Deploying the QLogic QME8242-k Converged Network Adapter

A Principled Technologies deployment guide commissioned by QLogic Corporation
Table of contents
Executive summary ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Introduction............................................................................................................................................... 2
QLogic QConvergeConsole ........................................................................................................................ 3
Overview of the procedure ........................................................................................................................... 4
Initial setup ................................................................................................................................................ 5
Setting up the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k switch ................................................................................. 5
Installing Windows Server® 2008 R2 and drivers for the QLogic QME8242-k .......................................... 5
Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k ................................................................................................ 6
Setting fiber access to the SAN ................................................................................................................. 6
Detailed deployment steps ........................................................................................................................... 6
Cabling the network .................................................................................................................................. 6
Connecting to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e CMC..................................................................................... 7
Configuring the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k......................................................................................... 12
Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 ......................................................................................................... 12
Installing the drivers for the QLogic QME8242-k .................................................................................... 17
Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k .............................................................................................. 20
Installing Windows updates .................................................................................................................... 23
Setting access to the SAN ........................................................................................................................ 26
Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................... 28
Appendix: Using the Dell Unified Server Configurator to enablE NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k .......... 29
About Principled Technologies ................................................................................................................... 37
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Introduction
Traditional networking, where each connection uses one or more
cables, is evolving into a more streamlined system – converged
networking. Where you previously needed a separate cable for each
connection type, you can now combine multiple types of connections
onto just one cable. This guide explains how to converge Ethernet and
Fibre Channel (FC) networks for data center deployment with both
network types flowing through the same physical connection. We will
describe a simple network configuration containing a LAN connection
and a SAN connection to preconfigured storage.
With Ethernet speeds increasing to 10 Gb/second, more traffic can go
through a single cable without compromising performance. Converged
network adapters take the benefits of 10Gb Ethernet one step further
by allowing you to combine multiple types of traffic, such as TCP, iSCSI,
and FCoE, on a single physical port.
NIC partitioning (NPAR), implemented with QLogic VMflex™ technology,
provides a seamless migration path for replacing many 1Gb Ethernet
ports with fewer 10GbE ports, without compromising the performance,
bandwidth provisioning flexibility, and isolation that physical server
environments require.
The QLogic QME8242-k Converged Network Adapter can support up to
four independent I/O partitions in one port, allowing you to reduce the
number of components used for networking. The partitions are flexible,
allowing you to change their function from iSCSI or FCoE to pure
Ethernet with just a few steps. The QLogic QME8242-k uses a PCIe®
Gen2 x8 bus to interface with the host server. The greater bus speed
allows data to move more quickly between the processor and the
converged adapter.
The QLogic QME8242-k uses QLogic FlexOffload™ to reduce server CPU
cycles required for TCP, FCoE, and iSCSI operations. This increases
available CPU resources or CPU efficiency, which can improve
performance for all applications and increase levels of consolidation in
virtualized servers.
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The benefits the QLogic QME8242-k Converged Network Adapter
delivers are clear: fewer server CPU cycles, fewer cables, fewer
switches, and greater efficiency—all of which yields you a greater return
on your investment by allowing you to accomplish more work with less
equipment.
QLogic QConvergeConsole
QLogic offers easy to use management tools to help manage its adapter,
allowing you to change the functionality of your adapter’s partitions
from your operating system, along with a host of other features. It is
available in both a command line interface (CLI) and a graphical user
interface (GUI). Each provides similar functionality, but offers different
ways of interacting with the adapter.
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Our report does not provide complete details about the QLogic
QConvergeConsole™ suite of software, though we do include
instructions on how to modify the adapter and its partitions with the
QConverge Console command line interface. For more information on
the QConvergeConsole CLI and GUI, see the QLogic user guides at
http://support.dell.com.
OVERVIEW OF THE PROCEDURE
This guide shows you how to use NIC partitioning to consolidate
heterogeneous network traffic using the QLogic QME8242-k Converged
Network Adapter, a Dell PowerEdge M710 server, and a Dell
PowerConnect™ M8428-k switch. As a physical Ethernet switch and OSagnostic layer 2 technology, NPAR gives you a lot of freedom in how you
configure your servers. For this guide, we chose Microsoft® Windows
Server® 2008 R2 as the server OS, and show every step needed to
connect a bare-metal blade to an existing Ethernet network and Fibre
Channel-based SAN infrastructure. When the installation is complete,
the server will send and receive both FCoE and Ethernet traffic through
a single port on the 10Gb adapter.
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Initial setup
For details, see the Cabling the network and Connecting to the Dell
PowerEdge M1000e CMC sections below.
1. Connect the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k switch to the core Internet
network and to the SAN infrastructure.
2. Use your browser to connect to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e CMC
and launch the iDRAC GUI for the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k.
Setting up the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k switch
For details, see the Configuring the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k switch
section below.
1. Create the VLANs to access the core network and the SAN
infrastructure.
2. Configure the VLAN access.
Installing Windows Server® 2008 R2 and drivers for the
QLogic QME8242-k
For details, see the Installing Windows Server 2008 R2, Installing the
drivers for the QLogic QME8428-k, and Installing Windows updates
sections below.
1. Install a new copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (Full
Installation) as the operating system on the Dell PowerEdge M710.
2. If you have not already done so, download the drivers for the QLogic
QME8242-k from http://support.dell.com.
3. Log in as administrator.
4. Install the QLogic Windows SuperInstaller and all its relevant
components.
5. Now that the system has network connectivity, install Windows
updates.
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Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k
NOTE
There are several ways to enable NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k. In
the body of this guide, we provide details on doing so with the QLogic
QConvergeConsole CLI. You can also use the Dell Unified Server
Configurator (USC) (see the Appendix of this guide).
The basic steps for enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k are as
follows:
1. Start the QConvergeConsole CLI.
2. Through the NIC Partitioning menu, enable the additional ports,
making sure to assign the fourth port for FCoE.
3. Reboot the server.
For details, see the Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k section
below.
Setting fiber access to the SAN
For details, see the Setting access to the SAN section below.
1. Start the Windows Server Manager, expand Storage, and select Disk
Management.
2. Right-click the new disk, and select Online. In this guide, we are
connecting to a preconfigured LUN. However, you would have the
opportunity to initialize the drive at this point, if necessary.
DETAILED DEPLOYMENT STEPS
Cabling the network
This diagram shows how the network components are connected. The
blue line represents the Network/IP connection, while the orange line
represents the Storage/FC connection.
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This guide assumes a connection to the core Ethernet network, in our
case, via a Cisco® Nexus® 5010 switch. Likewise, we connected to an
existing SAN infrastructure via a Brocade® 200E switch. Configuring
these switches is outside the scope of this guide. This guide shows how
to configure all other components from bare metal.
Connecting to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e CMC
1. Enter the IP address of the Dell PowerEdge M1000e. At the warning
about the Web site’s security certificate, click Continue to this website
(not recommended).
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2. Enter the user name and password. The default root password is
calvin.
3. To launch the console for the Dell PowerEdge M710, select the
server, and click Launch Remote Console.
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4. At the warning about the Web site’s security certificate, click
Continue to this website (not recommended).
5. Depending on your browser settings, you may need to give
permission for the console to launch.
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6. The console is running.
7. To launch the GUI for the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k, select the
switch from Chassis Overview, and scroll down to click Launch I/O
Module GUI.
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8. Enter the user name and password. The default root password is
calvin.
9. The console is running.
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Configuring the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k
To configure the Dell PowerConnect M8428-k, you will need to use SSH
to connect to the IP address of the switch and use the command-line
interface.
1. To make changes to the switch, enter global configuration mode.
config t
2. Internal interface 0/1 will be carrying the combined traffic to the Dell
PowerEdge M710. Make it an FCoE port, change the switchport mode to
converged traffic, and enable the port.
interface internalTenGigabitEthernet 0/1
fcoeport
switchport mode converged
no shutdown
exit
3. External interface 0/17 will be carrying the Ethernet traffic to the
Cisco Nexus 5010. Change the port to use VLAN 200, and enable the
port.
interface externalTenGigabitEthernet 0/17
switchport mode access
switchport access vlan 200
no shutdown
exit
Installing Windows Server 2008 R2
1. Connect a DVD drive with the Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD to one of
the USB ports on the front of the PowerEdge M710.
2. Launch the console and boot the server.
3. At the Install Windows screen, click Install now.
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4. Select Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (Full Installation) as the
operating system to install, and click Next.
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5. To accept the license terms, click the I accept the license terms
checkbox, and click Next.
6. Set the Language to install, choose the appropriate Time and
currency format and Keyboard of input method, and click Next.
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7. Install a new copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. Select Custom
(advanced).
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8. Select the disk partition to install in, and click Next to begin the
installation.
9. After the installation completes, set the administrator password.
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Installing the drivers for the QLogic QME8242-k
At this point, Windows Server 2008 R2 is installed, but does not
recognize the QLogic QME8242-k. Use a USB drive to copy the driver to
the PowerEdge M710. The file we used was QLogic_1.00.0005.bin.zip,
which is available for download at http://support.dell.com.
1. Right-click the file, and select Extract All.
2. Accept the default extraction location, and click Extract.
3. Navigate to the unzipped folder, and double-click on Setup.exe to
start the installation.
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4. At the Windows SuperInstaller welcome screen, click Next.
5. Read the License Agreement, and click Agree to continue.
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6. Select the default installation (Install Drivers and Applications), check
the VLAN / Teaming Driver checkbox, and click Install.
7. When the installation completes, click Finish. The server is now
connected to the core Ethernet network.
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Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k
1. Start the QConvergeConsole CLI.
2. Once the QConvergeConsole CLI finishes discovering devices, select 7
(NIC Partitioning Configuration), and press Enter.
3. In the NIC Partitioning (NPAR) Configuration Selection menu, select 1
(NPAR Configuration), and press Enter.
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4. In the NIC Partitioning (NPAR) Configuration menu, select 2 (Change
PCI Function Personality), and press Enter.
5. In the NIC Partitioning (NPAR) Port Configuration Selection menu,
select the adapter you wish to modify (we chose port 1 of the first CNA,
or option 2), and press Enter.
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6. In the NIC Partitioning (NPAR) PCI Function Configuration Selection
menu, select 3 (Function: 6), and press Enter.
7. When asked for the personality you wish to change the partition to,
select 3 (FCoE), and press Enter.
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8. The console will warn you that you need to reboot the system for
changes to take effect. Press Enter to continue.
9. Type 99 and press Enter to quit.
10. Reboot your server. The fourth partition will be configured as an
FCoE physical function type upon rebooting.
Installing Windows updates
NOTE
We configured our network with DHCP. If you do not use DHCP in your
network, be sure to configure your IP address before attempting these
steps.
1. Launch Windows Update.
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2. Optionally, turn on Automatic Updating.
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3. Click Install updates. We installed all important updates, including
SP1.
4. To accept the license agreement, click the I accept the license terms
radio button, and click Finish.
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5. To restart the system, click Restart now.
Setting access to the SAN
The following steps assume that you are connecting to a pre-configured
LUN.
1. Start Server Manager.
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2. Expand Storage, and select Disk Management.
3. Right-click the new disk, and select Online.
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4. Close Server Manager.
Conclusion
The deployment is complete. You can now access both the core
Ethernet network and your SAN through a single interface.
As you have seen, using NPAR with the QLogic QME8242-k is simple.
Once you have enabled NPAR using the steps described in the
Configuring the QLogic QME8242-k section, all other setup is the same
as for an installation without NPAR.
The QLogic QME8242-k, with QLogic VMflex and QLogic FlexOffload
technologies, lets you get more done with less. It provides a seamless
migration path for replacing many 1Gb Ethernet ports with fewer 10GbE
ports, makes better use or precious processor resources, and simplifies
the data center.
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APPENDIX: USING THE DELL UNIFIED SERVER CONFIGURATOR
TO ENABLE NPAR ON THE QLOGIC QME8242-K
NOTE
The USC will let you configure the QLogic QME8242-k even before you
have installed the operating system.
If you choose to use the USC, you must boot into UEFI rather than into
BIOS. If your system already boots into UEFI, skip to Step 5.
You do not have to boot into UEFI to use NIC partitioning. Once you
have configured the QLogic QME8242-k, boot into BIOS or UEFI as
appropriate. It is also possible to configure the NIC partitioning in
Windows, as detailed in Enabling NPAR on the QLogic QME8242-k.
1. Boot the server. When the system prompts you, press F2 to enter
system setup.
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2. Use the down arrow key to highlight Boot Settings, and press Enter.
3. Set the Boot Mode to UEFI.
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4. Press Esc twice to exit the BIOS. Press Enter to select Save changes
and exit.
5. When the system reboots, press F10 to enter the USC.
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6. Select Hardware Configuration, and press Enter. In the right pane,
select HII Advanced Configuration, and press Enter.
7. The QLogic QME8242-k presents four interfaces to the USC. Select
the first interface, and press Enter.
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8. Select NIC Partitioning Configuration, and press Enter.
9. Select Partition 2 Configuration, and press Enter.
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10. From the NIC Mode drop-down box, select Enabled. This will enable
the second partition on the QLogic QME8242-k.
11. Highlight Back, press Enter, select Partition 3 Configuration, and
press Enter.
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12. From the NIC Mode drop-down box, select Enabled. This will enable
the third partition on the QLogic QME8242-k.
13. Highlight Back, press Enter, select Partition 4 Configuration, and
press Enter.
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14. From the FCoE Offload Mode drop-down box, select Enabled. This
will enable FCoE on the fourth partition on the QLogic QME8242-k.
15. Highlight Back and press Enter twice, highlight Finish, and press
Enter. When a window appears asking if you want to save changes,
highlight Yes, and press Enter.
16. Repeat steps 7 through 15 for the additional 3 NICs in the USC.
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