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  • Brand: Dell
  • Product: Server
  • Model/name: PowerEdge VRTX
  • Filetype: PDF
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Table of Contents

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Dell PowerEdge M630 Systems (For Dell
PowerEdge VRTX Enclosure)
Owner's Manual
Regulatory Model: HHB
Regulatory Type: HHB005
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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 © 2014 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.
2014–08
Rev. A00
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Contents
1 About your system................................................................................................ 7
Introduction........................................................................................................................................... 7
Front-panel features and indicators.....................................................................................................8
Using USB diskette or USB DVD/CD drives..........................................................................................9
Hard-drive/SSD indicator patterns....................................................................................................... 9
iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes..................................................................................................... 10
Documentation matrix........................................................................................................................ 12
Quick Resource Locator......................................................................................................................13
2 Performing initial system configuration........................................................ 14
Setting up your system........................................................................................................................14
Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address..............................................................................14
Logging in to iDRAC............................................................................................................................ 15
Installing the operating system...........................................................................................................15
Managing your system remotely.........................................................................................................15
Downloading and installing drivers and firmware..............................................................................15
3 Pre-operating system management applications.........................................17
Navigation keys....................................................................................................................................17
About System Setup.............................................................................................................................17
Entering System Setup.................................................................................................................. 18
System Setup Main Menu..............................................................................................................18
System BIOS screen.......................................................................................................................18
System Information screen........................................................................................................... 19
System Memory screen.................................................................................................................19
Processor Settings screen.............................................................................................................20
SATA Settings screen..................................................................................................................... 21
Boot Settings screen..................................................................................................................... 24
Network Settings screen...............................................................................................................24
Integrated Devices screen............................................................................................................ 25
Serial Communication screen...................................................................................................... 26
System Profile Settings screen......................................................................................................27
System Security Settings screen...................................................................................................28
Miscellaneous Settings screen......................................................................................................29
About Boot Manager........................................................................................................................... 31
Entering Boot Manager .................................................................................................................31
Boot Manager main menu.............................................................................................................31
About Dell Lifecycle Controller...........................................................................................................31
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Changing the boot order.................................................................................................................... 31
Choosing the system boot mode.......................................................................................................32
Assigning a system and/or setup password.......................................................................................32
Using your system password to secure your system........................................................................ 33
Deleting or changing an existing system and/or setup password....................................................33
Operating with a setup password enabled........................................................................................ 34
Embedded systems management......................................................................................................34
iDRAC Settings utility.......................................................................................................................... 34
Entering the iDRAC Settings utility................................................................................................35
4 Installing and removing server module components................................. 36
Safety instructions...............................................................................................................................36
Before working inside your system.............................................................................................. 36
After working inside your system................................................................................................. 36
Recommended tools.......................................................................................................................... 36
Installing and removing a server module........................................................................................... 37
Removing a server module........................................................................................................... 37
Installing a server module.............................................................................................................39
Removing and installing the system cover........................................................................................40
Removing the system cover.........................................................................................................40
Installing the system cover............................................................................................................41
Inside the server module.................................................................................................................... 42
Cooling shroud................................................................................................................................... 43
Removing the cooling shroud...................................................................................................... 43
Installing the cooling shroud........................................................................................................44
Processor/DIMM blank....................................................................................................................... 44
Removing a processor/DIMM blank.............................................................................................44
Installing a processor/DIMM blank...............................................................................................45
System memory.................................................................................................................................. 46
General memory module installation guidelines.........................................................................48
Mode-specific guidelines..............................................................................................................49
Sample memory configurations...................................................................................................50
Removing memory modules........................................................................................................ 52
Installing memory modules.......................................................................................................... 53
PCIe mezzanine cards........................................................................................................................ 54
Removing the PCIe mezzanine card............................................................................................ 55
Installing the PCIe mezzanine card..............................................................................................56
IDSDM card (optional).........................................................................................................................56
Replacing an SD card....................................................................................................................56
Internal USB key............................................................................................................................ 58
Removing the IDSDM card............................................................................................................59
Installing the IDSDM card............................................................................................................. 60
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rSPI card (optional).............................................................................................................................. 61
Removing the rSPI card.................................................................................................................61
Installing the rSPI card...................................................................................................................62
SD vFlash card..................................................................................................................................... 63
Replacing the SD vFlash card........................................................................................................63
Network Daughter Card..................................................................................................................... 64
Removing the Network Daughter Card....................................................................................... 64
Installing the Network Daughter Card......................................................................................... 66
Processors...........................................................................................................................................66
Removing a processor.................................................................................................................. 67
Installing a processor.................................................................................................................... 70
Hard drives/SSDs................................................................................................................................. 73
Hard-drive/SSD bay numbering....................................................................................................73
Hard drive/SSD installation guidelines..........................................................................................73
Removing a hard drive/SSD.......................................................................................................... 74
Installing a hard drive/SSD.............................................................................................................75
Removing a hard-drive/SSD blank................................................................................................75
Installing a hard-drive/SSD blank..................................................................................................77
Shutdown procedure for servicing a hard drive...........................................................................77
Configuring the boot drive............................................................................................................77
Removing a 2.5 inch hard drive/SSD from a 2.5 inch hard-drive/SSD carrier............................ 77
Installing a 2.5 inch hard drive/SSD in a 2.5 inch hard-drive/SSD carrier................................... 78
Removing a 1.8 inch SSD from a 1.8 inch SSD carrier ................................................................ 79
Installing a 1.8 inch SSD in a 1.8 inch SSD carrier........................................................................80
Removing the hard-drive/SSD cage.............................................................................................80
Installing the hard-drive/SSD cage...............................................................................................82
Hard-drive/SSD backplane................................................................................................................. 82
Removing the hard-drive/SSD backplane....................................................................................82
Installing the hard-drive/SSD backplane......................................................................................84
Storage controller card.......................................................................................................................85
Removing the PCIe extender/storage controller card................................................................ 85
Installing the PCIe extender/storage controller card.................................................................. 87
System board...................................................................................................................................... 88
Removing the system board.........................................................................................................88
Installing the system board...........................................................................................................90
Trusted Platform Module..............................................................................................................92
NVRAM backup battery.......................................................................................................................94
Replacing the NVRAM backup battery......................................................................................... 94
5 Troubleshooting your system.......................................................................... 97
Safety first—for you and your system.................................................................................................97
Troubleshooting system memory...................................................................................................... 97
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Troubleshooting hard drives.............................................................................................................. 98
Troubleshooting Solid State Drives....................................................................................................99
Troubleshooting USB devices............................................................................................................ 99
Troubleshooting An Internal SD Card..............................................................................................100
Troubleshooting processors............................................................................................................ 100
Troubleshooting the system board.................................................................................................. 101
Troubleshooting the NVRAM backup battery.................................................................................. 101
System messages..............................................................................................................................102
Warning messages...................................................................................................................... 102
Diagnostic messages...................................................................................................................102
Alert messages.............................................................................................................................102
6 Using System Diagnostics...............................................................................103
Dell Embedded System Diagnostics.................................................................................................103
When to use the Embedded System Diagnostics......................................................................103
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics.............................................................................103
Running Embedded System Diagnostics from an external media............................................104
System diagnostics controls.......................................................................................................104
7 Jumpers and connectors................................................................................ 105
System board jumper settings..........................................................................................................105
System board connectors................................................................................................................ 106
Disabling a forgotten password........................................................................................................107
8 Technical specifications..................................................................................109
9 Getting help.......................................................................................................114
Contacting Dell..................................................................................................................................114
Documentation feedback................................................................................................................. 114
Locating your system Service Tag.................................................................................................... 114
Quick Resource Locator................................................................................................................... 114
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About your system
Introduction
This document provides information on the Dell PowerEdge M630 server module that is configured for
the PowerEdge VRTX enclosure, and can be identified by a label marked PCIe on the server module.
NOTE: This server module is not supported on the Dell PowerEdge M1000e enclosure with the
PowerEdge VRTX mezzanine card.
Figure 1. Identifying server module configured for the VRTX enclosure
1. release button 2. PCIe label on the server module
3. VRTX enclosure 4. server module
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Front-panel features and indicators
Figure 2. Front-panel features and indicators—2.5 inch hard-drive/SSD system
Figure 3. Front-panel features and indicators—1.8 inch SSD system
Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
1 Hard drives/SSDs
2.5 inch hard-
drive system
Two 2.5 inch hot-
swap SAS/SATA/
PCIe SSDs or SAS/
SATA hard-drives.
1.8 inch SSD
system
Four 1.8 inch hot-
swap SATA SSDs.
2 USB2 connector Allows a USB device to be connected to
the system.
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
3 USB1/iDRAC managed
USB port
The USB management port can function
as a regular USB port or provide access to
the iDRAC features. For more information,
see the iDRAC User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
4 Management indicator The management indicator lights when
the iDRAC controls the USB1 port for
management functions.
5 Status indicator Provides information about the status of
the system.
6 server module power-
on indicator, power
button
The power-on indicator lights when the
server module power is on. The power
button controls the power supply output
to the system.
7 server module handle Used to slide the server module out of the
enclosure.
Using USB diskette or USB DVD/CD drives
The server module has USB ports on the front which allow you to connect a USB diskette drive, USB flash
drive, USB DVD/CD drive, keyboard, or mouse. The USB drives can be used to configure the server
module.
To designate the USB diskette drive as the boot drive:
1. connect the USB drive
2. restart the system
3. enter the System Setup
4. set the drive as first in the boot sequence
The USB device is displayed in the boot order setup screen only if it is attached to the system before you
run the System Setup. You can also select the boot device by pressing <F11> during system start-up and
selecting a boot device for the current boot sequence.
Hard-drive/SSD indicator patterns
The hard-drive/SSD (Solid State Drives) indicators display different patterns as drive events occur in the
system.
NOTE: The server module must have a hard-drive/SSD or a hard-drive blank installed in each drive
bay.
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Figure 4. Hard-drive/SSD indicators
1. drive activity indicator (green) 2. drive status indicator (green and amber)
NOTE: If the drive is in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode, the status LED (on the
right side) does not function and remains off.
Drive-Status Indicator Pattern 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 drives are initialized after system
power is applied. Drives are not ready for
insertion or removal during this time.
Blinks green, amber, and then turns off Drive predicted 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 off six seconds
Rebuild aborted
iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes
NOTE: The iDRAC Direct LED indicator does not light up for the USB mode.
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Figure 5. iDRAC Direct LED indicator
1. iDRAC Direct status indicator
The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct by using the management
port (USB XML Import).
Convention iDRAC Direct
LED indicator
pattern
Condition
A Steady green Lights green for a minimum of 2 seconds at the beginning and end
of a file transfer.
B Flashing green Indicates file transfer or any operation tasks.
C Green and turns
off
Indicates that the file transfer is complete.
D Turn off Indicates that the USB is ready to be removed or that a task is
complete.
The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct using your laptop and
cable (Laptop Connect).
iDRAC Direct LED
indicator pattern
Condition
Steady green for two
seconds
Indicates that the system is connected.
Flashing green (on
for two seconds and
off for two seconds)
Indicates that the system connected is recognized.
Turns off Indicates that the system is unplugged.
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Documentation matrix
The documentation matrix provides information about documents that you can refer to, for setting up
and managing your system.
To... Refer to...
Set up your system and know the system technical
specifications
Getting Started With Your System
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
Start, 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
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 system features, remove and install
system components, and troubleshoot
components
Owner’s Manual at dell.com/poweredgemanuals
Know the enclosure features, remove and install
enclosure components, and troubleshoot
enclosure components
Enclosure Owner’s Manual at dell.com/
poweredgemanuals
Know the features of the storage controller cards,
deploy the cards, and manage the storage
subsystem
Storage controller documentation at dell.com/
storagecontrollermanuals
See 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
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Quick Resource Locator
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 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 PowerEdge system, you must set up your system in the enclosure, 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 server module.
2. Remove the I/O connector cover from the server module connectors.
CAUTION: While installing the server module, ensure that it is properly aligned with the slot
on the enclosure, to prevent damage to the server module connectors.
3. Install the server module in the enclosure.
4. Turn on the enclosure.
NOTE: Wait for the chassis to initialize before you press the power button.
5. Turn on the server module by pressing the power button on the server module.
Alternatively, you can also turn on the server module by using:
• The server module iDRAC. For more information, see Logging in to iDRAC.
• The enclosure Chassis Management Controller (CMC), after the server module iDRAC is
configured on the CMC. For more information, see the CMC User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
Related Links
Installing a server module
Setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address
You can set up the iDRAC IP address using one of the following interfaces:
• iDRAC Settings utility
• Dell Lifecycle Controller
• Dell Deployment Toolkit
• Chassis or Server LCD panel
• CMC Web interface
You can configure iDRAC using one of the following interfaces:
• iDRAC Web interface
• RACADM
• Remote services
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• IPMI tool
For more information on setting up and configuring iDRAC, see the iDRAC User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
Logging in to iDRAC
You can log in to iDRAC as an iDRAC user, a Microsoft Active Directory user, or a Lightweight Directory
Access Protocol (LDAP) user. You can also log in using Single Sign-On or 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 iDRAC User’s Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also access iDRAC using RACADM. For more information, see the RACADM Reference Guide for
iDRAC and CMC available at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Installing the operating system
You can install the supported operating system on the server module by using 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 iDRAC User’s Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also remotely monitor and manage the server modules from a single workstation, using the Dell
OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) software and OpenManage Essentials (OME) systems
management console. For more information, see dell.com/openmanagemanuals.
Downloading and installing 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.
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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 PowerEdge system help you manage
different settings and features of your system without booting to the operating system.
Your PowerEdge system has the following pre-operating system management applications:
• System Setup
• Boot Manager
• Dell Lifecycle Controller
Navigation keys
The navigation keys can help you 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 graphical browser only.
<Esc> Moves to the previous page until you view the main screen. Pressing <Esc> in the main
screen exits System BIOS/iDRAC Settings/Device Settings/Service Tag Settings and
proceeds with system boot.
<F1> Displays the System Setup help.
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:
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• Standard Graphical Browser — This is enabled by default.
• Text Browser — This is enabled 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>, allow 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
System BIOS screen allows you to view BIOS settings as well as edit specific functions such as boot
order, system password, setup password, setting RAID mode, and enabling or disabling USB ports.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS.
Menu Item Description
System Information Displays information about the system such as the system
model name, BIOS version, Service Tag, and so on.
Memory Settings Displays information and options related to installed memory.
Processor Settings Displays information and options related to the processor
such as speed, cache size, and so on.
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 for changing the network settings.
Integrated Devices Displays options to enable or disable integrated device
controllers and ports, and to specify related features and
options.
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Menu Item Description
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 like,
system password, setup password, TPM security, and so on. It
also enables or disables support for the power button 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.
You can view the System Information screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
System Information.
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 revision 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 revision of the system CPLD firmware.
UEFI Compliance Version Displays the system firmware UEFI compliance level.
System Memory screen
System Memory screen allows you to view all the memory settings as well as enable or disable specific
memory functions such as system memory testing and node interleaving.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → System Memory.
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.
System Memory Testing Specifies whether system memory tests are run during system boot.
Options are Enabled and Disabled. By default, the System Memory
Testing option is set to Disabled.
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Menu Item Description
Memory Operating Mode Specifies the memory operating mode. The options available are
Optimizer Mode, Advanced ECC Mode, Mirror Mode, Spare Mode,
Spare with Advanced ECC Mode, and Dell Fault Resilient 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.
NOTE: The Dell Fault Resilient Mode establishes an area of memory
that is fault resilient. This mode can be used by an operating system
that supports the feature to load critical applications or enables the
operating system kernel to maximize system availability.
Node Interleaving If this field is Enabled, memory interleaving is supported if a symmetric
memory configuration is installed. If Disabled, the system supports Non-
Uniform Memory architecture (NUMA) (asymmetric) memory
configurations. By default, Node Interleaving option is set to Disabled.
Snoop Mode Snoop Mode options available are Disabled, Home Snoop, Early Snoop,
Cluster on Die. By default, the Snoop Mode option is set to Disabled. The
field is only available when Node Interleaving is Disabled.
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.
You can view the Processor Settings screen by clicking 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 only displays one logical processor per core. By default, the
Logical Processor option is set to Enabled.
Alternate RTID (Requestor
Transaction ID) Setting
Enables you to allocate more RTIDs to the remote socket, thereby
increasing cache performance between the sockets or easing work in
normal mode for NUMA. By default, the Alternate RTID (Requestor
Transaction ID) Setting is set to Disabled.
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.
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Menu Item Description
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.
Execute Disable Enables or disables the execute disable memory protection technology.
By default, the Execute Disable 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.
Dell Controlled Turbo NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be
up to four processor listings.
Controls the turbo engagement. Enable this option only when System
Profile is set to Performance.
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 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.
You can view the SATA Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → SATA
Settings.
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Menu Item Description
Embedded SATA Enables the embedded SATA to be set to Off, ATA, AHCI, or RAID 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.
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.
Port D 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 E 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 F 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 G 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 H 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 I 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.
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Menu Item Description
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for
removable media devices such as optical drives.
Port J 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 allows you to
specify the boot order.
You can view the Boot Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Boot
Settings.
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 which devices in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence are attempted
in the boot sequence. When the option is Disabled, only the first hard
disk device in the list is attempted to boot. When set to Enabled, all hard
disk devices are attempted in order, 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.
Network Settings screen
You can use the Network Settings screen to modify PXE device settings. Network Settings are only
available in 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.
You can view the Network Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Network Settings.
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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
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
USB 3.0 Setting Allows you to enable or disable the USB 3.0 support Enable this option
only if your operating system support USB 3.0. Disabling this allows
devices to operate at USB 2.0 speed. USB 3.0 is disabled by default
User Accessible USB Ports Allows you to enable or disable the USB ports. Selecting Only Back Ports
On disables the front USB ports, 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 does 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.
Integrated RAID Controller Allows you to enable or disable the integrated RAID controller.
NOTE: This feature is not supported for the PowerEdge T630
system.
Integrated Network Card 1 Allows you to enable or disable the integrated network card.
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. Current state of
Embedded Video Controller is Enabled. Current State of Embedded
Video Controller is a read only field, indicating the current state for the
Embedded Video Controller. If the Embedded Video 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.
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 set to Disabled (the
default), the timer will have no effect on the system.
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Menu Item Description
Memory Mapped I/O above
4GB
Allows you to enable support for PCIe devices that require large amounts
of memory. By default, the option is set to Enabled.
Serial Communication screen
You can use the Serial Communication screen to view the properties of the serial communication port.
You can view the Serial Communication screen by clicking 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.
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.
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System Profile Settings screen
You can use the System Profile Settings screen to enable specific system performance settings such as
power management.
You can view the System Profile Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
System Profile Settings.
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 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.
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 Selects 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 selects 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.
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Menu Item Description
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 disabled.
NOTE: When C States is enabled in Custom mode, changing the
Monitor/Mwait setting does not impact system power/performance.
System Security Settings screen
System Security screen allows you to perform specific functions such as setting the system password,
setup password, and disabling the power button.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click 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 Allows you to set 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 Allows you to set the setup password. This option is read-only if the
password jumper is not installed in the system.
Password Status Allows you to lock 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 Allows you to change 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.
Allows you to clear all the contents of the TPM. By default, the TPM Clear
option is set to No.
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Menu Item Description
Intel TXT Allows you to enable or disable 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 Allows you to enable or disable the power button on the front of the
system. By default, the Power Button option is set to Enabled.
AC Power Recovery Allows you to set how the system reacts after AC power is restored to the
system. By default, the AC Power Recovery option is set to Last.
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 Allows you to enable 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 Standard, the BIOS uses the system
manufacturer’s key and certificates to authenticate pre-boot images.
When Secure Boot policy is Custom, the BIOS uses the user-defined key
and certificates. Secure Boot policy is Standard by default.
Secure Boot Policy
Summary
Allows you to view the list of certificates and hashes that secure boot
uses to authenticated 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.
Menu Item Description
Platform Key Allows you to import, export, delete, or restore the platform key (PK).
Key Exchange Key Database Allows you to import, export, delete, or restore entries in the Key
Exchange Key (KEK) Database
Authorized Signature
Database
Allows you to import, export, delete, or restore entries in the Authorized
Signature Database (db).
Forbidden Signature
Database
Allows you to import, export, delete, or restore 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.
You can view the Miscellaneous Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Miscellaneous Settings.
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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.
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.
In-System Characterization This option enables or disables In-System
Characterization. By default, In-System
Characterization is set to Disabled. The two other
options are Enabled and Enabled - No Reboot.
NOTE: The default setting for In-System
Characterization is subject to change in
future BIOS releases.
When enabled, In-System Characterization (ISC)
executes during POST upon detecting relevant
change(s) in system configuration to optimize
system power and performance. ISC takes about
20 seconds to execute, and system reset is
required for ISC results to be applied. The Enabled
- No Reboot option executes ISC and continues
without applying ISC results until the next time
system reset occurs. The Enabled option executes
ISC and forces an immediate system reset so that
ISC results can be applied. It takes the system
longer to be ready due to the forced system reset.
When disabled, ISC does not execute.
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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 allows 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 the System Setup.
Launch Lifecycle Controller Exits the Boot Manager and invokes the Lifecycle
Controller program.
System Utilities Launches system utilities menu such as system
diagnostics and UEFI shell.
About Dell Lifecycle Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller allows you to perform useful 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
instructions given below may vary if you have selected BIOS for Boot Mode.
1. In 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 <+> and <-> keys to move the device down
or up in the order.
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4. Click Exit, click Yes to save the settings on exit.
Choosing the system boot mode
System Setup enables you to specify the boot mode for installing your operating system:
• BIOS boot mode (the default) is the standard BIOS-level boot interface.
• UEFI boot mode is an enhanced 64-bit boot interface based on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
(UEFI) specifications that overlays the system BIOS.
You must select the boot mode in the Boot Mode field of the Boot Settings screen of System Setup.
Once you specify the boot mode, the system boots in the specified boot mode, proceed to install your
operating system from that mode. Thereafter, you must boot the system in the same boot mode (BIOS or
UEFI) to access the installed operating system.
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.
Assigning a system and/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 and/or Setup Password or change an existing System Password
and/or Setup Password only when the password jumper setting is enabled and Password Status is
Unlocked. If the Password Status is Locked, you cannot change the System Password and/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.
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• Only the following special characters are allowed: space, (”), (+), (,), (-), (.), (/), (;), ([), (\), (]), (`).
A message prompts you to re-enter the system password.
6. Re-enter the system password that you entered earlier 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 that you entered earlier and 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
Prerequisites
NOTE: If you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup password as an
alternate system password.
Steps
1. Turn on or reboot your system.
2. Type your password and press <Enter>.
Next steps
When Password Status is Locked, type the password and press <Enter> when prompted at reboot.
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 in conjunction with the System Password and
Setup Password options to protect your system from unauthorized changes.
Deleting or changing an existing system and/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 and/or Setup password. You cannot delete or change
an existing System or Setup password if the Password Status is Locked.
Steps
1. To enter System Setup, press <F2> immediately after a power-on or restart.
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 set to Unlocked.
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5. Select System Password, alter or delete the existing system password and press <Enter> or <Tab>.
6. Select Setup Password, alter or delete the existing setup password and press <Enter> or <Tab>.
NOTE: If you change the System and/or Setup password, a message prompts you to re-enter
the new password. If you delete the System and/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.
Operating with a setup password enabled
If Setup Password is Enabled, enter the correct setup password before modifying most of the System
Setup options.
If you do not enter the correct password in three attempts, the system displays the message
Incorrect 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 in conjunction with the Setup Password option to
protect the system password from unauthorized changes.
Embedded systems 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 setup and configure the iDRAC parameters using UEFI. You
can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters using the iDRAC Settings utility, for example:
• Configure, enable, or disable the iDRAC local area network through the dedicated iDRAC Enterprise
card port or the embedded NIC
• Enable or disable IPMI over LAN
• Enable a LAN Platform Event Trap (PET) destination
• Attach or detach the Virtual Media devices
For more information on using iDRAC, see the iDRAC User's Guide, at dell.com/esmmanuals.
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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 page is displayed.
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Installing and removing server module
components
This section provides information on installing and removing the server module components. For
information on installing and removing the enclosure components, see the enclosure Owner's Manual at
dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
Safety instructions
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 system component or with a blank.
Before working inside your system
1. Turn off the server module using the CMC.
2. Remove the server module from the enclosure.
3. Install the I/O connector cover.
4. Remove the system cover. See Removing the system cover.
After working inside your system
1. Install the system cover. See Installing the system cover.
2. Install the server module in the enclosure.
3. Turn on the server module.
Recommended tools
You may need the following items to perform the procedures in this section:
• #1 and #2 Phillips screwdrivers
• T8 and T10 Torx drivers
• Wrist grounding strap
• Hex nut driver-5 mm
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Installing and removing a server module
NOTE: Server modules that are specifically configured for the PowerEdge VRTX enclosure, can be
identified by a label marked PCIe on the server module.
NOTE: Ensure that you have downloaded the latest BIOS on the server module(s) from dell.com/
support.
Removing a server module
Prerequisites
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.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. If installed, remove the front bezel from the PowerEdge VRTX enclosure.
3. Turn off the server module using the operating system commands or the CMC, and ensure that the
server module is powered off.
When a server module is powered off, its front-panel power indicator is off.
Steps
1. Press the release button on the server module handle.
2. Pull the server module handle to unlock the server module from the enclosure.
CAUTION: If you are permanently removing the server module, install a server module
blank(s). Operating the system for extended periods of time without a server module blank
installed can cause the enclosure to overheat.
3. Slide the server module out of the enclosure.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the I/O connectors, do not touch connectors or the
connector pins.
CAUTION: To protect the I/O connector pins, install the I/O connector covers every time a
server module is removed from the enclosure.
4. Install the I/O connector cover over the I/O connector.
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Figure 6. Removing and installing the I/O connector cover
1. server module cover 2. I/O connector cover
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Figure 7. Removing and installing a server module
1. release button 2. PCIe label on server module
NOTE: This label indicates that the
server module is configured
specifically for the VRTX
enclosure.
3. VRTX enclosure 4. server module
Installing a server module
Prerequisites
Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
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: To prevent damage to the I/O connectors, do not touch connectors or the connector
pins.
NOTE: Before installing the server modules, place the chassis in the location that you want.
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NOTE: Install the server module partitions to install half-height server module(s). For more
information, see the Dell PowerEdge VRTX Enclosure Owner’s Manual at dell.com/
poweredgemanuals.
Steps
1. If you are installing a new server module, remove the plastic cover from the I/O connector(s) and
save for future use.
2. Orient the server module so that the module handle is on the left side of the server module.
CAUTION: While installing the server modules, ensure that they are properly aligned with the
slots, to prevent damage to the server module connectors.
3. Align the server module with the server module slot and guide rails on the enclosure.
4. Slide the server module into the enclosure until the module release handle engages and the server
module is locked in place.
Next steps
1. Turn on the server module.
2. If applicable, install the front bezel of the PowerEdge VRTX enclosure.
Removing and installing the system cover
Removing the system cover
Prerequisites
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Turn off the server module using CMC.
3. Remove the server module from the enclosure.
4. Install the I/O connector cover.
Steps
1. Press the release button and slide the cover toward the back of the server module.
2. Lift the cover away from the server module.
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Figure 8. Removing and installing the system cover
1. alignment guides on the system cover
and the chassis
2. system cover
3. release button 4. I/O connector cover
Installing the system cover
Prerequisites
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.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Ensure that no tools or parts are left inside the server module.
Steps
1. Align the alignment guide on the system cover with the alignment guide on the chassis.
2. Lower the cover onto the chassis.
3. Slide the cover until it clicks into position.
A properly seated cover is flush with the surface of the chassis.
Next steps
Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
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Inside the server module
Figure 9. Inside the server module
1. rSPI card 2. PCIe mezzanine card connector (2)
3. NDC 4. memory module (24)
5. cooling shroud 6. hard-drive/SSD backplane
7. processor 2 8. processor 1
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Cooling shroud
Removing the cooling shroud
Prerequisites
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: Never operate your system with the cooling shroud removed. The system may get
overheated quickly, resulting in shutdown and loss of data.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
Steps
Hold the cooling shroud at both ends and lift it up and away from the system.
Figure 10. Removing and installing a cooling shroud
1. cooling shroud
Next steps
1. Install the cooling shroud, see Installing the cooling shroud.
2. Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
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Installing the cooling shroud
Prerequisites
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: You must remove the cooling shroud to service other components inside the system.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
3. Ensure that the cooling shroud is removed. See Removing the cooling shroud.
Steps
Lower the cooling shroud into the chassis until it is firmly seated.
Next steps
Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
Processor/DIMM blank
CAUTION: If you are permanently removing a processor, you must install a socket protective cap
and a processor blank/DIMM blank in the vacant socket to ensure proper system cooling. The
processor/DIMM blank covers the vacant sockets for the DIMMs and the processor.
Removing a processor/DIMM blank
Prerequisites
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.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
Steps
Hold the processor/DIMM blank by its edges and lift it away from the system.
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Figure 11. Removing and installing a processor/DIMM blank
1. processor/DIMM blank 2. heat sink retention socket (4)
3. standoff (4)
Next steps
1. Install the processor and the heat sink. See Installing a processor.
2. Ensure that you install the processor/DIMM blank when you have removed a processor permanently.
See Installing a processor/DIMM blank.
3. Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
Installing a processor/DIMM blank
Prerequisites
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: You must remove processor/DIMM blank when installing two processors or to service other
components inside the system.
1. Ensure that you read the Safety instructions.
2. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
3. Your system does not have processor/heat sink installed.
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Steps
1. Align the standoffs on the processor/DIMM blank with the heat sink retention sockets on the
processor socket.
2. Lower the processor/DIMM blank onto the system until the standoffs on the processor/DIMM blank
engages with the heat sink retention sockets.
Next steps
Follow the procedure listed in After working inside your system.
System memory
Your system supports DDR4 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) and load reduced DIMMs (LRDIMMs). It supports
DDR4 voltage specifications.
NOTE: MT/s indicates DIMM speed in MegaTransfers per second.
Memory bus operating frequency can be 2133 MT/s, 1866 MT/s, 1600 MT/s, or 1333 MT/s depending on:
• Number of DIMMs populated per channel
• System profile selected (for example, Performance Optimized, Custom, or Dense Configuration
Optimized)
• Maximum supported DIMM frequency of the processors
The system contains 24 memory sockets split into two sets of 12 sockets, one set per processor. Each 12-
socket set is organized into four channels. In each channel, the release levers of the first socket are
marked white, the second socket black, and the third socket green.
NOTE: DIMMs in sockets A1 to A12 are assigned to processor 1 and DIMMs in sockets B1 to B12 are
assigned to processor 2.
The following table shows the memory populations and operating frequencies for the supported
configurations.
Table 1. Memory population — operating frequency for supported configuration
DIMM Type DIMMs Populated Per
Channel
Operating Frequency (in
MT/s) For 1.2 V
Maximum DIMM Rank Per
Channel
RDIMM 1 2133, 1866, 1600, 1333
2133, 1866, 1600, 1333
Single rank
Dual rank
2 2133, 1866, 1600, 1333
2133, 1866, 1600, 1333
Single rank
Dual rank
3 1866, 1600, 1333
1866, 1600, 1333
Single rank
Dual rank
LRDIMM 1 2133, 1866, 1600, 1333 Quad rank
2 2133, 1866, 1600, 1333 Quad rank
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DIMM Type DIMMs Populated Per
Channel
Operating Frequency (in
MT/s) For 1.2 V
Maximum DIMM Rank Per
Channel
3 1866, 1600, 1333 Quad rank
Figure 12. Memory socket locations
Memory channels are organized as follows:
Processor 1 channel 0: memory sockets A1, A5, and A9
channel 1: memory sockets A2, A6, and A10
channel 2: memory sockets A3, A7, and A11
channel 3: memory sockets A4, A8, and A12
Processor 2 channel 0: memory sockets B1, B5, and B9
channel 1: memory sockets B2, B6, and B10
channel 2: memory sockets B3, B7, and B11
channel 3: memory sockets B4, B8, and B12
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General memory module installation guidelines
Your system supports Flexible Memory Configuration, enabling the system to be configured and run in
any valid chipset architectural configuration. The following are the recommended guidelines for best
performance:
• LRDIMMs, and RDIMMs must not be mixed.
• x4 and x8 DRAM based DIMMs can be mixed. For more information, see Mode-specific guidelines.
• A maximum of three single- or dual-rank RDIMMs can be populated in a channel.
• Populate DIMM sockets only if a processor is installed. For single-processor systems, sockets A1 to
A12 are available. For dual-processor systems, sockets A1 to A12 and sockets B1 to B12 are available.
• Populate all sockets with white release tabs first, black, and then green.
• Populate the sockets by highest capacity DIMM in the following order - first in sockets with white
release levers and then black. For example, if you want to mix 16 GB and 8 GB DIMMs, populate 16 GB
DIMMs in the sockets with white release tabs and 8 GB DIMMs in the sockets with black release tabs.
• In a dual-processor configuration, the memory configuration for each processor must be identical.
For example, if you populate socket A1 for processor 1, then populate socket B1 for processor 2, and
so on.
• Memory modules of different sizes can be mixed provided that other memory population rules are
followed (for example, 4 GB and 8 GB memory modules can be mixed).
• Depending on mode-specific guidelines, populate four DIMMs per processor (one DIMM per channel)
at a time to maximize performance. For more information, see Mode-specific guidelines.
Table 2. Heat sink — processor configurations
Processor
Configuration
Processor Type (in
Watts)
Heat
Sink
Width
Number of DIMMs
Maximum System
Capacity
Reliability, Availability,
and Serviceability (RAS)
Features
Single processor 105 W, 120 W or 135
W
68
mm
12 12
135 W (four cores, six
cores, or eight cores),
145 W, or 105 W (for
acoustic
configuration)
86
mm
10 (Three DIMMs in
channel 0 and
channel 2 and two
DIMMs in channel 1
and channel 3)
8 (Two DIMMs per
channel)
NOTE: When using an 86 mm wide heat sink for a single processor, the memory module
sockets A10 and A12 are not available for population.
Dual processor 105 W, 120 W or 135
W
68
mm
24 24
135 W (four cores, six
cores, or eight cores),
145 W, or 105 W (for
acoustic
configuration)
86
mm
20 (Three DIMMs in
channel 0 and
channel 2 and two
DIMMs in channel 1
and channel 3)
16 (Two DIMMs per
channel)
NOTE: When using an 86 mm wide heat sink for dual processors, the memory module sockets
A10, A12, B10, and B12 are not available for population.
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Mode-specific guidelines
Four memory channels are allocated to each processor. The allowable configurations depend on the
memory mode selected.
NOTE: x4 and x8 DRAM based DIMMs can be mixed providing support for RAS features. However,
all guidelines for specific RAS features must be followed. x4 DRAM based DIMMs retain Single
Device Data Correction (SDDC) in memory optimized (independent channel) mode. x8 DRAM based
DIMMs require Advanced ECC mode to gain SDDC.
The following sections provide additional slot population guidelines for each mode.
Advanced ECC (Lockstep)
Advanced ECC mode extends SDDC from x4 DRAM based DIMMs to both x4 and x8 DRAMs. This
protects against single DRAM chip failures during normal operation.
Memory installation guidelines:
• Memory modules must be identical in size, speed, and technology.
• DIMMs installed in memory sockets with white release tabs must be identical and similar rule applies
for sockets with black and green release tabs. This ensures that identical DIMMs are installed in
matched pairs - for example, A1 with A2, A3 with A4, A5 with A6, and so on.
NOTE: Advanced ECC with mirroring is not supported.
Memory optimized (independent channel) mode
This mode supports SDDC only for memory modules that use x4 device width and does not impose any
specific slot population requirements.
Memory Sparing
NOTE: To use Memory Sparing, all populated channels must have at least two DIMMs and Memory
Sparing must be enabled in the System Setup.
In this mode, one rank per channel is reserved as a spare. If persistent correctable errors are detected on
a rank, the data from this rank is copied to the spare rank and the failed rank is disabled.
With Memory Sparing enabled, the system memory available to the operating system is reduced by one
rank per channel. For example, in a dual-processor configuration with sixteen 4 GB dual-rank DIMMs, the
available system memory is: 3/4 (ranks/channel) × 16 (DIMMs) × 8 GB = 96 GB, and not 16 (DIMMs) × 8
GB = 128 GB.
NOTE: Memory Sparing does not offer protection against a multi-bit uncorrectable error.
NOTE: Both Advanced ECC/Lockstep and Optimizer modes support Memory Sparing.
Memory Mirroring
Memory Mirroring offers the strongest DIMM reliability mode compared to all other modes, providing
improved uncorrectable multi-bit failure protection. In a mirrored configuration, the total available
system memory is one half of the total installed physical memory. Half of the installed memory is used to
mirror the active DIMMs. In the event of an uncorrectable error, the system will switch over to the
mirrored copy. This ensures SDDC and multi-bit protection.
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Memory installation guidelines:
• Memory modules must be identical in size, speed, and technology.
• DIMMs installed in memory sockets with white release tabs must be identical and similar rule applies
for sockets with black and green release tabs. This ensures that identical DIMMs are installed in
matched pairs - for example, A1 with A2, A3 with A4, A5 with A6, and so on.
Sample memory configurations
The following tables show sample memory configurations that follow the appropriate memory guidelines
stated in this section.
NOTE: 1R, 2R, and 4R in the following tables indicate single-, dual-, and quad-rank DIMMs
respectively.
NOTE: When using an 86 mm wide heat sink for single processor, the memory module sockets A10
and A12 are not available for population.
Table 3. Memory configurations – single processor
System
Capacity (in GB)
DIMM Size (in
GB)
Number of
DIMMs
Organization and
Speed
DIMM Slot Population
16 4 4 1R x8, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4
24 4 6 1R x8, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
48 4 12 1R x8, 1600 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9,
A10, A11, A12
48 8 6 2R x8, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
96 8 12 2R x8, 1600 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9,
A10, A11, A12
96 16 6 2R x4, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
128 16 8 2R x4, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8
144 16 and 8 10 2R x4, 1600 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9,
A11
NOTE: 16 GB DIMMs must
be installed in the slots
numbered A1, A2, A3, A4, A5,
A6, A7, and A8 and 8 GB
DIMMs must be installed in
slots A9 and A11.
256 32 8 4R x4, 2133 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8
384 32 12 4R x4, 1600 MT/s A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9,
A10, A11, A12
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