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1 Automating Lenovo ThinkServer Provisioning Lenovo ThinkServer Deployment Manager Lenovo Enterprise Product Group Version 1.0 September Lenovo. All rights reserved.

2 LENOVO PROVIDES THIS PUBLICATION AS IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF NON- INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. This information could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes may be made to the information herein; these changes will be incorporated in new editions of the publication. Lenovo may make improvements and/or changes in the product(s) and/or the program(s) described in this publication at any time without notice. Any performance data contained herein was determined in a controlled environment; therefore, the results obtained in other operating environments may vary significantly. Some measurements may have been made on development-level systems, and there is no guarantee that these measurements will be the same on generally available systems. Furthermore, some measurements may have been estimated through extrapolation. Actual results may vary. Users of this document should verify the applicable data for their specific environment. Any references in this publication to non-lenovo Web sites are provided for convenience only and do not in any manner serve as an endorsement of those Web sites. The materials at those Web sites are not part of the materials for this Lenovo product, and use of those Web sites is at your own risk. The following terms are trademarks of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both: Lenovo, and ThinkServer. Intel and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows Storage Server 2012, Windows Server 2012, and the Windows Logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. 2

3 Contents 1.0 Introduction Features Accessing ThinkServer Deployment Manager Deployment Manager Overview Conclusion

4 List of Figures Figure 1: Accessing Lenovo TDM during server boot process... 6 Figure 2: TDM Console Main Page... 6 Figure 3: BIOS Setup Menu... 8 Figure 4: TDM Platform Update... 8 Figure 5: Application page enables OS driver and TDM updates... 9 Figure 6: TDM server firmware update options Figure 7: Storage Management Menu

5 1.0 Introduction Staying ahead of the competition and strategically expanding the business requires the ability to respond rapidly to changes in the marketplace. In order to accomplish these objectives, organizations have increased resource demands from IT. IT must respond in order to compete with public cloud services. Organizations no longer have the time to wait for months or weeks while IT orders, builds and configures the servers required to deploy critical applications. Cloud delivery models can provide fully provisioned server stacks within minutes and IT is challenged to keep pace in order to remain competitive. As the IT world moves toward increasingly rapid deployment of business critical servers and applications, a standardized automation framework is needed to accelerate and standardize server provisioning. Lenovo ThinkServer Deployment Manager (TDM) provides you with such a framework. Embedded within every Lenovo next-generation ThinkServer, TDM provides the means for server cloning, automating many of the tasks associated with OS installation. TDM provides instant access from a single management console, enabling server deployment, server cloning, device driver (during OS installation) and firmware updates. TDM enables you to use an out-of-the-box utility to rapidly provision Lenovo next-generation ThinkServer systems, providing lifecycle management, ensuring standardization and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). 2.0 Features This section provides an overview of Lenovo TDM utility features. Guidance is provided for accessing the utility and a synopsis of features is included. 2.1 Accessing ThinkServer Deployment Manager Lenovo TDM provides increased simplicity as there are no additional CD s or other media necessary in order to access the utility. TDM is an application that runs in the server firmware and, as shown in Figure 1, is initiated by pressing F10 during the boot process. 5

6 Figure 1 - Accessing Lenovo TDM during server boot process 2.2 Deployment Manager Overview Shown in Figure 2, the main page of the TDM console provides an overview and easy access to all of the features provided by the utility. Figure 2 - TDM Console Main Page 6

7 2.2.1 System Summary The TDM System Summary page provides a quick overview of the server hardware inventory. Shown in Figure 2, the System Summary page includes; Product Name Lenovo hardware name, such as Lenovo ThinkServer RD650 BIOS Version current BIOS level ThinkServer System Manger (TSM) Version CPU Information Memory DIMM Information PCIe cards RAID cards BIOS Setup The BIOS Setup page furnishes an additional menu, featuring detailed system information and advanced configuration options. Shown in Figure 3, the BIOS Setup menu provides: System Information provides BIOS version, System Asset Tag option, system time and date and detailed processor and memory information Advanced Settings options for changing advanced settings for subsystems, such as processor, memory, power and other settings TSM Settings provides ThinkServer System Manager status and options for firmware level, network and user account settings System Security Provides options for changing Admin Password and Secure Boot options Boot Manager Quiet Boot and Miscellaneous Boot Settings 7

8 Figure 3 - BIOS Setup Menu Platform Update The Platform Update 1 page, shown in Figure 4, provides the ability to update either server firmware or TDM applications. Figure 4 - TDM Platform Update 1 TDM platform updates can be found on the Lenovo website 8

9 Applications As shown in Figure 5, choosing the Application option provides the ability to update OS drivers and ThinkServer applications; update files can be loaded via USB device or network share: o Deployment Manager o Windows Drivers (used for supported Windows OS deployments) o Linux Drivers (used for supported Linux OS deployments) NOTE: OS driver updates apply only at installation time; the OS cannot be updated via TDM once installation is complete. Figure 5 - Application page enables OS driver and TDM updates Firmware Shown in Figure 6, choosing the Firmware option provides the ability to update server BIOS or ThinkServer System Manager firmware. Update files can be uploaded via USB device or network share. 9

10 2.2.4 Storage Management Figure 6 - TDM server firmware update options The Storage Management option provides an additional menu, shown in Figure 7, for viewing and configuring the RAID adapter and system drives. All configuration pages are the same as those inside the BIOS setup menu. Figure 7 - Storage Management Menu 10

11 TDM supports the following ThinkServer RAID controllers: RAID 720i/ix RAID 510i RAID 110i (on-board) RAID settings are configured in order step by step: Create virtual drive Select RAID level Choose hard disk drives (HDDs) to be included Set the size of the virtual drive Apply and save the configuration When exiting from the RAID configuration page, TDM will ask whether to save the response file for RAID configuration cloning Deployment The TDM Deployment option provides the ability to configure the settings for an OS deployment. Volume Selection Available storage volumes will be displayed OS Selection Choose the OS to be deployed (Linux, Windows, VMware) Installation Settings Time Zone, Language, License Key, Computer name, Admin/root password Partition Options Two options are available: o Use existing partition previous OS installation exists on the drive o Repartition the drive during installation sets size of OS partition Cloning TDM supports server cloning through the use of response files. Response files can be saved or retrieved from local USB drives or an accessible network share. Three cloning options are available: BIOS settings take effect only after system reboot RAID settings OS settings RAID and OS settings can be applied together and the OS deployment will start at once without server reboot 11

12 3.0 Conclusion TDM provides server cloning, unattended OS installation and supports server firmware updates via an easily accessible utility embedded within next-generation ThinkServer systems. TDM enables you to replicate server BIOS, RAID and BMC settings to other servers via response files located on a local USB drive or network share. TDM provides you with the built-in ability to easily deploy ThinkServer systems without additional physical media, automating server deployment and reducing TCO. 12

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