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  • Product: Server
  • Model/name: PowerEdge R930
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Table of Contents

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Dell PowerEdge R930 System
Owner's Manual
Regulatory Model: E37S Series
Regulatory Type: E37S001
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Notes, cautions, and warnings
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you
how to avoid the problem.
WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Copyright © 2015 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and
intellectual property laws. Dell™ and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. in the United States and/or other
jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
2015 – 06
Rev. A00
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Contents
1 About the PowerEdge R930................................................................................9
Front panel features and indicators......................................................................................................9
LCD panel features...............................................................................................................................11
Home screen..................................................................................................................................12
Setup menu....................................................................................................................................12
View menu..................................................................................................................................... 13
Diagnostic indicators...........................................................................................................................13
Hard drive indicator codes..................................................................................................................15
SSD LED indicator pattern...................................................................................................................16
Back panel features and indicators.....................................................................................................17
NIC indicator codes.............................................................................................................................19
Power supply unit indicator codes..................................................................................................... 19
Documentation matrix........................................................................................................................ 21
Quick Resource Locator (QRL)...........................................................................................................22
2 Performing initial system configuration ....................................................... 23
Setting up your system....................................................................................................................... 23
Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address ............................................................................ 23
Logging in to iDRAC............................................................................................................................24
Methods of installing the operating system.......................................................................................24
Managing your system remotely........................................................................................................24
Downloading drivers and firmware.................................................................................................... 25
3 Pre-operating system management applications........................................26
Navigation keys................................................................................................................................... 26
About System Setup............................................................................................................................ 27
Entering system setup................................................................................................................... 27
System Setup Main Menu..............................................................................................................27
System BIOS screen...................................................................................................................... 27
System Information screen...........................................................................................................28
Memory Settings screen............................................................................................................... 29
Processor Settings screen.............................................................................................................30
SATA Settings screen..................................................................................................................... 31
Boot Settings screen..................................................................................................................... 32
Network Settings screen...............................................................................................................33
Integrated Devices screen............................................................................................................ 33
Serial Communication screen...................................................................................................... 34
System Profile Settings screen......................................................................................................35
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System Security Settings screen................................................................................................... 37
Miscellaneous Settings screen......................................................................................................38
About Boot Manager...........................................................................................................................39
Entering Boot Manager ................................................................................................................39
Boot Manager main menu............................................................................................................39
About Dell Lifecycle Controller..........................................................................................................40
Changing the boot order....................................................................................................................40
Choosing the system boot mode...................................................................................................... 40
Assigning a system or setup password...............................................................................................41
Using your system password to secure your system.........................................................................41
Deleting or changing an existing system password or setup password...........................................42
Operating with a setup password enabled........................................................................................ 42
Embedded system management....................................................................................................... 43
iDRAC Settings utility.......................................................................................................................... 43
Entering the iDRAC Settings utility............................................................................................... 43
Changing the Thermal Settings....................................................................................................43
4 Installing and removing system components...............................................45
Customer and field replaceable units................................................................................................ 45
Safety instructions...............................................................................................................................46
Before working inside your system....................................................................................................46
After working inside your system.......................................................................................................46
Recommended tools.......................................................................................................................... 47
Front bezel (optional)..........................................................................................................................47
Installing the optional front bezel.................................................................................................47
Removing the optional front bezel...............................................................................................47
System cover.......................................................................................................................................48
Removing the system cover......................................................................................................... 48
Installing the system cover........................................................................................................... 49
Inside the system................................................................................................................................ 50
Chassis intrusion switch...................................................................................................................... 51
Removing the chassis intrusion switch.........................................................................................51
Installing the chassis intrusion switch.......................................................................................... 52
Cable management tray..................................................................................................................... 53
Removing the cable management tray ....................................................................................... 53
Installing the cable management tray.......................................................................................... 55
System memory.................................................................................................................................. 56
General memory module installation guidelines.........................................................................59
Mode-specific guidelines..............................................................................................................59
Advanced ECC (Lockstep)............................................................................................................ 60
Memory optimized (independent channel) mode.......................................................................60
Memory sparing............................................................................................................................ 60
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Memory mirroring.........................................................................................................................60
Fault Resilient Memory..................................................................................................................61
Sample memory configurations....................................................................................................61
Memory riser....................................................................................................................................... 62
Removing a memory riser blank...................................................................................................62
Installing a memory riser blank.....................................................................................................63
Removing a memory riser.............................................................................................................64
Installing a memory riser...............................................................................................................65
Removing memory modules from the memory riser..................................................................66
Installing memory modules into the memory riser.....................................................................68
Memory riser and fan cage.................................................................................................................70
Removing the memory riser and fan cage...................................................................................70
Installing the memory riser and fan cage..................................................................................... 71
Hard drives...........................................................................................................................................72
Removing a 2.5 inch hard drive blank...........................................................................................73
Installing a 2.5 inch hard drive blank............................................................................................ 74
Removing a hot-swappable hard drive carrier.............................................................................75
Installing a hot-swappable hard drive carrier...............................................................................76
Removing a hard drive from a hard drive carrier..........................................................................77
Installing a hard drive into a hard drive carrier............................................................................. 77
Optical drive (optional)........................................................................................................................78
Removing the optical drive...........................................................................................................78
Installing the optical drive............................................................................................................. 79
Cooling fans........................................................................................................................................80
Removing a cooling fan................................................................................................................80
Installing a cooling fan.................................................................................................................. 81
Removing the fan tray...................................................................................................................82
Installing the fan tray ....................................................................................................................83
Internal USB memory key (optional).................................................................................................. 84
Replacing the internal USB key.....................................................................................................84
Expansion cards and expansion card risers....................................................................................... 85
Expansion card installation guidelines......................................................................................... 85
Removing the left expansion card riser blank..............................................................................88
Installing the left expansion card riser blank................................................................................89
Removing the right expansion card riser blank........................................................................... 90
Installing the right expansion card riser blank............................................................................. 90
Removing the left expansion card riser....................................................................................... 90
Installing the left expansion card riser..........................................................................................92
Removing the right expansion card riser..................................................................................... 92
Installing the right expansion card riser....................................................................................... 93
Removing an expansion card from expansion card risers...........................................................93
Installing an expansion card into the expansion card risers........................................................97
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NDC riser............................................................................................................................................. 97
Removing the NDC riser...............................................................................................................98
Installing the NDC riser.................................................................................................................99
Network daughter card.......................................................................................................................99
Removing the network daughter card.......................................................................................100
Installing the network daughter card..........................................................................................101
SD vFlash media card........................................................................................................................ 101
Replacing an SD vFlash media card............................................................................................102
Internal dual SD module................................................................................................................... 102
Removing an internal SD card.................................................................................................... 103
Installing an internal SD card...................................................................................................... 103
Removing the internal dual SD module..................................................................................... 104
Installing the internal dual SD module....................................................................................... 106
Integrated storage controller card...................................................................................................106
Removing the integrated storage controller card..................................................................... 107
Installing the integrated storage controller card....................................................................... 108
Processors and heat sinks................................................................................................................ 109
Removing a heat sink..................................................................................................................109
Removing a processor.................................................................................................................110
Installing a processor...................................................................................................................113
Installing a heat sink.....................................................................................................................115
Removing a processor blank and heat sink blank ..................................................................... 117
Installing a processor blank and heat sink blank........................................................................118
Power supply units............................................................................................................................ 119
Hot spare feature.........................................................................................................................120
Removing an AC power supply unit...........................................................................................120
Installing an AC power supply unit..............................................................................................121
Removing the power supply unit blank......................................................................................122
Installing the power supply unit blank........................................................................................123
Power distribution board.................................................................................................................. 124
Removing the power supply unit bay.........................................................................................124
Installing the power supply unit bay...........................................................................................125
Removing the power distribution board.................................................................................... 126
Installing the power distribution board.......................................................................................127
System battery...................................................................................................................................128
Replacing the system battery......................................................................................................128
Hard drive backplane........................................................................................................................ 129
Removing the hard drive backplane...........................................................................................130
Installing the hard drive backplane.............................................................................................138
SAS expander daughter card............................................................................................................ 139
Removing the SAS expander daughter card.............................................................................. 139
Installing the SAS expander daughter card................................................................................ 140
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Control panel assembly.....................................................................................................................141
Removing the control panel board.............................................................................................141
Installing the control panel board.............................................................................................. 142
System board.....................................................................................................................................143
Removing the system board.......................................................................................................143
Installing the system board.........................................................................................................145
Trusted Platform Module..................................................................................................................148
Re-enabling the TPM for BitLocker users.................................................................................. 148
Re-enabling the TPM for TXT users........................................................................................... 148
5 Troubleshooting your system........................................................................149
Safety first—for you and your system...............................................................................................149
Troubleshooting system startup failure........................................................................................... 149
Troubleshooting external connections............................................................................................149
Troubleshooting the video subsystem.............................................................................................149
Troubleshooting a USB device......................................................................................................... 150
Troubleshooting a serial I/O device................................................................................................. 150
Troubleshooting a NIC...................................................................................................................... 151
Troubleshooting a wet system..........................................................................................................151
Troubleshooting a damaged system................................................................................................152
Troubleshooting the system battery................................................................................................ 153
Troubleshooting power supply units................................................................................................153
Troubleshooting cooling problems..................................................................................................154
Troubleshooting cooling fans...........................................................................................................155
Troubleshooting system memory.................................................................................................... 155
Troubleshooting an internal USB key...............................................................................................156
Troubleshooting an SD card............................................................................................................. 157
Troubleshooting an optical drive..................................................................................................... 158
Troubleshooting a hard drive........................................................................................................... 158
Troubleshooting a storage controller.............................................................................................. 159
Troubleshooting expansion cards....................................................................................................160
Troubleshooting processors............................................................................................................ 160
6 Using system diagnostics................................................................................162
Dell embedded system diagnostics..................................................................................................162
When to use the embedded system diagnostics.......................................................................162
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from Boot Manager............................................162
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from the Dell Lifecycle Controller.....................163
System diagnostic controls.........................................................................................................163
7 Jumpers and connectors................................................................................ 164
System board jumper settings..........................................................................................................164
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System board connectors.................................................................................................................165
Disabling a forgotten password........................................................................................................168
8 Technical specifications..................................................................................169
9 Getting help.......................................................................................................176
Contacting Dell..................................................................................................................................176
Locating your system Service Tag....................................................................................................176
Quick Resource Locator (QRL).........................................................................................................176
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About the PowerEdge R930
The Dell PowerEdge R930 is a rack server that supports up to four processors based on the Intel
E7-8800/4800 v3 product family, eight memory risers with a capacity of 12 DIMMs per riser, and up to 24
hard drives/SSDs.
The R930 systems are available in the following configurations:
System Configuration
Four hard drive
systems
Up to four 2.5 inch, hot-swappable hard drives/SSDs with redundant PSU
Twenty four hard
drive systems
Up to twenty four 2.5 inch, hot-swappable hard drives/SSDs with redundant PSU
Sixteen hard
drive/SSD plus eight
PCIe SSD systems
Up to sixteen 2.5 inch, hot-swappable hard drives/SSDs plus eight PCIe SSDs with
redundant PSU
Front panel features and indicators
Figure 1. Front panel features and indicators
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
1 vFlash media card slot Enables you to insert a vFlash media card.
2 Power-on indicator,
power button
The power-on indicator lights when the system
power is on. The power button controls the power
supply output to the system.
NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems,
turning off the system using the power button
causes the system to perform a graceful
shutdown before power to the system is
turned off.
3 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver
errors when running certain operating systems.
This button can be pressed using the end of a
paper clip.
Use this button only if directed to do so by
qualified support personnel or by the operating
system documentation.
4 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack. When one of these buttons is
pressed, the LCD panel on the front and the
system status indicator on the back flashes until
one of the buttons is pressed again.
Press the system identification button to turn the
system ID on or off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup),
press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
5 Video connector Enables you to connect a VGA display to the
system.
6 LCD menu buttons Enables you to navigate the control panel LCD
menu.
7 USB connectors (2) Enables you to connect USB devices to the system.
The ports are USB 2.0-compliant.
8 Enterprise Service Tag A slide-out label panel, which allows you to record
system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC
address, and so on, as per your need.
9 Hard drives (number of
drives will be either 4 or
2.5 inch hard drives
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
24 depending on the
backplane
configurations)
NOTE: On the backplane supported Flash
devices, there are 3 bays in total. The first two
bays are for PCIe Flash devices with two sets
of drives labelled 0 through 3. The bay 3 is for
SAS drives labelled 0 through 15.
10 Rack ears Enables you to pull the system out of the rack.
11 Slide lock A lock that pops out the ejector handle for the
optical drive.
12 Optical drive (optional) One optional SATA DVD-ROM drive or DVD+/- RW
drive.
LCD panel features
The system's LCD panel provides system information and status and error messages to indicate when the
system is operating correctly or when the system needs attention.
• The LCD backlight lights blue during normal operating conditions and lights amber to indicate an
error condition.
• The LCD backlight is turned off when the system is in standby mode and can be turned on by pressing
either the Select, Left, or Right button on the LCD panel.
• The LCD backlight remains OFF if LCD messaging is turned off through the iDRAC utility, the LCD
panel, or other tools.
Figure 2. LCD panel Features
Item Button Description
1 Left Moves the cursor back in one-
step increments.
2 Select Selects the menu item
highlighted by the cursor.
3 Right Moves the cursor forward in one-
step increments.
During message scrolling:
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Item Button Description
• Press once to increase
scrolling speed
• Press again to stop
• Press again to return to the
default scrolling speed
• Press again to repeat the
cycle
Home screen
The Home screen displays user-configurable information about the system. This screen is displayed
during normal system operation when there are no status messages or errors. When the system is in
standby mode, the LCD backlight turns off after five minutes of inactivity if there are no error messages.
Press one of the three navigation buttons (Select, Left, or Right) to view the Home screen.
To navigate to the Home screen from another menu, follow the steps below.
1. Press and hold the up arrow until the Home icon is displayed.
2. Select the Home icon.
3. From the Home screen, press the Select button to enter the main menu.
Setup menu
NOTE: When you select an option in the Setup menu, you must confirm the option before
proceeding to the next action.
Option Description
iDRAC Select DHCP or Static IP to configure the network mode. If Static IP is selected,
the available fields are IP, Subnet (Sub), and Gateway (Gtw). Select Setup DNS to
enable DNS and to view domain addresses. Two separate DNS entries are available.
Set error Select SEL to display LCD error messages in a format that matches the IPMI
description in the SEL. This is useful when trying to match an LCD message with an
SEL entry.
Select Simple to display LCD error messages in a simplified user-friendly
description. For more information on error messages, see the Dell Event and Error
Messages Reference Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Set home Select the default information to be displayed on the LCD Home screen. See View
menu to see the options and option items that can be set as the default on the
Home screen.
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View menu
NOTE: When you select an option in the View menu, you must confirm the option before
proceeding to the next action.
Option Description
iDRAC IP Displays the IPv4 or IPv6 addresses for iDRAC8. Addresses include DNS (Primary
and Secondary), Gateway, IP, and Subnet (IPv6 does not have Subnet).
MAC Displays the MAC addresses for iDRAC, iSCSI, or Network devices.
Name Displays the name of the Host, Model, or User String for the system.
Number Displays the Asset tag or the Service tag for the system.
Power Displays the power output of the system in BTU/hr or Watts. The display format can
be configured in the Set home submenu of the Setup menu.
Temperature Displays the temperature of the system in Celsius or Fahrenheit. The display format
can be configured in the Set home submenu of the Setup menu.
Diagnostic indicators
The diagnostic indicators on the system front panel display error status during system startup.
NOTE: No diagnostic indicators are lit when the system is switched off. To start the system, plug it
into a working power source and press the power button.
Icon Description Condition Corrective action
Health
indicator
If the system is on, and in
good health, the indicator
lights solid blue.
None required.
The indicator blinks amber if
the system is on or in
standby, and if any error
exists (for example, a failed
fan or hard drive).
See the System Event Log or system
messages for the specific issue. For more
information on error messages, see the Dell
Event and Error Messages Reference Guide
at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Invalid memory configurations can cause
the system to halt at startup without any
video output. See Getting help.
Hard drive
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
a hard drive experiences an
error.
See the System Event Log to determine the
hard drive that has an error. Run the
appropriate Online Diagnostics test. Restart
system and run embedded diagnostics
(ePSA). If the hard drives are configured in a
RAID array, restart the system and enter the
host adapter configuration utility program.
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Icon Description Condition Corrective action
Electrical
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
the system experiences an
electrical error (for example,
voltage out of range, or a
failed power supply unit or
voltage regulator).
See the System Event Log or system
messages for the specific issue. If it is due to
a problem with the power supply, check the
LED on the power supply. Re-seat the
power supply by removing and reinstalling
it. If the problem persists, see Getting help.
Temperature
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
the system experiences a
thermal error (for example, a
temperature out of range or
fan failure).
Ensure that none of the following
conditions exist:
• A cooling fan is removed or has failed.
• System cover, cooling shroud, EMI filler
panel, memory module blank, or back
filler bracket is removed.
• Ambient temperature is too high.
• External airflow is obstructed.
See Getting help.
Memory
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
a memory error occurs.
See System Event Log or system messages
for the location of the failed memory.
Reinstall the memory device. If the problem
persists, see Getting help.
PCIe
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
a PCIe card experiences an
error.
Restart the system. Update any required
drivers for the PCIe card. Re-install the card.
If the problem persists, see Getting help.
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Hard drive indicator codes
Figure 3. Hard drive indicators
1. hard drive activity indicator 2. hard drive status indicator
3. hard drive
NOTE: If the hard drive is in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode, the status indicator
(on the right side) does not function and remains off.
Drive-status indicator pattern (RAID only) Condition
Blinks green two times per second Identifying drive or preparing for removal.
Off Drive ready for insertion or removal.
NOTE: The drive status indicator remains off until
all hard drives are initialized after the system is
turned on. Drives are not ready for insertion or
removal during this time.
Blinks green, amber, and turns off Predicted drive failure
Blinks amber four times per second Drive failed
Blinks green slowly Drive rebuilding
Steady green Drive online
Blinks green three seconds, amber three
seconds, and turns off six seconds
Rebuild aborted
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SSD LED indicator pattern
Figure 4. SSD LED indicator pattern
1. SSD activity indicator 2. SSD status indicator
3. SSD
While the operating system is running, the status indicator provides the current status of the device. The
following table lists the device states along with the associated LED indicator codes.
Table 1. SSD LED indicator pattern
State Name Slot/Device State Status LED (Green) Status LED (Amber)
Device status off The server or device is
not powered up.
Off Off
Device online The device is powered
up.
On Off
Device identify (blink) The device is identifying
the slot location or is
indicating that the
device has received a
Prepare for Removal
command from the host
operating system.
On for 250 msec
Off for 250 msec
Off
Device failed The host operating
system no longer has
access to the device
because the device is
not responding or has
Off On for 250 msec
Off for 250 msec
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State Name Slot/Device State Status LED (Green) Status LED (Amber)
encountered a critical
error condition.
Back panel features and indicators
Figure 5. Back panel features and indicators
Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
1 Power supply unit (PSU
3 and 4)
AC 750 W or 1100 W
2 PCIe expansion card
slots (8 or 10 depending
on the I/O risers
installed)
Enables you to connect PCI Express expansion
cards.
3 Power supply unit (PSU 1
and 2)
AC 750 W or 1100 W
4 Video connector Enables you to connect a VGA display to the
system.
5 iDRAC Enterprise port Dedicated management port.
NOTE: The port is available for use only if the
iDRAC8 Enterprise license is installed on your
system.
6 Ethernet connectors (4) Four integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC
connectors
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
or
Four integrated connectors that include:
• Two 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connectors
• Two 100 Mbps/1 Gbps/10 Gbps SFP+/10 GbE T
connectors
7 USB connectors (2) Enables you to connect USB devices to the system.
The ports are USB 2.0-compliant.
8 Serial connector Enables you to connect a serial device to the
system.
9 System identification
connector
Connects the optional system status indicator
assembly through the optional cable management
arm.
10 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack.
Press the system identification button to turn the
system ID on or off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup)
press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
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NIC indicator codes
Figure 6. NIC indicators
1. link indicator 2. activity indicator
Convention Indicator pattern Description
A Link and activity indicators
are OFF
The NIC is not connected to the network.
B Link indicator is green The NIC is connected to a valid network at its maximum
port speed (1 Gbps).
C Link indicator is yellow The NIC is connected to a valid network at less than its
maximum port speed.
D Activity indicator is blinking
green
Network data is being sent or received.
Power supply unit indicator codes
Each AC power supply unit (PSU) has an illuminated translucent handle that serves as an indicator to
show whether power is present or a power fault has occurred.
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Figure 7. AC PSU status indicator
1. AC PSU status indicator/handle
Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
A Green A valid power source is connected to the PSU and the PSU is
operational.
B Flashing green When the firmware of the PSU is being updated, the PSU handle
flashes green.
CAUTION: Do not disconnect the power cord or unplug the
PSU when updating firmware. If firmware update is
interrupted, the PSUs will not function. You must roll back the
PSU firmware by using Life cycle controller. See Dell Lifecycle
Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
C Flashing green
and turns off
When hot-adding a PSU, the PSU handle flashes green five times at
4 Hz rate and turns off. This indicates that there is a PSU mismatch
with respect to efficiency, feature set, health status, and supported
voltage. Replace the PSU with a PSU that matches the capacity of
the other PSU.
CAUTION: For AC PSUs, use only PSUs with the Extended
Power Performance (EPP) label on the back. Mixing PSUs from
previous generations of Dell PowerEdge servers can result in a
PSU mismatch condition or failure to power on.
D Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the PSU.
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Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
CAUTION: When correcting a PSU mismatch, replace only the
PSU with the flashing indicator. Swapping the PSU to make a
matched pair can result in an error condition and unexpected
system shutdown. To change from a High Output
configuration to a Low Output configuration or vice versa,
you must power down the system.
CAUTION: AC PSUs support both 220 V and 110 V input
voltages with the exception of Titanium PSUs, which support
only 220 V. When two identical PSUs receive different input
voltages, they can output different wattages, and trigger a
mismatch.
CAUTION: If two PSUs are used, they must be of the same type
and have the same maximum output power.
E Not lit Power is not connected.
Documentation matrix
The documentation matrix provides information on documents that you can refer to for setting up and
managing your system.
To... Refer to...
Install your system into a rack Rack documentation included with your rack
solution
Set up your system and know the system technical
specifications
Getting Started With Your System that shipped with
your system or see Dell.com/poweredgemanuals
Install the operating system Operating system documentation at Dell.com/
operatingsystemmanuals
Get an overview of the Dell Systems Management
offerings
Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview
Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Configure and log in to iDRAC, set up managed
and management system, know the iDRAC
features and troubleshoot using iDRAC
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's
Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals
Know about the RACADM subcommands and
supported RACADM interfaces
RACADM Command Line Reference Guide for
iDRAC and CMC at Dell.com/esmmanuals
Launch, enable and disable Lifecycle Controller,
know the features, use and troubleshoot Lifecycle
Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/
esmmanuals
Use Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick
Start Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals
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To... Refer to...
Set up, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage Server
Administrator
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator User’s
Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Install, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage
Essentials
Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide at
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Know the features of the storage controller cards,
deploy the cards, and manage the storage
subsystem
Storage controller documentation at Dell.com/
storagecontrollermanuals
Check the event and error messages generated by
the system firmware and agents that monitor
system components
Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at
Dell.com/esmmanuals
Quick Resource Locator (QRL)
Use the Quick Resource Locator (QRL) to get immediate access to system information and how-to
videos. This can be done by visiting Dell.com/QRL or by using your smartphone or tablet and a model
specific Quick Resource (QR) code located on your Dell PowerEdge system. To try out the QR code, scan
the following image.
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Performing initial system configuration
After you receive your system, you must set up your system, install the operating system if it is not pre-
installed, and set up and configure the system iDRAC IP address.
Setting up your system
1. Unpack the system.
2. Install the system into the rack. For more information on installing the system into the rack, see your
system Rack Installation Placemat at Dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
3. Connect the peripherals to the system.
4. Connect the system to its electrical outlet.
5. Turn on the system by pressing the power button or using iDRAC.
6. Turn on the attached peripherals.
Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address
You can set up the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) IP address by using one of the
following interfaces:
• iDRAC Settings utility
• Lifecycle Controller
• Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit
• Server LCD panel
You can use the default iDRAC IP address 192.168.0.120 to configure the initial network settings,
including setting up DHCP or a static IP for iDRAC.
You can configure iDRAC IP address by using the following interfaces:
NOTE: Make sure that you change the default user name and password after setting up the iDRAC
IP address.
• iDRAC Web interface. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's
Guide.
• Remote Access Controller ADMin (RACADM). For more information, see the RACADM Command Line
Interface Reference Guide and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide.
• Remote Services that includes Web Services Management (WS-Man). For more information, see the
Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick Start Guide.
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For more information on setting up and configuring iDRAC, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Logging in to iDRAC
You can log in to iDRAC as an iDRAC local user, a Microsoft Active Directory user, or a Lightweight
Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user. You can also log in by using Single Sign-On or a Smart Card. The
default user name is root and password is calvin. For more information on logging in to iDRAC and
iDRAC licenses, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also access iDRAC using RACADM. For more information, see the RACADM Command Line
Interface Reference Guide and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide available at
Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Methods of installing the operating system
If the system is shipped without an operating system, install the supported operating system on the
system by using one of the following methods:
• Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation media. See the operating system
documentation at Dell.com/operatingsystemmanuals.
• Dell Lifecycle Controller. See the Lifecycle Controller documentation at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
• Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit. See the OpenManage documentation at Dell.com/
openmanagemanuals.
For information on the list of operating systems supported on your system, see the operating systems
support matrix at Dell.com/ossupport.
Managing your system remotely
To perform out-of-band systems management using iDRAC, you must configure iDRAC for remote
accessibility, set up the management station and managed system, and configure the supported Web
browsers. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
Dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also remotely monitor and manage the server by using the Dell OpenManage Server
Administrator (OMSA) software and OpenManage Essentials (OME) systems management console. For
more information, see Dell.com/openmanagemanuals.
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Downloading drivers and firmware
It is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS, drivers, and systems management
firmware on your system.
Prerequisites
Ensure that you clear the web browser cache.
Steps
1. Go to Dell.com/support/drivers.
2. In the Product Selection section, enter the Service Tag of your system in the Service Tag or Express
Service Code field.
NOTE: If you do not have the Service Tag, select Automatically detect my Service Tag for me
to allow the system to automatically detect your Service Tag, or select Choose from a list of all
Dell products to select your product from the Product Selection page.
3. Click Get drivers and downloads.
The drivers that are applicable to your selection are displayed.
4. Download the drivers you require to a diskette drive, USB drive, CD, or DVD.
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Pre-operating system management
applications
The pre-operating system management applications for your system help you manage different settings
and features without booting to the operating system.
Your system has the following pre-operating system management applications:
• System Setup
• Boot Manager
• Dell Lifecycle Controller
Navigation keys
The navigation keys can help you quickly access the pre-operating system management applications.
Key Description
<Page Up> Moves to the previous screen.
<Page
Down>
Moves to the next screen.
Up arrow Moves to the previous field.
Down
arrow
Moves to the next field.
<Enter> Enables you to type a value in the selected field (if applicable) or follow the link in the field.
Spacebar Expands or collapses a drop-down list, if applicable.
<Tab> Moves to the next focus area.
NOTE: This feature is applicable for the standard graphic browser only.
<Esc> Moves to the previous page until you view the main screen. Pressing <Esc> in the main
screen exits System BIOS or iDRAC Settings/ Device Settings/Service Tag Settings and
proceeds with system boot.
<F1> Displays the System Setup help.
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About System Setup
Using System Setup, you can configure the BIOS settings, iDRAC settings, and device settings of your
system.
You can access System Setup in two ways:
• Standard Graphical Browser — This is enabled by default.
• Text Browser — This is enabled by using Console Redirection.
NOTE: By default, help text for the selected field is displayed in the graphical browser. To view the
help text in the text browser, press <F1>.
Entering system setup
1. Turn on, or restart your system.
2. Press <F2> immediately after you see the following message:
<F2> = System Setup
If your operating system begins to load before you press <F2>, wait for the system to finish booting,
and then restart your system and try again.
System Setup Main Menu
Option Description
System BIOS Enables you to configure BIOS settings.
iDRAC Settings Enables you to configure iDRAC settings.
The iDRAC Settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the
iDRAC parameters by using UEFI. You can enable or disable various
iDRAC parameters by using the iDRAC Settings utility. For more
information about this utility, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Device Settings Enables you to configure device settings.
System BIOS screen
By using the System BIOS screen, you can view the BIOS settings, edit specific functions such as Boot
Order, System Password, Setup Password, set the RAID mode, and enable or disable USB ports.
To view the System BIOS screen click System BIOS on the System Setup Main Menu.
The System BIOS screen details are explained as follows:
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Menu Item Description
System Information Displays information about the system such as the system model name,
BIOS version, and Service Tag.
Memory Settings Displays information and options related to the installed memory.
Processor Settings Displays information and options related to the processor such as speed,
cache size.
SATA Settings Displays options to enable or disable the integrated SATA controller and
ports.
Boot Settings Displays options to specify the boot mode (BIOS or UEFI). Enables you to
modify UEFI and BIOS boot settings.
Network Settings Displays options to change the network settings.
Integrated Devices Displays options to enable or disable integrated device controllers and
ports and specify related features and options.
Serial Communication Displays options to enable or disable the serial ports and specify related
features and options.
System Profile Settings Displays options to change the processor power management settings,
memory frequency, and so on.
System Security Displays options to configure the system security settings, such as system
password, setup password, TPM security. It also enables or disables
support for the power and NMI buttons on the system.
Miscellaneous Settings Displays options to change the system date, time, and so on.
System Information screen
You can use the System Information screen to view system properties such as Service Tag, system
model, and the BIOS version.
To view the System Information screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → System
Information.
The System Information screen details are explained as follows:
Menu Item Description
System Model Name Displays the system model name.
System BIOS Version Displays the BIOS version installed on the system.
System Management
Engine Version
Displays the current version of the Management Engine firmware.
System Service Tag Displays the system service tag.
System Manufacturer Displays the name of the system manufacturer.
System Manufacturer
Contact Information
Displays the contact information of the system manufacturer.
System CPLD Version Displays the current version of the system complex programmable logic
device (CPLD) firmware.
UEFI Compliance Version Displays the UEFI compliance level of the system firmware.
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Memory Settings screen
You can use the Memory Settings screen to view all the memory settings as well as enable or disable
specific memory functions such as system memory testing and node interleaving.
To view the Memory Setting screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Memory Settings.
Menu Item Description
System Memory Size Displays the amount of memory installed in the system.
System Memory Type Displays the type of memory installed in the system.
System Memory Speed Displays the system memory speed.
System Memory Voltage Displays the system memory voltage.
Video Memory Displays the amount of video memory utilized.
System Memory Testing Specifies whether system memory tests are run during system boot. The
options available are Enabled, Disabled and Hardware Based. By default,
the System Memory Testing option is set to Disabled.
Memory Operating Mode Specifies the memory operating mode. The options available are fault
resilient memory, Optimizer Mode, Advanced ECC Mode, Mirror Mode,
Spare Mode, and Spare with Advanced ECC Mode. By default, the
Memory Operating Mode option is set to Optimizer Mode.
NOTE: The Memory Operating Mode can have different defaults
and available options based on the memory configuration of your
system.
Node Interleaving Specifies if Non-Uniform Memory architecture (NUMA) is supported.
Node Interleaving options available are Enabled and Disabled. If this field
is Enabled, memory interleaving is supported if a symmetric memory
configuration is installed. If Disabled, the system supports NUMA
(asymmetric) memory configurations. By default, Node Interleaving
option is set to Disabled.
Spare Ranks per DDR
channel
Specifies the number of DIMM ranks per DDR channel to configure as
spare ranks when Memory Operating Mode is set to Spare Mode or Spare
with Advanced ECC Mode. Spare Ranks per DDR channel options
available are 1 spare rank per DDR channel and 2 spare ranks per DDR
channel. Based on the memory configuration of the system, this option
allows 2 spare ranks per DDR channel. By default, Spare Ranks per DDR
channel option is set to 1 spare rank per DDR channel.
FRM Redundant Memory
Size
Specifies the memory size to dedicate to Fault Resilient Memory (FRM)
when Memory Operation Mode is set to Fault Resilient Mode. For FRM
mode one memory riser per processor is dedicated for FRM. This option
allows configuring the size of memory dedicated to FRM on each FRM
riser. FRM Redundant Memory Size options are Full Riser, 64GB, and
Half Riser. Half of the FRM size will be reserved for redundancy and not
included in the total system memory size. By default, FRM Redundant
Memory Size option is set to Full Riser.
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Processor Settings screen
You can use the Processor Settings screen to view the processor settings and perform specific functions
such as enabling virtualization technology, hardware prefetcher, and logical processor idling.
To view the Processor Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Processor
Settings.
Menu Item Description
Logical Processor Enables or disables the logical processors and displays the number of
logical processors. If the Logical Processor option is set to Enabled, the
BIOS displays all the logical processors. If this option is set to Disabled,
the BIOS displays only one logical processor per core. By default, the
Logical Processor option is set to Enabled.
QPI Speed Allows you to control QuickPath Interconnect data rate settings.
Virtualization Technology Enables or disables the additional hardware capabilities provided for
virtualization. By default, the Virtualization Technology option is set to
Enabled.
Address Translation Service
(ATS)
Defines the Address Translation Cache (ATC) for devices to cache the
DMA transactions. This field provides an interface to a chipset's Address
Translation and Protection Table to translate DMA addresses to host
addresses. By default, the option is set to Enabled.
Adjacent Cache Line
Prefetch
Optimizes the system for applications that require high utilization of
sequential memory access. By default, the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
option is set to Enabled. You can disable this option for applications that
require high utilization of random memory access.
Hardware Prefetcher Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher. By default, the Hardware
Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.
DCU Streamer Prefetcher Allows you to enable or disable the Data Cache Unit (DCU) streamer
prefetcher. By default, the DCU Streamer Prefetcher option is set to
Enabled.
DCU IP Prefetcher Enables or disables the Data Cache Unit (DCU) IP prefetcher. By default,
the DCU IP Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.
Logical Processor Idling Enables or disables the operating system capability to put logical
processors in the idling state in order to reduce power consumption. By
default, the option is set to Disabled.
Configurable TDP Allows reconfiguration of Thermal Design Power (TDP) to lower levels.
TDP refers to the maximum amount of power the cooling system is
required to dissipate.
X2Apic Mode Enables or disables the X2Apic mode.
Number of Cores per
Processor
Controls the number of enabled cores in each processor. By default, the
Number of Cores per Processor option is set to All.
Processor 64-bit Support Specifies if the processor(s) support 64-bit extensions.
Processor Core Speed Displays the maximum core frequency of the processor.
Processor Bus Speed Displays the bus speed of the processor.
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Menu Item Description
NOTE: The processor bus speed option displays only when both
processors are installed.
Processor 1 NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be
up to four processor listings. The following settings are displayed for
each processor installed in the system.
Family-Model-Stepping Displays the family, model and stepping of the processor as defined by
Intel.
Brand Displays the brand name reported by the processor.
Level 2 Cache Displays the total L2 cache.
Level 3 Cache Displays the total L3 cache.
Number of Cores Displays the number of cores per processor.
SATA Settings screen
You can use the SATA Settings screen to view the SATA settings of SATA devices and enable RAID on
your system.
To view the SATA Settings screen click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → SATA Settings.
Menu Item Description
Embedded SATA Enables the embedded SATA to be set to Off, ATA, or AHCI modes. By
default, the Embedded SATA option is set to AHCI.
Security Freeze Lock Sends Security Freeze Lock command to the Embedded SATA drives
during POST. This option is applicable only to ATA and AHCI mode.
Write Cache Enables or disables the command for Embedded SATA drives during
POST.
Port A Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings
in ATA mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF
to turn off BIOS support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for
removable media devices such as optical drives.
Port B Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings
in ATA mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF
to turn off BIOS support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for
removable media devices such as optical drives.
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Menu Item Description
Port C Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings
in ATA mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF
to turn off BIOS support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for
removable media devices such as optical drives.
Boot Settings screen
You can use the Boot Settings screen to set the Boot mode to either BIOS or UEFI. It also enables you to
specify the boot order.
To view the Boot Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Boot Settings.
The Boot Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Menu Item Description
Boot Mode Enables you to set the boot mode of the system.
CAUTION: Switching the boot mode may prevent the system from
booting if the operating system is not installed in the same boot
mode.
NOTE: Setting this field to UEFI disables the BIOS Boot Settings
menu. Setting this field to BIOS disables the UEFI Boot Settings
menu.
If the operating system supports UEFI, you can set this option to UEFI.
Setting this field to BIOS allows compatibility with non-UEFI operating
systems. By default, the Boot Mode option is set to BIOS.
Boot Sequence Retry Enables or disables the Boot Sequence Retry feature. If this field is
enabled and the system fails to boot, the system reattempts the boot
sequence after 30 seconds. By default, the Boot Sequence Retry option
is set to Enabled.
Hard-Disk Failover Specifies the devices in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence that are
attempted in the boot sequence. When this option is set to Disabled,
only the first hard disk device in the list is attempted to boot. When set to
Enabled, all hard disk devices are attempted to boot, as listed in the
Hard-Disk Drive Sequence. This option is not enabled for UEFI Boot
Mode.
Boot Option Settings Configures the boot sequence and the boot devices.
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Network Settings screen
You can use the Network Settings screen to modify PXE device settings. The Network Settings option is
available only in the UEFI boot mode. BIOS does not control network settings in the BIOS boot mode. For
BIOS boot mode, the network settings are handled by the network controllers option ROM.
To view the Network Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Network
Settings. The Network Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Menu Item Description
PXE Device n (n = 1 to 4) Enables or disables the device. When enabled, a UEFI boot option is
created for the device.
PXE Device n Settings (n = 1
to 4)
Allows you to control the configuration of the PXE device.
Integrated Devices screen
The Integrated Devices screen allows you to view and configure the settings of all integrated devices
including the video controller integrated RAID controller and the USB ports.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → Integrated Devices.
Menu Item Description
User Accessible USB Ports Allows you to enable or disable the USB ports.
Selecting Only Back Ports On disables the front
USB ports and selecting All Ports Off disables all
USB ports. The USB keyboard and mouse operates
during boot process in certain operating systems.
After the boot process is complete, the USB
keyboard and mouse do not work if the ports are
disabled.
NOTE: Selecting Only Back Ports On and All
Ports Off will disable the USB management
port and also restrict access to iDRAC
features.
Internal USB Port Allows you to enable or disable the internal USB
port. By default, the Internal USB Port option is set
to Enabled.
Integrated RAID Controller Enables or disables the integrated RAID controller.
By default, the option is set to Enabled.
Integrated Network Card 1 Allows you to configure Network Daughter Card
(NDC) in the system. By default, the option is set to
Disabled (OS).
I/OAT DMA Engine Allows you to enable or disable the I/OAT option.
Enable only if the hardware and software supports
the feature.
Embedded Video Controller Allows you to enable or disable the Embedded
Video Controller. By default, the embedded video
controller is Enabled. If the Embedded Video
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Controller is the only display capability in the
system (that is, no add-in graphics card is
installed), then the Embedded Video Controller is
automatically used as the primary display even if
the Embedded Video Controller setting is Disabled.
Current State of Embedded Video Controller Displays the current state of the Embedded Video
Controller. Current State of Embedded Video
Controller is a read only field, indicating the
current state for the Embedded Video Controller.
SR-IOV Global Enable Allows you to enable or disable the BIOS
configuration of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-
IOV) devices. By default, the SR-IOV Global Enable
option is set to Disabled.
OS Watchdog Timer If your system stops responding, this watchdog
timer aids in the recovery of your operating
system. When this field is set to Enabled, the
operating system is allowed to initialize the timer.
When is the field is set to Disabled (the default),
the timer will have no effect on the system.
Memory Mapped I/O above 4 GB Allows you to enable support for PCIe devices that
require large amounts of memory. By default, the
option is set to Enabled.
Slot Disablement Allows you to enable or disable the available PCIe
slots on your system. The Slot Disablement feature
controls the configuration of PCIe cards installed
in the specified slot. Slot disablement must be used
only when the installed peripheral card is
preventing booting into the operating system or
causing delays in system startup. If the slot is
disabled, both the Option ROM and UEFI driver are
disabled.
Serial Communication screen
You can use the Serial Communication screen to view the properties of the serial communication port.
To view the Serial Communication click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Serial
Communication.
Menu Item Description
Serial Communication Selects serial communication devices (Serial Device 1 and Serial Device
2) in the BIOS. BIOS console redirection can also be enabled and the port
address can be specified. By default, Serial Communication option is set
to Auto.
Serial Port Address Enables you to set the port address for serial devices. By default, the
Serial Port Address option is set to Serial Device 1=COM2, Serial Device
2=COM1
NOTE: You can use only Serial Device 2 for the Serial Over LAN
(SOL) feature. To use console redirection by SOL, configure the
same port address for console redirection and the serial device.
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Menu Item Description
NOTE: Every time the system boots, the BIOS syncs the serial MUX
setting saved in iDRAC. The serial MUX setting can independently be
changed in iDRAC. Therefore, loading the BIOS default settings from
within the BIOS setup utility may not always revert this setting to the
default setting of Serial Device 1.
External Serial Connector You can associate the External Serial Connector to Serial Device 1, Serial
Device 2, or the Remote Access Device using this field.
NOTE: Only Serial Device 2 can be used for (Serial Over LAN) SOL.
To use console redirection by SOL, configure the same port address
for console redirection and the serial device.
NOTE: Every time the system boots, the BIOS syncs the serial MUX
setting saved in iDRAC. The serial MUX setting can independently be
changed in iDRAC. Therefore, loading the BIOS default settings from
within the BIOS setup utility may not always revert this setting to the
default setting of Serial Device 1.
Failsafe Baud Rate Displays the failsafe baud rate for console redirection. The BIOS attempts
to determine the baud rate automatically. This failsafe baud rate is used
only if the attempt fails, and the value must not be changed. By default,
the Failsafe Baud Rate option is set to 115200.
Remote Terminal Type Sets the remote console terminal type. By default, the Remote Terminal
Type option is set to VT 100/VT 220.
Redirection After Boot Enables or disables the BIOS console redirection when the operating
system is loaded. By default, the Redirection After Boot option is set to
Enabled.
System Profile Settings screen
You can use the System Profile Settings screen to enable specific system performance settings such as
power management.
To view the System Profile Settings screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → System
Profile Settings. The System Profile Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Menu Item Description
System Profile Sets the system profile. If you set the System Profile option to a mode
other than Custom, the BIOS automatically sets the rest of the options.
You can only change the rest of the options if the mode is set to Custom.
By default, the System Profile option is set to Performance Per Watt
Optimized (DAPC). DAPC is Dell Active Power Controller.
NOTE: The following parameters are available only when the System
Profile option is set to Custom.
CPU Power Management Sets the CPU power management. By default, the CPU Power
Management option is set to System DBPM (DAPC). DBPM is Demand-
Based Power Management.
Memory Frequency Sets the speed of the system memory. You can select Maximum
Performance, Maximum Reliability, or a specific speed.
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Menu Item Description
Turbo Boost Enables or disables the processor to operate in turbo boost mode. By
default, the Turbo Boost option is set to Enabled.
Energy Efficient Turbo Enables or disables the Energy Efficient Turbo.
Energy Efficient Turbo (EET) is a mode of operation where a processor’s
core frequency is adjusted within the turbo range based on workload.
C1E Enables or disables the processor to switch to a minimum performance
state when it is idle. By default, the C1E option is set to Enabled.
C States Enables or disables the processor to operate in all available power states.
By default, the C States option is set to Enabled.
Collaborative CPU
Performance Control
Enables or disables the CPU power management. When set to Enabled,
the CPU power management is controlled by the OS DBPM and the
System DBPM (DAPC). By default, the option is set to Disabled.
Memory Patrol Scrub Sets the memory patrol scrub frequency. By default, the Memory Patrol
Scrub option is set to Standard.
Memory Refresh Rate Sets the memory refresh rate to either 1x or 2x. By default, the Memory
Refresh Rate option is set to 1x.
Uncore Frequency Enables you to select the Processor Uncore Frequency.
Dynamic mode allows the processor to optimize power resources across
the cores and uncore during runtime. The optimization of the uncore
frequency to either save power or optimize performance is influenced by
the setting of the Energy Efficiency Policy.
Energy Efficient Policy Enables you to select the Energy Efficient Policy.
The CPU uses the setting to manipulate the internal behavior of the
processor and determines whether to target higher performance or
better power savings.
Number of Turbo Boot
Enabled Cores for Processor
1
NOTE: If there are two processors installed in the system, you see an
entry for Number of Turbo Boost Enabled Cores for Processor 2.
Controls the number of turbo boost enabled cores for processor 1. By
default, the maximum number of cores is enabled.
Monitor/Mwait Enables the Monitor/Mwait instructions in the processor. By default, the
Monitor/Mwait option is set to Enabled for all system profiles, except
Custom.
NOTE: This option can be disabled only if the C States option in
Custom mode is set to disabled.
NOTE: When C States set to Enabled in Custom mode, changing
the Monitor/Mwait setting does not impact system power/
performance.
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System Security Settings screen
You can use the System Security screen to perform specific functions such as setting the system
password, setup password and disabling the power button.
To view the System Security screen, click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → System Security
Settings.
Menu Item Description
Intel AES-NI Improves the speed of applications by performing encryption and
decryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set and is
set to Enabled by default.
System Password Sets the system password. This option is set to Enabled by default and is
read-only if the password jumper is not installed in the system.
Setup Password Sets the setup password. This option is read-only if the password jumper
is not installed in the system.
Password Status Locks the system password. By default, the Password Status option is set
to Unlocked.
TPM Security NOTE: The TPM menu is available only when the TPM module is
installed.
Allows you to control the reporting mode of the Trusted Platform
Module (TPM). By default, the TPM Security option is set to Off. You can
only modify the TPM Status, TPM Activation, and Intel TXT fields if the
TPM Status field is set to either On with Pre-boot Measurements or On
without Pre-boot Measurements.
TPM Information Changes the operational state of the TPM. By default, the TPM Activation
option is set to No Change.
TPM Status Displays the TPM status.
TPM Command CAUTION: Clearing the TPM results in the loss of all keys in the
TPM. The loss of TPM keys may affect booting to the operating
system.
Clears all the contents of the TPM. By default, the TPM Clear option is set
to No.
Intel TXT Enables or disables the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). To
enable Intel TXT, Virtualization Technology must be enabled and TPM
Security must be Enabled with Pre-boot measurements. By default, the
Intel TXT option is set to Off.
Power Button Enables or disables the power button on the front of the system. By
default, the Power Button option is set to Enabled.
NMI Button Enables or disables the NMI button on the front of the system. By default,
the NMI Button option is set to Disabled.
AC Power Recovery Sets how the system reacts after AC power is restored to the system. By
default, the AC Power Recovery option is set to Last.
AC Power Recovery Delay Sets how the system supports staggering of power up after AC power is
restored to the system. By default, the AC Power Recovery Delay option
is set to Immediate.
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Menu Item Description
User Defined Delay (60s to
240s)
Sets the User Defined Delay when the User Defined option for AC Power
Recovery Delay is selected.
UEFI Variable Access Provides varying degrees of securing UEFI variables. When set to
Standard (the default), UEFI variables are accessible in the Operating
System per the UEFI specification. When set to Controlled, selected UEFI
variables are protected in the environment and new UEFI boot entries are
forced to be at the end of the current boot order.
Secure Boot Enables Secure Boot, where the BIOS authenticates each pre-boot image
using the certificates in the Secure Boot Policy. Secure Boot is disabled
by default.
Secure Boot Policy When Secure Boot policy is set to Standard, the BIOS uses the system
manufacturer’s key and certificates to authenticate pre-boot images.
When Secure Boot policy is set to Custom, the BIOS uses the user-
defined key and certificates. Secure Boot policy is set to Standard by
default.
Secure Boot Policy
Summary
Displays the list of certificates and hashes that secure boot uses to
authenticate images.
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings is displayed only when Secure Boot Policy is set to Custom.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → System Security → Secure Boot Custom Policy
Settings. The Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Menu Item Description
Platform Key Imports, exports, deletes, or restores the platform
key (PK).
Key Exchange Key Database Enables you to import, export, delete, or restore
entries in the Key Exchange Key (KEK) Database.
Authorized Signature Database Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the
Authorized Signature Database (db).
Forbidden Signature Database Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the
Forbidden Signature Database (dbx).
Miscellaneous Settings screen
You can use the Miscellaneous Settings screen to perform specific functions such as updating the asset
tag, and changing the system date and time.
To view the Miscellaneous Settings click System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Miscellaneous
Settings.
Menu Item Description
System Time Enables you to set the time on the system.
System Date Enables you to set the date on the system.
Asset Tag Displays the asset tag and enables you to modify it for security and
tracking purposes.
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Menu Item Description
Keyboard NumLock Enables you to set whether the system boots with the NumLock enabled
or disabled. By default the Keyboard NumLock is set to On.
NOTE: This option does not apply to 84-key keyboards.
F1/F2 Prompt on Error Enables or disables the F1/F2 prompt on error. By default, F1/F2 Prompt
on Error is set to Enabled. The F1/F2 prompt also includes keyboard
errors.
Load Legacy Video Option
ROM
Enables you to determine whether the system BIOS loads the legacy
video (INT 10H) option ROM from the video controller. Selecting Enabled
in the operating system does not support UEFI video output standards.
This field is only for UEFI boot mode. You cannot set this to Enabled if
UEFI Secure Boot mode is enabled.
About Boot Manager
Boot Manager enables you to add, delete, and arrange boot options. You can also access System Setup
and boot options without restarting the system.
Entering Boot Manager
The Boot Manager screen enables you to select boot options and diagnostic utilities.
1. Turn on, or restart your system.
2. Press F11 when you see the message F11 = Boot Manager.
If your operating system begins to load before you press F11, allow the system to finish booting, and
then restart your system and try again.
Boot Manager main menu
Menu Item Description
Continue Normal Boot The system attempts to boot to devices starting
with the first item in the boot order. If the boot
attempt fails, the system continues with the next
item in the boot order until the boot is successful
or no more boot options are found.
One Shot Boot Menu Takes you to the boot menu, where you can select
a one time boot device to boot from.
Launch System Setup Enables you to access System Setup.
Launch Lifecycle Controller Exits the Boot Manager and invokes the Lifecycle
Controller program.
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Menu Item Description
System Utilities Launches System Utilities menu such as System
Diagnostics and UEFI shell.
About Dell Lifecycle Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller allows you to perform tasks such as configuring BIOS and hardware settings,
deploying an operating system, updating drivers, changing RAID settings, and saving hardware profiles.
For more information about Dell Lifecycle Controller, see the documentation at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Changing the boot order
You may have to change the boot order if you want to boot from a USB key or an optical drive. The
following instructions may vary if you have selected BIOS for Boot Mode.
1. From the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → Boot Settings.
2. Click Boot Option Settings → Boot Sequence.
3. Use the arrow keys to select a boot device, and use the Plus (+) and Minus (-) sign keys to move the
device down or up in the order.
4. Click Exit, and then click Yes to save the settings on exit.
Choosing the system boot mode
System Setup enables you to specify one of the following boot modes for installing your operating
system:
• BIOS boot mode (the default) is the standard BIOS-level boot interface.
• Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot mode is an enhanced 64-bit boot interface. If you
have configured your system to boot to UEFI mode, it overlays the system BIOS.
1. From the System Setup Main Menu, click Boot Settings and select Boot Mode.
2. Select the boot mode you want the system to boot into.
NOTE: After the system boots in the specified boot mode, proceed to install your operating system
from that mode.
CAUTION: Trying to boot the operating system from the other boot mode will cause the system
to halt at startup.
NOTE: Operating systems must be UEFI-compatible to be installed from the UEFI boot mode. DOS
and 32-bit operating systems do not support UEFI and can only be installed from the BIOS boot
mode.
NOTE: For the latest information on supported operating systems, go to Dell.com/ossupport.
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Assigning a system or setup password
Prerequisites
NOTE: The password jumper enables or disables the System Password and Setup Password
features. For more information on the password jumper settings, see System board jumper settings.
You can assign a new System Password or Setup Password or change an existing System Password or
Setup Password only when the password jumper setting is enabled and Password Status is set to
Unlocked. If the Password Status is set to Locked, you cannot change the System Password or Setup
Password.
If the password jumper setting is disabled, the existing System Password and Setup Password is deleted
and you need not provide the system password to boot the system.
Steps
1. To enter System Setup, press F2 immediately after a power-on or reboot.
2. In the System Setup Main Menu, select System BIOS and press Enter.
The System BIOS screen is displayed.
3. In the System BIOS screen, select System Security and press Enter.
The System Security screen is displayed.
4. In the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is Unlocked.
5. Select System Password, enter your system password, and press Enter or Tab.
Use the following guidelines to assign the system password:
• A password can have up to 32 characters.
• The password can contain the numbers 0 through 9.
• Only the following special characters are allowed: space, (”), (+), (,), (-), (.), (/), (;), ([), (\), (]), (`).
A message prompts you to re-enter the system password.
6. Re-enter the system password and click OK.
7. Select Setup Password, enter your system password and press Enter or Tab.
A message prompts you to re-enter the setup password.
8. Re-enter the setup password click OK.
9. Press Esc to return to the System BIOS screen. Press Esc again, and a message prompts you to save
the changes.
NOTE: Password protection does not take effect until the system reboots.
Using your system password to secure your system
About this task
If you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup password as an alternate system
password.
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Steps
1. Turn on or reboot your system.
2. Type your system password and press Enter.
Next steps
When Password Status is Locked, type the password and press <Enter> when prompted at reboot.
NOTE: If an incorrect system password is entered, the system displays a message and prompts you
to re-enter your password. You have three attempts to enter the correct password. After the third
unsuccessful attempt, the system displays an error message that the system has halted and must be
powered down.
Even after you shut down and restart the system, the error message is displayed until the correct
password is entered.
NOTE: You can use the Password Status option with the System Password and Setup Password
options to protect your system from unauthorized changes.
Deleting or changing an existing system password or
setup password
Prerequisites
Ensure that the Password jumper is set to enabled and the Password Status is set to Unlocked before
attempting to delete or change the existing System password or Setup password. You cannot delete or
change an existing System password or Setup password if the Password Status is set to Locked.
Steps
1. To enter System Setup, press F2 immediately after a power-on or restart.
2. In System Setup Main Menu, select System BIOS and press Enter.
The System BIOS screen is displayed.
3. In the System BIOS screen, select System Security and press Enter.
The System Security screen is displayed.
4. In the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
5. Select System Password, change or delete the existing system password and press Enter or Tab.
6. Select Setup Password, change or delete the existing setup password and press Enter or Tab.
NOTE: If you change the System password or Setup password, a message prompts you to re-
enter the new password. If you delete the System password or Setup password, a message
prompts you to confirm the deletion.
7. Press Esc to return to the System BIOS screen. Press Esc again, and a message prompts you to save
the changes and exit.
Operating with a setup password enabled
If Setup Password is set to Enabled, enter the correct setup password before modifying most of the
System Setup options.
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If you do not enter the correct password in three attempts, the system displays the following message:
Invalid Password! Number of unsuccessful password attempts: <x> System Halted!
Must power down.
Even after you shut down and restart the system, the error message is displayed until the correct
password is entered. The following options are exceptions:
• If System Password is not Enabled and is not locked through the Password Status option, you can
assign a system password.
• You cannot disable or change an existing system password.
NOTE: You can use the Password Status option with the Setup Password option to protect the
system password from unauthorized changes.
Embedded system management
The Dell Lifecycle Controller provides advanced embedded systems management throughout the
server’s lifecycle. The Lifecycle Controller can be started during the boot sequence and can function
independently of the operating system.
NOTE: Certain platform configurations may not support the full set of features provided by the
Lifecycle Controller.
For more information about setting up the Lifecycle Controller, configuring hardware and firmware, and
deploying the operating system, see the Lifecycle Controller documentation at Dell.com/support/home.
iDRAC Settings utility
The iDRAC Settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the iDRAC parameters using UEFI. You
can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters using the iDRAC Settings Utility.
NOTE: Accessing some of the features on the iDRAC Settings utility requires the iDRAC Enterprise
License upgrade.
For more information on using iDRAC, see the iDRAC User's Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Entering the iDRAC Settings utility
1. Turn on or restart the managed system.
2. Press <F2> during Power-on Self-test (POST).
3. In the System Setup Main Menu page, click iDRAC Settings.
The iDRAC Settings screen is displayed.
Changing the Thermal Settings
The iDRAC Settings utility enables you to select and customize the thermal control settings for your
system.
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1. Enter the iDRAC Settings utility.
2. Under iDRAC Settings → Thermal → User Option, select one of the following options:
• Default
• Maximum Exhaust Temperature
• Fan Speed Offset
NOTE: When the User Option is set to the default Auto setting, the user option cannot be
modified.
3. Set the Maximum Air Exhaust Temperature or the Fan Speed Offset fields.
4. Click Back → Finish → Yes.
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Installing and removing system
components
This section provides information about installing and removing the R930 components.
Customer and field replaceable units
The following components are Customer Replaceable Units (CRUs):
• Left and right PCIe risers
• Memory riser
• Cooling fans
• Control panel
• Expansion card riser
• Expansion cards
• Internal dual SD module (IDSDM)
• SD cards
• Internal USB keys
• Power supply units (PSUs)
• 2.5 inch hard drives/Solid State Devices (SSDs)
• Memory modules
• SAS expander daughter card
• Cable management tray
• Memory riser and fan cage
• Fan tray
• Hard drive backplane
• Processor blank and heat sink blank
The following components are Field Replaceable Units (FRUs). Removal and installation procedures
should be performed only by Dell certified service technicians.
• Chassis intrusion switch
• System board
• Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
• System battery
• Control panel module
• Heat sinks and processors
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Safety instructions
WARNING: Whenever you need to lift the system, get others to assist you. To avoid injury, do not
attempt to lift the system by yourself.
WARNING: Opening or removing the system cover while the system is powered on may expose
you to a risk of electric shock.
CAUTION: Do not operate the system without the cover for a duration exceeding five minutes.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only
perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as
directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is
not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions
that came with the product.
NOTE: It is recommended that you always use a static mat and static strap while working on
components inside the system.
NOTE: To ensure proper operation and cooling, all bays in the system must be populated at all
times with either a module or with a blank.
Before working inside your system
1. Turn off the system, including any attached peripherals.
2. Disconnect the system from the electrical outlet and disconnect the peripherals.
3. If installed, remove the front bezel.
4. Remove the system cover.
Related Tasks
Removing the optional front bezel
Removing the system cover
After working inside your system
1. Install the system cover.
2. If removed, install the front bezel.
3. Reconnect the system to its electrical outlet.
4. Turn on the system, including any attached peripherals.
Related Tasks
Installing the system cover
Installing the optional front bezel
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Recommended tools
You need the following items to perform the procedures in this section:
• Key to the bezel lock
• Phillips #2 screwdriver
• Wrist strap
Front bezel (optional)
Installing the optional front bezel
1. Locate and remove the bezel key.
NOTE: The bezel key is attached to the bezel.
2. Hook the right end of the bezel onto the system.
3. Fit the free end of the bezel onto the system.
4. Secure the bezel with the bezel key.
Removing the optional front bezel
1. Unlock the bezel by using the bezel key.
2. Lift the release latch adjacent to the bezel lock.
3. Pull the left end of the bezel, unhook the right end and remove the bezel.
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Figure 8. Removing and installing the front bezel
1. release latch 2. bezel lock
3. front bezel
System cover
WARNING: Whenever you need to lift the system, get others to assist you. To avoid injury, do not
attempt to lift the system by yourself.
WARNING: Installing or removing the system cover when the system is on may expose you to a
risk of electric shock.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only
perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as
directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is
not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions
that came with the product.
CAUTION: Do not operate the system without the system cover for a duration exceeding five
minutes.
Removing the system cover
Prerequisites
1. Ensure that you follow the Safety instructions.
2. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
3. If installed, remove the front bezel.
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Steps
1. Turn the latch release lock to the unlock position.
2. Lift the latch and rotate the latch toward the back of the system.
The system cover slides back disengaging the tabs on the system cover from the slots on the chassis.
3. Hold the system cover on both sides, and lift the system cover away from the system.
Figure 9. Removing and installing the system cover
1. latch release lock 2. system cover
3. system cover latch
Next steps
Install the system cover.
Related Tasks
Removing the optional front bezel
Installing the system cover
Installing the system cover
Prerequisites
Ensure that you follow the Safety instructions.
Steps
1. Align the slots of the system cover with the tabs on the chassis.
2. Push the system cover latch toward the system cover until the latch locks into place.
NOTE: The system cover slides forward engaging the tabs on the system cover with the slots
on the chassis.
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3. Turn the latch release lock clockwise to the locked position.
Next steps
1. If removed, install the front bezel.
2. Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
Related Tasks
Installing the optional front bezel
Inside the system
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only
perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as
directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is
not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions
that came with the product.
Figure 10. Inside the system
1. left expansion card riser assembly 2. right expansion card riser assembly
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