This document is an easy-to-use guide of recommended basic deployment practices for the Dell Force10™ MXL in the access layer of a Cisco Nexus network environment. The Dell Force10 MXL — an I/O module for the Dell PowerEdge™ M1000e chassis — is a 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) multilayer switch targeted at deployment in data center networks. The MXL provides 32 10GbE internal ports to server blades in an M1000e modular chassis and has multiple 10 and 40GbE external uplink and stacking options allowing it to serve well in many applications and environments.