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Sun Dual 10GbE SPF+ PCIe 2.0 Low Profile Adapter User’s Guide

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Understanding the Low Profile Adapter

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Product Description

Front Panel Connectors and LEDs

Physical Characteristics

Performance Specifications

Power and Environmental Requirements

Hardware and Software Requirements

OS Patches and Updates

Solaris Platform Installation Overview

Linux Platform Installation Overview

Microsoft Windows Platform Installation Overview

Installing the Driver

Verify the Driver Version on a Solaris Platform

Remove the Driver From a Solaris Platform

Download and Install the Driver on a Linux Platform

Remove the Driver From a Linux Platform

Download and Install the Driver on a Microsoft Windows Platform

Remove the Driver From a Microsoft Windows Platform

Installing the Low Profile Adapter

Install the SFP+ Transceivers

Install the Adapter in a System

Verify the Installation in a Solaris SPARC System

Verify the Installation in a Solaris x86 System

Verify the Installation in a Linux System

Verify the Installation in a Microsoft Windows System

Configuring the Network

Create /etc/hostname.ixgbe# Files

Configure the Network Host Files With the ifconfig Command

Boot Over the Network Using PXE

Boot Solaris x86 and Linux Systems Over a 10GbE Network

Install the Solaris OS Over a 10GbE Network on SPARC Systems

Configuring the Driver Parameters

Driver Parameters for the Solaris OS

Set ixgbe Driver Parameters in the Solaris OS

Solaris OS Performance Variables

Improve Performance in the Solaris OS

Driver Parameters for Linux

Set Driver Parameters in Linux

Configure Jumbo Frames in Solaris OS

Configure Jumbo Frames in Linux

Configuring Link Aggregation in a Solaris Environment

Link Aggregation Overview

Configure Link Aggregations

Display Information About Link Aggregations

Delete Link Aggregations

Configuring VLANs

VLAN Overview

VLAN Configuration

Configure Static VLANs in a Solaris Environment

VLAN Naming Format

Configure VLANs in a Linux Environment

Configure VLANs in a Microsoft Windows Environment

Configure Bonding for Multiple ixgbe Interfaces

Remove Bonding


Verify the Driver Version on a Solaris Platform

Solaris 10 5/09 OS is the first release of Solaris to support the Sun Dual 10GbE SFP+ PCIe 2.0 Low Profile Adapter and other Intel 82599 10GbE controller-based adapters. The Solaris ixgbe driver, version 1.0.9 and later, supports both the Intel 82599 and Intel 82598 families of network controllers.

The ixgbe drive comes bundled with the Solaris OS. Depending on your version of the Solaris 10 OS, you might or might not need to download the updated driver.

  1. Check the version of the installed driver to ensure that the adapter is properly loaded and is recognized by the Solaris OS.

    # modinfo | grep ixgbe 
    173 7b762000  17998 100   1  ixgbe (Intel 10Gb Ethernet 1.0.9)

    If the version number is not 1.0.9 or later, you must install the latest driver patch. See OS Patches and Updates.

    Note - If the ixgbe driver is not listed, the driver might not be loaded. You can use the modload command to load the driver if needed. See the modload(1M) man page.

  2. Apply the necessary patch to get the latest driver:

    # patchadd /absolute_path/patchID

    See the patchadd(1M) man page for more information.

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