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Configuring the server

To configure your server, consider the following various aspects:
  • Setup Utility

    Setup Utility is part of the UEFI firmware. Use Setup Utility to change the startup-device sequence, set system date and time, set passwords, and perform other configuration tasks. For more information, see Using the Setup Utility program.

  • Boot Manager

    Boot Manager is part of the UEFI firmware. Use Boot Manager to override the startup sequence that is set in the Setup Utility and temporarily assign a first startup device. For more information, see Using the Boot Manager program.

  • Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1)

    Use the Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1) to configure the server, update the firmware, update the sensor data record/field replaceable unit (SDR/FRU) data, and remotely manage a network. For information about using the IMM2.1, see Using the Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1).

  • 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 about using the embedded hypervisor, see Using the embedded hypervisor.

  • Remote presence capability and blue-screen capture

    The remote presence and blue-screen capture are integrated features of the Integrated Management Module 2.1 (IMM2.1). The remote presence feature provides the following functions:
    • Remotely viewing videos with graphics resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 75 Hz, regardless of the system state
    • Remotely accessing the server, using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
    • Mapping the CD or DVD drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
    • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM2.1 memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive
    The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM2.1 restarts the server when the IMM2.1 detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture feature to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition. For more information, see Using the remote presence and blue-screen capture features.
  • Ethernet controller configuration

    For information about configuring the Ethernet controller, see Ethernet controller information.

  • Features on Demand

    The server provides the Features on Demand (FoD) software Ethernet support. You can purchase a FoD software upgrade key for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI storage protocols. For more information, see Enabling Features on Demand Ethernet and Demand RAID software.

  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI

    You can use the config application and commands to view the current system configuration settings and make changes to Lenovo XClarity Controller and UEFI. The saved configuration information can be used to replicate or restore other systems. For information about configuring the server using Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI, see:

  • RAID configuration

    For information about configuring RAID, see Accessing RAID configuration utility.

    The following table lists the applications that are available for configuring and managing RAID.
    Table 1. Server configuration and applications for configuring and managing RAID.

    Three-column table for documenting the server configuration, RAID array configuration (before operating system is installed), and RAID array management (after operating system is installed).

    Server configurationRAID configuration (before operating system is installed)RAID management (after installing the operating system)
    ServeRAID M1210 SAS/SATA Controller ServeRAID M1215 SAS/SATA Controller ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller ServeRAID M5225-2 GB SAS/SATA Controller
    • LSI Utility: (Press Ctrl+C in Setup Utility when under the legacy BIOS boot.)

    • ServerGuide

    • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII)

    • MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM),

    • StorCLI (Command Line) Utility for Storage Management

    Software RAID
    • Intel Utility: (Press Ctrl+I in Setup Utility when under the legacy BIOS boot)

    • ServerGuide

    • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII)

    • Graphical utility (Windows only)

    • Command Line: rstcli (Windows) and mdadm (Linux) Utility for Storage Management

    For more information about Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) and StorCLI, go to: the Human Interface Infrastructure Configuration Application User Guide

    For more information about MegaRAID, go to: the IBM MegaRAID support matrix