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Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

User's Guide

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Product Notes

Feedback

Support and Accessibility

Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Overview

Card Overview

About the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

Key Features

Card Hardware Components

Card Software and Firmware Components

Card LEDs

Card Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Environmental Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Preparing the Card for Installation

Required Tools

Ship Kit Contents

Observing Safety Precautions

General Safety Information

Safety Symbols

ESD Safety Measures

Perform ESD Prevention Measures

Update the Host Operating System

Installing the Card

Installation Overview

Installing the Card Into a Server

Card Optimization Guidelines

Install a New Card

Remove an Existing Card From a Server

Servicing the Card

Service Overview

Update the Card Software

Update the Card Firmware

Technical Support

Servicing the Card Using the ddcli Utility

Accessing the ddcli Utility

Verify Card Status

ddcli Utility Command Summary

List All Command

List Command

Update Flash Package Command

Health Reporting Command

Locate Card Command

Format Card Command

Show the Vital Product Data Command

Extract SMART Logs Command

Help Command

Troubleshooting Using Card LEDs

Error Messages

Exception Handling

Firmware Exception Error Messages

Reason Codes

Index

Service Overview

For service, the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card contains updatable flash ROM for storing the BIOS and firmware, and also NVRAM for storing nonvolatile configuration data. Use DDCLI to monitor and service the card. You can also use the MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM) software utility for troubleshooting.

In addition, you can monitor Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card health and flash media life through card bracket LED status indicators. The card has three LEDs on the PCI bracket to indicate activity, drive life, and status. See Troubleshooting Using Card LEDs.

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card requires no periodic maintenance. For data protection, the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card is designed with energy storage components, such as on-board capacitors, to complete buffered writes to the persistent flash storage in case of a sudden power loss. These energy storage components are designed for the life of the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card and do not require periodic maintenance.

The Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card is a complete field-replaceable unit (FRU), with no removeable components. Individual flash disks are not field serviceable, and should never be removed, even though the ddcli utility identifies each SSD flash module DFF using unique descriptors.

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