Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers

6445356: Xsun -probe of Crash Server Prevents Solaris OS Installation on IBM BladeCenter HS20 Servers

Description: When the Xsun -probe command enumerates the PCI bus during installation of the Solaris OS, it reads the PCI configuration space for all possible PCI devices and all possible functions. Some BladeCenter hardware only supports functions 0 and 2. When function 1 is accessed, non-maskable interrupt (NMI) interrupts occur, causing the management processor to reboot the machine.

This problem occurs on the BladeCenter HS20 server, Model 7981.

Workaround: Update the system BIOS on the BladeCenter server to disable the Reboot on NMI option.

    Follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the power to the BladeCenter server.

  2. Press F1 when the prompt to Press F1 for Configuration/Setup is displayed.

  3. Select Advanced Setup -> Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) Settings -> Reboot System on NMI.

  4. Press the Right arrow or Left arrow key until the Disabled option is selected.

  5. Press the Esc key twice.

  6. Select Save Settings.

  7. Follow the instructions that guide you through the installation process.

    The system appears to hang when the following message is displayed.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Eject the CD and manually power cycle the system.

    • Eject the CD and power cycle the system through the BladeCenter Management Module.

  9. When the installation has completed, log into the system.