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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card

User's Guide

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Document Information


Product Notes

Related Documentation


Access to Oracle Support

Preparing for Installation

Understanding Card Features

Flash Module Architecture Overview

Energy Storage Module Overview

Required ESM Replacement

Ship Kit Contents

Required Tools

Observing Safety Precautions

General Safety Information

Safety Symbols

ESD Safety Measures

Perform ESD Prevention Measures

Update the Host System

Installing the Card

Installing the Hardware

Verify Available PCIe Slot

(Optional) Install Full-Height Bracket

Install the Card Into a System

Card LED Locations

FMod Alignment for Optimal Performance

(Optional) Using the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device

SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device

Configure the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device (SPARC Systems)

Configure the SAS/SATA Controller as a Boot Device (x86 Systems)

Remove the Card From a System

Servicing the Card

Servicing FMods

Locate an FMod Using Software

FMod Physical Locations

Remove an FMod

Install an FMod

Replacing FMod Retention Clips

Servicing the ESM

Monitoring ESP Lifespan

Removing the ESM

Installing the ESM

Updating the FMod Firmware

Update the FMod Firmware (Oracle Solaris OS)

Update the FMod Firmware (Windows and Linux OS)

Updating the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Oracle Solaris OS)

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Linux OS)

Update the SAS/SATA Controller Firmware (Windows)

Replace the Card

Troubleshooting the Card

Troubleshooting Chart

Card LEDs

Understanding Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Environmental Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Connector Pinouts


Install the Card Into a System

  1. For system-specific PCIe card installation instructions, see your system service manual and product notes.

    Note - The ESM takes approximately five minutes to charge during system startup. For more information see Energy Storage Module Overview.

  2. If applicable, perform any required commands for your system to recognize the new card.

    For the Oracle Solaris OS, use the reboot command with the reconfiguration option.

  3. Verify successful installation of the card through your systems's OS and the card LEDs.

    Upon completed installation, the four FMods on the card will appear to your system as four discrete SSDs.

    Verify the card is properly installed by checking the card LED status; power LED = on, ESM ok = on, ESM fault = off.

  4. Download and install the latest firmware for the card.

    See the Sun Flash Accelerator PCIe Card Product Notes for minimum required firmware versions.

  5. Configure the system to maximize flash technology.

    Solid state flash devices have block alignments typically aligned on 4-Kbyte boundaries, not the 512-byte boundaries of conventional disks. In order to maximize performance, partitions need to be aligned on 4-Kbyte boundaries. For an example of the alignment procedure, see, FMod Alignment for Optimal Performance.

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