges.

    Devices and Login privileges:

    • Configure Devices - Allows configuring and performing actions on devices and login privileges.

    • Login - Allows report generating and read operations, such as viewing discovered servers and groups.

  4. Select the Enabled check box to enable the group account.

  5. Click Save.

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Editing a group account

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure user

Only configure user and above privileges is allowed.

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigational menu, click User Administration, and then click the Directory Groups tab.

  2. Click for the user that user want to edit.
  3. Click Save.

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Disabling a group account

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure users login

Only "configure user" and above privileges is allowed.

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigational menu, click User Administration, and then click the Directory Groups tab.

  2. Click for the user that user want to disable.
  3. Clear the Enabled check box, and then click Save.

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Deleting a group account

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure users login

Only "configure user" and above privileges is allowed.

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings from the left navigation menu, click User Administration, and then click the Directory Groups tab.

  2. Click for the group user want to delete, and then click Ok to confirm the deletion.
  3. Click Save.

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iLO Amplifier pack group privileges

iLO amplifier pack user accounts can have the following privileges:

  • Configure Manager with Security - Allows a group to perform all iLO amplifier jobs, including recovery management.

  • Configure Manager - Allows a group to perform all iLO Amplifier Pack jobs, except for recovery management.

  • Configure User - Allows a group to configure user accounts. This privilege includes the Configure Devices and Login privileges.

  • Configure Devices - Allows a group to configure and perform jobs on devices. This privilege includes the Login privilege.

  • Login - Allows a group to log in to iLO amplifier pack with read-only access.

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Active sessions

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

    • Configure users

    • Configure devices

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigational menu, click User Administration, and then click the Active Sessions tab.

  2. Click for the session user want to delete, and then click Ok to confirm the deletion.

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Backing up the iLO amplifier pack configuration

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Backup and restore. The Backup tab opens by default.

  2. In the File settings and security section, enter the following information:

    • Storage Type - select NFS Share or USB Share.

      NOTE: USB mounting is supported only in iLO amplifier pack installed using VMware ESXi.
    • Destination File Path

    • Backup File Passphrase - used to encrypt the configuration data; required to restore from this file.

    • Confirm Passphrase

  3. In the Network Settings section for NFS Share option, enter the following information:

    • IPv4 or IPv6 Address

    • Network Storage Path

      NOTE: For USB, select the connected USB and specify the folder in which to save the backup.
  4. Click Backup Now to start backup process.

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Restoring the iLO amplifier pack configuration

Prerequisites

  • User privileges

    • Configure manager with security

    • Configure manager

Procedure

  1. Click Configuration and Settings on the left navigation menu, and then click Backup and Restore.

  2. Click the Restore tab.

  3. In the File settings and security section, enter the following information:

    • Storage Type - select NFS Share or USB Share.

      NOTE: USB mounting is supported only in iLO amplifier pack installed using VMware ESXi.
    • File Path

    • Backup File Passphrase

  4. For the NFS Share option, enter the following information in the Network Settings section:

    • IPv4 or IPv6 Address

    • Network Storage Path

  5. HPE recommends that user turn OFFƒ the old amplifier during restoration to avoid IP conflicts. User can power the amplifier back on after the restoration process is completed.

  6. Click Restore to begin the restoration process.

  7. During the restoration, the new amplifier changes its IP address to the same IP address as the old amplifier. To avoid IP conflicts, user must manually change the IP address on the new amplifier.

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