Dell PowerEdge M420 Technical Manual

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PowerEdge M420
Technical Guide
Dell PowerEdge M420,
a two-socket,
quarter-height blade
server that delivers
computational density
with 32 individually
serviceable nodes.


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Summary of Contents for Dell PowerEdge M420

  • Page 1 PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide Dell PowerEdge M420, a two-socket, quarter-height blade server that delivers unprecedented computational density with 32 individually serviceable nodes.
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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Thermal and acoustics..............................29 9 Operating systems and virtualization ..........................31 Supported operating systems ............................31 Supported virtualization ..............................32 10 Dell OpenManage systems management ........................33 Systems management solutions ........................... 33 OpenManage systems management ........................... 34 Dell server management operations ..........................38 Appendix A.
  • Page 4 Tables Table 1. New technologies ..............................6 Table 2. Comparison of PowerEdge M420, M520 and M620 ..................7 Table 3. Technical specifications ............................8 Table 4. Module features ..............................14 Table 5. Supported processors ............................17 Table 6. Memory technologies supported ........................18 Table 7.
  • Page 5: System Overview

    Dell Networking MXL 10Gb switch provides next-generation port density and bandwidth for exceptional throughput. PowerEdge M-series blade servers use the redundant power and cooling infrastructure provided by the Dell M1000e blade enclosure, which is exceptionally easy to deploy and manage, and maximizes power and cooling efficiency.
  • Page 6: New Technologies

    New technologies A number of new technologies are featured on the PowerEdge M420 system, as shown in Table 1. Table 1. New technologies New technology Detailed description ® ® Intel Xeon processor ® This new family of Intel processors has embedded PCI Express...
  • Page 7: System Features

    2 System features Compared to the previous generation of Dell PowerEdge blade servers, the M420 has similar memory scalability, as well as more processor cores in a much denser form factor than ever before. Features include DDR3 memory, PCIe 3.0, dual internal SD module and Dell’s next-generation iDRAC solution known as iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller.
  • Page 8: Specifications

    Controller (standard Controller (standard Controller (standard option) option) option) Specifications Table 3 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge M420 blade server. For the latest information on supported features, visit Table 3. Technical specifications Feature Technical specification Form factor;...
  • Page 9 Feature Technical specification Hot-plug hard drive options: Up to 2 x 1.8” uSATA SSD drives (50GB and 200GB) Primary storage External storage: For information about Dell external storage options, visit USB ports 2 front ® NIC/LOM Embedded Broadcom 57810S-k 2P 10Gb...
  • Page 10 Or one SD card 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

    The M1000e chassis can contain a maximum of 32 blades with eight sleeves. It can be mixed with other existing Dell blades of half- height or full-height form factors and designed to mix with possible future half-height/double-wide and full height/double-wide blades.
  • Page 12: Figure 2. M420 Sleeve Containing Four Blades

    The M420 is optimized for a densely populated chassis with effective and efficient cooling. Figure 2 shows one of eight sleeves containing four stackable blades in a fully loaded M1000e enclosure. Figure 2. M420 sleeve containing four blades PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 13: Figure 3. M1000E Chassis Enclosure With 32 M420 Blades

    The M420 module shown in Figure 4 supports up to six DIMMS, two processors and many other features that are described in this guide. Figure 4. M420 internal module view For additional system views, see the Dell M420 Systems Owner’s Manual PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 14: Module Features

    -generation servers offer a Quick Resource Locator (QRL) — a model-specific Quick Response (QR) code (shown in Figure 5) that is located on the server. Use your smartphone to access the Dell QRL application to learn more about the server. Figure 5.
  • Page 15: M1000E Chassis Enclosure Features

     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 16: Processors

    4 Processors The Dell PowerEdge M420 system features the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 and E5-2400 v2 product families, which offer an ideal combination of performance, power efficiency and cost. Featuring 10-core processing to maximize performance and performance per watt for datacenter infrastructures and highly dense deployments, E5-2400 v2 processors provide high performance no matter what your constraint is —...
  • Page 17: Supported Processors

    E5-2403 1.8GHz 6.4GT/s Dell PowerEdge M420 Systems For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Owner’s Manual on Chipset The Intel C602 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M420. For more information, visit PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 18: Memory

    5 Memory More memory options are available than ever before with the Dell PowerEdge M420 — greater capacities, higher frequencies and more flexibility. The M420 supports up to 192GB of memory using up to six DIMMs in a dual-processor configuration, and speeds up to 1600MT/s, providing high performance in a variety of applications.
  • Page 19: Memory Configurations

    All memory on all processors and channels run at the same speed and voltage. By default, the system runs at the highest speed for the channel with the lowest DIMM voltage and speed. The operating speed of the memory is also determined by the maximum speed supported by PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 20: 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. RAS aids in rapid, accurate diagnosis of faults which require service. Table 9 describes the memory RAS features supported on the M420. PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 21: Table 9. Memory Ras Features

    This feature helps to optimize power and performance, and it can also be used to throttling prevent DIMMs from overheating. Dell PowerEdge M420 For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Systems Owner’s Manual on Memory RAID is not supported. PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 22: Storage

    SSD (3Gb) 50GB, 200GB Storage controllers 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 internal RAID controllers have a dedicated connection to the system board.
  • Page 23: Table 12. Raid Controller Feature Support

     RAID 0  RAID 1  Microsoft Windows support  Linux support  Virtualization support  Embedded on system board  PCIe 3.0  Local support for self-encrypting drive (SED)  UEFI browser   PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 24: Networking And Mezzanine Cards

    The Dell PowerEdge M420 offers balanced, scalable I/O capabilities, including one integrated PCIe 3.0 capable mezzanine card slot. System management integration With the PowerEdge M420, the process of deploying, updating and monitoring is fast and easy. System management integration features include: ...
  • Page 25: Mezzanine Cards

    QLogic QME2662 2P 16Gb Emulex LPm16002B-D 2P 16Gb For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M420, visit Interconnectivity matrix The full height, single-wide M420 sleeve holds up to four M420 blades in four slots: a, b, c and d.
  • Page 26: Figure 6. M420 Connectivity Matrix For 32 Blades

    Figure 6. M420 connectivity matrix for 32 blades Examples of fabric interconnectivity and their associated parameters are illustrated in Figure 7. PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 27: Figure 7. Fabric Interconnectivity Examples

    Figure 7. Fabric interconnectivity examples PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 28: 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 29: Power Supply Units

    High density and high performance of the PowerEdge M420 requires an aggressive thermal management solution to address the high heat density in the small form factor blades. Optimized thermal management keeps fan speeds in the PowerEdge M420 as low as possible, contributing to quiet operation and ensuring proper component cooling.
  • Page 30: Table 15. M420 Acoustical Performance

    Dell PowerEdge M420 Systems Owner's Manual on Acoustical performance The acoustical performance of the PowerEdge M420 is reflected in Table 15. Four sleeves, each containing four typically configured M420 blades, were installed in the M1000e host chassis; all blades had the same configuration and same airflow impedance. Remaining blade slots were filled with blanks of same impedance as blades.
  • Page 31: Operating Systems And Virtualization

    9 Operating systems and virtualization The Dell PowerEdge M420 supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and virtualization software. Supported operating systems Table 16 lists the operating systems supported on the M420. For the latest information on supported operating systems, see
  • Page 32: Supported Virtualization

    ESXi 5.5 VMware vSphere v5.1 U1 ESXi 5.5 FI/DIB vSphere v5.1 ESXi 5.5 FI/DIB Citrix XenServer v6.1 Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization v3.2 FI = factory install; DIB = drop-in-box No OpenManage support; drop-in-box license registration card only PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 33: 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 34: 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 35: Table 20. Feature Comparison For Idrac7 Enterprise And Idrac7 Express For Blades

    Enterprise is available for the PowerEdge M420, 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 36 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 37: 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 38: Dell Server Management Operations

     Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) — 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 39: Table 21. One-To-One And One-To-Many Operations

    Center Configuration Manager and VMware vCenter Dell Lifecycle Controller   SBUU KACE K1000 Appliance Deploy Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft  Lifecycle Controller Remote System Center Configuration Services Manager  BMC BladeLogic integration with Lifecycle Controller PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 40 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 on PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 41: Appendix A. Additional Specifications

    The weight of a maximum-configured M420 blade server is 12.0 kg (26.5 lb). Video specifications The Dell PowerEdge M420 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 42: Environmental Specifications

    Environmental specifications For additional information about environmental measurements for specific system configurations, see Table 23 details environmental specifications for the M420. Table 23. 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 43: 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, which are USB 2.0 compliant. PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 44: Appendix B. Standards Compliance

    Serial Attached SCSI, v1.1 SATA Serial ATA Rev. 2.6; SATA II, SATA 1.0a Extensions, Rev. 1.2 SMBIOS System Management BIOS Reference Specification, v2.7 Trusted Platform Module Specification, v1.2 UEFI Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Specification, v2.1 PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 45 Standard URL for information and specifications Universal Serial Bus Specification, Rev. 2.0 Windows Logo Windows Logo Program System and Device Requirements, v3.10 PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...
  • Page 46: Appendix C. Additional Resources

    Appendix C. Additional resources Table 25 includes a list of documents and websites that provide more information on the Dell PowerEdge M420. Table 25. Additional resources Resource Description of contents Location Dell PowerEdge This manual, available in PDF format, provides the
  • Page 47 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 48: Appendix D. System Board Block Diagram

    Appendix D. System board block diagram Figure 11. M420 system board block diagram PowerEdge M420 Technical Guide...

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