Time to update the BIOS and firmware of remote management?

I'll put up a 'new' ThinkServer RD630 (2954A6U). It was purchased for a project that never happened, and we are now dry and reuse to replace an old Office Server. The current firmware versions are:

  • BIOS: 2.05
  • ME: 2.1.5.73
  • BMC 1.7
  • IPMI 2.0

Page 61 of the User Guide ThinkServer says, "update the BIOS on your server only if the new BIOS version specifically solves a problem you have. We don't recommend updates to the BIOS for servers that do not need. [...]"

As far as I know, we have no problems. The system starts fine and runs Windows Server 2012 well enough.

HERE'S MY QUESTION:

Should I update the BIOS and firmware IMM (remote management) to the current version? Are there hidden problems, security issues or other concerns that it is worth?

Other indicators of initial configuration that you can share with a new admin would be much appreciated, too! Thank you.

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With the help of the Lenovo Support, I was able to fix my problem where I couldn't get to the menu of the BIOS of the 630 RD (in F1) and all I saw was a cursor on the screen. I describe the procedure in detail here:

https://forums.Lenovo.com/T5/ThinkServer-rack-mounted/BIOS-settings-blank-with-cursor-after-BIOS-UPD...

Thank you to all those who commented above and especially to those who have sent me suggestions via PMs.

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