bullion S Release Note

bullion S Release Note
bullion S Release Note
N° DEL000906
Customer Release Note - TS007.03
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
5.1.
BIOS ........................................................................................................................ 11
5.2.
EMM ......................................................................................................................... 11
5.3.
VMware ESXi ........................................................................................................... 12
5.4.
Linux Red Hat........................................................................................................... 12
5.5.
Windows Server ....................................................................................................... 12
5.6.
Supported Adapters.................................................................................................. 13
5.6.1.
HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator ...................................................................................... 13
5.6.2.
Intel Ethernet Server Adapters............................................................................................... 13
5.6.3.
LSI MegaRAID® SAS 9261-8i and 9361-4i ........................................................................... 13
5.6.4.
LSI SAS 9200-8e and 9300-8e .............................................................................................. 14
5.6.5.
Emulex Adapters .................................................................................................................... 14
6.
Dependencies ............................................................................................................ 15
6.1.
Firmware .................................................................................................................. 15
6.2.
Linux Red Hat........................................................................................................... 15
7.
Resolved issues ........................................................................................................ 16
7.1.
Informative messages in the BIOS trace (Platform) .................................................. 16
7.2.
Updating Main FPGA Firmware (platform) ................................................................ 16
8.
Recommendations .................................................................................................... 17
8.1.
Boot time-out setting on bullion S16 ......................................................................... 17
8.2.
Power consumption optimization on bullion S2 ......................................................... 17
8.3.
Reset and Default buttons ........................................................................................ 18
8.4.
Support of the Emulex LPe12002 card (VMware) ..................................................... 19
8.4.1.
Caution ................................................................................................................................... 19
8.4.2.
Upgrading LPe12002 ............................................................................................................. 19
8.5.
8.5.1.
VMware installation .................................................................................................. 21
Installing VMware from Bull Hypervisor 5 Installer-External USB Flash Drive ...................... 21
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Creating a bootable custom USB stick from an ISO image of a supported OS .................... 21
8.6.
kdump over NFS on bullion S8 Requirements (Red Hat) .......................................... 22
8.7.
UEFI Mode ............................................................................................................... 23
8.8.
Installation of native Windows on bullion S2 ............................................................. 23
9.
Known restrictions, issues and workarounds......................................................... 24
9.1.
Restrictions on PCI Hot Plug (platform) .................................................................... 24
9.2.
Restrictions on Memory Hot Add (platform) .............................................................. 24
9.3.
LSI MegaRAID 9261 card (platform)......................................................................... 24
9.4.
PCIe configuration extension on bullion S16 ............................................................ 25
9.5.
iSCSI Boot with Emulex OCe11102 card (platform) .................................................. 25
9.6.
USB and on board 1Gb/s on slave modules (platform) ............................................. 25
9.7.
Update of SHC firmware (platform)........................................................................... 25
9.8.
SAN boot on LPe16002 (platform) ............................................................................ 26
9.9.
Memory holes not supported by VMware 5.5 (VMware) ........................................... 27
9.10. vCenter system health (VMware).............................................................................. 27
9.11. 1Gb Ethernet ports under ESXi (VMware) ................................................................ 27
9.11.1. VMware constraints ............................................................................................................... 27
9.11.2. Disabling on-board 1Gb/s if needed ...................................................................................... 27
9.12. SR IOV feature (VMware) ......................................................................................... 28
9.13. Red Hat specific (Red Hat) ....................................................................................... 28
9.14. "Add Boot Option" BIOS function fails (platform) ...................................................... 28
9.15. Memory blade green light on after OS shutdown (platform) ...................................... 28
9.16. Erroneous Memory description using dmidecode (Red Hat) ..................................... 29
9.17. DIMM location for correctable memory errors (Red Hat) ........................................... 29
9.18. Emulex LPe15004 does not enable the link to Scan Devices in Device Manager
(VMware) ............................................................................................................................. 29
9.19. ESXi sees LPe15004 as an LPe16000 (VMware) ..................................................... 29
9.20. Emulex PCIe LPe12002 is not bootable (Red Hat) ................................................... 29
9.21. Reboot on bullion S2 ................................................................................................ 30
10.
History of previous releases..................................................................................... 31
10.1. TS006.04 (January 2015) ......................................................................................... 31
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1. Abstract and purpose of the release
This document is the customer release note for Technical Status 007.03.
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_RM3D3
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
Emulex PCIe OCe14102-UM/NM
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
LSI SAS 9300-8e
Tools:
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
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.
Bull_Admin_Tools_VM_Appli
ance
An appliance that delivers Bull Administration tools on a Virtual
Machine running CentOS system.
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
06
3.2. Platform Firmware
Name
Product Version
Build Number
BIOSX05
5.21.2
015
CPLD_MUCM
1.4
CPLD_M_CIX
0.1.0
HS9
CPLD_PM1_CIX
0.0.6
HS10
CPLD_PM2_CIX
0.0.6
HS10
CPLD_P_CIX
0.2.8
DS1600PED_PSU
01.03/01.06
DS750PED_PSU
01.15.00
EMM30_BMC
30.18.00
1328
ESXi_5
5.5 update 2 Patch 4
2403361
FPGA_CIX
0.3.3
FPGA_WEO
0.2.3
LCP
20
PM_MUCM
0.4
PM_RMxD3
0.3
POWERVILLE_CIX
1.63
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3.3. Adapter Firmware
Name
Product Version
Build Number
Emulex PCIe LPe12002-M8
fw201a12
Universal boot version
513a3
Emulex PCIe LPe15004-M8
10.4.255.23
Emulex PCIe LPe16002
10.4.255.23
Emulex PCIe OCe11102
10.4.255.25
Emulex PCIe OCe14102
10.4.255.25
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
12.15.0-0205
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i
24.7.0-0026
LSI SAS 9200-8e
P20
LSI SAS 9300-8e
P7
3.4. Customer Tools
Name
Product Version
mc-setup
1.2.1
psetup
1.2.4
Build Number
2
3.5. Other Software and Firmware
Name
Product Version
Bull_Admin_Tools_VM_Appliance
1.0.3
bmclanpet_23
2.3-4
BPM
2.5.1
BSMHW_NG
1.2.6
iCare
1.7.1
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4. New features and changes
TS007.03 (April 2015)
•
Emulex OCe 14102 adapter support
•
LSI SAS 9300-8e adapter support
•
Use of fine grain time synchronization between modules (TSC)
•
Management of error LEDs in memory blades to help locating the faulty DIMM
•
Support of active/passive PSU using the UCM module
•
Red Hat 6.6 support
•
Windows Server 2012 R2 support on bullion S2 and S4
•
Improved error reporting in the SEL (e.g. lack of PCI resources, XQPI errors leading to
reduced speed)
See also section 7 Resolved issues.
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5. Detailed Information
5.1. BIOS
Release identification
5.21.2 build 015 (BIOSX05.021.02.015)
This BIOS can be used for all operating systems (VMware ESXi included) and all server
configurations (from bullion S2 to bullion S16)
Component versions
UEFI revision specification 2.3
Intel® Brickland-EX reference code 1.40
Microcodes:
-
MED306E7_0000070D (Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 Family D1 stepping)
5.2. EMM
Release Identification
EMM bullion S 30.18.00 Build 1328
Note: EMM release identification is displayed in the following EMM Web page:
Maintenance  Hardware Information  Management Controller
Dependencies
BIOSX05.21.02 or higher
FPGA 0.3.3 or higher
Hardware supported
bullion S2, S4, S8, S16
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5.3. VMware ESXi
Supported versions
ESXi 5.5U1 and 5.5U2
Delivery
VMware ESXi is delivered on a bootable USB flash drive.
Current version: ESXi 5.5U2P4 build 2403361
Components
1) Base Image Profile from VMware
VMware ESXi 5.5, Patch ESXi-5.5.0-20150104001-standard (2099271)
Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&e
xternalId=2099271
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
6.606.06.00-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
LSI
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 and 6.6.
5.5. Windows Server
Supported version
Windows Server 2012 R2 on bullion S2 and S4
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5.6. Supported Adapters
bullion S supports the following adapters.
5.6.1. HGST PCIe Solid-State Accelerator
1TB PCIe HH-HL Solution
For more information, see http://www.hgst.com
5.6.2. 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
5.6.3. 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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5.6.4. LSI SAS 9200-8e and 9300-8e
LSI SAS 9200-8e
8-Port, 6Gb/s SAS+SATA to PCI Exp HBA
LSI SAS 9300-8e
8-Port 12Gb/s SAS+SATA to PCI Exp HBA
PORT 1
PORT
PORT 0
PORT
For more information, see http://www.lsi.com
5.6.5. 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 OneConnect®
OCe14102-UM, OCe14102-NM
dual-port 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter
Emulex LightPulse LPe12002
dual-channel Fibre Channel HBA
Emulex LightPulse LPe15004
Advanced-8 8Gb FC (8GFC), quad-port,
low-profile HBA
POR
PORT 1
POR
T2
POR
T3
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 or 6.6 on a bullion S:
•
a PC with a Web browser and Java installed
•
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. Informative messages in the BIOS trace (Platform)
The following misleading message is no longer displayed in the BIOS trace at boot time:
BMC Message BIOS Setup parameters are successfully deleted
7.2. Updating Main FPGA Firmware (platform)
FPGA programming file is optimized to complete the firmware faster. So, the Server
Hardware Console no longer displays time-out message.
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8. Recommendations
8.1. 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:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/sbin/ipmi-raw_bull –D lan –h [IP] –u super –p pass 0 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:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/sbin/ipmi-raw_bull –D lan –h [IP] –u super –p pass 0 0x3A 0x18 0x00 0x05
0x00 0x00 0x70 0x17
New value (30 min): xx=0x70 yy=0x17
8.2. 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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8.3. 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.
All EMM specific parameters will be lost.
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8.4. Support of the Emulex LPe12002 card (VMware)
8.4.1. Caution
The Emulex LPe12002 card under VMware requires the firmware version
fw2.01a12 - Universal boot version 5.13a3, as described in Section 3.3.
8.4.2. 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 to UEFI mode.
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8.5. VMware installation
8.5.1. Installing VMware from Bull Hypervisor 5 Installer-External USB Flash Drive
Note: the USB flash drive used for this procedure must have been generated as described in
section 8.5.2. This is the case for the USB flash drive delivered with your system.
Procedure
1. Plug the USB flash drive in the bullion S Front Panel USB port.
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.
8.5.2. Creating a bootable custom USB stick from an ISO image of a supported OS
Pre-Requisites
•
ISO image of a supported OS
•
The 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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8.6. kdump over NFS on bullion S8 Requirements (Red Hat)
For kdump over NFS to work properly on bullion S8 running RHEL 6.5 or 6.6, do the
following:
1. Check that the following updates have been applied to RHEL 6.5 or 6.6 operating system:
kexec-tools-2.0.0-273.el6_5.1.x86_64.rpm
kexec-tools-debuginfo-2.0.0-273.el6_5.1.x86_64.rpm
kernel-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-abi-whitelists-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-debug-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-debuginfo-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debug-devel-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-debuginfo-common-x86_64-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-devel-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
kernel-doc-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-firmware-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.noarch.rpm
kernel-headers-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
python-perf-debuginfo-2.6.32-431.37.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
2. Edit the /etc/sysconfig/kdump file, and change the KDUMP_COMMANDLINE_APPEND=
line, as follows:
- Change nr_cpus=1 to nr_cpus=4
- Add: disable_cpu_apicid=0
3. Restart the kdump service:
service kdump restart
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8.7. UEFI Mode
The BIOS must always be configured in UEFI mode (default mode).
The legacy mode should be only used to work around specific configuration issues
described in this Release Note.
8.8. Installation of native Windows on bullion S2
To install Windows in native on bullion S2, set the enable_full_power_cycle key to "yes":
ipmitool –I lan –H [IP] –U super –P pass bulloem setcfg bmc.power.enable_full_power_cycle yes
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9. Known restrictions, issues and workarounds
9.1. Restrictions on PCI Hot Plug (platform)
•
Hot Plug of Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4 adapters is not supported under
Red Hat, due to Red Hat limitations.
•
Hot Plug of Emulex PCIe LPe16002 and Emulex PCIe OCe11102 is not supported under
Windows 2012 R2.
•
PCI Hot Plug is not supported under ESXi.
•
Under Windows 2012 R2 or Red Hat 6.5/6.6, if the number LPe Fibre Channel PCIe
boards plus the number OCE network controller PCIe boards exceeds 8, then
IO Resource Denial should be enabled for the slots containing those board types.
Refer to bullion S Configuration Guide, Ref. 86 A1 46FL for details on this option.
Refer to Customer Service Guide, Ref. 86 A1 34FL, for details on hot plugging PCI adapters.
The guides are available in the bullion S Customer Documentation Portfolio.
9.2. Restrictions on Memory Hot Add (platform)
•
Memory Hot Add is not operational on bullion S2 under Red Hat, due to Red Hat
limitations.
•
Memory Hot Add is forbidden on bullion S without memory blade attached to a socket.
•
Memory Hot Add is not supported under ESXi.
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
UEFI).
Workaround
1. Boot the bullion S to BIOS “Setup Utility”, by pressing ESC key or using this bsmcli
command:
-
From a Linux console:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/bin/bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
-
From a Windows console:
Launch Cygwin:
bash login -i
Enter:
cd /bin
bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
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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.
9.4. PCIe configuration extension on bullion S16
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. 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.
9.7. 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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9.8. 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 the desired port for boot.
3. 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” to <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.
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9.9. 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.
This problem has been fixed in ESXi version 5.5 update 2 patch 4 (build 2403361 and later),
which comes with the server.
Workaround for older ESXi release
If you use an ESXi version prior to build 2403361, you must set the following SHC key:
bmc.BIOS_no_memory_hole
yes
9.10. vCenter system health (VMware)
Issue
The system health sensors are not available under vCenter (temperatures, fan sensors,
server consumption, etc) on bullion S8.
Workaround
This information is still available through SHC interface.
9.11. 1Gb Ethernet ports under ESXi (VMware)
9.11.1.
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.
9.11.2.
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:
-
From a Linux console:
/opt/BSMHW_NG/bin/bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
-
From a Windows console:
Launch Cygwin: bash login -i
Enter:
cd /bin
bsmBootDevice.sh -H <host> -u <user> -p <password> -d bios
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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.
9.12. SR IOV feature (VMware)
SR IOV feature is not supported with Intel Ethernet Server I350-T2 and I350-T4 adapters.
9.13. Red Hat specific (Red Hat)
Issue
There may be some known issues on Red Hat 6.5 or 6.6.
Workaround
In case of problem with the Red Hat Operating System, please see the Red Hat customer
portal using your Red Hat account.
9.14. "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.
9.15. Memory blade green light on after OS shutdown (platform)
Issue
After an OS shutdown, the green light on memory blade may stay switched on.
Workaround
Ignore the information.
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9.16. 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.
9.17. 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.
9.18. 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.
9.19. ESXi sees LPe15004 as an LPe16000 (VMware)
Note
VMware ESXi5.5 sees LPe15004 as LPe16000.
9.20. Emulex PCIe LPe12002 is not bootable (Red Hat)
Restriction
Emulex PCIe LPe12002 is not bootable on Red Hat.
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9.21. Reboot on bullion S2
Issue
It may happen that LSI MegaRAID SAS 9261-8i adapters are not detected at reboot on
bullion S2.
Workaround
Reboot using a Power cycle from SHC.
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10. History of previous releases
10.1. TS006.04 (January 2015)
New Features
•
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:
-
300GB 2,5" 15Krpm SAS HDD Blade
-
1.2TB 2,5" 10Krpm SAS HDD Blade
-
1TB 2,5" 7.2Krpm SATA HDD Blade
-
256GB 2,5" SATA SSD Blade
-
512GB 2,5" SATA SSD Blade
-
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
Resolved issues
•
SR IOV feature (VMware) is supported with Emulex OneConnect OCe adapters.
•
BIOS settings change is operational on all bullion S server range.
•
DHCP configuration (platform)
After breaker off, the BMC DHCP connection remains available.
•
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.
•
FCoE boot through the OCe11102 card is now supported.
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