UEFI Setup for ThinkAgile MX nodes

Before deploying Windows Server 2019 on ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes, it is essential that we configure the servers’ UEFI settings properly. These settings must be manually configured. It is a good idea to double-check that all critical UEFI settings are set properly prior to starting any deployment.

Introduction

A few UEFI settings must be set correctly to ensure optimal performance, as well as improved system security for the systems that will become nodes in the S2D cluster. Although security settings are a matter of preference, we recommend the settings shown in this document to maximize system security.

At a high level, UEFI configuration consists of checking/applying settings in the following categories. The rest of the sections in this document contain detailed steps to check/apply the appropriate settings in each category. Since Lenovo servers support both graphical and text-based System Setup menus, each topic first presents the steps required if using the graphical system setup, then shows the steps required if using the text-based system setup.