IBM ServeRAID-8i, 8k, 8k-l and 8s BIOS and firmware update CD v5.2.0 (Build 16002) - IBM BladeCenter and System x



Severity: Suggested

Systems supported:

  • IBM ServeRAID-8i, 8k, 8k-l and 8s (BIOS, Firmware, IBM Support CD, SRM, Utilities)

Change history

NOTE TO SERVICE - Reference RETAIN N/A


Version: 5.2.0-16002 - Suggested
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Controllers Affected: ServeRAID 8i, 8k, 8k-l, 8s

Enhancements: None

Problem(s) Fixed:
- Fixed the firmware crash during RAID-0 migration to RAID-5.
- Fixed the firmware crash when both the RAID-5 and RAID-6 are made offline while RAID-6 rebuild is in progress.
- Fixed issue in flashcopy.

Version: 5.2.0-16001 - Suggested
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Controllers Affected: ServeRAID 8i, 8k, 8k-l, 8s

Enhancements: None

Problem(s) Fixed:
- Provided support for 2TB physical drive.

Version: 5.2-0 (16000) - Suggested
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Enhancements:
- Added support for array offline forced online feature
Problem(s) Fixed: None


Version 5.2-0 (15432) - Suggested
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Enhancements:
- Decreased ServeRAID boot time from 96 to 36 sec for SAS devices (See RETAIN Tip H183693)

Problems Fixed:
- Fixed an issue when a RAID-10 array becomes unreadable after a dynamic disk conversion in Windows 2003/2008
- Resolved an issue that would not allow an 8s controller as a bootable device when an 8k is present
- Fixed an issue when the hotspare will not protect all logical volumes (See Retain Tip H195598)
- Fixed an issue while drive rebuilding exiting the controller BIOS will hang

Version 5.2-0 (15429) - Suggested
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Enhancements:
- Changed the link speed to 1.5Gbps for SATA disk drives
Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a problem with missing slot information from hard drives (Refer to RETAIN Tip H195169)
- Fixed a problem with SATA disk drives prematurely failing under stress (See RETAIN Tip H195165)
- Removed waiting period while exiting the Ctrl-A utility with a rebuild underway


Version 5.2-0 (15427)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed issue that caused a PCI initialization error when a REBUILD is active during POST which prevented the OS to not operate properly
- Fixed issue that generated a PCI address calculation error that caused mirror arrays to go off-line after a ServeRAID firmware flash followed by a system reboot. (See Retain Tip H194522)


Version 5.2-0 (15425)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed issue when SATA disk drive FRU information was missing via ServeRAID Manager
- Fixed issue to allow limited background operation tasks to now run one at a time to improve I/O
- Fixed issue when one or more logical drives go to an "offline" or "unknown" state after a firmware update has been applied (See RETAIN Tip H194522)
- Fixed issue while creating multiple logical drives some arrays go offline immediately when hitting the Apply option
- Fixed issue when a new drive is inserted into an array, the copy back operation would not start properly.
- Fixed an abnormal condition that caused the firmware to crash with a Blink Led 62 failure.


Version 5.2-0 (15424)
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Problems Fixed:
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed a issue when replacing an onboard ServeRAID controller planar and importing the configuration, the OS would not boot up properly (See RETAIN Tip H194257)
- (8i) Fixed an issue that presented journal commit I/O error hangs while running VMware and/or unexpected system hangs while running Windows that could cause disk drives to go offline prematurely (See RETAIN Tip H194255)

Version 5.2-0 (15421)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed several performance related issues
- Fixed a minor drive communication issue for the initiator dealing with credit blocks
- Fixed an issue that caused RAID-6 array to not rebuild when two disk were defunct


Version 5.2-0 (15418)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a write verification failure that could cause data corruption (See RETAIN Tip H193156)
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed an issue when multiple reboots would lead to a Blink Led 0x61 issue
- Fixed a problem that caused arrays with SATA drives to initialize in a critical state with one drive rebuilding after power on (See RETAIN Tip H193696)


Version 5.2-0 (15417)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a rare issue where the firmware flash will be corrupt leading to a TBBU or Blink Led 86 failure (See RETAIN Tip H193476)
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed an issue that caused a boot failure when no USB devices are attached to the system causing a Blink Led 0x0A
- (8k, 8k-l) Fix issues with mixing 1.5Gbps and 3.0Gbps devices/speeds (See RETAIN Tip H19856)


Version 5.2-0 (15416)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a memory resource allocation issue
- Fixed a problem that caused SATA disk hangs during heavy I/O

Version 5.2-0 (15414)
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Problems Fixed:
- Improved UART logging to suppress repeating "blank serial number" messages
- (8k, 8k-l) Corrected a data scrub issue that affects systems with non-expander backplanes (See RETAIN Tip H192453)
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed an ECC memory handling issue that caused false Blink Led 0x57 events (See RETAIN Tip H192334)
- (8k, 8k-l) Corrected a failed battery issue sometimes seen on new 8k controllers or 8k controllers with a new battery installed (See RETAIN Tip H191923)


Version 5.2-0 (15412)
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- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed a problem that incorrectly allowed all drives to spin up at the same time after a system restart (x3400 servers)

Version 5.2-0 (15411)
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Enhancements:
- Added Microsoft Windows PE for Intel x86 and EM64T
Problems Fixed:
- (8i) Fixed a problem with unexpected system resets (See RETAIN Tip H192037)
- Fixed a problem with critical arrays failing to rebuild after replacing the failed drive (See RETAIN Tip H192117)
- Fixed a battery error issue when exiting the controller BIOS or restarting the system OS (See RETAIN Tips H191923, H191924)
- Fixed a problem when read operations were interfering with write operations during POST (Blink Led A7)
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed a key authentication issue that prevented the firmware flash from working properly


Version 5.2-0 (15407)
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Enhancements:
- Revised to add features for 9.00
- Improved the user configurable write-cache mode settings for SAS and SATA drives within the ACU (CTRL-A) utility and the ARCCONF command line tool.
There are now four options available to users:
* SATA=ON, SAS=OFF (default setting)
* SATA=ON, SAS=ON
* SATA=OFF, SAS=ON
* SATA=OFF, SAS=OFF
Note: Any new hard drive inserted into the subsystem will be made to conform to the user configured option. This setting can be modified within the ACU or within ServeRAID Manager.
- User background task priority adjustments now survive system resets
Problems Fixed:
- Fixed an issue that incorrectly changed the default hard drive write-cache policy from write-through (disabled) to write-back (enabled) when using F6 in the ACU (CTRL-A) to load default settings (See RETAIN Tip H19671)
- Fixed an issue that would not allow the user to change the write-cache policy of a hard drive from write-back (enabled) to write-through (disabled) within the ACU (CTRL-A) (See RETAIN Tip H19671)
- Fixed an issue that caused a drives write-cache policy to change from write-through (disabled) to write-back (enabled) after the drive fails and is then replaced (See RETAIN Tip H19671)
- A change was made to allow SATA hard drives to operate at 1.5 or 3.0 Gbps speeds through backplanes designed with an expander (See RETAIN Tip H19856)

Version 5.2-0 (11859)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed an issue where newly inserted SATA drives would not start rebuilding in RAID 6 arrays.


Version 5.2-0 (11844)
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Enhancements:
- Added ability to flash multiple controllers in the same system.


Version 5.2-0 (11835)
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Enhancements:
- Added support for ServeRAID 8s controllers
Problems Fixed:
- Fixed an issue where rebuilds would not start after creating a new dedicated hot spare assigned to a critical array
- Corrected a condition leading to a controller Kernel Panic - Blink Led 0xC7 error on an OS shutdown when an array is critical
- Fixed issue where ACU (Adaptec Configuration Utility) displays only 16 hard drives
- Fixed issue where firmware strings are not fully displayed
- Fixed issue where BIOS misreports hard drives during POST

Version 5.1-0 (9257)
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Problems Fixed:
- Corrected hard drive state transition behavior when Automatic Failover is disabled in the Adaptec Configuration Utility (ACU). The default setting for Automatic Failover is enabled
- (8k, 8k-l) Removed the fix implemented in Build 9254 to display a fatal error when an 8k or 8k-l is not installed. This fix caused the side effect of a rare random hang condition during the ServeRAID POST banner display while the system is starting
- Fixed issue where the system would hang on a cold reboot requiring power to be removed for 5-10 minutes for the system to recover.


Version 5.1-0 (9254)
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Enhancements:
- Improved medium error handling and added a more robust data validation check.
Problems Fixed:
- Fixed issue where Linux operating systems could hang when the system has over 4GB of memory.
- (8k, 8k-l) Fixed issue where if 8k or 8k-l is not installed or properly installed, the CPU LED on the light path diagnostics will light and the system will not POST. With the fix the DASD LED will light up on the light path diagnostics panel, system will boot, and the ServeRAID controller will notify the user of a fatal error

Version 5.1-0 (9249)
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Problems Fixed:
- Addresses compatibility issue with 80GB SATA II drive (39M4518).
- (8i) Addresses compatibility issue when the U320 SCSI Controller is in the same PCI bus as the ServeRAID 8i.
- Fixes issue where a "Memory Retention Failure unflushed cache lost" message is displayed during adapter POST after an unclean shutdown.


Version 5.1-0 (9247)
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Problems Fixed:
- Addressed issue where the firmware on SATA II drives could not be flashed
- Fix an issue affecting several IBM servers where the SAS controller diagnostic program could fail to run
- Corrected an issue that caused the ServeRAID controller to take longer than it should to complete its POST process


Version 5.1-0 (9234)
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Enhancements:
- Added support for ServeRAID 8k and 8k-l controllers

Version 5.0-2 (8264)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a problem causing system hangs, system I/O errors, and "SCSI BUS Hang" errors when operating under very heavy disk I/O loads.


Version 5.0-2 (8263)
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Problems Fixed:
- Fixed a problem which caused false battery error alerts and subsequently disables the battery, marks it as bad and will set the controller cache setting to write through mode.


Version 5.0-2 (8262)
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Enhancements:
- Revised to add features for 8.20.


Version 5.0-1 (8110)
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Enhancements:
- Revised to add features for 8.10.


Version 5.0-0 (7777)
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- Initial release for ServeRAID 8i controller.

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Document id:  MIGR-5073646
Last modified:  2013-08-22
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