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The server uses the following features and technologies.

  • Active Energy Manager

    The IBM Active Energy Manager solution is an IBM Systems Director extension that measures and reports server power consumption as it occurs. This enables you to monitor power consumption in correlation to specific software application programs and hardware configurations. You can obtain the measurement values through the systems-management interface and view them, using IBM Systems Director. For more information, including the required levels of IBM Systems Director and Active Energy Manager, see the IBM Systems Director documentation on the IBM Systems Director DVD, or see

  • Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) Preboot

    The server comes with the IBM Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) Preboot diagnostic program stored in the integrated USB memory on the server. DSA Preboot 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 Preboot collects the following information about the server:

    • Drive health information
    • Event logs for ServeRAID controllers and service processors
    • Hardware inventory, including PCI and USB information
    • Light path diagnostics status
    • Microprocessor, input/out hub, and UEFI error logs
    • Network interfaces and settings
    • RAID controller configuration
    • Service processor (integrated management module) status and configuration
    • System configuration
    • Vital product data, firmware, and UEFI configuration

    DSA Preboot also provides diagnostics for the following system components (when they are installed):

    • Intel network adapter
    • IMM I2C bus
    • Light path diagnostics panel
    • Memory modules
    • Microprocessors
    • Optical devices (CD or DVD)
    • SAS or SATA drives

    For information about both editions (DSA Preboot and Portable) of the Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) diagnostic programs, see DSA editions.

  • IBMServerGuide Setup and Installation CD

    The ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD, which you can download from the Web, provides programs to help you set up the server and install a Windows operating system. The ServerGuide program detects installed optional hardware devices and provides the correct configuration programs and device drivers. For more information about the ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD, see Using the ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD.

  • IBM Systems Director DVD

    IBM 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, IBM Systems Director supports multiple operating systems and virtualization technologies for IBM and non-IBM x86 platforms. For more information, see the IBM Systems Director documentation on the IBM Systems Director DVD and Systems Director.

  • Lenovo XClarity Administrator

    Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a centralized, resource-management solution that simplifies infrastructure management, speeds responses, and enhances the availability of Lenovo server systems and solutions. It runs as a virtual appliance that automates discovery, inventory, tracking, and monitoring for Lenovo servers in a secure environment. For more information, see Using Lenovo XClarity Administrator.

  • 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 IMM 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 and the Integrated Management Module II User’s Guide at the the Lenovo Support Portal.

  • Integrated network support

    The server comes with an integrated 4-port (2 ports by default, 2 ports by upsell) Gigabit Ethernet controller, which supports connection to a 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or 1000 Mbps network. For more information, see Configuring the Gigabit 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 for details about the TPM implementation. You can enable TPM support through the Setup utility under the System Security menu choice (seeUsing the Setup utility).

  • Large data-storage capacity and hot-swap capability

    The server can support a maximum of eight 2.5-inch drives or four 3.5-inch drives. The server supports 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives, or 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA or hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives.

    With the hot-swap feature, you can add, remove, or replace hard disk drives without turning off the server.

  • Large system-memory capacity

    The server system board provides 12 DIMM connectors for up to 192 GB of memory.

    The server memory controller supports error correcting code (ECC) for up to 12 industry-standard DDR3-1066 (PC3-8500), DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600), DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) (single-rank or dual-rank), DDR3 (third-generation double-data-rate), registered or unbuffered, synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) dual inline memory modules (DIMMs).

  • Light path diagnostics

    Light path diagnostics provides LEDs to help you diagnose problems. For more information about the light path diagnostics and the LEDs, see Light path diagnostics panel and Light path diagnostics LEDs.

  • Mobile access to IBM 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 IBM Service Information website. The IBM Service Information website provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support. For the QR code, see The System x3530 M4 7160 server.

  • Multi-core processors

    Depending on your server model, the server supports one Intel Pentium 1400 series microprocessor or up to two Intel Xeon™ EN E5-2400 series microprocessors.

  • PCI Express adapter capabilities

    The system board provides up to three PCIe connectors for two PCI riser-card assemblies. See Installing an adapter for detailed information.

  • Redundant connection

    The Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller provides failover capability to a redundant Ethernet connection with the applicable application installed. If a problem occurs with the primary Ethernet connection and the optional Ethernet adapter is installed in the server, all Ethernet traffic that is associated with the primary connection is automatically switched to an optional Ethernet connection. If the applicable device drivers are installed, this switching occurs without data loss and without user intervention.

    A feature upgrade key is required to enable ports 3 and 4 on the Gigatbit Ethernet controller. See the Lenovo Features on Demand website for detailed information on product feature activation.

  • Cooling and optional power capabilities

    The server supports up to six speed-controlled simple-swap fans for a full configuration.

    The server comes with one fixed 460-watt, or one hot-swap 460-watt or 675-watt power supply installed. The server supports a maximum of two 460-watt or two 675-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.

  • Remote presence and blue-screen capture features

    The blue-screen capture feature is an integrated function of the integrated management module (IMM).

    The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM 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.

    You can activate the optional remote presence feature in the IMM Premium only to use the following functions: .
    • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 60 or 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, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
    • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive
    For information on product feature activation, see the Lenovo Features on Demand website.

    See Using the remote presence and blue-screen capture features for additional information.

  • ServeRAID support

    A ServeRAID adapter provides hardware redundant array of independent disks (RAID) support to create configurations. The server comes with an onboard RAID controller which provides RAID levels 0 and 1. Additional optional RAID adapters are available for purchase that provide RAID level 5.

  • Service Advisor

    The server comes with the Service Advisor feature that can collect data about the system when a the system detects a fault and sends that data to IBM Service for problem determination. It also includes the call home feature that automatically calls IBM Service when a problem occurs. The Service Advisor feature is integrated into the Integrated Management Module (IMM). You will need to setup and configure the Service Advisor feature before you can use it. For more information about how to setup and configure the Service Advisor feature, see the Integrated Management Module User's Guide at the Lenovo Support Portal.

  • Systems-management capabilities

    The server comes with an integrated management module (IMM). When the IMM is used with the systems-management software that comes with the server, you can manage the functions of the server locally and remotely. The IMM also provides system monitoring, event recording, and network alert capability. The systems-management connector on the rear of the server is dedicated to the IMM. The dedicated systems-management connector provides additional security by physically separating the management network traffic from the production network. You can use the Setup utility to configure the server to use a dedicated systems-management network or a shared network.

  • UEFI-compliant server firmware

    The UEFI firmware offers several features, including Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) version 2.1 compliance, Active Energy Management (AEM) technology, 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.
    The server does not support 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. See Using the embedded hypervisor for additional information.