4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express (FC: 5717)

 

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DATE: August 20, 2008

Table of Contents

4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express (FC: 5717) 1

1.0 Microcode and Document Revision History: 1

2.0 General information. 2

3.0 Installation time. 2

4.0 Machine's Affected: 2

5.0 AIX Requirements: 2

6.0 Determine the Current Microcode Level for AIX: 2

7.0 Downloading the RPM Format File to the Target Server for AIX.. 3

8.0 Discovery Tool Microcode CD-ROM creation and download instructions. 3

9.0 Verifying microcode before download and notes for AIX.. 4

10.0 Microcode Download Procedure for AIX: 4

10.1 Setting up for Microcode download. 4

10.2 Downloading Microcode to the Adapter 5

10.3 Verify and Re-configure adapters. 6

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1.0 Microcode and Document Revision History:
 

Firmware Level

Description

CL0150

Original Release

CL0170

Enabling iSCSI boot support and fix bug with long spanning tree algorithms

 

Document Revision History

Description

08/20/2008

Updating Readme file with latest microcode for this adapter- CL0170

 


2.0 General information

This Readme file is intended to give directions on how to update the microcode found on the 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express (FC 5717).

3.0 Installation time

Approximately 20 minutes.

4.0 Machine's Affected: 

8203-E4A, 8204-E8A, 9117-MMA, 9125-F2A

5.0 AIX Requirements:

AIX 5L Version V5.3 technology level 5300-07 and later

AIX 6L Version V6.0 technology level 6100-00 and later

If you are using another release of AIX, ensure that the adapter is supported on that release before you install the adapter. Contact service and support for assistance.

 

6.0 Determine the Current Microcode Level for AIX:

Before you install the microcode, it is important to determine the microcode level of the Adapter installed in the target system. Use the following instructions to read the ROM level stored in the Adapter's VPD.

1)  List the Ethernet adapters installed in the system by typing:

    lsdev -C | grep ent

Note: All of the Ethernet adapters that are installed will be displayed. They will be listed as entX, where X is 0, 1, etc.

2) To check the current microcode level for the adapter or controller enter the following command

   lscfg -vl entX

Where “x” is the instance of the adapter. The command will produce output similar to:

# lscfg -vl ent6

ent6 U789C.001.DQD4391-P1-C3-T4 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express Adapter (14106803)

 

4-P NIC-TX PCI-e:

EC Level....................D76255

Part Number.................10N8556

Manufacture ID..............YL1027

FRU Number..................10N8556

Network Address.............00145EE709D6

ROM Level.(alterable).......CL0140

Hardware Location Code......U789C.001.DQD4391-P1-C3-T4

If the ROM Level is less than CL0170 you should update the microcode.

7.0 Downloading the RPM Format File to the Target Server for AIX
Use this method to download to an AIX system:

NOTE: The instructions that follow are specific AIX commands. AIX commands are CASE (lower and upper) SENSITIVE, and must be entered exactly as shown, including filenames.

1) Make two directories on your AIX system to receive the RPM format file.
    Enter:      "mkdir /tmp/microcode"

   and then create this directory

    Enter:      "mkdir /tmp/microcode/RPM"

2) Transfer the RPM format file to the /tmp/microcode/RPM directory (using "Save as ...").  Change to that directory, "cd /tmp/microcode/RPM".

You'll see the filename for the RPM file.
       "rpm -ihv --ignoreos pciex.14106803-CL0170-1.aix.noarch.rpm"

3) For AIX:  The microcode files will be added to /usr/lib/microcode/. 

 

NOTE:
 - "/etc/microcode" is a symbolic link to "/usr/lib/microcode".
 - If permission does not allow the copy to the above stated directory or file then the user will be prompted for a new location.

8.0 Discovery Tool Microcode CD-ROM creation and download instructions

To obtain information how to burn a CD-ROM and run the Discovery Tool for an AIX or Linux System please go to: CDROMhelp.html

1) After running the Discovery Tool successfully the "/tmp/microcode/RPM" directory was created and your rpm files are copied from the CD-ROM.

2) Change to that directory, "cd /tmp/microcode/RPM".

3) Unpack the file by executing the instructions below:
    Enter the commands:
      rpm -ihv --ignoreos pciex.14106803-CL0170-1.aix.noarch.rpm

4) One microcode file will be copied to "/etc/microcode".  The file size and checksum of the microcode image will be verified in Section 9.0.
File Name:
14106803.CL0170

NOTE:
 - "/etc/microcode" is a symbolic link to "/usr/lib/microcode".
 - If permission does not allow the copy to the above stated directory or file then the user will be prompted for a new location.

9.0 Verifying microcode before download and notes for AIX

Please verify the file size and checksum of the raw microcode files matches what is listed below.

For AIX :
"ls -l /usr/lib/microcode/14106803.CL0170" to verify file size is 131072.
"sum /usr/lib/microcode/14106803.CL0170" to verify Checksum is 07030.

10.0 Microcode Download Procedure for AIX: 

Microcode download must be performed separately for each Adapter under each Logical Partitions (LPAR's).

10.1 Setting up for Microcode download

1) Stop all applications that use this interface/adapter

2) ***This step is for VIOS Users only*** – Detach and Remove the SEA (Shared Ethernet Adapter) interface

# lsdev -C |grep ent

ent6 Available 02-08 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express Adapter (14106803)

ent7 Available Shared Ethernet Adapter

a) Before detaching the interface, record the ip address and any other pertinent information that was configured on the Adapter. This information may be needed if the microcode update overwrites this section on the Adapter.

b) “ifconfig en”X” detach” – where “X” is the interface number for the Shared Ethernet Adapter.

c) “rmdev –l ent”X” – where “X” is the interface number for the Shared Ethernet Adapter.

3) Detach the Adapter’s interface (not always needed, but it is a good practice to do this step.

a) Before detaching the interface, record the ip address and any other pertinent information that was configured on the Adapter. This information may be needed if the microcode update overwrites this section on the Adapter.

b) Under normal conditions, to detach the adapter from the network use the following command:

“ifconfig en”X” detach” – where “X” is the interface number for the adapter.

10.2 Downloading Microcode to the Adapter

1) At the command line type “diag”
2) Select the "Task Selection" from diagnostics menu.
3) Select "Download Microcode" or "Microcode Tasks” then select “Download Microcode" from the menu.
4) Select all of the 4-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-Express Adapters (14106803) that need to be updated from the list of devices by using the arrow keys to highlight the entry and pressing "Enter" to mark it.  The devices will be displayed as ent#, where # is the number of the device.  Press "F7" when you are done mark all the adapters you want to flash.
5) Select "/usr/lib/microcode" or “/etc/microcode”.
6) A dialogue box may be displayed on screen.  It will state that the current microcode level on the adapter is not in the /usr/lib/microcode directory.  This is acceptable because the adapter will reject any incorrect code.  Press "Enter" to continue.
7) Select CL0170 level and press "Enter" to flash the adapter.
8) The following message will appear on the screen when download is completed: "Microcode download complete successfully.  The current microcode level for the device ent# is ...  Please run diagnostics on the adapter to ensure that it is functioning properly." 
9) If you selected more than one adapter to update, then steps 6-9 will repeat until all adapters are updated.
10) Exit diagnostics.

10.3 Verify and Re-configure adapters

1) Verify the code level is KN0150 by typing "lscfg -vl ent#" for each Ethernet adapter updated. <Where # is the instance of the Ethernet adapter>

2) ***This step is for VIOS Users only*** Re-Configure the SEA adapter by executing the following command: “cfgmgr”

Any VIOS specific issues please contact IBM VIOS support team.

3) Re-configure/Verify the adapter’s interface ip information through the “smit” menus.