Solaris 10 5/09 Release Notes

Software Notes

This section provides general software information about DR.

Enabling Dynamic Reconfiguration

To enable dynamic reconfiguration, you must set two variables in the /etc/system file. You must also set an additional variable to enable the removal of CPU/memory boards. Perform the following steps:

  1. Log in as superuser.

  2. Edit the /etc/system file by adding the following lines:

    set pln:pln_enable_detach_suspend=1
    set soc:soc_enable_detach_suspend=1
  3. To enable the removal of a CPU/memory board, add this line to the file:

    set kernel_cage_enable=1

    Setting this variable enables the memory unconfiguration operation.

  4. Reboot the system to apply the changes.

Quiesce Test

You start the quiesce test with the following command:

 # cfgadm -x quiesce-test sysctr10:slot number

On a large system, the quiesce test might run for up to a minute. During this time no messages are displayed if cfgadm does not find incompatible drivers.

Disabled Board List

Attempting to connect a board that is on the disabled board list might produce an error message:

# cfgadm -c connect sysctrl0:slotnumber

cfgadm: Hardware specific failure: connect failed:
board is disabled: must override with [-f][-o enable-at-boot]

To override the disabled condition, two options are available:

To remove all boards from the disabled board list, choose one of two options depending on the prompt from which you issue the command:

For further information about the disabled-board-list setting, refer to the “Specific NVRAM Variables” section in the Platform Notes: Sun Enterprise 3x00, 4x00, 5x00, and 6x00 Systems manual. This manual is part of the documentation set in this release.

Disabled Memory List

Information about the OpenBoot PROM disabled-memory-list setting is published in this release. See “Specific NVRAM Variables” in the Platform Notes: Sun Enterprise 3x00, 4x00, 5x00, and 6x00 Systems in the Solaris on Sun Hardware documentation.

Unloading Detach-Unsafe Drivers

If you need to unload detach-unsafe drivers, use the modinfo line command to find the module IDs of the drivers. You can then use the module IDs in the modunload command to unload detach-unsafe drivers.

Self-Test Failure During a Connect Sequence

Remove the board from the system as soon as possible if the following error message is displayed during a DR connect sequence:

cfgadm: Hardware specific failure: connect failed: firmware operation error

The board has failed self-test, and removing the board avoids possible reconfiguration errors that can occur during the next reboot.

The failed self-test status does not allow further operations. Therefore, if you want to retry the failed operation immediately, you must first remove and then reinsert the board.