What your server offers
The server uses the following features and technologies.
Dynamic System Analysis (DSA)
The server comes with the Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) Preboot diagnostic program stored in the integrated USB memory on the server. DSA collects and analyzes system information to aid in diagnosing server problems, as well as offering a rich set of diagnostic tests of the major components of the server. DSA creates a DSA log, which is a chronologically ordered merge of the system-event log (as the IPMI event log), the Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) event log (as the ASM event log), and the operating-system event logs. You can send the DSA log as a file to Lenovo Support or view the information as a text file or HTML file.
Two editions of Dynamic System Analysis are available: DSA Portable and DSA Preboot. For more information about both editions, see DSA editions.
Features on Demand
If a Features on Demand feature is integrated in the server or in an optional device that is installed in the server, you can purchase an activation key to activate the feature. For information about Features on Demand, see the Lenovo Features on Demand website.
Systems Director is a platform-management foundation that streamlines the way you manage physical and virtual systems in a heterogeneous environment. By using industry standards, Systems Director supports multiple operating systems and virtualization technologies for Lenovo and non-Lenovo x86 platforms. For more information, see the Systems Director Information Center at the IBM Systems Director website and Systems Director.
Integrated Management Module II (IMM2)The Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) combines service processor functions, video controller, and remote presence and blue-screen capture features in a single chip. The IMM2 provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the IMM2 event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2 also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities. The IMM2 provides remote server management through the following industry-standard interfaces:
- Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) version 2.0
- Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) version 3.0
- Common Information Model (CIM)
- Web browser
For additional information, see Using the Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) and the Integrated Management Module II User’s Guide at the the Integrated Management Module II User's Guide website.
Integrated network support
The server comes with an integrated quad-port Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet controller, which supports connection to a 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1000 Mbps network. For more information, see Configuring the Ethernet controller.
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, when the software is available. See the IBM x86 enterprise servers website for details about the TPM implementation. You can enable TPM support through the Setup utility under the System Security menu option (see Using the Setup utility).
Large data-storage capacity and hot-swap capability
The server supports a maximum of eight 2.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drives, or four 3.5-inch hot-swap or simple-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives, depending on the server model.
Large system-memory capacity
The server supports up to 32 GB if unbuffered DIMMs are installed. The memory controller supports error correcting code (ECC) for up to 4 industry-standard PC3L-12800 (DDR3-1600), DDR3 (third-generation double-data-rate), unbuffered dual inline memory modules (DIMMs).
Lenovo XClarity Administrator
Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a centralized resource-management solution that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure faster and with less effort. The solution seamlessly integrates into System x, ThinkServer, and NeXtScale servers, as well as the Flex System converged infrastructure platform.Lenovo XClarity Administrator provides the following features:
Intuitive graphical user interface
Automated discovery and inventory
Firmware updates and compliance
Bare metal deployment
Representational state transfer (REST) application programming interfaces and Windows PowerShell
Simple network management protocol (SNMP), system log, and e-mail forwarding
For more information, see Using Lenovo XClarity Administrator.
Mobile access to Lenovo Service Information website
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 website. The Lenovo Service Information website provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support. For the QR code, see QR code information on page The Lenovo System x3250 M5 Type 5458 server.
The server supports Intel Pentium™, Intel Core™ i3, and IntelXeon E3-1200 v3 series multi-core microprocessors. The server comes with one microprocessor installed.
PCI adapter capabilities
The server has two PCI interface slots. Both slots can support PCI Express adapters. See Replacing an adapter for detailed information.
Cooling and optional power capabilities
The server supports five speed-controlled simple-swap fans for a full configuration. The server comes with one 300-watt fixed power supply, or one 460-watt hot-swap power supply installed. The server supports a maximum of two 460-watt hot-swap power supplies. For redundancy support on hot-swap models, two power-supplies must be installed in the server. Two power supplies enables continued operation if one of the power supplies fails.
The ServeRAID adapter provides hardware redundant array of independent disks (RAID) support to create configurations. The standard RAID adapter provides RAID levels 0, 1, and 10. Additional optional RAID adapters are available for purchase that provide RAID level 5.
The server comes with an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2). When the IMM2 is used with the systems-management software that comes with the server, you can manage the functions of the server locally and remotely. The IMM2 also provides system monitoring, event recording, and network alert capability. The systems-management connector for the IMM2 is located on the rear of the server.
UEFI-compliant server firmwareThe UEFI firmware offers several features, including Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) version 2.1 compliance, enhanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) capabilities, and basic input/output system (BIOS) compatibility support. UEFI replaces the BIOS and defines a standard interface between the operating system, platform firmware, and external devices. The server is capable of booting UEFI-compliant operating systems, BIOS-based operating systems, and BIOS-based adapters as well as UEFI-compliant adapters. For more information about UEFI-compliant firmware, go to Introducing UEFI-Compliant Firmware on Lenovo System x and BladeCenter Servers.NoteThe server does not support DOS (Disk Operating System).
VMware ESXi embedded hypervisor
An optional USB flash device with VMware ESXi embedded hypervisor software is available for purchase. Hypervisor is virtualization software that enables multiple operating systems to run on a host system at the same time. See Using the embedded hypervisor for additional information.