The Dell PowerEdge C6220 Thread

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  1. frogtech

    frogtech Well-Known Member

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    It's a combination I think? The bios for the I sleds don't have the option for the dynamic drive reassignment afaik. But I'm not sure if that necessarily means the I chassis wasn't technically capable on its launch.
     
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  2. nasomi

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    I was reading earlier that you could use a II bios on a I sled. I also read earlier that someone put a II sled in an I chassis and fans went to 100%. But I wonder if you could load an I bios on an II sled and put it in an I chassis without the fans going to 100%.
     
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  3. a.out

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    According to release notes for FCB firmware 1.21 (ReleaseNote_V0121.txt in ESM_Firmware_Dell_0121_NAA_6220II_FCB.zip), you can mix I and II nodes freely in a C6200 enclosure.

    Whats important is that you use the correct fan table number, e.g. if you have four mixed nodes you should use fan table number 11 in fan table image version V04.02.

    Also, when programming the FCB you should use node 4 (lower right node seen from front).

    (Hum, realized that I haven't tried that myself to see if it works with C6320 nodes as well.)
     
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  4. nasomi

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    Has anyone tried a II sled in a I enclosure with the new FCB firmware? How do you change hte fan table number or see the table image version?
     
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  5. a.out

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    If you install firmware v1.21 and fan table image v4.02, then my understanding is that the firmware should select the correct fan table number based on installed nodes, even if it's a mix of v1 and v2 nodes.

    (My C6200 runs v1.21/v4.02, but all nodes are v1.)
     
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  6. nasomi

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    any idea if you can put other e5's in the II's than the 2600 series? I'd buy a II sled if i can do cheap e5 v2's and see if i can get it to work.
     
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  7. Muhozhuk

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    Hello, All!
    Is it possible to replace 2 2-unit nodes by 4 1-unit nodes?
    I'm new with Dell and i just received Dell C6220 gen2 with 2 nodes (2 units each) with LSI cards with no drives attached.
    I also have 4 1 unit nodes for C6220 and i'd like to replace this 2 nodes by 4 nodes and i was sure it's very easy.
    Now i wounder how complicated everything in DELL world.
    I can only start the system with exact nodes in exact node position. If i swap them or add one new they are all cannot start, no green LED.
    If i connect via ipmi or web applitation to the node it is powered off but if i turn it on nothing happens, it is still off.
    I cannot let it start, CPU are cold, no monitor output, no BIOS - nothing happens.
    If i return everything back - 2 2unit nodes in their original positions - it boots notmaly, Green button, i can see bios and it tries to boot notmally.
    How to start it with new nodes? I have no idea, please advice.
    maybe there are some drive zoning still exists? How to clear it out to default?
    Thank you!
     
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  8. nasomi

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    IIRC you cannot put 4 nodes in a system designed for 2 nodes. Power, backplane all different. If i remove a node from my 4 node while other nodes are running it throws a fit and all fans peg at 100%, so I'm guessing it has something to do with airflow not being optimal. Remember the cpu's are passive cooling, airflow messes up and you can get some warm cpu's very fast.
     
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  9. Muhozhuk

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    Why not? Are you sure? I can see in docs that a few configurations are available 1,2,3 or 4 nodes. My chassis has 4 connectors, i can see all 4 nodes via ipmi but i cant power it up.
    I can't power it up even if i replace one my node with another of even if i change both nodes in their places so i wonder why?
    Does chassis remember the position of node my its serial number? Dell emploee told me there is a sas zoning and this could prevent the node from starting in a wrong position.
    The question is if the chassis are the same for 2node configuration and 4 node configuration why i can replace my 2unit node with 4 nodes?

    Page 8: Table 3. Technical Specifications. 2U rack mount chassis supporting 1 to 4 independent server nodes 1U or 2U PowerEdge C6220 II sleds Sled types Maximum of 4 1U or 2 2U PowerEdge C6220 II sleds in a chassis Processors Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family...
     
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  10. paulis

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    I just picked up a used 4 node C6220 (3.5" bay config) and was looking to connect six drives to a single node and then single drives to each of the other three. Would anyone have a picture/wiring diagram on how to set that up?
     
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  11. jfoor

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    I think this type of setup has been discussed previously in this thread many times. Don't remember where/when or what the results were but I know this is a common question with the 4-in-1 style systems. I also know it's talked about outside of STH.
     
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  12. a.out

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    A good start is page 257 and 265 in the Hardware Owner's Manual.
     
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  13. igoresz

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    hello.

    Regarding how to set up BOOT with NVME Disk. Any idea?
    -UEFI+CSM?
    -Dell Ultra Speed 80G5N TX9JH PHR9G 6N9RH 80G5N ?
    -pcie-achi & pcie-nvme ?


    Board has EFI Specification Revision: 2.31
    Boot Option Menu
    EFI Internal Shell
    Enter SETUP
    Shell: ver
    EFI Specification Revision: 2.31
    EFI Vendor: INSYDE Corp.
    EFI Revision: 4096.1
    EFI Build Version: Release8_6_1
     
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  14. josh

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    Anyone has some listings for C6220 II? Any chance the ones on eBay are accidentally listing a II as a I? Need that dynamic drive assignment..
     
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  15. Kiev

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    I have two C6220's in the Houston area that I'm looking to sell, but they're not II's just two I's...
     
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  16. josh

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    Is there a way to reset the IPMI config? Got a fresh server, plugged the management port into an isolated network with DHCP but no DHCP address requested.
     
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