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ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch (SM27A17643) User Guide Machine Types: 1754-A1T (1754-HC5)
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Contents Contents Safety...............iii Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface..15 Safety statements.............v OSD Layout..............15 Important................v Login Screen..............15 Guidelines for trained service technicians....xii Selection Menu...............16 Inspecting for unsafe conditions........xii 2nd-tier Selection Menu..........17 Guidelines for servicing electrical equipment..xiv Channel ID..............18 Safety statements............xv Generic channel ID..........18 Important..............xv 2nd-tier channel ID..........18...
Contents Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System.......35 Index...............58 Overview................35 Establishing a Two-Tier System........36 Step (a): Connect 2nd-Tier Switches to the Base Switch................36 Step (b): Connect a Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor and Audio Device..............37 Step (c): Connect Servers..........38 Accessing or Exiting 2nd-Tier Channels.......39 Accessing the 2nd-tier channels........39 Returning to the base switch from a 2nd-tier channel:................39...
Safety Safety These are the standard Safety instructions. Before installing this product, read the Safety Information. قبل تركيب هذا المنتج يجب قراءة المالحظات االمنيه Antes de instalar este produto, leia as Informações de Segurança. Prije instalacije ovog produkta obavezno pročitajte Sigurnosne Upute. Pčed instalací...
Safety Les sikkerhetsinformasjonen (Safety Information) før du installerer dette produktet. Przed zainstalowaniem tego produktu, należy zapoznać się z książką "Informacje dotyczące bezpieczeństwa" (Safety Information). Antes de instalar este produto, leia as Informações sobre Segurança. Pred inštaláciou tohto zariadenia si pečítaje Bezpečnostné predpisy. Pred namestitvijo tega proizvoda preberite Varnostne informacije.
Safety Safety statements These statements provide the caution and danger information that is used in this documentation. Important: Each caution and danger statement in this documentation is labelled with a number. This number is used to cross reference an English-language caution or danger statement with translated versions of the caution or danger statement in the Safety Information document.
Safety Statement 1 Electrical current from power, telephone, and communication cables is hazardous. To avoid a shock hazard: Do not connect or disconnect any cables or perform installation, maintenance, or • reconfiguration of this product during an electrical storm. Connect all power cords to a properly wired and grounded electrical outlet. •...
Safety Statement 2 CAUTION: When replacing the lithium battery, use only Part Number 33F8354 or an equivalent type battery recommended by the manufacturer. If your system has a module containing a lithium battery, replace it only with the same module type made by the same manufacturer.
Safety Statement 3 CAUTION: When laser products (such as CD-ROMs, DVD drives, fibre optic devices, or transmitters) are installed, note the following: Do not remove the covers. Removing the covers of the laser product • could result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation. There are no serviceable parts inside the device.
Safety Statement 4 CAUTION: Use safe practices when lifting. ≥ 18 kg (39.7 lb) ≥ 32 kg (70.5 lb) ≥ 55 kg (121.2 lb) Statement 5 CAUTION: The power control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device.
Safety Statement 8 CAUTION: Never remove the cover on a power supply or any part that has the following label attached. Hazardous voltage, current, and energy levels are present inside any component that has this label attached. There are no serviceable parts inside these components. If you suspect a problem with one of these parts, contact a service technician.
Safety Statement 27 CAUTION: Hazardous moving parts are nearby. Rack Safety Information, Statement 2 Always lower the levelling pads on the rack cabinet. • Always install stabilizer brackets on the rack cabinet. • Always install servers and optional devices starting from the bottom of the rack •...
This section contains information for trained service technicians. Inspecting for unsafe conditions Use this information to help you identify potential unsafe conditions in a Lenovo product that you are working on. Each Lenovo product, as it was designed and manufactured, has required safety items to protect users and service technicians from injury.
Safety Guidelines for servicing electrical equipment Observe these guidelines when you service electrical equipment. Check the area for electrical hazards such as moist floors, non-grounded power • extension cords, and missing safety grounds. Use only approved tools and test equipment. Some hand tools have handles that are •...
Safety to get medical aid. Safety statements These statements provide the caution and danger information that is used in this documentation. Important: Each caution and danger statement in this documentation is labelled with a number. This number is used to cross reference an English-language caution or danger statement with translated versions of the caution or danger statement in the Safety Information document.
Safety L001 DANGER Hazardous voltage, current, or energy levels are present inside any component that has this label attached. Do not open any cover or barrier that contains this label. There are no serviceable parts inside these components. If you suspect a problem with one of these parts, contact a service technician.
Electrical voltage and current from power, telephone, and communication cables are hazardous. To avoid a shock hazard: If Lenovo supplied a power cord(s), connect power to this unit only with the Lenovo- • provided power cord. Do not use the Lenovo-provided power cord for any other product.
Exchange only with the Lenovo approved part. Recycle or discard the battery as instructed by local regulations. In the United States, Lenovo has a process for the collection of this battery. For information, call 1-800-426-4333. Have the Lenovo part number for the battery unit available when you call.
Safety C009 CAUTION: 18 kg (39.7 lb) – 32 kg (70.5 lb) The weight of this part or unit is between 18 and 32 kg (39.7 and 70.5 lb). It takes two persons to safely lift this part or unit. (C009) CAUTION: 32 kg (70.5 lb) –...
Safety CAUTION: ≥ 55 kg (121.2 lb) The weight of this part or unit is more than 55 kg (121.2 lb). It takes specially trained persons, a lifting device, or both to safely lift this part or unit. (C011) C022 CAUTION: This product might be equipped with a hard-wired power cable.
Safety R001 Important: The following general safety information should be used for all rack-mounted devices: DANGER...
Safety CAUTION: Do not install a unit in a rack where the internal rack ambient temperatures will • exceed the manufacturer’s recommended ambient temperature for all your rack- mounted devices. Do not install a unit in a rack where the air flow is compromised. Ensure that air flow •...
Safety Output power and ampere ratings Important: Make sure that the power receptacle is near the equipment and is easily accessible so that the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can be disconnected quickly. To reduce the risk of fire, connect only to a circuit provided with branch circuit over-current protection with an ampere rating in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC), ANSI/ NFPA 70 or your local electrical code.
Safety Product Safety The UPS connection instructions and operations described in the manual must be • followed in the indicated order. Important: To reduce the risk of fire, the unit connects only to a circuit provided with • branch circuit over-current protection as described in this manual, in accordance with the National Electric Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
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Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 1 Introduction Thank you for purchasing Lenovo's ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch (model 1754-A1T or SM27A17643). 1754-A1T switch is the most user-friendly 1U KVM switch for accessing 8 servers. If establishing a two-tier 1754-A1T KVM system, you can even access a maximum of 64 servers.
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch A ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch is a KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch that enables you to control multiple servers from a single set of keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The model name is SM27A17643 or generally 1754-A1T.
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch Simple operation with hot keys and On-Screen Display (OSD) menu • Support the Scan function, which can cycle through either all channels or “active” • channels only, and therefore update the channel status Note: For the definition of an "active"...
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch Front and Back View This section provides a brief introduction to the components on the front and rear sides of the 1754-A1T switch. Front View Note: For the definition of inactive and active channels, see Active and Inactive Channels page 33...
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch Rear View Power socket: Connect the power cord. Power socket and power switch Power switch: Turn the power on or off. 'Console' 1 connectors Connect the data input/output devices. For details, refer to a, b 2 and c listed below.
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cables for Analog KVM One ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM, order p/n 4X97A11106, cable is a combination of Computer Interface Module (CIM) and standard network patch cable. Each ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM cable comes with an HD15 VGA connector, a USB connector and an analog audio connector.
Chapter 2 ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch Attaching the cable-support bar 1. Insert either end of the cable-support bar into one of the L-shaped holes on a rackmount bracket. 2. Align the bar's threaded hole with the threaded hole at the end of the rackmount bracket.
Chapter 3 Installation Chapter 3 Installation This section provides instructions on setting up a basic 1754-A1T KVM system and accessing connected servers. For instructions on rack-mounting each product, see Rackmount Procedure page 6 The steps for setting up a basic system include: Connect servers to the 1754-A1T switch.
Chapter 3 Installation Step A: Connect the Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor 1. Turn OFF all devices, including the 1754-A1T switch and servers. 2. Connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the 'Console' connectors on the 1754-A1T switch. If using a VGA monitor use the included passive DVI-to-VGA converter plug. For additional information see Connecting a display page 11...
Chapter 3 Installation Step B: Connect Servers Connecting servers to the 1754-A1T switch: 1. Connect one ThinkSystem USB conversion cables for Analog KVM cable to the server. a) Plug the ThinkSystem USB conversion cables for Analog KVM cable's USB connector into one of the server's USB ports.
Chapter 3 Installation Connecting a display In order to connect a display the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM switch, 1754-A1T, the following applies: Display has a VGA port: Use the passive DVI-to-VGA conversion plug Display has a DVI-D port: Use the active ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable, part number 4X97A11108 Important! In order to avoid any display problems on monitor with a DVI-D port the power cable of the active ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable must be...
1. Type the default user credentials and press Enter. User credentials are case sensitive. User Name: admin Default Password: lenovo 2. The Selection Menu displays, indicating the login is successful. To select a channel, see Using the Channel Selection Menu...
Chapter 3 Installation Accessing a Server After login, you can select any channel to view and/or control the connected server. There are two methods for channel selection. Selection Menu of the On-Screen Display (OSD) • Hot keys • Using the Channel Selection Menu You must use the OSD hot key to trigger the OSD.
Chapter 3 Installation Using Hot Keys You can switch between channels without triggering the OSD. The default hot key for the first procedure below is 'Scroll Lock', but you can change the hot key. See System Settings page 2 3 The hot keys for the second procedure is NOT configurable.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface The On-Screen Display (OSD) interface offers these functions: Channel selection • System configuration • Channel scan • OSD Layout This section explains the main elements displayed on the OSD images. Login Screen Device ID The name of the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM...
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Selection Menu In addition to the OSD menu's main layout, the Selection Menu provides additional elements, which are helpful for locating and selecting channels. Model name The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM switch model name - SM27A17643 Selected channel The number of the channel that is being accessed.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface 2nd-tier Selection Menu After selecting any channel with a 2nd-tier 1754-A1T KVM switch connected, the Selection Menu of that switch appears. Base switch's model name Your 1st-tier SM27A17643 (ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch, 1754-A1T) switch's model name. 1st-tier channel The number of the 1st-tier channel where the 2nd-tier SM27A17643 (ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch,...
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Channel ID Whenever you access a channel, a channel ID is displayed onscreen. By default, it displays for only 5 seconds. To extend the display time, see System Settings page 2 3 If you turn on the channel scan function, the channel IDs are also displayed to indicate the channel that is being scanned.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Specifying Channel Names Default channel names for active channels are 'PC'. You have to assign unique channel names to identify each connected server. Note that channel names are stored on each cable connected to the 1754-A1T. Therefore, you can only rename an "active"...
The product provides one administrator and 127 user accounts. Administrator account: • Default name: admin Default password: lenovo User accounts: • Default names: user001 through user127 Default passwords are NOT available. You CANNOT remove the built-in administrator and user accounts, but you can change their passwords or rename any user accounts.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface 3. On the SETUP page, press F5. The User Configuration page displays. 4. Press to select the desired user. Press Page Up or Page Down if the desired user is not shown on the current page. 5.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Renaming a user account and / or change the account password 1. To rename it, type the new name in the User Name field, and press Enter. The name can comprise up to 16 characters. ...
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface System Settings You can adjust the 1754-A1T KVM system settings, such as changing the hot key or scan rate. Only the administrator has the permission to change system settings. Changing system settings 1. Log in as the KVM administrator. For details, see Login page 1 2 2.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Available Settings and Options This section describes the functions and options of each item on the SETUP page. See System Settings page 2 3 Field Options/values Function Scan Mode All, or PC ON This determines which servers will be scanned after activating the channel scan function.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Adjusting the OSD Position You can adjust the on-screen position of the main OSD or the channel ID. Only the administrator can change the OSD position. Adjusting the OSD position 1. Log in as the KVM administrator. For details, see Login page 1 2 2.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface 4. Press to enter the position-moving mode, which is indicated by the presence of either diagram shown below: Menu: ID: 5. Now move it to the position you prefer by pressing the arrow keys. 6.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Channel Scan You can turn on the Scan function to have the 1754-A1T KVM switch automatically display the video of every channel one by one on the screen. If the system scans a channel port where a 2nd-tier switch is connected, it will scan all channels of the 2nd-tier switch first before proceeding with the next channels on the base switch.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Video Adjustment You can adjust the following video properties of the channel that is being accessed. Brightness • Contrast • Adjusting a video channel 1. Select the desired channel to have its video shown on the screen. See Accessing a Server page 1 3 2.
Do not use a USB hub as else the software may not detect the ThinkSystem USB • Conversion Cable for Analog KVM at all This procedure allows to verify the firmware level on the Lenovo ThinkSystem USB Conversion Option for Analog KVM, in short ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM, order part number 4X97A11106.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface 1. Download and unpack USBDeview. The program does not require any installation 2. Connect the ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM to the computer 3. Launch the application 4. In the column Serial Number the firmware version of the ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM will be displayed 5.
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface Resetting to Factory Defaults You can clear current system settings and have all settings return to factory defaults. The following settings will be reset: All settings on the SETUP page. • All user accounts on the User Configuration page. •...
Chapter 4 Using the On-Screen Display Interface A ThinkSystem USB conversion cables for Analog KVM cable is powered as long as it receives power via the USB connector. Therefore, it is always powered when plugged into a server that is turned ON, but may or may not be powered when the server is turned OFF, which depends on the server's design.
Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System You can connect multiple ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM, 1754-A1T (SM27A17643), KVM switches to organize a two-tier system, expanding the number of available channels. The number of connected servers can be expanded up to 64. Overview To organize a "two-tier"...
Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System Establishing a Two-Tier System The following steps need to be completed: STEP (a): Connect the 2nd-tier switch(es) to the base switch • STEP (b): Connect the keyboard, mouse, monitor and audio devices to the base switch •...
Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System 3. Repeat the above step to connect more 2nd-tier switches to the base switch. 4. Turn on all "2nd-tier" switches. 5. Turn on the base switch. Important: Turn on 2nd-tier switches prior to the base switch so that the base switch downloads up-to-date channel data from the 2nd tier.
Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System Step (c): Connect Servers You can connect servers to any channel ports in the two-tier system, including those on the base and second-tier switches. Note: In the above image the server can either be connected to the base or the tiered switch but NOT to both at the same time.
Chapter 5 Setting up a Two-Tier System Accessing or Exiting 2nd-Tier Channels The only method to access the 2nd-tier channels is the OSD's Selection Menu. To return to the base switch's channels, you also have to operate the Selection Menu. Accessing the 2nd-tier channels 1.
Chapter 6 Known issues Unclear or fuzzy image When using a Lenovo ThinkSystem 1x8 Analog KVM Switch, 1754-A1T, together with any VGA based display in a rack, users may see on various resolutions unclear or fuzzy images as well as artefacts on the display.
Chapter 7 Part Number Overview Chapter 7 Part Number Overview Order part numbers 1754-A1T KVM Order part number - 1754A1T or FC 1754-HC5 B38H or 4M27A11781 Active ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable Order part number – 4X97A11108, includes power cable ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM Order part number - 4X97A11106...
Lenovo states on-site support then the assistance of a technician, that is an SSR (System Service Representative), can be requested free of charge. If there is no on-site service contract in place with Lenovo then the assistance of an SSR can be requested. This on-site request has to be paid for.
Appendix B Frequently asked questions What is ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch? Lenovo’s ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch (1754-A1T, SM27A17643) consolidates access and control of multiple servers with a single console. It features KVM ports for 8 servers and can be cascaded two levels to support up to 64 connections at distances up to 13 feet (4 meters).
Appendix B Frequently asked questions What to do when I forget the administrator password? Call Lenovo support or contact your local dealer for replacement. You will be charged for the replacement KVM switch. What is my Lenovo support phone number? For a list of Lenovo support phone numbers visit https://datacentersupport.lenovo.com/supportphonelist...
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Electronic Service Request. Collecting service data To clearly identify the root cause of a server issue or at the request of Lenovo Support, you might need collect service data that can be used for further analysis. Service data includes information such as event logs and hardware inventory.
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Index Accessing a Server............13, 28 Login........12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 23, 24, 25, 33 Accessing or Exiting 2nd-Tier Channels......39 Login screen........12, 14, 15, 24, 25, 33 Active and Inactive Channels......3, 4, 13, 24, 33 Logout..............14, 33, 45 Adjusting a video channel..........28 Adjusting the OSD Position........24, 25 More Channel Information..........33 Attach the Cable-Support Bar..........6...