Supported configurations for 8 Gigabit Fibre Channel - IBM BladeCenter



Source

RETAIN tip: H202210

Symptom

One or both of these problems:

See RETAIN Tip H202550 (MIGR-5087270) for help with G-port log in symptoms.

Affected Configurations

The system can be any of the following IBM servers:

The system is configured with one or more of the following IBM options:

This tip is not software specific.

The system has the symptom described above.

Solution

Configure the Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) and switch module as indicated in the Additional Information section that follows. This is for reference of the minimum requirements, subsequent builds are considered valid and recommended.

Additional Information

Select one of the following five supported minimum code configurations for 8 Gigabit (Gb) Fibre Channel:


Configuration 1
 

8 Gb Emulex CIOv HBA configuration:

Firmware 2.01a11
Boot Code 5.12a13
EDC 3.22 (see note 1)
SERDES Update (see note 1)
Speed Setting: Auto (see note 5)

8 Gb Brocade FCSM switch configuration:

Firmware 6.4.2b (see note 10)
FPGA 97 (see note 7)
Internal Port Settings:
Speed Setting: Auto (see note 5,8)
Fill Word 1 (see note 6)


Configuration 2
 

8 Gb Emulex CIOv with 8 Gb QLogic IPTM/FCSM

8 Gb Emulex CIOv HBA configuration:

Firmware 2.01a11
Boot Code 5.12a13
EDC 3.22 (see note 1)
SERDES Update (see note 1)
Speed Setting:
Local Boot Auto
Boot from SAN Auto

8 Gb QLogic IPTM/FCSM switch configuration:

Firmware 7.10.1.28
Internal Port Speed Setting: (see note 8)
Local Boot Auto
Boot from SAN Auto


Configuration 3
 

4 Gb or 8 Gb QLogic CIOv/CFFh with 8 Gb Brocade FCSM (see note 9)

4 Gb or 8 Gb QLogic CIOv/CFFh HBA configuration:

Update Driver and/or Bundled Firmware (see note 2)
EDC level based on Switch type (see notes 3,4)
Firmware 05.07.01 (see notes 3)
Speed Setting: Fixed

8 Gb Brocade FCSM switch configuration:

Firmware 6.4.2b (see note 10)
FPGA 97 (see note 7)
Internal Port Settings:
Speed Setting: Fixed (see note 8)
Fill Word 1 (see note 6)


Configuration 4
 

4 Gb or 8 Gb QLogic CIOv/CFFh with 8 Gb QLogic IPTM/FCSM (see note 9)

4 Gb or 8 Gb QLogic CIOv/CFFh HBA configuration:

Update Driver and/or Bundled Firmware (see note 2)
EDC level based on Switch type (see notes 3,4)
Firmware 05.07.01 (see notes 3)
Speed Setting:
Local Boot Auto
Boot from SAN Fixed

8 Gb QLogic IPTM/FCSM switch configuration:

Firmware 7.10.1.28
Internal Port Speed Setting: (see note 8)
Local Boot Fixed
Boot from SAN Fixed


Configuration 5
  With any configuration that includes XIV storage models prior to 8 Gb Gen3 (4 Gb machine types 2810-A14 or 2812-A14), XIV firmware level 10.2.4a or later is required.

For all Configurations

Ensure that the system is using the latest device driver for the operating system.

If the issues continue after using one of the configurations listed, set the speed on both the HBA and the IPTM/FCSM to 4 Gb fixed.

If the issue is seen with QLogic IPTM/FCSM in bay 3 or bay 4 using the supported configuration, try running QLogic IPTM/FCSM in slot 8 or slot 10.

Notes:

  1. EDC refers to Electronic Dispersion Compensation and is required for optimal Signal Integrity. SERDES refers to SERializer/DESerializer and is required for optimal signal transmit settings. Use 'Offline ISO for x86 - VS' for Intel and AMD based systems and 'Offline ISO for Power PC - VS' for IBM BladeCenter Power Systems. This updates includes EDC 3.22, SERDES settings, 2.01a9 Firmware, and 5.12a10 Universal Start Code.

    Upgrade Utility:

    http://www-legacy.emulex.com/pt/downloads/ibm/vfafc-software-kits/ocm6314/ocm6314-bc-linux/edc-updatesfor-46m6140.html

  2. Depending on the operating system running on the blade, the driver and bundled firmware need to be updated. For operating systems where the inbox driver is the supported driver, only the bundled firmware needs to be updated.

    To determine the appropriate update for your operating system, reference table 3-1 in the Application Note for the update:
    http://filedownloads.qlogic.com/files/Driver/82210/AppNote_qlogic_8Gb_FC_ExpCard_EDC_FW_Update_CU0251401-00A.pdf

    If the operating system requires both a driver and bundled firmware update, download the specified driver package and install it according to the instructions provided. The driver install package will update both the driver and the bundled firmware.

    If the operating system specifies the inbox driver, download the specified RPM file to update the bundled firmware and run the RPM. The update files can be downloaded from IBM Fix Central at the following URL:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

  3. The EDC code level will be determined by the switch type being used. The EDC updates can be found on IBM Fix Central. Select the update for the operating system (Linux, Windows, or VMware) and the correct switch manufacturer being used (Brocade or QLogic).

    The blade must be restarted after the EDC update is performed. It is critical that the system not be interrupted or powered off during this restart. This restart will take slightly longer than a normal restart. The EDC update file also includes the latest multiboot code containing firmware 05.06.03. When the EDC update is performed, all code on the HBA will be updated at the same time.

  4. EDC code is applicable only to the 8 Gb CIOv card.
  5. For the majority of environments, auto/auto negotiates to 8 Gb speed as expected, however; in some implementations speeds negotiate below 8 Gb has been seen. If this behavior is observed in the environment, fixed port speeds as a viable, supported configuration is recommended.
  6. Fill word settings can be verified using the portcfgshow command (also shows the port speed settings). The fill word for internal blade facing ports always should be set to 1 (which is the switch default). Fill word for external ports might need to be modified based on the requirements of the upstream device.
  7. For the Brocade 8 Gb switch module, the FPGA version number can be verified using the Command Line Interface (CLI), command fpga_update.
  8. The speed setting for internal blade facing ports should be set as specified in this document. Speed settings for external ports might need to be modified based on the requirements of the upstream device.
  9. The QLogic 4 or 8 Gb CIOv adapter cannot have mixed switch vendors in the chassis switch bay 3 and bay 4.
  10. An IBM BladeCenter H chassis configured with midplane option part number 46C9700 requires a Brocade firmware level of 6.4.2b4.

*IBM BladeCenter E with a Machine Type/Model number of 8677-3Tx or 8677-4Tx, or with midplane option part number 46M0540 is required for 8 Gb configurations.

Applicable countries and regions

 


Document id:  MIGR-5087103
Last modified:  2014-06-23
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