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PowerEdge M1000e CMC

FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL USE


DELL CONFIDENTIAL 1
Objectives
Identify the CMC.
Describe the features and functionality of the CMC.
Configure the CMC.
Manage the CMC.

DELL CONFIDENTIAL 2
Overview
The Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) is a hot-
pluggable systems management hardware and software solution.
Designed to provide remote management capabilities and power
control functions for Dell M1000e chassis systems.
You can configure the CMC to send email alerts or SNMP trap
alerts for warnings or errors related to:
temperatures
hardware configuration errors
power outages
fan speeds.
The CMC, which has its own microprocessor and memory, is
powered by the modular chassis into which it is plugged.

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Block Diagram

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Firmware Architecture
Layer one shows methods for
connection.
Ovals represent remote
connection
Rectangles represent local
connection.
Layers two, three, and four
represent the servers that the
user interface connects into:
the shells
command interpreters
command libraries.
These communicate with the
APIs and Providers to configure,
monitor, and manage the CMC.

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Cabling
The CMC has two Ethernet ports:
Gb1 is used to connect to the external management
network.
Gb2 will allow CMCs in adjacent enclosures to be daisy-
chained.

A 24-port Ethernet switch provides internal


communication between:
The iDRAC on each blade
I/O modules
Optional KVM
Optional second, redundant CMC.

Note: At least one CMC must be installed in the primary


CMC bay for the system to power up. If a second,
optional CMC module is installed, failover protection and
hot-plug replacement is available.
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CMC Failover
Failovers can occur when:
racadm cmcchangeover or the racadm racreset
commands are executed
The network cable is removed from the active CMC
The active CMC is removed from the chassis
A CMC firmware flash is initiated on the active CMC.

NOTE: In the event of CMC failover, all iDRAC connections and all active
CMC sessions will be lost.

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Standby CMC
The standby CMC is identical to and is maintained as a
mirror of the active CMC.
The active and standby CMCs must both be installed
with the same firmware revision.
If the firmware revisions differ, the system will report as
redundancy degraded.

NOTE: The settings for the CMC are held in NVRAM on the M1000e
chassis control panel.

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Primary CMC Election Process

There is no difference between the two CMC slots:


The slot does not determine precedence.
Instead, the CMC that is installed or booted first
assumes the role of the active CMC.

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Indicators/Feature Call
Out
1. Ethernet connector Gb1
2. Ethernet connector Gb2
3. link indicator (2)
4. activity indicator (2)
5. DB-9 serial connector for local
configuration
6. optional secondary CMC
7. primary CMC
8. amber fault indicator
9. blue status/identification indicator
10. power indicator

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Initial Configuration
Four Ways:
CLI using port 17 on the iKVM
CLI using a null modem cable
Syntax: setniccfg -s <IP address> <network mask> <gateway>
Example: setniccfg s192.168.1.60 255.255.255.0 192.168.1.1

LCD Configuration Wizard


Web GUI can be used if you set your IP address to a
compatible IP with the default CMC IP address

Note: Default IP address 192.168.0.120.


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Connecting Using GUI
Open a web browser, type https://<ip address> and
press <Enter> to bring up the CMC login screen.

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Connecting Using CLI
Open a remote connection
SSH
Telnet
Open a local connection
Port 17 on the iKVM
Serial null modem

Note: Default login and password


root
calvin

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Network Web GUI

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CMC Services Web GUI
Enable/disable and configure
Web Server
SSH
Telnet
RACADM
SNMP
Serial

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Backing up CMC
Configuration
CMC firmware update clears CMC configuration.
Use remote RACADM to backup the CMC config
Installed via: Dell Systems Consoles and Agents CD
Commands:
Backing up: racadm -r 10.37.112.66 -u -p calvin getconfig -f backup.cfg
Restoring: racadm -r 10.37.112.66 -u -p calvin config -f backup.cfg

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Updating CMC Firmware
Can be updated via the CMC GUI or CMC CLI interfaces.
CMC GUI only requires the firmware file
CMC CLI requires a TFTP server to upload the file

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Setting the Chassis
Service Tag
Chassis Service tag is held on the control panel
Control panel failure will require that the chassis service
tag be reprogrammed
Also useful for programming service tags to modules that
contain service tag on replacement

CMC CLI only:


Command: racadm setchassisfru -m chassis -p glacier -s ABC1234

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Power Distribution
Power Budgeting for Hardware Modules
Power budget for hardware modules in chassis includes
servers, iDRAC on the servers, and IOMs.
Power is allocated dynamically after enumeration.

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Redundancy Configuration Examples
Dual Power Grid:
Protects against failure to an AC grid
Protects against failure to up to 3 power supplies

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Redundancy Configuration Examples
Dual or Single Power Grid:
Power Supply Redundancy protects against failure
to a single power supply.

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Redundancy Configuration Examples
Single Power Grid:
No protection against grid or power supply failure

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Dynamic PSU Engagement
What is Dynamic Engage Mode?
Dynamic mode turns off PSUs that are not needed
This allows the remaining PSUs to operate at peak efficiency
Dynamic Engage Enabled
PSU are turned On and Off as power consumption changes.
Dynamic Engage Disabled
PSU are always on.

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Power Budget
Provides details on power consumption in the system.

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Managing Server Module Power
You can assign priority to server modules
Default all have the same priority setting and the priority is then form slot 1-16
with slot 1 being highest priority

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System Event Log
Contains events that occur on the managed system
Can be saved

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CMC Log
Displays activity associated with the chassis
Can be saved

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