What is the M1000e?

The M1000e is Dell’s foundation for a blade server solution. It provides the infrastructure (industry-leading power & cooling, networking and blade manageability) for companies who choose to deploy blade-based server solutions. Its components include:

  • The Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) is a systems management hardware and software solution for managing multiple Dell blade chassis.
  • PowerEdge servers- M420, M520, M620, M820, M610, M610X, M710, M710HD, M905 and M910 Blade Servers.
  • Blades Manageability Options- CMC, iDRAC, Dell AIM, Dell OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft System Center, and Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter.
  • Integrated Networking

M1000e Release Summary
CMC v.5.2

Enhancements:

  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 cryptography enabled (certification in future release).
  • Performing racresetcfg from CMC GUI interface.
  • Updating the OpenSSL open source package to version 1.0.2f.
  • Updating the OpenSSH open source package to version 7.1p1.
  • Updating glibc to version 2.23 to address new security vulnerabilities.
  • TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.1 by default.
  • User configuration option to enable TLS 1.0 using RACADM.
  • SNMPv3 configuration only in RACADM.
  • Querying the health status of the chassis components using WSMan.
  • Initiating Quick Deploy of blade through RACADM.
  • Configuring CMC using WSMan for the following features:
  • Host Name of Chassis
  • IP Configuration
  • DNS
  • DNS Registration
  • NTP
  • Change Default Password
  • Sending alerts when the power state of an IOM changes and when a power ON of IOM fails.
  • Populating CMC Device name correctly in the inventory

Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue causing flash Media Status showing as "Version mismatch" during changeover or upgrade of the CMC.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Server Profile page to hang when a profile is applied to multiple servers.

October 2016

CMC 5.1

  • Capture and replicate chassis configurations through XML, based on the Chassis Configuration Profile.
  • Backup or restore through XML based on chassis configuration profile.
  • Create and deploy a library of Boot Identity Profiles (boot from iSCSI/SAN configurations) to enable a quick restore of workload to a spare server.
  • Support for launching IOA GUI on the Homepage and I/O Module overview page.

September 2015

CMC 5.0

  • Support for 13th Generation Blades
  • Virtual Address Inventory for servers
  • Firmware signature check
  • Option to use CIFS/NFS for server profiles
  • Display FC link status and PC link speed for IOA

December 2014

CMC 4.50

November 2013

CMC 4.45
  • Bug-fix update to 4.4
  • Uses XML-based technology for rapid one-to-many updates of system settings across multiple server blades
  • Chassis-wide Firmware Inventory
  • IO Aggregator Updates
  • Security Enhancements

August 2013

CMC 4.3

  • 1:Many agent free, FW update capability for supported 12G FC mezzanine cards
  • Update Dell PowerEdgeM IO Aggregator firmware from CMC
  • Racadm Support to configure Dell EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade Array
  • MultiChassis Management Enhancements

12/19/2012
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CMC 4.11
  • Support for quarter-height server form factor
  • Support for Dell PowerEdge M820 Server
05/22/2012
(Download)
CMC 4.0
  • Server Cloning

  • Multi Chassis Management Enhancements

  • OpenManage Power Center enabled to manage server power

03/06/2012
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CMC 3.21
  • Firmware update of server component(s) across
    multiple servers in the chassis using Lifecycle Controller

  • Extended Non-Volatile (persistent) Storage,
    using 2 GB Secure Digital (SD) media in the CMC card slot(s)

  • Support for remote management of MAC addresses
  • Support for the following new hardware (various
    NDC, mezzanine cards, PowerConnect M8024-k 10GB Ethernet Switch)

03/15/2011 (Download)

CMC 3.1
  • Multi Chassis Management
  • Power Management Enhancements
  • GPL/Open Source Compliant
12/07/2010 (Download)
CMC 3.01
  • 10GB Ethernet Enablement
  • New and more efficient fans
  • LDAP support
  • Option to launch virtual Keyboard-Video-Mouse (remote console) session for a server
  • Spport for the IPv6 protocol
  • Support for vLAN tagging
  • Support for 1:Many iDRAC firmware update (from CMC)
  • Support for CMC to iDRAC Single Sign On (SSO)
07/07/2010 (Download)
CMC 1.2
  • Enhanced Chassis Power reporting through the CMC
  • Enhanced CMC Firmware update to allow both CMC to be updated with single command
08/26/2008
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CMC 1.1
  • Support for optional upgrade FlexAddress feature
01/22/2008
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CMC 1.0
  • Support for Dynamic Domain Name System (DNS) registration
  • Support for remote system management and monitoring using a Web interface, iKVM, or Telnet/SSH connection.

  • Support for Microsoft(R) Active Directory(R) authentication

  • Support for Dell OpenManage(TM) software integration

01/22/2008
(Download)

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M1000e Manuals & Docs

User Guide &

Release Notes &

Troubleshooting Guide

1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4.0, 4.1, 4.3, 4.45, 4.5 user guide, 4.5 release notes, 5.0 release notes ,5.0 user guide, 5.1 release notes 5.1 user guide, 6.0 user guide, and 6.0 release notes.

RACADM Reference

3.2, 4.0, 4.1, 4.3, 4.45, 4.5, 5.0, 5.1, 6.0

WSMAN Profiles Describes the behavior for each feature and necessary classes, properties and methods as well as configurable management attributes that represent the feature.
MOF Files (5.2) (5.1) WSMAN MOF files

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M1000e Useful Links
Updating Modular Firmware
Server and Switches Enablement Table
OpenManage System Management SW Compatibility Matrix

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  • Capture and replicate chassis configurations through XML, based on the Chassis Configuration Profile.

  • Backup or restore through XML based on chassis configuration profile.

  • Create and deploy a library of Boot Identity Profiles (boot from iSCSI/SAN configurations) to enable a quick restore of workload to a spare server.

  • Support for launching IOA GUI on the Homepage and I/O Module overview page.