• Security features
– Server cover lock (see "Server cover lock" on page 24)
– Administrator password and user password to help protect unauthorized access to the server (see
"Using passwords" on page 54)
– ThinkServer Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which is a security chip, to help enhance server security
Note: The TPM is only available on some models.
– Remote monitoring or control by an administrator to provide protection or help
– Hot-swap redundant power supplies to help avoid significant interruption to the operation of the
system when a power supply fails
• Basic system management features
– Ability to store the power-on self-test (POST) hardware test results
– BIOS Setup Utility program
The BIOS Setup Utility program helps you view the server information and configure the server in the
pre-operating system environment. See "Using the Setup Utility program" on page 51.
– TSM (also known as BMC), and Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0
The system board platform management subsystem is based on the integrated ThinkServer System
Manager (TSM) features. The TSM is a management chip that is integrated on the system board of
your server. With the TSM chip, no matter what condition the server operating system is in and no
matter if the server is on or off, as long as the server is connected to network and an ac power source,
the interaction with the TSM-controlled servers can be achieved through system network. The user can
obtain the server hardware health information and system event log (SEL), and is able to conduct the
operations including turning on or off the server, restarting the server, and so on. This part of server
management is independent of the operating system and is called out-of-band management.
The system board platform management subsystem consists of the integrated TSM, communication
buses, sensors, BIOS, and server management firmware. It is responsible for error reporting, system
power control, thermal monitoring, system fan control, and other management features. The TSM
provides system management and monitoring features based on the IPMI 2.0 specification. IPMI helps
lower the overall costs of server management. You can find more information about IPMI 2.0 from
the Web site of Intel. The TSM also supports some non-IPMI features, such as the Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and the Platform Environment Control Interface (PECI), to provide
more system management functions.
You can find the default user name, password, and other information for the TSM in the ThinkServer
System Manager User Guide, which is available for download at:
– Hot-swap feature
Some models support hot-swap storage drives and all models support hot-swap power supplies and
hot-swap system fans. With the hot-swap feature, you can install, remove, or replace storage drives, a
failing power supply, or a failing system fan without turning off the server.
– Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)
The Intel PXE technology enables you to boot your computers, load an operating system, or deploy
executable images from a remote server by using a network interface. The operation can be done
independently of local data storage devices (such as storage drives) or operating systems.
– Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
Your server supports onboard SATA software RAID. Your server also supports advanced SATA/SAS
hardware RAID configurations if you have a required RAID card installed. For detailed information,
see "Configuring RAID" on page 58.