Configure VLANs on a Lenovo ThinkPad T440p Laptop

In order to configure the built-in NIC on a Lenovo ThinkPad T440p to use specific VLANs, you need to install the newer drivers that include Advanced Networking Services (ANS) VLANs. The full package that is required is the Intel® PROSet and Advanced Network Services* (ANS).

The built-in NIC on a Lenovo ThinkPad T440p is the Intel® Ethernet Connection I217-LM, go to this link and select your operating system to download the correct drivers. My T440p runs Windows 7, I downloaded the x64 drivers from here and after installing them I could see the VLANs tab (amongst others) in the NIC properties that weren’t there previously:

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As you can see above, I configured the NIC to use VLAN ID 3. Once done, I was able to plug my laptop into a switch and access the network successfully.

Reference(s):
Advanced Networking Services (ANS) VLANs
Intel® PROSet and Advanced Network Services* (ANS) for Intel-Ethernet-Connection-I217-LM

Run Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 in a headless or keyboardless configuration

Just a quick post to show you how to run a Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Server in a headless configuration, meaning that it runs without requiring a monitor, keyboard or mouse to be plugged in.

By default, the TS140 Server does require at least a keyboard to be plugged in during boot up. If not, the boot process will display errors during POST.

In order to run Keyboardless Operation, boot into the BIOS by pressing F1 and then going to the Startup section:

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Scroll down to Keyboardless Operation and then hit enter and select Enabled in the menu. You will then see that it changes the setting to Enabled, per the below:

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Hit F10 to Save and Exit and from this point your server can operate in a fully headless configuration (assuming you do not have a monitor or mouse plugged in either).