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I just received a 2nd hand IBM xSeries 335 1U rack mountable server, and I have a few questions about it:

  1. How do I install it? Is there an Installation Utility disk like for the HP Proliant servers (SmartStart do they call it if I remember correctly)? If yes, how is it called, and where do I get it?
  2. What are the power requirements - how much Ampère do I need for it: 0.5A, or 1.0A, or more? Below are the specs... (I need this to know how much a place in a datacenter will cost)
  3. Is there a device like the iLO on HP servers on such IBM servers?

These are the specs:

  • 2x 36.4 SCSI 10k RPM HDD.
  • 2x 2.4 Ghz Intel XEON processor
  • 2GB RAM (2 modules of 1GB)
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The IBM Support Site is quite extensive and useful. You should visit and check for other associated updates for your model hardware.

  1. IBM provides deployment software called ServerGuide.

  2. IBM provides documentation indicating the following power specs:

    • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 4 A
    • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 2 A
    • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
    • Minimum configuration: 0.120 kVA
    • Maximum configuration: 0.400 kVA
  3. IBM uses what's called a Remote Supervisor Adapter (RSA). The RSA is an add-in card, you would have to verify if it is installed or not. It looks like the below picture. RSA Card

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Thanks. I tried to search on the IBM site, but for me, it's too chaotic to find something on it... –  cab0lt Apr 17 '11 at 16:30
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