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Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 Tower Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 5, 2015 3:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lenovo

BIOS

 

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

 

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

 

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Here we see the advanced settings tab.

 

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This is the advanced processor configuration tab.

 

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ThinkServer Deployment Manager

 

The Lenovo TD350 comes with the new ThinkServer Deployment Manager built right in to the system. This is the first graphics user interface that we have seen on any dual CPU server/workstation to this date.

 

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When booting the system, press F10 to bring up the ThinkServer Deployment Manager.

 

The TDM is a graphical user interface where you can adjust many of the settings that you would normally set in the BIOS; it also has expanded features that allow you to access remote shares, and setup RAIDs and other features right in the TDM interface.

 

Let's look at several of the available TDM screens.

 

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Remote Management

 

There are several ways that you can use remote management and IPMI on the TD350. Just like any server with IPMI, you simply enter the IP address that you find in the BIOS under server management/BMC network configuration into your web browser; in our case that was 192.168.1.25. Afterwards, you will see the login screen.

 

There is a dedicated LAN port for BMC on the back of the TD350, and we connected to that for our tests.

 

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The login information for the Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 is as follows:

 

Username: lenovo

Password: len0vO

 

Then hit OK.

 

As a best practice, administrative users should change factory default username and password logins before connecting any new server to their network.

 

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Here we are looking at the home screen for the ThinkServer management. We see a nicely laid out graphic user interface for the new Lenovo IPMI. Each Icon is self-explanatory, so we will not go into detail about each one.

 

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If you have the management controller premium module installed, you can head over to the Virtual Console icon, click it, and a pop-up will be displayed.

 

In this window we see a thumb screen for the desktop of the TD350. Clicking on the Launch Console button will bring up a full-size desktop window that allows you to operate the TD350.

 

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Clicking each of the Icons will bring up a pop-up for that feature, which allows you to work with it just like any IPMI system we have used before.

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