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Release Notes for Cisco UCS C-Series Software, Release 1.4(8)

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Release Notes for Cisco UCS C-Series Software, Release 1.4(8)

Contents

Introduction

Overview of the Server Model

Overview of Cisco UCS C420 Rack Servers

Overview of the Pre-Installed Cisco Flexible Flash Card

Hardware and Software Interoperability

Transceivers Specifications

Firmware Files

Host Upgrade Utility

System Requirements

Updating the Firmware

Upgrading BIOS and CIMC Firmware

Supported Features

Supported Software Features

Software Utilities

Supported Platforms

SNMP

Supported Storage Controllers

Resolved Caveats

Release 1.4(8e)1

Open Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco UCS C-Series Software, Release 1.4(8)


First Published Date: November 16, 2012
Part Number: OL-28231-01

This document describes the new features, system requirements, open caveats and known behaviors for C- series software release 1.4(8) including Cisco Integrated Management Controller software and any related BIOS, firmware, or drivers. Use this document in conjunction with the documents listed in the "Related Documentation" section.


Note We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should also review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.


Table 1 shows the online change history for this document.

Table 1 Online History Change 

Part Number
Revision
Date
Description

OL-28231-01

A0

November 16, 2012

Created release notes for Release 1.4(8d)

 

B0

December 13, 2012

Updated the HUU version to 1.4(8d).1.

 

C0

March 15, 2013

The following changes were made:

Updated the HUU version to 1.4(8e)1

Updated the Resolved Caveats section


Contents

This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

Supported Features

Resolved Caveats

Open Caveats

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Introduction

This section includes the following sections:

Overview of the Server Model

Hardware and Software Interoperability

Transceivers Specifications

Firmware Files

Host Upgrade Utility

System Requirements

Updating the Firmware

Upgrading BIOS and CIMC Firmware

Overview of the Server Model

This section includes the following section:

Overview of Cisco UCS C420 Rack Servers

Overview of Cisco UCS C420 Rack Servers

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 Rack Server is a high-density, enterprise-class, four-socket, two-rack-unit (2RU) rack server designed for compute, I/O, storage, and memory-intensive standalone and virtualized applications. The addition of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4600 product family delivers an optimal combination of performance, flexibility, and efficiency gains.

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 server is part of the Cisco UCS solution, which combines rack and blade servers with networking and storage access into a single unified system. Centrally configured through unified, model-based management, Cisco UCS simplifies and accelerates deployment of enterprise-class applications running in bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud-computing environments.

Designed for enterprise-class performance and scalability, the Cisco UCS C420 M3 combines the advantages of 4-socket computing with the cost-effective Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 product family for demanding virtualization, database, and high-end high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. The dense and expandable Cisco UCS C420 M3 is a balanced, high-performance platform that complements the Cisco UCS Rack Server portfolio. The 2RU Cisco UCS C420 M3 supports 48 DIMM slots, 16 disk drives, seven PCIe expansion slots, and four 1 Gigabit Ethernet LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) ports. It uses unique Cisco UCS and virtual interface card (VIC) technology and delivers one-wire participation in Cisco UCS domains. The Cisco UCS C420 M3 interfaces with Cisco UCS using another Cisco innovation: the Cisco UCS VIC 1225. The Cisco UCS VIC 1225 is a dual-port Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-capable PCI Express (PCIe) card designed exclusively for Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers. It incorporates Cisco's next-generation converged network adapter (CNA), providing investment protection for feature releases. The card enables a policy-based, stateless, agile server infrastructure that can present up to 256 PCIe standards-compliant interfaces to the host that can be dynamically configured as either network interface cards (NICs) or host bus adapters (HBAs). In addition, the Cisco UCS VIC 1225 supports Cisco® Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) technology, which extends the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect ports to virtual machines, simplifying server virtualization deployment.

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 server is also part of a large family of rack servers: the Cisco C-Series Rack Servers. Designed to operate both in standalone environments and as part of Cisco UCS, the Cisco UCS C-Series servers employ Cisco technology to help customers handle the most challenging workloads. The Cisco UCS C-Series complements a standards-based unified network fabric with Cisco Data Center VM-FEX virtualization support, Cisco UCS Manager Software, Cisco fabric extender and fabric interconnect architectures, and Cisco Extended Memory Technology.

Overview of the Pre-Installed Cisco Flexible Flash Card

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 supports 1 internal Cisco FlexFlash drive. The Cisco Flexible Flash card is pre-installed with three software bundles, each on one of the four preconfigured virtual drives (VDs). The fourth VD allows you to install an OS or an embedded hypervisor.

The VDs are configured with the following content:

Cisco UCS Server Configuration Utility (SCU).

Hypervisor (HV). This is a VD that you can use for your own purposes.

Cisco Drivers (Drivers).

Cisco Host Upgrade Utility (HUU).

Refer to the following documents for more information about these tasks:

Replacing a card: Refer to the following:

Cisco UCS C420 Server Installation and Service Guide

Enabling and booting a VD: Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide or the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller CLI Configuration Guide

Monitoring and managing a card with CIMC: Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller GUI Configuration Guide or the Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller CLI Configuration Guide

The links to these documents are in the C-Series documentation road map:

http://www.cisco.com/go/unifiedcomputing/c-series-doc

Hardware and Software Interoperability

For detailed information about storage switch, operating system, adapter, adapter utility, and storage array interoperability, see the Hardware and Software Interoperability Matrix for your release located at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10477/prod_technical_reference_list.html

Transceivers Specifications

The Cisco UCS C-Series servers supports a wide variety of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options using Cisco 10GBASE SFP+ modules.

Table 2 and Table 3 details the controllers and the supported transceivers.

Table 2 Controllers and SFP+ Twinax Transceivers Support Matrix

Controllers (LOM and PCIe)
10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 1 Meter, passive
10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 3 Meter, passive
10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 5 Meter, passive
10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 7 Meter, active
10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 10 Meter, active
 

SFP-H10GB-CU1M

SFP-H10GB-CU3M

SFP-H10GB-CU5M

SFP-H10GB-ACU7M

SFP-H10GB-ACU10M

Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards

x

x

x

x

x

Intel x520

x

x

x

x

x

Broadcom 57712

x

x

x

x

x


Table 3 Controllers and SFP+Optical Transceivers Support Matrix

Controllers (LOM and PCIe)
Intel SR Optics
JDSU (PLRXPL-SC-S43-22-N) SFP+
Cisco SFP-10G-SR

Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards

NA

NA

x

Intel x520

x

NA

Not supported

Broadcom 57712

NA

x

x


Firmware Files

This C-Series software release includes the following software files:

Table 4 Files in this release

CCO Software Type
File name(s)
Comment

Unified Computing System (UCS) Server Firmware

ucs-c420-huu-1.4.8e1.iso

Host Upgrade Utility

Unified Computing System (UCS) Drivers

ucs-cxx-drivers.1.4.7.iso

ucs-cxxx-drivers.1.4.7.iso

Drivers

Unified Computing System (UCS) Utilities

ucs-cxxx-utils-efi.1.4.7.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-linux.1.4.7.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-vmware.1.4.7.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-windows.1.4.7.iso

Utilities

Unified Computing System (UCS) Adapter Firmware

ucs-cxxx-fw.1.4.7.iso

Third-Party Firmware



Note Always upgrade both the BIOS and the CIMC from the HUU ISO. Do not upgrade individual components (only BIOS or only CIMC), since this could lead to unexpected behavior.



Note If you choose to upgrade BIOS and the CIMC individually and not from the HUU ISO, make sure to upgrade both CIMC and BIOS to the same container release. If the BIOS and the CIMC versions are from different container releases, it could result in unexpected behavior.


Host Upgrade Utility

The Cisco Host Upgrade Utility (HUU) is a tool that upgrades the following firmware:

Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC)

System BIOS

LAN on motherboard (LOM)

Intel Ethernet i350 PCI Server Adapter

LSI

LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271CV-8i

LSI MegaRAID SAS 9286CV-8e

Cisco UCS VIC 1225

Broadcom PCI adapters

5709 Dual and Quad port adapters

57712 Dual port adapter

57712 10GBaseT

57810 Dual port adapter

Intel i350 Quad port adapter

Intel x520 port adapter

Intel x540 port adapter

The image file for the firmware is embedded in the ISO. The utility displays a menu that allows you to choose which firmware components to upgrade. For more information on this utility see:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/products_user_guide_list.html

Starting with this 1.4 release, separate ISO images of Host Upgrade Utility are available for different server platforms.

The ISO image is now named as ucs-<server_platform>-huu-<version_number>.iso.

The Cisco Host Upgrade Utility contains the following files:

Table 5 Files in ucs-c420-huu-1.4.8e1.iso

Server(s)
Component
Version

C420 M3

CIMC

1.4(8e)

BIOS

1.4.8b.0

UCS VIC 1225

2.1(1aS5) - uboot - 2.1(1aS5)

LOM INTEL-I350

1.61 - 02.12 - 2.7.111 - 1.3.98 - 5.1.01 - 2.7.111

EEPROM VERSION

1.61

CISCO VERSION

02.12

iSCSI VERSION

2.7.111

PXE VERSION

1.3.98

UEFI VERSION

5.1.01

CLP VERSION

2.7.111

PCIe Adapters

 

BCM-5709-Dual-Port

A0907GT7441.0-7.4.0

BCM-5709-Quad-Port

A0906GT7441.0-7.4.0

BCM-57712-Dual-Port

A1213GT7441.0

BCM-57712-10G-BaseT

A1202T7441.0

BCM-57810-Dual-Port

A1006GT7441.0

INTEL-I350

1.61 - 02.03 - 2.7.111 - 1.3.98 - 5.1.01 - 2.7.111

INTEL-X520

2.7.111 - 2.2.07 - 3.2.01 - 2.7.111

iSCSI VERSION

2.7.111

PXE VERSION

2.2.07

UEFI VERSION

3.2.01

CLP VERSION

2.7.111

INTEL-X540

4.03 - 02.02 - 2.7.111 - 2.2.07 - 3.2.01 - 2.7.111

EEPROM VERSION

4.03

CISCO VERSION

02.02

iSCSI VERSION

2.7.111

PXE VERSION

2.2.07

UEFI VERSION

3.2.01

CLP VERSION

2.7.111

LSI

 

9271CV-8i

3.190.55-1868

9286CV-8e

3.190.55-1868


System Requirements

The management client must meet or exceed the following minimum system requirements:

Sun JRE 1.6.0_14 or later

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher

Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X v10.6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 or higher operating systems

Updating the Firmware

Use the Host Upgrade Utility to upgrade the C-Series firmware. Host Upgrade Utility can upgrade the following software components:

BIOS

CIMC

LAN on Motherboard Settings

PCIe adapter Firmware

All firmware should be upgraded together to ensure proper operation of your server.

Upgrading BIOS and CIMC Firmware


Caution When you upgrade the BIOS firmware, you must also upgrade the CIMC firmware from the same HUU ISO, or the server may not boot. Do not power off the server until the BIOS and CIMC firmware are updated.

Cisco provides the Cisco Host Upgrade Utility to assist you in upgrading the BIOS, CIMC, LOM, LSI storage controller, and Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards firmware to compatible levels.


Note When upgrading the CIMC firmware for the UCS C-series M3 platforms, ensure that you update using the full image (for example upd-pkg-c2XX-m3-cimc.full.*.bin).


The correct and compatible firmware levels for your server model are embedded in the utility ISO.

To use this utility, use the Cisco Host Upgrade Utility User Guide which includes the instructions for downloading and using the utility ISO. Select the guide from this URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10493/products_user_guide_list.html

Supported Features

This section includes the following topics:

Supported Software Features

Software Utilities

Supported Platforms

SNMP

Supported Software Features

This is the first software release for UCS C420 servers.

Software Utilities

The following standard utilities are available:

Host Update Utility (HUU)

Server Config Utility (SCU) including Interactive Offline Diagnostics (IOD)

BIOS and CIMC Firmware Update utilities

The utilities features are as follows:

Availability of HUU, SCU on the USB as bootable images. The USB also contains driver ISO, and can be accessed from the host operating system.

Supported Platforms

The following platform is supported in Release 1.4(8):

UCS-C420

SNMP

The supported MIB definition for Release 1.4(3) and later releases can be found at the following link: ftp://ftp.cisco.com/pub/mibs/supportlists/ucs/ucs-C-supportlist.html


Note The above link is incompatible with IE 9.0.


Supported Storage Controllers

SNMP supports the following storage controllers:

In C420

9286CV-8e

9271CV-8i

Resolved Caveats

This section lists the resolved caveats for Release 1.4(8e)1.

Release 1.4(8e)1

BIOS

Symptom    Allow the user to manage the memory refesh rates from the BIOS setup menu.

Workaround   None (CSCuf28394)

Open Caveats

This section lists the open caveats for Release 1.4(8d):

CIMC

Symptom    LSI storage controllers with external ports (-8e cards) do not show up in CIMC local storage management.

Workaround   There is no workaround. (CSCud18756)

Symptom    Repeated VIC adapter resets using CIMC Web UI or CLI adapter-reset can cause VIC card to hang.

Workaround   Do not reset the VIC adapter unless necessary. It should normally never be necessary to reset the VIC adapter manually. (CSCuc83809)

Symptom    C420 CIMC log can often contain many messages similar to this.

2012 Nov 13 20:55:02 Debug         BMC:kernel:-     
<7>[i2c_controller_transfer_bytes]:1267:Receiver NACK to data byte on bus 0x17 and device 
0xE0

Workaround   Disable Debug logging in CIMC log. (CSCuc72105)

Symptom    When there are too many PCIe option ROMs enabled on C420, BIOS POST SEL messages will be generated but not decoded correctly by CIMC. These messages will be displayed as "System Firmware Error #0x06".

Workaround   Disable unwanted option ROMs until these SEL messages disappear. (CSCuc17045)

Symptom    Activating Locator LED for an HDD causes a fault for that HDD to appear in the SEL log.

Workaround   Ignore this error as it is not an actual HDD fault. (CSCuc03945)

Symptom    There is no CIMC notification of Closed Loop Thermal Throttling (CLTT) when it occurs. CLTT happens automatically when the DIMM temperature crosses the UC (upper critical) temperature.

Workaround   There is no workaround. (CSCua94308).

Symptom    C420 SEL can get sporadic messages similar to the following:

2012-10-18 06:51:54 Normal        "FRU_PSU2 PSU2_PIN: Power Supply sensor for FRU_PSU2, 
warning event, Upper Non-Critical going high was deasserted" 
2012-10-18 06:51:54 Warning       "FRU_PSU2 PSU2_PIN: Power Supply sensor for FRU_PSU2, 
failure event, Upper Critical going high was deasserted" 
2012-10-18 06:51:52 Informational "LED_PSU_STATUS: Platform sensor, AMBER was asserted" 
2012-10-18 06:51:52 Informational "FRU_MB LED_HLTH_STATUS: Platform sensor for FRU_MB, 
AMBER was asserted" 
2012-10-18 06:51:47 Critical      "FRU_PSU2 PSU2_PIN: Power Supply sensor for FRU_PSU2, 
failure event, Upper Critical going high (1496 > 1400 Watts) was asserted" 
2012-10-18 06:51:47 Warning       "FRU_PSU2 PSU2_PIN: Power Supply sensor for FRU_PSU2, 
warning event, Upper Non-Critical going high (1496 > 1376 Watts) was asserted" 
 
   

These messages are benign.

Workaround   None. (CSCuc79211)

Intel Adapters

Symptom    When multiple Intel network adapters are present and you enter the iSCSI configuration from one card, it allows you to change the configuration on all Intel cards. After the change, when one of the cards is removed, it appears that the option ROM of the remaining cards is overwritten by the card that was removed.

Workaround   Enter the iSCSI configuration of the card that must be modified. Do not modify other cards when they are visible. This issue is only with iSCSI configuration and not with PXE configuration. (CSCuc52172)

LSI

Symptom    When a drive rebuild is ongoing in C420 and C260 servers, the SEL will show the following entries for the drive on which the rebuild is occurring:

Platform alert LED_HLTH_STATUS #0x01 | LED color is amber | Asserted 
Drive slot (Bay) HDD4_STATUS #0xe8 | Drive Fault | Deasserted 

Workaround   Ignore these messages as they do not indicate a bad drive. When the rebuild is done, the messages do not show up in the SEL. (CSCuc45639)

Symptom    The operating system is installed with the LSI inbox drivers even if it is pointed to the out of box driver v00.00.06.18.

Workaround   Reinstall the drivers after OS install, which has dkms.rpm as dependency or use inbox drivers. (CSCuc39070)

Symptom    SSD Caching is enabled even when SSD is not part of the virtual drive.

Workaround   None. When virtual drives do not have SSD, there is no impact to performance. (CSCuc13837)

Symptom    The LSI controller CLI Application MegaCli does not properly work under Windows Power Shell. A failure message is displayed when creating virtual drives for RAID levels 1,5,10,50 and 60.

Workaround   MegaCli is not supported in Power Shell. Use the command prompt on Windows for running all MegaCli commands and options. (CSCub49559)

Web UI

Symptom    Sometimes, on Windows 2008 servers and Internet Explorer 8.0 version, the CIMC WEB UI login prompt will not be seen.

Workaround   Add CIMC IP to IE 8.0 trusted sites list. In the Internet Explorer window, click Tools -> Internet options -> Security -> Trusted Sites -> Sites -> Add. (CSCuc19323)

Related Documentation

For configuration information for this release, please refer to the following:

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller CLI Configuration Guide

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller Configuration Guide

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Integrated Management Controller CLI Command Reference

The following related documentation is available for the Cisco Unified Computing System:

Cisco UCS C-Series Servers Documentation Roadmap

Cisco UCS Site Preparation Guide

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for Cisco UCS

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see What's New in Cisco Product Documentation at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html.

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