System x3250 M4Product Guide

Abstract

The System x3250 M4 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several innovative features in a compact 1U form factor with a competitive price.

This product guide provides essential pre-sales information to understand the x3250 M4 server, its key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the x3250 M4 and consider its use in IT solutions.

Withdrawn from marketing: This server is now withdrawn from marketing. The replacement server is the Lenovo System x3250 M5. See http://lenovopress.com/tips1050.

Introduction

The System x3250 M4 single-socket 1U rack server is designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. It delivers several innovative features in a compact 1U form factor with a competitive price. The System x3250 M4 provides next-generation performance in an innovative and compact design with flexible configuration options, built-in security, and systems management capabilities. This server is designed for infrastructure applications such as firewall, security, disaster recovery, name server, authentication, credit card processing, email, domain controller, and more. It leverages the next-generation dual-core and quad-core Intel Xeon processor technology.

Suggested uses: Small-to-medium businesses looking for file and printer servers, Web serving, and small business infrastructure.

System x3250 M4
Figure 1. System x3250 M4

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The System x3250 M4 server is a compact, cost-effective, single-processor 1U rack server that has been optimized to provide outstanding availability, manageability, and performance features to small-to-medium-sized businesses, retail stores, or distributed enterprises. It supports the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 family of processors (formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge") for applications that require performance and stability, and Core i3 processors for applications that require lower cost.

The system includes features not typically seen in this class of system, such as standard RAID-0/1 for simple-swap SATA models, remote control capabilities even when the machine is powered off, and Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on processor and memory. This flexible 1U rack-mountable server is also highly upgradable and expandable, scaling from low-cost, fixed-function models to feature-rich, highly available models.

Key features

Often small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) have limited IT budget and resources, and rely on partners or multitalented employees to help manage the company’s network. Business needs for efficiency improvement and retention of critical data require the use of a server that is easy to get up and running quickly and is dependable. You need to squeeze as much as possible out of your IT dollars, while saving cost on features not needed in an SMB environment. The System x3250 M4 is an ideal first server to meet those business needs. It was built for speed, yet eliminates costly design features found in general-purpose servers that are unnecessary for smaller businesses.

Scalability and performance

The x3250 M4 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • The single-socket x3250 M4 supports the new quad-core Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family of processors ("Ivy Bridge") in a compact 1U rack design.
  • Choice of processors with up to 4 cores to enable the effective use of multi-threaded applications.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family supports Intel Hyer-Threading Technology (except the Xeon E3-1220L) and Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to maximize performance.
  • Up to 32GB of high-speed DDR3 system memory with four DIMM sockets.
  • Memory speeds up to 1600 MHz supported on models with Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2.
  • Two available high-performance PCI Express expansion slots, one PCIe 3.0 slot and one PCIe 2.0 slot.
  • Two internal 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA II drive bays or four 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays (model dependent) offer low-cost/high-capacity enterprise-class storage. Up to 8TB of internal storage. Configurations with four 2.5" simple-swap drive bays available via CTO.
  • Integrated ServeRAID C100 software RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1 and 10. Some models offer ServeRAID BR10il V2 or H1110 hardware RAID controller standard. Other hardware RAID options available.
  • Integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet provides increased network throughput and redundancy with efficient slot-saving integration.
  • An optional optical drive for installing software or backing up data.
  • Seven USB 2.0 ports, two on the front, four on the back, and one internal for a embedded hypervisor

Availability and serviceability

The x3250 M4 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:

  • ECC memory provides error correction not available in PC-class “servers” that use parity memory. Avoiding system crashes (and data loss) due to soft memory errors can mean greater system uptime.
  • Hot-swap drives supported on some models enable failed disk drives to be replaced without powering off the server.
  • Hot-swap redundant power supplies available on some models maximizes system uptime even when one power supply fails.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU, memory, and adapter cards.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (for example, processors, memory, hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) with optional upgrade to Standard and Advanced levels, continuously monitors system parameters, triggers alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.
  • Built-in diagnostics using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speeds up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades available.

Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3250 M4:

  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and, with IMM feature upgrades, perform remote management.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v2 family supports Industry-standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase up-time, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.

Energy efficiency

The x3250 M4 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:

  • Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.
  • Efficient 300 W 80 PLUS certified power supply or 460 W hot-swap redundant power supply options
  • The Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v2 product family offers significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • The server uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the front of the server with two 3.5-inch simple-swap drives. Some models have up to four 2.5-inch hot-swap drive bays.

System x3250 M4 rack server (front view)
Figure 2. System x3250 M4 rack server (front view)

Figure 3 shows the rear of the server.

System x3250 M4 rack server (rear view)
Figure 3. System x3250 M4 rack server (rear view)

Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server.

System x3250 M4 rack server (inside view)
Figure 4. System x3250 M4 rack server (inside view)

Standard specifications

Table 1. Standard specifications
Components Specification
Form factor 1U rack system
Processor One quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1200 or Xeon E3-1200 v2 series processor (up to 3.6 GHz/8 MB/1600 MHz) or one dual-core Intel Core i3 2100 series processor (up to 3.4 GHz/3 MB) with up to 1333 MHz memory speed. Supports specific quad-core and dual-core processors via Configure-To-Order (CTO).
Memory cache Up to 8 MB L3 for Intel Xeon E3-1200 and E3-1200 v2 processors. Up to 3 MB L3 for Intel Core i3 2100 series processors.
Chipset Intel C202.
Memory DIMM slots 4 DIMM slots supporting UDIMMs. RDIMMs are not supported.
Memory capacity Up to 32 GB with four 8 GB DDR3 UDIMMs.
Memory protection ECC.
Disk drive bays Three configurations:
  • Up to two 3.5" simple-swap SATA HDDs (some models)
  • Up to four 2.5" hot-swap SAS HDDs (some models)
  • Up to four 2.5" simple-swap SAS HDDs (CTO only)
Maximum internal storage Up to 8 TB with 4 TB SATA HDDs, or up to 4.8 TB with 1.2 TB SAS HDDs. Up to 6.4 TB with 1.6 TB SSDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA is not supported.
RAID Support Software RAID 0, 1 with ServeRAID C100 controller. Some models with hardware RAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID-BR10il v2 or H1110. Optional RAID 5 with ServeRAID M1015. Optional RAID 5, 50 with ServeRAID M5014 and M5015.
Optical drive bays One, support for optional DVD-ROM or multiburner.
Tape drive bays No internal tape drive support.
Network interfaces Integrated two-port Gigabit Ethernet using Intel 82574L controller. One port is shared with IMM2.
PCI Expansion slots Two PCI Express slots:
  • One PCI Express 2.0 x4 (for use only by compact adapters such as the ServeRAID BR10il v2 or H1110 controllers or the Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter)
  • One PCI Express 3.0 x8, full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011 - see Table 4)
External ports Front: Two USB 2.0 ports
Rear: Four USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, two RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet network ports (one is dedicated, one is shared with IMM2)
Internal: One USB 2.0 port for embedded hypervisor
Cooling Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ with 4 fans and N+1 redundancy.
Power supply One fixed 300 W AC power supply; or up to two redundant 460 W AC power supplies (model dependent)
Hot-swap components Hot-swap SAS drives (some models)
Systems management UEFI, Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), Predictive Failure Analysis, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™, ServerGuide.
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
Video Matrox G200eR2 with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2012, and 2012 R2; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11; VMware ESX 4.1, ESXi 4.1, vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5
Limited warranty Three-year (2583) customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/next-business-day (NBD) response time.
Service and Support Optional service upgrades are available through ServicePacs®: 24x7/NBD or four hours onsite repair, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for Lenovo hardware and selected Lenovo and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
Dimensions Height: 43 mm (1.7 in), width: 439 mm (17.3 in), depth: 576 mm (22.7 in)
Weight Minimum configuration: 9.3 kg (20.4 lb), maximum configuration: 10.7 kg (23.5 lb)

The x3250 M4 server ships with the following items:

  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Rack installation instructions
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
  • Rack Mount Kit
  • One 2.8 m C13 - C14 power cord

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models

Model Intel Processor*
(one maximum)
Memory ServeRAID
controller
Disk bays Disks Network Optical Power
supply
Models announced May 2012
2583-A2x 1x Corei3-2120 3.3GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB
(1333 MHz)†
C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-B2x 1x Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1 GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-C2x 1x Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
H1110 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-F2x 1x Xeon E3-1270v2 3.5GHz
4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB
1600 MHz
H1110 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 460 W
redundant
Models announced September 2011
2583-32x 1x Pentium G850 2.9 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-42x 1x Corei3-2100 3.1 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-62x 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 2 GB
1333 MHz
C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 300 W
2583-72x 1x Xeon E3-1270 3.4 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GB
1333 MHz
BR10il v2 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Optional 1x 460 W
redundant

* Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating
† For models A2x, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed.

Express models

The following table lists the Express models that are available in certain regions. Express models are preconfigured with additional components such as processors, memory, and disks with the purpose of making the ordering and installation process simpler.

Table 3. Express models
Model Intel Processor*
(one maximum)
Memory ServeRAID
controller
Disk bays Disks GbE Optical Power
supply
North America (NA)
2583-ECU 1x Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-EDU 1x Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB H1110 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 460 W
redundant
2583-EAU 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-EBU 1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB BR10il V2 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 460 W
redundant
Latin America (LA)
2583-ECU 1x Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-EDU 1x Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1600 MHz 69W
1x 4 GB H1110 4x 2.5" HS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 460 W
Redundant
2583-EAU 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS 2x 250G 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-EBU 1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB BR10il V2 4x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 460 W
redundant
Europe Integrated Operating Team (IOT)
2583-E1G 1x Corei3-2100 3.1 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-E2G 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-E3G 1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS 1x 250G 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-K1G 1x Pentium G850 2.9GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS 1x 250G 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-K4G 1x Xeon E3-1240 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East & Africa (MEA)
2583-E1G 1x Corei3-2100 3.1 GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-E2G 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-E3G 1x Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS 1x 250G 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-K1G 1x Pentium G850 2.9GHz
2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS 1x 250G 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
2583-E2G 1x Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 65W
1x 2 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W
2583-E4G 1x Xeon E3-1240 3.3 GHz
4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80W
1x 4 GB C100 2x 3.5" SS Open 2x GbE Multiburner 1x 300 W

* Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating

Processor options

The server supports only one processor, which is already installed in all standard and Express models. No additional processor options are available. The following table lists all processors available in standard models of x3250 M4 or via CTO. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then that processor is only available through the configure-to-order (CTO) process.

Table 4. Processor options
Feature code* Description** Standard models
where used
Processors announce September 2012
A38R Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 55W -
A38S Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 35W -
A38P Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 55W -
A38Q Intel Core i3-3240T 2.9GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 35W -
A38U Intel Pentium G2100T 2.6GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 35W -
A38T Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz 2C 3MB 1600MHz 55W -
Processors announce May 2012
A2V0 Intel Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W B2x
A2UZ Intel Xeon E3-1230v2 3.3GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W C2x
A2UY Intel Xeon E3-1240v2 3.4GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W -
A2V1 Intel Xeon E3-1265Lv2 2.5GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 45W -
A2UX Intel Xeon E3-1270v2 3.5GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W F2x
A2UW Intel Xeon E3-1280v2 3.6GHz 4C 8MB 1600 MHz 69W -
A2HB Intel Celeron G440 1.6GHz 1C 1MB 1066 MHz 35W -
Processors announced September 2011
A19B Intel Pentium G840 2.8 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W -
A19A Intel Pentium G850 2.9 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W 32x
A2E2 Intel Pentium G860 3.0 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W -
A19C Intel Pentium G620 2.6 GHz 2C 3 MB 1066 MHz 65W -
A2E3 Intel Pentium G630 2.7 GHz 2C 3 MB 1066 MHz 65W -
A0RG Intel Corei3-2100, 3.1 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W 42x
A145 Intel Corei3-2120, 3.3 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 65W A2x
A2E1 Intel Core i3-2130 3.4 GHz 2C 3MB 1333MHz 65W -
A0RL Intel Xeon E3-1220 3.1 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80 W 62x
A147 Intel Xeon E3-1220L 2.2 GHz 2C 3 MB 1333 MHz 20 W -
A0RJ Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80 W -
A0RK Intel Xeon E3-1240 3.3 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80 W -
A146 Intel Xeon E3-1260L 2.3 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 45 W -
A0RH Intel Xeon E3-1270 3.4 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 80 W 72x
A144 Intel Xeon E3-1280 3.5 GHz 4C 8 MB 1333 MHz 95 W -

* No additional processor options are available. The server supports only one processor, which is already included in a standard, CTO or special bid configuration.
** Processor detail: Processor quantity, processor model, core speed, number of cores, L3 cache, memory speed, thermal design power (TDP) rating

Memory options

Lenovo DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal System x performance and throughput. Lenovo memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance feedback and optimum system uptime. From a service and support standpoint, Lenovo memory automatically assumes the system warranty, and Lenovo provides service and support worldwide.

The server has four DIMM slots, and only DDR3 ECC UDIMMs are supported. The CPU has two memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

Configuration rules:

  • If more than one DIMM is planned to be installed, then DIMMs must be installed in a pair, and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.
  • Models with Intel Xeon E3-1200 v2 series processors support DIMMs operating at up to 1600 MHz provided the processors support this memory speed and all DIMMs installed are rated at 1600 MHz.

The following table lists the memory options supported by the server.

Table 5. Memory options

Part
number
Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
Models
where used
1333 MHz memory DIMMs
44T1568 1915 1 GB (1x 1 GB, 1Rx8) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 LP UDIMM 4 -
49Y1403 A0QS 2 GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM 4 -
44T1570 1913 2 GB (1x 2 GB, 1Rx8) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 LP UDIMM 4 32x, 42x, 62x
49Y1404 8648 4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM 4 -
44T1571 1912 4 GB (1x 4 GB, 2Rx8) PC3-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 LP UDIMM 4 72x
90Y3165 A1MG 8 GB (4Gb, 2Rx8) PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 LP UDIMM 4 -
1600 MHz memory DIMMs
00D4955 A2UL 4 GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM 4 A2x, B2x, C2x, F2x
00D4959 A2UM 8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM 4 -

Internal drive options

The System x3250 M4 supports the following internal disk storage configurations:

  • Two 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard drive bays
  • Four 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays
  • Four 2.5-inch simple-swap SAS/SATA drive bays (CTO only)

The following table lists the hard drive options available for internal disk storage in the x3250 M4 server. Intermixing SAS and SATA drives is not supported.

Table 6. Disk drive options
Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
3.5" Simple-Swap SATA HDDs
43W7622 5559 1TB 7.2K SATA 3.5" Simple-Swap HDD 2
42D0787 5416 2TB 7200 NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD 2
81Y9778 A280 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD 2
49Y6190 A3WC 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" SS HDD 2
2.5" Simple-Swap 10K SAS HDDs (for CTO orders only)
90Y8895 A2ZH 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD 4
49Y1991 5427 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
49Y2027 5435 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
90Y8890 A2ZJ 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD 4
81Y9654 A24H 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
00AD080 A4CG 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' SS HDD 4
2.5" Simple-Swap 15K SAS HDDs (CTO only)
90Y8935 A2ZG 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2SS HDD 4
49Y1996 5426 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
81Y9674 A24J 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
2.5" Simple-Swap SATA HDDs (CTO only)
81Y9734 A1NY 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
81Y9738 A1P0 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
81Y9742 A1P2 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF SS HDD 4
2.5" Simple-swap Enterprise Value SSDs (CTO only)
00AJ020 A4KR S3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ025 A4KS S3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ030 A4KT S3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ035 A4KU S3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ375 A573 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ380 A574 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ385 A575 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ390 A576 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
2.5" Simple-swap Enterprise SSDs (CTO only)
00W1130 A3HS 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6149 A3EZ 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6154 A3F1 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6200 A4GJ 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8351 A4FM S3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8356 A4FP S3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8361 A4FR S3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise SSD 4
00FN273 A5U5 S3500 1.6TB SATA 2.5" MLC SS Enterprise Value SSD 4
2.5" 15K SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
42D0677 5536 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD 4
90Y8926 A2XB 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD 4
81Y9670 A283 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
2.5" 10K SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
90Y8877 A2XC 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD 4
42D0637 5599 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD 4
90Y8872 A2XD 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD 4
49Y2003 5433 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD 4
81Y9650 A282 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
00AD075 A48S 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD 4
2.5" Simple-swap Hybrid (CTO only)
00AD107 A4G8 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2SS Hybrid 4
2.5" Hot-swap self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
90Y8944 A2ZK 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED 4
90Y8913 A2XF 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED 4
90Y8908 A3EF 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED 4
81Y9662 A3EG 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED 4
00AD085 A48T 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED 4
2.5" Hot-swap SAS-SED Hybrid drives
00AD102 A4G7 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid 4
2.5" Hot-swap NL SAS HDDs
90Y8953 A2XE 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD 4
42D0707 5409 500GB 7200 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF Slim-HS HDD 4
81Y9690 A1P3 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
2.5" Hot-swap NL SATA HDDs
81Y9722 A1NX 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
81Y9726 A1NZ 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
81Y9730 A1AV 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD 4
2.5" Hot-swap SSDs - Enterprise
00W1125 A3HR 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6134 A3EY 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6139 A3F0 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
49Y6195 A4GH 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8331 A4FL S3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8336 A4FN S3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
41Y8341 A4FQ S3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD 4
2.5" Hot-swap SSDs - Enterprise Value
00AJ000 A4KM S3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ005 A4KN S3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ010 A4KP S3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ015 A4KQ S3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00FN268 A5U4 S3500 1.6TB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ355 A56Z 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ360 A570 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ365 A571 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
00AJ370 A572 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD 4
2.5" Hot-swap SSDs - Entry
00FN298 AS0D 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD 4
00FN327 AS0E 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD 4
00FN332 AS0F 960GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD 4

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the RAID controllers, SAS HBAs, and additional options used for internal disk storage of x3250 M4 server.

Table 7. RAID controllers and SAS HBAs for internal storage

Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
Standard models
where used
Integrated None ServeRAID C100 for System x 1 32x, 42x, 62x, A2x, B2x
49Y4731 9742 ServeRAID-BR10il SAS/SATA Controller v2 1 72x
81Y4492 A1XL ServeRAID H1110 SAS/SATA Controller 1 C2x, F2x
46M0831 0095 ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller 1 -
46M0832 9749 ServeRAID M1000 Series Advance Feature Key 1 -
46M0916 3877 ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller 1 -
46M0829 0093 ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller 1 -
46M0912 3876 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA 1 -

The ServeRAID C100 is an integrated SATA controller with software RAID capabilities. It is a cost-effective way to provide reliability, performance, and fault-tolerant disk subsystem management to help safeguard your valuable data and enhance availability. The ServeRAID C100 has the following specifications:

  • Onboard SATA controller with software RAID capabilities
  • Supports 3 Gbps SATA ports
  • RAID levels 0, 1, and 10 support
  • Support for up to two virtual drives
  • Support for virtual drive sizes greater than 2 TB
  • Fixed stripe unit size of 64 KB
  • Support for MegaRAID Storage Manager management software

The ServeRAID BR10il v2 or H1110 is standard on some models and offers basic hardware-based RAID functionality. If either of these is used, it is installed in slot 1 (PCIe x4). Other RAID controllers are installed in slot 2 (PCIe x8) and the Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter can be installed in slot 1 instead, if desired. Only one RAID controller can be used with the server to support internal HDDs. Features of the supported RAID controllers are discussed below.

Note: Either a ServeRAID BR10il v2, H1110, M1015, M5014, or M5015 is required for models with 2.5" simple-swap SAS drive bays or 2.5" hot-swap SAS drive bays.

The ServeRAID BR10il v2 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:

  • One Mini-SAS internal connector
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 1E
  • 3 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI 1064E controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Stripe size: 64 KB (fixed)
  • Support for MegaRAID Storage Manager management software

The ServeRAID H1110 adapter has the following specifications:

  • Four internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • One x4 mini-SAS internal connector (SFF-8087)
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2004 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 1E, and 10
  • Connects to up to four SAS or SATA drives (SAS expanders are not supported.)

The ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:

  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional ServeRAID M1000 Series Advanced Feature Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Configurable stripe size up to 64 KB

The ServeRAID M5014 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:

  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • 256 MB of onboard cache

The ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:

  • Two Mini-SAS internal connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Standard Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the RAID adapters category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/raid

Internal tape drives

The server does not support internal tape drive options.

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table.

Table 8. Optical drives

Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
Standard models
where used
46M0901 4161 UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM 1 -
46M0902 4163 UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner 1 -

UltraSlim Enhanced SATA DVD-ROM (part number 46M0901) supports the following media and speeds for reading:

  • CD-ROM 24X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 20X
  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 24X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 8X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 8X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 6X
  • DVD-R DL 4X
  • DVD+R 6X
  • DVD+R DL 4X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 4X
  • DVD+RW 4X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 4X

UltraSlim Enhanced SATA Multi-Burner (part number 46M0902) supports the same media and speeds for reading as DVD-ROM (46M0901). In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:

  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • Ultra Speed Plus CD-RW 16X
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 6X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 6X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 5X

I/O expansion options

The server offers two PCI Express slots (one x4 and one x8). The slot form-factors are:

  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x4 (for use only by compact adapters such as the ServeRAID BR10il v2 or H1110 controllers or the Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter)
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x8, full-height, half-length (PCIe 2.0 in models with processors announced September 2011 - see Table 4)

Network adapters

The x3250 M4 offers two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. One port is shared with Integrated Management Module (IMM).

The Integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Intel 82574L chip
  • TCP/UDP, IPv4, and IPv6 checksum offloads
  • TCP Segmentation/Transmit Segmentation Offloading (TSO)
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • Support for jumbo frames up to 9 KBytes
  • NIC Teaming (Load Balancing and Failover) with Intel PROSet software

The Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter, SBB 90Y5381, feature code A1R5, is designed to fit in Slot 1 of the x3250 M4 server, thereby freeing up the PCIe x8 slot for other purposes. Use this adapter when you don't have the ServeRAID BR10il v2 or H1110 controller configured as it occupies the same slot. The Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter is available CTO or special bid only and has these features:

  • Broadcom 5718 ASIC
  • Full-duplex (FDX) capability
  • IEEE 802.3x FDX flow control
  • I/O virtualization support for VMware NetQueue and Microsoft VMQ
  • Function Level Reset (FLR)
  • IPv4/IPv6 offload: TCP, IP, and UDP checksum offload
  • Large send offload (LSO)
  • TCP segmentation offload (TSO)
  • Receive side scaling (RSS)
  • Transmit-side scaling (TSS)
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging
  • VLAN insertion and extraction
  • Jumbo frames up to 9,600 bytes
  • NIC Teaming (Load Balancing and Failover) with other Broadcom NX or NX2 adapters
  • Wake On LAN support
  • Message Signal Interrupt (MSI-X) support

Note: TCP Offload Engine (TOE) is not supported by the Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter.

The following table lists additional supported network adapters. All adapters are supported only in Slot 2 with the exception of the Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter which is installed in Slot 1.

Table 9. Network adapters

Part number Feature
code
Description
(all install in slot 2 except where noted)
Maximum
supported
10 Gb Ethernet
94Y5180 A4Z6 Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for System x 1
42C1820* 1637 Brocade 10 Gb Dual-port CNA for System x 1
00JY820 A5UT Emulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ PCIe Adapter for System x 1
00JY830 A5UU Emulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Adapter and FCoE/iSCSI SW for System x 1
None** AS3M Emulex VFA5 2x10 GbE SFP+ Integrated Adapter for System x 1
00JY824 A5UV Emulex VFA5 FCoE/iSCSI SW for PCIe Adapter for System x (FoD)
(Features on Demand upgrade for 00JY820 and feature AS3M)
1
49Y7960 A2EC Intel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for System x 1
49Y7970 A2ED Intel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for System x 1
81Y3520 AS73 Intel X710 2x10GbE SFP+ Adapter for System x 1
81Y9990 A1M4 Mellanox ConnectX-2 Dual Port 10GbE Adapter for System x 1
42C1800 5751 QLogic 10 Gb Dual Port CNA for System x 1
90Y4600 A3MR QLogic 8200 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA for System x 1
Gigabit Ethernet
None** A1R5 Broadcom NetXtreme Dual Port Ethernet Compact Adapter (installs in slot 1) 1
49Y7910 A18Y Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter 1
90Y9352 A2V3 Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for System x 1
42C1780 2995 NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter 1
49Y4220 5766 NetXtreme II 1000 Express Quad Port Ethernet Adapter 1
49Y4230 5767 Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for System x 1
49Y4240 5768 Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for System x 1
00AG500 A56K Intel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for System x 1
00AG510 A56L Intel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for System x 1
00AG520 A56M Intel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for System x 1

* Withdrawn from marketing
** This adapter is available via CTO or special bid only

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Networking adapters category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ethernet

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists the storage host bus adapters (HBAs) supported by x3250 M4 server.

Table 10. Storage adapters

Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
16 Gb Fibre Channel
81Y1655 A2W5 Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
81Y1662 A2W6 Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
81Y1668 A2XU Brocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
81Y1675 A2XV Brocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
00Y3337 A3KW QLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
00Y3341 A3KX QLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
8 Gb Fibre Channel
46M6049 3589 Brocade 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
46M6050 3591 Brocade 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
42D0485 3580 Emulex 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
42D0494 3581 Emulex 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
42D0501 3578 QLogic 8 Gb FC Single-port HBA for System x 1
42D0510 3579 QLogic 8 Gb FC Dual-port HBA for System x 1
SAS
46M0907 5982 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller 1

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Host bus adapters category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/hba

PCIe SSD adapters

The server does not support the High IOPS SSD adapters.

Power supplies

Some models include one fixed 300 W AC 80 PLUS-certified power supply. This 300 W unit cannot be upgraded. Some models include one 460W hot-swap power supply. With the addition of a second power supply, the two form a redundant pair. The following table lists the option for the second power supply.

Table 11. Power supply option

Part number Feature
code
Description
94Y6236 A2E8 460W Redundant Power Supply

Both the 300W and 460W power supply units support maximum configurations and support auto restart that minimizes operator intervention after a temporary power outage.

One 2.8-m C13 - C14 power cord is shipped for each included power supply.

Integrated virtualization

The server supports VMware ESXi installed on a USB memory key. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. The following table lists the virtualization options.

Table 12. Virtualization options

Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
41Y8298 A2G0 Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads 1
41Y8300 A2VC USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 1
41Y8307 A383 USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1 1
41Y8311 A2R3 USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 1
41Y8382 A4WZ USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 1
41Y8385 A584 USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.5 1

Remote management

The server contains Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. The server includes IMM2 Basic and can be upgraded to IMM2 Standard and IMM2 Advanced with Feature on Demand (FoD) licenses, however, you may need to upgrade system firmware to the latest levels (at least level 28n) to support these upgrades.

IMM2 Basic has the following features:

  • Industry-standard interfaces and protocols
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Advanced Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) support
  • Continuous health monitoring
  • Choice of a dedicated or shared Ethernet connection
  • Domain Name System (DNS) server support
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) support
  • Embedded Dynamic System Analysis (DSA)
  • LAN over USB for in-band communications to the IMM
  • Serial over LAN
  • Server console serial redirection

IMM2 Standard (as enabled using the Feature on Demand software license key using part number 90Y3900) has the following features in addition to the IMM2 Basic features

  • Remote access via a secure Web console
  • Access to server vital product data (VPD)
  • Automatic notification and alerts
  • Continuous health monitoring and control
  • E-mail alerts
  • Syslog logging support
  • Enhanced user authority levels
  • Event logs that are time stamped, saved on the IMM, and that can be attached to e-mail alerts
  • OS watchdogs
  • Remote configuration through Advanced Settings Utility (ASU)
  • Remote firmware updating
  • Remote power control
  • User authentication using a secure connection to a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server

IMM2 Advanced (as enabled using the Feature on Demand software license key using part number 90Y3901) adds the following features on top of those of IMM Standard:

  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per pixel color depths, 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

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 to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition.

Note: The IMM2 Advanced upgrade requires the IMM2 Standard upgrade.

The following table lists the remote management option.

Table 13. Remote management option

Part number Feature
code
Description Maximum
supported
90Y3900 A1MK Integrated Management Module Standard Upgrade 1
90Y3901 A1ML Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade
(requires Standard Upgrade, 90Y3900)
1

Supported operating systems

Operating systems supported by the server are:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 with XEN
  • Toshiba 4690 Operating System V6
  • VMware ESX 4.1
  • VMware ESXi 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

See the ServerProven® website for the latest information about the specific versions and service levels supported and any other prerequisites:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/matrix.shtml

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions:

  • Height: 43 mm (1.7 in)
  • Width: 439 mm (17.3 in)
  • Depth: 576 mm (22.7 in)
  • Weight:
    • Minimum configuration: 9.3 kg (20.4 lb)
    • Maximum configuration: 10.7 kg (23.5 lb)

Supported environment::

  • Air temperature:
    • Server powered on
      • 10.0 to 35.0 °C (50 to 95 degrees F); altitude: 0 to 914.4 m (3,000 ft)
      • 10.0 to 32.0 °C (50 to 89.6 degrees F); altitude: 914.4 m (3,000 ft) to 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
    • Server powered off
      • 10.0 to 43.0 °C (50 to 109.4 degrees F); maximum altitude: 2,133.6 m (7,000 ft)
    • Shipping
      • -40 to 60 °C (-40 to 140 degrees F)
      • Relative humidity: 8 to 80%
  • Electrical
    • 300-watt power supply
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 to 60 Hz; 6.0 A (maximum)
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 to 60 Hz; 3.0 A (maximum)
    • Redundant 460-watt power supplies
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 to 60 Hz; 5.3 A (maximum)
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 to 60 Hz; 2.6 A (maximum)
  • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately)
    • Minimum configuration: 0.044 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.416 kVA
  • BTU output
    • Ship configuration: 267 Btu/hr (78 watts)
    • Full configuration: 1058 Btu/hr (310 watts)
  • Acoustical noise emission level: Sound power levels
    • 6.5 bels (idling)
    • 6.5 bels (operating)

Warranty options

The System x3250 M4 has a 3-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next-business-day terms. Lenovo offers warranty service upgrades through ServicePacs. The ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePacs might be available in a particular country. For more information about ServicePac offerings available in your country, see the ServicePac Product Selector at the following web page:

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

Warranty service definitions are explained in more detail in the following table.

Table 14. Warranty service definitions

Term Description
Onsite repair A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hour A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including holidays.
24x7x4 hour A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including holidays.
9x5x4 hour A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer can expect the service technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a service technician will arrive by the end of the following business day.
9x5 next business day A service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

In general, the types of ServicePacs are:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours (selected areas)
    • One or two years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/next business day for all severities
    • Installation and startup support for System x servers
    • Remote technical support for System x servers
    • Software support - Support Line
      • Microsoft or Linux software
      • VMware
      • IBM Systems Director

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following international standards:

  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 69950-1-07
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2009, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1:2001 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS 13438, Class A; CNS 14336-1
  • China CCC (4943-2001), GB 9254-2008 Class A, GB 17625.1:2003
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-2006, GOST R 51317.3.3-2008
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)

External disk storage expansion

The server supports attachment to external storage expansion enclosures using the ServeRAID M5025 SAS/SATA Controller. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems as described in the next section below.

The ServeRAID M5025 has the following specifications:

  • Two Mini-SAS external connectors
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5000 Advanced Feature Key
  • Performance optimization for SSD drives with optional M5000 Series Performance Accelerator Key
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCI Express 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2108 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • 512 MB of onboard cache
  • Intelligent Li-Ion-based battery backup unit with up to 48 hours of data retention

The controller supports connectivity to the external expansion enclosures that are listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one adapter port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both adapter ports.

Table 15. External expansion enclosures
Part number Description Maximum quantity supported per one controller
610012X EXP2512 Storage Enclosure 17
610024X EXP2524 Storage Enclosure 9

The external SAS cables listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the controller.

Table 16. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures

Part number Description Maximum quantity
supported per one enclosure
39R6531 3 m SAS Cable 1
39R6529 1 m SAS Cable 1

The following table lists the drives that are supported by EXP2512 external expansion enclosures.

Table 17. Drive options for EXP2512 external expansion enclosures

Part number Description Maximum quantity supported per one enclosure
3.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
00NC555 2TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD 12
00NC557 3TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD 12
00NC559 4TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD 12

The following table lists the hard disk drives that are supported by EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 18. Drive options for EXP2524 external expansion enclosures

Part number Description Maximum quantity supported per one enclosure
2.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
00NC571 1TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD 24
2.5" SAS HS HDDs
00NC561 146GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD 24
00NC563 300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD 24
00NC565 600GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD 24
00NC567 900GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD 24
00NC569 1.2TB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD 24
2.5" SAS HS SSDs
00NC573 200GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD 24
00NC575 400GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD 24

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the server and can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server may support other disk systems that are not listed in this table. For further information, refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center at: http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic

Table 19. External disk storage systems

Part number Description
2071CU2 IBM Storwize V3500 LFF Dual Control Enclosure
2071CU3 IBM Storwize V3500 SFF Dual Control Enclosure
6099L2C IBM Storwize V3700 3.5-inch Storage Controller Unit
6099S2C IBM Storwize V3700 2.5-inch Storage Controller Unit
6099T2C IBM Storwize V3700 2.5-inch DC Storage Controller Unit
6194L2C IBM Storwize V5000 LFF Control Enclosure
6194LEU IBM Storwize V5000 LFF Expansion Enclosure
6194S2C IBM Storwize V5000 SFF Control Enclosure
6194SEU IBM Storwize V5000 SFF Expansion Enclosure
6195SC5 IBM Storwize V7000 2.5-inch Storage Controller Unit
 6195LEF IBM Storwize V7000 3.5-inch Storage Expansion Unit
 6195SEF IBM Storwize V7000 2.5-inch Storage Expansion Unit

External backup units

The server supports the external backup attachment options listed in the following table.

Table 20. External backup options

Part number Description
External tape expansion enclosures for internal tape drives
87651UX 1U Tape Drive Enclosure
87651NX 1U Tape Drive Enclosure (with Nema 5-15P LineCord)
Tape enclosure adapters (with cables)
44E8869 USB Enclosure Adapter Kit
40K2599 SAS Enclosure Adapter Kit
Internal backup drives supported by external tape enclosures
00D2786 RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge
00D2787 RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge
00D2788 RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge
49Y9898 Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive
00D8924 Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive
External backup units*
362532Y RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge
362550Y RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge
36251TY RDX External USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge
3628L5X Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N5X Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)

* These external tape drives can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other tape drives that are not listed in this table. See the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for further information.

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Backup units category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/backup

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from Lenovo listed in the following table.

Table 21. Top-of-rack switches

Part number Description
1 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309BAX RackSwitch G7028 (24 ports)
7309CAX RackSwitch G7028 (48 ports)
0446013 RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFC RackSwitch G8000F
7309G52 RackSwitch G8052R
730952F RackSwitch G8052F
10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRX RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFX RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
7309BR6 RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7 RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64 RackSwitch G8264R
730964F RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9 RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9 RackSwitch G8264TF
40 Gb top-of-rack switches
8036BRX RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front)
8036BFX RackSwitch G8332 (Front to Rear)
8036ARX RackSwitch G8316R
8036AFX RackSwitch G8316F

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/switches

Uninterruptible power supply units

The server supports attachment to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 22. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part number Description
Rack-mounted or tower UPS units
55941AX RT1.5kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (100-125VAC)
55941KX RT1.5kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55942AX RT2.2kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (100-125VAC)
55942KX RT2.2kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55943AX RT3kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (100-125VAC)
55943KX RT3kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55945KX RT5kVA 3U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55946KX RT6kVA 3U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55948KX RT8kVA 6U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55949KX RT11kVA 6U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC)
55948PX RT8kVA 6U 3:1 Phase Rack or Tower UPS (380-415VAC)
55949PX RT11kVA 6U 3:1 Phase Rack or Tower UPS (380-415VAC)
Rack-mounted UPS units
53951AX 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KX 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53952AX 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53952KX 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53953AX 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (100 V/120 V)
53953JX 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956AX 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (200 V/208 V)
53956KX 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (230 V)
53959KX 11000VA LCD 5U Rack UPS (200V/208V/230V)

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the UPS category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ups

Power distribution units

The server supports attachments to the power distribution units (PDUs) listed in the following table.

Table 23. Power distribution units
Part number Description
Switched and Monitored PDUs
46M4002 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI® PDU
46M4003 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4004 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI PDU
46M4005 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4167 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4116 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A PDU
46M4119 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A PDU
46M4134 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4137 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A 3 Phase PDU
Enterprise PDUs
71762MX Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU+ (WW)
71762NX Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU (WW)
71763MU Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU+ (NA)
71763NU Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 phase 60A PDU (NA)
39M2816 DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-End PDUs
39Y8934 DPI 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935 DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8938 30amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y8939 30amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y8940 60amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Denmark LC
39Y8954 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/ Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/Italy LC
39Y8956 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/South Africa LC
39Y8957 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/UK LC
39Y8958 DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959 DPI Universal Rack PDU w/China LC
39Y8962 DPI Universal Rack PDU (Argentina)
39Y8960 DPI Universal Rack PDU (Brazil)
39Y8961 DPI Universal Rack PDU (India
0U Basic PDUs
46M4122 0U 24 C13 16A 3 Phase PDU
46M4125 0U 24 C13 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4128 0U 24 C13 30A PDU
46M4131 0U 24 C13 32A PDU
46M4140 0U 12 C19/12 C13 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4143 0U 12 C19/12 C13 32A 3 Phase PDU

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the PDU category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/pdu

Racks cabinets

The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table.

Table 24. Rack cabinets

Part number Description
201886X 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072PX 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX 25U Standard Rack
93074RX 42U Standard Rack
93074XX 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
99564RX S2 42U Dynamic Standard Rack
99564XX S2 42U Dynamic Standard Expansion Rack
14102RX eServer Cluster 25U Rack
14104RX Linux Cluster Rack
201886X 11U Office Enablement Kit

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/racks

Rack options

The server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 25. Rack options

Part number Feature code Description
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
17238BX 1723HC1 fc A3EK 1U 18.5" Standard Console
17238EX 1723HC1 fc A3EL 1U 18.5" Enhanced Media Console
172317X 1723HC1 fc 0051 1U 17in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X 1723HC1 fc 0052 1U 19in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
3858D3X 3858HC1 fc A4X1 Avocent Universal Management Gateway 6000
1754D2X 1754HC2 fc 6695 Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1X 1754HC1 fc 6694 Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2X 1754HC4 fc 0726 Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1X 1754HC3 fc 0725 Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Console cables
00AK142 A4X4 UM KVM Module VGA+SD Dual RJ45
43V6147 3757 Single Cable USB Conversion Option (UCO)
39M2895 3756 USB Conversion Option (4 Pack UCO)
39M2897 3754 Long KVM Conversion Option (4 Pack Long KCO)
46M5383 5341 Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
46M5382 5340 Serial Conversion Option (SCO)

For more information, see the list of Lenovo Press Product Guides in the KVM Switches & Consoles category:
https://lenovopress.com/servers/options/kvm

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