The Dell PowerEdge C6220 Thread

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  1. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    Hi Xebra, I am having the same problem as you and Grichard. My machine show BANF12 as startup, same bios and BMC and FCB and same problems.
    Windows 2012 R2 returns and error on install, first node an "Out of Range" on remone management and no VGA on node 1.

    Have you been able to update everything and have a working machine ?
     
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  2. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    Where have you purchased this machine ? I have one which is exactly like this and the one of XEBRA.
     
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  3. GRichard

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    Ebay from seller itinstock

    original bios won't install windows server 2012. you need windows server 2008 if you are looking to do update from windows.

    You can also find the bios files to install from a usb drive. On the dell site they are going to be .exe file that extract the file you'll need. install fcb (fan control board) then BMC then bios. In that exact order I didn't get any problems.

    Once you've updated to latest bios you can install windows server 2012 no problem.

    One of my nodes' bmc dies sometimes and resets itself to shared nic, I had it setup as dedicated but since I figured out it was always doing the same thing I just don't use the dedicated port on that one anymore.
     
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  4. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    The world is an infinite place but internet is a small town. I have purchased my C6220 from the same seller.
    I have read you were going to return your. If you did this, now your previous machine has been resold to me, otherwise it is another one of the same stock as it is the same 1 to 1 ( green screen and "out of range message" on the first node remote control)

    Do you suggest updating from DOS or Windows Server 2008 ?
    And In case you are going to suggest "from Server 2008", should I use command prompt or windows GUI ?

    I'll keep and eye on mine. Thanks !
    (So, it seems you still have your C6220 !)
     
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  5. GRichard

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    I didn't return it. He sent a replacement node for the bricked bmc one I had. That one showed no bmc version at boot and didn't have settings in the bios.

    I suggest you update from dos it's less hassle than installing 2008 just to update stuff then having to install 2012 when you are done.

    Dell PowerEdge C | Latest Firmware

    You'll find all the files you need there.

    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

    how to create a bootable usb drive.

    I still have the nodes, I use them for 3d rendering, it's fast enough but it's loud and really hot so it really can't be in the same room as the workstation. I have 10gbe card in them so I bought fiber cables because I have to transfer very large files many times a day and it works liek a charm.
     
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  6. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    It seems we have a node which is not working like your.
    At startup I have an "Out of Range" on IPMI
    Chassis Fan are running like hell
    Removing Battery from CMOS dos not do anything
    Every 7/8 minutes the node resets by itself
    Attaching an USB Keyboard I see no LED blinking at power one.
     
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  7. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    --------------------------- update 1 --------------------------------

    I have just removed every ram but 2 (both on right side of each cpu having the back of c6220 in front of you) cmos bactery.
    The system was able to show system screen.
    I has even recognized my Samsung EVO 850 ssd on a 3,5 adapter.
    Now I am installing Windows Server 2008 R2 datacenter EVAL.

    (Other updates will come in the next ours/days)

    --------------------------- update 2 --------------------------------

    Things discovered so far:

    On Node 1 I have a BBC log full. Need to discover how to empty this log.
    I have only 81920GB of ram, 80 GB instead of 96 on first node. There is some faulty ram somewhere.

    I have no SAS array, only included IDE controller. My setup is made of 12 3,5 drive bays.

    Node 1 has: [ 0 ][ 1 ][ 2 ][ 3 ]
    Node 2 has: [ 0 ][ 1 ][ 2 ][ 3 ]
    Node 4 has: [ 0 ][ 1 ][ 2 ][ 3 ]
    Node 3 has not bay at all !

    I have read there is some backplane configurator around. Thing to discover: How many disk could be connected via IDE per single node ?

    Already discovered: IDE controller does not read SAS drives.

    Also: Thing to discover: Purchasing a RAID board: How many disk could be connected per single node ?

    Todo List:

    • Discover How to Empy BMC Log
    • Discover DELL repository for drivers/firmware utilities.
    • Update Bios on every node
    • Discover How many disk could be connected per single node in IDE mode
    • Try speed of a single Samsung 850 Evo SSD drive
    • Try Samsung 850 Evo Array on this setup
    • Discover if chipset C602 has TRIM support
    • Investigate on Dell Management Software
    • Purchase a SAS Board. Try speed of those 3,5 SAS drives I have purchased
    • Discover if SAS and IDE nodes could be mixed on the backpanel (new)
    • Discover How many disk could be connected per single node in RAID mode
    • Discover the difference between SAS 2008 and those higher level adapters
    • Purchase a SAS 2,5 to SAS 3,5 Adapter, if exists, to experiment with those spare HP and seagate drives I have
    • Discover if I can use Both SAS2008 mezzanin board and TCK99 10Gb board together
    • Try SAS 2008, Infiniband and TCK99 together
    • Discover if Windows 2016 could be instaled with newer BIOS
    • Discover if ESX 6,5 could be installed with newer BIOS
    • Discover What is C410x expansion chassis for GPU
    • Learn how to do some bios optimization
    If someone has already some answers is welcome to reply !
     
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  8. dwright1542

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    Can you explain exactly how you are cabled for 4 drives per node in a 3 node config?
     
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  9. dwright1542

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    Nevermind. I think I got it sorted out.
     
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  10. c6100

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    6.5 works fine

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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  11. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    Have you used a special ISO ?

    Which king of setup have you tested it ? I am specifically interested into compatibility with SAS 2008 mezzanine controller, 10 GBit Ethernet controller.
     
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  12. c6100

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    I just use the ISO from the VMW website

    10 Gb works.

    I am not sure on the 2008.

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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  13. Giuseppe Chillemi

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    Which 10Gb card are you using ?

    Do you have a SAS card or are you working with the onboard chipset ?
     
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  14. c6100

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    Intel 82599
    LSI 9265

    Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
     
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  15. c6100

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    Your question made me want to benchmark the 10 Gb performance on here and I was disappointed as it can barely hit 2 Gbps using IPerf. The way I tested was a twinax cable directly connected from host 1 to host 2 with both hosts having 1 SSD and 1 VM. I am not sure where the bottleneck is.

    Does anyone else here have the C6220 running ESXi get better than 2 Gbps?
     
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  16. c6100

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    BTW, when testing on the same host I get 4 Gbps...strange.
     
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  17. dwright1542

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    Absolutely. I'm running ESX 6.0 and getting near wirespeed. BIOS update?

    -D
     
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  18. c6100

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    I have 2.71 which appears to be the latest. I tried to the iperf from Esxi to Esxi and only get about 4 Gbps.
     
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  19. GabrielHm

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    Hi there.

    I recently got 2 C6620 plugged to 2 C410X. The C410X basically is a PCI extension that allows you to get 16 GPUs in one unit, that you can plug to 2 to 8 nodes through an Ipass cable and adapter card (which uses the node's PCI x16 port).
    We use it for GPU computing. It's a bit old, but still support the Kepler generation GPU. And it's cheap and convenient (since you can allocate your GPUs like you want to the connected nodes).
    I'll try to add a photo of the setup later.

    Not sure it's relevant, but we got 6 HDD/node wired through the backplane on a 3.5" unit. Each node is connected to 2 SAS ports ; the first one can support 4 sata drives, and the second 2. I got SAS/SATA cables from a C6100, and figured out a way to get the 3 unused sata cables per node out of the chassis and connect them to an external SSD rack. It's a bit ugly, but it works.


    I saw mentions of the LSI 2008 SAS mezzanine card popping out, I was wondering : has anyone here tested it ?
    I'd like to connect 4 nodes to a 60 bay JBOD through a SAS cable, but I'm not really sure if it's possible, and what I'd need for that.
    Since the PCI 16x ports are used on my nodes, I was wondering if the LSI 2008 mezzanine card would allow me to get 1 SAS cable out of the chassis to connect it to the JBOD.

    Or is the SAS port on the motherboard directly usable ? Could I plug the JBOD directly on it ?
     
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  20. frogtech

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    The SAS port on the motherboard is weird, it's more of like a passthrough, if you notice on the C6220 node, it has no interposer unlike the C6100 node which has the node connected to a small daughterboard that has SATA ports on it. The node connector 'passes through' the connections. This is inherently one of the big flaws with the system and why you're limited to only 2 SATA3 and 4 SATA2 speeds.
     
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