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bullion S Release Note
N° DEL000906
Customer Release Note - TS006.04
Number DEL000906
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Contents
1.
Abstract and purpose of the release .................................................................................... 5
2.
Features .............................................................................................................................. 6
3.
Release content................................................................................................................... 8
3.1.
Documentation ........................................................................................................... 8
3.2.
Platform Firmware ...................................................................................................... 8
3.3.
Adapter Firmware ....................................................................................................... 9
3.4.
Customer Tools .......................................................................................................... 9
3.5.
Other Software and Firmware ..................................................................................... 9
4.
New features and changes ................................................................................................ 10
5.
Detailed Information .......................................................................................................... 11
6.
7.
8.
5.1.
BIOS ........................................................................................................................ 11
5.2.
EMM ......................................................................................................................... 11
5.3.
VMware ESXi ........................................................................................................... 12
5.4.
Linux Red Hat........................................................................................................... 12
5.5.
Supported Adapters.................................................................................................. 13
5.5.1.
HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator ...................................................................................... 13
5.5.2.
Intel Ethernet Server Adapters ............................................................................................... 13
5.5.3.
LSI MegaRAID® SAS 9261-8i and 9361-4i ........................................................................... 13
5.5.4.
LSI SAS 9200-8e ................................................................................................................... 14
5.5.5.
Emulex Adapters .................................................................................................................... 14
Dependencies ................................................................................................................... 15
6.1.
Firmware .................................................................................................................. 15
6.2.
Linux Red Hat........................................................................................................... 15
Resolved issues ................................................................................................................ 16
7.1.
SR IOV feature (VMware) ......................................................................................... 16
7.2.
BIOS settings change on multi-module (platform) ..................................................... 16
7.3.
DHCP configuration (platform) .................................................................................. 16
7.4.
BIOS settings after BIOS upgrade (platform) ............................................................ 16
7.5.
FCoE Boot with Emulex OCe11102 card (platform) .................................................. 16
Recommendations............................................................................................................. 17
8.1.
Mono threading on bullion S16 ................................................................................. 17
8.2.
Boot time-out setting on bullion S16 ......................................................................... 17
8.3.
Power consumption optimization on bullion S2 ......................................................... 17
8.4.
Reset and Default buttons ........................................................................................ 18
8.5.
Support of the Emulex LPe12002 card (VMware) ..................................................... 19
8.5.1.
Caution ................................................................................................................................... 19
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8.6.
Upgrading LPe12002 ............................................................................................................. 19
VMware installation .................................................................................................. 20
8.6.1.
Installing VMware from Bull Hypervisor 5 Installer-External USB Flash Drive ...................... 20
8.6.2.
Creating a bootable custom USB stick from an ISO image of a supported OS .................... 21
8.7.
9.
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Identifying failed DIMMs in System Event Logs and Messages ................................ 22
Known restrictions, issues and workarounds ..................................................................... 25
9.1.
Restrictions on PCI Hot Plug (platform) .................................................................... 25
9.2.
Restrictions on Memory Hot Add (platform) .............................................................. 25
9.3.
LSI MegaRAID 9261 card (platform) ......................................................................... 25
9.4.
PCIe configuration extension on bullion S16 ............................................................ 26
9.5.
iSCSI Boot with Emulex OCe11102 card (platform) .................................................. 26
9.6.
Memory Blade green light remains ON (platform) ..................................................... 26
9.7.
Spurious BCS fatal errors (platform) ......................................................................... 26
9.8.
USB and on board 1Gb/s on slave modules (platform) ............................................. 26
9.9.
Update of SHC firmware (platform) ........................................................................... 26
9.10. SAN boot on LPe16002 (platform) ............................................................................ 27
9.11. Memory holes not supported by VMware 5.5 (VMware) ........................................... 27
9.12. vCenter system health (VMware).............................................................................. 28
9.13. 1Gb Ethernet ports under ESXi (VMware) ................................................................ 28
9.13.1. VMware constraints ............................................................................................................... 28
9.13.2. Disabling on-board 1Gb/s if needed ...................................................................................... 28
9.14. SR IOV feature (VMware) ......................................................................................... 28
9.15. Red Hat specific (Red Hat) ....................................................................................... 28
9.16. "Add Boot Option" BIOS function fails (platform) ...................................................... 29
9.17. Updating Main FPGA Firmware (platform) ................................................................ 29
9.18. Memory blade green light on after power off (platform) ............................................. 29
9.19. Erroneous Memory description using dmidecode (Red Hat) ..................................... 29
9.20. DIMM location for correctable memory errors (Red Hat) ........................................... 30
9.21. Informative messages in the BIOS trace (Platform) .................................................. 30
9.22. Emulex LPe15004 does not enable the link to Scan Devices in Device Manager
(VMware) ............................................................................................................................. 30
9.23. ESXi sees LPe15004 as an LPe16000 (VMware) ..................................................... 30
9.24. Reboot on bullion S2 ................................................................................................ 30
10. History of previous releases............................................................................................... 31
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1. Abstract and purpose of the release
This document is the customer release note for Technical Status 006.04.
It describes the objects delivered in the Technical Status, and the features of the resources
provided on the Resource and Documentation DVDs.
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2. Features
The Resources and Documentation DVDs provide the software, firmware and documentation
required to install, configure, use and maintain the system:
Documentation:
Complete documentation included in a portfolio.
Firmware
Provided for the following components
BIOSX05
The CIX (system motherboard) BIOS image.
CPLD_MUCM
The flash image file for the CPLD component on the
Ultra-Capacitors management board.
CPLD_M_CIX
The flash image file for the CPLD memory component on
the CIX board (system motherboard).
CPLD_P_CIX
The flash image file for the CPLD Power component on
the CIX board (system motherboard).
CPLD_PM1_CIX
The flash image file for the PM1CPLD component on the
CIX board (system motherboard).
CPLD_PM2_CIX
The flash image file for the PM2CPLD component on the
CIX board (system motherboard).
DS1600PED_PSU
The flash image file for the DPS1600PED component
rated 1600W on the PSU board.
DS750PED_PSU
The flash image file for the DPS750PED component
rated 750W on the PSU board.
EMM30_BMC
The software embedded in the server module to
implement management functions accessible from the
System Hardware Console (SHC) graphical interface.
ESXi_5
The VMware hypervisor.
FPGA_CIX
The firmware to be loaded on the CIX board (system
motherboard) FPGA processors.
FPGA_WEO
The flash image file for 1Gb Ethernet switch component
included in the connecting box.
LCP
The firmware for the Local Control Panel display.
PM_MUCM
The flash image file for Power Module (PM) component
on the Ultra-Capacitor management board.
PM_RMxD3
The flash image file for PM component on the memory
blades.
POWERVILLE_CIX
The flash image file for the integrated Ethernet controller
on the CIX board (system motherboard).
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Adapter Firmware and configuration files:
Provided for the following cards:
Emulex PCIe LPe12002-M8
Emulex PCIe LPe15004-M8
Emulex PCIe LPe16002
Emulex PCIe OCe11102-FM/NM/NT
Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4
HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i
LSI SAS 9200-8e
Tools:
BAT_VM_Appliance
An appliance that delivers Bull Administration tools on a Virtual
Machine running CentOS system.
bmclanpet
The Platform Event Trap definition file. This MIB (Management
Information Base) file is used by SNMP (Simple Network
Management Protocol) managers to receive server hardware events.
BPM
A WEB application used to display server hardware status and
information. It can also be used to get and set hardware configuration
parameters. Both Linux and Windows versions are provided.
BSMHW_NG
(Recommended)* A set of prompt commands, based on free IPMI
open source, used to manage server or device hardware. These
commands can be used to return information and status and/ or to
remotely control and configure server hardware.
BSMHW
(Obsolete)* A set of prompt commands used to manage server or
device hardware. These commands can be used to return information
and status and/ or to remotely control and configure server hardware.
* BSMHW_NG should be used rather than BSMHW.
BSMHW should only be used in case of issue caused by BSMHW_NG.
iCare
A WEB application used for hardware maintenance. Both Linux and
Windows versions are provided.
mc-setup
A Linux Utility used to discover the embedded management board's
MAC address and to change the embedded management board's IP
address.
psetup
A Windows Utility used to discover the embedded management
board's MAC address and to change the embedded management
board's IP-address.
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3. Release content
This release provides the following items.
3.1.
Documentation
Name
Version
bullion S Customer Documentation Portfolio
05
3.2.
Platform Firmware
Name
Product Version
Build Number
BIOSX05
5.19.2
010 / 110
CPLD_MUCM
1.4
CPLD_M_CIX
0.0.9
HS9
CPLD_PM1_CIX
0.0.6
HS10
CPLD_PM2_CIX
0.0.6
HS10
CPLD_P_CIX
0.2.6
DS1600PED_PSU
01.03/01.06
DS750PED_PSU
01.15.00
EMM30_BMC
30.14.00
1319
ESXi_5
5.5 update 2
2302651
FPGA_CIX
0.3.1
FPGA_WEO
0.2.3
LCP
20
PM_MUCM
0.4
PM_RMxD3
0.3
POWERVILLE_CIX
1.63
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Adapter Firmware
Name
Product Version
Build Number
Emulex PCIe LPe12002-M8
fw201a12
Universal boot version 513a3
Emulex PCIe LPe15004-M8
A10.2.470.14
Emulex PCIe LPe16002
A10.2.370.15
Emulex PCIe OCe11102
10.2.370.15
Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4
1.876.0 preboot 19.3
HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator
FW H0BV - Boot 2.6.28
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i
12.14.0-0167
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i
24.7.0-0026
LSI SAS 9200-8e
P19
3.4.
Customer Tools
Name
Product Version
mc-setup
1.2.1
psetup
1.2.4
3.5.
Build Number
2
Other Software and Firmware
Name
Product Version
BAT_VM_Appliance
1.0.2
bmclanpet_23
2.3-4
BPM
2.4.7
BSMHW_CLI_24
2.4.7
BSMHW_NG
1.2.4
iCare
1.6.8
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4. New features and changes
TS006.04 (January 2015)

PCIe hot plug (Red Hat 6.5 only as of today)

Memory hot add (Red Hat 6.5 only as of today)

Emulex PCIe LPe15004-M8 adapter support

LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i adapter support

New disks support:
o
300GB 2,5" 15Krpm SAS HDD Blade
o
1.2TB 2,5" 10Krpm SAS HDD Blade
o
1TB 2,5" 7.2Krpm SATA HDD Blade
o
256GB 2,5" SATA SSD Blade
o
512GB 2,5" SATA SSD Blade
o
600GB 2,5" 15Krpm SAS HDD Blade

UCM (Ultra Capacitor Module) support and associated BSM CLI commands.

Memory sparing, scrubbing, device tagging, DDDC (Double Device Data Correction)

BPM / BSM CLI for enabling/disabling the BCS2 (Bull Coherent Switch)

BIOS setting update from EMM (Embedded Management Module)

Inventory: PCIe board information (VID, DID, SSVID) included

bullion S8 can be partitioned as 6 socket system + 2 socket system

bullion S8 with 6 sockets (3 modules) can be upgraded with a 2 socket module, so
becoming a full 8 socket system.

Improved stress diag suite

UCM firmware upgrade

PSU firmware upgrade
See also section 7 Resolved issues.
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5. Detailed Information
5.1.
BIOS
Release identification
5.19.2 (build 010 and 110)

BIOSX05.019.02.010
Build 010: this BIOS must be used for VMware Operating System

BIOSX05.019.02.110
Build 110: this BIOS must be used for all Operating Systems other than VMware
Component versions

UEFI revision specification 2.3

Intel® Brickland-EX reference code 1.40

Microcodes:
o
5.2.
MED306E7_0000070D (Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family D1 stepping)
EMM
Release Identification

EMM bullion S 30.14.00 Build 1319
Note: EMM release identification is displayed in the following EMM Web page:
Maintenance  Hardware Information  Management Controller
Dependencies

BIOSX05.19.00
Hardware supported

bullion S2, S4, S8, S16
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VMware ESXi
Supported versions

ESXi 5.5U1 and 5.5U2
Delivery
VMware ESXi is delivered on a bootable USB flash drive.
Current version: ESXi 5.5U2 build 2302651
Components
1) Base Image Profile from VMware

VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20141204001-standard(2096283)

Release Date: December 2, 2014
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2096283
2) Additional and updated components
Name
Version
Vendor
Acceptance Level
elxnet
10.2.445.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Emulex
VMwareCertified
emulex-cim-provider
10.2.348.18-01OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Emulex
VMwareAccepted
lpfc
10.2.455.0-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Emulex
VMwareCertified
net-igb
5.2.7-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Intel
VMwareCertified
net-ixgbe
3.21.4-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Intel
VMwareCertified
lsiprovider
500.04.V0.53-0003
LSI
VMwareAccepted
scsi-stec-s1120
2.2.1.0202-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
Stec (HGST)
VMwareCertified
scsi-megaraid-sas
06.803.52.00-1vmw.550.0.0.1331820
VMware
VMwareCertified

Emulex CIM Provider is required by the Emulex One Command Manager vCenter plugin,
which allows you to update most Emulex firmware on the fly.

LSI CIM provider is needed to remotely manage LSI boards via MegaRAID Storage
Manager software.
5.4.
Linux Red Hat
Supported version

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.5.

Bull Installation Package (BIP): third maintenance release for RHEL 6.5, designed and
validated for bullion S.
It is not delivered on the Resource DVDs and can be acquired separately along with the
Support subscription.
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Supported Adapters
bullion S supports the following adapters.
5.5.1. HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator

1TB PCIe HH-HL Solution
For more information, see http://www.hgst.com
5.5.2. Intel Ethernet Server Adapters
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Dual ports - PCIe v2.1 (5.0GT/s) Interface
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Quad ports - PCIe v2.1 (5.0GT/s) Interface
The port numbers depend on OS and drivers. To know the port numbers, you can either unplug
cable and check the port status on the console, or set a port to disable and check the LED
colors.
For more information, see http://ark.intel.com
5.5.3. LSI MegaRAID® SAS 9261-8i and 9361-4i

Eight-Port 6Gb/s PCI Express SATA+SAS RAID Controller

Four Port MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i 12Gb/s SAS and SATA RAID Controller
No external connector.
For more information, see http://www.lsi.com
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5.5.4. LSI SAS 9200-8e
LSI SAS 9200-8e
8-Port, 6Gb/s SAS+SATA to PCI Exp HBA
PORT 1
PORT 0
For more information, see http://www.lsi.com
5.5.5. Emulex Adapters
Emulex OneConnect®
OCe11102-FM, OCe11102-NM, OCe11102-NT
dual-port 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter
Emulex LightPulse LPe16002B
Gen 5 Fibre Channel PCIe 3.0 Dual-Port HBA
Emulex LightPulse LPe12002
dual-channel Fibre Channel HBA
Emulex LightPulse LPe15004
Advanced-8 8Gb FC (8GFC), quad-port, low-profile H
PORT 0
PORT 1
PORT 2
PORT 3
For more information, see www.emulex.com
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6. Dependencies
6.1.
Firmware
Technical State firmware is designed to run together. You should not install a firmware image
independently of the rest of the technical set without consulting your Customer Service
Representative.
6.2.
Linux Red Hat
The following prerequisites must be met in order to install RHEL 6.5 on a bullion S:

a PC with a web browser and Java installed

the BIP 6.5 for bullion S USB flash drive media (Reference: 76743656-201) that contains:

o
BIP65rm3.iso
o
rhel-server-6.5-x86_64.iso from Red Hat
o
BIP Licence Utilisateur Final 2013_V1.3.pdf
o
BIP Terms of Use End User 2013_V1.3.pdf
o
bullionS_install_Guide_BIP6.5_en.pdf
25 GBs minimum disk storage space available from the server
Note: If the server is equipped with a hardware RAID and/or a Fiber Channel controller,
storage has to be visible from the controller's BIOS

4 GBs minimum RAM available on the server.
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7. Resolved issues
7.1.
SR IOV feature (VMware)
SR IOV feature is supported with Emulex OneConnect OCe adapters.
7.2.
BIOS settings change on multi-module (platform)
BIOS settings change is now operational on all bullion S server range.
7.3.
DHCP configuration (platform)
After breaker off, the BMC DHCP connection remains available.
7.4.
BIOS settings after BIOS upgrade (platform)
The BIOS settings are no more reverted to their default value after a BIOS upgrade. Changed
values are preserved.
WARNING
Since correction comes with the new BIOS delivery (TS006), BIOS settings
that have been modified on customer site will be lost when this new BIOS is
applied. Make sure to save your BIOS settings before upgrading.
7.5.
FCoE Boot with Emulex OCe11102 card (platform)
FCoE boot through the OCe11102 card is now supported.
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8. Recommendations
8.1.
Mono threading on bullion S16
Due to temporary platform limitations, for bullion S16 you need to force mono threading mode
(using EMM functional profiles).
8.2.
Boot time-out setting on bullion S16
For bullion S16, change the key providing the BIOS boot time-out (using EMM configuration).
This time-out must be set to 30 min to prevent issues.
1. To display the current value:
ipmitool –I lan –H [IP] –U super –P pass raw 0x3A 0x19 0x00 0x05
Output:
00 00 xx yy
Current value (24 min): xx=C0 yy=0x12
2. To change the current value to 30 min:
ipmitool –I lan –H [IP] –U super –P pass raw 0x3A 0x18 0x00 0x05 0x00 0x00 0x70 0x17
New value (30 min): xx=0x70 yy=0x17
8.3.
Power consumption optimization on bullion S2
To gain power consumption on bullion S2, it is recommended to disable BCS2 access using the
following BSM CLI commands:
1. To get the current value:
bsmGetConfParam.sh –H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -a getDisableBCS
BCS disabling value is 'no'.
2. To change the current value:
bsmSetConfParam.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -a setDisableBCS -x <yes|no>
WARNING
If the module is included later in a partition, do not forget to re-enable BCS2
access.
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Reset and Default buttons
RESET button (left)
DEFAULT button (right)
WARNING
The Reset and Default buttons are close together. Be careful to press the
appropriate button indicated on the figure to reset the BMC / EMM.
WARNING
Pressing the Default button restores the EMM manufacturing configuration.
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Support of the Emulex LPe12002 card (VMware)
8.5.1. Caution
The Emulex LPe12002 card under VMware requires the firmware version
fw2.01a12 - Universal boot version 5.13a3, as described in Section 3.3.
8.5.2. Upgrading LPe12002
bullion S arrives configured from manufacturing with this firmware version.
The Emulex LPe12002 update procedure is described below.
The procedure requires BIOS in Legacy Mode
Required File: Lpe12002-v2.ima
(Contact your Support Representative to get this file).
From bullion S Remote console, connect a virtual drive:
1. For virtual drive 1, select image file, browse to Lpe12002-v2.ima, and then click Connect.
2. Power on the server, then press “ESC” to enter the BIOS menu.
3. In the BIOS Boot Manager, select Raritan as Boot Device.
4. On the FreeDOS starting list, select 5.
5. From the FreeDOS prompt enter this command to list Emulex HBA:
doslpcfg listhba
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Upgrading the Bootcode
1. To update the HBA Bootcode, enter:
doslpcfg download i=uu513a3.prg n=”HBA number”
2. Repeat this operation for each LPe12002 HBA
Upgrading the firmware
1. To update the HBA firmware, enter:
doslpcfg download i=ud201a12.all n=”HBA number”
2. Repeat this operation for each LPe12002 HBA.
Restart the server and set the BIOS mode to UEFI.
8.6.
VMware installation
8.6.1. Installing VMware from Bull Hypervisor 5 Installer-External USB Flash Drive
Procedure
1. Plug the USB flash drive in the bullion S Front Panel USB port or connect a device as a
virtual media.
2. Boot the bullion S and Press ESC key to enter the Boot Manager menu. Select the USB
device.
3. Install ESXi 5.5 U1 or U2 on your target media (SAN disks for example).
4. Boot your ESXi disk when requested.
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8.6.2. Creating a bootable custom USB stick from an ISO image of a supported OS
Pre-Requisites

ISO image of a supported OS

“Rufus” software to create a live USB stick
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

1GB or higher USB stick.
Procedure
1. Execute “Rufus”.
2. Select your USB device and the ESXi .iso image.
3. As a partition scheme, select “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers”.
CAUTION: make sure you selected this partition scheme since it is not the default one.
4. Start the live USB stick creation. Rufus will ask you to update “menu.c32” file version.
You have to accept, otherwise the USB live stick won’t work.
5. Once finished, plug the USB stick in the bullion S Front Panel USB port.
6. Install OS on your target media (SAN disks for example).
7. Boot your OS disk.
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Identifying failed DIMMs in System Event Logs and Messages
This section helps you to identify failed DIMMs using the BMC System Event Log and
Messages.
BIOS can log different DRAM runtime errors or events in the BMC System Event Log and
Messages sections:
 Patrol scrubbing, memory rank sparing, memory device tagging, double device data
correction (DDDC) errors.
 Memory corrected errors threshold overflow errors.

Memory uncorrected non-fatal or fatal errors.
Example 1: Device Tagging
A rank is tagged when the number of correctable errors from that rank exceeds the threshold
and either DDDC is not activated or a DDDC event has already occurred for that rank. When a
rank is tagged, the parity device of the rank is used in place of the failing device. The System
Event Log shows that the correctable memory leaky bucket overflowed and that a device was
tagged in a specific module:
The Messages log shows the same information but also displays the CPU socket number,
memory riser number and DIMM number (example: MMR_6; D2).
“MMR” means memory blade number (numbered from 0 to 7 in ascending order from right to
left).
“D” is the DIMM number within the blade (numbered from 0 to 5 in ascending order from the
bottom of the blade).
Example 2: DDDC (Double Device Data Correction)
DDDC is only activated for x4 devices in lockstep (RAS) mode. When the number of correctable
errors from a particular rank exceeds the threshold, the device sparing engine from the memory
controller writes the corrected data from the failed device to the spare device. After this occurs,
a second device failure in the same rank results in device tagging. The System Event Log
shows that the correctable memory leaky bucket overflowed and that the data from the failed
device was copied to the spare device in a specific module:
The Messages log shows the same information but also displays the socket number, memory
controller number, DDR channel number, and DIMM number:
Note: In lockstep (RAS) mode, the leaky bucket overflow is always reported by the hardware on the
primary channel 0 or 2 of the lockstepped pair. (DDR channels 0 and 1 operate in lockstep, and
DDR channels 2 and 3 operate in lockstep.) The “leaky bucket overflow” message in the Messages
log therefore always reports the primary channel.
For example, if the “leaky bucket overflow” message reports the error on DIMM 0 of DDR channel
0, as shown above, the failed DIMM in lockstep (RAS) mode is DIMM 0 on either DDR channel 0 or
1 (either DIMM in the DIMM pair). If there are “device tagged” or DDDC (“copy to spare device”)
messages in the Messages log, they will report the DDR channel number where the error actually
occurred (DDR channel 0 in this example).
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Memory Blade (MMR) Identification
MMR
MMR Number
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
DIMM Identification
DIMM5
DIMM4
DIMM3
DIMM2
DIMM1
DIMM0
Converting Socket/controller/channel into blade and DIMM number
DIMM
DIMM5
DIMM4
DIMM3
DIMM2
DIMM1
DIMM0
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Channel 1 Slot 0
Channel 1 Slot 1
Channel 1 Slot 2
Channel 0 Slot 0
Channel 0 Slot 1
Channel 0 Slot 2
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In the following table, the memory blades are looked down from the top.
DDR channels 0 and 1 are in the even-numbered blades, and DDR channels 2 and 3 are in the
odd-numbered blades.
socket nb iMC nb
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
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DIMM nb
blade (MMR) nb
DIMM nb
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4
5
5
5
5
5
5
6
6
6
6
6
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
2
1
0
5
4
3
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9. Known restrictions, issues and workarounds
9.1.
Restrictions on PCI Hot Plug (platform)

PCI Hot Plug is possible only on Red Hat OS.

Hot Plug of Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4 adapters is not supported
Refer to Customer Service Guide, Ref. 86 A1 34FL, for details on hot plugging PCI adapters.
This guide is available in the bullion S Customer Documentation Portfolio.
9.2.
Restrictions on Memory Hot Add (platform)

Memory Hot Add is possible only on Red Hat OS.

Due to Red Hat 6.5 limitations:
o
Memory Hot Add is not operational on bullion S2.
o
Memory Hot Add is forbidden on bullion S without memory blade attached to a
socket.
Refer to Customer Service Guide, Ref. 86 A1 34FL, for details on hot adding memory. This
guide is available in the bullion S Customer Documentation Portfolio.
9.3.
LSI MegaRAID 9261 card (platform)
Issue
The first configuration of the LSI MegaRAID 9261 must be done in legacy mode (not in EFI).
WARNING
Rebuilding RAID must be done in OS environment and not in EFI
environment.
Workaround
1. Boot the bullion S to BIOS “Setup Utility”, by pressing ESC key or using this bsmcli
command:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/bin/bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
2. In the “Boot” section, select for Boot type “Legacy Boot Type”.
Save by pressing F10 and reboot the system in Legacy mode.
3. Reconfigure or rebuild the RAID disks under LSI utility
4. When the install is done, let the system reboot and go again to BIOS “Setup Utility”, then
“Boot” section, select for Boot type “UEFI Boot Type”.
Save by pressing F10 and reboot the system in UEFI mode.
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If you need to upgrade a bullion S16 with PCI-e cards, please contact your Bull
representative.
9.5.
iSCSI Boot with Emulex OCe11102 card (platform)
Restriction
iSCSI boot through the OCe11102 card is not supported.
In iSCSI, boot is to be performed on bullion S hard disk. Emulex OCe11102 cards are used for
data only.
9.6.
Memory Blade green light remains ON (platform)
Issue
The power green LED of the memory blade is turned ON after the execution of a power ON
command. But it will remain ON as long as the system remains AC connected even after a
power OFF sequence.
Workaround
Do not take into account the memory blade LED state.
9.7.
Spurious BCS fatal errors (platform)
Issue
A shutdown OS command execution generates spurious BCS fatal errors in every slave
modules.
Workaround
Do not take into account the BCS fatal errors that follow a shutdown command within the SEL.
9.8.
USB and on board 1Gb/s on slave modules (platform)
Issue
The USB port and on board 1Gb/s Ethernet controller (powerville) are disabled on all the slave
modules of a partition.
Workaround
Use USB port and on board 1GB/s Ethernet ports in master module only.
9.9.
Update of SHC firmware (platform)
Issue
Update of the SHC firmware is not supported yet at power on state.
Workaround
Do the update when the module is at power off state.
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SAN boot on LPe16002 (platform)
Issue 1
It is not possible to configure a boot LUN from SAN on the LPe16002 adapter if a bootable USB
key, previously used to boot, is still present. The "Add Boot Device" of the Emulex adapter
configuration cannot discover the boot LUN or the discovered LUN may not be configured as a
boot device.
Workaround 1
The USB key must be removed before restarting the bullion S and entering the Device
Management menu.
Issue 2
Unable to configure Boot from SAN in Boot Option Device Manager on the LPe16002 adapter.
Workaround 2
1. Boot the system and press <ESC> to stop at Boot Options.
2. Open “Device Manager” and select desired port for boot.
3. First select “Set Emulex Adapter to Default Settings” then “Add Boot Device”
4. Select discovered target
5. Select desired LUN
6. “Commit Changes”
7. “Go to Configuration Menu”
8. “Set Boot from SAN” <Enable>;
9. “Back to UEFI Device Manager and RECONNECT DEVICES”
10. Once back to “devices list” do a “Force Power Off” from the BMC Power Management then
reboot the system.
9.11.
Memory holes not supported by VMware 5.5 (VMware)
Issue
VMware 5.5 may generate illegal memory access when memory gaps exist between modules in
a multi module server, leading the server to crash.
Workaround
Till a fix is delivered by VMware in a future vSphere release, a workaround is made available by
Bull and implemented in each multi module bullion S server delivered from manufacturing.
Each multi module server operating under VMware 5.5 is delivered with the following SHC key
set to:
bmc.BIOS_no_memory_hole
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vCenter system health (VMware)
Issue
The system health sensors are not available under vCenter (temperatures, fan sensors, server
consumption, etc).
Workaround
This information is still available through SHC interface.
9.13.
1Gb Ethernet ports under ESXi (VMware)
9.13.1.
VMware constraints
VMware ESXi 5.5 U1 and U2 support up to 16x 1Gb/s ports or up to 4x1Gb/s and up to 8x
10Gb/s ports.
According to the number of authorized 1Gb/s Ethernet cards (Intel I350-T2 or I350-T4) in the
configuration, the on-board 1Gb/s (powerville) ports may have to be disabled to comply with
VMware limits.
9.13.2.
Disabling on-board 1Gb/s if needed
bullion S arrives configured from manufacturing with on-board 1Gb/s ports enabled or disabled,
depending on the configuration and VMWare constraints.
If a new 1Gb/s PCI-e is installed as add-on, you may need to disable the on-board 1Gb/s ports.
Please follow the procedure described below:
1. Boot the bullion S to the BIOS “Setup Utility”, by pressing ESC key or using bsmcli
command:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/bin/bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
2. In the “Advanced” section, go to “Chipset Configuration”, then “PCI Express Configuration”,
then “PCI Express root port 1” and select “Disable”.
3. Save by pressing F10 and reboot the system. The 1GbE controller two ports will not be
visible in BIOS (PXE boot ports) or OS.
9.14.
SR IOV feature (VMware)
SR IOV feature is not supported with Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4 adapters.
9.15.
Red Hat specific (Red Hat)
Issue
There may be some known issues on Red Hat 6.5.
Workaround
In case of problem with the Red Hat Operating System, please see the Red Hat customer portal
using your Red Hat account.
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"Add Boot Option" BIOS function fails (platform)
Issue
The “Boot From File > Add Boot Option” BIOS function does not work (final save fails):
As a consequence it is not possible to change the name of a boot instance in the BIOS menu.
For example, if several instances of the same boot device are installed, the BIOS will show
them with the same name.
Workaround
None. This is not a blocking problem.
9.17.
Updating Main FPGA Firmware (platform)
Issue
Updating Main FPGA firmware is a long operation (about 7 min). After a while, the Server
Hardware Console may display a time-out message. Despite this message, the firmware is
successfully updated.
Workaround
None, operation is successful.
9.18.
Memory blade green light on after power off (platform)
Issue
After a power ON then power OFF, the green light on memory blade may stay switched on.
Workaround
Ignore the information.
9.19.
Erroneous Memory description using dmidecode (Red Hat)
Issue
The memory description in smbios table (using dmidecode tool) may be erroneous for empty
slots:

Memory slots may be described twice.

Slot identifier may be erroneous.
Workaround
Use information provided by the SHC.
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DIMM location for correctable memory errors (Red Hat)
Issue
In case of a correctable error, the information in the MCE log leads to the channel only, not to
the DIMM.
Note: if a RAS feature is triggered (e.g. DDDC, rank sparing, etc), or if the number of corrected
errors exceeds the threshold (leaky bucket), then a SEL event is issued.
This event points to the DIMM (see section 0 for details).
9.21.
Informative messages in the BIOS trace (Platform)
The following message may be present in the BIOS trace at boot time:
2015-01-22 09:33:25
BMC Message BIOS Setup parameters are successfully deleted
Please just ignore this message.
9.22.
Emulex LPe15004 does not enable the link to Scan Devices in
Device Manager (VMware)
Issue
When trying to configure LPe15004 to boot from SAN thru the Device Manager, the LPe15004
ports may not enable the link to Scan Devices.
Workaround
In Device Manager, go to the LPe15004 port and select "Configure HBA and Boot Parameters".
Then toggle "Topology Selection" to "AUTO Loop First - default".
Select "Commit Changes".
The Scan Devices now enables the link and finds the device.
9.23.
ESXi sees LPe15004 as an LPe16000 (VMware)
Note
ESXi5.5U2 build 2302651 sees LPe15004 as LPe16000.
9.24.
Reboot on bullion S2
Issue
Reboot on bullion S2 is not allowed.
Workaround
Reboot using a Power cycle from SHC.
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10. History of previous releases
This is the first production release.
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