The IBM System x3550 M3 server

This publication contains information and instructions for setting up your IBM System x3550 M3 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, IBM Business Partners must also complete the steps in Instructions for IBM Business Partners.

The IBM System x3550 M3 Type 4254 and 7944 server is a 1-U-high1 rack model server for high-volume network transaction processing. This high-performance, multi-core 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 IBMX-Architecture 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 IBM server products at the IBM System x website. At the IBM Systems Support website, you can create a personalized support page by identifying IBM 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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If firmware and documentation updates are available, you can download them from the IBM website. 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 IBM Support Portal.

Note: The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your model.
The hot-swap server models support up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives. The simple-swap server models support up to four 2.5-inch simple-swap SATA hard disk drives. The following illustration shows the hot-swap server model.
Figure 1. Front view: 2.5-inch model
Front view: 2.5-inch model
On server models with an optional optical drive bay, the servers support up to four 2.5-inch simple-swap SATA or hot-swap SAS/SATA hard disk drives.
Figure 2. Front view: 2.5-inch model with optical drive bay
Front view: 2.5-inch model with optical drive bay

If firmware and documentation updates are available, you can download them from the IBM 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 IBM Support Portal.

Record information about the server in the following table.

   
Product name IBM System x3550 M3 server
Machine type 4254 or 7944
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 3. ID label
ID label

You can download an IBM 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 IBM ServerProven website.

See the Rack Installation Instructions document on the IBM System x Documentation CD for complete rack installation and removal instructions.

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