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navillus
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Pinned topic Add NICs to HS22

‏2013-02-06T16:43:02Z |
I am using HS22 blades in a BladeCenter E. The blades connect to Fibre Channel switches in bays 3 and 4 with a QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Expansion Card (CIOv). Is there any way to add extra NICs with this configuration? I am planning to move to HS23 blades if that makes any difference.

Thanks,
Michael
Updated on 2013-02-06T20:21:45Z at 2013-02-06T20:21:45Z by SystemAdmin
  • SystemAdmin
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    Re: Add NICs to HS22

    ‏2013-02-06T18:45:16Z  in response to navillus
    Any Blade has 2 NIC on board which are connected to Bay 1 and 2. All CIOv modules from all blades are connected devices in bay 3 and 4. All CFFh modules exit on Bay 7, 8, 9 and 10. Because bay 3 and 4 are already populated with Fiber switches, to add new NICs to any blade, you have to populate bay 7-10.
    http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0711.html?Open
    http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0698.html?Open
    http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0690.html?Open
    This is solution for 1Gb Ethernet.
    For 10Gb situation is a bit different, but certainly more expensive.
    • navillus
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      Re: Add NICs to HS22

      ‏2013-02-06T19:38:43Z  in response to SystemAdmin
      Thanks. I guess that I'm out of luck on my BladeCenter E. It looks like the 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card you pointed me to will work with the BladeCenter S though. I'll look into moving the servers that need the extra NICs there.

      Thanks for the help.
      • SystemAdmin
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        Re: Add NICs to HS22

        ‏2013-02-06T20:21:45Z  in response to navillus
        Sorry, i missed you have BC-E.
        BC-E has only 4 bays, so you are limited in scalability.
        Be aware, BC-S has different I/O architecture than BC-E and BC-H. It has too 4 bays, but all onboard NIC are routed to bay 1, CIOv to 3 and 4, and CFFh to bay 2.
        I recommend to get know with "IBM BladeCenter Products and Technology" redbook
        http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247523.html?Open
        and
        IBM BladeCenter Interoperability Guide
        http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redpbcig.html?Open
        There are lot of nuances.