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Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z Servers Release Notes




1. Hardware and Firmware Information and Issues

1.1 Versions of the Servers

1.2 Notes for Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z Servers

1.2.1 BIOS Chipkill Function Not Working

1.2.2 Create LSI IM Volumes Before Installing the OS

1.2.3 Failure During LSI IME RAID Auto-Rebuild of Swapped Drives

1.2.4 POCI Port Conflicts

1.2.5 Additional SP Commands enable and disable SSHD Protocol Version 1

1.2.6 BIOS Does Not Use the Correct Sensor Number in the System Firmware Progress SEL Entries

1.2.7 BIOS Update Failure Due to an Error in Transmit-ting the File

1.2.8 System Will Not Boot to a USB Floppy Disk if Internal Floppy Drive is Enabled

1.2.9 Configuring PowerNow! for Your OS PowerNow! on Solaris PowerNow! on Linux Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9

1.2.10 Sensor Fan Alerts

1.2.11 LSI Option Defaults and Automatic Rebuild of Swapped Drives

1.2.12 Four-Function PCI-X Option Cards Sun Fire V40z Server Sun Fire V20z Server

1.2.13 Serial-Concentrator Failures at Speeds Faster Than 9600 Baud


1.2.14 Intel Dual-Port Ethernet PCI Card (Linux Only)


1.2.15 Possible Rx-ERR on Intel PCI Network Interface Card (Port-to-Port Connection Only)

1.2.16 LSI U320 PCI Card Addition Causes Benign Error

1.2.17 LSI U320 PCI Card Not Supported With External Arrays Using Certain Drives

1.2.18 Synchronization Time for On-board RAID Mirroring Estimating Synchronization Times OS and Drivers Not Loaded on Server OS and LSI Drivers Are Loaded on Server

1.2.19 SP Platform Shutdown or Power Cycle Command Requires -f Argument

1.2.20 PCI Card Addition Causes POST Error Message Disabling Option ROM Scan to Avoid POST Error Message Disabling an On-board NIC Option ROM Scan to Boot From a SCSI-Controlled Card

1.3 Notes Specific to Sun Fire V20z Servers

1.3.1 Incorrect BIOS Version Displays After Update

1.3.2 Spurious Interrupts on Serial Port Using the Serial-over-LAN Changing and Verifying the Settings in Solaris Resetting to the Default Settings in Solaris Changing the Settings in Linux

1.4 Notes Specific to Sun Fire V40z Servers

1.4.1 890 CPU

1.4.2 Super FRU Replacement Procedure

1.4.3 4 Gbyte DIMMs

1.4.4 PCI/PCI-X Hot Plug Enable/Disable Enabling PCI/PCI-X Hot Plug Feature Verifying PCI/PCI-X Hot Plug Is Enabled

1.4.5 Topspin Infiniband Host Channel Adapter

1.4.6 PCI Option Card: Sun Dual Gigabit Ethernet + Dual SCSI PCI Card

1.4.7 SP Event Log Messages When One Power Supply Is Disconnected

1.5 New or Revised Hardware Procedures

1.5.1 Heat Sink Removal and Installation Heat Sink Removal Heat Sink Installation

2. Software Information and Issues

2.1 Linux Operating System Issues

2.1.1 Create LSI IM Volumes Before Installing the OS

2.1.2 RHEL 4 U1 64-bit and NSV

2.1.3 Linux and AMD PowerNow! Capable Processors RHEL 4 (AMD64) / RHEL 4 U1 (AMD64) RHEL 4 (x86) / RHEL 4 U1 (x86) SLES 9 SP2 or Newer (AMD64) SLES 9 SP2 (x86) SLES 9 SP1 (AMD64) SLES 9 SP1 (x86)

2.1.4 OpenSSH Version - Modification

2.1.5 PCI-X Hot-plug Support on Linux

2.1.6 PRS in This Release

2.1.7 Service Processor and Platform Clocks

2.1.8 SNMP Platform OS Agent, Recommended, Reverse Proxy Configuration

2.1.9 Subcommand savedump Causes Watchdog Timeout Error

2.1.10 SUSE Memory Bandwidth Performance on Dual Core

2.1.11 Trident Video Driver with RHEL 3 Might Cause a System Lockup

2.1.12 The 32-bit version of RHEL 3.0 Does Not Recognize More Than 4 Gbytes of Physical Memory

2.1.13 Linux Server Management Requires a Customized OpenIPMI Linux Kernel Driver

2.1.14 Operating Systems Distributed on DVD Rather than on CD-ROM.

2.1.15 SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 Install From CD media using the X-windows-based Installation Utility

2.1.16 SCSI HD Installation

2.1.17 SUSE Memory Bandwidth Performance on Dual Core Systems

2.1.18 Translation Look-Aside Buffer (TLB) Reload Causes Errors With Certain Linux Software

2.1.19 SLES 9 (64-bit) in Failsafe Mode Does Not Install on Sun Fire V40z Dual-Core


2.1.20 Installing RHEL4 FCS (32-bit) on Sun Fire V40z (Chassis 380-1010) With NSV Requires Disabling HPET


2.2 Solaris Operating System Issues

2.2.1 Create LSI IM Volumes Before Installing the OS

2.2.2 Solaris 10 Telnet Vulnerability Patch

2.2.3 GUI-Based Solaris 10 1/06 OS Installation Fails on Systems Fully Populated With 4 Gbyte DIMMS


2.2.4 Solaris 9 OS Limited to 32 Gbyte Memory


2.2.5 Preinstalled Solaris 10 OS

2.3 Sun Installation Assistant Issues

2.3.1 Sun Installation Assistant CD-ROM

2.3.2 Linux Versions Supported by the Sun Installation Assistant (SIA)

2.3.3 Using Logical Volume Manager With the Sun Installation Assistant

2.3.4 Platform Drivers

2.3.5 LSI Driver

2.3.6 OpenIPMI Linux Kernel Driver Conflict During Diskette Access

2.4 Diagnostics Issues

2.4.1 Empty README and RESCUECD Files

2.4.2 CD-Based Diagnostics and Remote Access

2.4.3 Diagnostic Tests Fail to Load

2.4.4 Diagnostic Fan Tests are Platform Power Dependent

2.4.5 Fan 10 Falsely Reports During Reboot Cycle

2.4.6 Packet Corruption Might Cause Failure of Diagnostic Download

2.4.7 diags Fan Tests

2.4.8 diags SSH Connection and nic Test

2.4.9 Firmware Downgrades

2.4.10 sp snmp community Commands sp set snmp community sp get snmp community

2.4.11 Incorrect Install Date Returned With inventory get software Command

2.4.12 sp get tdulog and sp ssh1 Commands

2.4.13 Do Not Access the SP While Diagnostics Are Loaded

2.4.14 diags terminate Command Generates “False” Critical Events


2.4.15 Other Diagnostics Issues

3. NSV (SP and BIOS) Changes By Version

3.1 NSV Release

3.1.1 New Features and Resolved Issues

3.2 NSV Release

3.2.1 New Features

3.2.2 Resolved Issues

3.3 NSV Release

3.3.1 New Features

3.3.2 Resolved Issues

3.4 NSV Release

3.4.1 New Features

3.4.2 Resolved Issues

3.5 NSV Release

3.5.1 New Features

3.5.2 Resolved Issues

3.6 NSV Release

3.6.1 Features in NSV

3.6.2 Resolved Issues in NSV

3.6.3 Known Issues in NSV HPET Timer Off Might Cause System Clock to Lose Ticks Incorrect Sensor Number Used in BIOS for System Firmware Progress SEL Entries BIOS Update Failure

4. Documentation Issues

4.1 SP and BIOS Update Procedures

4.2 Setup Posters

4.2.1 Cables

4.2.2 CD-ROMs Sun Fire V20z Server Sun Fire V40z Server

4.3 Manuals