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Table of contents
1 System overview ..................................................................................................................................................................5
Introduction .........................................................................................................................................................................5
New technologies ............................................................................................................................................................. 6
2 System features ................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Comparison of PowerEdge systems ............................................................................................................................... 7
Specifications ..................................................................................................................................................................... 8
3 Module views and features ............................................................................................................................................. 10
Module views .................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Module features ................................................................................................................................................................ 13
4 Processors .......................................................................................................................................................................... 15
Processor features ............................................................................................................................................................ 15
Supported processors ......................................................................................................................................................16
Chipset ................................................................................................................................................................................16
5 Memory ............................................................................................................................................................................... 17
Supported memory .......................................................................................................................................................... 17
Memory configurations ...................................................................................................................................................18
Memory speed ..................................................................................................................................................................19
Memory RAS features...................................................................................................................................................... 20
6 Storage ................................................................................................................................................................................ 21
Internal storage ................................................................................................................................................................. 21
Storage controllers .......................................................................................................................................................... 22
7 Networking and mezzanine cards ................................................................................................................................ 24
Select Network Adapters ................................................................................................................................................ 24
Mezzanine cards .............................................................................................................................................................. 26
8 Power, thermal, and acoustics ...................................................................................................................................... 27
Power consumption and energy efficiency ................................................................................................................ 27
Power supply units .......................................................................................................................................................... 28
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.
Additional specifications .......................................................................................................................... 40
Module dimensions and weight .................................................................................................................................... 40
Environmental specifications ........................................................................................................................................ 40
Video specifications ........................................................................................................................................................ 40
USB peripherals ................................................................................................................................................................ 42
Appendix B.
Standards compliance ............................................................................................................................. 43
Appendix C.
Additional resources................................................................................................................................. 44
Appendix D.
System board block diagram .................................................................................................................. 46
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Table 1.
Table 2.
Table 3.
Table 4.
Table 5.
Table 6.
Table 7.
Table 8.
Table 9.
Table 10.
Table 11.
Table 12.
Table 13.
Table 14.
Table 15.
Table 16.
Table 17.
Table 18.
Table 19.
Table 20.
Table 21.
Table 22.
Table 23.
Table 24.
Table 25.
Table 26.
New technologies ................................................................................................................................................ 6
Comparing the PowerEdge M910 and M820 .................................................................................................. 7
Technical specifications ...................................................................................................................................... 8
Module features ................................................................................................................................................... 13
Supported processors ........................................................................................................................................16
Memory technologies supported ..................................................................................................................... 17
DIMMs supported ................................................................................................................................................18
Memory speed capabilities ................................................................................................................................19
Memory RAS features ........................................................................................................................................ 20
Hard-drive backplane options .......................................................................................................................... 21
Supported hard drives ........................................................................................................................................ 21
RAID controller feature support ...................................................................................................................... 22
Supported Select Network Adapter options and features .......................................................................... 25
Supported mezzanine cards............................................................................................................................. 26
Power tools and technologies ......................................................................................................................... 27
M820 acoustical performance ......................................................................................................................... 29
Primary operating system support .................................................................................................................. 30
Virtual guest operating system support ......................................................................................................... 30
Virtualization support ......................................................................................................................................... 31
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller functions and benefits ........................................................................... 33
Feature comparison for iDRAC7 Enterprise and iDRAC7 Express for Blades .......................................... 34
One-to-one and one-to-many operations .................................................................................................. 39
Environmental specifications ............................................................................................................................41
Supported video modes .................................................................................................................................... 40
Industry standard documents .......................................................................................................................... 43
Additional resources .......................................................................................................................................... 44
Figure 1.
Figure 2.
Figure 3.
Figure 4.
Figure 5.
Figure 6.
Figure 7.
Figure 8.
Figure 9.
M820 front view ................................................................................................................................................. 10
M1000e chassis enclosure with M820 blades ............................................................................................... 11
M820 internal module view ............................................................................................................................... 12
QRL code located on module .......................................................................................................................... 13
Blade network daughter card (NDC) .............................................................................................................. 24
Dell systems management solutions .............................................................................................................. 32
Systems management server lifecycle ........................................................................................................... 38
Module dimensions............................................................................................................................................ 40
System board block diagram............................................................................................................................ 46
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The Dell™ PowerEdge™ M820’s scalability makes it a perfect fit for core business applications or
consolidated workloads. Virtual environments supporting large numbers of sizeable virtual machines
will find the M820 a perfect choice. With up to four Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 processors and up to
1.5 TB of RAM per node—12 TB of memory in just a single M1000e chassis—the M820’s remarkable
computational capability and memory scalability can address even the toughest demands. With
Dell’s Select Network Adapter, you can fully customize the I/O capabilities of the M820 to match the
networking technology that’s right for your applications.
Ensure maximum uptime with the fully redundant M-series power, cooling and networking
infrastructure designed to provide the stability and resiliency our customers demand for Enterpriseclass deployments. The M820’s design matches Dell’s commitment to reliability, with features such
as multiple hardware RAID choices and our unique failsafe virtualization technology, which utilizes
redundant SD media to provide failover capabilities for embedded hypervisors.
Help manage your servers using the Dell OpenManage™ portfolio, including Dell’s exclusive
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller. iDRAC, an embedded
systems management feature, allows Dell servers to be managed in physical, virtual, local and
remote environments, either in-band or out-of-band and with or without a systems management
software agent. OpenManage also integrates and connects to leading third-party systems
management solutions you may already use, allowing you to maintain a single point of control and
capitalize on your existing investment. OpenManage simplifies the lifecycle of deploying, updating,
monitoring, and maintaining your Dell PowerEdge servers.
Implement the right combination of features and performance scalability with the PowerEdge Mseries blade servers that can handle tough workloads in any size data centers. In addition to the
world-class management features provided in all PowerEdge servers, the M820 also takes advantage
of the capabilities of the M1000e Chassis Management Controller (CMC). The CMC allows M-series
blades to be managed individually or as groups, in single or multiple chassis, and within a data
center or in multiple geographically dispersed locations around the globe without requiring a single
agent or additional hardware. PowerEdge M-series blade servers use the redundant power, cooling,
and networking infrastructure provided by the Dell M1000e blade enclosure, which is exceptionally
easy to deploy and manage and maximizes power and cooling efficiency.
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A number of new technologies are featured on the PowerEdge M820 system, as detailed in Table 1.
New technologies
Detailed descriptions
Intel Xeon processor
E5-2600 product family
This new family of Intel processors has embedded PCI Express (PCIe) lanes for
improved I/O performance and additional new features. See the Processors
section for details.
Intel C600 series chipset
The Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chip is implemented on the M820.
LRDIMM
This new memory option, load reduced DIMM (LRDIMM), is designed with a buffer
chip (or chips) to replace the register to help minimize loading. LRDIMMs can
increase overall server system memory capacity and speed. See the Memory
section for more information.
Flexible LOM
Dell’s Select Network Adapter options allow you choose the right network fabric
without using up a valuable mezzanine card slot. See the Networking and
mezzanine cards section for details.
Next-generation PERC
options
The M820 supports new Dell PERC controller cards with improved functionality
and faster performance. See the Storage section for details.
Express Flash drives
Dell Express Flash PCIe solid-state drives (SSDs) provide fast performance without
requiring processor resources or capturing DRAM. The M820 supports up to two
Express Flash PCIe SSDs. See the Storage section for details.
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller
The new embedded system management solution for Dell servers features
hardware and firmware inventory and alerting, in-depth memory alerting, faster
performance, a dedicated gigabit port and many more features. See the Systems
management section for details.
Advanced power
management
The M820 supports advanced power monitoring and power capping tools that can
help manage power consumption in the data center.
Failsafe hypervisors
The internal dual SD module enables Dell's unique Failsafe Virtualization
architecture, ensuring uptime by providing failover capability for embedded
®
hypervisors, such as VMware ESXi™.
Fresh Air cooling
Dell has tested and validated an integrated data center solution that enables you to
operate at higher temperatures or even chiller-less. See the Power, thermal, and
acoustics section for details.
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Compared to the previous generation of Dell PowerEdge blade servers, the M820 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.
The PowerEdge M820 is a replacement for the M910 system. Table 2 compares the features of both
systems. For the latest information on supported features, visit Dell.com.
Feature
PowerEdge M910
PowerEdge M820
Chassis; enclosure
Full-height blade;
PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure
Full-height blade;
PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure
Processors
Intel Xeon processors 6500 and 7500
series, Intel Xeon processors
E7-2800 and E7-4800 product
families
Intel Xeon processor E5-4600
product family
Internal interconnect
Intel QuickPath Interconnect
Intel QuickPath Interconnect
Memory
32 x DDR3 RDIMM and UDIMM
48 x DDR3 RDIMM and LRDIMM
Hard drive bays
(hot plug)
2 x 2.5”
4 x 2.5”
Embedded NIC
4 x 1GbE LOM
2 Dual Port Select Network Adapters:
3 options of 4 x 10GbE
RAID controller
PERC H200, H700, S100
PERC H310, H710, H710P
Express Flash drives
Not supported
Up to 2
I/O slots
4 PCIe 2.0 x8 mezz. card slots
4 x PCIe 3.0 x8 mezz. card slots
Optional SD port
Yes
Yes (redundant hypervisor with vFlash
media)
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Feature
Dell OpenManage
Systems Management
PowerEdge M910
PowerEdge M820
Dell OpenManage
Dell Management Console
Lifecycle Controller 1.x
iDRAC6 (Express or Enterprise) with
Lifecycle Controller 1.x, Chassis
Management Controller (CMC) 3.x
OpenManage Essentials
Dell Management Console
IT Assistant
OMSA Agent
OpenManage Power Center (requires
iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle
Controller)
OpenManage Integrations and
Connections
iDRAC7 Express for Blades with
Lifecycle Controller (standard option)
Table 3 lists the technical specifications for the PowerEdge M820 blade server. For the latest
information on supported features, visit Dell.com.
Feature
Technical specification
Form factor;
enclosure
Full-height blade;
Dell PowerEdge M1000e Blade Enclosure
Processors
Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family
Internal interconnect
Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI): 6.4 GT/s; 7.2 GT/s; 8.0 GT/s
Cache
2.5MB per core; core options: 4, 6, 8
Memory
1
Chipset
Intel C600
Video
Integrated Matrox G200
Primary storage
8
Up to 1.5TB (48 DIMM slots): 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB DDR3 up to 1600MT/s
®
Hot-plug hard drive options:
Up to four 2.5” SAS, SSD, or up to two Express Flash PCIe SSD
External storage:
For information about Dell external storage options, visit Dell.com/Storage
USB ports
2 front
I/O mezzanine card
options
1Gb/10Gb adapters:
Broadcom 5719 Serdes 4P 1Gb
Intel I350 Serdes 4P 1Gb
Broadcom 57810S-k 2P 10Gb
Intel X520-x/k 2P 10Gb
®
Qlogic QME8262-k 2P 10Gb
®
Brocade BR1741M-k 2P 10Gb
Fibre Channel:
QLogic QME2572 2P 8Gb
®
Emulex LPe1205-M 2P 8Gb
Infiniband:
®
Mellanox QDR CX-3 40Gb
Mellanox FDR CX-3 56Gb
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Feature
Technical specification
I/O slots
Fully populated mezzanine card slots and switch modules yields 3 redundant I/O
fabrics per blade
Dell Select Network
Adapter (network
daughter card)
2 x 10GbE Broadcom 57810S-k 2P
2 x 10GbE Intel X520-k 2P
2 x 10GbE QLogic QMD8262-k 2P
RAID controller
Internal controllers:
PERC H310
PERC H710
PERC H710P
Power supplies and
fans
Supplied by M1000e blade enclosure
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Dell OpenManage
Systems Management
(Agent-free or with
OpenManage Server
Administrator [OMSA]
Agent)
OpenManage Essentials
Dell Management Console
IT Assistant
OMSA Agent
OpenManage Power Center (requires iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle
Controller)
 Chassis Management Controller 4.x (available with the M1000e Modular Blade
Enclosure)
 OpenManage Integrations and Connections:
®
- OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center
®
- Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter™
®
®
®
®
- Connections for HP Operations Manager, IBM Tivoli Netcool and CA
Network and Systems Management
 iDRAC7 Express for Blades with Lifecycle Controller (standard option)
- Upgrade to iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller
- Upgrade to 8GB vFlash media or 16GB vFlash media for iDRAC7 Enterprise
with Lifecycle Controller
- Trial evaluation available for IDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle
Controller
®
®
®
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V v2)
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
®
®
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Operating systems
Virtualization options:
®
Citrix XenServer™
®
VMware vSphere™
®
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
For more information on the specific versions and additions, visit
Dell.com/OSsupport.
Embedded hypervisor
Two internal SD cards dedicated for 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.
1
GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating
environment and will be less
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The Dell PowerEdge M820 implements a new module design that supports up to 48 DIMMS and
four processors. The M820 is a full-height blade server that requires a PowerEdge M1000e chassis
to operate. It occupies one slot vertically in the M1000e for a maximum of 8 blade servers in one
M1000e chassis. The M820 can be mixed with other existing Dell blades of quarter-height, halfheight and full-height form factors.
The following sections provide external and internal views of the system and describe the module
features. For more detailed information on features and descriptions for the M820, see the Dell
PowerEdge M820 Systems Owner's Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
As shown in Figure 1, the M820 module supports up to four front-accessible, hot-plug hard drives
and three USB ports.
The chassis design of the M820 is optimized for easy access to components and for airflow for
effective and efficient cooling. Figure 2 shows the M1000e chassis enclosure populated with M820
modules.
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The M820 module shown in Figure 3 supports up to 48 DIMMS, four processors, and many other
features that are described in this guide.
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For additional system views, see the Dell M820 Systems Owner’s Manual on
Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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Table 4 lists the modules features for the M820 system. For additional information on these features,
see the Dell PowerEdge M820 Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
Feature
Description
Three front-accessible USB connectors
Hard drive activity LEDs
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Quick Resource Locator (QRL)
Indicator for M820 power status
Four front-accessible, hot-plug, 2.5-inch drives; see the Storage
section for details
Indicate the status and activity
Release button on the front handle of the blade server
Internal USB connector for a USB flash memory key that can be used
as a boot device, security key, or mass storage device
TPM is used to generate/store keys, protect/authenticate passwords,
®
®
and create/store digital certificates; it also supports the Intel Xeon
TXT functionality
This code on the chassis can be scanned by a smartphone
application to access additional information and resources for the
server, including videos, reference materials, service tag information,
and Dell contact information
The M1000e chassis enclosure LCD control panel is located on the front of the M1000e chassis to
provide user access to buttons, display, and I/O interfaces. For more information on the M1000e
LCD control panel, see the Dell PowerEdge Modular Systems Hardware Owner's Manual on
Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
A useful feature included with Dell PowerEdge 12th 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.
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This QRL code allows you to:

View step-by-step videos, including overviews of system internals and externals, as well as
detailed, concise, task-oriented videos and installation wizards
 Locate reference materials, including searchable owner’s manual content, LCD diagnostics, and
an electrical overview
 Look up your service tag so you can quickly gain access to your specific hardware configuration
info and warranty information
 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.
For more information on the M1000e chassis enclosure features, see the Dell PowerEdge Modular
Systems Hardware Owner's Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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The Dell PowerEdge M820 features the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 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. In addition to providing raw performance gains, improved I/O is also
made possible with Intel Integrated I/O, which can reduce latency by adding more lanes and
doubling bandwidth. This helps to reduce network and storage bottlenecks, unleashing the
processor’s performance capabilities.
The new Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family not only adds new features, but also
improves upon many features of the predecessor Intel Xeon processor series. A summary of what’s
new and improved includes the following:
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Up to two additional cores and up to 8MB more last level cache
More memory—16 more DIMMs than previous-generation of full-height blade servers with
support for up to 32GB DIMMs, increasing memory capacity up to 1.5TB
Intel Integrated I/O has support for up to 80 lanes of PCIe 3.0, which can reduce latency
Faster connections are provided throughout the system with support for DDR3 1600MT/s
memory and 8.0GT/s QPI
Intel DDIO allows I/O traffic to skip the main system memory and be directed straight to the
processor cache, which can provide a significant reduction in latency as well as allowing
memory to remain in a low-power state
Intel Advanced Vector Extensions offer up to double the floating point operations per clock
cycle by doubling the length of registers, which can be useful for addressing very complex
problems or dealing with large-number calculations that are integral to many technical, financial,
and scientific computing problems
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers up to double the boost than the previous-generation
turbo technology
Continued improvements to both Intel TXT and AES-NI help to better protect systems and data
For more information on the Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family, visit Intel.com.
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The M820 supports up to two processors with up to eight cores per processor. Table 5 lists the Intel
Xeon processors supported by the PowerEdge M820. For the latest information on supported
processors, visit Dell.com.
Model
Speed
TDP
Cache
Cores/
threads
QPI
Turbo
E5-4650
2.7GHz
130W
20MB
8/16
8.0GT/s
Yes
E5-4650L
2.6GHz
115W
20MB
8/16
8.0GT/s
Yes
E5-4640
2.4GHz
95W
20MB
8/16
8.0GT/s
Yes
E5-4620
2.2GHz
95W
16MB
8/16
7.2GT/s
Yes
E5-4617
2.9GHz
130W
15MB
6/6
7.2GT/s
Yes
E5-4610
2.4GHz
95W
15MB
6/12
7.2GT/s
Yes
E5-4607
2.2GHz
95W
12MB
6/12
6.4GT/s
NA
E5-4603
2.0GHz
95W
10MB
4/8
6.4GT/s
NA
For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Dell PowerEdge M820 Systems
Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
The Intel C600 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge M820. For more information, visit
Intel.com.
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More memory options are available than ever before with the Dell PowerEdge M820—greater
capacities, higher frequencies, and more flexibility. The M820 supports up to 1.5TB of memory
and speeds up to 1600MT/s, providing high performance in a variety of applications. High memory
density means there is no compromise when it comes to virtualization.
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. System uptime is reinforced with RAS features like
memory mirroring, sparing, and many others.
In addition to supporting existing RDIMM technologies, the M820 supports load reduced DIMMs
(LRDIMMs), which use a buffer to reduce memory loading and allow for greater density, allowing for
the maximum platform memory capacity.
Table 6 lists the memory technologies supported by the M820.
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RDIMM
LRDIMM
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
800, 1066, 1333, or
1600MT/s
1066 or 1333MT/s
1, 2, or 4
4
2, 4, 8, 16, or 32GB
32GB
3
3
x4 or x8
x4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Table 7 lists the DIMMs that are supported on the M820. For the latest information on supported
memory, visit Dell.com.
Only
Capacity
(GB)
Speed
(MT/s)
Type
2
1600
RDIMM
Ranks
per
DIMM
1
2
1333
RDIMM
2
1333
4
Data
width
SDDC support
Voltage
x8
Advanced ECC
1.5
1
x8
Advanced ECC
1.35
RDIMM
1
x8
Advanced ECC
1.35
1333
RDIMM
2
x8
Advanced ECC
1.35
4
1600
RDIMM
2
x8
Advanced ECC
1.5
4
1333
RDIMM
1
x4
All modes
1.35
4
1333
RDIMM
2
x8
Advanced ECC
1.35
8
1333
RDIMM
2
x4
All modes
1.35
8
1333
RDIMM
2
x4
All modes
1.35
8
1600
RDIMM
2
x4
All modes
1.5
16
1066
RDIMM
4
x4
All modes
1.35
16
1600
RDIMM
2
x4
All modes
1.5
16
1333
RDIMM
2
x4
All modes
1.35
32
1333
LRDIMM
4
x4
All modes
1.35
32
1333
RDIMM
4
x4
All modes
1.35
Flexible memory configurations are supported on the M820, ranging from capacities of 2GB to
1.5TB. The M820 supports up to 12 DIMMs per processor (up to 48 DIMMs in a four-processor
configuration). Each processor has 4 memory channels, with each channel supporting up to 3
DIMMs.
The M820 supports a flexible memory configuration, according to the following basic rules:
Speed: If DIMMs of different speeds are mixed, all channels across all processors operate at the
slowest DIMM’s common frequency.
 DIMM type: Only one type of DIMM is allowed per system: RDIMM or LRDIMM. These types
cannot be mixed.
The following additional memory population guidelines apply to the M820:

Up to two quad-rank (QR) DIMMs and up to three dual-rank (DR) or single-rank (SR) DIMMs may
be populated per channel. Although an LRDIMM is physically a QR DIMM, logic on the LRDIMM
can make it appear as a DR DIMM to the system, allowing up to three LDRIMMs per channel.
 DIMMs must be installed in each channel, starting with the DIMM farthest from the processor.
 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.
For more information on memory configuration and population, see the Dell PowerEdge M820
Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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Memory speeds of 1600MT/s, 1333MT/s, 1066MT/s, and 800MT/s are supported on the M820,
depending on the DIMM types installed and the configuration. 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 the processor, the speed settings in the BIOS, and
the operating voltage of the system.
Table 8 lists the memory configuration and performance details for the M820, based on the
population of the number and type of DIMMs per memory channel.
DIMM
type
RDIMM
DIMM 0
DIMM 1
DIMM 2
Speed (MT/s)
800
1066
1333
1600
SR
1
∞
∞
∞
∞
DR
1
∞
∞
∞
∞
QR
1
∞
∞
∞
SR
SR
2
∞
∞
∞
SR
DR
2
∞
∞
∞
DR
DR
2
∞
∞
∞
QR
SR
2
∞
QR
DR
2
∞
QR
QR
2
∞
SR
SR
SR
3
∞
∞
SR
SR
DR
3
∞
∞
SR
DR
DR
3
∞
∞
DR
DR
DR
3
∞
∞
QR
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Number
of
DIMMs
QR
QR
QR
QR
QR
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∞
∞
2
∞
∞
3
∞
∞
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.
RAS aids in rapid, accurate diagnosis of faults that require service. Table 9 describes the memory RAS
features supported on the M820.
Feature
Description
Dense configuration
optimized profile
Increased memory reliability can be a result from this selectable platform profile
that adjusts parameters to reduce faults regarding refresh rates, speed,
temperature and voltage.
Memory demand and
patrol scrubbing
Demand scrubbing is the ability to write corrected data back to the memory once
a correctable error is detected on a read transaction. Patrol scrubbing proactively
searches the system memory, repairing correctable errors.
Recovery from single
DRAM device failure
(SDDC)
Recovery from Single DRAM Device Failure (SDDC) provides error checking and
correction that protects against any single memory chip failure as well as multi-bit
errors from any portion of a single memory chip.
Failed DIMM isolation
This feature provides the ability to identify a specific failing DIMM channel pair,
thereby enabling the user to replace only the failed DIMM pair.
Memory mirroring:
intra-socket
Memory mirroring is a method of keeping a duplicate (secondary or mirrored)
copy of the contents of memory as a redundant backup for use if the primary
memory fails. The mirrored copy of the memory is stored in memory of the same
processor socket.
Memory address parity
protection
This feature provides the ability to detect transient errors on the address lines of
the DDR channel.
Memory sparing (rank)
Memory sparing allocates one rank per channel as a spare. If excessive correctable
errors occur in a rank or channel, they are moved to the spare area while the
operating system is running to prevent the errors from causing an uncorrectable
failure.
Memory thermal
throttling
This feature helps to optimize power/performance and can also be used to
prevent DIMMs from overheating.
For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Dell PowerEdge M820
Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals. Memory RAID is not supported.
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The Dell PowerEdge M820 provides comprehensive internal storage options, including several drive
types and storage controllers to choose from.
Express Flash PCIe SSD is 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.
The M820 is available in three different hard-drive backplane options. Table 10 lists the options for
backplanes, hard-drive controllers, and drive types for the M820.
Number
of drives
Drive types
Backplane
Controller
4
SAS HDD
SAS
MiniPERC card
4
SAS HDD,
Express Flash
PCIe SSD
SAS (2)
PCIe SSD (2)
MiniPERC card, PCIe extender
2
SAS HDD
SAS
MiniPERC card
The M820 supports up to four 2.5-inch SAS or two 2.5-inch PCIe SSDs and shown in Table 11. For
the latest information on supported hard drives, visit Dell.com.
Form
factor
2.5”
Type
Speed
(rpm)
Capacities
Nearline SAS (6Gb)
7.2K
500GB, 1TB, 1TB (SED)
SAS (6Gb)
10K
300GB, 600GB, 900GB, 900GB (SED)
SAS (6Gb)
15K
146GB, 300GB, 300GB (SED)
SAS SSD (SLC, 6Gb)
N/A
200GB, 400GB
Express Flash PCIe
SSD (SLC)
N/A
175GB, 350GB
Express Flash drives use PCIe and SSD technologies to provide performance, scalability, and optimal
serviceability. Accelerated performance with high IOPs is made possible without requiring processor
resources or capturing DRAM. Also, Express Flash drives use a standardized, 2.5-inch
hot-plug form factor, which allows a common management process for all drives.
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The PowerEdge M820 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.
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.
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 PERC H710P is an eight-port, internal, 6Gb/s PCIe RAID controller (mini form factor) with 1 GB
DDR3 non-volatile (NV) cache.
The PERC H710 is an eight-port, internal, 6Gb/s PCIe RAID controller (mini form factor) with 512 MB
DDR3 NV cache.
The PERC H310 is an eight-port, internal, 6Gb/s PCIe RAID controller (mini form factor) that is a
low-cost, entry-level RAID solution.
For more information about the latest PERC offerings, see Dell.com/PERC.
Table 12 lists the features supported by the RAID controller options on the M820.
Feature
PERC option
H310
H710
H710P





SAS backplane



SATA hard drives

1

1

SAS hard drives



Un-configured hard drive support (non-RAID)

RAID 0



RAID 1



Software RAID stack
iMR firmware stack

MR firmware stack
SSD support
SATA backplane
DDR3 cache (512MB)
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
1
Feature
PERC option
H310
H710
DDR3 cache (512MB)

Non-volatile cache option





Linux support



Virtualization support



Mini form factor



N/A
N/A
N/A
PCIe 2.0



Local support for self-encrypting disk (SED)
X
UEFI browser



Hll



Microsoft Windows support
®
Embedded on motherboard
1
Supports SATA hard drives through the SAS backplane.
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The Dell PowerEdge M820 offers balanced, scalable I/O capabilities, including integrated PCIe 3.0
capable mezzanine card slots. Dell Select Network Adapters, Dell’s network daughter cards, let you
choose the right network fabric without using up a valuable mezzanine card slot. Pick the speed,
technology, vendor, and other options such as switch independent partitioning, which let you share
and manage bandwidth on 10GbE connections.
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.
The Select Network Adapter family is purpose-built and includes flexible LAN on motherboard (LOM)
card options for Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers. The Select Network Adapter form factor
delivers the value of LOM integration with the system, including BIOS integration and shared port for
manageability while providing the flexibility of a modular card.
The PowerEdge M820 supports two custom network daughter cards (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. The blade network
daughter card options supported on the M820 provide dual-port 10GbE interfaces.
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Table 13 lists the available Select Network Adapter options and their supported features for the
M820.
Features
Broadcom
57810S-k
Intel X520-k
QLogic
QMD8262-k
Ports x link
speed
2x10Gb
2x10Gb
2x10Gb
Supported
speed
1Gb and 10Gb
1Gb and 10Gb
10Gb only
SR-IOV
Not supported
Supported
Not supported
ISCSI HBA
Supported
1
Not supported
Supported
FCoE
Supported
2
Supported
Switch
independent
partitioning
Supported
3
Not supported
DCB
Supported
2
Supported
4
Supported
DCB with
iSCSI TLV
Supported
5
Supported
5
Supported
2
Supported
Supported
1
Only 10Gb ports have iSCSI HBA support.
Only 10Gb ports have FCoE support.
3
Only 10Gb ports have switch independent partitioning support. The maximum number of partitions
supported is eight (four partitions per 10GE port).
4
Only 10Gb ports have DCB support.
5
Only 10Gb ports have ISCSI TLV support.
2
With M820, the job of deploying, updating, monitoring, and maintaining the Select Network
Adapters is fast and easy. System management integration features include the following:







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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
Operating System/BMC pass-through feature for sensory information.
Automation of firmware and driver version deployment upon component replacement.
Automatic monitoring of NIC status and notification on SNMP traps.
Local or remote re-configuration of any NIC, physical or virtual.
PXE boot enabled on all LOM and NDCs for ease of use.
Boot from SAN (iSCSI, FCoE) configuration for networking devices through the Lifecycle
Controller GUI.
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The M820 provides four PCIe 3.0 mezzanine connectors for add-in cards. The M820 has been
designed to be PCIe 3.0 compliant in order to take full advantage of the processor capabilities.
Table 14 lists the supported mezzanine cards for the M820.
Type
Adapter
Broadcom 5719 Serdes 4P 1Gb
Intel I350 Serdes 4P 1Gb
1Gb/10Gb NICs
Broadcom 57810S-k 2P 10Gb
Intel X520-x/k 2P 10Gb
Qlogic QME8262-k 2P 10Gb
Brocade BR1741M-k 2P 10Gb
FC4/FC8 adapters
Infiniband
QLogic QME2572 2P 8Gb
Emulex LPe1205-M 8GB
Mellanox QDR CX-3 40Gb
Mellanox FDR CX-3 56Gb
For the latest information on supported mezzanine cards for the M820, visit Dell.com.
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Lower overall system-level power draw is a result of Dell’s breakthrough system design. The
PowerEdge M820 blade server and M1000e chassis enclosure maximize performance per watt
through a combination of power and cooling, energy efficient technologies, and tools. Additionally,
the M820 has an extensive collection of sensors that automatically track thermal activity, which
helps regulate temperature thereby reducing server noise and power consumption.
With the rise in the cost of energy coupled with increasing data center density, Dell provides tools
and technologies to help you realize greater performance with less energy cost and waste. More
efficient data center usage can reduce costs by slowing the need for additional data center space.
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.
Feature
Description
Power supply units (PSU)
portfolio
Dell’s PSU portfolio includes intelligent features such as dynamically
optimizing efficiency while maintaining availability and redundancy.
Tools for right-sizing
Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA) is a tool that helps you determine the
most efficient configuration possible. With Dell’s ESSA, you can calculate the
power consumption of your hardware, power infrastructure, and storage.
ESSA can help you determine exactly how much power your server will use
at a given workload, and the PSU Advisor can help you choose the best,
most efficient PSU for your workload. Learn more at Dell.com/calc.
Energy Smart Data Center Assessment is a Dell Services offering that uses
infrastructure and thermal analysis to help maximize system efficiency. Learn
more at Dell.com/EnergySmart.
Industry compliance
Power monitoring
accuracy
Dell’s servers are compliant with all relevant industry certifications and
®
guidelines, including 80 PLUS, Climate Savers, and ENERGY STAR .
PSU power monitoring improvements include:
 Dell’s power monitoring accuracy is currently 1%, whereas the industry
standard is 5%
 More accurate reporting of power
 Better performance under a power cap
Power capping
Systems management
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Use Dell’s systems management to set the power cap limit for your systems
to limit the output of a PSU and reduce system power consumption. Dell is
the first hardware vendor to leverage Intel Node Manager for circuit-breaker
fast capping.
iDRAC7 Enterprise provides server-level management that monitors, reports,
and controls power consumption at the processor, memory, and system
level.
Dell OpenManage Power Center delivers group power management at the
rack, row, and data center level for servers, power distribution units, and
uninterruptible power supplies.
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Feature
Description
Intel Node Manager is an embedded technology that provides individual
server-level power reporting and power limiting functionality. Dell offers a
complete power management solution comprised of Intel Node Manager
accessed through Dell iDRAC7 Enterprise and OpenManage Power Center
that allows policy-based management of power and thermals at the
individual server, rack and data center level.
Active power management
Hot spare reduces power consumption of redundant power supplies.
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.
Fresh Air cooling
With the thermal design and reliability of Dell products, you can have the
capability to operate at excursion-based temperatures. This solution is
comprised of servers, networking, storage, and infrastructure that run
beyond the industry standard of 35°C (95°F) without impacting your
availability model. Find additional information at Dell.com/FreshAir.
Dell offers some of the industry’s highest-efficiency power infrastructure
solutions, including:
 Power distribution units (PDUs)
Rack infrastructure
 Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs)
 Energy Smart containment rack enclosures
Find additional information at http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/
power-and-cooling-technologies-components-rack-infrastructure.aspx.
Find additional information at Dell.com/PowerAndCooling and Power.com/PowerCenter.
The M1000e chassis enclosure provides power and cooling for the M820 blade server. For
information on the M1000e power supply units, see the PowerEdge M1000e Technical Guide on
Dell.com.
Optimized thermal management keeps fan speeds in the PowerEdge M820 as low as possible,
contributing to quiet operation and ensuring proper component cooling.
The thermal design of the PowerEdge M820 reflects the following:
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Comprehensive thermal management: The PowerEdge M820 dynamically controls system
cooling fan speed, based on responses from critical sensors that monitor the temperature of
several components, including:
- Processors
- DIMMs
- System inlet ambient
- Mezzanine card
- Network daughter card (NDC)
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Thermal control also detects and responds to hardware configuration. Thermal management
adjusts cooling according to what the system really needs, and draws lower fan power draw and
generates lower acoustical noise levels than those without such controls.
Environmental specifications: The optimized thermal management makes the PowerEdge
M820 reliable under a wide range of operating environments as shown in Table 24.

The acoustical performance of the PowerEdge M820 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
Performance optimized)
NDC
Number of installed processors
Population of modular, non-homogenous modular deployment
Impedance of blanks





Configuration
(23 ± 2°C
ambient)
Minimum
Typical
CPUs
Hard
drives
DIMMs
HDD
controller
2 x 95W
(6 core)
1 x 2.5"
SATA
(7.2K)
2x
2GB
PERC H310
Any mezz.
None
(mini)
card
2 x 95W
(8 core)
2 x 2.5"
SAS
(10K)
16 x
8GB
PERC H710
(mini)
NDC
1Gb
PCI cards
Any mezz.
card
Operating
mode
Standby
Idle
4
Standby
Idle
3
4
3
LWA-UL
1
2
LpA
(bels)
(dBA)
6.9
51
7.4
55
6.9
52
7.3
55
1
LWA-UL is the upper limit sound power levels (LWA) calculated per section 4.4.1 of ISO 9296 (1988) and measured in
accordance to ISO 7779 (2010).
2
LpA is the average A-weighted sound pressure level of four bystanders in accordance with ISO 7779 (2010) Section 8.6.2.
The system is placed inside 42U rack in 25cm height.
3
Standby: AC Power is connected to power supply units but the system is not turned on.
4
Idle: Reference ISO 7779 (2010) definition 3.1.7; system is running in its operating system but no other specific activity.
Note: Stress is an operating mode per ISO 7779 (2010) definition 3.1.6. Since blade stressing applications vary widely,
blade stress values are not available.
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The Dell PowerEdge M820 supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and
virtualization software.
Table 17 lists the operating systems supported on the M820. For the latest information on supported
operating systems, see Dell.com/OSsupport.
Operating System
Platform
Edition
x32
x64
N/A
x64
N/A
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 for HPC
Compute Node
x64
N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
x64
N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4
x64
N/A
x64
(with Microsoft
Hyper-V role
enabled)
Web
Standard
Enterprise
Data center
HPC
Foundation
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8
1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2
2
2
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
1
RHEL 5.7 is the minimum supported version. Current drop in box option is RHEL 5.8.
RHEL 6.1 is the minimum supported version. Current factory install is RHEL 6.2.
2
Support of the operating systems listed in Table 18 is limited to a virtual environment as a guest
operating system. Please contact the software vendor for additional support or questions about
running the operating system in a virtualized environment.
Operating System
Platform
Edition
Microsoft Windows 2003
x86
Web
x86
Standard
Enterprise
x64
Standard
Enterprise
Data center
Microsoft Windows 2003 R2 with SP2
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One of the key features for virtualization on the M820 is the support for a failsafe hypervisor. By
running the hypervisor on an optional SD card and installing a backup copy on the other mirrored
SD card, you can protect against hardware failure and maximize virtualization uptime. Table 19
highlights the virtualization support for the M820.
Operating systems
VMware
1
Citrix
2
Red Hat
Version
Options
®
vSphere v4.1 U2
ESX Classic
DIB
vSphere v4.1 U2
ESXi Installable
DIB
vSphere v4.1 U2
ESXi Embedded
FI
vSphere v5.0
ESXi (one version)
DIB
vSphere v5.0 U1
ESXi (one version)
FI/DIB
XenServer v6.0
—
DIB
Enterprise Virtualization 3.0
—
DIB
FI = factory install; DIB = drop in box
1
vSphere Fault Tolerance is supported with these versions
2
No OpenManage support; drop-in-box license registration card only
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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.
The advanced management capabilities of Dell OpenManage also integrates into offerings from
other popular systems management solutions that you may already use, making Dell platforms easy
to manage and deploy in any IT environment. This ensures your IT services are available when your
business needs them. If you have already standardized on offerings from industry leaders, such as
BMC Software, Microsoft, Symantec™, VMware, or other vendors, you can leverage OpenManage
integration and connections developed for use with your existing systems management framework
to efficiently manage Dell servers, storage, business-client PCs, and network devices.
Start with a firm foundation for efficient hardware management using OpenManage tools, utilities,
and management consoles. OpenManage systems management solutions consist of a combination
of embedded management features and software products that help you automate and simplify the
entire server lifecycle: deploy, update, monitor, and maintain. OpenManage solutions are
innovatively designed for simplicity and ease of use to help you reduce complexity, save time,
achieve efficiency, control costs, and empower productivity.
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
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
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The Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio includes powerful hardware and software
management tools and consoles. 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
2nd 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. These
embedded features help simplify and automate all aspects of server lifecycle management:
deployment, updates, monitoring and maintenance. Table 20 describes the functions and benefits
of iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
Feature
Function
Benefit
Out of band
(OOB)
iDRAC7 offers real-time OOB discovery,
inventory, deployment monitoring,
alerting and updates for servers and
internal storage
Manage servers independent of the OS type
or status—even if an OS is not installed
Single code base
All server types have the same embedded
management hardware and firmware
Simplified and consistent maintenance
across server platforms
Dedicated
GigE port
(PowerEdge
rack and tower
systems)
Gigabit Ethernet replaces 10/100 on
predecessor iDRAC6
Fast throughput for better performance;
compatibility with setup for switches
Email alerts
Simplified, more informative, and
expanded coverage than previous
versions of iDRAC
More detail allows IT administrators to be
more efficient in diagnosing and remediating
an issue; alerts include a direct, embedded
URL in the email notification to further speed
resolution
vFlash media
Enabled with iDRAC7 Enterprise
Allows for use of a non-Dell SD card
Enhanced power
management
Integration with Intel Node Manager
provides data center level power
monitoring and capping
(requires iDRAC7 Enterprise)
Fine tune data center power usage and
report on historical power usage by rack, row
or room using OpenManage Power Center
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Feature
Electronic
licensing
Function
Benefit
To obtain a software license key for
iDRAC7 Express for Blades or iDRAC7
Enterprise after server purchase, submit a
request to purchase a software
license key through the Dell Licensing
Portal or with a Dell sales representative
If iDRAC7 Express for Blades or iDRAC7
Enterprise is ordered during initial point of
sale, license key is installed. If Basic
Management is ordered during initial point of
sale, customer must request a license key
through the Dell Licensing Portal.
For most server models, embedded server
management and electronic licensing
enables feature enhancements that do not
require installation of additional hardware or
system downtime.
iDRAC7 Enterprise is available for the PowerEdge M820, 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.
Feature (function)
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iDRAC7
Enterprise
iDRAC7
Express for
Blades
Local configuration with Lifecycle Controller GUI
∞
∞
IPMI 2.0
∞
∞
Embedded diagnostics
∞
∞
Local OS install
∞
∞
Local updates
∞
∞
Driver pack
∞
∞
Encryption
∞
∞
Dedicated NIC 1Gbps (100MB in iDRAC6)
1
∞
∞
IPv6
∞
∞
Auto-discovery
∞
∞
Auto-recovery
∞
∞
Web GUI
∞
∞
Remote CLI
∞
∞
Local/SSH CLI
∞
∞
Serial redirection
∞
∞
Remote configuration
∞
∞
Remote update
∞
∞
Email alerts
∞
∞
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iDRAC7
Enterprise
Feature (function)
iDRAC7
Express for
Blades
SNMP alerts
∞
∞
Comprehensive monitoring
∞
∞
Virtual console (4 user)
∞
∞
Virtual media
∞
∞
∞
∞
Power control
∞
∞
Power monitoring
∞
∞
Virtual console chat
∞
Support for customer-supplied SD cards for vFlash
media
Virtual flash partitions
∞
Virtual folders
∞
Remote file share
∞
Crash video playback
∞
Boot record/playback
∞
Part replacement
∞
Backup and restore configurations
∞
Power capping
∞
Enterprise group power management
∞
Directory services (AD, LDAP)
∞
PK authentication
∞
Crash screen capture
3
Two-factor authentication
4
1
2
∞
∞
2
3
4
Blade-to-chassis internal connection is 100MB; Single user; Requires OMSA agent on target server; Uses Microsoft
®
®
ActiveX on Internet Explorer only
Most systems management solutions require pieces of software, called agents, to be installed on
each node in order to be managed within the IT environment. Additionally, the same agent is often
used as a local interface into the hardware health and may be accessed remotely as a management
interface, typically referred to as a one-to-one interface. For customers that continue to use agentbased 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). It can also be used to view system configuration,
inventory, health, and performance.
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Because Dell PowerEdge servers have embedded server lifecycle management, in many cases, there
is no need to install an OpenManage systems management software agent into the operating
system of a Dell PowerEdge server. This greatly simplifies and streamlines the management
footprint.
The Dell Chassis Management Controller (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.
The CMC uses iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller to perform management functions, such as opening
a remote console session from the CMC interface.
The central console in a systems management solution is often referred to as the one-to-many
console. The central console provides a rapid view and insight into the overall health of all systems
in the IT environment. The Dell systems management portfolio includes several powerful consoles,
depending upon your needs, including the following:

Dell OpenManage Essentials—OpenManage Essentials (OME) is a recently released systems
management console that provides a comprehensive view of Dell systems, devices, and
components in an enterprise network. It is used to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers,
EqualLogic™ and PowerVault™ storage, and PowerConnect™ switches; to update and configure
Dell servers; and to create asset reports. OpenManage Essentials also communicates health
status alerts for Dell servers, storage, and network devices to the Dell KACE™ K1000 service
desk. OpenManage Essentials is available as a no-charge software download from
Support.Dell.com.

Dell Management Console—Dell Management Console (DMC) offers sophisticated data-center
management capabilities with comprehensive reporting features. DMC can perform basic
hardware management and can manage operating systems and applications using various
plug-ins from Symantec.

Dell IT Assistant—Dell IT Assistant (ITA) is a console for managing Dell servers, storage arrays,
and other components distributed throughout a network. Dell IT Assistant allows for easy
identification of system issues through alerts, helping to reduce system downtime. Systems
administrators can easily monitor systems anywhere within their network using ITA. ITA is
supported on the M820, however, enhanced functionality is now available with OpenManage
Essentials.
Dell OpenManage systems management tools and utilities consist of the following:
 Dell Repository Manager—The Dell Repository Manager (RM) is a standalone GUI-based
productivity tool that helps simplify the process of managing downloads and baseline BIOS,
firmware, and driver updates. Repository Manager can create deployment disks as well as create
and manage customized repositories.
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
Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility—The Dell Server Update Utility (SUU) is a DVD-based
application for identifying and applying BIOS and firmware updates to your Dell PowerEdge
servers.

Dell OpenManage Systems Build and Update Utility—The Dell System Build and Update Utility
(SBUU) provides one-to-one and one-to-many deployment and single-server update
capabilities in the pre-operating system environment.

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.

Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit—The Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK) is a
CLI-based tool that includes a set of utilities for configuring and deploying Dell PowerEdge
systems, and can be used to build scripted, unattended OS installations to deploy large numbers
of servers in a reliable fashion.

RACADM—The RACADM command-line utility provides a scriptable interface that allows you to
locally or remotely configure iDRAC7.

IPMITool—IPMITool includes scriptable console application programs used to control and
manage remote systems using the IPMI version 1.5 and later protocol.
Dell OpenManage easily integrates with several leading third-party consoles, including:

Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations
Manager (SCOM)—This suite of server management packs enables several functions through
System Center Operations Manager, including in-band discovery and monitoring of racks and
towers, out-of-band discovery and monitoring through iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller, as well
as performance and advanced monitoring.

Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager (SCCM)—This pack contains Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI), which
integrates OpenManage functions in SCCM to manage the Dell PowerEdge servers, including
auto-discovery, operating system deployment and configuration of hardware elements, (RAID,
NIC, BIOS, iDRAC), OS and hypervisor agnostic updates, firmware management, and system
viewer utilities.

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.

Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter —This plug-in allows IT administrators to
monitor, provision, and manage the physical PowerEdge server hardware and firmware from a
dedicated Dell menu accessed through the VMware vCenter console using the same role-based
access control model as vCenter, combining physical server management.

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.
Dell OpenManage provides connections with many third-party consoles, including:
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
Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and
Systems Management—This connection allows you to monitor PowerEdge servers and
PowerVault storage arrays from within the Computer Associates Network and Systems
Management (CA NSM) console.

Dell OpenManage Connection for HP Operations Manager—This connection enables several
functions through HP Operations Manager, including auto-grouping, SNMP trap reception,
global health monitoring, and a context-sensitive launch of 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.
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. This allows you to invest more time and energy on business improvements and less
on maintenance. Figure 7 illustrates the various operations that can be performed during the server’s
lifecycle.
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Table 22 lists the products that are available for one-to-one and one-to-many operations, and
when they are used in the server’s lifecycle:
Operation
One-to-one
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 DTK
 SBUU
 Symantec Deployment Server
 Dell Management Plug-in for
VMware vCenter
 KACE K1000 Appliance
 Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
 BMC BladeLogic integration
with Lifecycle Controller
 Dell Server Deployment Pack
(DSDP) for Microsoft System
Center Configuration Manager and
Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
 iDRAC7 with LifeCycle
Controller
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 Repository Manager
 DUP
 SUU
 SBUU
 Dell Management
Plug-in for VMware
vCenter




 Dell Update Catalogs for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
 Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
 iDRAC7
 OMSA
 Dell OpenManage Essentials
 Dell OpenManage ITA
 BMC ProactiveNet
Performance Management
 Dell OpenManage Power
Center
 Dell Management Console
 Dell Management Plug-in for
VMware vCenter
 BMC ProactiveNet
 Dell Server Management Pack Suite
for Microsoft System Center
Operations Manager (SCOM)
 IPMI
 iDRAC7
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
Remediate:
Deploy
Update
One-to-many
Monitor
Maintain
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage ITA
Dell Management Console
Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
 Dell Server PRO Management Pack
for Microsoft System Center Virtual
Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Replace parts:
 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.
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Figure 8 details the dimensions of the M820 module.
Xa
Xb
Y
Zb
(handle
closed)
Zb
(handle open)
395.2mm
385.4mm
50.35mm
544.95mm
568.45mm
The weight of a maximum-configured M820 blade server is 14.5 kg (31.9 lb).
The Dell PowerEdge M820 iDRAC7 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.
The M820 system supports the 2D graphics video modes in Table 23.
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Resolution
Refresh Rate (Hz)
Color Depth (bit)
640 x 480
60, 72
8, 16, 32
800 x 600
60, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
1024 x 768
60, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
1152 x 864
60, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
1280 x 1024
(not available for UEFI)
60, 75
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For additional information about environmental measurements for specific system configurations,
see Dell.com/environmental_datasheets. Table 24 details the environmental specifications for the
M820.
Fresh Air: temperature, humidity, altitude de-rating
Continuous
operation
10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) at 10% to 80% relative humidity with 26°C (78.8°F) maximum
dew point (maximum wet bulb temperature). De-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature at 1°C per 300m above 950m (1°F per 547 ft above 3117 ft).
Expanded
operation
When operating in the expanded temperature range, system performance may be impacted,
and ambient temperature warnings may be reported on the LCD and in the System Event
Log.
≤ 10% of annual operating hours: 5°C to 10°C and 35°C to 40°C (with no direct sunlight on
the equipment) at 5% to 85% relative humidity with 26°C dew point (maximum wet bulb
temperature). Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can
operate down to 5°C or up to 40°C for a maximum of 10% of its annual operating hours. For
temperatures between 35°C and 40°C (95°F to 104°F), de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature by 1°C per 175m above 950m (1°F per 319 ft above 3117 ft).
≤ 1% of annual operating hours: –5°C to 5°C and 40°C to 45°C (with no direct sunlight on
the equipment) at 5% to 90% relative humidity with 26°C dew point (maximum wet bulb
temperature). Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can
operate down to –5°C or up to 45°C for a maximum of 1% of its annual operating hours. For
temperatures between 40°C and 45°C (104°F to 113°F), de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature by 1°C per 125m above 950m (1°F per 228 ft above 3117 ft).
Expanded operation restrictions:
 No cold startup below 5°C
 Install only 87mm wide heat sinks
 Do not install more than 40 DIMMs
Temperature
Operating
See Fresh Air for temperature information
Storage
–40 C to 65 C (-40 F to 149 F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20 C per hour
o
o
o
o
o
Relative humidity
Operating
See Fresh Air for relative humidity information
Storage
5% to 95% at a maximum wet bulb temperature of 33°C (91°F); atmosphere must be
condensing at all times
Maximum vibration
Operating
0.26 Grms at 5Hz to 350Hz for 15 minutes
Storage
1.54 Grms at 10Hz to 250Hz for 15 minutes
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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
pulse on each side of the system) of 71G for up to 2ms
Altitude
Operating
–15.2m to 3048m (–50 ft to 10,000 ft)
Storage
–15.2m to 12,000m (–50 ft to 39,370 ft)
Airborne contaminant level
Class G1 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985
USB peripherals are supported through the front USB ports. They are USB 2.0 compliant.
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The M820 system conforms to the industry standards in Table 25.
Standard
URL for information and specifications
ACPI
Advance Configuration and Power Interface
Specification, v2.0c
www.acpi.info
Ethernet
IEEE 802.3-2005
standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.3.html
HDG
Hardware Design Guide Version 3.0 for
Microsoft Windows Server
www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/pcdesign/desguid
e/serverdg.mspx
IPMI
Intelligent Platform Management Interface,
v2.0
www.intel.com/design/servers/ipmi
DDR3 Memory
DDR3 SDRAM Specification,
Rev. 3A
www.jedec.org/download/search/JESD79-3C.pdf
LPC
Low Pin Count Interface Specification, Rev.
1.1
developer.intel.com/design/chipsets/industry/lpc.htm
PCI Express
PCI Express Base Specification Rev. 2.0 and
3.0
www.pcisig.com/specifications/pciexpress
PMBus
Power System Management Protocol
Specification, v1.2
pmbus.info/specs.html
SAS
Serial Attached SCSI, v1.1
www.t10.org
SATA
Serial ATA Rev. 2.6; SATA II, SATA 1.0a
Extensions, Rev. 1.2
www.sata-io.org
SMBIOS
System Management BIOS Reference
Specification, v2.7
www.dmtf.org/standards/smbios/
TPM
Trusted Platform Module Specification, v1.2
www.trustedcomputinggroup.org
UEFI
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
Specification, v2.1
www.uefi.org/specs
USB
Universal Serial Bus Specification, Rev. 2.0
www.usb.org/developers/docs
Windows Logo
Windows Logo Program System and Device
Requirements, v3.10
www.microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.mspx
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Table 26 provides a list of documents and websites that provide for more information on the Dell
PowerEdge M820.
Resource
Description of contents
Location
PowerEdge M820
Systems Owner’s
Manual
This manual is provided in HTML format on the CD
provided with the M820 system, and also in HTML and
PDF format at the Dell support site. A printed version is
available in Asian languages as a customer-orderable
option. This manual provides information on the
following:
 Chassis features
 System Setup program
 System messages
 System codes and indicators
 System BIOS
 Remove and replace procedures
 Troubleshooting
 Diagnostics
 Jumpers and connectors
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
PowerEdge
Modular Systems
Hardware Owner’s
Manual
This manual provides information on the PowerEdge
M1000e chassis enclosure and its supported blade server
modules.
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
Dell PowerEdge
M1000e, M915,
M910, M710HD,
M710, M820,
M610x, and M610
Getting Started
Guide
This guide is printed and shipped with the system, and is
also available in PDF format on the Dell support site. This
guide provides information on the following:
 Initial setup steps
 Key system features
 Technical specifications
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
System
Information Label
The system information label documents the system
board layout and system jumper settings.
On the module
Quick Resource
Locator (QRL)
This code on the chassis can be scanned by a phone
application to access additional information and
resources for the server, including videos, reference
materials, service tag information, and Dell contact
information.
On the module
Information
Update
This document is printed and shipped with the system,
and is also available in PDF format on the Dell support
site. This guide provides system update information.
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
PowerEdge
M1000e Technical
Guide
This guide provides detailed technical information on the
M1000e chassis enclosure and its supported features.
Dell.com
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Resource
Description of contents
Location
Dell Energy Smart
Data Center
Assessment
uses infrastructure and thermal analysis to help maximize
system efficiency
Dell.com/EnergySmart
Energy Smart
Solution Advisor
(ESSA)
The Dell online advisor console enables easier and more
meaningful estimates to help you determine the most
efficient configuration possible. Use ESSA to calculate the
power consumption of your hardware, power
infrastructure, and storage.
Dell.com/ESSA
Power and
cooling
technologies
Provides details for improving energy efficiency in the
data center.
Dell.com/PNC
Energy
management
Provides information on Dell’s Fresh Air cooling solutions.
Dell.com/FreshAir
Operating system
matrix for Dell
PowerEdge
systems
Provides updated information on which operating
systems are available on which PowerEdge systems.
Dell.com/OSsupport
Processor and
chipset
Provides more information about the R620 processors
and chipset.
Intel.com
Dell PowerEdge
RAID controllers
Provides more information on Dell PowerEdge RAID
controllers (PERC).
Dell.com/PERC
Power distribution
unit (PDU)
Provides help selecting a power distribution unit (PDU).
DellPDU.com
Uninterruptible
power supply
(UPS)
Provides help selecting an uninterruptible power supply
(UPS) model.
DellUPS.com
Volatility
information
Contact your Dell Sales Representative.
Dell Enterprise
Acoustics
White paper that explores the mechanisms of, people’s
reaction to, language of, and Dell’s work to control noise
from Enterprise products.
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www.dell.com/downloads/g
lobal/products/pedge/en/ac
oustical-education-dellenterprise-white-paper.pdf
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