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In the inventory of the components of the Dell PowerEdge server that we are wanting to procure, i see the following :-

Maser Daughter Card - Quantity 1

Maser SW - Quantity 1 - Am assuming this entry is for some software for the above.

Can anyone help me with the following?

  1. What is a Maser Daughter card?

  2. What is it use in a server?

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I can't find any reference to this anywhere other than in reference to this question or the similar one you placed on Dell's support forum. Could you show us where this is on their site - a link perhaps? – Chopper3 Jul 21 '10 at 9:34
Actually, i didnt post anything in Dell's forum but i too did see a similar question there - with no answers. I have got a quotation from Dell Sales Manager with this entry for this very strange component :-) – In Sane Jul 21 '10 at 9:38
Have you asked this sales manager???? – Chopper3 Jul 21 '10 at 9:44
Its gotta be a typo of 'master' but then that begs the question of what a 'master daughter card' does... – Mark Henderson Jul 21 '10 at 10:09
Well, a daughter-board is something that's often found in Dell Blades, so I guess a "Master" daughter-board might be a daughter-board that's a master for a slave board? I dunno I'm grasping at straws here! – Mark Henderson Jul 21 '10 at 23:04

I asked our Dell account manger this after seeing it on an M910 blade. Apparently it's just an internal factory code that is used for distribution, and doesn't mean anything to an end user.

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thanks for that update. The Dell guy at my end didnt have a clue :-) – In Sane Mar 5 '11 at 14:47

It's a code name for Dell's proprietary embedded management also called Lifecycle controller, it helps with OS deployment with the latest drivers, installing updates, monitoring and performing maintenance on the system when the OS is not present.

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