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Overview of the Sun Server X2-8 Product Notes

Supported Software and Firmware

Supported Operating Systems

Supported Firmware

Tools and Drivers CD

Preinstalled Oracle Operating Systems Available

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant Might Not Support RHEL 5.6 or Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.6

NEM Expander Firmware Upgrade Required

Included Third Party Technology

Sun Java Enterprise System

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center

MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM)

SunVTS Bootable Diagnostics CD-ROM

Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM)

Hardware Issues

Do Not Mix Dual-Rank and Quad-Rank DIMMs

MegaCLI CfgEachDskRaid0 Command Does Not Work Correctly (CR 7121867)

When Inserting a CMOD, Simultaneously Rotate Levers Until They Touch the CMOD

Servers Shipped with a Maximum of Six Combo GbE/8Gb FC Express Module HBA Cards (CR 7050075)

Large Number of ixgbe Interrupts Seen with Sun Dual 10GbE I2 SFP+ PCIe 2.0 FEM Without SFP+ (CR 7003313)

Disabling of DIMM Pairs When Server Detects Faulty DIMM (CR 7011011)

LEDs and Logs Incorrectly Indicate that CMOD has Failed (CR 7033674)

Flow Control on Serial Port Doesn't Work (CR 7014405)

Oracle Solaris Operating System Issues

Oracle Solaris OS Requirements

Patch 144489-11 or Later is Required on the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

Workaround

Hotplugging PCIe Cards with Oracle Solaris 11 (CR 7024309)

Workaround

Oracle Solaris 11 Panics When Rebooting with an SG-XEMFCOE2-Q-SR (CR 7157040 and CR 7095128)

Workaround

Performance Might Be Reduced For Architecture-Aware Applications (CR 7043098)

SunVTS CD Panics on Systems with Greater than 1 TB of Memory (CR 7043192)

Panics Occur on Systems with Greater than 1 TB of Memory (CR 6979638)

Workaround

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Panics During Install (CR 6992851)

Workaround

SunVTS Loopback Tests Might Hang on Intel 10GbE Card (CR 6957932)

Workaround

System Might Panic With "unowned mutex" Message (CR 6893274)

Hotplugging PCIe Express Modules in Slots 2.0 or 2.1 Might Not Work (CR 6954869)

Workaround

Oracle Solaris MSI Interrupts Are Depleted (CR 6669984 )

Workaround

Systems With Large Memory Configurations Might Hang During Oracle Solaris 11.1 Boot (CR 15903980)

Workaround

Linux Issues

Linux Requirements

Multiple Corrected Error Messages After Hotplugging Quad GbE PCIe Gen2 Adapter (CR 7157354)

False MCE Errors Appear in /var/log/mcelog (CR 7104293)

Xen Hangs During Bootup On RHEL 5.6 and on Oracle Linux 5.6 (CR 7010124)

Messages Complain of Failure to Allocate I/O Resources (CR 6984329)

I/O Does Not Work On SLES11 SP1 with XEN (CR 6965290)

MSM Install Fails on RHEL 6 (CR 7017469)

Up to Six InfiniBand QDR-CX2 ExpressModules are Supported With Oracle Linux 6.4

Oracle VM Issues

Preinstalled OVM Is Available

Oracle VM Requirements

Windows Operating System Issues

Windows Requirements

Windows Server 2008 R2 Does Not Correctly Identify CPUs (CR 6997566)

NIC Ports Fail with Problem Code 12 (CR 7019043)

Windows Server 2008 and Driver Support

Windows Server 2012 and Driver Support

ESX Issues

VMware ESXi 5.x Supports Maximum 2 TB of Memory (CR 15925029)

Systems Running ESX/ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5 Support Limited Numbers of NIC Ports (CR 7167547)

ESX 4.1 Ignores 2 GB of Memory On Systems with 1 TB of Memory (CR 7037903)

Oracle ILOM Issues

Use the Locate Button to Prove Physical Presence (CR 6881237)

BIOS Issues

Auto Boot Host On Power Loss Control Is Deactivated

Failed DIMMs Listed Reported as Present (CR 7023549)

Uncorrectable Errors (UEs) Lost on System Reset or Power-Down (CR 7028423)

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Disable x2APIC Before Booting Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (CR 7112255)

Documentation Errata

Requesting Physical Media

How to Request Physical Media Online

How To Request Physical Media by Phone

Patch 144489–11 or Later is Required on the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

Patch 144489–11 or later is required for Oracle Solaris 10 for normal operation.

Workaround

If you are installing the Oracle Solaris OS from a jumpstart server, you can add patch 144489–11 to the jumpstart image. If you are installing the Oracle Solaris OS manually, use the following steps:

  1. Set the value for x2APIC in BIOS.
    • For four-socket systems, skip this step.

      The option to enable or disable x2APIC in BIOS is not available on four-socket systems.

    • For eight-socket systems with 1 TB or less memory, disable x2APIC in BIOS.

    • For eight-socket systems more than 1 TB of memory, ensure x2APIC is enabled in BIOS.

    1. Access the BIOS utility.

      For more information, refer to How to Access the BIOS Setup Utility in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Service Manual.

    2. Select CPU Configuration > x2APIC > (Enable|Disable).
    3. Save your changes then exit.
  2. If your system includes more than 1 TB of memory, remove CMODs 1 and 2 (the middle two CMODs).

    For details, refer to Adding, Removing, and Installing a CMOD (CRU) in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Service Manual.

    This reduces the total system memory to 1 TB or less..


    Caution

    Caution - Do not operate the server with empty CMOD slots. If you remove CMODs 1 and 2, you must replace them with CMOD fillers before powering on the server.



    Caution

    Caution - Before removing two or more CMODs from the chassis, mark them with their slot assignments. Always return CMODs to their assigned slots.


  3. Install Oracle Solaris 10 9/10.

    Refer to Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Installation Guide for Oracle Solaris Operating System for details.

  4. Install Oracle Solaris patch 144489-11 or higher.
  5. Replace the memory.

    If you removed the CMODs, for details, refer to Adding, Removing, and Installing a CMOD (CRU) in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Service Manual.

  6. For eight-socket systems with 1 TB or less, enable x2APIC in BIOS.

    This option is not available for four-socket systems.

    1. Access the BIOS utility.

      For more information, refer to How to Access the BIOS Setup Utility in Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Service Manual.

    2. Select CPU Configuration > x2APIC > Enable.
    3. Save your changes then exit.
  7. Boot the system.

    You can continue the boot process when you exit the BIOS in step 6c.