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Product Notes, Version 1.3

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Sun Server X3-2 Name Change

Supported Hardware

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Operational Changes for UEFI BIOS Configuration

Single-Processor to Dual-Processor Upgrade Is Not Supported

Update Your System to the Latest Software Release

Avoid Overwriting the Embedded Oracle System Assistant USB Flash Drive

Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Required Patches

Preinstalled Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager Compatibility Requirements

Supported Operating System Limitations

Update HBA Firmware to Support UEFI BIOS

Segfaults Might Occur on Servers Running 64-bit Linux Operating Systems

Failure of a Single Server Fan Module Might Impact Performance

Standby Over-temperature Protection

MAC Address Mapping to Ethernet Ports

Inspect Grounding Strap on 3.5-inch HDD Bracket Before Installing

Battery Module

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Supported PCIe Cards

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Supported Operating System Limitations

This section provides information about limitations and recommendations for the supported operating systems when the Sun Server X3-2 is configured with 3-terabyte (3-TB) 7200-RPM 3.5-inch SAS hard disk drives (HDDs).

To use the following operating systems without installation and boot drive limitations on servers with the 3.5-inch SAS drive configuration, you should obtain and use a 600-GB, 3.5-inch SAS HDD.

The following table lists the operating system limitations and recommendations for 3-TB drive boot support when the system is configured with either the SGX-SAS6-INT-Z or the SGX6-SAS6-R-INT-Z host bus adapter (HBA).

Table 2 Limitations and Recommendations for 3-TB Install and Boot Support

With SGX-SAS6-INT-Z HBA
With SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z HBA
Operating System
Legacy Boot
UEFI Boot
Legacy Boot
UEFI Boot
Oracle Solaris 10
2 TB used, 1 TB unusable
Not applicable
Use virtual drive that is less than 2.19 TB
Not applicable
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
2 TB used, 1 TB unusable
Not applicable
Use virtual drive that is less than 2.19 TB
Not applicable
Oracle Solaris 11.1
Not recommended
Recommended
Not recommended
Recommended
Oracle Linux 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5

RHEL 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5

Not recommended
Recommended
Not recommended
Recommended
Oracle Linux 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 for x86 (64-bit)

RHEL 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 for x86 (64-bit)

Not applicable
Not applicable
Use virtual drive that is less than 2.19 TB
Not applicable
SLES 11 SP1 and SP2
Not recommended
Recommended
Not recommended
Recommended
Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 R2

2 TB used, 2 TB unusable
Not applicable
Use virtual drive that is less than 2.19 TB
Not applicable
Oracle VM 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2
Not applicable
Not applicable
Use virtual drive that is less than 2.19 TB
Not applicable
VMware ESXi 5.0
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not recommended
Recommended
VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1 and VMware ESXi 5.1
Not recommended
Recommended
Not recommended
Recommended

The following table lists limitations for the preinstalled operating systems that use 3-TB boot drives when the system is configured with either the SGX-SAS6-INT-Z or the SGX6-SAS6-R-INT-Z host bus adapter (HBA).

Table 3 Preinstalled Operating System Support for 3-TB Drives

With SGX-SAS6-INT-Z HBA or SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z HBA
Operating System
Legacy Boot
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
Not supported

600-GB HDD required

Oracle VM 3.x
Not supported

600-GB HDD required

Oracle Linux 6.x
Not supported

Less than 2TB HDD required

The following table lists operating system support for 3-TB data drives when the system is configured with either the SGX-SAS6-INT-Z or the SGX-SAS6-R-INT HBA.

Table 4 Data Drive Support for 3-TB Drives

Operating System
3-TB Data Drive
Support for SGX-SAS6-INT-Z or SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z HBA
Oracle Solaris 10
Patch 148099-03 required (CR 7026372)
Both HBAs supported
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
SRU 3 required (CR 7026372)
Both HBAs supported
Oracle Solaris 11.1
Supported
Both HBAs supported
Oracle Linux 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5

RHEL 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5

Supported
Both HBAs supported
Oracle Linux 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 for x86 (64-bit)

RHEL 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.10, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 for x86 (64-bit)

Supported
Both HBAs supported
SLES 11 SP1 and SP2
Supported
Both HBAs supported
Windows Server 2008 SP2/R2 SP1
Supported
Both HBAs supported
Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 R2

Supported
Both HBAs supported
Oracle VM 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2
Supported
Both HBAs supported
VMware ESXi 5.0
Supported, but only with the SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z HBA installed
SGX-SAS6-R-INT-Z supported only
VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 1, ESXi 5.1, and ESXi 5.5
Supported
Both HBAs supported