Use BoMC to update firmware for QLogic 8200 Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ VFA with VMware - IBM System x



Source

RETAIN tip: H207897

Symptom

If firmware for the QLogic 8200 Dual-Port 10 GbE SFP+ VFA or IBM System x, option 90Y4600 (QLE3262), is updated outside of a supported method (IBM Update package or IBM Bootable Media Creator (BoMC)) the Network Interface Controller (NIC) Partitioning (NPAR) functions cannot be configured and the adapter will be limited to the current configuration of two (2) physical NIC ports.

At this time, updating the firmware from the VMware host is not supported.

Affected configurations

The system is configured with at least one of the following:

  • VMware ESX Server 4.1, any update
  • VMware ESXi 4.1 Embedded, any update
  • VMware ESXi 4.1 Installable, any update
  • VMware ESXi 5.0, any update
  • VMware ESXi 5.1, any update
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor 4.1 with IBM Customization Embedded, any update
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor 4.1 with IBM Customization Installable, any update
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.0 with IBM Customization Installable, any update
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 with IBM Customization Installable, any update

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

  • QLogic 8200 Dual-Port 10 GbE SFP+ VFA for IBM System x, option 90Y4600, any CRU

This tip is not system specific.

The 1.12.21 multiboot firmware for the QLE3262 is affected.

Note: This does not imply that the network operating system will work under all combinations of hardware and software.

Please see the compatibility page for more information: http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/

Solution

This behavior will be corrected in a future release of QLE3262 firmware.

The target date for this release is scheduled for second quarter 2013.

The file is or will be available by selecting the appropriate Product Group, type of System, Product name, Product machine type, and Operating system on IBM Support's Fix Central web page, at the following URL:

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

Workaround

Use the BoMC to update the QLE3262 firmware. The BoMC can be found at the following URL:

  http://www.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=TOOL-BOMC

Applicable countries and regions

 


Document id:  MIGR-5092825
Last modified:  2013-06-19
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