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2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM
BladeCenter
IBM BladeCenter at-a-glance guide
The IBM 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter is the perfect example of IBM's
goal to meet user requirements in the BladeCenter environment. In addition to the two onboard Ethernet
ports, this card allows the client to add up to four (in IBM BladeCenter H chassis) or two (in BladeCenter
S) extra 1 Gb ports, thereby allowing them to take advantage of the benefits of 6 or 4 ports per blade
respectively.
Figure 1 shows the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter.
Figure 1. 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
Did you know?
The use of the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card enables Ethernet redundancy in the BladeCenter S
chassis. Two Ethernet ports are already enabled through the onboard Ethernet controller of each blade
server when routed to the Ethernet switch module in bay 1 of the chassis. With this card in each server,
two additional ports are enabled and are routed through a second redundant Ethernet switch module in
bay 2. This combination provides four Gigabit Ethernet ports while still enabling redundancy.
2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter
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  Summary of Contents for IBM Redbooks 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card

  • Page 1 BladeCenter environment. In addition to the two onboard Ethernet ports, this card allows the client to add up to four (in IBM BladeCenter H chassis) or two (in BladeCenter S) extra 1 Gb ports, thereby allowing them to take advantage of the benefits of 6 or 4 ports per blade respectively.
  • Page 2: Part Number Information

    Part number information Table 1. Ordering part number and feature code Description Part number Feature code 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter 44W4479 5476 The part number includes the following items: One 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh)
  • Page 3: Supported Servers

    Supported servers The 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for is supported in the IBM BladeCenter servers listed in Table 2. Table 2. Supported servers Part Expansion card number 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card 44W4479 (CFFh) Figure 2 shows where the CFFh card is installed in a BladeCenter server.
  • Page 4 Supported BladeCenter chassis and I /O modules IBM BladeCenter chassis support is based on the blade server type in which the expansion card is installed. Consult ServerProven to see which chassis each blade server type is supported in: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. The 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) is supported attached to blades installed in the BladeCenter chassis as listed in Table 3.
  • Page 5 Table 5. High Speed Switch Modules supported with the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) I/O module Part number Supported BNT Virtual Fabric 10Gb Switch Module 46C7191 10Gb Ethernet Pass-Thru Module 46M6181 BNT 6-port 10Gb Ethernet Switch Module 39Y9267 Cisco Nexus 4001I Switch Module 46M6071 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter...
  • Page 6 Figure 3. The BladeCenter HT is similar in that the CFFh cards are also routed through the midplane to I/O bays 7, 8, 9, and 10. Figure 3. IBM BladeCenter H I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter...
  • Page 7 BNT Layer 2/3 Fiber Gb Ethernet Switch Module 32R1861 BNT 10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module 32R1783 BNT 1/10 Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module 44W4404 Optical Pass-thru Module 39Y9316 Copper Pass-thru Module 39Y9320 Intelligent Copper Pass-thru Module 44W4483 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter...
  • Page 8: Popular Configurations

    In BladeCenter S, only two ports are used on the card and both of these two ports are routed to bay 2 as shown in Figure 4. Figure 4. IBM BladeCenter S I/O topology showing the I/O paths from CFFh expansion cards Popular configurations This section shows two configurations that use the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh).
  • Page 9 Supported Ethernet Switch Modules routing signals Varies from the CFFv or CIOv card (see Table 4) Supported Ethernet Switch Modules routing signals Varies from the CFFh card (see Table 4) 39Y9314 Multi-Switch Interconnect Module 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter...
  • Page 10 Supported Ethernet switch module to connect to the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) (See Table 5) Varies Supported Ethernet switch module to connect to the onboard Ethernet controller (See Table 5) 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter...
  • Page 11: Operating System Support

    Support for operating systems is based on the combination of the expansion card and the blade server in which it is installed. See IBM ServerProven for the latest information about the specific versions and service packs supported: http://ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/. Select the blade server, and then select the expansion card to see the supported operating systems.
  • Page 12: Related Publications

    For more information refer to the following documents: 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter Installation and User's Guide http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5082171 IBM U.S. Announcement Letter for the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card (CFFh) for IBM BladeCenter http://ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=dd&subtype=ca&&htmlfid=897/ENUS108-601 IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-5073016...
  • Page 13 Web sites. The materials at those Web sites are not part of the materials for this IBM product and use of those Web sites is at your own risk.IBM may use or distribute any of the information you supply in any way it believes appropriate without incurring any obligation to you.
  • Page 14 Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. These and other IBM trademarked terms may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at http://www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml...

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