IBM ServeRAID Support CD v7.12.14 - IBM System x

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Change history

Severity: Suggested

Supported systems:

  • IBM System x3105 (4347)
  • IBM System x3650 (7979, 1914)
  • IBM System x3650 NAS (7979)
  • IBM System x3800 (8865, 8866)
  • IBM System x3850 (8863, 8864, 7365, 7362)
  • IBM System x3950 (8872, 8878)
  • IBM System x3950 E (8879, 8874, 7364, 7367)
  • IBM eServer 325 (8835)
  • IBM eServer 326 (8848)
  • IBM eServer 326m (7969, 7992)
  • IBM xSeries 100 (8486)
  • IBM xSeries 130 (8672)
  • IBM xSeries 135 (8672)
  • IBM xSeries 150 (8658)
  • IBM xSeries 200 (8478)
  • IBM xSeries 206 (8482, 8487)
  • IBM xSeries 206m (8485, 8490)
  • IBM xSeries 206m NAS (8490)
  • IBM xSeries 220 (8646, 8645)
  • IBM xSeries 225 (8647, 8649)
  • IBM xSeries 226 (8488, 8648)
  • IBM xSeries 230 (8658)
  • IBM xSeries 232 (8668)
  • IBM xSeries 235 (8673, 8671)
  • IBM xSeries 236 (8841)
  • IBM xSeries 240 (8664)
  • IBM xSeries 250 (8665)
  • IBM xSeries 255 (8685)
  • IBM xSeries 260 (8865)
  • IBM xSeries 300 (8672)
  • IBM xSeries 305 (8673)
  • IBM xSeries 306 (8836, 1878, 8489)
  • IBM xSeries 306m (8849, 1887, 8491)
  • IBM xSeries 330 (8674, 8675)
  • IBM xSeries 335 (8676, 8830)
  • IBM xSeries 336 (8837, 1879)
  • IBM xSeries 340 (8656)
  • IBM xSeries 342 (8669)
  • IBM xSeries 345 (8670)
  • IBM xSeries 346 (8840, 1880)
  • IBM xSeries 350 (8682)
  • IBM xSeries 360 (8686)
  • IBM xSeries 365 (8861, 8862)
  • IBM xSeries 366 (8863)
  • IBM xSeries 370 (8681)
  • IBM xSeries 440 (8687)
  • IBM xSeries 445 (8870)
  • IBM xSeries 460 (8872, 8874)
  • IBM xSeries MXE 460 (8874)
  • IBM xSeries Internet Appliances (8672, 8656, 8645)
  • IBM Microsoft Datacenter (8687)
  • IBM Netfinity 4000R (8652)
  • IBM Netfinity A100 (8652)
  • IBM IntelliStation A Pro (6217, 6224)
  • IBM IntelliStation M Pro (6218, 9236, 6220, 6230, 6225)
  • IBM IntelliStation R Pro (6851, 8654)
  • IBM IntelliStation Z Pro (6223, 6227, 9228, 6221)

IBM ServeRAID Firmware and BIOS Update
Version: 7.12

ServeRAID Family 7.12.13 to 7.12.14

  • Enhanced battery monitoring support for ServeRAID-7K, in order to report the user about the recommended life time of the battery.

ServeRAID Family 7.10 to 7.12

  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 4 for AMD64 and EM64T
    • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
    • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for AMD64 and EM64T
    • SuSE Linux Professional 9.
  • Fixed aacraid driver failure during SLES 9 x86_64 install
  • Fixed problems with device driver for ServeRAID-7t in RHEL3 EM64T
  • Fixed ECC errors in ServeRAID-5i with version 7.00.18 firmware
  • Fixed error code:2807 on ServeRAID-7k during system reboot on IBM xSeries 346
  • Increased timeout for commands on tape devices attached to a ServeRAID-7k
  • Fixed abend in NetWare 6 when scanning devices and partitions on maximum size logical drives.
  • Fixed erroneous defective battery message after one day of use on the ServeRAID-7k
  • Fixed ServeRAID-7k error LED not lighting when battery cable is unplugged
  • > Fixed file corruption on Raid level-5 logical drive after a logical drive migration and several rebuilds
  • > Fixed problem with ServeRAID-4H firmware
  • > Fixed problem with sendmail operation in Linux environment with security enabled

ServeRAID Family 7.00 to 7.10

  • Support for the IBM ServeRAID-7k Ultra320 SCSI controller
  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 3 for Intel EM64T
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS/ES/WS 3 for AMD64 (SATA*)
    • SCO UnixWare 7.1.4
    • SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0

      *Previously, SCSI only
  • Two-CD distribution:
    • The bootable "IBM ServeRAID Support" CD contains device drivers and command-line programs for all supported operating systems.
    • The "IBM ServeRAID Applications" CD contains the ServeRAID Manager program.
  • Enhanced functionality in the ServeRAID Manager:
    • Option to display physical device information in enclosure view format. This is the default view for systems with an attached storage enclosure.
    • Save support archive command. Your ServeRAID support representative can use the information in this archive file to diagnose problems with your system.
  • New tool bar buttons:
    • Start Task Manager
    • Open event log in a stand-alone viewer
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID-5i firmware concerning dead battery recognition.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID Manager SNMP software. It now allows email with security enabled.
  • Fixed a problem with the SCO OpenServer 5.07 device driver upgrade.
  • Fixed a problem with NetWare device driver reset.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID-6M that affected performance at high I/O loads.

ServeRAID Family 6.11 to 7.00

  • Support for the IBM ServeRAID-7t SATA controller
  • Support for the Adaptec HostRAID controller
  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    • Novell NetWare 6.5
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 for Intel and AMD 32-bit kernels
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 for AMD 64-bit kernels
    • SuSE Linux Professional 9.0 for Intel and AMD kernels
  • Enhanced functionality in the ServeRAID Manager:
    • New user-interface look and feel, featuring the Enterprise view and Physical and Logical device views
    • Configuration wizard for ServeRAID-7t SATA controller and Adaptec HostRAID controllers
  • Support for new RAID types on the ServeRAID-7t controller:
    • Simple volume
    • RAID volume
    • Spanned volume
  • The SNMP Trap Manager has been replaced by a new SNMP solution that supports "traps" and "gets" through use of a SNMP sub-agent. The new SNMP sub-agent integrates more closely with OS-specific SNMP infrastructure.

    NOTE: See the ServeRAID User's Reference for installation and configuration instructions.

  • AACCLI command-line tool for the ServeRAID-7t SATA controller, providing IPSSEND-like functionality.
  • HRCONF command-line tool for HostRAID controllers, providing IPSSEND-like functionality.
  • Fixed a problem with reporting Bad Stripe Table (BST) entries. Now, if a logical drive has a bad stripe, the ServeRAID Manager provides an alert at agent startup and then again every eight hours.
  • Fixed a problem with partitioning logical drives under OpenServer 5.07.
  • Fixed a problem with LSI PFA handling. To enable automatic PFA alerts, the MRIE field in the Information Exceptions Control mode page is monitored for any value other than 4 and changed accordingly.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID-6M controller under SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64; the controller no longer fails intermittently on systems with 6GB of memory.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the device driver installation to fail under Microsoft Windows 2003 for AMD64.
  • Fixed an intermittent POST hang problem when the ServeRAID-5i is forced to run at 33Mhz in x225 by a 33Mhz adapter in adjacent slot 5.
  • Fixed a problem under SuSe Linux 9.0 that prevented the operating system from locating the built-in ServeRAID driver during installation.
  • Fixed a problem in the ServeRAID User's Reference manual concerning the Advanced BIOS settings. The description of the Mini-Configuration program now includes details about each advanced setting.

ServeRAID Family 6.10 to 6.11

  • Support for new operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS2.1 for Intel 64-bit (Itanium) kernels
  • Support for integrated RAID controllers (such as the LSI 1030) under SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the "IBM ServeRAID Support" CD from booting on systems with a nVidia video adapter.
  • Fixed a problem with importing spanned array configurations.
  • Fixed a problem with tape drive firmware updates.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the ServeRAID-6i controller from detecting drives under Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS2.1, Quarterly Update 2 (QU2).

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
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1 for Intel & AMD kernels
    • SCO UnitedLinux 4.0
    • SCO OpenServer 5.0.7
    • SuSE Linux Professional 8.1
    • SuSE Linux Professional 8.2 for Intel & AMD kernels
    • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
    • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64
    • 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 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 x345 system.

ServeRAID Family 4.84 to 5.10

  • Support for the new IBM ServeRAID-5i Ultra320 SCSI controller.
  • Support for new operating systems:
    • OpenLinux 3.1.1
    • Red Hat Linux 7.2 and 7.3
    • SuSE Linux 7.3 and 8.0
  • New event mechanism to alert user when version numbers do not match in BIOS, firmware, and device drivers.
  • New audible alarm in ServeRAID Manager agent when critical and fatal events occur.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID Manager "Send test trap" function. Certain management programs such as Tivoli Netview did not recognize the test trap.
  • Fixed a problem with the ServeRAID Manager configuration wizard when creating large arrays near 1 Terabyte or greater in size. The large arrays caused the ServeRAID Manager configuration wizard to display the wrong logical drive size.
  • Fixed a problem in UnixWare/Open UNIX device driver of not handling 64 bit DMA requests from the OS when greater than 4GB memory addressing is activated.
  • (For Windows NT and Windows 2000 only, ServeRAID-3 family only) Fixed 'Event ID 11' condition in critical RAID-level 5 logical drives.
  • (For Windows NT and Windows 2000 only) Fixed resourceconstraints under heavy workloads (Event ID 11).
  • Reduced excessive error logging in critical RAID-level 1 logical drives.

ServeRAID Family 4.80 to 4.84

  • (For Windows NT and Windows 2000 only) Fixed delay condition known to cause the ServeRAID driver or other hardware to timeout (Event ID 11).
  • (For Windows NT only) Many causes of blue screens can lead to data corruption. In rare circumstances, if a blue screen occurs while a RAID level-5 configuration has one defunct physical drive, data corruption might occur. To reduce the risk of data corruption in this scenario, the ServeRAID Windows NT device driver now delays after a blue screen occurs before resetting the ServeRAID controller. Additionally, a fix was implemented for the rare occurrence of
    data corruption when all of the following conditions are met:
    • A ServeRAID-3HB controller is installed with the 4.70 or 4.80 firmware and device driver.
    • Four or more hard disk drives are in the array.
    • One or more of the hard disk drives in the array are 17 GB, or larger.
    • The array includes a RAID level-5 logical drive.
    • The server is turned off without shutting down the operating system, or a blue screen occurs.
  • Fixed system hangs or error messages that might occur during tape backup operations or other single-threaded operations because of ServeRAID command time-outs. This problem was observed specifically on SCO OpenServer ("Unrecovered read error" messages are displayed on the OpenServer console).
  • (For e-Server xSeries 360) When using the "IBM ServeRAID 4.80 BIOS and Firmware Update (1 of 2)" diskette on a ServeRAID-4H controller, fixed occurrences when the firmware update did not complete successfully and the server would restart.
  • The performance on some applications has been improved when using write-back mode on a RAID level-5 logical drive that has a defunct physical drive.

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Document id:  MIGR-60624
Last modified:  2013-08-14
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