Sun Server X2-4 (formerly Sun Fire X4470 M2) Product Notes

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Updated: December 2015
 
 

Supported PCIe Cards

This section includes information about the PCIe cards that are supported on the Sun Server X2-4. It includes the following information:

Quantity and Slot Restrictions

The following table lists the quantity and slot restrictions for PCIe cards supported on the Sun Server X2-4. The Maximum Quantity Supported column indicates the number of cards tested and supported by Oracle.

Table 1  PCIe Card Quantity and Slot Restrictions
PCIe Card
Maximum Quantity Supported
Slot Restrictions
Sun Dual Port GbE PCIe 2.0 Adapter, MMF
7100482
4
Supported in all slots.
Sun Quad Port GbE PCIe 2.0 Adapter, UTP
7100479
4
Supported in all slots.
Sun Dual Port 10GBase-T PCIe 2.0 Adapter
7100563
4
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).
Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card
XTA-FAS-S3IE96GB-N TA-FAS-S3IE96GB-N
6
Supported in slots 9, 4, 8, 7, or 6.
Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe RAID HBA, Internal
SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z SG-SAS6-R-INT-Z
1
Supported in slot 4 only. See “Internal Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe RAID HBA Issues” on page 13 for more information.
Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe HBA, Internal
SGX-SAS6-INT-Z SG-SAS6-INT-Z
1
Supported in slot 2.
Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe HBA, External
SGX-SAS6-EXT-Z SG-SAS6-EXT-Z
4
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).
8Gb Single FC PCI-Express, QLogic
SG-PCIE1FC-QF8-Z SG-XPCIE1FC-QF8-Z
8
Supported in all slots.
8Gb Dual FC PCI-Express, Emulex
SG-PCIE2FC-EM8-Z SG-XPCIE2FC-EM8-Z
8
Supported in all slots.
8Gb Single FC PCI-Express, Emulex
SG-PCIE1FC-EM8-Z SG-XPCIE1FC-EM8-Z
8
Supported in all slots.
8Gb Dual FC PCI-Express, QLogic
SG-PCIE1FC-QF8-Z SG-XPCIE1FC-QF8-Z
8
Supported in all slots.
Sun PCIe Quad Gigabit Ethernet UTP Adapter
4446A-Z-N
8
Supported in all slots.
Sun PCIe Dual Gigabit Ethernet MMF Adapter
7281A-2-N
8
Supported in all slots.
Sun Dual 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 2.0 Low Profile Adapter
1109A-Z
6
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).
InfiniBand Quad Data Rate CX2 PCIe Adapter
4242A
4
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).
Sun Storage 10 GbE FCoE PCIe Low Profile, Dual Port Twin-Ax Converged Network Adapter
SG-PCIEFCOE2-Q-TA SG-XPCIEFCOE2-Q-TA
4
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).
Sun Storage 10 GbE FCoE PCIe Low Profile, Dual Port SR Converged Network Adapter
SG-PCIEFCOE2-Q-SR SG-XPCIEFCOE2-Q-SR
4
Supported in all slots except x4 electrical interface slots (slots 0 and 9).

Minimum Firmware Revisions for PCIe Cards

The following table lists minimum firmware revisions for PCIe cards.

Table 2  PCIe Card Minimum Firmware Revisions
PCIe Card
Minimum Firmware Revision
Included in FRU Revision
8 Gb Single FC PCI-Express, QLogic SG-PCIE1FC-QF8-Z
8 Gb Dual FC PCI-Express, QLogic SG-PCIE2FC-QF8-Z
Preload Table v2.5.2
371-4324-02
371-4325-02
For more information:
InfiniBand Quad Data Rate CX2 PCIe Adapter 4242A
2.7.8130
375-3606-03
For more information:
Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe HBA, Internal SGX-SAS6-INT-Z SG-SAS6-INT-Z
05.00.17.00
375-3640-01 rev. 51

Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Requirements

Review the following sections that describe the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card requirements:

Card Placement and Cooling

If you are using the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card, your configuration must meet the following requirements for proper installation and cooling:

  • Do not connect devices to the internal SAS/SATA ports of the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card. The Sun Server X2-4 does not support using this card as an internal host bus adapter (HBA).

  • The HBA can be installed only in PCIe slots 9, 4, 8, 7, or 6, in that order of preference (slot 9 is the best slot to use for this HBA and slot 6 is acceptable but is the least desirable slot to use).


    Note -  If you are using a Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe RAID HBA, that HBA must be installed in slot 4; therefore, slot 4 will not be available for the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card.
  • If you are using the Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card, you must use the Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) available with software version 1.1 or later.

  • If your server is running Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.0 or earlier release, you must enable the Enhanced PCIe Cooling Mode Policy. Refer to the Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.0 Supplement for Sun Server X2-4 for information about the Enhanced PCIe Cooling Mode Policy.

  • With this HBA installed only in slots 9 and/or 4, the ambient temperature requirement for the server remains as follows:

    • Operating temperature: 5 °C to 35 °C (41 °F to 95 °F)

    • Nonoperating temperature: -40 °C to 70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F)

  • With this HBA installed in slot 8, slot 7, or slot 6, the ambient temperature requirement for the server is modified to the following:

    • Operating temperature: 5 °C to 32 °C (41 °F to 89.6 °F)

ESM Replacement Interval

The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe card contains a component called the energy storage module (ESM) that functions similarly to a battery backup. The ESM plays a critical role protecting data during power outages and enabling optimal card performance. When the ESM is online and functioning properly, the card operates in write-back mode (providing optimal performance). When the ESM is not functioning properly, the card functions in write-through mode. While data is secure in write-through mode, performance is dramatically decreased.

Based on the expected life of the ESM, and to maintain optimal card performance, replace the ESM every three years. If the ESM is not replaced at the recommended service interval, the level of stored energy degrades over time. If there is not enough stored energy to complete a write operation during a power failure, any data stored on the card is at risk of being lost.

Internal Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe RAID HBA Requirements

If you are using the internal Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe RAID Host Bus Adapter (HBA) (SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z or SG-SAS6-R-INT-Z), your configuration must meet the following requirements for proper battery cooling:

  • The HBA must be installed in PCIe slot 4. In slot 4, the battery on the HBA faces an area with greater airflow, which is required for proper battery cooling. Do not move the HBA to slot 2 to allow slot 3 to operate in x16 mode.

  • With this HBA installed, the ambient temperature requirement for the server is as follows:

    • Operating temperature: 5 °C to 32 °C (41 °F to 89.6 °F)

Sun Storage 10GbE FCoE PCIe Low Profile Dual Port CNA and OS Support

The Windows operating system (OS) is not supported with the Sun Storage 10GbE FCoE PCIe Low Profile, Dual Port Twin-Ax/SR Converged Network Adapter (SG-PCIEFCOE2-Q-TA or SG-XPCIEFCOE2-Q-TA; or SG-PCIEFCOE2-Q-SR or SG-XPCIEFCOE2-Q-SR). Refer to Windows Known Issues for more information about this known issue.