The Lenovo System x3550 M5 server

This publication contains information and instructions for setting up your Lenovo System x3550 M5 server, instructions for installing some optional devices, cabling and configuring the server, removing and replacing devices, and diagnostics and troubleshooting information.

In addition to the instructions in Installing optional devices for installing optional hardware devices, updating firmware and device drivers, and completing the installation, Lenovo Business Partners must also complete the steps in Instructions for Business Partners.

The Lenovo System x3550 M5 server is a 1-U-high1 rack model server for high-volume network transaction processing. This high-performance, multicore server is ideally suited for networking environments that require superior microprocessor performance, input/output (I/O) flexibility, and high manageability.

Performance, ease of use, reliability, and expansion capabilities were key considerations in the design of the server. These design features make it possible for you to customize the system hardware to meet your needs today and provide flexible expansion capabilities for the future.

The server comes with a limited warranty. For information about the terms of the warranty, see the Warranty Information document that comes with the server.

The server contains next generation technologies, which help increase performance and reliability. For more information, see What your server offers and Reliability, availability, and serviceability.

You can obtain up-to-date information about the server and other Lenovo server products at the Lenovo System x website. At the Support login website, you can create a personalized support page by identifying Lenovo products that are of interest to you. From this personalized page, you can subscribe to weekly email notifications about new technical documents, search for information and downloads, and access various administrative services.

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The hot-swap server configurations include eight 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive models, ten 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive models, twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive models (two located at the rear), or four 3.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive models. The simple-swap server configurations include eight 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive models or four 3.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive models. The Lenovo System x3550 M5 Type 5463 server supports 2.5-inch hot-swap Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA hard disk drives, 2.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard disk drives, 3.5-inch hot-swap Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SATA hard disk drives or 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard disk drives.

Note:
  • The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your model.
  • The ten 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive model is not supported.
The following illustration shows a server with eight 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 1. Eight 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
Eight 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
The following illustration shows a server with ten 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 2. Ten 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
Ten 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
The following illustrations show a server with twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays (two located at the rear).
Figure 3. Twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
Twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
Figure 4. Twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model rear view
Twelve 2.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model rear view
The following illustration shows a server with four 3.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 5. Four 3.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
Four 3.5-inch hot-swap hard disk drive model front view
The following illustration shows a server with eight 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 6. Eight 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive model front view
Eight 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive model front view
The following illustration shows a server with four 3.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive bays.
Figure 7. Four 3.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive model front view
Four 3.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive model front view

If firmware and documentation updates are available, you can download them from the Lenovo Web site. The server might have features that are not described in the documentation that comes with the server, and the documentation might be updated occasionally to include information about those features, or technical updates might be available to provide additional information that is not included in the server documentation. To check for updates, go to the Lenovo Support Portal.

Record information about the server in the following table.
  
Product nameLenovo System x3550 M5 server
Machine typeType 5463
Model number_____________________________________________
Serial number_____________________________________________

The model number and serial number are on the ID label on the front of the server, as shown in the following illustration.

Note: The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.
Figure 8. ID label
ID label

The MAC address label is on the top side of the user information tag.

Figure 9. MAC address label
MAC address label

In addition, the system service label, which is on the cover of the server, provides a QR code for mobile access to service information. You can scan the QR code using a QR code reader and scanner with a mobile device and get quick access to the Lenovo Service Information website. The Lenovo Service Information website provides additional information for parts installation and replacement videos, and error codes for server support.

The following illustration shows the QR code (http://ibm.co/1tugHQX):
Figure 10. QR code
QR code

You can download an ServerGuide Setup and Installation CD to help you configure the hardware, install device drivers, and install the operating system.

For a list of supported optional devices for the server, see the Lenovo ServerProven website.

See the Rack Installation Instructions document that comes with your server for complete rack installation and removal instructions.

1 Racks are marked in vertical increments of 4.45 centimeters (1.75 inches) each. Each increment is referred to as a unit, or a U. A 1-U-high device is approximately 4.45 centimeters (1.75 inches) tall.