As I noted in my original posting of the PowerEdge VRTX, the Chassis Management Controller, or CMC, is available with an “Express” license and an “Enterprise” license. To help you determine which would be best suited for your environment, check out the chart below.

 

Updated 6.28.2013 with additional details and link to Users Guide.

 

Feature

Express

Enterprise

CMC Network

Yes

 Yes

CMC Serial Port

Yes

Yes

CMC Stacking Port

Yes

Yes

RACADM (SSH, Local and Remote)

Yes

Yes

WSMan

Yes

Yes

SNMP

Yes

Yes

Telnet

Yes

Yes

SSH

Yes

Yes

Web-based Interface

Yes

Yes

Email alerts

Yes

Yes

LCD Deployment

Yes

Yes

CMC settings restore and backup

No

Yes

Remote System log

No

Yes

Directory Services

For non-default directory service setting, only Reset Directory Services is allowed with an Express license. Reset Directory Services will set the Directory services to factory default. 

No

Yes

Single Sign-On Support

No

Yes

Two-Factor Authentication

No

Yes

PK Authentication

No

Yes

Remote File Share

No

Yes

Enclosure level power capping

For non-default power cap setting, only Restore Power Cap is allowed with an Express license. Restore Power Cap will reset the Power Cap settings to factory default. 

No

Yes

Dynamic Power Supply Engagement (DPSE)

For non-default DPSE settings, only Restore DPSE is allowed with an Express license. Restore DPSE will reset the DPSE to factory default.

No

Yes

Multi-chassis management

No

Yes

FlexAddress Enablement

For non-default FlexAddress settings, only Restore Default is allowed with Express license. Restore Default will reset the FlexAddress settings to the factory default.

No

Yes

PCIe Adapter Mapping
A maximum of two PCIe Adapters can be assigned per Server with Express License.

Limited

Yes

Virtual Adapter to Slot Mapping

For non-default mapping of Virtual Adapters, only Default mapping is allowed with an Express license. Restore Default will change virtual adapter mapping to factory default.

No

Yes

One-to-many server firmware update

No

Yes

One-to-many configuration

No

Yes

Open Manage EssentialsVRTX Geographic View Enablement

No

Yes

 

For more information on PowerEdge VRTX, visit http://www.Dell.com/VRTX

For more details on the features listed above, download the Dell PowerEdge VRTX CMC Users Guide.

 

 

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.  Kevin works for Dell as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.

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  • Mathias K.

    Okay, so from that feature matrix I can not plug in any PCIe extension cards, because I won’t be able to map them if I only have the Express license?

  • http://BladesMadeSimple.com/ Kevin Houston

    The user can map PCI slots to servers via the CMC. Depending on the CMC licensing, there will be various levels of flexibility. At the minimum, each server will be mapped to two non-shared slots by default. With the Enterprise licensing, a server can map to as many as four PCIe slots. The PCIe slots are non-shared, i.e. are dedicated to one server in the system. Thanks for the question.

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