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The server offers 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 on 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 2.1 (IMM2.1) 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 Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) file.

  • Features on Demand

    If the 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, go to the Lenovo Features on Demand website.

  • 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

    • Configuration patterns

    • Bare metal deployment

    • Security management

    • Upward integration

    • 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.

  • Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager

    Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager is a tool for data center power management. It models the data center physical hierarchy and monitors power and temperature at the server level and the group level. By analyzing power and temperature data, Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager helps you improve business continuity and increase power efficiency. For more information, go to:

  • Lenovo ThinkServer Power Planner

    The Lenovo ThinkServer Power Planner program provides power consumption information and electric current calculation based on the different configurations of servers and other devices. The program also helps to plan servers and devices deployment in an efficient way.

    For more information about using the Lenovo ThinkServer Power Planner program, refer to the help system of the program.

  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI

    Lenovo XClarity Essentials (LXCE) is a collection of server management utilities that provides a less complicated method to enable customers to manage Lenovo ThinkSystem, System x, and Thinkserver servers more efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1)

    The Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1) combines service processor functions, video controller, and remote presence and blue-screen capture features in a single chip. The IMM2.1 provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2.1 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the IMM2.1 event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2.1 also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management. The IMM2.1 provides remote server management through the following industry-standard interfaces:
    • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) 3.0
    • Common Information Model (CIM)
    • Web browser

    For more information, see Using the Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1) and the Integrated Management Module II User’s Guide at: the Integrated Management Module II User's Guide website

  • Integrated network support

    The server comes with an integrated dual-port Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, which supports connection to a 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1000 Mbps network. For more information, see Ethernet controller information.

  • 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. For details about the TPM implementation, go to the IBM x86 enterprise servers website. You can enable TPM support through the System Security menu of the Setup Utility program. See Using the Setup Utility program.

  • 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 64 GB of system memory. The memory controller supports error correcting code (ECC) for up to four industry-standard PC4-17000 (DDR4-2133) UDIMMs.

  • Mobile access to the Lenovo Service Information Web site

    The server provides a QR code on the system service label, which is on the cover of the server. You can scan the QR code 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 server support, such as parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support.

    The following illustration shows the QR code x3250 M6 Installation and Service Guide
    Figure 1. QR code
    QR code

  • Multi-core processing

    The server supports an Intel Pentium, Celeron, Core i3, or Xeon E3-1200 v5 series multi-core microprocessor.

  • PCIe adapter capabilities

    The server has two PCIe interface slots. Both slots can support PCI Express adapters. See Installing an adapter for detailed information.

  • Cooling and optional power capabilities

    The server supports four 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 enable continued operation if one of the power supplies fails.

  • ServeRAID support

    The standard RAID adapter provides RAID levels 0, 1, and 10. Additional optional RAID adapters that provide RAID level 5 are available for purchase. The ServeRAID M5200 Series adapters provide RAID level 6 if a Features on Demand upgrade key for RAID is available.

  • System-management capabilities

    The server comes with an Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1). The IMM2.1, when used with the system-management software that comes with the server, enables you to manage the functions of the server locally and remotely. The IMM2.1 also provides system monitor, event record, and network alert capability. The system-management connector for the IMM2.1 is on the rear of the server.

  • UEFI-compliant server firmware

    The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware offers several features, including UEFI version 2.1 compliance; enhanced reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS), and basic input/output system (BIOS) compatibility support. UEFI replaces the traditional BIOS interface with a better 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
    The server does not support Disk Operating System (DOS).
  • 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. For more information, see Using the embedded hypervisor.