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Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

User's Guide

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Document Information

Using This Documentation

Product Notes

Related Documentation


Access to Oracle Support

Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Overview

Card Overview

About the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card

Key Features

Card Hardware Components

Card Software and Firmware Components

Card LEDs

Card Specifications

Physical Dimensions

Environmental Specifications

Electrical Specifications

Preparing the Card for Installation

Required Tools

Ship Kit Contents

Observing Safety Precautions

General Safety Information

Safety Symbols

ESD Safety Measures

Perform ESD Prevention Measures

Update the Host Operating System

Installing the Card

Installation Overview

Installing the Card Into a Server

Card Optimization Guidelines

Install a New Card

Remove an Existing Card From a Server

Servicing the Card

Service Overview

Update the Card Software

Update the Card Firmware

Technical Support

Servicing the Card Using the ddcli Utility

Accessing the ddcli Utility

Verify Card Status

ddcli Utility Command Summary

List All Command

List Command

Update Flash Package Command

Health Reporting Command

Locate Card Command

Format Card Command

Show the Vital Product Data Command

Extract SMART Logs Command

Help Command

Troubleshooting Using Card LEDs

Error Messages

Exception Handling

Firmware Exception Error Messages

Reason Codes


Install a New Card

Before You Begin

To install a new Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card:

  1. Back up your data, as required, before changing your server configuration.
  2. Prepare the card for installation.

    See Preparing the Card for Installation.

    1. Gather the required tools.

      See Required Tools .

    2. Unpack the shipping kit that includes the card.

      See Ship Kit Contents.

    3. Remove the card from the antistatic bag using good good antistatic grounding procedures.

      See ESD Safety Measures.

    4. Carefully inspect the card for damage.

      If you notice any damage, contact Oracle support , or your reseller support representative. Go to:

  3. Prepare the server for service.

    Refer to your server's service manual.

    1. Remove the server from active operation.
    2. Turn off the server.

      Power down the system.

    3. Disconnect all power cords from the server power supplies.

      Refer to the server sservice manual.

    4. Remove the cover from the chassis.


    Caution - Hazardous voltages are present. Disconnect the server from the main power and from any networks before installing the card to avoid electrical shock.

  4. Identify a supported and available PCI Express slot in the server.

    Refer to the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Product Notes.

    Note - Exceeding the maximum number of Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Cards or placing cards in unsupported slots results in host platform error report and shutdown.

  5. Insert the card in the PCI Express slot.
    1. Remove the blank bracket panel on the server chassis that aligns with the empty PCI Express slot.

      Save the bracket screw, if applicable.

    2. Align the card to the PCI Express slot.
    3. Press down gently, but firmly, to properly seat the card in the slot.

      The following figure shows how to insert the card in a PCI Express slot:

      Figure 3 Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card Installation

      image:Figure showing how to install the half-height bracket card.

      Figure Legend

      1 Bracket screw

      2 Press here

      3 Press here

      4 32-bit slot (3.3 V only)

      5 PCI express x8 slot

      6 64-bit slot (3.3 V only)

      7 Motherboard

      Note - Your server chassis may contain a card riser or other configuration. Refer to the servers service manual for card installation instructions.

  6. Secure the card bracket to the server chassis.
    • Install the bracket screw, as required, to secure the card to the server chassis. or
    • Engage the server retention mechanism to secure the card to the server chassis.
  7. Return the server to service.

    Refer to your server's service manual.

    1. Replace the cover.
    2. Reconnect the power cord and any network cables.
    3. Power on the system.

    The card hardware installation is complete.

  8. If applicable, perform any required commands for your system to recognize the new card.

    For the Oracle Solaris OS, reboot with the reconfiguration option. Refer to your server's administration guide.

  9. Verify successful installation of the card through your systems OS.

    Upon completed installation, the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card appears on your server. Refer to your server's administration guide.

  10. Configure the system to maximize flash technology.

    Refer to your server's administration guide.

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