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Lenovo ThinkServer RD340 Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 1:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%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 you see when you first enter the BIOS.

 

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Here we see the advanced tab.

 

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This is the advanced processor configuration tab. We set this server up so that SpeedStep and other power features were turned off in order to get the maximum performance out of the server while we test.

 

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In the advanced power management tab, we turn off all power saving features for our tests.

 

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Here we see adjustments that are in the memory configuration tab.

 

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

 

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We are now looking at the USB menu and the options that are available.

 

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This is the server management tab. If you select the BMC network configuration menu, you will find the IP address to use for IPMI and remote management.

 

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This is the boot option tab where you can change what device the server boots from.

 

 

Software

 

The Lenovo RD340 comes with two disks. One disk has drivers and setup programs to aid you in setting up this machine. The other disk has user manuals.

 

You can simply insert this DVD into the DVD drive and boot the machine. It will take you to the ThinkServer EasyStartup program.

 

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

 

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After this boots, you go through two other screens, agree to the 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 are just 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 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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The ThinkServer RD340 that we received had four Western Digital 1TB hard drives installed. You can see here how they show up in EasyStartup. We selected all four drives for our RAID array.

 

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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 username, password, and a few other pieces of information; you will then have the option to write all this to a response file on a USB stick to use on other installs.

 

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

 

There are other ways to setup the RD340 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 server you would run across.

 

The EasyStartup program makes this an easy process for anyone just starting out setting these up.

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