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    PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide The PowerEdge M820 full-height blade delivers exceptional performance and scalability.

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    ©Copyright 2013 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or translation of any part of this work beyond that permitted by U.S. copyright laws without the written permission of Dell Inc. is unlawful and strictly forbidden.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Thermal and acoustics..............................28 9 Operating systems and virtualization ........................... 30 Supported operating systems ............................30 Supported virtualization ..............................31 10 Dell OpenManage systems management ........................32 Systems management solutions ........................... 32 OpenManage systems management ........................... 33 Dell server management operations ..........................37 Appendix A.

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    Figure 3. M820 internal module view ..........................13 Figure 4. QRL code located on module ..........................14 Figure 5. Blade network daughtercard ..........................24 Figure 6. Dell systems management solutions ......................32 Figure 7. Systems management server lifecycle ......................38 Figure 8. Module dimensions ............................40 Figure 9.

  • Page 5: System Overview

    1.5TB of RAM per node — 12TB of memory in just a single M1000e chassis — the M820’s remarkable computational capability and memory scalability can address even the toughest demands. With Dell’s Select Network Adapter, you can fully customize the I/O capabilities of the M820 to match the networking technology that’s right for your applications.

  • Page 6: New Technologies

    New technologies A number of new technologies are featured on the PowerEdge M820 system, as shown in Table 1. Table 1. New technologies New technologies Detailed descriptions ® This new family of Intel processors has embedded PCI Express (PCIe) lanes for Intel Xeon processor improved I/O performance and additional new features.

  • Page 7: System Features

    Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller. Comparison of PowerEdge systems The PowerEdge M820 is a replacement for the M910 system. Table 2 compares the features of both systems. For the latest information on supported features, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge. Table 2.

  • Page 8: Specifications

    Lifecycle Controller 1.x, CMC 3.x Connections iDRAC7 Express for Blades with Lifecycle Controller (standard option) Specifications Table 3 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge M820 blade server. For the latest information on supported features, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge. Table 3. Technical specifications Feature Technical specification Form factor;...

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    Express for Blades with Lifecycle Controller (standard option) — Upgrade to iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller — Upgrade to 8GB vFlash media or 16GB vFlash media for iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller — Trial evaluation available for IDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

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    Embedded hypervisor One dedicated for vFlash media support PowerEdge M1000e Technical Guide For more information about the Dell blade solution, see the or the PowerEdge M1000e Blade Chassis Spec Sheet GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating...

  • Page 11: Module Views And Features

    3 Module views and features The Dell PowerEdge M820 implements a new module design that supports up to 48 DIMMS and four processors. The M820 is a full-height blade server that requires a PowerEdge M1000e chassis to operate. It occupies one slot vertically in the M1000e for a maximum of eight blade servers in one M1000e chassis.

  • Page 12: Figure 2. M1000e Chassis Enclosure With M820 Blades

    Figure 2 shows the M1000e chassis enclosure populated with M820 modules. Figure 2. M1000e chassis enclosure with M820 blades The M820 module shown in Figure 3 supports up to 48 DIMMS, four processors and many other features that are described in this guide. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 13: Module Features

    Figure 3. M820 internal module view Dell PowerEdge M820 Systems Owner’s Manual For additional system views, see the Dell.com/Support/Manuals. Module features Table 4 lists the modules features for the M820 system. For additional information on these features, Dell PowerEdge M820 Systems Owner’s Manual see the on Dell.com/Support/Manuals.

  • Page 14: Figure 4. Qrl Code Located On Module

     Contact Dell directly (by link) to get in touch with technical support and sales teams and provide feedback to Dell These codes provide an easy way to retrieve the critical support information you need when you need it, making you more efficient and effective in managing your hardware.

  • Page 15: Processors

    4 Processors The Dell PowerEdge M820 features the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family, which offer an ideal combination of performance, power efficiency and cost. These processors provide high performance no matter what your constraint is — floor space, power or budget — and excel on workloads that range from the most complicated scientific exploration to crucial web-serving and infrastructure applications.

  • Page 16: Supported Processors

    2.0GHz 10MB 6.4GT/s Dell PowerEdge M820 Systems For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Owner’s Manual on Dell.com/Support/Manuals. Chipset The Intel C602 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M820. For more information, visit Intel.com. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 17: Memory

    5 Memory More memory options are available than ever before with the Dell PowerEdge M820 — greater capacities, higher frequencies and more flexibility. The M820 supports up to 1.5TB of memory and speeds up to 1600MT/s, providing high performance in a variety of applications. High memory density means there is no compromise when it comes to virtualization.

  • Page 18: Memory Configurations

    SR DIMMs, DR DIMMS should be placed in the lowest DIMM slots, followed by the SR DIMMs. Dell PowerEdge M820 For more information on memory configuration and population, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on Dell.com/Support/Manuals. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 19: Memory Speed

    ∞ *Although the M820 supports DIMM speeds of 800MT/s and 1066MT/s, you can only purchase this system with DIMM speeds of 1333MT/s and 1600MT/s on Dell.com/PowerEdge. Memory RAS features RAS features help keep the system online and operational without significant impact to performance, and can decrease data loss and crashing due to errors.

  • Page 20: Table 9. Memory Ras Features

    This feature helps to optimize power/performance and can also be used to throttling prevent DIMMs from overheating. Dell PowerEdge M820 For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on Dell.com/Support/Manuals. Memory RAID is not supported. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 21: Storage

    Express Flash PCIe SSD is a new option that can provide vastly accelerated performance over previous technologies. Dell Express Flash drives use PCIe lanes to connect directly to the processor and chipset and are easily accessible by hot-plug drive bay.

  • Page 22: Storage Controllers

    The PowerEdge M820 has an option to support up to two Express Flash PCIe SSD drives with the PCIe SSD backplane configuration. This backplane configuration may be selected at purchase, but may not be upgraded later.

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    Mini form factor    Embedded on motherboard PCIe 2.0    Local support for self-encrypting drive  (SED) UEFI browser       Supports SATA hard drives through the SAS backplane. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 24: Networking And Mezzanine Cards

    7 Networking and mezzanine cards The Dell PowerEdge M820 offers balanced, scalable I/O capabilities, including integrated PCIe 3.0 capable mezzanine card slots. Dell Select Network Adapters, Dell’s network daughtercards, let you choose the right network fabric without using up a valuable mezzanine card slot. Pick the speed, technology, vendor and other options such as switch independent partitioning, which let you share and manage bandwidth on 10GbE connections.

  • Page 25: Table 13. Supported Select Network Adapter Options And Features

    With M820, the job of deploying, updating, monitoring and maintaining the Select Network Adapters is fast and easy. System management integration features include the following:  Pre-boot: Using the Dell Lifecycle Controller graphical user interface (GUI) to set configuration such as bandwidth allocation or firmware revision level ...

  • Page 26: Mezzanine Cards

    QLogic QME2572 dual-port 8Gb Emulex LPe1205-M dual-port 8GB Fibre channel QLogic QME2662 dual-port 16Gb Emulex LPm16002B-D dual-port 16Gb InfiniBand Mellanox ConnectX-3 dual-port FDR10 40Gb For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M820, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 27: Power, Thermal And Acoustics

    Table 15 lists the tools and technologies Dell offers to help you achieve your data center goals by lowering power consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

  • Page 28: Power Supply Units

    Thermal control of fan speed optimizes the thermal settings for your environment to reduce fan consumption and lower system power consumption. Idle power enables Dell servers to run as efficiently when idle as when at full workload. With the thermal design and reliability of Dell products, certain configurations have the capability to operate at excursion-based temperatures beyond the industry standard of 35°C (95°F) up to 45°C (113°F)

  • Page 29: Table 16. M820 Acoustical Performance

    M820 reliable under a wide range of operating environments as shown in Table 24. Acoustical performance The acoustical performance of the PowerEdge M820 is reflected in Table 16. The addition of some components can cause an increase in fan speed and acoustical output. Contributors to acoustical output can include: ...

  • Page 30: Operating Systems And Virtualization

    9 Operating systems and virtualization The Dell PowerEdge M820 supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and virtualization software. Supported operating systems Table 17 lists the operating systems supported on the M820. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see Dell.com/OSsupport.

  • Page 31: Supported Virtualization

    ESXi VMware vSphere v5.0 U1 ESXi FI/DIB vSphere v5.1 ESXi FI/DIB Citrix XenServer v6.1 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization v3.1 FI = factory install; DIB = drop-in-box No OpenManage support; drop-in-box license registration card only PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 32: Dell Openmanage Systems Management

    10 Dell OpenManage systems management Whether your IT environment consists of a few servers or a few thousand servers, Dell OpenManage systems management solutions provide comprehensive management for evolving IT environments. OpenManage is based on open standards and provides agent-based and agent-free server lifecycle management functionality for Dell PowerEdge servers.

  • Page 33: Openmanage Systems Management

    Dell PowerEdge servers. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller is the heart of the second generation of Dell PowerEdge server embedded management functionality. In addition to enabling agent-free management, iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller provides remote access to the system —...

  • Page 34: Table 21. Feature Comparison For Idrac7 Enterprise And Idrac7 Express For Blades

    Enterprise is available for the PowerEdge M820, and Dell also offers an option of iDRAC7 Express for Blades. A detailed feature comparison for iDRAC7 Enterprise and iDRAC7 Express for Blades is shown in Table 21.

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    Dell provides OpenManage Server Administrator. OpenManage Server Administrator The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) agent gives you a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution for both local and remote servers and their storage. OMSA can help simplify single-server monitoring with a secure command-line interface (CLI) or Web-based management GUI.

  • Page 36: Dell Consoles

    The Dell CMC is a systems management hardware and software solution for managing multiple Dell blade chassis. The CMC is a hot-pluggable module inserted in the back of a Dell blade chassis. It provides a secure interface that enables an administrator to inventory, perform configuration and monitoring tasks, remote power on/off blades, and enable alerts for events on servers and components in the blade chassis.

  • Page 37: Dell Server Management Operations

     Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager — This pack manages Dell physical servers and hosts of virtual machines (VMs) by using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager/System Center Essentials (SCOM/SCE) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). It provides guidance for remedial actions based on alerts to best manage virtual machines and handle the impacts appropriately.

  • Page 38: Table 22. One-to-one And One-to-many Operations

    OpenManage Integration for Configuration Manager and  VMware vCenter SBUU Dell Lifecycle Controller  KACE K1000 Appliance Deploy Integration (DLCI) for  Lifecycle Controller Remote Microsoft System Center Services Configuration Manager  BMC BladeLogic integration with Lifecycle Controller PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

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    Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Maintain Replace parts:  Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Dell For additional detailed information on Dell’s systems management portfolio, see the OpenManage Systems Management Overview Guide Dell.com/Support/Manuals. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 40: Appendix A. Additional Specifications

    568.45 mm The weight of a maximum-configured M820 blade server is 14.5 kg (31.9 lb). Video specifications The Dell PowerEdge M820 iDRAC7 incorporates an integrated video subsystem. The graphics ® controller is the 2D Matrox G200. The video frame buffer (16MB) is contained within the iDRAC RAM (256MB) device.

  • Page 41: Environmental Specifications

    Environmental specifications For additional information about environmental measurements for specific system configurations, see Dell.com/environmental_datasheets. Table 24 details the environmental specifications for the M820. Table 24. Environmental specifications Fresh Air: temperature, humidity, altitude de-rating Continuous 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) at 10% to 80% relative humidity with 26°C (78.8°F) maximum operation dew point (maximum wet bulb temperature).

  • Page 42: Usb Peripherals

    −15.2 m to 12,000 m (−50 ft to 39,370 ft) Airborne contaminant level Class G1 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985 USB peripherals USB peripherals are supported through the front USB ports. They are USB 2.0 compliant. PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 43: Appendix B. Standards Compliance

    Serial ATA Rev. 2.6; SATA II, SATA 1.0a Extensions, Rev. 1.2 SMBIOS dmtf.org/standards/smbios/ System Management BIOS Reference Specification, v2.7 trustedcomputinggroup.org Trusted Platform Module Specification, v1.2 UEFI uefi.org/specifications Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Specification, v2.1 usb.org/developers/docs Universal Serial Bus Specification, Rev. 2.0 PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

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    Standard URL for information and specifications Windows Logo microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.mspx Windows Logo Program System and Device Requirements, v3.10 PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 45: Appendix C. Additional Resources

    Appendix C. Additional resources Table 26 provides a list of documents and websites that provide for more information on the Dell PowerEdge M820. Table 26. Additional resources Resource Description of contents Location Dell PowerEdge This manual, available in PDF format, provides the Dell.com/Support/Manuals...

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    (UPS) Volatility Contact your Dell Sales Representative. information Dell Enterprise White paper that explores the mechanisms of, people’s dell.com/downloads/global/ Acoustics reaction to, language of, and Dell’s work to control noise products/pedge/en/acoustic from Enterprise products. al-education-dell- enterprise-white-paper.pdf PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

  • Page 47: Appendix D. System Board Block Diagram

    Appendix D. System board block diagram Figure 9. M820 system board block diagram PowerEdge M820 Technical Guide...

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