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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


Download and Install the Driver on a Linux Platform

If your system uses the Red Hat or SUSE Linux operating system, you must download the ixgbe device driver to install it.

  1. Log in to your system.

  2. In a browser, go to this location:


  3. Select the following product:

    Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter

  4. Select this option:

    Download drivers and software

  5. Select Linux as the operating system.

  6. Locate the following driver and select Download:

    Network Adapter Driver for PCI-E 10 Gigabit Network Connections under Linux

  7. Review and accept the software license agreement.

  8. Select this option:

    Download Network Adapter Driver for PCI-E 10 Gigabit Network Connections under Linux

    The download begins. The file named ixgbe-x.x.x.x.tar.gz is saved in the ~/Desktop directory of your system.

    Note - The primary driver link is a buildable source archive that works with Linux 2.6.x kernels only and requires that the currently running kernel match the SRC RPM kernel files and headers in order to build the driver. See the bundled README file in the unpacked archive from Intel for more information.

    For this example assume that the file is named ixgbe- The actual file might have different version or subversion numbers.

  9. Copy the file containing the driver from ~/Desktop to /temp.

  10. Uncompress and untar the file:

    # tar -zxvf ixgbe-
  11. Go to the newly created src directory:

    # cd /temp/ixgbe-
  12. Compile the driver source file:

    # make
    # make install
  13. Load the ixgbe driver:

    # modprobe ixgbe
  14. Verify that the ixgbe driver has been successfully installed:

    # lsmod | grep ixgbe

    The output should be similar to the following:

    ixgbe          118052  0
  15. Check the ixgbe driver version:

    # modinfo ixgbe | grep ver

    For example, the output might be the following:

    filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.18-53.el5/kernel/drivers/net/ixgbe/ixgbe.ko
    description:    Intel(R) 10 Gigabit PCI Express Network Driver
    srcversion:     5CFF6AEBA251050F8A4B746
    vermagic:       2.6.18-53.el5 SMP mod_unload gcc-4.1 
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