Anyone know how networking for Dell M1000e with M630 nodes work?

Started by kpripper, Jun 28, 2022, 05:19 AM

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I am looking at the Dell M1000e with the M630 nodes that support up to E5-2600 v4 CPUs and i am yet to find information and/or youtube video showing how to connect networking for the server blade.

16x M630 Blade Servers
9x Cooling Fans
6x 2000W Power Supplies
2x CMC Modules
iKVM installed
2x Dell Force10 MXL 10/40Gbe switch Module with 2x QSFP+ Modules
2x Dell Force10 M I/O Aggregator switch 2x QSFP+ Modules

Do i just get a router and connect to the switches? How does networking reach the server nodes? Any way to assign specific network speed to a particular server node? et cetera


Most people try to avoid the large blade systems due to the large power usage they require unless you really fill them up and plan to use it all.
It makes more sense in places with lower power costs as well.


Hi. We are running many of those systems with the Force10 MXL switches. If you have the correct daughter card in each of the M630 blades, each switch will give you a 10 Gpbs port to each blade and 2x 40 Gbps uplinks. The daughter card you need is Dell 10GbE 57810S-K, which has 2x 10Gbps ports. You'll need to place the two Force10 MXL switches in fabrics A1 and A2.

The MXL's are capable of L3. In our case we use a Clos topology so that each MXL is a leaf switch and they connect to 2x Juniper QFX5100's which act as spines. This is the MXL's shell:

xхxXX-pub-leaf#show interfaces status
Port Description Status Speed Duplex Vlan
Te 0/1 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/2 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/3 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/4 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/5 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/6 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/7 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/8 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/9 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/10 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/11 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/12 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/13 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/14 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/15 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/16 Up 10000 Mbit Full 11
Te 0/17 Down Auto Auto 1
Te 0/18 Down Auto Auto 1
Te 0/19 Down Auto Auto 1
Fo 0/33 "To spine1 Up 40000 Mbit Full --
Fo 0/37 "To spine2 Up 40000 Mbit Full --

0/1 to 0/16 are for the 16x M630 blades. If you use quarter-length blades (we don't) you have 0/17 to 0/32 too. 0/33 and 0/37 are the 40 Gbps uplinks.

To change interface speed:

xхxX-pub-leaf(conf)#Interface Tengigabitethernet 0/6
xхxX-pub-leaf(conf-if-te-0/6)#speed ?
100 100 Mbps
1000 1000 Mbps
10000 10000 Mbps
auto Auto negotiation (default)

The Force10 M I/O Aggregator has the same port specs as the MXL, but no L3 features. You would need an extra daughter card in each blade in fabric B if you want to use the 4 switches (2x MXL and 2x M). That will give you 4x 10Gbps to each blade.

Feel free to ask if you have additional questions.

Wiley Harding

Dell PowerEdge M630 Blade Server

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