Dell PowerEdge M520 Technical Manual

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PowerEdge M520
Technical Guide
A feature-rich,
two-socket, half-height
blade server, the
PowerEdge M520 delivers
an extraordinary balance
of value and performance
for mainstream business


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  • Page 1 PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide A feature-rich, two-socket, half-height blade server, the PowerEdge M520 delivers an extraordinary balance of value and performance for mainstream business applications.
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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Thermal and acoustics..............................27 9 Operating systems and virtualization ........................... 29 Supported operating systems ............................29 Supported virtualization ..............................30 10 Dell OpenManage systems management ........................31 Systems management solutions ............................ 31 OpenManage systems management ........................... 32 Dell server management operations ..........................37 Appendix A.
  • Page 4 Tables Table 1. New technologies ..............................6 Table 2. Comparison of PowerEdge M520, M620 and R420 ..................7 Table 3. Technical specifications ............................8 Table 4. Module features ..............................13 Table 5. Supported processors ............................16 Table 6. Memory technologies supported ........................17 Table 7.
  • Page 5: System Overview

    The Dell OpenManage™ systems management portfolio, includes Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller. This embedded feature helps IT administrators manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local and remote environments, operating in-band or out-of-band, with or without a systems management software agent installed. OpenManage iDRAC...
  • Page 6: New Technologies

    New technologies A number of new technologies are featured on the PowerEdge M520 system, as shown in Table 1. Table 1. New technologies New technology Detailed description This new family of Intel processors works with the Intel C602 chipset and has ®...
  • Page 7: System Features

    Express 3.0, dual internal SD module, and the Dell next-generation iDRAC solution known as iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller. Comparison of PowerEdge systems Table 2 compares the features of the Dell™ PowerEdge™ M520 system with the features of similar current- and previous-generation PowerEdge systems. For the latest information on supported features, visit
  • Page 8: Specifications

    Blades with Lifecycle Controller (standard Controller (standard option) option) Specifications Table 3 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge M520 blade server. For the latest information on supported features, visit Table 3. Technical specifications Feature Technical specification Form factor;...
  • Page 9 Feature Technical specification For information about Dell external storage options, visit USB ports 2 front, 1 internal NIC/LOM 2 Broadcom 5720 1Gb dual-port LOMs (4 x 1Gb ports) 1Gb/10Gb Adapters: ® Broadcom 5719 Serdes 4P 1Gb Intel I350 Serdes 4P 1Gb...
  • Page 10 Embedded hypervisor One dedicated for vFlash media support For more information about the Dell blade solution, see the PowerEdge M1000e Technical Guide or the M1000e Blade Chassis Spec Sheet on GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
  • Page 11: Module Views And Features

    3 Module views and features The Dell PowerEdge M520 implements a new module design that supports up to 12 DIMMS and two processors. The M520 is a half-height blade server that requires a PowerEdge M1000e chassis to operate. The M520 occupies one slot vertically in the M1000e for a maximum of 16 blade servers in one M1000e chassis.
  • Page 12: Figure 2. M1000E Chassis Enclosure With M520 Blades

    The M520 module shown in Figure 3 supports up to 12 DIMMS, two processors, and many other features described in this guide. Figure 3. M520 internal module view For additional system views, see the Dell PowerEdge M520 Systems Owner’s Manual PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 13: Module Features

    Quick Resource Locator (QRL) — a model-specific Quick Response (QR) code (shown in Figure 4) that is located on the server. Use your smartphone to access the Dell QRL application to learn more about the server. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • 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 M520 system features the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, which offers an ideal combination of performance, power efficiency and cost. Featuring eight-core processing to maximize performance and performance per watt for data center infrastructures and highly dense deployments, E5-2400 processors provide high performance no matter your constraint —...
  • Page 16: Supported Processors

    E5-2403 1.8GHz 6.4GT/s Dell PowerEdge M520 Systems For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Owner’s Manual on Chipset The Intel C602 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M520. For more information, visit PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 17: Memory

    5 Memory More memory options are available than ever before with the Dell PowerEdge M520 — greater capacities, higher frequencies and more flexibility. The M520 supports up to 384GB of memory (using 12 DIMMs) and speeds up to 1600MT/s, providing high performance in a variety of applications.
  • Page 18: Memory Configurations

    SR DIMMs, DR DIMMS should be placed in the lowest DIMM slots, followed by the SR DIMMs. Dell PowerEdge M520 For more information on memory configuration and population, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 19: Memory Speed

    ∞ *Although the M520 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 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 M520 For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on Memory RAID is not supported. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 21: Storage

    SAS SSD (SLC, 6GB) 100GB, 200GB, 400GB SATA SSD (eMLC, 3GB) 100GB, 200GB, 400GB, 800GB Storage controllers Dell provides highly capable RAID options to ensure your data remains safe. Dell’s RAID controller options offer impressive performance improvements. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 22: Table 12. Raid Controller Feature Support

    The PERC H310 is an eight-port, internal, 6Gb/s PCIe RAID controller (mini form factor) that is a low-cost, entry-level RAID solution. For more information about the latest PERC offerings, see RAID controller feature support Table 12 lists the features supported by the RAID controller options on the M520.
  • Page 23 Local support for self-encrypting disk   (SED) UEFI browser         Supports SATA hard drives through the SAS backplane Supports only PCIe 2.0 with compatible PCIe 3.0 silicon availability PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 24: Networking And Mezzanine Cards

    7 Networking and mezzanine cards The Dell PowerEdge M520 system supports two embedded Broadcom 5720 Dual Port 1Gb LOMs for a total of four 1Gb ports. The M520 also offers balanced, scalable I/O capabilities, including integrated PCIe 3.0 capable mezzanine card slots. Installation of mezzanine cards requires an M1000e I/O module (IOM) of the same fabric technology to be installed in the corresponding fabric slot of the mezzanine to support data flow through that fabric or slot.
  • Page 25 Type Adapter Mellanox QDR CX-3 40Gb InfiniBand Mellanox FDR10 CX-3 40Gb For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M520, visit PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 26: Power, Thermal, And Acoustics

    Table 14 lists the tools and technologies Dell offers to help you achieve your data center goals by lowering power consumption and increasing energy efficiency.
  • Page 27: 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, you can have the capability to operate at excursion-based temperatures.
  • Page 28: Table 15. M520 Acoustical Performance

    PowerEdge M520 Systems Owner's Manual on Acoustical performance The acoustical performance of the PowerEdge M520 is reflected in Table 15. The addition of some components can cause an increase in fan speed and acoustical output. Contributors to acoustical output can include: ...
  • Page 29: Operating Systems And Virtualization

    9 Operating systems and virtualization The Dell PowerEdge M520 system supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and virtualization software. Supported operating systems Table 16 lists the operating systems supported on the M520. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see
  • Page 30: 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 M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 31: 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 32: 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 33: Table 20. Feature Comparison For Idrac7 Enterprise And Idrac7 Express For Blades

    Enterprise is available for the PowerEdge M520, 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 20.
  • Page 34 Enterprise group power management ∞ Directory services (AD, LDAP) ∞ PK authentication ∞ Two-factor authentication ∞ ® Blade-to-chassis internal connection is 100MB; Single user; Requires OMSA agent on target server; Uses Microsoft ® ® ActiveX on Internet Explorer only PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 35: Dell Consoles

    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 36  Dell Update Packages — The Dell Update Packages (DUP) is a self-contained executable in a standard package format that updates a software element on a Dell server such as the BIOS, a driver, firmware and other software updates. ...
  • Page 37: Dell Server Management Operations

    OpenManage Server Administrator.  Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIBus — This connection provides event monitoring capabilities to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell EqualLogic systems. It allows event monitoring, automatic event correlation, and launching device consoles from the Netcool/OMNIbus console.
  • Page 38: Table 21. One-To-One And One-To-Many Operations

    Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Replace parts: Maintain  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 on PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 39: Appendix A. Additional Specifications

    564.9 mm The weight of a maximum-configured M520 blade server is 5.5 kg (12.1 lb). Video specifications The Dell PowerEdge M520 iDRAC7 incorporates an integrated video subsystem. The graphics ® controller is the 2D Matrox G200. The video frame buffer (16MB) is contained within the iDRAC7 RAM (256MB) device.
  • Page 40: Environmental Specifications

    M1000e enclosure must be installed with M520 blades or a combination of blade blanks and M520 blades. — The Dell PowerEdge M520 blades must be installed with 109 mm wide heat sinks.  Non Dell qualified peripheral cards and/or peripheral cards greater than 25W are not supported.
  • Page 41: Usb Peripherals

    Storage –15.2m to 12,000m (–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, which are USB 2.0 compliant. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 42: Appendix B. Standards Compliance

    Appendix B. Standards compliance The Dell PowerEdge M520 system conforms to the industry standards in Table 24. Table 24. Industry standard documents Standard URL for information and specifications ACPI Advance Configuration and Power Interface Specification, v2.0c Ethernet IEEE 802.3-2005
  • Page 43 Standard URL for information and specifications Windows Logo Windows Logo Program System and Device Requirements, v3.10 PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 44: Appendix C. Additional Resources

    Appendix C. Additional resources Table 25 provides a list of documents and websites that provide more information on the Dell PowerEdge M520 system. Additional resources Table 25. Resource Description of contents Location Dell PowerEdge This manual, available in PDF format, provides the
  • Page 45 Resource Description of contents Location Energy Smart The Dell online advisor console enables easier and more Solution Advisor meaningful estimates to help you determine the most (ESSA) efficient configuration possible. Use ESSA to calculate the power consumption of your hardware, power infrastructure, and storage.
  • Page 46: Appendix D. System Board Block Diagram

    Appendix D. System board block diagram Figure 8. M520 system board block diagram PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...

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