ServeRAID drivers v7.00 for Linux for 32-bit and 64-bit - Servers and IntelliStation

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Change history

ServeRAID Family 6.00 to 6.10

  • Support for the IBM ServeRAID-6i Ultra320 SCSI controller.
  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Red Hat Linux 9.0
    • SCO UnitedLinux 4.0
    • SCO OpenServer 5.0.7
    • SUSE LINUX Professional 8.1
    • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8
    • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 64-bit Edition
    • Turbolinux Enterprise Server 8
  • Support for 16 ServeRAID controllers on the Windows and Netware operating systems; and 12 ServeRAID controllers on all other supported operating systems.
  • Enhanced functionality in the ServeRAID Manager:
    • New Task Scheduler and Task Manager in the ServeRAID Manager Agent. Use this feature to schedule lengthy operations at a convenient time, such as a logical drive migration or synchronization.
    • Display options on the Preferences menu. Use this feature to choose sorting criteria for objects in the SeveRAID Manager tree and to choose the disk capacity unit of measure (megabytes or gigabytes).
    • Ability to set remote access ports in the ServeRAID Manager Agent configuration file (RaidAgnt.pps). This option no longer appears on the Preferences menu.
    • Ability to enable and disable copy back. Use this feature to restore a logical drive to its original configuration after replacing a failed drive in an array.
    • Ability to rebuild a logical drive without first removing and reinserting the failed drive.
    • Ability to enable and disable unattended mode from the Controller menu. This option no longer appears on the Clustering actions menu.
  • Support for new IPSSEND commands:
    • SET REBUILDRATE high, medium, low (DOS only)
    • GETCONFIG now displays FRU information
    • GETEVENT DDD displays defunct disk log
    • SET COPYBACK enables/disables copy back
    • GETBST displays Bad Stripe Table entries
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID software build procedure that failed to include the cluster driver software with the clustnt.img file on the "IBM ServeRAID Support" CD.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID-3HB controller that caused performance to degrade when the battery backup cache failed.
  • Fixed a problem with ServeRAID-4L and ServeRAID-4Lx controllers that resulted in a race condition when the BIOS and firmware tried to access flash memory at the same time. The system now polls the ROM BIOS before the firmware.

ServeRAID Family 5.11 to 6.00
  • Support for the new IBM ServeRAID-6M Ultra320 SCSI controller.
  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-bit Servers
    • SUSE LINUX 8.0 64-Bit Edition
    • Red Hat Linux 8.0
  • Support for SCO UnixWare (formerly Caldera UnixWare) and SCO Open Unix (formerly Caldera Open Unix)
  • Enhanced functionality in the ServeRAID Manager:
    • New Email Notification Manager in the ServeRAID Manager Agent notifies users about system events.
    • Ability to initialize logical drives during Express or Custom configuration. This option no longer appears on the Preferences menu.
    • Ability to log warning and fatal events to the operating system event log on Windows and Unix systems. Use the ServeRAID Manager Agent to enable/disable event logging.
    • Simplified process for creating spanned arrays.
    • Reorganized some Action menu options for easier access to ServeRAID Manager functions.
  • New 2 terabyte limit for logical drives.
  • Support for RAID Level-5EE logical drives on ServeRAID-6M, ServerRAID-4L, ServerRAID-4Lx, ServeRAID-4M, and ServeRAID-4Mx controllers.
  • (For Windows NT and Windows 2000 only) The failover device driver can no longer be used for installation. You must install the regular Windows device driver first; then, update using the failover driver.
  • Fixed a problem with OS/2, which caused data corruption on shut down. To fix the problem, the new OS/2 driver implements
    a two-pass shutdown procedure. The first pass issues a firmware flush cache command. The second pass waits eight seconds for the firmware to complete the flush; then, shut down resumes.
  • Fixed a problem with the SCO OpenServer device driver, which sometimes caused a controller reset. This problem occured
    when the driver detected a bad command ID from ips bcopy.
  • Fixed a problem during failover and server restart which caused clustered drives to be marked defunct.

ServeRAID family summary of changes (from level 5.10 to 5.11)

  • Fixed a cache flushing problem in the ServeRAID-3H/3HB controller. This problem could occur when:
    • (1) the array includes a RAID level-5 logical drive running in WB mode;
    • (2) a drive goes defunct during an active flush to that drive and then
    • (3) an adapter is reset after another flush command is sent to the same sector on that drive.
    This fix was implemented in firmware to help increase data reliability.
  • Fixed an intermittent system hang which can occur during a PCI bus scan when a ServeRAID 4M, 4L, 4Mx, or 4Lx is installed in slots 4, 5, and/or 6 of the IBM eServer xSeries 345 system.

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Document id:  MIGR-55361
Last modified:  2009-06-23
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