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  • 04/26/2022
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Hardware Setup

Intel® Edge Software Configurator
(Intel® ESC) allows you to add and manage Edge Nodes, which can be either BareMetal or Virtual Machines. The BareMetal plugin is enabled by Edge Software Provisioner, which enables ODMs, systems integrators, and developers to automate the installation of a complete operating system and software stack on BareMetal or Virtual Machines using a just-in-time provisioning process. During the installation of ESC, you will be prompted to install the BareMetal Provisioning plugin as well. This plugin allows you to provision on Dual Ethernet as well as Single Ethernet modes.
Differences between Dual Ethernet and Single Ethernet Network Mode
Dual Ethernet network mode
Single Ethernet network mode
Ethernet ports
Additional hardware
Network switch
Router (if not yet using private network)
Number of networks
Two networks:
  • Upstream network
  • Downstream network
One network:
  • Downstream network
DHCP/DNS service provider
ESC Host device
ESC Host device on corporate network?

Dual Ethernet

A user can initiate the installation of the BareMetal plugin in Dual Ethernet network mode if a minimum of two Ethernet ports are available on the Host device.
In the Dual Ethernet network mode, the ESC Host device will run on the Upstream/Corporate network with two network interfaces. One network interface (the Upstream interface) will connect to the Upstream network to provide internet connectivity to the ESC Host device and the target devices. The second network interface (Downstream interface) will be connected to the Downstream network (a private/isolated network) via the network switch. All the target devices for BareMetal Provisioning will be on the downstream network connected to the Network switch.
The downstream interface of the ESC Host device will provide DHCP/DNS service to the target devices. The ESC Host device can communicate with all the target devices and other devices on the Upstream network. Target devices will be able to access internet connectivity through the ESC Host device and thus communicate with each other, since they are all on the same private network. However, they cannot communicate directly with devices on the Upstream network.
To install the BareMetal plugin in Dual Ethernet network mode, you need to have the network switch connected between Downstream network and the ESC Host device.

Single Ethernet

If the system has only one Ethernet port available, then by default the Single Ethernet network mode is selected for installing the BareMetal plugin.
With Single Ethernet network mode, you will need to run the ESC Host device on a Downstream network (a private/isolated network) provided by the router. The ESC Host device will connect to the router and the router will be connected to the Upstream network to provide internet connectivity to all the devices connected to it. It is required to configure the router with the Domain Name (Ex: ESC-Private-Domain) and Default Gateway (Ex: The BareMetal target devices will also be connected to the router and will be on the same isolated network as the ESC Host device. The router should be enabled to provide DHCP/DNS service to all the devices connected to it.
To install the BareMetal Plugin in Single Ethernet network mode, you need to have the router connected with the ESC Host device.

Pre-Setup for Target Device

Before adding the BareMetal Edge Node, the target device needs to be configured.
Follow the general steps given below to configure a PC with a UEFI/legacy BIOS to boot with PXE Network Boot:
The BIOS menu may vary according to the vendor and model. Please refer to the vendor-specific BIOS configuration guide.
  1. Open the BIOS Setup/Configuration.
    Different systems may have different keys to access the Boot menu (i.e.,
    , or
  2. Enable the Network Stack or Network PXE.
    As mentioned earlier, in the above BIOS menu, options may vary as per the vendor and model. So, find the Boot or Advanced Configuration tab and select ENABLED for the LAN/Network Stack or Network PXE or Network Boot.
  3. Make sure to set the following items to
    • Secure Boot
    • Fast Boot
    • Quiet Boot
    • Platform Trust Technology (PTT) (to disable Secure Boot)
    Some BIOS may require a 'save-and-exit' before the new settings appear.
  4. Make sure that any one of the boot options is set to PXE Boot.
    If you cannot see any Network Boot options in the boot sequence menu even after enabling the Network Boot option, then save all changes and exit the BIOS. Restart the PC and enter the BIOS menu again. The new Network Boot option should now be displayed in the boot sequence menu.
  5. Save and exit the BIOS.
  6. The PC will now give you an option for PXE Network Boot. Select this option.
    Once the PXE menu loads, select
    using the arrow keys or by pressing
    followed by
    . This will start the BareMetal provisioning process.
    Be sure to configure the BareMetal Edge Node from the ESC UI before starting BareMetal provisioning. For details, refer to Add BareMetal Edge Node.
Once the setup is complete, follow the steps in the Install and Launch Intel® Edge Software Configurator section.

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