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The System x3530 M4 7160 server

This Installation and Service Guide contains information and instructions for setting up your System x3530 M4 Type 7160 server, instructions for installing some optional devices, cabling and configuring the server, removing and replacing devices, and diagnostics and troubleshooting information.

In addition to the instructions in Installing optional devices for installing optional hardware devices, updating firmware and device drivers, and completing the installation, IBM Business Partners must also complete the steps in Instructions for Business Partners.

The System x3530 M4 7160 is a 1-U-high rack model, two-socket server for virtualization, database, and computational intensive computing. It is the next generation enterprise server based on Intel's Romley-EN technology. This high-performance, scalable server is ideally suited for enterprise environments that require superior input/output (I/O) flexibility, scalability, and high manageability.

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.

The server comes with a limited warranty. For information about the terms of the warranty and getting service and assistance, see the IBM Warranty Information document that comes with the server.

The server contains IBM next generation technologies, which help increase performance and reliability. For more information, see What your server offers and Reliability, availability, and serviceability.

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The server supports up to eight 2.5-inch simple-swap or hot-swap drives, or four 3.5-inch simple-swap or hot-swap drives, using the supported drive backplane configurations. It supports 2.5-inch hot-swap Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA hard disk drives, 2.5-inch simple-swap SATA or solid-state hard disk drives, 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA hard disk drives, or 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard disk drives. The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.

The simple-swap models do not support hard disk drive status reporting with system management features. Hard disk drive status reporting can be managed by ServeRAID software. See the RAID documentation in the IBM ServeRAID Support CD for information about RAID controllers.
The following illustration shows the front of the server model with eight 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 1. Front view: 2.5-inch model
2.5-inch model front view
The following illustration shows the front of the server model with four 3.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 2. Front view: 3.5-inch model
3.5-inch model front view

If firmware and documentation updates are available, you can download them from the IBM website. The server might have features that are not described in the documentation that comes with the server, and the documentation might be updated occasionally to include information about those features, or technical updates might be available to provide additional information that is not included in the server documentation. To check for updates, go to

Record information about the server in the following table.

Product nameSystem x3530 M4
Machine type7160
Model number_____________________________________________
Serial number_____________________________________________

The model number and serial number are on the ID label on the front of the server. The location of the ID label differs depending on your service model, as shown in the following illustrations.

The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.
Figure 3. ID label
ID label

In addition, the system service label, which is on the cover of the server, provides a QR code for mobile access to service information. You can scan the QR code using a QR code reader and scanner with a mobile device and get quick access to the IBM Service Information website. The IBM Service Information website provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support.

The following illustration shows the QR code (
Figure 4. QR code
QR code

You can download an IBM ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD to help you configure the hardware, install device drivers, and install the operating system.

For a list of supported optional devices for the server, see

See the Rack Installation Instructions document on the IBM Documentation CD for complete rack installation and removal instructions.