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Table of Contents

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Dell Storage NX3230 Systems
Owner's Manual
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Notes, cautions, and warnings
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your product.
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 © 2017 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved. Dell, EMC, and other trademarks are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other
trademarks may be trademarks of their respective owners.
2017 - 04
Rev. A01
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Contents
1 About your system..........................................................................................................................................7
Back-panel features and indicators..................................................................................................................................7
Front-panel features and indicators.................................................................................................................................8
Diagnostic indicators on the front panel..........................................................................................................................9
Hard drive indicator codes................................................................................................................................................11
iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes..................................................................................................................................12
NIC indicator codes.......................................................................................................................................................... 13
Power supply unit indicator codes..................................................................................................................................13
Locating Service Tag of your system............................................................................................................................. 16
2 Documentation resources.............................................................................................................................17
3 Technical specifications................................................................................................................................19
4 Initial system setup and configuration..........................................................................................................24
Setting up your system................................................................................................................................................... 24
Options to set up iDRAC IP address..............................................................................................................................24
Log in to iDRAC................................................................................................................................................................24
Managing your system remotely....................................................................................................................................25
Methods to download firmware and drivers.................................................................................................................25
5 Pre-operating system management applications..........................................................................................26
Options to manage the pre-operating system applications........................................................................................26
System Setup...................................................................................................................................................................26
Viewing System Setup.............................................................................................................................................. 26
System Setup details.................................................................................................................................................26
System BIOS...............................................................................................................................................................27
iDRAC Settings utility................................................................................................................................................ 44
Device Settings.......................................................................................................................................................... 45
Dell Lifecycle Controller...................................................................................................................................................45
Embedded systems management............................................................................................................................45
Boot Manager...................................................................................................................................................................46
Viewing Boot Manager..............................................................................................................................................46
Boot Manager main menu........................................................................................................................................ 46
PXE boot...........................................................................................................................................................................46
6 Installing and removing system components................................................................................................ 47
Safety instructions...........................................................................................................................................................47
Before working inside your system................................................................................................................................48
After working inside your system...................................................................................................................................48
Recommended tools........................................................................................................................................................48
Front bezel (optional)...................................................................................................................................................... 48
Removing the front bezel..........................................................................................................................................49
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Installing the optional front bezel............................................................................................................................. 49
Removing the system cover...........................................................................................................................................50
Installing the system cover.............................................................................................................................................50
Inside the system..............................................................................................................................................................51
Cooling shroud.................................................................................................................................................................. 51
Removing the cooling shroud...................................................................................................................................52
Installing the cooling shroud..................................................................................................................................... 52
System memory............................................................................................................................................................... 53
General memory module installation guidelines......................................................................................................53
Mode-specific guidelines.......................................................................................................................................... 54
Sample memory configurations................................................................................................................................54
Removing memory modules..................................................................................................................................... 56
Installing memory modules........................................................................................................................................58
Hard drives........................................................................................................................................................................59
Removing a 3.5-inch hard drive blank..................................................................................................................... 59
Installing a 3.5-inch hard drive blank....................................................................................................................... 60
Removing a 2.5 inch hard drive blank (rear)........................................................................................................... 61
Installing a 2.5 inch hard drive blank (rear)..............................................................................................................61
Removing a hot swappable hard drive or solid state drive................................................................................... 62
Installing a hot swappable hard drive.......................................................................................................................63
Removing hard drive from hard-drive carrier.........................................................................................................65
Installing hard drive into hard-drive carrier............................................................................................................. 65
Cooling fans......................................................................................................................................................................66
Removing a cooling fan.............................................................................................................................................66
Installing a cooling fan................................................................................................................................................67
Cooling fan assembly ......................................................................................................................................................68
Removing the cooling fan assembly........................................................................................................................ 68
Installing the cooling fan assembly.......................................................................................................................... 69
Expansion cards and expansion card riser.................................................................................................................... 70
Expansion card installation guidelines......................................................................................................................70
Removing an expansion card from expansion card riser 2 or 3............................................................................72
Installing an expansion card into the expansion card riser 2 or 3......................................................................... 74
Removing an expansion card from the expansion card riser 1..............................................................................75
Installing an expansion card into the expansion card riser 1..................................................................................77
Removing the riser 1 blank........................................................................................................................................ 78
Installing the riser 1 blank.......................................................................................................................................... 79
Removing expansion card risers...............................................................................................................................79
Installing expansion card risers.................................................................................................................................83
SD vFlash card (optional)................................................................................................................................................83
Removing the optional SD vFlash card................................................................................................................... 83
Removing the vFlash media unit..............................................................................................................................84
Installing the vFlash media unit................................................................................................................................ 85
Integrated storage controller card................................................................................................................................. 86
Removing integrated storage controller card......................................................................................................... 86
Installing integrated storage controller card............................................................................................................87
Network daughter card...................................................................................................................................................88
Removing the network daughter card ................................................................................................................... 88
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Installing the network daughter card.......................................................................................................................89
Processors and heat sinks.............................................................................................................................................. 90
Removing a processor................................................................................................................................................91
Installing a processor................................................................................................................................................. 93
PCIe card holder.............................................................................................................................................................. 95
Removing the PCIe card holder...............................................................................................................................96
Installing PCIe card holder........................................................................................................................................ 96
Opening and closing the PCIe card holder latch.................................................................................................... 97
Cable retention bracket...................................................................................................................................................98
Removing the cable retention bracket.................................................................................................................... 98
Installing the cable retention bracket.......................................................................................................................99
Power supply units...........................................................................................................................................................99
Hot spare feature..................................................................................................................................................... 100
Removing the power supply unit blank..................................................................................................................100
Installing the power supply unit blank.....................................................................................................................101
Removing an AC power supply unit....................................................................................................................... 102
Installing an AC power supply unit..........................................................................................................................103
Wiring instructions for a DC power supply unit....................................................................................................104
Removing a DC power supply unit.........................................................................................................................105
Installing a DC power supply unit........................................................................................................................... 106
System battery................................................................................................................................................................107
Replacing system battery........................................................................................................................................ 107
Hard disk drive backplane..............................................................................................................................................108
Removing HDD backplane.......................................................................................................................................109
Installing HDD backplane..........................................................................................................................................112
Removing the optional HDD backplane (back)..................................................................................................... 113
Installing the optional HDD backplane (back)........................................................................................................114
Control panel....................................................................................................................................................................115
Removing the control panel ....................................................................................................................................115
Installing the control panel ...................................................................................................................................... 116
Removing the I/O panel .......................................................................................................................................... 117
Installing the I/O panel..............................................................................................................................................118
System board...................................................................................................................................................................119
Removing system board...........................................................................................................................................119
Installing system board.............................................................................................................................................122
Trusted Platform Module...............................................................................................................................................123
Installing the Trusted Platform Module..................................................................................................................124
Initializing the TPM for BitLocker users.................................................................................................................124
Initializing the TPM for TXT users..........................................................................................................................125
7 Using system diagnostics........................................................................................................................... 126
Dell Embedded System Diagnostics.............................................................................................................................126
When to use the Embedded System Diagnostics................................................................................................ 126
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from Boot Manager.....................................................................126
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from the Dell Lifecycle Controller..............................................126
System diagnostic controls......................................................................................................................................127
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8 Jumpers and connectors ........................................................................................................................... 128
System board jumper settings...................................................................................................................................... 128
System board connectors............................................................................................................................................. 129
Disabling forgotten password........................................................................................................................................ 131
9 Troubleshooting your system......................................................................................................................132
Safety first — for you and your system......................................................................................................................132
Troubleshooting system startup failure........................................................................................................................132
Troubleshooting external connections......................................................................................................................... 133
Troubleshooting the video subsystem..........................................................................................................................133
Troubleshooting a USB device......................................................................................................................................133
Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (USB XML configuration)......................................................................................... 134
Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (Laptop connection)..................................................................................................134
Troubleshooting a serial I/O device.............................................................................................................................. 134
Troubleshooting a NIC....................................................................................................................................................135
Troubleshooting a wet system...................................................................................................................................... 135
Troubleshooting a damaged system.............................................................................................................................136
Troubleshooting the system battery.............................................................................................................................137
Troubleshooting power supply units............................................................................................................................. 137
Troubleshooting power source problems............................................................................................................... 137
Power supply unit problems.................................................................................................................................... 138
Troubleshooting cooling problems................................................................................................................................ 138
Troubleshooting cooling fans.........................................................................................................................................139
Troubleshooting system memory..................................................................................................................................139
Troubleshooting an internal USB key........................................................................................................................... 140
Troubleshooting an SD card.......................................................................................................................................... 140
Troubleshooting a hard drive or SSD............................................................................................................................ 141
Troubleshooting a storage controller............................................................................................................................142
Troubleshooting expansion cards..................................................................................................................................142
Troubleshooting processors...........................................................................................................................................143
System messages...........................................................................................................................................................143
Warning messages....................................................................................................................................................143
Diagnostic messages................................................................................................................................................144
Alert messages..........................................................................................................................................................144
10 Getting help..............................................................................................................................................145
Contacting Dell............................................................................................................................................................... 145
Documentation feedback.............................................................................................................................................. 145
Quick Resource Locator ............................................................................................................................................... 145
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About your system
The Dell Storage NX3230 is a rack system that supports up to two processors based on the Intel Haswell E5-2600 v3 processor family, up
to 24 DIMMs, and storage capacity up to 12 internal, hot-swappable 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs).
Back-panel features and indicators
Figure 1. Back-panel features and indicators
Table 1. Back-panel features and indicators
Item Indicator, button, or connector Icon Description
1 System identification button The identification buttons on the front and back panels can be used
to locate a particular system within a rack.
When one of these buttons is pressed, the system status indicator
on the back flashes until one of the buttons is pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press and hold the
system ID button for more than five seconds to enter BIOS
progress mode.
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup), press and hold
the button for more than 15 seconds.
2 System identification connector Connects the optional system status indicator assembly through
the optional cable management arm.
3 iDRAC8 Enterprise port Dedicated management port.
4 Half-height PCIe expansion-card
slot (3)
Allows you to connect up to three half-height PCI Express
expansion cards.
5 Serial connector Allows you to connect a serial device to the system.
6 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the system.
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Item Indicator, button, or connector Icon Description
7 USB connector (2) Allows you to connect USB drives to the system. The ports are USB
3.0-compliant.
8 Full-height PCIe expansion-card
slot (3)
Allows you to connect up to three full-height PCI Express expansion
cards.
9 Ethernet connector (4) Four integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connectors
Or
Four integrated connectors that include:
• Two 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connectors
• Two 100 Mbps/1 Gbps/10 Gbps SFP+/10 GbE T connectors
10 Power supply unit (PSU1)
AC 750 W, or 1100 W
Or
DC 750 W or 1100 W
11 Power supply unit (PSU2)
12 vFlash media card slot Allows you to insert a vFlash media card.
13 HDD (2) (back) Up to two hot-swappable 2.5-inch HDDs.
Front-panel features and indicators
Figure 2. Front-panel features and indicators (twelve 3.5-inch HDD chassis)
Table 2. Front-panel features and indicators
Item Indicator, Button, or Connector Icon Description
1 Diagnostic indicators The diagnostic indicators glow to display error status.
2 System identification button The identification buttons on the front and back panels can be used
to locate a particular system within a rack. When one of these
buttons is pressed, the system status indicator on the back flashes
until one of the buttons is pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press and hold the
system ID button for more than five seconds to enter BIOS
progress mode.
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Item Indicator, Button, or Connector Icon Description
To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup), press and
hold the button for more than 15 seconds.
3 Power-on indicator, power
button
The power-on indicator glows when the system power is on. The
power button controls the power supply output to the system.
NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems, turning off
the system using the power button causes the system to
perform a graceful shutdown before power to the system
is turned off.
4 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver errors when
running certain operating systems. This button can be pressed
using the end of a paper clip.
Use this button only if directed to do so by qualified support
personnel or by the operating system's documentation.
5 Information tag A slide-out label panel which allows you to record system
information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC address, and so on as
per your need.
6 HDDs Up to twelve 3.5-inch hot-swappable HDDs.
7 USB management port/iDRAC
Direct
Allows you to connect USB devices to the system or provides
access to the iDRAC Direct features. For more information, see the
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
Dell.com/esmmanuals. The USB management port is USB 2.0-
compliant.
NOTE: If the system is connected to a power source and
an issue is detected, the LCD glows amber regardless of
whether the system is turned on or turned off.
8 iDRAC Direct LED indicator The indicator glows to display error status.
9 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the system.
10 Quick Sync (optional) NOTE: By default, the Quick Sync option is not available
for the Dell Storage NX3230 system.
Indicates a Quick Sync enabled system. The Quick Sync feature is
optional and requires a Quick Sync bezel. This feature allows
management of the system using mobile devices. This feature
aggregates hardware/firmware inventory and various system level
diagnostic/error information that can be used in troubleshooting the
system. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote
Access Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/esmmanuals.
Diagnostic indicators on the front panel
NOTE: The diagnostic indicators are not present if the system is equipped with an LCD display.
NOTE: No diagnostic indicators are lit when the system is turned off. To start the system, plug it into a working power source and
press the power button.
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Table 3. Diagnostic indicators
Icon Description Condition Corrective action
Health indicator The indicator turns solid blue if the
system is in good health.
None required.
The indicator flashes amber:
• When the system is turned on.
• When the system is in standby.
• If any error condition exists. For
example, a failed fan, PSU, or a
hard drive.
Check the System Event Log or system messages for the
specific issue. For more information about error
messages, see the Dell Event and Error Messages
Reference Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals >
OpenManage software.
The POST process is interrupted without any video
output due to invalid memory configurations. See the
Getting help section.
Hard drive
indicator
The indicator flashes amber if there is
a hard drive error.
Check the System Event Log to determine the hard drive
that has an error. Run the appropriate Online Diagnostics
test. Restart the system and run embedded diagnostics
(ePSA). If the hard drives are configured in a RAID array,
restart the system and enter the host adapter
configuration utility program.
Electrical indicator The indicator flashes amber if the
system experiences an electrical error
(for example, voltage out of range, or
a failed power supply unit (PSU) or
voltage regulator).
Check the System Event Log or system messages for the
specific issue. If it is due to a problem with the PSU,
check the LED on the PSU. Reseat the PSU. If the
problem persists, see the Getting help section.
Temperature
indicator
The indicator flashes amber if the
system experiences a thermal error
(for example, the ambient
temperature is out of range or fan
failure).
Ensure that none of the following conditions exist:
• A cooling fan has been removed or has failed.
• System cover, cooling shroud, EMI filler panel,
memory module blank, or back filler bracket is
removed.
• Ambient temperature is too high.
• External airflow is obstructed.
See the Getting help section.
Memory indicator The indicator flashes amber if a
memory error occurs.
Check the system event log or system messages for the
location of the failed memory. Reseat the memory
module. If the problem persists, see the Getting help
section.
Related links
Getting help
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Hard drive indicator codes
Each hard drive carrier has an activity indicator and a status indicator. The indicators provide information about the current status of the
hard drive. The activity LED indicates whether hard drive is currently in use or not. The status LED indicates the power condition of the
hard drive.
Figure 3. Hard drive indicators
1 hard drive activity indicator 2 hard drive status indicator
3 hard drive
NOTE: If the hard drive is in the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode, the status indicator (on the right side) does
not turn on.
Table 4. Hard drive indicator codes
Drive-status indicator pattern (RAID only) Condition
Flashes green twice per second Identifying drive or preparing for removal.
Off Drive ready for insertion or removal.
NOTE: The drive status indicator remains off until all hard
drives are initialized after the system is turned on. Drives are
not ready for insertion or removal during this time.
Flashes green, amber, and then turns off Predicted drive failure
Flashes amber four times per second Drive failed
Flashes green slowly Drive rebuilding
Steady green Drive online
Flashes green for three seconds, amber for three seconds, and
then turns off after six seconds
Rebuild stopped
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iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes
The iDRAC Direct LED indicator lights up to indicate that the port is connected and is being used as a part of the iDRAC subsystem.
NOTE: The iDRAC Direct LED indicator does not turn on when the USB port is used in the USB mode.
Figure 4. iDRAC Direct LED indicator
1 iDRAC Direct status indicator
The iDRAC Direct LED indicator table describes iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct by using the management port (USB
XML Import).
Table 5. iDRAC Direct LED indicators
Convention iDRAC Direct LED
indicator pattern
Condition
A Green Turns green for a minimum of two seconds to indicate the start 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 Not lit Indicates that the USB is ready to be removed or that a task is complete.
The following table describes iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct by using your laptop and cable (Laptop Connect):
Table 6. iDRAC Direct LED indicator patterns
iDRAC Direct LED
indicator pattern
Condition
Solid green for two seconds Indicates that the laptop is connected.
Flashing green (on for two
seconds and off for two
seconds)
Indicates that the laptop connected is recognized.
Turns off Indicates that the laptop is unplugged.
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NIC indicator codes
EachThe NIC on the back panel has an indicator that provides information about the network activity and link status. The activity LED
indicates whether the NIC is currently connected or not. The link LED indicates the speed of the connected network.
Figure 5. NIC indicators
1 link indicator 2 activity indicator
Table 7. NIC indicators
Convention Status Condition
A Link and activity indicators are off The NIC is not connected to the network.
B Link indicator is green The NIC is connected to a valid network at its
maximum port speed (1 Gbps or 10 Gbps).
C Link indicator is amber The NIC is connected to a valid network at less than
its maximum port speed.
D Activity indicator is flashing green Network data is being sent or received.
Power supply unit indicator codes
AC power supply units (PSUs) have an illuminated translucent handle that serves as an indicator and DC PSUs have an LED that serves as
an indicator. The indicator shows whether power is present or a power fault has occurred.
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Figure 6. AC PSU status indicator
1 AC PSU status indicator/handle
Table 8. AC PSU status indicators
Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
A Green A valid power source is connected to the PSU and the PSU is operational.
B Flashing green When the firmware of the PSU is being updated, the PSU handle flashes green.
C Flashing green and
turns off
When hot-adding a PSU, the PSU handle flashes green five times at 4 Hz rate and turns
off. This indicates a PSU mismatch with respect to efficiency, feature set, health status,
and supported voltage.
NOTE: Ensure that both the PSUs are of the same capacity.
CAUTION: For AC PSUs, use only PSUs with the Extended Power Performance
(EPP) label on the back.
NOTE: Mixing PSUs from previous generations of Dell PowerEdge servers can
result in a PSU mismatch condition or failure to turn the system on.
D Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the PSU.
CAUTION: When correcting a PSU mismatch, replace only the PSU with the
flashing indicator. Swapping the PSU to make a matched pair can result in an
error condition and unexpected system shutdown. To change from a high output
configuration to a low output configuration or vice versa, you must turn off the
system.
CAUTION: AC PSUs support both 220 V and 110 V input voltages with the
exception of Titanium PSUs, which support only 220 V. When two identical
PSUs receive different input voltages, they can output different wattages, and
trigger a mismatch.
CAUTION: If two PSUs are used, they must be of the same type and have the
same maximum output power.
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Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
CAUTION: Combining AC and DC PSUs is not supported and triggers a
mismatch.
E Not lit Power is not connected.
Figure 7. DC PSU status indicator
1 DC PSU status indicator
Table 9. DC PSU status indicators
Convention Power indicator pattern Condition
A Green A valid power source is connected to the PSU and that the PSU is operational.
B Flashing green When hot-adding a PSU, the PSU indicator flashes green. This indicates that there is a
PSU mismatch with respect to efficiency, feature set, health status, and supported
voltage. Ensure that both the PSUs are of the same capacity.
C Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the PSU.
CAUTION: When correcting a PSU mismatch, replace only the PSU with the
flashing indicator. Swapping the PSU to make a matched pair can result in an
error condition and unexpected system shutdown. To change from a High
Output configuration to a Low Output configuration or vice versa, you must
turn off the system.
CAUTION: AC PSU support both 220 V and 110 V input voltages with the
exception of Titanium PSU, which support only 220 V. When two identical PSU
receive different input voltages, they can output different wattages, and
trigger a mismatch.
CAUTION: If two PSU are used, they must be of the same type and have the
same maximum output power.
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Convention Power indicator pattern Condition
CAUTION: Combining AC and DC PSU is not supported and triggers a
mismatch.
D Not lit Power is not connected.
Locating Service Tag of your system
Your system is identified by a unique Express Service Code and Service Tag number. The Express Service Code is and Service Tag are
found on the front of the system by pulling out the information tag. Alternatively, the information may be on a sticker on the chassis of the
system. This information is used by Dell to route support calls to the appropriate personnel.
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Documentation resources
This section provides information on the documentation resources for your server.
Table 10. Documentation resources for Dell Storage NX3230 NAS system
Task Document Location
Setting up your server For information about installing the server into a
rack, see the Rack documentation included with
your rack solution
Dell.com/storagemanuals
For information about turning on the server and
the technical specifications of your system, see the
Getting Started With Your System that shipped
with your system.
For information about Getting Started With Your
System that shipped with your system or the
Technical specifications section in this document.
For information about overview of procedures for
setting up the storage system and internal storage,
see Setting Up Your Dell Storage NX3230 Network
Attached Storage System
Configuring your system For information about configuring, managing,
updating, and restoring the system, see the Dell
Storage Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Systems Running Windows Storage Server 2016 or
2012 R2 Administrator's Guide.
Dell.com/storagemanuals
For information about the iDRAC features,
configuring and logging in to iDRAC, and managing
your system remotely, see the Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller User's Guide.
Dell.com/idracmanuals
For information about understanding Remote
Access Controller Admin (RACADM)
subcommands and supported RACADM interfaces,
see the RACADM Command Line Reference Guide
for iDRAC.
Dell.com/idracmanuals
For information about updating drivers and
firmware, see the Download firmware and drivers
section in this document.
Dell.com/support/drivers
Deploying your system For information about deploying the hardware and
installing the software on the appliance, see the
Dell Storage Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Systems Running Windows Storage Server 2016 or
2012 R2 Troubleshooting Guide
Dell.com/storagemanuals
Managing your system For information about the features of the Dell
OpenManage Systems Management, see the Dell
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
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Task Document Location
OpenManage Systems Management Overview
Guide.
For information about setting up, using, and
troubleshooting OpenManage, see the Dell
OpenManage Server Administrator User’s Guide.
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
For information about installing, using, and
troubleshooting Dell OpenManage Essentials, see
the Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
For information about installing and using Dell
System E-Support Tool (DSET), see the Dell
System E-Support Tool (DSET) User's Guide.
Dell.com/DSET
For information about installing and using Active
System Manager (ASM), see the Active System
Manager User’s Guide.
Dell.com/asmdocs
Managing your system For understanding the features of Dell Lifecycle
Controller (LCC), see the Dell Lifecycle Controller
User’s Guide.
Dell.com/idracmanuals
For information about partner programs enterprise
systems management, see the OpenManage
Connections Enterprise Systems Management
documents.
Dell.com/
omconnectionsenterprisesystemsmanagement
For information about connections and client
systems management, see the OpenManage
Connections Client Systems Management
documentation.
Dell.com/dellclientcommandsuitemanuals
Working with the Dell
PowerEdge RAID controllers
For information on understanding the features of
the Dell PowerEdge RAID controllers (PERC) and
deploying the PERC cards, see the Storage
controller documentation.
Dell.com/storagecontrollermanuals
Understanding event and error
messages
For information on checking the event and error
messages generated by the system firmware and
agents that monitor system components, see the
Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide
Dell.com/openmanagemanuals > OpenManage
software
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Technical specifications
Table 11. Processor specifications
Processor
Processor type One or two Haswell processor E5-2600 v3 product family
Table 12. Power specifications
Power
AC power supply (per power supply)
Wattage 750 W, or 1100 W
Heat dissipation
NOTE: Heat dissipation is calculated using the power
supply wattage rating.
2891 BTU/hr maximum (750 W power supply)
2843 BTU/hr maximum (750 W Titanium power supply)
4100 BTU/hr maximum (1100 W power supply)
4416 BTU/hr maximum (DC1100W power supply)
2891 BTU/hr maximum (750 W mixed mode power supply)
Voltage
NOTE: This system is also designed to be connected to
IT power systems with a phase to phase voltage not
exceeding 230 V.
100–240 V AC, autoranging, 50/60 Hz
Or
200–240 V AC, autoranging, 50/60 Hz, for 750 W Titanium power
supply
Table 13. Expansion bus specification
Expansion Bus
Bus type PCI Express Generation 3
Expansion cards For a list of supported expansion cards, see the Expansion cards
and expansion-card risers section in this document.
Expansion slots using riser card:
Riser 1 (Slot 1) One half-height, low-profile x8 link
(Slot 2) One half-height, low-profile x8 link
(Slot 3) One half-height, low-profile x8 link
Riser 2 (Slot 4) One full-height, full-length x16 link
NOTE: To use slots 1–4, both the processors must be
installed.
(Slot 5) One full-height, full-length x8 link
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Expansion Bus
Riser 3 (default) (Slot 6) One full-height, full-length x8 link
(Slot 7) One full-height, full-length x8 link
Riser 3 (alternate for GPU) (Slot 6) One full-height, full-length x16 link
Table 14. Memory specifications
Memory
Architecture 1333 MT/s, 1600 MT/s, 1866 MT/s, or 2133 MT/s DDR4
registered, load-reduced Error Correcting Code (ECC) DIMMs
Support for advanced ECC or memory optimized operation
Memory module sockets Twenty-four 288-pin
Memory module capacities
LRDIMMs 32 GB quad-ranked
RDIMMs 4 GB single-ranked, 8 GB, or 16 GB dual-ranked
Minimum RAM 4 GB with a single processor
8 GB with a dual processor (minimum one memory module per
processor)
Maximum RAM Up to 768 GB with a dual processor
Up to 384 GB with a single processor
Table 15. Drive specification
Hard Drives
Twelve plus two–hard-drive systems Up to twelve 3.5 inch and two optional 2.5 inch back-accessible, internal, hot-
swappable SAS, SATA, SAS/SATA SSD, or Nearline SAS drives in hard-drive slots
0–11 and 12–13.
Table 16. Connector specification
Connectors
Back
NIC Four 1 Gbps, two 1 Gbps plus two 10 Gbps, or four 10 Gbps
Serial 9-pin, DTE, 16550-compatible
USB Two 4-pin, USB 3.0-compliant
Video 15-pin VGA
External vFlash card One flash memory card slot with iDRAC8 Enterprise card
NOTE: The card slot is available for use only if the
iDRAC8 Enterprise license is installed on your system.
Front
USB One 4-pin, USB 2.0-compliant
One USB management port/iDRAC Direct
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Connectors
Video 15-pin VGA
Internal
USB One 4-pin, USB 3.0-compliant
Internal Dual SD Module Two optional flash memory card slots with the internal SD module
NOTE: One card slot is dedicated for redundancy.
Table 17. Video specification
Video
Video type Matrox G200eR2
Video memory 16 MB
Table 18. Dimensions and weight
Physical
Height 8.73 cm (3.44 inch)
Width 48.2 cm (18.98 inch)
Depth 75.58 cm (29.75 inch)
Maximum configuration weight
• 30.4 kg (67.02 lb) (2.5-inch hard drive systems)
• 36.5 kg (80.47 lb) (3.5-inch hard drive systems)
Empty weight
• 19 kg (41.89 lb) (2.5-inch hard drive systems)
• 23.2 kg (51.15 lb) (3.5-inch hard drive systems)
Table 19. Expanded operating temperature
Expanded Operating Temperature
NOTE: When operating in the expanded temperature range, system performance may be impacted.
NOTE: When operating in the expanded temperature range, ambient temperature warnings may be reported on the LCD and
in the System Event Log.
< 10% of annual operating hours Continuous Operation 5 °C–40°C at 5% to 85% RH with 29°C
dew point.
NOTE: Outside the standard operating temperature
(10°C–35°C), the system can operate continuously down
to 5°C or as high as 40°C.
For temperatures between 35°C- 40°C, derate maximum
allowable temperature by 1°C per 175 m above 950 m (1°F per 319
ft).
< 1% of annual operating hours –5 °C–45°C at 5% to 90% RH with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum
dew point.
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Expanded Operating Temperature
NOTE: Outside the standard operating temperature
(10°C–35°C), the system can operate down to –5°C or
up to 45°C for a maximum of 1% of its annual operating
hours.
For temperatures between 40 °C–45 °C, derate maximum
allowable dry bulb temperature by 1°C per 125 m above 950 m
(1°F per 228 ft).
Expanded Operating Temperature Restrictions
• Do not perform a cold startup below 5°C.
• The operating temperature specified is for a maximum altitude
of 3050 m (10,000 ft).
• 160 W (10 core) processor is not supported.
• Tape Backup Unit (TBU) is not supported.
• Redundant power supplies are required.
• Non Dell qualified peripheral cards and/or peripheral cards
greater than 25 W are not supported.
• PCIe SSD and GPU is not supported.
• Maximum 120 W processor supported on 3.5 inch hard drive
chassis.
• Maximum 145 W processor supported on 2.5 inch hard drive
chassis.
• Only SSDs are allowed in the hard drive slots at the back of the
3.5 inch hard drive chassis.
Table 20. Environmental specification
Environmental
NOTE: For additional information about environmental measurements for specific system configurations, see Dell.com/
environmental_datasheets.
Temperature
Storage –40°C–65°C (–40°F–149°F)
Continuous operation (for altitude less than 950 m or 3117 ft) 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) with no direct sunlight on the
equipment.
Fresh air For information on fresh air, see Expanded Operating
Temperature section.
Maximum temperature gradient (operating and storage) 20°C/h (36°F/h)
Relative humidity
Storage 5% to 95% RH with 33°C (91 °F) maximum dew point.
Atmosphere must be non-condensing always.
Operating 10% to 80% Relative Humidity with 29°C (84.2°F) maximum
dew point.
Maximum vibration
Operating 0.26 Grms at 5 Hz to 350 Hz (all operation orientations).
Storage 1.87 Grms at 10 Hz to 500 Hz for 15 min (all six sides tested).
Maximum shock
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Environmental
Operating Six consecutively executed shock pulses in the positive and
negative x, y, and z axes of 40 G for up to 2.3 ms.
Storage Six consecutively executed shock pulses in the positive and
negative x, y, and z axes (one pulse on each side of the system)
of 71 G for up to 2 ms.
Maximum altitude
Operating 3,048 (10,000 ft)
Storage 12,000 m (39,370 ft).
Operating altitude de-rating
Up to 35°C (95°F) Maximum temperature is reduced by 1°C/300 m (1°F/547 ft)
above 950 m (3,117 ft).
35 °C–40°C (95 °F–104°F) Maximum temperature is reduced by 1°C/175 m (1°F/319 ft)
above 950 m (3,117 ft).
40 °C–45°C (104 °F–113°F) Maximum temperature is reduced by 1°C/125 m (1°F/228 ft)
above 950 m (3,117 ft).
Particulate contamination
NOTE: This section defines the limits to help avoid IT equipment damage and/or failure from particulates and gaseous
contamination. If it is determined that levels of particulates or gaseous pollution are beyond the limits specified below and are
the reason for the damage and/or failures to your equipment, it may be necessary for you to re-mediate the environmental
conditions that are causing the damage and/or failures. Re-mediation of environmental conditions will be the responsibility of
the customer.
Air filtration
NOTE: Applies to data center environments only. Air
filtration requirements do not apply to IT equipment
designed to be used outside a data center, in
environments such as an office or factory floor.
Data center air filtration as defined by ISO Class 8 per ISO
14644-1 with a 95 percent upper confidence limit.
NOTE: Air entering the data center must have MERV11
or MERV13 filtration.
Conductive dust
NOTE: Applies to data center and non-data center
environments.
Air must be free from conductive dust, zinc whiskers, or other
conductive particles.
Corrosive dust
NOTE: Applies to data center and non-data center
environments.
• Air must be free of corrosive dust.
• Residual dust present in the air must have a deliquescent
point less than 60% relative humidity.
Gaseous contamination
NOTE: Maximum corrosive contaminant levels measured at ≤50% relative humidity.
Copper coupon corrosion rate <300 Å/month per Class G1 as defined by ANSI/ISA71.04-1985.
Silver coupon corrosion rate <200 Å/month as defined by AHSRAE TC9.9.
Related links
Expansion cards and expansion card riser
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Initial system setup and configuration
Setting up your system
Complete the following steps to set up your system:
1 Unpack the system.
2 Install the system into the rack. For more information about installing the system into the rack, see your system Rack Installation
Placemat at Dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
3 Connect the peripherals to the system.
4 Connect the system to its electrical outlet.
5 Turn the system on by pressing the power button or by using iDRAC.
6 Turn on the attached peripherals.
Options to set up iDRAC IP address
You must configure the initial network settings based on your network infrastructure to enable the communication to and from iDRAC. You
can set up the IP address by using one of the following interfaces:
Interfaces Document/Section
iDRAC Settings
utility
See Dell Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals
Dell Deployment
Toolkit
See Dell Deployment Toolkit User’s Guide at Dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Dell Lifecycle
Controller
See Dell Lifecycle Controller User’s Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals
Chassis or Server
LCD panel
See the LCD panel section
You must use the default iDRAC IP address 192.168.0.120 to configure the initial network settings, including setting up DHCP or a static IP
for iDRAC.
NOTE: To access iDRAC, ensure that you install the iDRAC port card or connect the network cable to the Ethernet connector 1
on the system board.
NOTE: Ensure that you change the default user name and password after setting up the iDRAC IP address.
Log in to iDRAC
You can log in to iDRAC as:
• iDRAC user
• Microsoft Active Directory user
• Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user
The default user name and password are root and calvin. You can also log in by using Single Sign-On or Smart Card.
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NOTE: You must have iDRAC credentials to log in to iDRAC.
For more information about logging in to iDRAC and iDRAC licenses, see the latest Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide
at http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Products/software/remote_ent_sys_mgmt/rmte_ent_sys_rmte_access_cntrllr.
Managing your system remotely
To perform out-of-band systems management by using iDRAC, configure iDRAC for remote accessibility, set up the management station
and managed system, and configure the supported web browsers. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller
User’s Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals.
You can also remotely monitor and manage the server by using the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) software and
OpenManage Essentials (OME) systems management console. For more information, see Dell.com/openmanagemanuals > OpenManage
Server Administrator or Dell.com/openmanagemanuals > OpenManage Essentials.
Methods to download firmware and drivers
You can download the firmware and drivers from the Dell Support site available at Dell.com/DHMSmanuals.
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Pre-operating system management applications
You can manage basic settings and features of a system without booting to the operating system by using the system firmware.
Options to manage the pre-operating system
applications
Your system has the following options to manage the pre-operating system applications:
• System Setup
• Boot Manager
• Dell Lifecycle Controller
• Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)
System Setup
By using the System Setup screen, you can configure the BIOS settings, iDRAC settings, and device settings of your system.
NOTE: Help text for the selected field is displayed in the graphical browser by default. To view the help text in the text browser,
press F1.
You can access system setup by using two methods:
• Standard graphical browser — The browser is enabled by default.
• Text browser — The browser is enabled by using Console Redirection.
Viewing System Setup
To view the System Setup screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
System Setup details
The System Setup Main Menu screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
System BIOS Enables you to configure BIOS settings.
iDRAC Settings Enables you to configure iDRAC settings.
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Option Description
The iDRAC settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the iDRAC parameters by using UEFI (Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface). You can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters by using the iDRAC settings
utility. For more information about this utility, see Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
Dell.com/idracmanuals.
Device Settings Enables you to configure device settings.
System BIOS
You can use the System BIOS screen to edit specific functions such as boot order, system password, setup password, set the RAID mode,
and enable or disable USB ports.
Viewing System BIOS
To view the System BIOS screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
System BIOS Settings details
The System BIOS Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
System Information Specifies information about the system such as the system model name, BIOS version, and Service Tag.
Memory Settings Specifies information and options related to the installed memory.
Processor Settings Specifies information and options related to the processor such as speed and cache size.
SATA Settings Specifies options to enable or disable the integrated SATA controller and ports.
Boot Settings Specifies options to specify the boot mode (BIOS or UEFI). Enables you to modify UEFI and BIOS boot settings.
Network Settings Specifies options to change the network settings.
Integrated Devices Specifies options to manage integrated device controllers and ports and specify related features and options.
Serial
Communication
Specifies options to manage the serial ports and specify related features and options.
System Profile
Settings
Specifies options to change the processor power management settings, memory frequency, and so on.
System Security Specifies options to configure the system security settings, such as system password, setup password, Trusted
Platform Module (TPM) security. It also manages the power and NMI buttons on the system.
Miscellaneous
Settings
Specifies options to change the system date, time, and so on.
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Boot Settings
You can use the Boot Settings screen to set the boot mode to either BIOS or UEFI. It also enables you to specify the boot order.
Viewing Boot Settings
To view the Boot Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Boot Settings.
Boot Settings details
The Boot Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option 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.
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. This option is set to BIOS by default.
NOTE: Setting this field to UEFI disables the BIOS Boot Settings menu. Setting this field to BIOS
disables the UEFI Boot Settings menu.
Boot Sequence
Retry
Enables or disables the Boot Sequence Retry feature. If this option is set to Enabled and the system fails to boot,
the system reattempts the boot sequence after 30 seconds. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Hard-Disk Failover Specifies the hard drive that is booted in the event of a hard drive failure. The devices are selected in the Hard-
Disk Drive Sequence on the Boot Option Setting menu. When this option is set to Disabled, only the first hard
drive in the list is attempted to boot. When this option is set to Enabled, all hard drives are attempted to boot in
the order selected 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.
BIOS Boot Settings Enables or disables BIOS boot options.
NOTE: This option is enabled only if the boot mode is BIOS.
UEFI Boot Settings Enables or disables UEFI Boot options. The Boot options include IPv4 PXE and IPv6 PXE. This option is set to
IPv4 by default.
NOTE: This option is enabled only if the boot mode is UEFI.
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Choosing the system boot mode
System Setup enables you to specify one of the following boot modes for installing your operating system:
• BIOS boot mode (the default) is the standard BIOS-level boot interface.
• Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) (the default) boot mode is an enhanced 64-bit boot interface. If you have configured your
system to boot to UEFI mode, it replaces the system BIOS.
1 From the System Setup Main Menu, click Boot Settings, and select Boot Mode.
2 Select the boot mode you want the system to boot into.
CAUTION: Switching the boot mode may prevent the system from booting if the operating system is not installed in
the same boot mode.
3 After the system boots in the specified boot mode, proceed to install your operating system from that mode.
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 about supported operating systems, go to Dell.com/ossupport.
Changing the boot order
You may have to change the boot order if you want to boot from a USB key or an optical drive. The following instructions may vary if you
have selected BIOS for Boot Mode.
1 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS > Boot Settings.
2 Click Boot Option Settings > Boot Sequence.
3 Use the arrow keys to select a boot device, and use the plus (+) and minus (-) sign keys to move the device down or up in the order.
4 Click Exit, and then click Yes to save the settings on exit.
Network Settings
You can use the Network Settings screen to modify PXE device settings. The network settings option is available only in the UEFI mode.
NOTE: The BIOS does not control network settings in the BIOS mode. For the BIOS boot mode, the optional Boot ROM of the
network controllers handles the network settings.
Viewing Network Settings
To view the Network Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Network Settings.
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Network Settings screen details
The Network Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option 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)
Enables you to control the configuration of the PXE device.
UEFI iSCSI Settings
You can use the iSCSI Settings screen to modify iSCSI device settings. The iSCSI Settings option is available only in the UEFI boot mode.
BIOS does not control network settings in the BIOS boot mode. For the BIOS boot mode, the option ROM of the network controller
handles the network settings.
Viewing UEFI iSCSI Settings
To view the UEFI iSCSI Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Network Settings.
5 On the Network Settings screen, click UEFI iSCSI Settings.
UEFI iSCSI Settings details
The UEFI ISCSI Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
ISCSI Initiator Name Specifies the name of the iSCSI initiator (iqn format).
ISCSI Device n (n =
1 to 4)
Enables or disables the iSCSI device. When disabled, a UEFI boot option is created for the iSCSI device
automatically.
System Security
You can use the System Security screen to perform specific functions such as setting the system password, setup password and disabling
the power button.
Viewing System Security
To view the System Security screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
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3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click System Security.
System Security Settings details
The System Security Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
Intel AES-NI Improves the speed of applications by performing encryption and decryption by using the Advanced Encryption
Standard Instruction Set (AES-NI). This option is set to Enabled by default.
System Password Sets the system password. This option is set to Enabled by default and is read-only if the password jumper is not
installed in the system.
Setup Password Sets the setup password. This option is read-only if the password jumper is not installed in the system.
Password Status Locks the system password. This option is set to Unlocked by default.
TPM Security
NOTE: The TPM menu is available only when the TPM module is installed.
Enables you to control the reporting mode of the TPM. The TPM Security option is set to Off by default. You can
only modify the TPM Status, TPM Activation, and Intel TXT fields if the TPM Status field is set to either On with
Pre-boot Measurements or On without Pre-boot Measurements.
TPM Information Changes the operational state of the TPM. This option is set to No Change by default.
TPM Status Specifies the TPM status.
TPM Command
CAUTION: Clearing the TPM results in the loss of all keys in the TPM. The loss of TPM keys may affect
booting to the operating system.
Clears all the contents of the TPM. The TPM Clear option is set to No by default.
Intel TXT Enables or disables the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) option. To enable the Intel TXT option,
virtualization technology and TPM Security must be enabled with Pre-boot measurements. This option is set to Off
by default.
Power Button Enables or disables the power button on the front of the system. This option is set to Enabled by default.
NMI Button Enables or disables the NMI button on the front of the system. This option is set to Disabled by default.
AC Power Recovery Sets how the system behaves after AC power is restored to the system. This option is set to Last by default.
AC Power Recovery
Delay
Sets the time delay for the system to power up after AC power is restored to the system. This option is set to
Immediate by default.
User Defined Delay
(60s to 240s)
Sets the User Defined Delay option when the User Defined option for AC Power Recovery Delay is selected.
UEFI Variable
Access
Provides varying degrees of securing UEFI variables. When set to Standard (the default), UEFI variables are
accessible in the operating system per the UEFI specification. When set to Controlled, selected UEFI variables are
protected in the environment and new UEFI boot entries are forced to be at the end of the current boot order.
Secure Boot Enables Secure Boot, where the BIOS authenticates each pre-boot image by using the certificates in the Secure
Boot Policy. Secure Boot is disabled by default.
Secure Boot Policy When Secure Boot policy is set to Standard, the BIOS uses the system manufacturer’s key and certificates to
authenticate pre-boot images. When Secure Boot policy is set to Custom, the BIOS uses the user-defined key and
certificates. Secure Boot policy is set to Standard by default.
Secure Boot Policy
Summary
Specifies the list of certificates and hashes that secure boot uses to authenticate images.
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Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings is displayed only when Secure Boot Policy is set to Custom.
Viewing Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings
To view the Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click System Security.
5 On the System Security screen, click Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings.
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings details
The Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
Platform Key Imports, exports, deletes, or restores the platform key (PK).
Key Exchange Key
Database
Enables you to import, export, delete, or restore entries in the Key Exchange Key (KEK) Database.
Authorized
Signature Database
Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Authorized Signature Database (db).
Forbidden
Signature Database
Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Forbidden Signature Database (dbx).
Creating a system and setup password
Prerequisites
Ensure that the password jumper is enabled. The password jumper enables or disables the system password and setup password features.
For more information, see the System board jumper settings section.
NOTE: If the password jumper setting is disabled, the existing system password and setup password are deleted and you need
not provide the system password to boot the system.
Steps
1 To enter System Setup, press F2 immediately after turning on or rebooting your system.
2 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS > System Security.
3 On the System Security screen, verify that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
4 In the System Password field, type your system password, and press Enter or Tab.
Use the following guidelines to assign the system password:
• A password can have up to 32 characters.
• The password can contain the numbers 0 through 9.
• Only the following special characters are allowed: space, (”), (+), (,), (-), (.), (/), (;), ([), (\), (]), (`).
A message prompts you to reenter the system password.
5 Reenter the system password, and click OK.
6 In the Setup Password field, type your setup password and press Enter or Tab.
A message prompts you to reenter the setup password.
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7 Reenter the setup password, and click OK.
8 Press Esc to return to the System BIOS screen. Press Esc again.
A message prompts you to save the changes.
NOTE: Password protection does not take effect until the system reboots.
Related links
System board jumper settings
Using your system password to secure your system
About this task
If you have assigned a setup password, the system accepts your setup password as an alternate system password.
Steps
1 Turn on or reboot your system.
2 Type the system password and press Enter.
Next steps
When Password Status is set to Locked, type the system password and press Enter when prompted at reboot.
NOTE: If an incorrect system password is typed, the system displays a message and prompts you to reenter your password. You
have three attempts to type the correct password. After the third unsuccessful attempt, the system displays an error message
that the system has stopped functioning and must be turned off. Even after you turn off and restart the system, the error
message is displayed until the correct password is entered.
Deleting or changing system and setup password
Prerequisites
NOTE: You cannot delete or change an existing system or setup password if the Password Status is set to Locked.
Steps
1 To enter System Setup, press F2 immediately after turning on or restarting your system.
2 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS > System Security.
3 On the System Security screen, ensure that Password Status is set to Unlocked.
4 In the System Password field, alter or delete the existing system password, and then press Enter or Tab.
5 In the Setup Password field, alter or delete the existing setup password, and then press Enter or Tab.
If you change the system and setup password, a message prompts you to reenter the new password. If you delete the system and
setup password, a message prompts you to confirm the deletion.
6 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 set to Enabled, type the correct setup password before modifying the system setup options.
If you do not type the correct password in three attempts, the system displays the following message:
Invalid Password! Number of unsuccessful password attempts: <x> System Halted! Must power down.
Even after you turn off and restart the system, the error message is displayed until the correct password is typed. The following options are
exceptions:
• If System Password is not set to Enabled and is not locked through the Password Status option, you can assign a system password.
For more information, see the System Security Settings screen section.
• You cannot disable or change an existing system password.
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NOTE: You can use the password status option with the setup password option to protect the system password from
unauthorized changes.
Related links
System Security Settings details
System Information
You can use the System Information screen to view system properties such as Service Tag, system model name, and the BIOS version.
Viewing System Information
To view the System Information screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click System Information.
System Information details
The System Information screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
System Model
Name
Specifies the system model name.
System BIOS
Version
Specifies the BIOS version installed on the system.
System
Management
Engine Version
Specifies the current version of the Management Engine firmware.
System Service Tag Specifies the system Service Tag.
System
Manufacturer
Specifies the name of the system manufacturer.
System
Manufacturer
Contact
Information
Specifies the contact information of the system manufacturer.
System CPLD
Version
Specifies the current version of the system complex programmable logic device (CPLD) firmware.
UEFI Compliance
Version
Specifies the UEFI compliance level of the system firmware.
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Memory Settings
You can use the Memory Settings screen to view all the memory settings and enable or disable specific memory functions, such as system
memory testing and node interleaving.
Viewing Memory Settings
To view the Memory Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Memory Settings.
Memory Settings details
The Memory Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
System Memory
Size
Specifies the memory size in the system.
System Memory
Type
Specifies the type of memory installed in the system.
System Memory
Speed
Specifies the system memory speed.
System Memory
Voltage
Specifies the system memory voltage.
Video Memory Specifies the amount of video memory.
System Memory
Testing
Specifies whether the system memory tests are run during system boot. Options are Enabled and Disabled. This
option is set to Disabled by default.
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, Dell Fault Resilient Mode and Dell NUMA Fault Resilient
Mode. This option is set to Optimizer Mode by default.
NOTE: The Memory Operating Mode option can have different default and available options based on
the memory configuration of your system.
NOTE: The Dell Fault Resilient Mode option 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 Specifies if Non-Uniform Memory architecture (NUMA) is supported. If this field is set to Enabled, memory
interleaving is supported if a symmetric memory configuration is installed. If the field is set to Disabled, the system
supports NUMA (asymmetric) memory configurations. This option is set to Disabled by default.
Snoop Mode Specifies the Snoop Mode options. The Snoop Mode options available are Home Snoop, Early Snoop, and Cluster
on Die. This option is set to Early Snoop by default. This field is available only when the Node Interleaving is set to
Disabled.
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Processor Settings
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.
Viewing Processor Settings
To view the Processor Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Processor Settings.
Processor Settings details
The Processor Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
Logical Processor Enables or disables the logical processors and displays the number of logical processors. If this option is set to
Enabled, the BIOS displays all the logical processors. If this option is set to Disabled, the BIOS displays only one
logical processor per core. This option is set to Enabled by default.
QPI Speed Enables you to control QuickPath Interconnect data rate settings.
Alternate RTID
(Requestor
Transaction ID)
Setting
Modifies Requestor Transaction IDs, which are QPI resources. This option is set to Disabled by default.
NOTE: Enabling this option may negatively impact the overall system performance.
Virtualization
Technology
Enables or disables the additional hardware capabilities provided for virtualization. This option is set to Enabled by
default.
Address Translation
Service (ATS)
Defines the Address Translation Cache (ATC) for devices to cache the DMA transactions. This option provides an
interface between CPU and DMA Memory Management to a chipset's Address Translation and Protection Table to
translate DMA addresses to host addresses. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Adjacent Cache
Line Prefetch
Optimizes the system for applications that need high utilization of sequential memory access. This option is set to
Enabled by default. You can disable this option for applications that need high utilization of random memory
access.
Hardware
Prefetcher
Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher. This option is set to Enabled by default.
DCU Streamer
Prefetcher
Enables or disables the Data Cache Unit (DCU) streamer prefetcher. This option is set to Enabled by default.
DCU IP Prefetcher Enables or disables the Data Cache Unit (DCU) IP prefetcher. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Execute Disable Enables you to run the disable memory protection technology. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Logical Processor
Idling
Enables you to improve the energy efficiency of a system. It uses the operating system core parking algorithm and
parks some of the logical processors in the system which in turn allows the corresponding processor cores to
transition into a lower power idle state. This option can only be enabled if the operating system supports it. It is set
to Disabled by default.
Configurable TDP Enables you to reconfigure the processor Thermal Design Power (TDP) levels during POST based on the power
and thermal delivery capabilities of the system. TDP verifies the maximum heat the cooling system is needed to
dissipate. This option is set to Nominal by default.
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Option Description
NOTE: This option is only available on certain stock keeping units (SKUs) of the processors.
X2Apic Mode Enables or disables the X2Apic mode.
Dell Controlled
Turbo
Controls the turbo engagement. Enable this option only when System Profile is set to Performance.
NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be up to four processor listings.
Number of Cores
per Processor
Controls the number of enabled cores in each processor. This option is set to All by default.
Processor 64-bit
Support
Specifies if the processor(s) support 64-bit extensions.
Processor Core
Speed
Specifies the maximum core frequency of the processor.
Processor 1
NOTE: Depending on the number of CPUs, there may be up to four processors listed.
The following settings are displayed for each processor installed in the system:
Option Description
Family-Model-
Stepping
Specifies the family, model, and stepping of the processor as defined by Intel.
Brand Specifies the brand name.
Level 2 Cache Specifies the total L2 cache.
Level 3 Cache Specifies the total L3 cache.
Number of Cores Specifies the number of cores per processor.
SATA Settings
You can use the SATA Settings screen to view the SATA settings of SATA devices and enable RAID on your system.
Viewing SATA Settings
To view the SATA Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click SATA Settings.
SATA Settings details
The SATA Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
Embedded SATA Enables the embedded SATA option to be set to Off, ATA, AHCI, or RAID modes. This option is set to AHCI by
default.
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Option Description
Security Freeze
Lock
Sends Security Freeze Lock command to the Embedded SATA drives during POST. This option is applicable only
for ATA and AHCI modes.
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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This field is undefined for removable media
devices such as optical drives.
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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
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Option Description
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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 or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This 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.
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Option Description
For AHCI or RAID mode, BIOS support is always enabled.
Option Description
Model Specifies the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Specifies the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Specifies the total capacity of the hard drive. This field is undefined for removable media
devices such as optical drives.
Integrated Devices
You can use the Integrated Devices screen to view and configure the settings of all integrated devices including the video controller,
integrated RAID controller, and the USB ports.
Viewing Integrated Devices
To view the Integrated Devices screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Integrated Devices.
Integrated Devices details
The Integrated Devices screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
USB 3.0 Setting Enables or disables the USB 3.0 support. Enable this option only if your operating system supports USB 3.0. If you
disable this option, devices operate at USB 2.0 speed. USB 3.0 is enabled by default.
User Accessible
USB Ports
Enables or disables 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 operate during boot process in certain operating systems.
After the boot process is complete, the USB keyboard and mouse do not work if the ports are disabled.
NOTE: Selecting Only Back Ports On and All Ports Off disables the USB management port and also
restricts access to iDRAC features.
Internal USB Port Enables or disables the internal USB port. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Integrated RAID
Controller
Enables or disables the integrated RAID controller. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Integrated Network
Card 1
Enables or disables the integrated network card.
Embedded NIC1
and NIC2
NOTE: The Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 options are only available on systems that do not have Integrated
Network Card 1.
Enables or disables the Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 options. If set to Disabled, the NIC may still be available for
shared network access by the embedded management controller. The embedded NIC1 and NIC2 options are only
available on systems that do not have Network Daughter Cards (NDCs). The Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 option is
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Option Description
mutually exclusive with the Integrated Network Card 1 option. Configure the Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 option by
using the NIC management utilities of the system.
I/OAT DMA Engine Enables or disables the I/OAT option. Enable only if the hardware and software support the feature.
Embedded Video
Controller
Enables or disables the Embedded Video Controller option. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Current State of
Embedded Video
Controller
Displays the current state of the embedded video controller. The Current State of Embedded Video Controller
option is a read-only field. 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 set to Disabled.
SR-IOV Global
Enable
Enables or disables the BIOS configuration of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) devices. This option is set to
Disabled by default.
OS Watchdog
Timer
If your system stops responding, this watchdog timer aids in the recovery of your operating system. When this
option is set to Enabled, the operating system initializes the timer. When this option is set to Disabled (the
default), the timer does not have any effect on the system.
Memory Mapped
I/O above 4 GB
Enables or disables the support for PCIe devices that need large amounts of memory. This option is set to Enabled
by default.
Slot Disablement Enables or disables the available PCIe slots on your system. The slot disablement feature controls the configuration
of PCIe cards installed in the specified slot. Slots must be disabled only when the installed peripheral card prevents
booting into the operating system or causes delays in system startup. If the slot is disabled, both the Option ROM
and UEFI drivers are disabled.
Serial Communication
You can use the Serial Communication screen to view the properties of the serial communication port.
Viewing Serial Communication
To view the Serial Communication screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Serial Communication.
Serial Communication details
The Serial Communication screen details are explained as follows:
Option Description
Serial
Communication
Selects serial communication devices (Serial Device 1 and Serial Device 2) in BIOS. BIOS console redirection can
also be enabled and the port address can be specified. This option is set to Auto by default.
Serial Port Address Enables you to set the port address for serial devices. This option is set to Serial Device 1=COM2, Serial Device
2=COM1 by default.
NOTE: You can use only Serial Device 2 for the Serial Over LAN (SOL) feature. To use console
redirection by SOL, configure the same port address for console redirection and the serial device.
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Option Description
NOTE: Every time the system boots, the BIOS syncs the serial MUX setting saved in iDRAC. The serial
MUX setting can independently be changed in iDRAC. Loading the BIOS default settings from within
the BIOS setup utility may not always revert the serial MUX setting to the default setting of Serial
Device 1.
External Serial
Connector
Enables you to associate the External Serial Connector to Serial Device 1, Serial Device 2, or the Remote Access
Device by using this option.
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. 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 Specifies 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. This
option is set to 115200 by default.
Remote Terminal
Type
Sets the remote console terminal type. This option is set to VT 100/VT 220 by default.
Redirection After
Boot
Enables or disables the BIOS console redirection when the operating system is loaded. This option is set to
Enabled by default.
System Profile Settings
You can use the System Profile Settings screen to enable specific system performance settings such as power management.
Viewing System Profile Settings
To view the System Profile Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click System Profile Settings.
System Profile Settings details
The System Profile Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option 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. This option
is set to Performance Per Watt Optimized (DAPC) by default. DAPC is Dell Active Power Controller.
NOTE: All the parameters on the system profile setting screen are available only when the System
Profile option is set to Custom.
CPU Power
Management
Sets the CPU power management. This option is set to System DBPM (DAPC) by default. DBPM is Demand-
Based Power Management.
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Option Description
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 the turbo boost mode. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Energy Efficient
Turbo
Enables or disables the Energy Efficient Turbo option.
Energy Efficient Turbo (EET) is a mode of operation where a processor’s core frequency is adjusted to be within
the turbo range based on workload.
C1E Enables or disables the processor to switch to a minimum performance state when it is idle. This option is set to
Enabled by default.
C States Enables or disables the processor to operate in all available power states. This option is set to Enabled by default.
Collaborative CPU
Performance
Control
Enables or disables the CPU power management option. When set to Enabled, the CPU power management is
controlled by the OS DBPM and the System DBPM (DAPC). This option is set to Disabled by default.
Memory Patrol
Scrub
Sets the memory patrol scrub frequency. This option is set to Standard by default.
Memory Refresh
Rate
Sets the memory refresh rate to either 1x or 2x. This option is set to 1x by default.
Uncore Frequency Enables you to select the Processor Uncore Frequency option.
Dynamic mode enables 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 option.
Energy Efficient
Policy
Enables you to select the Energy Efficient Policy option.
The CPU uses the setting to manipulate the internal behavior of the processor and determines whether to target
higher performance or better power savings.
Number of Turbo
Boot Enabled Cores
for Processor 1
NOTE: If there are two processors installed in the system, you see an entry for Number of Turbo Boost
Enabled Cores for Processor 2.
Controls the number of turbo boost enabled cores for processor 1. The maximum number of cores is enabled by
default.
Monitor/Mwait Enables the Monitor/Mwait instructions in the processor. This option is set to Enabled for all system profiles,
except Custom by default.
NOTE: This option can be disabled only if the C States option in the Custom mode is set to disabled.
NOTE: When C States is set to Enabled in the Custom mode, changing the Monitor/Mwait setting does
not impact the system power or performance.
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Miscellaneous Settings
You can use the Miscellaneous Settings screen to perform specific functions such as updating the asset tag and changing the system
date and time.
Viewing Miscellaneous Settings
To view the Miscellaneous Settings screen, perform the following steps:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F2 immediately after you see the following message:
F2 = System Setup
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press F2, wait for the system to finish booting, and then
restart your system and try again.
3 On the System Setup Main Menu screen, click System BIOS.
4 On the System BIOS screen, click Miscellaneous Settings.
Miscellaneous Settings details
The Miscellaneous Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Option 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 Specifies 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. This option is set to On by
default.
NOTE: This option does not apply to 84-key keyboards.
F1/F2 Prompt on
Error
Enables or disables the F1/F2 prompt on error. This option is set to Enabled by default. 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
available only for UEFI boot mode. You cannot set the option to Enabled if UEFI Secure Boot mode is enabled.
In-System
Characterization
Enables or disables In-System Characterization. This option is set to Disabled by default. 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 needed 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.
iDRAC Settings utility
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.
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NOTE: Accessing some of the features on the iDRAC settings utility needs the iDRAC Enterprise License upgrade.
For more information about using iDRAC, see Dell Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals.
Entering the iDRAC Settings utility
1 Turn on or restart the managed system.
2 Press F2 during Power-on Self-test (POST).
3 On the System Setup Main Menu page, click iDRAC Settings.
The iDRAC Settings screen is displayed.
Changing the thermal settings
The iDRAC settings utility enables you to select and customize the thermal control settings for your system.
1 Click iDRAC Settings > Thermal.
2 Under SYSTEM THERMAL PROFILE > Thermal Profile, select one of the following options:
• Default Thermal Profile Settings
• Maximum Performance (Performance Optimized)
• Minimum Power (Performance per Watt Optimized)
3 Under USER COOLING OPTIONS, set the Fan Speed Offset, Minimum Fan Speed, and Custom Minimum Fan Speed.
4 Click Back > Finish > Yes.
Device Settings
Device Settings enables you to configure device parameters.
Dell Lifecycle Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller (LC) provides advanced embedded systems management capabilities including system deployment, configuration,
update, maintenance, and diagnosis. LC is delivered as part of the iDRAC out-of-band solution and Dell system embedded Unified
Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) applications.
Embedded systems management
The Dell Lifecycle Controller provides advanced embedded systems management throughout the system’s lifecycle. The Dell 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 Dell Lifecycle
Controller.
For more information about setting up the Dell Lifecycle Controller, configuring hardware and firmware, and deploying the operating system,
see the Dell Lifecycle Controller documentation at Dell.com/idracmanuals.
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Boot Manager
The Boot Manager screen enables you to select boot options and diagnostic utilities.
Viewing Boot Manager
To enter Boot Manager:
1 Turn on, or restart your system.
2 Press F11 when you see the following message:
F11 = Boot Manager
If your operating system begins to load before you press F11, allow the system to complete the 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
Enables you to access boot menu, where you can select a one-time boot device to boot from.
Launch System
Setup
Enables you to access System Setup.
Launch Lifecycle
Controller
Exits the Boot Manager and invokes the Dell Lifecycle Controller program.
System Utilities Enables you to launch System Utilities menu such as System Diagnostics and UEFI shell.
One-shot BIOS boot menu
One-shot BIOS boot menu enables you to select a boot device to boot from.
System Utilities
System Utilities contains the following utilities that can be launched:
• Launch Diagnostics
• BIOS Update File Explorer
• Reboot System
PXE boot
You can use the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) option to boot and configure the networked systems, remotely.
NOTE: To access the PXE boot option, boot the system and then press F12. The system scans and displays the active networked
systems.
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Installing and removing system components
This section provides information about installing and removing the system components.
Topics:
• Safety instructions
• Before working inside your system
• After working inside your system
• Recommended tools
• Front bezel (optional)
• Removing the system cover
• Installing the system cover
• Inside the system
• Cooling shroud
• System memory
• Hard drives
• Cooling fans
• Cooling fan assembly
• Expansion cards and expansion card riser
• SD vFlash card (optional)
• Integrated storage controller card
• Network daughter card
• Processors and heat sinks
• PCIe card holder
• Cable retention bracket
• Power supply units
• System battery
• Hard disk drive backplane
• Control panel
• System board
• Trusted Platform Module
Safety instructions
WARNING: Whenever you need to lift the system, get others to assist you. To avoid injury, do not attempt to lift the system by
yourself.
WARNING: Opening or removing the system cover while the system is powered on may expose you to a risk of electric shock.
CAUTION: Do not operate the system without the cover for a duration exceeding five minutes.
CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple
repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage
due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are
shipped with your product.
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NOTE: Dell recommends 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 and system fans must be populated always with either a
component or with a blank.
Before working inside your system
Prerequisites
Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
Steps
1 Turn off the system, including any attached peripherals.
2 Disconnect the system from the electrical outlet and disconnect the peripherals.
3 If installed, remove the front bezel.
4 If applicable, remove the system from the rack.
For more information, see the Rack Installation placemat at Dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
5 Remove the system cover.
Related links
Safety instructions
After working inside your system
Prerequisites
Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
Steps
1 Install the system cover.
2 If applicable, install the system into the rack.
For more information, see the Rack Installation placemat at Dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
3 If removed, install the front bezel.
4 Reconnect the peripherals and connect the system to the electrical outlet.
5 Turn on the system, including any attached peripherals.
Related links
Safety instructions
Recommended tools
You need the following tools to perform the removal and installation procedures:
• Key to the bezel lock.
The key is needed only if your system includes a bezel.
• Phillips #2 screwdriver
• Wrist grounding strap
Front bezel (optional)
The front bezel is attached to the front side of the server and prevents accidents while removing the hard drive or when pressing the reset
or power button. The front bezel can also be locked for additional security.
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Removing the front bezel
1 Unlock the bezel lock at the left end of the bezel.
2 Lift the release latch next to the bezel lock.
3 Pull the left end of the bezel, unhook the right end and remove the bezel.
Figure 8. Removing and installing the front bezel
1 bezel lock 2 front bezel
Related links
Safety instructions
Installing the optional front bezel
Prerequisites
Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
Steps
1 Locate and remove the bezel key.
NOTE: The bezel key is attached to the back of the bezel.
2 Hook the right end of the bezel onto the chassis.
3 Fit the free end of the bezel onto the system.
4 Lock the bezel by using the key.
Related links
Safety instructions
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Removing the system cover
Prerequisites
1 Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
2 If installed, remove the optional bezel.
Steps
1 Rotate the latch release lock counter clockwise to the unlocked position.
2 Lift the latch toward the back of the system.
The system cover slides back and the tabs on the system cover disengage from the slots on the chassis.
NOTE: The position of the latch may vary depending on the configuration of your system.
3 Hold the cover on both sides, and lift the cover away from the system.
Next steps
1 Install the system cover.
Related links
Safety instructions
Installing the system cover
Prerequisites
1 Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
2 Follow the procedure listed in the Before working inside your system section.
3 Ensure that all internal cables are connected and placed out of the way, and no tools or extra parts are left inside the system.
Steps
1 Align the slots on the system cover with the tabs on the chassis.
2 Push the system cover latch down.
The system cover slides forward and the slots on the system cover engage with the tabs on the chassis. The system cover latch locks
into place when the system cover is completely engaged with the tabs on the chassis.
3 Rotate the latch release lock clockwise to the locked position.
Next steps
1 If removed, install the front bezel.
2 Reconnect the peripherals and connect the system to the electrical outlet.
3 Turn on the system, including any attached peripherals.
4 Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.
Related links
Safety instructions
Before working inside your system
After working inside your system
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