IBM System x3100 M4 Express models

IBM Asia Pacific Hardware Announcement AG12-0231
November 6, 2012

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IBM System x3100 M4 Express Models

Features of the new System x3100 M4 Express® server include:

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The System x3100 M4 Express server is a single-socket tower server designed for small businesses and first-time server buyers looking for a solution to improve business efficiency. The x3100 M4 delivers several IBM innovative features in a compact mini 5U form factor with a competitive price.

Server-class features

At your control

Manageability and serviceability features help diagnose problems quickly.

At your service

Worldwide support and services with IBM systems management tools, which help improve productivity and get your server up and running quickly.

IBM Express models

New System x® configurations are being added to the IBM Express Portfolio™ , designed and priced to meet the needs of mid-sized businesses. Reliable and easy to manage, Express models and configurations vary by country. They further enhance the ease of doing business with IBM by offering a robust portfolio of products supported by aggressive pricing and simplified incentives.

The latest System x Express models consist of relevant system configurations for the System x3100 M4 servers.

System x Express servers deliver robust capabilities while taking into account limited resources and budgets. Find the right hardware for your business needs today, while helping to protect your investments with flexible, scalable products that can grow with your business.

When referring to memory, HDD, or tape backup capacity, GB stands for one billion bytes. Total user capacity may vary depending on operating environments.
The Microsoft™ Windows™ Preinstallation Environment software included as part of ServerGuide software, may be used for boot, diagnostic, setup, restoration, installation, configuration, test, or disaster recovery purposes only. Note: The Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment software contains a security feature that will cause an end-user customer's system to reboot without prior notification to the end-user customer after 24 hours of continuous use of the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment.
You may be asked certain diagnostic questions before a technician is sent.
For information on IBM's Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your IBM representative or reseller. Copies are available upon request.

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Monitor, keyboard, and mouse

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November 13, 2012

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Solid-performing server subsystems

This uniprocessor entry-level server delivers solid, economical performance by coupling an Intel Xeon™ processor, high-speed PC3-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz or PC3-12800 CL111600 MHz DDR3 LP ECC UDIMM memory, and SATA storage subsystems.

The System x3100 M4 Express server uses high-performance chipsets to optimize throughput from the processors to memory and I/O.

Standard System x3100 M4 Express server configurations

 SEO       Processor         Cache   Memory  HDD/INT     Optical  Preload
2582E4x  Xeon E3-1220v2 3.1 GHz  8 M  4 GB  HS SATA/SAS  DVD-ROM  None

Expansion capacity and standard features

The System x3100 M4 Express server is housed in a minitower that can economically handle expansion. This model features:

Systems management and control

System x3100 M4 Express server models comply with the 2000 ATX implementation guidelines. These guidelines offer better control and manageability of a network.

Supported features include:

World-class support tools and programs

The System x3100 M4 Express server includes tools and programs that help you get your server running, and keep it running smoothly. IBM can help your company maintain ownership of technology leadership servers.

IBM makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding non-IBM products and services that are ServerProven , including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. These products are offered and under warranty solely by third parties, including those designated as ServerProven or ClusterProven.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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The System x3100 M4 Express server is positioned as a System x entry-level tower server and is a confident choice for small businesses because it is built to last, easy to implement, and affordable.

The System x3100 M4 Express server combines server-class security and reliability, new technologies, and proven compatibility into an attractively priced, easy-to-implement entry server, supported by IBM sales and service. This server delivers solid performance to support typical general-purpose network, email, or web-serving applications in small businesses. Software-ready and with intuitive industry-standard management capabilities, the x3100 M4 server is ideal for transitioning business applications off your PC.

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Note:  All models are GAV except for C and N models.
Description                            MT    Mod    number
IBM System x3100 M4 Express            2582  E4V    2582E4V
                                       2582  E4B    2582E4B
                                       2582  E4A    2582E4A
                                       2582  E4M    2582E4M
                                       2582  E4K    2582E4K
                                       2582  E4R    2582E4R
 xxK = Korea (Korea)
 xxR = Korea (Korea/English)
 xxV = Taiwan
 xxB = Hong Kong
 xxA = Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, Burma.
       India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
 xxM = Australia, New Zealand

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The following publications and CD-ROMs are shipped with the x3100 M4 server:

Note: Software versions, features, and functions shipped with these systems may change as new releases become available or discontinued at any time.

The publications System x3100 M4 Installation and User's Guide and Problem Determination and Service Guide, in US English and translation versions, are available from

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Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an on-demand business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications
Express model
  Processor                 Xeon E3-1220v2 4C (69w)
   Internal speed           3.1 GHz
   External speed           1600 MHz
   Number standard          1
   Maximum                  1
   Cache                    8 MB
  Memory                    4 GB (1600 MHz)
   DIMMs                    1 x 4 GB
   Sockets UDIMM            4
   Capacity UDIMM 6         32
  Video controller          Integrated in BMC
   Memory                   16 MB (shared)
  HDD                       Hot-swap
  HDD controllers           SAS/SATA
   Channels                 1
   Connector int.           2
   Connector ext.           0
   RAID                     M1015 Controller
  Fixed disk standard       0
  Tape backup               0
  Total bays 7              10
   5.25/3.5-in half-high    2
   3.5-in slim              0
   2.5-in slim              8
   Hot-swap                 8
   Internal capacity 8      8 TB
   Standard                 0
  Bays available            9
   5.25/3.5-in half-high    1
   3.5-in slim              0
   2.5-in slim              8
   Hot-swap                 8
  Total slots               4
   PCI 2.2 (32/33 MHz)      0
   PCI-E (x16/xx8/x4/x1)    4
  Slots available           4
  Management proc.          IMM2
  Ethernet controller       Dual Gb
  Optical drive (SATA)      DVD-ROM
  Diskette drive            0
  Power supply              430 W
   Number standard          1
   Hot-swap                 Yes
   Redundant power          Yes
   Auto restart             Yes
Maximum memory is based on using four 8 GB 1600 MHz UDIMMs.
This bay does not support HDD options. It can be used for removable media devices such as tape backup.
Capacity is based on the installation of 3 TB SS SATA HDDs. For the most up-to-date information on supported HDD options, visit
16x SATA DVD-ROM drive characteristics
Half High Multi-burner drive specifications
Video subsystem

Supported video mode capabilities for the SVGA PCI controller with a 200 MHz memory clock:

               Maximum refresh
  Resolution   rate supported    Bpp
 640 x 400     60, 72, 75, 85    8, 16, 24
 800 x 600     60, 72, 75, 85    8, 16, 24
1024 x 768     60, 72, 75, 85    8, 16, 24
1280 x 1024    60, 75            8, 16, 24
1440 x 900     60, 60 RB         8, 16, 24
1600 x 1200    60, 75            8, 16, 24
1680 x 1050    60, 60 RB         8, 16, 24

Note: 24 Bpp (16.7 million colors) aligned on a 32-bit boundary for performance.
Note: Each resolution supports both CRT and flat panel monitors. For CRT monitors, each resolution complies with CRT ISO 9241.3:
Minimum clearance for cooling

430 watt power supply

Note: The noise emission level stated is the declared (upper limit) A-weighted sound power level, in bels, for a random sample of machines, typically configured and operating in idle mode (powered on, but no DASD read/write or other I/O activity). All measurements have been made in accordance with ANSI S12.10 and reported in conformance with ISO 9296.

The System x3100 M4 Express server is shipped as a floor-standing server.


These systems support or comply with the following standards:

Equipment approvals and safety

Operating environment
Hardware requirements

For attended installation of an operating system, this server requires a compatible:

Unattended or remote installation may be performed without requiring some or all of these components. Review your unattended software installation program information for specific hardware configuration requirements.

For service, the server requires a compatible:

When having the unit serviced, plan to have these components attached to your server either directly or indirectly using the console switch.

Software requirements

The following network operating systems are supported in the System x3100 M4 Express server:

For additional support, certification, and version information on network operating systems, visit

The System x3100 M4 Express server systems contain licensed system programs that include set configuration, set features, and test programs. System BIOS (flash BIOS modified to IBM specifications) is loaded from a "flash" EEPROM into system memory. This BIOS provides instructions and interfaces designed to support the standard features of the server and to maintain compatibility with many current software programs.

To view detailed information about IBM and non-IBM devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems supported with System x servers, visit

Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or refer to the IBM Sales Manual for information on the compatibility of hardware and software for xSeries® servers. The Sales Manua l is updated periodically as new features and options are announced that support these servers.


Refer to the Software requirements section for operating system limitations.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Customer setup

The System x3100 M4 Express server is designated as customer setup. Customer setup instructions are shipped with systems.

Standard SATA configurations

The System x3100 M4 Express server uses the SATA interface for the optical drive.

Six single-drop SATA cables are used to attach up to four SATA HDDs and two SATA optical disk drives (ODDs).

Supported memory options
Rack installations

The System x3100 M4 Express server can be converted to a rack-mounted unit by installing a Tower-to-Rack Kit. The 5U System x3100 M4 Express server can be installed in a 19-inch industry-standard rack such as:

Cable orders

The dual Gigabit full duplex, Ethernet controller, standard with the server, is connected directly to an RJ-45 connector. The RJ-45 connector provides a 10/100/1000BASE-T interface for connecting twisted-pair cable to the Ethernet network. Cabling is not included with the server. To connect the Ethernet controller to a repeater or switch, use a UTP cable with RJ-45 connectors at both ends. For 100/1000 Mbps operation, Category 5, or better, cabling must be used.

There are no additional cabling requirements, other than for system power, keyboard, mouse, and monitor connections.


The System x3100 M4 Express server requires about 30 minutes for installation. Installation includes unpacking, setting up, and powering on the system. Additional time is required to install an operating system, additional adapters, or features.


One box

The System x3100 M4 Express server system is shipped as a single package. The country kit is contained inside the top portion of the system unit carton.



Security, auditability, and control

Security and auditability features include:

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

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To obtain copies of the IBM Statement of Limited Warranty, contact your reseller or IBM .

Warranty period

An IBM part or feature installed during the initial installation of an IBM machine is subject to a full warranty effective on the date of installation of the machine. An IBM part or feature that replaces a previously installed part or feature assumes the remainder of the warranty period for the replaced part or feature. An IBM part or feature added to a machine without replacing a previously installed part or feature is subject to a full warranty effective on its date of installation. Unless specified otherwise, the warranty period, type of warranty service, and service level of a part or feature are the same as those for the machine in which it is installed.

The following have been designated as consumables, supply items, or structural parts and therefore not covered by this warranty:

Warranty service

If required, IBM provides repair or exchange service, depending on the type of warranty service specified below for the machine. IBM will attempt to resolve your problem over the telephone or electronically by access to an IBM website. Certain machines contain remote support capabilities for direct problem reporting, remote problem determination, and resolution with IBM . You must follow the problem determination and resolution procedures that IBM specifies. Following problem determination, if IBM determines On-site Service is required, scheduling of service will depend upon the time of your call, machine technology and redundancy, and availability of parts. Service levels are response-time objectives and are not guaranteed. The specified level of warranty service may not be available in all worldwide locations. Additional charges may apply outside IBM's normal service area. Contact your local IBM representative or your reseller for country- and location-specific information.

The type of service is Customer Replaceable Unit (for example, keyboard, mouse, speaker, memory, or hard disk drive) Service and On-site Service.

Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) Service

IBM provides a replacement CRU to you for you to install. CRU information and replacement instructions are shipped with your machine and are available from IBM at any time on your request. A CRU is designated as being either a Tier 1 (mandatory) or a Tier 2 (optional) CRU. Installation of Tier 1 CRUs, as specified in this announcement, is your responsibility. If IBM installs a Tier 1 CRU at your request, you will be charged for the installation. You may install a Tier 2 CRU yourself or request IBM to install it, at no additional charge, under the type of warranty service designated for your machine.

Based upon availability, a CRU will be shipped for next business day (NBD) delivery. IBM specifies in the materials shipped with a replacement CRU whether a defective CRU must be returned to IBM . When return is required, return instructions and a container are shipped with the replacement CRU, and you may be charged for the replacement CRU if IBM does not receive the defective CRU within 15 days of your receipt of the replacement.

The following parts or features have been designated as Tier 1 CRUs:

On-site Service

At IBM's discretion you will receive CRU service or IBM or your reseller will repair the failing machine at your location and verify its operation. If required, On-site Repair is provided, 9 hours per day, Monday through Friday excluding holidays, NBD response. You must provide a suitable working area to allow disassembly and reassembly of the IBM machine. The area must be clean, well lit, and suitable for the purpose. On-site Service is not available in all countries, and some countries have kilometer or mileage limitations from an IBM service center. In those locations where On-site Service is not available, the normal in-country service delivery is used.

International Warranty Service

International Warranty Service (IWS) is available in selected countries or regions.

The warranty service type and the service level provided in the servicing country may be different from that provided in the country in which the machine was purchased.

Under IWS, warranty service will be provided with the prevailing warranty service type and service level available for the IWS-eligible machine type in the servicing country, and the warranty period observed will be that of the country in which the machine was purchased.

To determine the eligibility of your machine and to view a list of countries where service is available, visit

For more information on IWS, refer to Services Announcement AA01-3100, dated September 28, 2001 .


Programs included with this product are licensed under the terms and conditions of the License Agreements that are shipped with the system.

Warranty service upgrades

IBM hourly service rate classification


Field-installable features


Model conversions


Machine installation

Customer setup. Customers are responsible for installation according to the instructions IBM provides with the machine.

Graduated program license charges apply


Licensed Machine Code

IBM Machine Code is licensed for use by a customer on the IBM machine for which it was provided by IBM under the terms and conditions of the IBM License Agreement for Machine Code, to enable the machine to function in accordance with its specifications, and only for the capacity authorized by IBM and acquired by the customer. You can obtain the agreement by contacting your IBM representative or visiting

IBM may release changes to the Machine Code. IBM plans to make the Machine Code changes available for download from the IBM System x technical support website

If the machine does not function as warranted and your problem can be resolved through your application of downloadable Machine Code, you are responsible for downloading and installing these designated Machine Code changes as IBM specifies. If you would prefer, you may request IBM to install downloadable Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Educational allowance


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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing solutions from IBM Global Financing can help you stretch your budget and affordably acquire the new product. But beyond the initial acquisition, our end-to-end approach to IT management can also help keep your technologies current, reduce costs, minimize risk, and preserve your ability to make flexible equipment decisions throughout the entire technology lifecycle.

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Country/Region             Announce     date
 ASEAN*                      Yes        November 06, 2012
 India/South Asia**          Yes        November 06, 2012
 Australia                   Yes        November 06, 2012
 People's Republic of China  Yes        November 06, 2012
 Hong Kong S.A.R of the PRC  Yes        November 06, 2012
 Macao S.A.R of the PRC      Yes        November 06, 2012
 Taiwan                      Yes        November 06, 2012
 Korea                       Yes        November 06, 2012
 New Zealand                 Yes        November 06, 2012
Japan IOT
 Japan                       Yes        November 06, 2012
 *  Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic
    Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
 ** Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, and

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