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Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 1:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Lenovo



The BIOS for this server is typical, so we will only show key BIOS screens.




This is the main BIOS screen you see when you first enter the BIOS.




Here we see the Advanced tab.




This is the Advanced Processor Configuration tab. We set this server up so that speed step and other power features are turned off, so we can get the maximum performance out of the server while we test.




In the Advanced Power Management tab, we turn off all power saving features for our tests.




Here we see adjustments in the memory configuration.




You can change these controls under the SATA/SAS configuration.




We are now looking at the Boot Options menu, and the options that are available.





The Lenovo SmartServer TD340 comes with two disks. One of these disks has drivers and setup programs to aid you in setting up this machine. You can simply insert this DVD into the DVD drive, and boot the machine. It will take you to the ThinkServer EasyStartup program.


This setup is very much like what we used on our ThinkServer RD340 1U server, so we simply showed this again. Some features, like the number of drives in the RAID setup, will be different for the TD340.




When booting from the software DVD you will enter the ThinkServer EasyStartup program, which will guide you through getting the machine up and running.




After this boots, you will go through two other screens, agree to terms and conditions, enter the date/time, and then you will come to this screen. Much of this process is self-explanatory, so there is no need to show every screen that you encounter; many just require confirming settings, and hitting the next button.


Continue to the main interface if you are setting up a new server for the first time. After you work through that, you can create a response file on a USB drive that you can use for other servers. This includes RAID drivers, OS type, and everything else you would need. You would then use this USB drive for any other new servers.


If you have one of these made already, then pick the second option. If you have the same setup, but wish to use a different type of RAID, then use the last option.




This is the home screen you will see after you select the first option in the previous step. You can see on the left hand side all the steps you will need to go through to complete this procedure.




We skipped ahead a few steps to show you how the RAID is setup.




The ThinkServer TD340 that we received had two 2TB hard drives installed. You can see here how they show up in EasyStartup. In this case, we select both drives for our RAID.




Here you can select the OS you want to install; we will be using Windows Server 2012 R2. After this step, you can proceed to enter your OS Key, admin user name, password, and a few other pieces of information. You will then have the option to write all of this to a response file on a USB stick to use on other installs.




This is the last step in the EasyStartup process. Once you click finish, the install procedure will take over and get everything setup for you.


There are other ways to setup the TD340 if you wish to do it manually. The supplied software disk should have all the drivers that you would need, and that process is very much like setting up any other server you would run across.


The EasyStartup program makes this an easy process for anyone just beginning to set up servers.



Remote Management


There are several ways that you can do remote management and IPMI on the TD340. Just like any server with IPMI, simply enter in the IP address that you find in the BIOS under server management/BMC network configuration into your web browser. In our case, that was After that, you see the login screen.


On the back of the TD340, there is a dedicated LAN port for BMC, and we connected to that for our tests.




The login information for the Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 is as follows:


Username: lenovo

Password: len0vO


Next, hit ok. As a best practice, Administrative users should change factory default Username/Password logins before connecting any new server to their network.




Here we are looking at the home screen for the ThinkServer management. The rest of the menus are typical for IPMI/BMC setups, so we will not show all of them.




If you have the management controller premium module installed, you will see the menu options for iKVM. These will not show up if there is no module installed.


Now, hitting the launch java iKVM client will allow you to remote right into the server.




After entering the java iKVM client, we can now control the machine from the BIOS level, all the way to the desktop.




The next method to control the server is with a software package called EasyManage. Install EasyManage on your host machine, and use this to control many servers in your network. After installing EasyManage, and then running it, enter the following login information:


Login: server

Password: manager




This is a typical screen for EasyManage. This program has many features that are useful in managing a number of different servers.

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