SuperTrak TX8658 / 8650 SAS and SATA Controller
Release Notes
November, 2008
Contents for This Release
Please check the Promise website for the latest updates.
This release note includes Firmware/BIOS, Drivers, WebPAM PRO, and CLI for the Promise SuperTrak
TX8658, TX8650, SAS and SATA Controllers as follows:
Product CD
- Single Image (Firmware/BIOS)
- Windows Drivers
o XP
o 2003/Vista/2008
3.01.0000.00
4.01.0000.08 (SCSIport)
4.01.0000.08 (Storport)
-
Linux Drivers
4.06.1000.5
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 +Service Pack 2, 32/64bit(UP&SNP)
o SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 +Service Pack 1 32/64bit
o Open SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.2 32/64bit
o Open SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.3 32/64bit
o Open SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 32/64bit
o RedHat Enterprise Linux5.0 32/64bit (kernel)
o RedHat Enterprise Linux5.1 32/64bit (kernel)
o RedHat Enterprise Linux5.2 32/64bit (kernel)
-
WebPAM PRO
o Windows
o Linux
CLI
o Windows
o Linux
-
-
3.13.0000.00
3.13.0000.00
3.13.0000.00
3.13.0000.00
SuperTrak TX8658,8650 Quick Start Guide (QSG) v1.0a
SuperTrak TX-Series User Manual (UM) v1.1
Readme File
Release Notes
Launch Utility
Adobe Reader v9
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Known issues
ID
Title
18539
Cascade two E610s(64 LDs) with SuperTrak TX8658 HBA.Can't see any E610 LDs.
18681
Workaround: There is no workaround available for this issue. the fix will be included in service release
OS can not be installed on LD with sector size bigger than 512byte.
Problem description: This is a system limitation, operating system can not be loaded properly if it is installed
on the LD with sector size bigger than 512 byte
18740
Workaround: Please avoid use non-512 byte sector size LD to install operating system
Event has wrong time stamp when it happen before OS boot
Problem description: Before OS boot, there is no host and IOP time stamp sync available. Any events
happen in this stage will have wrong value. You could see the year value of time stamp something very out
dated.
18777
Workaround: There is no work around for this. When you see event time stamp dated for year 1969, this
mean these events occur before OS boot.
Unplug a HDD, then Plug in the HDD right away while another HDD is rebuilding. It doesn't show
“
staleconfig”
.
Problem description: After disk group is rebuilding, although the unplugged disk should not be merged back
to same disk group, but it has a complete valid DDF record, controller will show the information as an
incomplete disk group
19186
Workaround: No work around is needed here. Please clear the DDF of disk.
Firmware unable to be updated in WPP.
Problem description: Online firmware update through WPP is not supported due to limited size of memory
on the controller.
19194
Workaround: There is no plan to support this feature.
Cannot Set Date and Time in WPP.
Problem description: SuperTrak TX series doesn’
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eRTC can run off power, setting date and time in
WPP is not supported
19196
Workaround: There is no plan to support this feature.
Seagate ES.2 SATA disk compatibility issue
Problem description: There is a known compatibility issue when attach Seagate ES.2 SATA disk, both NS or
AS version
Know drive model and firmware version:
ST31000340AS, FW SD15
ST3500320NS, FW SN05 ==> AN05
19738
Workaround: For NS version drive, please use firmware version AN05 or later. For AS version, please check
with Seagate for update
Physical device id (PD ID) is not persistent.
Problem description: Physical disk ID is not a persistent value in SuperTrak TX series system, this value
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only reflect the discovery order. It is recommend always use the location information to refer to physical
drive.
19764
Workaround: Please use enclosure and slot information to refer to a physical device
Unplug and plug the rebuild HDD. It is included in source DA.
Problem description: Unplug and plug back the disk into a disk group, if no OS write happen on that disk
group, SuperTrak TX series will allow disk join back to the original disk group. If any valid OS write happen
on such DA, this disk will not be able to join back to same DA. It will be enlisted as a separate incomplete
DA. This is the situation described in 18777.
18761
Workaround: No work around is needed.
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Problem description: When this happen, the migration process will be aborted. Percentage value doesn’
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mean anything here any more. In future release, FW will do the change to show the 0 percentage value in
order not to create unnecessary confusion.
18860
Workaround: No work around is needed.
Rebuild to free disk according to HDD size,not the controller of PD ID.
Problem description: Automatically rebuild apply a best fit algorithm. Disk picked to rebuild is not base on
the PD ID but based on the best fit PD size.
18936
Workaround: No work around is needed.
Event timestamp shows in WPP/CLI is different from what displayed in the host OS system event.
Problem description: The time in system event represent when the system got the event, but not the time
the event is created
18974
Workaround: No work around is needed.
LD status offline but DA status still degraded
Problem description: LD status is defined by LD RAID mode and DG status is defined by the availability of
all disks in the group.
19506
19594
Workaround: No work around is needed.
SuperTrak TX8650: Migration didn't have "Resume" selection. If do "Transport" operation, migration will
stop.
Workaround: Please do not execute “
transportation”before migration is finished. Promise will solve this bug
in the next service release.
CA tool can not detect LD creation from the controller
Problem description: CA tool can not detect the LD creation from the controller, user has to close and
reopen the program to see the newly created LD
20087
Workaround: Please reopen the CA tool.
Can't change "Stale Disk" to "Passthru" in WPP.Can do it in BIOS GUI.
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need clear stale first.
Workaround: in WPP, need clear stale first. Use the Clear tab.
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