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Frequently Asked Questions About Intel® Management Module MFCMM and MFCMM2


Last Reviewed: 09-Nov-2017
Article ID: 000006871

Note These products are no longer available for purchase. See the Intel® Management Module MFCMM Product Discontinuance and Intel® Management Module MFCMM2 product discontinuance.

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What is the Intel® Management Module MFCMM2?

The Intel® Management Module MFCMM2 is a management module with a faster CPU and more memory. It requires the updated midplane MFMIDPLANE2 to work.

If you have a functioning Intel® Modular Server System with the MFCMM and the 51068 Midplane MFMIDPLANE, you do not need to replace the MFCMM with the MFCMM2. Do not attempt to use an original MFCMM with the updated Midplane MFMIDPLANE2, or the updated MFCMM2 with the original Midplane MFMIDPLANE.

The MFCMM2 and MFMIDPLANE2 ship with the Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25V2.

What does Component Unfit mean? See Error: Component Unfit
I can no longer access the GUI. What should I do? Check your network connection and clear your browser cache. Ensure you are using the correct IP address. If the problem persists, reboot the CMM. If rebooting the CMM does not restore functionality, and you have a serial cable, see Cannot Log in to CMM.
My serial cable doesn't work trying to log in to the CMM. What should I do? The serial cable or USB to serial cable must be a fully populated straight through cable. Specifically it must allow the host PC to assert the CTS pin on the CMM. If this cable is not used, the CMM cannot detected it. Additionally, an EBF prompt will not appear.
If I reboot the CMM, do the other system components continue to operate normally? Yes. Rebooting or replacing the CMM leaves all other components in their current state. Components cannot be powered on or off, or otherwise managed, while the CMM is rebooting. You lose any KVM sessions until the CMM reboots.
If I reset the CMM to defaults, do I lose my configuration and storage details? You do not lose network settings or the current administrator password, if you reset from the GUI by clicking Restore Settings. Find Restore Settings at the bottom of the left menu, and leave the default options selected. You may use the Intel® Advanced Management Pack to back up a good copy of the system configuration when the system is healthy.
How can I tell if my CMM is defective? Reset the CMM through the serial port, and monitor the boot process through your terminal program. If you see the CMM EBF> prompt, then the CMM booted successfully, and you don't need to replace it. Continue watching the boot process and scan for any errors. Save the output from the terminal program.
Where are other configuration details stored? The midplane contains an SD card that contains configuration details for the:
  • CMM
  • ESM (Ethernet Switch Module)
  • Email notification
  • Time server
  • Feature keys
  • Latest firmware file.
Storage data is kept as metadata on the hard drives themselves, so you do not have to reconfigure storage in case of an SCM replacement.
Can I schedule the UFU firmware update? You have to manually update the UFU firmware update to CMM, Ethernet Switch, Storage Controller, and Compute Module.
Does Internet Explorer 8* work with the GUI and the CMM? Yes. This browser is supported, as is Mozilla Firefox* 3.x. Check the Tested Hardware and Operating System List (THOL) for exceptions, depending on the operating system.
Does the CMM have an operating system? The CMM has a Linux* based operating system. The CMM loads local code up to the time when it reaches the EBF> prompt. The remaining OS loads from the SD card on the midplane.
Are there any rules for the administrator password? The administrator password can be between 5 and 10 alphanumeric characters, and must start with a letter.
What does Modular Server Control mean? Modular Server Control is the name of the graphical user interface (GUI).