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  • Page 2 Dell, the DELL logo, PowerEdge, EqualLogic, PowerVault, PowerConnect, OpenManage, and KACE are trademarks of Dell, Inc. Intel, Xeon, and Speed Step are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Server, SQL Server, BitLocker, ActiveX, Internet Explorer, and Hyper-V are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • 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 Figure 2. M1000e chassis enclosure with M520 blades ....................12 Figure 3. M520 internal module view ..........................12 Figure 4. QRL code located on module ..........................14 Figure 5. Dell systems management solutions ....................... 31 Figure 6. Systems management server lifecycle ......................37 Figure 7. Module dimensions ............................39 Figure 8.
  • Page 5 Help manage your servers using the Dell OpenManage™ portfolio, including the exclusive Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller. iDRAC7, an embedded systems management feature, allows you to manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local and remote environments, either in-band or out-of-band and with or without a systems management software agent.
  • Page 6: New Technologies

    ® hypervisors, such as VMware vSphere ESXi™. Dell has tested and validated an integrated data center solution that enables you to Fresh Air cooling operate at higher temperatures or even chiller-less. See the Power, thermal, and acoustics section for details.
  • Page 7 Express 3.0, dual internal SD module, and the Dell next-generation iDRAC solution known as iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller. 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 Dell.com.
  • Page 8 G200 Hot-plug hard drive options: Up to two 2.5” SATA HDD/SSD or SAS HDD/SSD Primary storage External storage: For information about Dell external storage options, visit Dell.com/Storage USB ports 2 front, 1 internal NIC/LOM 2 Broadcom 5720 1Gb Dual Port LOMs (4 x 1Gb ports)
  • Page 9 Enclosure) Systems Management  OpenManage Integrations and Connections: (Agent-free or with ® OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center OpenManage Server Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter™ Administrator (OMSA ® ® ® ® Connections for HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli...
  • 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 Specification Sheet on Dell.com. 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 The Dell PowerEdge M520 implements a new module design that supports up to 12 DIMMS and 2 processors. The M520 is a half-height blade server that requires a PowerEdge M1000e chassis to operate. It occupies one slot vertically in the M1000e for a maximum of 16 blade servers in one M1000e chassis.
  • Page 12 The M520 module shown in Figure 3 supports up to 12 DIMMS, 2 processors, and many other features that are described in this guide. For additional system views, see the Dell PowerEdge M520 Systems Owner’s Manual Support.Dell.com/Manuals. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 13 Quick Resource Locator (QRL)—a model-specific Quick Response (QR) code (shown in Figure 4) that is located on the server. Just use your smartphone to access the Dell QRL application to learn more about the server. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 14  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: System Features

    The Dell PowerEdge M520 system features the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, offering an ideal combination of performance, power efficiency, and cost, featuring eight-core processing to maximize performance and performance/watt for data center infrastructures and highly dense deployments. These processors provide high performance no matter what your constraint is—floor space, power, or budget—and on workloads that range from the most...
  • Page 16 E5-2407 2.2GHz 6.4GT/s E5-2403 1.8GHz 6.4GT/s Dell PowerEdge M520 Systems For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals. The Intel C600 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M520. For more information, visit Intel.com. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 17 High memory density means there is no compromise when it comes to virtualization. Increase your uptime and reduce data loss, due to the Dell focus on reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features. RAS aids in the rapid and accurate diagnosis of faults that require service, increasing your memory reliability.
  • Page 18 Table 7 lists the DIMMs that are supported on the M520. For the latest information on supported memory, visit Dell.com. Only Ranks Capacity Speed Data Type SDDC support Voltage (GB) (MT/s) width DIMM 1600 RDIMM Advanced ECC 1.35 1333 RDIMM Advanced ECC 1.35...
  • Page 19 ∞ *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 Dell.com. Reliability, availability, and serviceability (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 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 Support.Dell.com/Manuals. Memory RAID is not supported. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 21 The Dell PowerEdge M520 system provides comprehensive and wider offerings of internal storage options, including several drive types and storage controllers to choose from. The M520 supports up to 1.2TB of internal storage. To reduce complexity and provide manageable solutions to meet customer needs, the M520 supports three versions of the PowerEdge RAID Controllers (PERCs).
  • Page 22 Dell provides highly capable RAID options for you to ensure that your data remains safe. Dell’s RAID controller options offer impressive performance improvements. The newest line of PowerEdge RAID Controllers (PERCs) offers high I/O performance for a variety of uses, including database applications and streaming digital media environments. The internal RAID controllers have a dedicated connection to the system board.
  • Page 23 PERC option Feature S110 H310 H710 H710P Software RAID stack  iMR firmware stack  MR firmware stack   SSD support     SATA backplane  SAS backplane    SATA hard drives    ...
  • Page 24 The Dell PowerEdge M520 system supports two embedded Broadcom 5720 Dual Port 1Gb LOMs, which is 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 FDR10 CX-3 40Gb For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M520, visit Dell.com. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 26 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 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: Specifications

    30°C ambient, performance impacts may be seen. For more information see the PowerEdge M520 Systems Owner's Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals. 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...
  • Page 29 The Dell PowerEdge M520 system supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and virtualization software. Table 16 lists the operating systems supported on the M520. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see Dell.com/OSsupport. Operating System Platform Edition Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8...
  • Page 30 Enterprise Virtualization v3.1 FI = factory install; DIB = drop-in-box v4.1 U3 image is available from support.dell.com, either as an upgrade to v4.1 U2 or for a clean install No OpenManage support; drop-in-box license registration card only PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 31 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. OpenManage solutions help you automate and streamline essential hardware management tasks.
  • Page 32 OpenManage simplifies the lifecycle of deploying, updating, monitoring, and maintaining your Dell PowerEdge servers. The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller is the heart of the 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—whether or not there is a functioning operating system running on the server.
  • Page 33 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. iDRAC7 iDRAC7 Feature (function)
  • Page 34 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 35  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 36  BMC Software—Dell and BMC Software work together to simplify IT by ensuring tight integration between Dell server, storage, and network management functionality and the BMC Software process and data center automation products.
  • Page 37 Dell OpenManage systems management is centered on automating the server management lifecycle—deploy, update, monitor, and maintain. To manage an infrastructure properly and efficiently, you must perform all of these functions easily and quickly. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller technology provides you with these intelligent capabilities embedded within the server infrastructure.
  • Page 38 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Replace parts: Maintain  Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager For additional detailed information on Dell’s systems management portfolio, see the Dell Systems Management Overview Guide on Support.Dell.com/Manuals. PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...
  • Page 39 544.32 mm 564.9 mm The weight of a maximum-configured M520 blade server is 5.5 kg (12.1 lb). 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 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 Maximum vibration Operating 0.26 Grms at 5Hz to 350Hz for 15 minutes Storage 1.54 Grms at 10Hz to 250Hz for 15 minutes Maximum shock Operating One shock pulse in the positive z axis (one pulse on each side of the system) of 31G for up to 2.6ms Storage Six consecutively executed shock pulses in the positive and negative x, y, and z axes (one...
  • Page 42: Chipset

    The Dell PowerEdge M520 system conforms to the industry standards in Table 24. Standard URL for information and specifications ACPI Advance Configuration and Power Interface www.acpi.info Specification, v2.0c Ethernet standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.3.html IEEE 802.3-2005 www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/pcdesign/desguid Hardware Design Guide Version 3.0 for e/serverdg.mspx...
  • Page 43 Table 25 provides a list of documents and websites that provide more information on the Dell PowerEdge M520 system. Resource Description of contents Location PowerEdge M520 This manual is provided in HTML format on the CD Support.Dell.com/Manuals Systems Owner’s provided with the M520 system, and also in HTML and Manual PDF format at the Dell support site.
  • Page 44: Storage

    Dell.com/EnergySmart Data Center system efficiency Assessment Energy Smart The Dell online advisor console enables easier and more Dell.com/ESSA 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 45 PowerEdge M520 Technical Guide...

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