Performance, ease of use, reliability, and expansion capabilities were key considerations in the design of the server. These design features make it possible for you to customize the system hardware to meet your needs today and provide flexible expansion capabilities for the future.
Baseboard management controller (BMC)The BMC is the common management controller for Lenovo ThinkSystem server hardware. It consolidates multiple management functions in a single chip on the server system board.NoteBecause there is no battery backup for RTC in the server, the BMC will load the default date 2020/1/1 after AC cycle. The date will sync with that of BIOS after BIOS initiation.
You can use the ThinkSystem System Manager, a Web-based interface, to access the BMC and apply BMC management options. For detailed information, see:
UEFI-compliant server firmware
Lenovo ThinkSystem firmware is Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) compliant. UEFI replaces BIOS and defines a standard interface between the operating system, platform firmware, and external devices.
Lenovo ThinkSystem servers are capable of booting UEFI-compliant operating systems, BIOS-based operating systems, and BIOS-based adapters as well as UEFI-compliant HEAD adapters.NoteThe server does not support Disk Operating System (DOS).
Large system-memory capacity
The server supports up to 16 TruDDR4 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) with Error Checking and Correcting (ECC) technology. For more information about the specific types and maximum amount of memory, see Specifications.
Flexible network support
The server has an Open Compute Project (OCP) 3.0 Ethernet slot for an OCP 3.0 Ethernet adapter, which provides two or four network connectors for network support.
Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
This integrated security chip performs cryptographic functions and stores private and public secure keys. It provides the hardware support for the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) specification. You can download the software to support the TCG specification.
Below table lists the supported TPM versions. For more information on TPM configurations, see “Configure security settings” in the Maintenance Manual.
TPM version Type Outside Chinese Mainland Chinese Mainland 7002 CPU 7003 CPU 7002 CPU 7003 CPU TPM 1.2 Onboard chip √ TPM 2.0 Onboard chip √ √ NationZ TPM 2.0 Daughter card √ √
Large data-storage capacity and hot-swap capability
The server models support a maximum of four 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA storage drives or a maximum of sixteen 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA/NVMe storage drives.
With the hot-swap feature, you can add, remove, or replace drives without turning off the server.
Mobile access to Lenovo Service Information Web site
The server provides a QR code on the system service label, which is on the cover of the server, that you can scan using a QR code reader and scanner with a mobile device to get quick access to the Lenovo Service Information Web site. The Lenovo Service Information Web site provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support.
Redundant networking connection
The baseboard management controller (BMC) provides failover capability to a redundant Ethernet connection with the applicable application installed. If a problem occurs with the primary Ethernet connection, all Ethernet traffic that is associated with the primary connection is automatically switched to the optional redundant Ethernet connection. If the applicable device drivers are installed, this switching occurs without data loss and without user intervention.
Redundant cooling and optional power capabilities
The server supports a maximum of two hot-swap power supplies and six hot-swap fans, which provide redundancy for a typical configuration. The redundant cooling by the fans in the server enables continued operation if one of the fans fails.