Provide a way to have remote folders to perform firmware updates via xClarity

XClarity Development Architect team:


I have a requirement to be able to remotely manage firmware in 28 offices worldwide.  It would be nice if there were a way to point to a local copy (local to the server being updated) of the firmware packages so I can avoid pushing firmware across wan links. This is a recipie for disaster.


For example I have an office in Bangalore India and those servers are connected to an xClarity Administrator instance that is in Toyko Japan.  I want to be able to tell XCA that there are copies of the firmware packages/updates in Bangalore instead of having XCA try to push the updates from Toyko, thus avoiding high latency and limiting the risk of a wan link preventing a firmware update. 

Thinkstation s30 unable to create recovery media

I have a thinkstation s30 purchased in 2012 and outside of the warranty period.  I would like to create recovery disks but am unable to do so.  My desktop was originally windows 7 but upgraded to windows 10 when microsoft pushed it out.  


When I try to access the Thinkvantage Tools from the start menu, rather than opening an application I simply get redirected to the documents folder.  I see that I have a lenovo_recovery drive but when I go there it is empty.


I tried to create recovery via Lenovo’s support site but when I put in my serial number it tells me "This is not a valid Windows machine for the recovery media program. Please enter the serial number for a different machine or Contact Us for further assistance."


Any help on how I can create recovery disks is appreciated.




Intel Optane in ThinkCentre M710e

I purchased an M710e (with 1 Tb HD) and a 16 Gb Intel Optane M.2 NVMe SSD module, hoping to use the Optane as a cache to speed up the slow HD.  The M710e chipset is supposed to be "Optane Ready", so I didn’t expect any problems.  I updated the BIOS to the latest M1ZKT23A version (was shipped with 20A), and the change info in the BIOS readme indicates lots of changes to support Optane, which I took to be a good sign.


However, I can’t get the system (running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, version 1803) to recognize the Optane drive (as an Optane), so the Intel Rapid Storage Tech software won’t enable Optane performance caching, and build the RST RAID setup to optimize the HD.  The RST software says that there is no Optane installed.


I followed the steps in this Lenovo tutorial:  The SetupOptaneMemory.exe ran fine, installed the RST drivers (latest version) into the system, and switched the BIOS SATA mode to Intel RST with Optane, as it was supposed to.  My BIOS is also set to CSM=Disabled, Boot Mode=UEFI-only, and Windows was installed in UEFI mode.  As the above Lenovo tutorial says, OS Optimized Defaults=Enabled.


In the BIOS under Devices -> ATA Drive Setup, there is now an Intel RST submenu, as expected, but it only shows my HD (which is SATA drive 1, in SATA port 0.0) as non-RAID physical disk.  The Optane doesn’t appear as a physical disk in this RST submenu.  I do see the Optane SSD under Startup -> Primary Boot Sequence, though, listed as M.2 Drive 1: Intel MEMPEK1W016GA.  So the BIOS knows about this device, but Intel RST doesn’t seem to know about it.


In Windows, I can see the Optane device in the Device Manager, under Disk Drives, but it is not listed as an NVMe device, just as "INTEL MEMPEK1W016GA" – other online forums suggest that it should appear as "NVMe" if it’s properly being recognized as an NVMe device.  If I select the Optane device, in Device Mgr, then choose View -> "Devices by connection", I can see that it’s connected under PCI Express Root Port -> Intel NVMe Controller, so I’m not sure whether this thing is being recognized properly, or not. The Optane also shows up in Disk Management, as an unconfigured disk.


The Intel RST software shows my HD as "SATA disk (932 Gb)", and, at the bottom of the Storage System View, the Optane as "PCIe SSD (13 Gb)".  From what I’ve seen in screen-shots in the Intel docs (I’ve also been consulting the Intel Optane Memory Installation Guide), the HD and Optane would typically be shown together, because they’re both controlled by the Intel RST Controller.  In the RST software’s "Intel Optane Memory" tab, it says "Your system appears to be Intel Optane ready, but no Optane memory modules were detected".


Finally, I’ve run the Intel System Support Utility (SSU) and the System Report that’s part of the RST software.  They both show the Optane device as a PCIe SSD, but not as a recognized Optane.  The System Report shows a Controller 0 "Intel Chipset SATA/PCIe RST Premium Controller \Scsi0" under which my HD is connected, and a second Controller 1 "Intel OPTANE RAID Controller \Scsi1" under which there is a "PCIe SSD" with Port Interface=NVMe, PCIe link speed=2000MB/s, link width=x2, model=INTEL MEMPEK1W016GA, firmware=K3110310.  So that’s obviously the Optane SSD.  But why is it under a different controller?


Online, I’ve seen many postings about enabling M.2 storage remapping, or using specific M.2 ports, or enabling M.2 device RAID support… that kind of thing.  But this M710e’s BIOS doesn’t have anything like that.  I suspect that something is needed to get that M.2 port (there’s only a single one) to properly act like an NVMe device that can be managed by the Intel RST controller, and thus be recognized as an Optane memory module.  It should appear in the BIOS under the Intel RST submenu (where the SATA mode is set to Intel RST with Optane), but it currently does not.


Does anyone know whether this M710e’s hardware and BIOS can somehow support an Optane caching SSD?  What settings do I need to change, to do this?  The BIOS updates talk about support Optane (several versions back), so it must be possible!  Thanks in advance.


ideapad 330 -15 dl caps lock led light not working

i have purchased my product a week ago and caps lock led stopped working what to do plzz help…


L480 20LS-0018PB slows down when on battery

I have frustrating problem on my Thinkpad L480 20LS-0018PB, when unplug power adapter, animation slows down (flickering), I see even lags in Windows 10 menu start fade in animation. Simple old game like Turbo Sliders stuttering/flickering strong. I set maxmized performance in bios (both options) and max performance in Windows 10. Nothing helped. Newest drivers installed from support site. What can I do with this?


Edit: I found that performance setting of Intel HD Graphics in "Advanced power settings" causing that problem, battery and power adapter modes were set to balanced, but they were working totally different, on battery mode causing huge performance drop. No problem on AC. I set both (battery and AC) to high performance and everything work perfect now. But those intel settings don’t work good.

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