Front Panel Features

Status LED Indicators

Indicates the status of the system. For more information, see the Status LED Indicators section.

System Health and System ID

Indicates the system health.

iDRAC Quick Sync 2 Wireless Indicator

Indicates if the iDRAC Quick Sync 2 wireless option is activated. The Quick Sync 2 feature allows management of the system using mobile devices. This feature aggregates hardware/firmware inventory and various system level diagnostic/error information that can be used in troubleshooting the system. You can access system inventory, Lifecycle Controller logs or system logs, system health status, and also configure iDRAC, BIOS, and networking parameters. You can also launch the virtual Keyboard, Video, and Mouse (KVM) viewer and virtual Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), on a supported mobile device.

Power-on Indicator

Indicates if the system is turned on or off. Press the power button to manually turn on or off the system.

Note: Press the power button to gracefully shut down an ACPI-compliant operating system.

NMI Button

Press the Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI) button to troubleshoot software application and device driver errors when running certain operating systems. Use the end of a paper clip to press the NMI button.

Note: Use the NMI button only if directed to do so by qualified support personnel or by the operating system documentation.

System Identification (ID) Button

The System Identification (ID) button is available on the front and back panels. Press the button to identify a system in a rack by turning on or off the system ID LED.

When pressed, the system ID LED in the back panel blinks until either the front or rear button is pressed again. Press the button to toggle between on or off mode.

Note: If the server stops responding during POST, press and hold the System ID button for more than five seconds to enter the BIOS progress mode.
Note:To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled on the iDRAC setup page by pressing F2 during system boot), press and hold the System ID button for more than 15 seconds.

VGA Port

Enables you to connect a display device to the system. For more information, see Specifications.

LCD Menu Buttons

The LCD menu buttons enables you to perform actions similar to GUI, RACADM, and the WS-Man interfaces.

Information Tag

The Information Tag is a slide-out label panel that contains system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC address, and so on. If you have opted for the secure default access to iDRAC, the Information tag also contains the iDRAC secure default password.

LCD Panel

The LCD panel displays system ID, status information, and system error messages. For more information, see LCD Panel Features.

Hard Drive

Enables you to install drives that are supported on your system. For more information about drives, see the Specifications.

iDRAC Direct Port

The iDRAC Direct port is micro USB 2.0-compliant. This port enables you to access the iDRAC Direct features.

SD vFlash Media Card Slot

The SD vFlash media card slot provides persistent on-demand local storage and a custom deployment environment that enables automation of system configuration, scripts, and imaging.

One vFlash media card is supported.

USB 3.0 Port

The USB ports are 9-pin, 3.0-compliant. These ports enable you to connect USB devices to the system.


USB 2.0 Port

The USB ports are 4-pin, 2.0-compliant. These ports enable you to connect USB devices to the system.


Optical Drive (optional)

Enables you to retrieve and store data on optical discs such as compact discs (CD) and digital versatile discs (DVD). For more information, see Specifications.

Tape Drive Slot (optional)

For information about the supported tape drives, see Specifications.

Quick Sync (optional)

By default, the Quick Sync feature is not available. The Quick Sync enables system management by using mobile phones. This feature aggregates hardware or firmware inventory, various system-level diagnostics, and error information used in troubleshooting the system.

Blade Handle

Use the blade handle to slide the blade out of the enclosure.

Status Indicator

Indicates the status of a blade installed in an enclosure.

Management Indicator

Indicates if the management functions of the USB1 port is controlled by the iDRAC.

Blade Power Button

Press the blade power button to turn the system on or off. The indicator on the button indicates if the system is on or off.

Note: To gracefully shut down an ACPI-compliant operating system, press the Power Button.

QSFP+ Port

Use the QSFP+ port to access Infiniband or Ethernet networks.