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Dell Chassis Management Controller Features v4.0 - BIOS capture, Clone Chassis, Inventory Reports

 Peter Tsai  

This demonstration video covers features introduced in the Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) v4.0 - namely BIOS capture, Clone Chassis, and Chassis Inventory Reports

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In this video we cover several newer features of the Chassis Management Controller (or CMC) introduced starting with CMC version 4.0.

You are watching a Dell Chassis Management controller demo that covers newer features such as BIOS Profile Capture, Clone Chassis and Chassis Inventory Reports.

To get the new features, namely blade BIOS capture and 1 to many apply, Chassis configuration clone, and chassis cluster wide inventory reporting, you need to upgrade to Chassis Management Controller version 4.0 or greater.

In this demo we are upgrading the CMC from version 3.21 to version 4.1, which has the additional functionality of working with all of the new Dell 12th Generation Server platforms.

To update CMC firmware click on the update tab in the Chassis overview menu, select the CMCs you want to update, then click on Apply CMC update. Browse to the firmwareimage.cmc that you downloaded from and click begin firmware update.

The update process takes several minutes and you will have to log back into the CMC after the update is complete.

Here you can see that the firmware version is now set to version 4.1. For systems with an iDRAC you can View Processor info and Memory capcity of each blade - this information is captured when the DRAC collects inventory during each reboot.

The first feature we will explore is BIOS capture, which allows us to view BIOS settings of a member blade, and Capture BIOS settings to
a profile on CMC extended storage (which is stored on SD media on the CMC card). This feature is available on Lifecycle Controller, so will work on 11th & 12th Generation servers.

From the CMC's Server overview menu, go to the setup tab, then the profiles option to view the BIOS settings for memory, processor, boot,
integratied devices, serial communication, power management, system security, and more.

You can save a BIOS profile from an existing blade in the chassis by clicking on Add profile, where you can give it a profile name and a description.

Once captured, the BIOS profile can be applied to other blades ensuring an automated and consistent process when installing new blades or if you want to change a setting across several servers. The CMC writes the BIOS configuration to the Lifecycle Controller and initiates a reboot of the server to make the changes.

In the Manage profiles section you can view the BIOS profiles that you have saved or change their name and description.

Another new feature in CMC 4.0 and newer is Cluster-wide inventory reporting, which allows you to generate a spreadsheet of all of the
components across multiple chassieee from the CMC GUI of your lead chassis.

When you save an inventory report, you create a CSV file that contains information on blades, IO Modules, and slots. Here you can find
details like chassis name, model name, service tag, CPU type, memory capacity, OS type, Hostname, iDRAC address

Using this feature, you can more easily generate an accurate list of installed hardware and save the time it would have taken to take inventory manually

Finally, The clone Chassis feature was also introduced in CMC 4.0. When adding a new member to a chassis group from the Group administration menu of the lead chassis, This new feature provides an option to copy or “clone” alerting and directory services settings to the new member chassis.

This feature can automatically update up to 80 parameters that help you configure ActiveDirectory, StandardSchema, LDAP, LDAPRoleGroup, Traps, Alerts, EmailAlerts, and SNMP

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Dell M1000e CMC 4.4 - Replicating Server Configuration Profile - YouTube

Published on Jul 8, 2013

In a scenario where you need to manage a large number of servers, configuring or modifying the settings on multiple servers becomes repetitive. Configuring each server component before deploying the server becomes time consuming.
The video shows how you can use the Server Configuration Replication feature available in Chassis Management Controller Firmware Version 4.4 to replicate server profiles from one server to multiple servers.

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