Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers

6477887: Installation of the Solaris OS Fails on Some IBM BladeCenter Servers Due to Gratuitous NMI Errors

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This issue is related to the issue that is described in 6474277.

Description: When the Xsun -probe command enumerates the PCI bus during installation of the Solaris OS, it reads the PCI configuration space for all possible PCI devices and all possible functions. Some BladeCenter hardware only supports functions 0 and 2. When function 1 is accessed, non-maskable interrupts (NMI) occur, causing the management processor to reboot the BladeCenter server.

This problem occurs on PCI Express capable hardware, such as the BladeCenter LS21, LS41, and HS21 servers.

Workaround: Before installing the Solaris 10 11/06 release, you need to create a new installation image. This installation image contains patch 125034, which also requires the installation of two additional patches 123840-04 and 118855-36. For step-by-step instructions, see Troubleshooting the Solaris 10 11/06 Installation on IBM BladeCenter LS21, LS41, and HS21 Servers.

Alternatively, install at least the Solaris 10 8/07 OS.