Broadcom NetXtreme II device driver v4.8.5b for Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008 (32-bit and 64-bit) - IBM BladeCenter and System x



Severity: Non-Critical

This is the drivers software release for IBM eServer xSeries and System x NetXtreme II BCM570x and BCM57710-based Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet products, including the System x NetXtreme II 1000 Express Ethernet Adapter option part number 39Y6066, 42C1780, 42C1790, 44W4479, 44W4465. (Card PN 39Y6067).

Change history

Broadcom (R) NetXtreme II (TM) Ethernet Software CD for IBM eServer BladeCenter and System x NetXtreme II Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet products

RELEASE T4.6a.4.1 (3/3/2009)

Support Overview

This is the drivers software release for all IBM eServer BladeCenter and System x
Broadcom-based NetXtreme II Ethernet products, including both on-board Ethernet
and adapter options.

The supported Broadcom (R) NetXtreme II (TM) chipsets include BCM 5706, BCM5708, BCM5709, and BCM57710.

The supported adapter options include:

  • 39Y6066 - NetXtreme II 1000 Express Ethernet Adapter
  • 42C1780 - NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter
  • 42C1790 - NetXtreme II 10 GigE Express Fiber SR Adapter
  • 44W4479 - 2/4 Port Ethernet Expansion Card CFFh for IBM BladeCenter
  • 44W4465 - 2/4 Port 10Gb Ethernet Expansion Card CFFh for IBM BladeCenter

All Microsoft Windows device drivers are digitally signed.

WARNING:

Any x3850M2/x3950M2 server is required to be updated to Version 1.05 (Build A3E145A) system BIOS, or later, prior to any device driver software update.


Version history between CD vT4.6a.4.1 release and previous CD vT4.6.13 release:

Software CD vT4.6a.4.1 Previous CD
Version Version


  • Windows 2000 Driver NX2 4.8.5b 4.6.15
  • Windows 2003 Driver NX2 4.8.5b 4.6.15
  • Windows 2008 Driver NX2 4.8.5b 4.6.15
  • BASP Windows 2000 6.3.11 6.3.8
  • BASP Windows XP/Server 2003 ia32 6.3.11 6.3.8
  • BASP Windows XP/Server 2003 x64 6.3.11 6.3.8
  • BASP Windows 2008/Vista ia32 1.2.10 1.2.10
  • BASP Windows 2008/Vista x64 1.2.10 1.2.10
  • Dos Ndis2 NX2 4.6.2 4.6.1
  • Dos Ndis2 NX2_Ev 4.8.1 4.6.2
  • iSCSI Crash Dump Driver 4.8.3 4.6.0
  • iSCSI Crash Dump Driver NX2_Ev 4.8.3 4.6.2
  • Linux Driver NX2 1.8.5b 1.8.2b
  • Linux Driver NX2_Ev 1.48.53 1.46.12
  • Netware ODI 16 NX2 4.6.2 4.6.1
  • Netware ODI 32 NX2 4.63 4.60
  • Netware ODI16 NX2_Ev 4.8.1 4.6.2
  • RIS w2k Driver 4.8.2 4.6.0
  • RIS w2k3 Driver 4.8.2 4.6.0
  • RIS w2k3 Driver NX2_EV 4.8.3c N/A
  • SCO OpenServer NX2 4.6.0 4.4.1
  • Solaris NX2 4.6.2 4.6.1
  • Unixware NX2 4.6.1 4.4.2
  • VBD Driver 4.6.55a 4.6.17
  • VBD Driver NX2_Ev 4.8.54 4.6.17b
  • BASP Silent Config 6.1.20 6.1.17
  • BACS 11.7.5 11.6.10
  • Linux xDiag NX2 4.6.11 4.6.4
  • Linux eDiag NX2_Ev 4.8.53 4.6.18
  • 5708 Driver Installer 32/64 Bit 11.51.05 11.48.05
  • BACS Installer 32/64 bit 11.86.03 11.79.06

Software Compatibility:

  • BCM5706 NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5706S NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5708 NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5708S NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5709 NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5709S NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM5716 NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM57710 NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
  • BCM57711 NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter


Key Fixes & Enhancements with latest vT4.6a.4.1 sw CD release include:

  • Support RHEL 5.3 and SLES 11
  • Support 5716 and 57711 ASICs
  • Driver safeguards to prevent device access after being instructed to shutdown by Windows
  • Enhancement for UEFI BOFM support for BladeCenter

Notes:

  1. Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Support

    BACS3 will require .NET to be pre-installed prior to launching the application. When hot adding an adapter with BASP6 Jumbo frame is only supported with all members running the same MTU size. The latest drivers can also be downloaded from:

    http://www.ibm.com/support/us

  2. The Broadcom VBD architecture supports Windows 2000, Windows 2003
    and Windows 2008 Server platforms. The software components under
    "b06bdrv" and "l2nd" from \W2K are designed to run normal L2 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.0. The software components under "b06bdrv" and "l2nd" from \W2K3_W2K8 and \W2K3_W2K8_64 are designed to run normal L2 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.2 and NDIS 6.0. The software components under "b06bdrv" and "l4nd" from \W2K3_W2K8 and \W2K3_W2K8_64 are designed to run normal L4 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.2 for BCM5706, 5708 and some BCM 5709 devices.

  3. TOE is enabled for all devices under Window 2K3.

    Note: TOE is disabled by the Operating System in Windows 2K8.

Please check this support URL for the latest drivers sw release update:

http://www.ibm.com/support/us

Version 4.6.15.0

Key Fixes & Enhancements:

General:

  • UEFI support including BOFM
  • New 44W4465 10Gb Ethernet CFFh card for IBM BladeCenter
  • PCI Express 2.0 Generation 2 support
  • Enhanced HyperV support including Teaming and VLAN
  • Proper Resource Allocation for 10Gb Ethernet 57710 products
  • Adequate performance for 5709 on x3850M2 and x3950M2

Microsoft Windows:

  • Receive Side Scaling (RSS) functional enhancement
  • TCP/IP Offload Engine (TOE) functional enhancement

Linux:

  • TCP/IP Segmentation Offload (TSO) functional enhancement
  • SLES 10 SP2 device drivercompilation

Notes:

  1. Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Support

    BACS3 will require .NET to be pre-installed prior to launching the application. When hot adding an adapter with BASP6 Jumbo frame is only supported with all members running the same MTU size. The latest drivers can also be downloaded from: http://www.ibm.com/support/us.

  2. The Broadcom VBD architecture supports Windows 2000, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 Server platforms. The software components under "b06bdrv" and "l2nd" from \W2K are designed to run normal L2 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.0. The software components under "b06bdrv" and "l2nd" from \W2K3_W2K8 and \W2K3_W2K8_64 are designed to run normal L2 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.2 and NDIS 6.0. The software components under "b06bdrv" and "l4nd" from \W2K3_W2K8 and \W2K3_W2K8_64 are designed to run normal L4 NDIS traffic for NDIS 5.2 for BCM5706, 5708 and some BCM 5709 devices.

  3. TOE is enabled for all devices under Window 2K3.

    Note:
    TOE is disabled by the Operating System in Windows 2K8.

  4. Linux drivers for NX2 1G and NX2 10G are now packaged together in a single tarball.

Please check this support URL for the latest drivers sw release update: http://www.ibm.com/support/us

Please see the CHANGE HISTORY file for complete details.

 

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Document id:  MIGR-5070012
Last modified:  2009-10-09
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