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Sun Server X2-8 Name Change

Product Downloads

Get Software and Firmware Downloads

Documentation and Feedback

About This Documentation

Change History

Hardware Installation and Product Notes

Product Notes

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

Place the Server In Standby Power Mode When Removing a CMOD

Update SP Firmware After Replacing a CMOD or SP Module (15465497)

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


Hotplugging PCIe Cards with Oracle Solaris 11 (CR 7024309)


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


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)


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


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


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)


Oracle Solaris MSI Interrupts Are Depleted (CR 6669984 )


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


Linux Issues

Linux Requirements

How to Disable x2APIC

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

How to Disable x2APIC

Windows Operating System Issues

Windows Requirements

How to Disable x2APIC

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)

How to Disable x2APIC to Boot Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Documentation Errata

Requesting Physical Media

How to Request Physical Media Online

How To Request Physical Media by Phone

Hardware Installation

Installation Overview

Front and Back Features and Components

Unpacking the Server and Identifying the Rack Mounting Hardware

Installing the Server In the Rack Using the Standard Rack Mounting Kit

Installing the Server in the Rack Using the Universal Rack Mounting Kit

Removing the Server from the Rack

Cabling and Power

Getting Service for Your Server

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Configuring the Preinstalled Solaris Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Linux Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle VM Software

Communicating With Oracle ILOM and the System Console

I/O and Interrupt Resource Allocation

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media

Operating System Installation

Oracle Solaris Operating System

Introduction to Oracle Solaris OS Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Solaris OS


Linux Installation Task Map

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Preparing for OS Installation

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration


Windows Server OS Installation Planning

Preparing For Windows OS Installation

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Downloading Server Software

Configuring a Remote Console

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Windows Server

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software

Incorporating Windows Server 2008 Device Drivers Into WIM Images for WDS

Identifying Network Interfaces in Windows

Oracle VM

Introduction to Oracle VM Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Installing Oracle VM


Installing VMware ESX 4.1

Installing VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5 Installable

Booting From OS Distribution Media

Administration, Diagnostics, and Service

ILOM Supplement

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Oracle ILOM Documentation

Updating Firmware

Server-Specific Oracle ILOM Features

Identifying and Clearing Faults

Recovering a Lost Oracle ILOM Password

Monitoring Hardware and Environmental Sensors

Diagnostics Guide

Overview of the Diagnostics Guide

Introduction to System Diagnostics

Troubleshooting the Server

Troubleshooting DIMM Problems


Using Oracle ILOM to Monitor the Host

Creating a Data Collector Snapshot

Using SunVTS Diagnostics Software

Performing Pc-Check Diagnostic Tests

U-Boot Diagnostic Start-Up Tests

Service Manual

Sun Server X2-8 Service Manual Overview

Server and Component Overview

Power and Reset

Removing and Installing Components

Sun Server X2-8 Service Procedures and Information

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media


Windows Requirements

Your server includes a function called x2APIC, which is enabled by default, but must be disabled before installing Windows.

How to Disable x2APIC

  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 > Disable.
  3. Save your changes then exit.