This document provides an overview of the typical management and configuration of the Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator. This product was designed with ease of use in mind and will enable customers to simply plug in and go with the average network infrastructure. The explanations and examples in this document focus on management through the CMC web interface as it would be deployed when not part of a Dell Active System deployment or managed by Active System Manager. This device can also have advanced management tasks performed at the CLI (command line interface) when necessary. Please see Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator User’s Guide for further instructions on CLI.

The M I/O Aggregator or IOA, as it will be called in the rest of the document, is an aggregator and is not running any type of Spanning-tree protocols. With this in mind, the key to understanding the device is that by default all VLAN’s are allowed as if this were a patch-panel or pass-through module. The external ports are all part of the same LAG (link aggregation group) and thus there is no need for Spanning-tree. Common incompatibilities in networks occur with the different Spanning-tree protocols and this device eliminates those incompatibilities. This device should interoperate with any other networking device that would typically be used in a network.