Important Information About the Sun Netra X4250 Server
These product notes contains contain information
about new features, known limitations, and documentation updates
for the Sun Netra X4250 server from Oracle.
New issues are added to the product notes, as needed. Be sure
to read the most recent version of the product notes that is available
on the web. For the most recent version of the product notes, go
to the Sun documentation portal at the following site:
New in This Release
Service Processor Firmware
The latest Sun Netra X4250 server firmware is available and
The Sun Netra X4250 server 1.0 update includes ilom.N4X50-188.8.131.52-r37445.pkg,
which contains the following firmware versions:
SP (ILOM) firmware
version – 184.108.40.206
SP firmware build number – 37445
SP filesystem version – 0.1.16
BIOS version – S92A2B05.ROM
For details on how to update your firmware, refer to the Sun Netra X4250 Server Installation
Additional Operating Systems
In addition to the Oracle Solaris 10 08/07 Operating System
(OS), the following operating systems are supported:
Solaris 10 5/08 OS
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 (32-bit and 64-bit)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (32-bit and
For more information on the latest OS support for the Sun Netra X4250 server,
Also see the Sun Netra X4250 Server
Operating System Installation Guide (820-4602) for OS
Sun Netra X4250 Server Features
Sun Integrated Lights Out Manager
for System Management
Sun Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) is system management
firmware that is installed on Sun Netra X4250 server. ILOM runs on the service
processor (SP) and automatically initializes as soon as power is
applied to your system. With ILOM, you can monitor and manage your
server system by viewing hardware configurations, monitoring system
information, managing system alerts, and more. ILOM provides a browser-based
web interface and a command-line interface, as well as an SNMP user
interface and an IPMI user interface.
Refer to the Sun Integrated Lights
Out Manager 2.0 User’s Guide (820-1188) for more information.
The ILOM documentation is posted on the Sun Netra X4250 server documentation
web site at:
Telco Dry-Contact Alarm Port
The Alarm port is located on the Sun Netra X4250 server’s rear panel and
uses a standard DB-15 connector. In a telecommunications environment,
the Alarm port connects to the central office alarming system.
Refer to the Sun Netra X4250 Server
Service Manual (820-4056) for alarm connector pinouts
There are two ILOM controlled watchdog timers supported on
the service processor:
These watchdog timers enable the service processor to reset
or power off the system if the BIOS or operating system (OS) crashes
or hangs. Both watchdog timers are set using the BIOS Setup Utility.
Refer to the Sun Netra X4250 Server
Service Manual (820-4056) for information on configuring
the watchdog timers.
Optional PCI Cards
The following optional PCIe and PCI-X I/O expansion cards
are fully supported and NEBS certified on the Sun Netra X4250 server.
Sun Dual 10GbE XFP PCIe Adapter
Sun Dual Gigabit Ethernet PCIe Adapter
Sun x4 PCI-Express Quad Gigabit Ethernet card
Sun Quad GbE x8 PCIe Low Profile Adapter
Sun StorageTek 4 Gb Fibre Channel PCIe HBA
Sun StorageTek PCI-E SAS Internal HBA, 8 Port
Sun StorageTek Ultra320 SCSI HBA
Sun PCI Dual Ultra320 SCSI Adapter
Sun 4Gigabit/Sec PCI-X Dual FC Host Adapter
Check with your Sun sales representative for information on
these and any additional Sun Netra X4250 server PCI option cards.
Solaris Operating System
The following operating system is currently supported on the Sun Netra X4250 server:
Solaris Patch Information
For this initial release, the Sun Netra X4250 server supports the Solaris
10 8/07 OS with the patches listed in TABLE 1-1. The Solaris 10 8/07
OS with patches is preinstalled on the Sun Netra X4250 server.
The patches are also available at:
TABLE 1-1 Solaris 10 8/07 Operating System Patches
||FMA patch required for 127112
||Harpertown CPU support
||Multiple USB keyboard fix
Note - Before contacting support, ensure that all mandatory
patches are installed on your server. Check the SunSolve web site on a regular
basis for the availability of new patches.
To determine if a patch is present, see “To Download
Patches” on page 1.
To Download Patches
whether the patches have been installed on your system.
For example, using the showrev command,
type the following for each patch number:
# showrev -p | grep "Patch: 127112"
If you see patch information listed
for the queried patch, and the dash extension (the last two digits)
matches or exceeds the required version, your system has the proper
patches already installed and no further action is required.
For example, if Patch 127112-06 or later is installed, your
system has the required version of this patch.
If you do not see patch information listed for the
queried patch, or if the dash extension precedes the required version,
go to Step 2.
For example, if no version of the 127112 patch, or a version
with an extension of ‐05 or earlier is installed, you must
download and install the new patch.
Go to http://www.sun.com/sunsolve to
download the patches.
Using the SunSolve PatchFinder tool, specify the base Patch
ID number (the first six digits) to access the current release of
Follow the installation instructions
provided in a specific patch’s README file.
Patches for Option Cards
If you add option cards to your server, refer to the documentation
and README files for each card to determine if additional patches
Preinstalled and Preloaded
This section describes the preinstalled and preloaded software
on your server. The preinstalled software is ready to use. The preloaded
software must first be installed from the preloaded location.
TABLE 1-2 lists the software preinstalled
on your server.
TABLE 1-2 Preinstalled Software
|Solaris 10 8/07
|Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 B14
||Java compatible environment for today’s widely
adopted web browsers
||Integrated development environment (IDE) for
|Sun Studio 12
||C, C++, and Fortran compiler
|Sun Java Enterprise Server Standard Edition 5.1.
||Optimizes software investment
|SunVTS 6.4 patchset 4
||Diagnostic tool with a comprehensive
set of tests
TABLE 1-3 lists the software preloaded
on your server. To use this software you must first install it from
the preloaded location.
TABLE 1-3 Preloaded Software
|Sun Java Enterprise Server
Sun Java Enterprise Server
and Solaris OS
The Sun Java Enterprise Server is a comprehensive set of software
and lifecycle services that make the most of your software investment.
For an overview and documentation, go to:
The Solaris OS and Sun Java Enterprise Server software are
If it becomes necessary to reload the software, go to the
following web site for download and installation instructions:
Note - If you download a fresh copy of software, that software
might not include patches that are mandatory for your server. After
installing the software, see “Solaris Patch Information” on
page 1 for a procedure to check for the presence of patches
on the system.
Sun Studio – C, C++,
Fortran Compilers, and Tools
Sun Studio delivers high performance by optimizing C, C++,
and Fortran compilers for the Solaris OS on multicore systems.
For an overview and documentation, go to:
The following issues apply to the Sun Netra X4250 server.
Solaris OS on x86 Platforms
This section contains issues that have been found on x86 platforms
when running the Solaris OS.
Unexpected SIGTRAP Signal
Causes dbx Debugger to Hang (CR
When the dbx debugger is being used on
the Solaris 10 OS on x86 platforms to debug a program that raises
or delivers signals that have signal handlers, dbx might
receive an unexpected SIGTRAP signal from the
kernel that causes it to hang. This situation can occur when dbx is
single stepping, running to a breakpoint, collecting runtime checking
(RTC) data, or performing any other activity that depends on signal trapping.
In some cases, dbx displays a warning
of a unexpected SIGTRAP signal when it hangs:
dbx: internal warning: unexpected SIGTRAP!
In other cases, dbx indicates receipt
of a SEGV signal, as in the following example:
signal SEGV (no mapping at the fault address) in main at line 29 in file "test.c"
If you use a cont -sig SEGV command
to continue execution with the SEGV signal, dbx will
display the SIGTRAP warning.
Workaround: Install kernel
RTC: x86: Signal SIGSEGV if
Debugger Calls grantpt (CR 6550564)
For the Sun Studio 12 debugger, sigsegv and sigaltstack are
restricted on Solaris 10 5/08 x86/x64.
RTC instruments memory access instructions for access checking.
These instructions are handled by a sigsegv handler
at runtime. Because RTC requires its own sigsegv handler
and signal alternate stack, any attempts to install a sigsegv handler
or signal alternate stack (sigaltstack) will
result in EINVAL, or the installation will
be ignored. sigsegv handler calls cannot be
nested. Otherwise, the nesting will result in a terminating signal 11 SIGSEGV error.
Workaround: If a terminating signal 11 SIGSEGV error
occurs, use rtc skippatch to
skip the instrumentation of the affected function. Otherwise, install patch
124873-06 to fix most of the segvs errors.
Critical Alarms Must Be Reset
When Power Is Applied
A critical alarm is asserted by default when system power
is not applied. The critical alarm must be reset by the user application
in order to be deasserted. A critical alarm is reasserted by a subsequent
power failure or by the user application. IPMItool commands can
be used to set and reset the system alarms. See Use IPMItool Commands to Set
or Clear Alarms.
Use IPMItool Commands to Set
or Clear Alarms
The system alarms are set and cleared using IPMItool commands.
Refer to the Sun Integrated Lights Out
Manager 2.0 Supplement for the Sun Netra X4250 Server (820‐4060) for
examples of these IPMItool commands.
You can download IPMItool utility from the following web site:
IPMItool version 220.127.116.11 or later is required for the Sun Netra X4250 server’s
service processor (ILOM version 18.104.22.168). IPMItool version 1.8.8
or later is required to run on the host OS.
Type the following command to get IPMItool version information:
Hardware and BIOS Issues
The following issues apply to the Sun Netra X4250 server hardware or BIOS.
BMC Not Responding During BIOS
Under rare circumstances, you might see a BMC not responding
message during BIOS POST. If the BIOS halts and reports this message,
reboot the server as follows:
To Reboot the Server
Scripting the SP/BIOS Flash
The SP/BIOS flash process includes an Update Successful message
when the service processor (SP) flash completes. This message signals
the end of the SP flash activity only. At this point in the process,
the BIOS has not been flashed and premature termination of the process
(for example, a manual reboot) will result in BIOS corruption. To
avoid corrupting the BIOS review the flash sequence below:
SP begins the flash
SP completes the flash process.
CLI returns an Update Successful message.
The system reboots and the BIOS begins the flash
The BIOS flash process completes.
Before writing a script to flash the BIOS/SP remotely, observe
the sequence in real-time and test the script on a single system
before updating all systems.
Enable USB Flash Device During
To enable a USB flash device during boot, follow these steps.
To Enable USB Flash Device During
F2 to enter the BIOS menu.
Select Boot ->Hard Disk Drives.
Select USB flash device as the
Important Note on Inserting
a Hard Disk Drive
When inserting a hard disk drive, do not extend the lever
past 70 degrees. If the lever is extended past 70 degrees on insertion
there is a risk that the right-most tab might break off. The end
result of accidentally breaking off the tab is purely cosmetic.
The drive still functions properly if fully inserted.
Important Note on Opening the
If you need to open the bezel, you must ensure
that the front of the server is hanging over the edge of a flat
surface. The hinges on the bezel are designed to drop the bezel
below the bottom edge of the server.
Caution - The hinges will break if you open
the bezel while the front of the server is on a flat surface.
The Sun Netra X4250 server should never be connected to outside
plant power sources.
The Sun Netra X4250 server does not require a surge protector
for the AC or DC power configurations. You can, however, install
a surge protector if your site requires a protector.
System Management Issues
The following issues are related to the Sun Integrated Lights
Out Manager (ILOM) remote console system. For more information on
the ILOM, see the online Sun Integrated Lights Out Manager 2.0 User’s Guide (820-1188).
Some Virtual USB Flash Devices
Do Not Mount in Solaris OS
For some USB flash devices, the virtual device will appear
mounted in the ILOM, but will not actually be mounted. This issue
is under investigation.
Solaris Remote Console Session
Requires Java Plug-In
When you start a Remote Console session on a Solaris system,
the system prompts you for a decision regarding the javaRKVM.jnlp file.
You have the following two options:
If you are logged in as root,
choose the option to open this file with its default application.
If you are logged in as a user other than root,
do the following:
To Open the javaRKVM.jnlp File
as a Non‐root User
the system prompts you, choose the option to save the file.
The javaRKVM.jnlp file is downloaded
and must be run manually. The download manager displays the location
of this file.
Move the javaRKVM.jnlp/tmp file
to the directory.
% mv /location_of_javaRKVM.JNLP/javaRKVM.JNLP /tmp
where location_of_javaRKVM.JNLP is
the directory where javaRKVM.JNLP resides.
To find the location of the javaws application,
type the following in a terminal window:
Type the following command
in the terminal window:
% /location_of_javaws/javaws /tmp/javaRKVM.JNLP
where location_of_javaws is the
directory where javaws resides.
Assume the javaws application is run
from the /usr/bin directory:
% /usr/bin/javaws /tmp/javaRKVM.JNLP
This opens a Remote Console session. Once the Remote Console
window is closed, the /tmp/javaRKVM.jnlp is
Select the Web Interface Time-Out
It is best to select the web interface time-out duration when
performing remote installations.
To Choose the Web Interface
in to the ILOM web interface.
Click the System Information
tab and click the Session Time-Out tab.
Set the timeout to be 15 minutes,
30 minutes, 1 hour, or 3 hours.
Select Mouse Mode Settings
According to Host OS
You must select the correct mouse mode corresponding to the
host OS in order for your local mouse to manage the host remotely
through the ILOM web interface.
To Select Mouse Mode Settings
the appropriate mouse mode:
Reset the SP to apply this change.
Switch Control Between Local
Mouse and Host Mouse
In order to switch control between local mouse and host mouse,
you can press Alt‐M.
Pop-Ups Must Be Enabled to
Run Remote Console on Firefox
If you have a pop-up blocker enabled in the browser that is
running the remote console through the ILOM web interface, the remote
console will be blocked from starting on Firefox. If you don't see
the remote console, check to see if the built‐in pop-up
blocker has blocked it.
Remote Console and Virtual
Devices on Solaris OS
If you are running Solaris OS on your remote console system,
you must log into the operating system as root (superuser)
to mount any virtual devices.
Virtual Media Considered a
Virtual media is considered a USB device and is listed as
a CD-ROM device. This setting overrules any CD-ROM currently set
as a USB device.
Enabling Virtual CD-ROM During
To Enable Virtual CD-ROM During
F2 to enter into the BIOS Setup Utility menu.
Select Boot -> CD/DVD Drives.
Select Virtual CD-ROM as the
Remote OS Installation Over
a Remote Console Requires Unmount and Remount of the Virtual CD-ROM
When installing an OS remotely using a Remote Console session,
each CD request from an installation requires the user to unmount
and remount the virtual CD-ROM. When a virtual CD is ejected, the
OS treats it as a USB device removal. You must remount the virtual
CD to continue the installation.
OS Installation Stops During
a Remount of the CD‐ROM
The remounting of the CD during an operating system installation
causes an error and the OS cannot access the CD.
System Management Browser Issues
The ILOM browser issues are contained in this section.
Minimum Supported Browsers
TABLE 4 shows the minimum versions that are supported
for running the ILOM web interface for the Sun Netra X4250 server on the Solaris,
Linux, and Windows operating systems.
TABLE 1-4 Version Numbers for Browsers
Configuring Java Runtime Environment
for Each Browser
Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
5 Update 7 is the minimum supported version for the browsers to
run the ILOM web interface.
To Download JRE 5 Update 7 for
Mozilla and Firefox
to the following URL:
Click the Get Java Software
Click Download Now in the
new window that opens.
The web site will display the appropriate plug-in options
for the operating system that you are running.
Click Download to download
the appropriate plug-in.
Installation instructions and plug-in verification are also
available on this site.
Streaming Video and Remote
The Remote Console feature of the ILOM SP is designed for
administering your system. Applications requiring heavy video bandwidth
(for example, watching videos) will not perform well with the Remote
The following issues relate to Sun Netra X4250 server documentation:
Sun Netra X4250 Server Service
This section contains issues that were found in the Sun
Netra X4250 Server Service Manual.
DIMM Population Rules
The Sun Netra X4250 Server Service
Manual (820-4056-10) has the DIMM population rules stated
incorrectly. The correct DIMM population rules are:
There is a 2 DIMM minimum and 16 DIMM
maximum per system, regardless of the number of processors.
DIMMs must be populated in identical pairs. Any
even number of DIMMs is allowed.
DIMMs within a given pair must be identical with
respect to size, speed, and organization.
DIMM pairs are populated in the following DIMM slot
order: A0/B0, C0/D0, A1/B1, C1/D1, and so on.
DIMM capacities can be different between different
For example, a valid mixed DIMM configuration might have 4
GByte DIMMs installed in DIMM Slots A0/B0, and 2 GByte DIMMs installed
in DIMM slots C0/D0.
DIMMs should be installed with the largest capacity
DIMM pair first.
For example, four 4 GByte DIMMs and four 2 GByte DIMMS should
be installed as follows: A0/B0=4GByte DIMMs, C0/D0=4GByte DIMMs,
A1/B1=2GByte DIMMs, C1/D1=2GByte DIMMs.
Sun Netra X4250 Server Installation
This section contains issues that were found in the Sun
Netra X4250 Server Installation Guide.
Processor Integrated Cyptographic
Acceleration Is Not Feature
The Sun Netra X4250 Server Installation
Guide (820-4055-10) incorrectly listed “Cryptography
- Processor integrated cyptographic acceleration” as a
feature of Oracle’s Sun Netra X4250 server.
Shipping Kit Contents
The Sun Netra X4250 Server Installation
Guide (820-4055-10) incorrectly listed the shipping
list contents. The correct shipping kit contents list are:
Miscellaneous hardware, cables, and connectors
Optional cable management arm with six preinstalled
cable clips and installation instructions
The following cautions should have been included in the overview
Caution - To maintain NEBS compliance, all
I/O ports, except the Ethernet ports, must use shielded cables,
and both ends of the shield must be grounded.
Caution - The intra-building port(s) of the
equipment or subassembly is suitable for connection to intrabuilding
or unexposed wiring or cabling only. The intra-building port(s)
of the equipment or subassembly must not be
metallically connected to interfaces that connect to the OSP or
its wiring. These interfaces are designed for use as intra-building
interfaces only (Type 2 or Type 4 ports as described in GR-1089-CORE,
Issue 4) and require isolation from the exposed OSP cabling. The addition
of primary protectors is not sufficient protection in order to connect
these interfaces metallically to OSP wiring.
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