Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server Product Notes

Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server Product Notes
Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
Product Notes
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Contents
Important Information About the Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
Updated Product Note Information
How to Obtain Updates From Sun
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Dual-Core and Quad-Core CPU Firmware and BIOS Compatibility
AC Power Surge Protection
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Quad-Core CPUs for Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
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DIMM Requirements for Quad-Core Sun Netra X4200 M2 Servers
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Identifying 4-Gbyte DIMMs Not Compatible With Quad-Core
Upgrades 3
Upgrading a Dual-Core Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server to a Quad-Core
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To Upgrade Dual-Core Server to a Quad-Core Server
Hardware Issues
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Possible Rear Locate Button Damage When Replacing Motherboard
Memory Issues
Software Issues
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BIOS Issues
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Solaris OS Issues
Documentation Issues
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Option Card and Rackmount Kit Installation Instructions
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Important Information About the
Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
This document contains the late-breaking news and information about new features,
known limitations, and documentation updates for the Sun Netra™ X4200 M2
server.
Updated Product Note Information
Updated product notes for the Sun Netra X4200 M2 server are posted on the web, as
needed. For the most recent version of the product notes, go to the Sun Netra X4200
M2 server documentation page at:
(http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/prod/nt4200m2.srvr#hic)
How to Obtain Updates From Sun
You can obtain updates and patches from your Sun authorized sales representative
or service provider, or by downloading them from the SunSolve OnlineSM web site:
(http://sunsolve.sun.com/)
For patch instructions, see the Readme file that accompanies each patch.
For downloads of released software and firmware, visit the Sun Download Center at:
(http://www.sun.com/downloads)
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Dual-Core and Quad-Core CPU Firmware and
BIOS Compatibility
TABLE 1 lists the firmware bundles and BIOS, and the compatible CPU configurations.
TABLE 1
Dual-Core and Quad-Core CPU Firmware Compatibility
Firmware Bundle
BIOS
CPU Configuration
V1.0 -V1.4.1
0ABLG008 - 0ABLG016
Dual-core only
V1.5
0ABOR005
Quad-core only (Note: V1.5
superseded by V1.6)
V1.6
0ABRM001
Dual-core and quad-core
AC Power Surge Protection
The Sun Netra X4200 M2 server does not require an additional surge protector for the
AC power configurations if the facility has a surge protector that limits voltage
surges to less than 1500 volts. You can, however, install a surge protector if your site
requires an additional protector.
Quad-Core CPUs for Sun Netra X4200
M2 Server
Quad-core CPU versions of the Sun Netra X4200 M2 server are available in addition
to the dual-core CPU versions. For information about the quad-core Sun Netra X4200
M2 servers, go to the Sun Netra X4200 M2 server product information web page at:
(http://www.sun.com/servers/netra/x4200)
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DIMM Requirements for Quad-Core Sun Netra
X4200 M2 Servers
The 4-Gbyte DIMMs for dual-core and quad-core processors are not fully
interchangeable. The existing Sun part number for 4-Gbyte DIMMs
(X4227A-Z/540-7118) provides DIMMs from multiple sources that have been
thoroughly tested in dual-core systems. Not all of these DIMMs have passed tests for
use in quad-core systems. A new Sun part number (X4233A/540-7795) has been
created for DIMMs that have passed these tests. Only DIMMs with this part number
should be used on quad-core systems.
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If your system uses dual-core processors, you can use 4-Gbyte DIMMs supplied
under the old part number (X4227A-Z/540-7118) or the newer part number
(X4233A/540-7795) for quad-core systems.
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If your system uses quad-core processors, you can only use 4-Gbyte DIMMs
supplied under the new part number (X4233A/540-7795).
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If you upgrade a dual-core system to use quad-core processors, you must remove
any 4-Gbyte DIMMs provided under the old part number (X4227A-Z/540-7118)
and replace them with 4-Gbyte DIMMs provided under the new part number
(X4233A/540-7795).
Identifying 4-Gbyte DIMMs Not Compatible With
Quad-Core Upgrades
Some 4-Gbyte DIMMs supplied with dual-core systems can have single-bit or
multiple-bit errors after systems are upgraded to quad-core. Symptoms include
sudden crashes and failure to boot.
Not all existing 4-Gbyte DIMMs are affected. Affected DIMMs can be identified by
Micron logo on the vendor’s label and the part number and date code (see FIGURE 1).
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The vendor’s part number is the first number. On affected DIMMs the part
number is MT36HTF51272PY-667E.
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The manufacturing date code is the second number. On affected DIMMs the date
code is a value lower than 200832, indicating that the DIMM was manufactured
before the 32nd week of 2008.
If the label matches the preceding description, it is not compatible with a quad-core
processor. To obtain a replacement, contact Sun Service, and refer to FAB 244406.
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FIGURE 1
Micron DIMM Label
Upgrading a Dual-Core Sun Netra X4200
M2 Server to a Quad-Core
Use the following procedure to upgrade a dual-core Sun Netra X4200 M2 server to a
quad-core server.
▼ To Upgrade Dual-Core Server to a Quad-Core
Server
1. Prepare the server for the upgrade.
Refer to the “Starting the Maintenance Procedures” in the Sun Netra X4200 M2
Server Service Manual (820-0063).
2. Remove the PCI tray.
Refer to the “Maintaining the PCI Tray” section in the Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
Service Manual (820-0063).
3. Remove the DIMM/CPU duct.
Refer to the “Replacing the DIMM/CPU Duct” section in the Sun Netra X4200 M2
Server Service Manual (820-0063).
4. (Optional) Replace the DIMMs.
See “DIMM Requirements for Quad-Core Sun Netra X4200 M2 Servers” on page 3.
Refer to the “Replacing Memory Modules (DIMMs)” section in the Sun Netra
X4200 M2 Server Service Manual (820-0063).
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5. Replace the CPUs and heatsinks.
Refer to the “Replacing a CPU and Heatsink” section in the Sun Netra X4200 M2
Server Service Manual (820-0063).
6. Install the DIMM/CPU duct.
Refer to the “Replacing the DIMM/CPU Duct” section in the Sun Netra X4200 M2
Server Service Manual (820-0063).
7. Prepare the server for power on but do not power on the server.
Refer to the “Finishing the Maintenance Procedures” in the Sun Netra X4200 M2
Server Service Manual (820-0063).
8. Download and update the firmware and BIOS.
See “Dual-Core and Quad-Core CPU Firmware and BIOS Compatibility” on
page 2 and “How to Obtain Updates From Sun” on page 1. Refer to the Sun
Integrated Lights Out Manager 2.0 User’s Guide (820-1188) for firmware and BIOS
updating instructions.
9. Power on the server and reboot (if not set to auto reboot).
Hardware Issues
The following issues relate to Sun Netra X4200 M2 hardware.
Possible Rear Locate Button Damage When
Replacing Motherboard
When replacing the motherboard, extra care is needed to prevent damage to the rear
Locator button/LED. Carefully align the Locate button with the access hole on the
rear panel and ensure that the Locate button protrudes through the access hole
before securing the motherboard in the chassis.
Memory Issues
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Mixing single-rank and dual-rank 2-Gbyte DIMMs on a single CPU causes a
small increase in memory access times
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Description: Depending on your application, this issue might or might not cause
a small decrease in system performance. This issue does not cause memory or
other errors. This problem does not occur if the single-rank and dual-rank 2-Gbyte
DIMMs are mixed on different CPUs in the same system.
Workaround: To minimize this problem, avoid mixing single-rank and dual-rank
2-Gbyte DIMMs on a single CPU. In some cases, you can identify a DIMM pair as
single-rank or dual-rank by referring to the product description. In any case, you
can identify the DIMM type by counting the DRAMs. A single-rank DIMM has 18
DRAMs, while a double-rank DIMM has 36 DRAMs.
Software Issues
The following issues relate to Sun Netra X4200 M2 software.
BIOS Issues
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Updated P3 pci-sw/pci internal PCI bus numbering should be independent of
BIOS enumeration order (for non-x8400 systems) (6472670)
Description: After moving a PCI option card or adding or removing a device from
one slot to another, the /etc/path-to-inst entries get out of sync with the
actual device tree in the Solaris™ 10 Operating System (OS). The PCI device does
not work even after a reconfigure boot. In some cases, the system fails to boot
because it cannot find the boot device.
Workaround: Install the desired PCI devices in the required slots, then do a fresh
installation of Solaris OS.
Solaris OS Issues
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Unexpected SIGTRAP signal causes dbx debugger to hang (6546562)
Description: When the dbx debugger is being used on the Solaris 10 OS on x86
platforms to debug a program that raises or delivers signals that have signal
handlers, dbx might receive an unexpected SIGTRAP signal from the kernel that
causes dbx to hang. This situation can occur when dbx is single stepping, running
to a breakpoint, collecting runtime checking (RTC) data, or performing any other
activity that depends on signal trapping.
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In some cases, dbx displays a warning of an unexpected SIGTRAP signal when it
hangs:
dbx: internal warning: unexpected SIGTRAP!
In other cases, dbx indicates receipt of a SEGV signal, as in the following example:
signal SEGV (no mapping at the fault address) in main at line 29
in file "test.c"
If you use a cont -sig SEGV command to continue execution with the SEGV
signal, dbx will display the SIGTRAP warning.
Workaround: Install kernel patch 137112-07.
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RTC: x86: signal SIGSEGV if debugger calls grantpt (6550564)
Description: RTC instruments memory access instructions for access checking.
These instructions are handled by a sigsegv handler at runtime. Because RTC
requires its own sigsegv handler and signal alternate stack, any attempts to
install a sigsegv handler or signal alternate stack (sigaltstack) results in
EINVAL, or the installation is ignored. sigsegv handler calls cannot be nested.
Otherwise, the nesting results in a terminating signal 11 SIGSEGV error.
Workaround: If a terminating signal 11 SIGSEGV error occurs, use rtc
skippatch to skip the instrumentation of the affected function. Otherwise,
install patch 124873-06 to fix most of the segvs errors.
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RAID volume got corrupted label and bad geometry after system reboot
(6527339)
Description: The raidctl(1M) utility does not update the geometry data in the
volume table after creating a RAID volume. The LSI RAID device requires space
on the disk to store metadata and adjusts the block count on the disk, but does
not update the disk volume table.
Workaround: Follow the procedure in the hardware RAID section of the Sun Fire
T2000 Server Administration Guide (819-2549). The procedure describes how to
relabel the disk with the new volume geometry.
Documentation Issues
The following issues relate to Sun Netra X4200 M2 server documentation.
Important Information About the Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server
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Option Card and Rackmount Kit Installation
Instructions
The Sun Netra X4200 M2 Server Setup Guide (820-0062-12) contains the installation
instructions for option cards and the rackmount kits.
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