New Features and Support
This software release contains the following new OS support:
For a current list of supported operating systems for these servers, refer to one of the following Web sites:
The service processor (SP) and BIOS software and the LSI firmware versions might be updated in each new release.
TABLE 1 lists the component versions for Release 1.3.
TABLE 2 lists the component versions for Release 1.2.1.
TABLE 3 lists the component versions for Release 1.2.
TABLE 4 lists the component versions for Release 1.1.
TABLE 5 lists the component versions for the initial release (Release 1.0).
This section describes considerations that might affect the firmware update.
Once you update to version 1.16, downgrading the firmware to a previous version is not supported. Doing so can cause the LSI card and SCSI devices to become undetectable.
The hot key to enter the option card BIOS does not work in serial console. This issue will be addressed in a future release.
If you upgrade LSI firmware from 1.04 to the current release, and the system contains a RAID, the RAID will be degraded.
For details and a workaround, see http://sunsolve.central.sun.com/search /document.do?assetkey=1-25-88023
This section describes considerations that might affect the firmware upgrade. For issues on ILOM in general, refer to the Sun Fire X4100/X4200 Servers Product Notes.
The ILOM service processor might not successfully update the BIOS version, if a previous flash upgrade has failed. If the BIOS version is not correct after ILOM flash upgrade completes, use the -f force flag on the ILOM CLI load command, to force the BIOS flash upgrade.
This issue applies to ILOM 1.1.1 and earlier, and will be addressed in future releases.
The host CPU and DIMM FRU information shown by the service processor is provided to the service processor during each BIOS power-on-self-test (POST). Therefore, after a BIOS/ILOM upgrade, this FRU information is empty until the first host BIOS POST.
This is expected behavior. Reset the server and allow it to complete POST during boot to repopulate the FRU lists.
If you use the CLI to perform the update and JavaRConsole is active, a dialog box might appear in JavaRConsole with the following message and an OK button:
Keyboard redirection error: an established connection was aborted by the software in your host machine
This is expected behavior. Click OK in the dialog box to continue.
Clicking OK might not close the dialog box. If not, terminate the JavaRConsole process. For example, on a Windows platform, press Control+Alt+Delete to bring up the list of open processes, then terminate the JavaRConcole process.
After updating the system BIOS, you might need to clear CMOS settings to get serial console output from the host. This is because CMOS defaults might be changed from your existing settings in the new BIOS.
If you cannot get serial console output, clear the CMOS settings. To clear CMOS settings, use the following commands (in this example, the default username, root, and the default password, changeme, are used):
ipmitool -U root -P changeme -H SP-IP chassis power off
ipmitool -U root -P changeme -H SP-IP chassis bootdev disk clear-cmos=yes
ILOM 1.1.1 service processor provides a new, more reliable flash layout. Because of the layout changes, special steps might be required to downgrade to previous ILOM 1.0.x releases.
You might have to perform the flash downgrade to 1.0.x process twice to reformat the flash layout to the old format. If the flash downgrade through GUI, CLI, or N1 System Manager, does not succeed the first time, retry a second time to complete the process.
The new ILOM flash process only powers off the host if a new BIOS version is needed. The ILOM CLI load command provides the -f option to force update of all components. Use the following command to force updating all firmware components:
load -f tftp://tftpserver/firmware.ima
where tftpserver is a trivial file-transfer protocol (TFTP) server and firmware.ima is the name of the image file, such as, ILOM.X4100-1.1.1.ima.
Sometimes after flashing an image on SP, the ILOM WebGUI will not allow you to log in and gives "Authentication fail" error. Clearing the cache and cookies of the Web browser enables you to log in as usual.