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Dell PowerEdge M620 Technical Manual

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  • Page 2 Dell, the DELL logo, PowerEdge, EqualLogic, PowerVault, PowerConnect, OpenManage, and KACE are trademarks of Dell, Inc. Intel and Xeon 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..............................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 ..........................38 Appendix A.
  • Page 4 Figure 4. QRL code located on module .......................... 13 Figure 5. Blade network daughter card (NDC) ......................24 Figure 6. Dell systems management solutions ......................32 Figure 7. Systems management server lifecycle ......................38 Figure 8. Module dimensions ............................40...
  • Page 5 Your virtualization environments demand high memory capacity in order to maximize the number of virtual machines per server, and the PowerEdge M620 was designed with this in mind. If you are running high-performance computing (HPC) application clusters, the M620 provides you with outstanding computational density and powerful processing capability in a compact form factor.
  • Page 6: New Technologies

    A number of new technologies are featured on the PowerEdge M620 system, as shown in Table 1. 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. See the Processors E5-2600 product family section for details.
  • Page 7 Compared to the previous generation of Dell PowerEdge blade servers, the M620 has more memory, processor cores, and networking options than ever before. Features include DDR3 memory, PCI Express 3.0, a network daughter card (NDC), dual internal SD module, and Dell’s next-generation iDRAC solution known as iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller.
  • Page 8: Specifications

    Table 3 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge M620 blade server. For the latest information on supported features, visit Feature Technical specification Half-height blade; Form factor; enclosure Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure Processors Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family Internal interconnect Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI): 6.4GT/s, 7.2GT/s, 8.0GT/s...
  • Page 9 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 GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating...
  • Page 10: Module Features

    The Dell PowerEdge M620 implements a new module design that supports up to 24 DIMMS and two processors. The M620 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 11: Processors

    Figure 2 shows the M1000e chassis enclosure populated with M620 modules. The M620 module shown in Figure 3 supports up to 24 DIMMS, two processors, and many other features that are described in this guide. Dell M620 Systems Owner’s Manual For additional system views, see the
  • Page 12 A useful feature included with Dell PowerEdge 12 generation servers is the Quick Resource Locator (QRL)—a model-specific Quick Response (QR) code that is located on the server (see Figure 4). Use your smartphone to access the Dell QRL application to learn more about the server.
  • Page 13  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 14 The Dell PowerEdge M620 features the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, offering 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 on workloads that range from the most complicated scientific exploration to crucial web-serving and infrastructure applications.
  • Page 15: Supported Processors

    2.0GHz 7.2GT/s E5-2609 2.4GHz 6.4GT/s E5-2603 1.8GHz 6.4GT/s Dell PowerEdge M620 Systems For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Owner’s Manual on The Intel C600 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M620. For more information, visit
  • Page 16: Memory

    Increase your uptime and reduce data loss, due to Dell’s 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 17: Supported Memory

    Table 7 lists the DIMMs that are supported on the M620. For the latest information on supported memory, visit 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 18: Memory Configurations

    DIMMs should be installed with largest rank count to smallest. For example, if DR DIMMS are  mixed with SR DIMMs, DR DIMMS should be placed in the lowest DIMM slots, followed by the SR DIMMs. Dell PowerEdge M620 For more information on memory configuration and population, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on
  • Page 19: Memory Ras Features

    ∞ *Although the M620 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 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 Memory thermal prevent DIMMs from overheating. throttling For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Dell PowerEdge M620 Systems Owner’s Manual on Memory RAID is not supported.
  • Page 21: Storage

    Express Flash PCIe SSDs are 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 The PowerEdge M620 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.
  • Page 23 PERC option Feature S110 H310 H710 H710P SAS hard drives    Un-configured hard drive support (non-RAID)   RAID 0     RAID 1     DDR3 cache (512MB)  DDR3 cache (512MB)  Non-volatile cache option ...
  • Page 24: Select Network Adapters

    LOM integration with the system, including BIOS integration and shared port for manageability while providing the flexibility of a modular card. The PowerEdge M620 supports one custom network daughter card (NDC), as part of Select Network Adapters family, to house the complete LOM subsystem. There are two form factors of Select Network Adapters—one for blade servers and one for rack servers.
  • Page 25 Adapters is fast and easy. System management integration features include the following:  Pre-boot: Use the Dell Lifecycle Controller graphical user interface (GUI) to set configuration such as bandwidth allocation or firmware revision level. Post-boot: Agent-free out-of-band or high-speed in-band connection over LOM through the ...
  • Page 26: Mezzanine Cards

    Fibre Channel QLogic QME2662 2P 16Gb Emulex LPm16002B-D 2P 16Gb Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port QDR 40Gb Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port FDR 56Gb Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port FDR10 40Gb For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M620, visit
  • Page 27: Power Supply Units

    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 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 29 Dell PowerEdge M620 Systems Owner's Manual on The acoustical performance of the PowerEdge M620 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: The system thermal profile selected in BIOS (for example, Power optimized DAPC or ...
  • Page 30: Operating Systems And Virtualization

    The Dell PowerEdge M620 supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and virtualization software. Table 17 lists the operating systems supported on the M620. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see Operating System Platform Edition Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3...
  • Page 31 XenServer v6.1 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization v3.1 FI = factory install; DIB = drop-in-box v4.1 U3 image is available from, either as an upgrade to v4.1 U2 or for a clean install No OpenManage support; drop-in-box license registration card only...
  • Page 32: Dell Openmanage Systems Management

    Dell systems management solutions include a wide variety of tools, products, and services that enable you to leverage an existing systems management framework. As shown in Figure 6, Dell systems management solutions are centered around OpenManage server management, featuring...
  • Page 33: Openmanage Systems Management

    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 34 Enterprise is available for the PowerEdge M620, 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.
  • Page 35 For customers that continue to use agent- based solutions, Dell provides 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 graphical user interface (GUI).
  • Page 36 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 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 38 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 39 Lifecycle Controller Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Maintain Replace parts:  Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager  Dell Systems For additional detailed information on Dell’s systems management portfolio, see the Management Overview Guide on
  • Page 40 544.32mm 564.9mm The weight of a maximum-configured M620 blade server is 7.0 kg (15.4 lb). The Dell PowerEdge M620 iDRAC 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

    Dell PERC H710 and H710P cards are not supported in dual-processor configurations.  When populating the blade slots in the enclosure with only PowerEdge M620 blades: Dual-processor blade servers with PERC H310 cards cannot be mixed with single- processor blades.
  • Page 42: Usb Peripherals

    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 43 The M620 system conforms to the industry standards in Table 25. Standard URL for information and specifications ACPI Advance Configuration and Power Interface Specification, v2.0c Ethernet IEEE 802.3-2005 Hardware Design Guide Version 3.0 for e/serverdg.mspx Microsoft Windows Server IPMI Intelligent Platform Management Interface,...
  • Page 44 Table 26 provides a list of documents and websites that provide for more information on the Dell PowerEdge M620. Resource Description of contents Location PowerEdge M620 This manual is provided in HTML format on the CD Systems Owner’s provided with the M620 system, and also in HTML and Manual PDF format at the Dell support site.
  • Page 45 (UPS) model. (UPS) Volatility Contact your Dell Sales Representative. information Dell Enterprise White paper that explores the mechanisms of, people’s Acoustics reaction to, language of, and Dell’s work to control noise lobal/products/pedge/en/ac from Enterprise products. oustical-education-dell- enterprise-white-paper.pdf...

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