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

Product Notes, Software Release 1.4.2

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1.  Sun Server X2-4 Product Notes

Sun Server X2-4 Name Change

Supported Operating Systems

Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Linux

Supported Firmware and Software

Supported Firmware in Software Releases

Supported Diagnostics

Firmware Updates

Supported Software

Supported Memory Configurations

Supported PCIe Cards

Quantity and Slot Restrictions

Minimum Firmware Revisions for PCIe Cards

Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card Requirements

Card Placement and Cooling

ESM Replacement Interval

Internal Sun Storage 6Gb SAS PCIe RAID HBA Requirements

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

Resolved Issues

Known Open Issues

Hardware Known Issue

BIOS Known Issues

Oracle Solaris Known Issues

Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Known Issues

Oracle VM Known Issue

Windows Known Issues

Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) Known Issue

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant Known Issues

2.  Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Available Software Release Packages

Accessing Firmware and Software

Download Firmware and Software Using My Oracle Support

Requesting Physical Media

Gathering Information for the Physical Media Request

Installing Updates

Installing Firmware

Installing Hardware Drivers and OS Tools

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:


Note - To determine which cards are currently supported and available for purchase on the Sun Server X2-4, go to the following web site and navigate to the Option Cards page: https://wikis.oracle.com/display/SystemsComm/Sun+Server+X2-4


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 1-1 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 1-2 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

InfiniBand Quad Data Rate CX2 PCIe Adapter 4242A
2.7.8130
375-3606-03
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:

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:

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.