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b200 m3 config

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Jul 24th, 2013
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I need to add b200 m3 to my existing chassis of b200 m2s


what vic card or mezzane card should i get?


I wil be doing boot from san

Correct Answer by Manuel Velasco about 4 years 2 weeks ago

Yes, it will

Correct Answer by Manuel Velasco about 4 years 3 weeks ago

What do you mean by this "is the VIC 1240 comparable to the M81KR or the 1280?"


M81KR is is only use by the M2 series blades, not the M3 blades. The 1240 is only for M3 series blades and the 1280 is used UCS M2 (B200, B230, B440) and M3 Blades (see documente below).


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10277/prod_models_comparison.html#~tab-a

Correct Answer by Manuel Velasco about 4 years 3 weeks ago

Hi Tony,


Note that if this is your first b200 m3 your UCS environment must be running  a  minimum firmware of  2.0(2) as this is a requirement to for this blade.


Release notes 2.0 (Table 2 Internal Dependencies)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/release/notes/OL_25363.html


Regarding the VIC card,


You can use the VIC 1240 which will allow you to configure boot san.  if you want to increase your bandwidth you can install the Port Expander but note that this is only supported with second generation IOM 220x (see spec sheet below)


Also see table 8 of document below for other supported Mezzanine adapters.


B200 M3 Spec sheet(page 19)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps10265/ps10280/B200M3_SpecSheet.pdf

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Manuel Velasco Wed, 07/24/2013 - 16:27
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Hi Tony,


Note that if this is your first b200 m3 your UCS environment must be running  a  minimum firmware of  2.0(2) as this is a requirement to for this blade.


Release notes 2.0 (Table 2 Internal Dependencies)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/release/notes/OL_25363.html


Regarding the VIC card,


You can use the VIC 1240 which will allow you to configure boot san.  if you want to increase your bandwidth you can install the Port Expander but note that this is only supported with second generation IOM 220x (see spec sheet below)


Also see table 8 of document below for other supported Mezzanine adapters.


B200 M3 Spec sheet(page 19)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps10265/ps10280/B200M3_SpecSheet.pdf

tonywong123 Mon, 07/29/2013 - 17:24
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I am on 2.1 (1a)


other blades current have the VIC 1280 and another have the M81KR


is the VIC 1240 comparable to the M81KR or the 1280?


Thanks

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Manuel Velasco Mon, 07/29/2013 - 17:36
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What do you mean by this "is the VIC 1240 comparable to the M81KR or the 1280?"


M81KR is is only use by the M2 series blades, not the M3 blades. The 1240 is only for M3 series blades and the 1280 is used UCS M2 (B200, B230, B440) and M3 Blades (see documente below).


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10277/prod_models_comparison.html#~tab-a

Manuel Velasco Tue, 07/30/2013 - 09:49
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Hi Tony,


Did you find the asnwer you were looking for?

tonywong123 Fri, 08/02/2013 - 15:34
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hi


I am running 2.1 (1a) ucs software. that will support the b200 m3 right?

tonywong123 Fri, 08/02/2013 - 15:55
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so he 1280 is a faster vic card than the 1240? i only have 1  1240 on the blade and did not buy an extender

Manuel Velasco Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:02
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it won't be faster, but it will offer extra 40GB bandwidth than the 1240.

tonywong123 Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:11
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i am looking for something similar in performance on the b200 m3 compared to the b200m2


on my m2s, some blades have m81kr mezannine card and some have the 1280


will the 1240 be identical?

richbarb Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:15
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Don't worry about network performance, even with vic1280 the pci-e can carry only 54Gbps. ( I guess is that number, or something close that).

Robert Burns Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:10
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Keep in mind to get full 80GB of I/O with any adapter combination you require the 2208 IOMs.  If you don't have these, there's no point of the expander card or expecting to exceed 40GB per blade.


Robert

tonywong123 Fri, 08/02/2013 - 16:17
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how many lanes does the m81kr support? what is the total aggregated bandwidth to the blade with the m81kr mezzanine?

Robert Burns Fri, 08/02/2013 - 18:15
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Read the link that Bruce pasted above. All the answers to your questions are available on cisco.com...

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