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User's Guide

Overview of Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized Multi-Fabric 10GbE M2 NEM User's Guide

Features of the Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized Multi-Fabric 10GbE M2 NEM


Features Overview

Components Overview

NEM Ports and LEDs

Performing Hot Plug Insertion and Removal

PCIe Hot Plug

SAS Interface Hot Plug

Installing or Replacing the Virtualized M2 NEM

Installing a NEM

Verifying NEM Installation

Removing a NEM

Replacing a NEM

Installing and Removing SFP+ Optical Transceiver Modules

Cabling the SPF+ Connectors

Booting Over the Virtualized M2 NEM 10-Gigabit Ethernet Port

Booting over the Network With an x86 Blade Server

How to Set Up the BIOS for Booting From the Virtualized M2 NEM

How to Use the F12 Key to Initiate the Network Boot

How to Use the F8 Key to Boot Off the PXE Server

Booting over the Network With a SPARC Blade Server

How to Boot Over the Network Using the OpenBoot on a SPARC System

Installing and Configuring the hxge Driver on a Solaris SPARC or x86 Platform

How to Configure the Network Host Files

Configuring the hxge Device Driver Parameters

Configuring the Jumbo Frames Feature

Installing and Configuring the hxge Driver on a Linux Platform

Installing and Removing the Driver on a Linux Platform

Configuring the Network Interface

Checking and Testing the hxge Device

Changing the hxge Driver Configuration

Troubleshooting the Driver

Configuring Jumbo Frames

Installing and Configuring Drivers on a Windows Platform

Installing Drivers on a Windows Platform

Enabling Jumbo Frames

Installing and Configuring Drivers on a VMware ESX Server Platform

Installing the ESX Server Drivers on an Existing ESX Server

Installing the ESX Server Drivers With a New ESX Installation

Configuring the Virtual NEM M2 Network Adapters

Configuring Jumbo Frames

ILOM Supplement

Accessing ILOM Documentation and Updates

Connecting to ILOM

Updating the NEM Firmware

Sun Blade Zone Manager

NEM Sensors

Enabling Private and Failover Mode

Using Hot Plug Commands

Fixing Problems with Oracle ILOM Using the Preboot Menu

Product Notes

Overview of the Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized Multi-Fabric 10GbE M2 NEM Product Notes

Product Information

Supported Software and Firmware

Supported Hardware

Hardware and Networking Issues

Packet Drop at 1Gb with 100m Cable (6879222)

Special Instructions for Network PXE Booting for the Sun Blade X3-2B Server (7183913)

ILOM Issues

ILOM Failover and Private Mode Cannot Be Enabled Simultaneously (6911661)

Cannot Set NEM SP IP Address When NEM Is Powered Off (6938660)

ipmitool Command Fails (6940791)

FMA Not Supported (6938667)

Prepare-to-Remove and Return-to-Service Does Not Work on NEM ILOM (6948103)

Green Rear SAS Link LEDs All Turn On When Setting Prepare-to-Remove (6950981)

NEM SAS Firmware Updates Must be Performed from the CMM and Not the NEM SP (7020854)

Operating System Issues

Oracle Linux: Server Module Might Hang When NEM Replaced Repeatedly (6935520)

Oracle Solaris: Hotplugd(1M) Daemon Must Be Started Before Initiating Hot Plug Actions In Oracle Solaris 10 OS 09/10 (7005233)

Oracle Solaris: Virtualized M2 NEM hxge 10 GbE Driver Can Hang Under High Stress (6932684)

Linux: Configuring PCIe Hot Plug in Linux (7075694)

Windows: Incorrect Driver Version Displayed When Driver File Properties is Viewed (7069358)


Booting over the Network With a SPARC Blade Server

Use the following procedure to boot over the network using the Virtualized M2 NEM with a SPARC blade server.

How to Boot Over the Network Using the OpenBoot on a SPARC System

  1. Add a MAC address- IP-address pair to the /etc/ethers and /etc/hosts files on the boot server.

    This enables the boot server to answer RARP calls from the blade for resolving the IP address for the Virtualized M2 NEM local MAC address.

  2. Add a client script on the boot server to specify which OS should be loaded to the SPARC blade.

    Refer to the installation documentation for the operating system you want to install for details.

  3. After the boot server has been configured, do one of the following:
    • If the SPARC blade is not currently running Solaris: Logon to the console of the SPARC blade, power the blade on, and boot to the OpenBoot ok prompt.
    • If the blade is already running Solaris, type the following in a terminal window to go to the ok prompt:
  4. Type show-nets to see all the network interfaces available for the blade to use. One of them should be the Virtualized M2 NEM. For example:
    {0} ok show-nets
    a) /pci@7c0/pci@0/pci@8/network@0
    b) /pci@780/pci@0/pci@1/network@0,1
    c) /pci@780/pci@0/pci@1/network@0
    Enter Selection, q to quit:

    The path with a single network node should be the Virtualized M2 NEM.

  5. Change directory to that path.
    cd /pci@7c0/pci@0/pci@8/network@0
  6. Type command .properties to check its properties. If it is a Virtualized M2 NEM, you should see:
    {0} ok .properties
    assigned-addresses       82520010 00000000 11000000 00000000 01000000 
                             82520018 00000000 10400000 00000000 00008000 
                             82520020 00000000 00000000 00000000 00008000 
                             82520030 00000000 10600000 00000000 00200000 
    local-mac-address        00 14 4f 63 00 09 
    phy-type                 xgf
    reg                      00520000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 
                             03520010 00000000 00000000 00000000 01000000 
                             03520018 00000000 00000000 00000000 00008000 
                             03520020 00000000 00000000 00000000 00008000 
                             02520030 00000000 00000000 00000000 00100000 
    version                  Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized Multi-Fabric 10GbE NEM FCode 
    1.2 09/01/14
    board-model              501-7995-04
    model                    SUNW,pcie-hydra
    compatible               pciex108e,aaaa.108e.aaaa.1
    address-bits             00000030 
    max-frame-size           00002400 
    network-interface-type   ethernet
    device_type              network
    name                     network
    fcode-rom-offset         00006200 
    interrupts               00000001 
    cache-line-size          00000010 
    class-code               00020000 
    subsystem-id             0000aaaa 
    subsystem-vendor-id      0000108e 
    revision-id              00000001 
    device-id                0000aaaa 
    vendor-id                0000108e 
  7. Type device-end then do the netboot.
    {0} ok device-end
    {0} ok /pci@400/pci@0/pci@9/pci@0/pci@1/network@0:dhcp
    {0} ok  boot /pci@400/pci@0/pci@9/pci@0/pci@1/network@0:dhcp

    If successful, you should see something similar to the following on the blade’s console.

    Boot device: /pci@400/pci@0/pci@9/pci@0/pci@1/network@0:dhcp  File and args:
    SunOS Release 5.10 Version Generic_141444-09 64-bit
    Copyright 1983-2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
    Use is subject to license terms.
    NOTICE: hxge1: link up, 10000 Mbps, full duplex
    Configuring devices.
    Using DHCP for network configuration information.
    Reading ZFS config: done.
    Setting up Java. Please wait...
    Serial console, reverting to text install
    Beginning system identification...
    Searching for configuration file(s)...
    Using sysid configuration file /sysidcfg
    Search complete.
    Discovering additional network configuration...
    Completing system identification...
    Starting remote procedure call (RPC) services: done.
    NIS domain name is
    System identification complete.
    Starting Solaris installation program...
    Executing JumpStart preinstall phase...
    Searching for SolStart directory...
    Checking rules.ok file...
    Using begin script: install_begin
    Using finish script: patch_finish
    Executing SolStart preinstall phase...
    Executing begin script "install_begin"...
    Begin script install_begin execution compl 

    The net installation menu appears. The Solaris installation program is divided into a series of short sections where you'll be prompted to provide information for the installation. At the end of each section, you can change the selections you've made before continuing.