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Release Notes for Cisco UCS C-Series Software, Release 1.5(6)

Contents

Introduction

Overview of the Server Models

Overview of Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Servers

Overview of Cisco UCS C420 M3 Rack Servers

Overview of the Pre-Installed Cisco Flexible Flash Card

Hardware and Software Interoperability

Transceivers Specifications

Firmware Files

Host Upgrade Utility

HDD Firmware

System Requirements

Updating the Firmware

Upgrading BIOS and CIMC Firmware

Supported Features

Supported Software Features

Software Utilities

Supported Platforms

SNMP

Supported Storage Controllers

Issue Addressed in Release 1.5(4b)

Resolved Caveats

Release 1.5(6)

Known Behaviors

Release 1.5(4)

Release 1.5(3)

Release 1.5(2)

Release 1.5(1f)

Release 1.5(1)

Open Caveats

Release 1.5(6)

Release 1.5(4)

Release 1.5(3)

Release 1.5(2)

Release 1.5(1l)3

Release 1.5(1)

Release 1.4(8)

Release 1.4(7)

Release 1.4(6)

Release 1.4(4a)

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Release Notes for Cisco UCS C-Series Software, Release 1.5(6)

First Published Date: April 22, 2014

Part Number: OL-32046-01

 

This document describes the new features, system requirements, open caveats and known behaviors for C- series software release 1.5(6) 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-31202-01

A0

April 22, 2014

Created release notes for Release 1.5(6)

 

B0

July 15, 2014

Added support for C420 servers.

Introduction

This section includes the following sections:

Overview of the Server Models

This section includes the following sections:

Overview of Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Servers

The Cisco UCS® C460 M4 Rack Server provides the performance and reliability to run mission-critical applications and virtualized workloads that require intensive computation processing and very high memory capacity. Applications that are memory-bound (for example, large-scale virtualization, massive database applications, and server consolidation) will benefit from the increased performance and memory footprint of the Cisco UCS C460 M4.

The Cisco UCS C460 M4 is a four-rack-unit (4RU) rack server supporting the Intel® Xeon® E7-4800 v2 and E7-8800 v2 processor families. Product highlights include:

  • Up to 6 terabytes (TB) of double-data-rate 3 (DDR3) memory in 96 DIMM slots
  • Up to 12 Small Form Factor (SFF) hot-pluggable SAS, SATA, or SSD disk drives
  • Abundant I/O capability with 10 PCI Express (PCIe) Generation 3 (Gen 3) slots supporting the Cisco UCS virtual interface cards (VICs). An internal slot is reserved for a hard-disk drive array controller card
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) ports, two 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a dedicated out-of-band (OOB) management port that provides additional networking options

The Cisco UCS C460 M4 Rack Server offers industry-leading performance and advanced reliability well suited for the most demanding enterprise and mission-critical workloads, large-scale virtualization, and database applications. Whether the Cisco UCS C460 M4 is used as a standalone system or in a Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS) deployment, customers gain the benefits of the server’s high-capacity memory when very large memory footprints such as the following are required:

  • SAP workloads
  • Database applications and data warehousing
  • Large virtualized environments
  • Real-time financial applications
  • Java-based workloads
  • Server consolidation

Overview of Cisco UCS C420 M3 Rack Servers

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 Rack Server is a high-density, 4-socket, 2-rack-unit (2RU) rack server designed for computing, I/O, storage, and memory-intensive standalone applications. The Cisco UCS C420 M3 extends the capabilities of the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS) using Intel Xeon processor E5-4600 Series multicore processors to deliver increased performance and efficiency.

The Cisco UCS C420 M3 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.

Overview of the Pre-Installed Cisco Flexible Flash Card

Starting with version 1.5(4), the SD storage device is available to CIMC as a single hypervisor (HV) partition configuration. Prior versions had four virtual USB drives.

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

  • Replacing a card: Refer to any of the following:

Cisco UCS C260 Server Installation and Service Guide

Cisco UCS C220 Server Installation and Service Guide

Cisco UCS C240 Server Installation and Service Guide

Cisco UCS C420 Server Installation and Service Guide

Cisco UCS C460 M4 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

The C-Series software release 1.5(4) 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-c460m4-huu-1.5.6a.iso

ucs-c420-huu-1.5.6b.iso

Host Upgrade Utility

Unified Computing System (UCS) Drivers

ucs-cxxx-drivers.1.5.6.iso

Drivers

Unified Computing System (UCS) Utilities

ucs-cxxx-utils-efi.1.5.6.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-linux.1.5.6.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-vmware.1.5.6.iso

ucs-cxxx-utils-windows.1.5.6.iso

Utilities


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. 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. Cisco recommends that you use the Update All option from the Host Upgrade Utility to update the firmware versions of CIMC, BIOS and all other server components (VIC, RAID Controllers, PCI devices, and LOM) together.


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 9361-8i

  • Cisco UCS VIC 1225
  • Cisco UCS VIC 1225T
  • Cisco UCS VIC 1285
  • Broadcom PCI adapters

5709 Quad port adapters

57810 Dual port

  • Intel adapters

i350 Quad port adapter

X520 Dual port adapter

X520 10 GbE Dual port Fiber Server Bypass Adapter SR

X540 Dual port adapter

X540 dual port LOM

  • QLogic Adapters

2462 dual port adapter

2562 dual port adapter

2672 dual port adapter

8362 dual port adapter

  • Emulex adapters

LightPulse LPe11002 adapter

LightPulse LPe12002 adapter

LightPulse LPe16002 adapter

OneConnect® OCe11102 dual-port adapter

  • FUSIONIO

Fusion-io ioDrive2 1205M

Fusion-io ioDrive2 3000M

Fusion-io ioDrive2 365M

Fusion-io ioDrive2 785M

  • NVIDIA

Nvidia VGX GRID K1

Nvidia VGX GRID K2

  • HDD

ST9300653SS

ST9146853SS

ST1000NM0001

ST2000NM0001

ST500NM0011

AL13SEB300

AL13SEB600

AL13SEB900

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 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-c460m4-huu-1.5.6a.iso

Server(s)
Component
Version

C460M4

CIMC

1.5(6a)

BIOS

1.5.6d.0

UCS VIC 1225

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

UCS VIC 1225T

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

UCS VIC 1285

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

LOM

 

Intel I350

1.63-02.17-2.8.30-1.5.43-5.9.07-2.8.30

 

PCI Adapters

 

 

BCM-5709-Quad-Port

A0906GT7441.0-7.4.0

 

BCM-57810-Dual-Port

A1006GT7441.0

 

INTEL-I350

1.63-02.13-2.8.30-1.5.43-5.9.07-2.8.30

 

INTEL-X520-Dual-Port

2.8.30-2.3.11-4.1.07-2.8.30

 

INTEL-X520 10 GbE-Dual- Port-Fiber-Server-Bypass

4021.1003-2.1.40

 

INTEL-X540-Dual-Port-Adapter

4.04-02.15-2.8.30-2.3.11-4.1.07-2.8.30

 

INTEL-X540-Dual-Port

4.04-2.18-2.8.30-2.3.11-4.1.07-2.8.30

 

QLOGIC-2462

5.09.00

 

QLOGIC-2562

5.09.00

 

QLOGIC-2672

7.01.00

 

QLOGIC-8362

5.8.13

EMULEX-LPe11002

2.82A4-(Z3F2.82A4)-2.82A4-(Z3F2.82A4)

EMULEX-LPe12002

2.01A12-(U3D2.01A12)-2.01A12-(U3D2.01A12)

EMULEX-LPe16002

1.1.55.0-1.1.55.0

EMULEX-OCe11102

4.6.142.10-4.6.142.10

LSI

 

9361-8i

4.210.90-3340

FUSION IO

 

ioDrive2 1205M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 3000M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 365M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 785M

7.1.15

NVIDIA

 

VGX GRID K1

F0.47.1C.00.C0-80.07.BE.00.02-2401.0502.00.02F0.47.1D.00.B0-80.07.BE.00.02-2401.0502.00.02

VGX GRID K2

F0.47.1C.00.C0-80.04.D4.00.09-2055.0552.01.08F0.47.1D.00.B0-80.04.D4.00.09-2055.0552.01.08

Table 6 Files in ucs-c420-huu-1.5.6b.iso

Server(s)
Component
Version

C420

CIMC

1.5(6b)

BIOS

1.5.6.0

UCS VIC 1225

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

UCS VIC 1225T

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

UCS VIC 1285

2.2(1b) - uboot - 2.2(1b)

LOM

 

Intel I350

1.63-02.17-2.8.30-1.5.43-5.9.07-2.8.30

 

PCI Adapters

 

BCM-5709-Dual-Port

A0907GT7441.0-7.4.0

BCM-5709-Quad-Port

A0906GT7441.0-7.4.0

BCM-57712-10G-BaseT

A1202T7441.0

BCM-57712-Dual-Port

A1213GT7441.0

BCM-57810-Dual-Port

A1006GT7441.0

INTEL-I350

1.63-02.13-2.8.30-1.5.43-5.9.07-2.8.30

INTEL-X520-Dual-Port

2.8.30-2.3.11-4.1.07-2.8.30

INTEL-X520 10 GbE-Dual- Port-Fiber-Server-Bypass

4021.1003-2.1.40

INTEL-X540-Dual-Port-Adapter

4.04-02.15-2.8.30-2.3.11-4.1.07-2.8.30

QLOGIC-2462

5.09.00

QLOGIC-2562

5.09.00

QLOGIC-2672

7.01.00

QLOGIC-8242

4.12.52

QLOGIC-8362

5.8.13

EMULEX-LPe11002

2.82A4-(Z3F2.82A4)-2.82A4-(Z3F2.82A4)

EMULEX-LPe12002

2.01A12-(U3D2.01A12)-2.01A12-(U3D2.01A12)

EMULEX-LPe16002

1.1.55.0-1.1.55.0

EMULEX-OCe11102

4.6.142.10-4.6.142.10

 

LSI

 

9266-8i

3.240.95-2788

9271-8i

3.240.95-2788

9286-8e

3.240.95-2788

 

FUSION IO

 

ioDrive2 1205M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 3000M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 365M

7.1.15

ioDrive2 785M

7.1.15

HDD Firmware

Following table lists the supported HDD models and the firmware versions that can be updated using Host Upgrade Utility (HUU).

Table 7 Supported HDD models and firmware versions

HDD Model
Firmware version

ST9300653SS

0004

ST9146853SS

0004

ST1000NM001

0002

ST2000NM001

0002

ST500NM0011

CC02

AL13SEB300

5703

AL13SEB600

5703

AL13SEB900

5703

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
  • Cisco VIC Adapters
  • LSI Adapters
  • LAN on Motherboard Settings
  • PCIe adapter Firmware
  • HDD firmware

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


Note Cisco recommends that you use the Update All option from the Host Upgrade Utility to update the firmware versions of CIMC, BIOS and all other server components (VIC, RAID Controllers, PCI devices, and LOM) together.


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-c4XX-m4-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

Supported Feature in Release 1.5(6)

The following new software features are supported in Release 1.5(6):

  • Added support for choosing VIC slot that can be used for management functions in the Cisco Card Mode.
  • Added support to enter the BIOS set up.
  • Added support to activate firmware on BIOS and view the current running and backup versions of the BIOS firmware.

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

Release 1.5(6) supports the UCS-C460M4 platform.

Supported Storage Controllers

SNMP supports the following storage controllers:

In C460 M4

MegaRAID 9361-8i

Issue Addressed in Release 1.5(4b)

Release 1.5(4b) addresses manufacturing issues for the C420 platforms.

Resolved Caveats

This section lists the resolved caveats for Release 1.5(6).

Release 1.5(6)

The following defects were resolved in Release 1.5(6):

CIMC

Symptom The KVM console fails to launch after upgrading Java to Version 7 Update 51.

Workaround Set the Java security to medium by following these steps:


Step 1 Choose Start > Control > Java.

Step 2 Click the Security tab.

Step 3 Set the security level to Medium. (CSCum57253)


 

Web Management

Symptom The CIMC WebUI fails to launch on the Firefox browser version 27.0 and above.

Workaround To resolve this issue, follow these steps:


Caution The following procedure will change your browser configuration.


Step 1 Start Firefox.

Step 2 Enter about:config in the address bar and click Enter.

Step 3 On the warning screen, click I’ll be careful, I promise!

Step 4 In the Search field, enter tls and click Enter.

Step 5 Right-click on security.tls.version.max and choose Modify.

Step 6 In the Enter Integer Value dialog box, enter 2 and click OK.

Step 7 Restart Firefox. (CSCun04933)


 

Known Behaviors

This section lists the known behaviors for the following:

Release 1.5(4)

Following are the known behaviors for Release 1.5(4):

BIOS

Symptom SAN boot using Emulex adapters may fail on C-series servers managed by Cisco UCS Manager. This behavior occurs only on servers managed by Cisco UCS Manager.

Workaround During the BIOS post, press the hotkey to enter the Emulex Option ROM configuration screen and enable "EDD", save and exit. (CSCul36732)

Symptom UEFI OS install is not supported on Software RAID (Onboard SCU controller).

Workaround None. Please use legacy mode OS installs when using Software RAID (CSCub21433)

Symptom Continuous beep sound is heard when the system is switched on.

Workaround Do not switch on the CIMC and the host simultaneously. Switch on the host 3 minutes after switching on the power supply.(CSCtz11862)

CIMC

Symptom After moving an SD card to the single partition mode, if you downgrade to releases prior to 1.5(4x), all 4 partitions are visible in the WebUI/CLI.

Workaround None. (CSCuj89681)

Symptom SD card partition sizes appear as trash values for SCU,HUU and drivers during downgrade.

Workaround Upgrade to release 1.5(4x) and create a single partition, and then downgrade to a prior release. The partition sizes then appear to be 2097151 MB. (CSCuj84718)

Symptom Changing multiple configuration with Port parm fails from CIMC config only.

Workaround Complete the following steps:


Step 1 Set the mode to Dedicated and the redundancy to None.

Step 2 Save the changes to the system.

Step 3 Set the auto-negotiation field to Yes. (CSCuj67995)


 

Symptom If an SD card which has 4 partitions (SCU, HV, Drivers and HUU) is configured as 1 partition (HV) with CIMC 1.5(4), then the data stored in HV is lost.

In the transition from 4 partition configuration to a single partition, only configuration details are modified. Data on the SD remains intact. So after migrating to a single partition (HV), the HV partition will retain SCU data only if SCU has a valid file system during configuration migration.

Workaround After migrating to a single partition (HV) configuration, format and install the required OS on the HV partition. (CSCuj52943)

Symptom Modifying the Bios Token Value and committing the change to the system using the CLI does not prompt for rebooting the server in the following process:

ucs-c220-m3# scope bios/advanced
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced #
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced # set ConsoleRedir COM_0
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced *# set BaudRate 115200
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced *# set FlowCtrl None
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced *# set TerminalType VT100+
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced *# commit
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced #

 

Workaround Use the following process: (CSCul50285)

ucs-c220-m3# scope bios
ucs-c220-m3 /bios #scope advanced
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced # set ConsoleRedir COM_0
ucs-c220-m3 /bios/advanced # commit
Changes to BIOS set-up parameters will require a reboot.
Do you want to reboot the system?[y|N]

Symptom The PWRGD Sensor's Normal events are logged in the SEL during the CIMC boot and Host boot.

Workaround These are expected events and can be ignored. (CSCue10121)

Symptom Auto complete for few fields is done.

Workaround Upgrade to 1.5(x) build. (CSCuj41445)

Symptom Occasionally after a CIMC upgrade, one may see an error dialog box "Error: Unexpected error" in Web UI on main page upon the very first login. The Storage data may also be blank or invalid. Sometimes occurs during the very first login after a CIMC upgrade. It may be related to upgrade from 1.4x to 1.5.

Workaround Logging out and back in will fix it, but probably just because it takes time; therefore, just waiting a few minutes and refreshing the WebUI may fix the problem, also.(CSCud17092)

Cisco usNIC

Symptom CIMC limits the configurable VNICs, and usNICs to 229.

Workaround None. The remaining vnics are reserved for the internal adapter usage. Of these remaining VNICs, 4 are mandatory- 2 enics, and 2 fnics. When you configure 16 VNICs (including the 2 mandatory ENICs), you are left with 229-2(FNICs)-16(ENICs)= 211 usNICs. (CSCul56178)

LSI

Symptom The C460 M1/M2 server with 9240-8i card hangs and results in system panic or BSOD when a virtual drive is being deleted from Linux or Windows using the LSI host applications such as MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM) or MegaCli.

Workaround Limit to one stripe size for all Virtual Drives on a controller. If you require multiple stripe sizes and encounter the VD deletion issue, restart the system and delete the VD using the Web BIOS. (CSCtx41090)

Symptom The battery is in a degraded state because it requires a manual (user initiated) relearn cycle.This is required of batteries that have been in use for over 1 year to accurately measure the battery's remaining capacity.

Workaround A manual (deep cycle) relearn must be started by the user. This can be done via the MegaCLI utility or from the Storage tab of the server CIMC. A relearn can take several hours and up to a day to complete. It the battery still has sufficient capacity after the relearn is complete, it will go to optimal state and the VDs will switch back to WriteBack mode if that is how they configured prior to the relearn. (CSCuj83316)

Web Management

Symptom The WebUI DIMM "Operability" field in the memory inventory does not indicate failed DIMMs correctly.

Workaround The issue is observed only in the memory inventory reported by the WebUI. The BIOS reports the DIMM status properly in the BIOS Setup. So, if WebUI shows any DIMM as Inoperable, please check the status of all DIMMs on all the memory risers at Advanced -> Memory Configuration page of the BIOS Setup to get the correct status on the DIMMs. (CSCtx16030)

Release 1.5(3)

Following is the known behavior for Release 1.5(3):

Firmware Upgrade

Symptom Downgrading from release version 1.5(3) to 1.5(1) release version does not throw an error in Host Upgrade Utility.

Workaround This is not an issue. Though an error is not reported, the update will not proceed. (CSCui82263)

Release 1.5(2)

Following are the known behaviors for Release 1.5(2):

CIMC

Symptom C240-M3 does not power up after firmware upgrade to 1.5(1B). While upgrading via HUU from firmware 1.4(6c) to 1.5(1b), HUU did not upgrade CIMC to 1.5(1b) even though it reported as successfully completed.

Workaround Manually force CIMC and BIOS update to fix it. (CSCuf52723)

Symptom Base Distinguished Name (base-dn) parameter syntax is different in new LDAP implementation.

Workaround Use the following syntax:

/ldap # set base-dn DC=Scom,DC=msdn,DC=com

instead of

/ldap # set base-dn Scom.msdn.com

(CSCug78887)

Symptom With Windows Active Directory, the child domain user login will fail with partial login name.

Workaround Provide fully qualified login name to make it work. (CSCuh71550)

Symptom Intel VTD and ATS are required BIOS setting for usNIC. However, there is no warning message in CIMC if these parameters are not enabled when usNIC is configured.

Workaround Make sure Intel VTD and ATS are enabled in BIOS setting when usNIC is configured (CSCuh39061)

Symptom When upgrading the C24 M3 from 1.4.7a to 1.4.7f using the HUU (option to upgrade all), the servers fans run at almost double the speed they were running at on 1.4.7a.

Workaround None (CSCuf08450)

Symptom Sometimes, a VIC link on a SFP+ copper cable goes down after a VIC reboot or CIMC reboot. Cables whose serial number starts with MOC1238 through MOC1309 could be affected.

Workaround AC power cycle the chassis to recover. (CSCug65160)

Symptom The PSU firmware revision may only be partially available when the PSU does not have AC power.

Workaround Connect the AC power to the PSU. The full firmware revision will be available. (CSCtx43305)

LSI

Symptom When booting a Cisco C22x or C24x server, RAID levels are displayed when loading the LSI Option ROM. However, not all supported RAID levels are displayed.

Workaround This is done to distinguish between different 9240 controllers. Some of them support RAID5, and some do not. There are 2 products under the same 9240 name. However, there is not enough space in the name field to list every possible RAID level supported. This is why a partial list of RAID levels is displayed. (CSCue10144)

Symptom BBU charging status always shows as Charging and percentage of charging never reaches to 100%. It always shows 67%.

Workaround This is the new change in the firmware. The Battery re-learn cycle is completed successfully and battery is charged back to 67% which is in the band gap where charging will be stopped by LSI firmware and battery will be declared optimal. This is the charge needed to retain data upto 48 hours. The Charging Status showing "Charging" as there will be some leakages and battery will slowly loose charge and hence the battery will be charging. (CSCug95648)

Symptom BBU status is showing as discharging and the charge % is stuck at 64%. Battery replacement alerts on the server. Server is showing battery discharging and there is a moderate alert which says Status: Learning Cycle Needed?

Workaround None (CSCuh82265)

Symptom Hang occurs when using 64-bit MSM 12.08.03.03.

Workaround Use 32 bit version of MSM. (CSCud13257)

Symptom Virtual Drive long running operations such as Initialization. Rebuild, Consistency Check progress are not reported correctly on CIMC WebUI and PMCLI if multiple Virtual drives are undergoing the long running operations simultaneously. The progress will be reported correctly on the first virtual drive but on the subsequent virtual drives you see "Foreground Initialization is in progress" but 0 for Progress and Elapsed time values.

Workaround Start long running operations one at a time for the virtual drives to get the correct updates on the operation in progress. Or wait for the operation to complete on one virtual drive before querying the status or progress on the other virtual drives in the list. (CSCue18569)

Host Upgrade Utility

Symptom Firmware Update on Emulex LPe16002 will fail when tried from HUU on certain servers.

Workaround Emulex LPe16002 is already at the same firmware level of what HUU is carrying. So effectively an update is not needed. alternatively move the card to another server and try update. (CSCui09482)

SNMP

Symptom C200 or Nexus 1010 Hardware generates snmp traps with the following OID's

  • 1.3.6.1.4.1.3183.1.1.6.880384
  • 1.3.6.1.4.1.3183.1.1.6.880385
  • 1.3.6.1.4.1.3183.1.1.6.880513
  • 1.3.6.1.4.1.3183.1.1.6.0

There are no MIB's available on Cisco's website to define these OID's

Workaround Use Intel PET_EVENTS.mib and manually define traps. (CSCtu14606)

Symptom When doing a MIB walk on several MIBs, they give a "No more variables left in this MIB View (It is past the end of the MIB tree)" error at the end. Failing MIBs: snmpVacmMIB

Sample good output:

[root@pebbles-iptv mibs]# snmpwalk -v2c -c public localhost notificationLogMIB NOTIFICATION-LOG-
MIB::nlmConfigGlobalAgeOut.0 = Gauge32: 1440 minutes NOTIFICATION-LOG-
MIB::nlmStatsGlobalNotificationsLogged.0 = Counter32: 33 notifications NOTIFICATION-LOG-
MIB::nlmStatsGlobalNotificationsBumped.0 = Counter32: 33 notifications [root@pebbles-iptv mibs]# **

Notice MIB ends cleanly, and there is no error

** Sample bad output:

[snmp@sv-repo ~]$ snmpwalk -t 120 -v3 -u glasco -l AuthPriv -a MD5 -A enuf4me2do -x DES -X tqbFjotlCow 14.17.2.45 .1.3.6.1.6.3.16.1.5.2.1.6
SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."all".1.1 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-
ACM-MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_all_".1.0 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_all_".1.1 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_all_".1.2 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_none_".1.0 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_none_".1.1 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_none_".1.2 = INTEGER: active(1) SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-
MIB::vacmViewTreeFamilyStatus."_none_".1.2 = No more variables left in this MIB View (It is past the end of the MIB tree) [snmp@sv-repo ~]$

To have, "No more variables left in this MIB View" when there are more mibs left to walk.

The final oid seen is 1.3.6.1.6.3.16.1.5.2.1.6, and within the error-status of the get-response packet, we get noSuchName(2), and this should be noError(0).

Workaround None (CSCug37639)

Cisco usNIC

Symptom Default setting for SRIOV in BIOS is disabled for C460 M1/M2 and C260. Host will not be able to see all the configured vNICs if usNIC is configured.

Workaround Manually enable SRIOV in advanced BIOS setting if usNIC is configured. (CSCug93407)

Web Management

Symptom Sometime with Windows 2008 and IE 8.0 CIMC WEB UI login prompt will not be seen

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

Symptom After clicking on "Add Exception", user is prompted with a window which says "certificate is valid" and the "Confirm Security Exception" button is greyed out.

Workaround Clear the cache or refresh multiple times the issue will be resolved. (CSCuh76949)

Release 1.5(1f)

Following are the known behaviors for Release 1.5(1f):

CIMC

Symptom FlexFlash operational profile is not preserved on downgrade from 1.5(1x), resulting in all FlexFlash partitions being visible to the operating system.

Workaround Set the operational profile again after downgrade. (CSCuf53059)

Intel RSTe

Symptom Creating RAID volumes from Intel RSTe software RAID option ROM (Control-I) is not supported.

Workaround Use LSI software RAID, LSI hardware RAID, or OS SW RAID. (CSCuf02487)

Symptom Hard drive Critical events are seen in SEL during server bootup when using Intel RSTe.

Workaround This is not a real hard drive fault. The HDD Critical events reported becomes normal after system boots up and can be ignored. If real HDD fault, then Critical event generated on HDD will be persistent and does not indicate normal even after server has booted up and in this case, user need to take action to replace that HDD. (CSCue72256)

Release 1.5(1)

Following are the known behaviors for Release 1.5(1):

BIOS

Symptom LSI Web BIOS may not launch on pressing Ctrl+H.

Workaround During BIOS post, press F6 to bringup the boot override list and select the appropriate entry to launch the web bios. (CSCuc75369)

Symptom BIOS Boot order is getting changed when a virtual media device is mounted and unmounted through CIMC WebUI vKVM console or CIMC CLI.

Workaround After unmounting the virtual media device, restore the boot order by re-configuring the boot order through either BIOS Setup or CIMC. (CSCuc60934)

Symptom C260/C460 M1/M2 system reboots during EFI Windows 2008 R2 installation.

Workaround EFI OS installation is not supported by the C260/C460 M1/M2 BIOS. You should disable the EFI- Optimized mode in the BIOS setup and install Windows 2008 R2 in legacy mode. (CSCtf87728)

Symptom Serial port B cannot be enabled for console redirection in the Server Management —> Console Redirection page of the BIOS setup.

Workaround Serial port B is primarily used for SOL functionality. The BIOS will start redirecting console messages to serial port B if SOL is enabled. You should enable SOL through BMC to get console redirection messages through serial port B. (CSCtf54851)

Symptom If the current CIMC networking mode is shipping mode, then the BIOS F8 CIMC configuration utility does not allow a new networking mode and IP address to be set at the same time.

Workaround Set the new networking mode, save, then set the new IP address and save again. (CSCth71350)

Symptom When BIOS console redirection is enabled, the keyboard can stop working in the Broadcom PCIe option ROM at some baud rates.

Workaround Disable the BIOS console redirection.(CSCtq84425)

Symptom Occasionally, when BIOS starts, the following message is displayed:

Error on Getting CIMC IP/MAC Address.

Workaround This message can be ignored.(CSCtx27907)

Symptom When Broadcom 5709 Gigabit Ethernet adapter is plugged into one of the PCIE slots, the server gets stuck at the BIOS post screen during the booting process.

Workaround Upgrade the firmware on the Broadcom 5709 Gigabit Ethernet adapter to version 5.2.7 or later. (CSCtx92042)

Symptom EFI shell cimcconfig does not work on C260 and C460 M1/M2.

Workaround Press F8 from BIOS POST instead to start the CIMC config tool. (CSCuc40505)

Symptom BIOS downgrade using the iFlash32 utility, from 1.4.x to the older version 1.2.x fails.

Workaround Use the startup.nsh script available in the 1.2.x container for the downgrade. This script will execute the BIOS downgrade successfully. (CSCtr93601)

CIMC

Symptom CIMC CLI does not report PID of HDD when using Intel RSTe.

Workaround None (CSCuf05110)

Symptom For a server with Virident card (or any card for which fan control has specific modifications), if CIMC is reset to factory defaults when host is on, then the fan control will go back non-card specific settings. This might imply lower fan speeds and can cause heating up of cards if there are cards present that require higher fan speeds (ex: Virident FlashMaxII card). This is because information about cards is available to CIMC from host, and when a factory default is done, this information is erased.

Workaround Reboot the host, so that CIMC can get card specific information and bump up fan speeds as required. (CSCue54670)

Symptom When you power on the chassis with some PS power cables disconnected, the system health LED on the front panel stays green, though some power supplies have no input voltage.

Workaround Connect all cables from APC power to the power supply securely. (CSCtg92856)

Symptom USB Key which is inserted on a Mac can be forced to be read-only.

Workaround Mac users must unmount the removable drive before mapping.


Step 1 Run the following command from the command line interface:

diskutil unmount /Volumes/<Volume name>

Step 2 In the KVM/vMedia client, clear the Read Only checkbox. At this point, the user may be prompted asking if they wish to stop automatic mounting of the drive. Click Yes .

Step 3 Proceed with mapping the drive.

These steps are time-sensitive, as the Mac OS is aggressive about re-mounting drives that have been unmounted. If the drive does get re-mounted by the OS before completing the steps, repeat the steps.


 

Alternatively, unmap the USB stick, use the Finder to eject the device, wait for the device to disappear from the vMedia Client view, and then physically remove and re-insert it while the vMedia session is running. As above, click Yes to the questions asking about preventing automatic mounting of the drive. (CSCtz52715)

Symptom On some Macs with spaces enabled, the vKVM popup notification that the session has ended can not be closed because trying to click the button causes the focus to move away from the space with the popup.

Workaround Move the vKVM main window to the same space with the popup notifier. Then, the popup can be dismissed by clicking on the button. (CSCua63839)

Symptom C460 M1/M2 CIMC network mode shared_lom_10g with active-active redundancy will lose connectivity temporarily when host OS is also using 10GE LOM port.

Workaround Do not use CIMC network mode shared_lom_10g, use one of the other modes instead. (CSCtj58245)

Symptom SNMPv1 traps are sent when SNMPv2 and SNMPv3 traps are enabled.

Workaround None.(CSCtr37876)

Symptom The KVM screen displays a blank screen.

Workaround Use the physical monitor to change the screen resolution. The following resolutions are supported:

  • 640x480 (8bpp)
  • 800x600 (8bpp)
  • 1024x768 (8bpp)
  • 1280x1024 (8bpp)
  • 1600x1200 (8bpp)
  • 1920x1080 (8bpp)
  • 1920x1200 (8bpp)
  • 640x480 (16bpp)
  • 800x600 (16bpp)
  • 1024x768 (16bpp)
  • 1280x1024 (16bpp)
  • 1600x1200 (16bpp)
  • 1920x1080 (16bpp)
  • 1920x1200 (16bpp)
  • 640x480 (24bpp)
  • 800x600 (24bpp)
  • 1024x768 (24bpp)
  • 1280x1024 (24bpp)
  • 640x480 (32bpp)
  • 800x600 (32bpp)
  • 1024x768 (32bpp)
  • 1280x1024 (32bpp) (CSCtx00839)

Symptom After firmware updates, the CIMC Web GUI and CLI might not display the Virtual Drive Information under the Virtual Drive tab and might display the Virtual Drive count as zero even though the Virtual Drive tab displays the list of virtual drives present in the system.

Workaround Restart the CIMC. (CSCtx88183)

Symptom The SNMP Hard Disk Inventory starts numbering with 0 while the CIMC HDD sensor starts with 1.

Workaround None. This symptom occurs because the SNMP Hard disk inventory matches with the storage inventory and both starts with index 0. The hard disk sensor numbering starts with 1 because it matches with the label in the SKU. You need to be aware of the difference and map it accordingly while browsing for a specific HDD detail across sensors and storage inventory. (CSCty58229)

Symptom The HDD presence cannot be viewed through SNMP.

Workaround Use either alternate interfaces or do SNMP query again for the HDD inventory after the action. (CSCty60975)

Symptom Duplicate SNMP traps are obtained when you insert Fan 2,4 and 5 in Cisco C22.

Workaround None. (CSCua11831)

Symptom “Unable to communicate with FlexFlash” error message is seen after downgrading CIMC to version 1.4.

Workaround User should select the Reset Flex Controller button twice if the SD card is of type SD253. If not, select the button only once. (CSCuc87936)

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)

LOM

Symptom C460 M1/M2 CIMC network mode shared_lom_10g with active-standby redundancy can stop working when host OS is also using 10GE LOM port and then is rebooted.

Workaround Do not use CIMC network mode shared_lom_10g, use one of the other modes instead. (CSCtj57061)

LSI

Symptom If the number of Virtual Drives created in the LSI MegaRAID controller is greater than or equal to 50, the system will not boot from any of these Virtual Drives.

Workaround None. The system boots from MegaRAID Virtual Drives only if the number of Virtual Drives are lesser than or equal to 49. (CSCtg25373)

Symptom RHEL 6.2 Install to iSCSI target hangs when 2008 MEZZ card Option ROM is disabled on C220/240 servers.

Workaround 2008 LSI OPROM must always be enabled in System BIOS when it is present in the server. If users want to disable it, then during OS Installs, depending on the OS, they would need to blacklist the LSI MegaRAID driver for the 2008 MEZZ card so that system will not hang during install. (CSCua03604)

Symptom The following error message is displayed in some LSI RAID controllers when you navigate to CIMC > Inventory > Storage > Battery Backup Unit .

Error: required HW is missing ( i.e Alarm or BBU )
The server did not have BBU installed on it and it should have confirmed the absence of the unit.

Workaround None. This issue is currently under investigation. (CSCts37240)

WebUI

Symptom Printing from Web UI is not supported.

Workaround Print a screenshot of Web UI. (CSCtc22985)

Open Caveats

This section lists the open caveats for the following:

Release 1.5(6)

The following defects are open in Release 1.5(6):

BIOS

Symptom Option ROMs fail to load during BIOS post. This issue occurs due to the presence of too many PCIe cards or cards such as Intel x520 that consume a lot of Option ROM memory space.

Workaround Disable the Option ROMs of the PCIe add-on cards and LOMs that are not used for booting using the BIOS setup interface or the BIOS configuration interface from CIMC. (CSCuo16951)

Symptom During BIOS post, the system hangs and after a while “Waiting for Battery Pack” message displays on LSI. This issue occurs when there is a learn cycle pending for the supercap and the host is restarted.

Workaround None. (CSCum87051)

Symptom The x540 based 10GE LOM port resets when the host reboots. This issue occurs when CIMC is in shared LOM 10G network mode. This event may result in dropping of the CIMC connection including the Virtual Media and vKVM.

Workaround Do not use the shared LOM 10G network mode while using Virtual Media or vKVM during host boot. (CSCun71765)

Symptom Pressing the F7 key fails to launch the diagnostic software, when the host is booting.

Workaround While booting the system, press the F6 key instead of the F7 key. Pressing the F6 key displays the boot device menu. Select the boot device that contains the diagnostic software to launch it. (CSCul90662)

OS

Symptom The system does not boot to the UEFI OS automatically, when the OS is installed in the native UEFI mode. Installing the OS in the native UEFI mode inserts the UEFI boot device at the bottom of the BIOS boot order thus preventing the system from booting to the OS automatically.

Workaround Move the UEFI OS boot device name to the top of the boot order using the BIOS setup interface. You can do this by setting the "Boot Option #1" to the UEFI OS boot device in the "Boot Options" page of the BIOS setup. (CSCun87848)

CIMC

Symptom Windows 2008 R2 installation stops on Broadcom 5709 iSCSI LUN, when the Emulex PCIe LPe16002 card is installed on slot 8.

Workaround Install Emulex PCIe LPe16002 card on any slot other than 8. (CSCun41675)

Symptom The latest version of the LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i cards display the Pack Energy value below the design capacity in the CIMC storage BBU information. In the previous versions, this value was displayed above the design capacity.

Workaround None. This is a display issue and does not impact the actual functionality or data integrity. (CSCum87232)

Symptom DIMM temperature sensors information does not display on the Web UI or on CLI.

Workaround Use raw IPMI commands to access the Cisco extended SDRs and extended sensor readings. (CSCul95481)

Symptom System locks while running a memory test using the memtest86 tool on the memtest.org website.

Workaround Use PassMark or any other memory test tool that supports Ivy Bridge-EX platforms. (CSCul84767)

Symptom TPM fails to initialize on the C460 M4 platform with VMware ESXi 5.1 U2, ESXi 5.5 and ESXi 5.5 U1.

Workaround None. (CSCum05880)

Symptom TPM fails to initialize on the C460 M4 platform with VMware ESXi 5.1 U2, ESXi 5.5 and ESXi 5.5 U1.

Workaround None. (CSCum05880)

Symptom UCScfg_X64.exe batch - ignore set t.txt command displays “Error: Invalid Number of Arguments” error message, when the input file is in Unicode format.

Workaround Use ANSI format input file. (CSCuo18891)

Symptom UCScfg commands fail and display a “No Response from CIMC. CIMC may be rebooting” message, when run on the EFI environment.

Workaround Use Windows or Linux version. (CSCuo24173)

Release 1.5(4)

The following defects are open in Release 1.5(4):

BIOS

Symptom Server enters BIOS setup menu when the boot devices that are configured in the service profile are not found. This impacts only C-series servers that are managed by Cisco UCS Manager.

Workaround None (CSCul04884)

Symptom UEFI PXE boot or UEFI iSCSI boot does not work when the boot mode is set to UEFI.

Workaround Use the legacy boot mode when using PXE or iSCSI boot. (CSCuj28644)

Symptom Unable to install Solaris 11U1 on C240 M3S with BIOS 1.5.4f.0

Workaround Make the following changes in the BIOS setup menu, before installing:


Step 1 Go to System BIOS (Press F2) -> PCI configuration—>MMCFG

Step 2 Change the value from Auto to 2 GB.

Step 3 Change the value of Memory Mapped IO above 4 G to Enabled.

Step 4 Save and reboot the system. Installation will complete. (CSCul23805)


 

CIMC

Symptom During heavy I/O transactions on the SD card, read errors may be seen in CIMC.

Workaround None (CSCul62033)

Symptom Upgrading firmware with Host Upgrade Utility (HUU) can cause temporary storage faults while the upgrade is in progress. These faults are benign and will clear once the upgrade is complete.

Workaround None (CSCuj40520)

HUU

Symptom While updating firmware from 1.5.3d to 1.5.4-2, the Update verify process will fail for QLE8362 after HUU update.

Workaround No workaround. This is just a string miss-match there is no functional impact. (CSCul99016)

LSI

Symptom Prepare for removal prepares a Hard drive for removal but LED on the HDD does not blink AMBER to indicate the drive is ready to be replaced. This happens only on direct connect C260-M3 configurations.

Workaround None. (CSCue88244)

Symptom ESXi 5.5 Systems cannot be managed by LSI Applications such as MSM from remote clients. The issue is only for ESXi 5.5.

Workaround None (CSCuj54795)

Symptom Importing Foreign configurations from LSI Applications like MSM / StorCli under Sles 11 SP3 results in system panic. This issue occurs only with the SLES 11 SP3 OS.

Workaround Users should attempt to Import Foreign configuration from LSI OPROM utility like WebBIOS (Cntrl+H) or user other Linux/Windows OS if possible to import the Foreign configuration. (CSCuj45957)

Symptom LSI MSM Application used to manage the LSI controller does not display the GUI version sometimes.

Workaround No workarounds for this issue.(CSCuj92021)

Nvidia GPU

Symptom After updating latest Nvidia GPU driver or firmware on Windows 2012 might result in Black screen or there will be yellow bangs on GPU cards in device manager.

Workaround No workaround. Future Nvidia releases are expected to fix this issue.(CSCuj76519)

OS

Symptom New storage repository creation fails from XenCenter GUI, when Xen 6.2 is installed on a server with VIC 1225 and a LUN is mapped to the adapter. From the Xen Center GUI, if the LUN is chosen to create a new SR, it throws an error message.

Workaround Complete the following steps:


Step 1 Creating a new storage repository always works from command line. It fails only from the XenCenter GUI.

Step 2 Add an fnic entry to MODULE_INFO in devscan.py

Edit /opt/xensource/sm/devscan.py

Go to Section MODULE_INFO = {

Add 'fnic': 'Cisco HBA Driver',

Step 3 After adding this, creating a new storage repository from GUI will be successful. (CSCui71691)


 

Symptom VMware 5.5 fails to install on C240 M3 server. The following error message is displayed:

loading /tools.t00 Fatal error:10 (Out of resources)

 

This issue is observed while installing VMware 5.5 on C240 M3 systems with Nvidia GPU cards.

Workaround Make the following changes in the BIOS before installing VMware 5.5:


Step 1 Go to System BIOS (Press F2) -> PCI configuration—>MMCFG.

Step 2 Change the value from Auto to 2GB.

Step 3 Change the value of Memory Mapped IO above 4 G to Enabled.

Step 4 Save and reboot the system, following which the installation will complete.(CSCul03884)


 

Symptom CIMC Storage, Storage Log will list many "Unexpected sense: Encl PD 10 pathd7fe00bd, CDB: 1a 00 08 00 ff 00, Sense: 5/00/00". These same events will also show up in /var/log/messages file.

Workaround VMware seems to treat all storage devices the same way, regardless of whether they are SAS disks or just enclosures. The messages you are seeing means that the host (ESX) was sending mode sense commands to the enclosure and the enclosure does not give a valid response because mode sense commands are not a command that should be sent to an enclosure. So the unexpected sense messages from the enclosure are benign info messages.

There is way to "disconnect" the enclosure from the viewpoint of ESX. It should not have an adverse impact as the enclosure is not a usable storage device.

For now, you can try the following:


Step 1 Open the ESX console.

Step 2 Run this cmd: "esxcli storage core device list" and look for the device that has "Enclosure" in its name.

Step 3 Note down it's identifier, usually starting with naa....

Step 4 Run this cmd: "esxcli storage core device set --state=off ?d naa.x" but replace naa.x with the your device identifier.

This should eliminate the messages from the vmkernel.log and Cisco IMC Storage log. (CSCuj10535)


 

Web Management

Symptom On systems configured with different HDD sizes, such as 3TB, 2TB, 1TB or 500GB, while creating VDs using the Web-UI, the VD size is set to the lowest disk size available in the list with which the VDs were created earlier. The lowest disk size is set even if the disk selected for creating the VD is of higher size, such as 3TB or 2TB.

Workaround Enter the Size value manually. (CSCul73497)

XML API

Symptom The configResolveDn xml api request of Cisco Flex Flash related objects will return empty XML responses.

Workaround None (CSCuj76320)

Symptom The configResolveParent XML request to get the parent of a given fault object instance can return empty xml response.

Workaround None (CSCul19594)

Symptom The fault code F0181 is raised by CIMC when the local disk is removed while the rack server was in use. This fault is visible through CIMC WebUI, CLI and SNMP interfaces. But the same fault is not retrievable through the XMLAPI interface.

Workaround None (CSCul16923)

Release 1.5(3)

The following defects are open in Release 1.5(3):

BIOS

Symptom During BIOS post, the system hangs when Ctrl+M is pressed to launch the SW RAID configuration utility. This issue is observed when software RAID is enabled on a system which has multiple Emulex PCIE adapters.

Workaround Disable the Option ROMs of the Emulex adapters that are not used for booting using the BIOS setup interface or the BIOS configuration interface from CIMC. (CSCui70228)

Symptom In rare circumstances, the boot order is modified on upgrading from release version 1.5(2) to 1.5(3).

Workaround Set the boot order in the BIOS setup page under boot options. (CSCui64808)

Symptom Systems hangs with CATERR (Catastrophic errors) when memory RAS mode is set to lock step mode. This happens only when DIMMS are mixed with different models.

Workaround No workaround. Do not mix DIMMs of different models when using Lockstep mode. (CSCuj02376)

Broadcom Controller

Symptom Hardware configuration settings of Broadcom 57810 adapters reset after firmware update. This issue happens on all 57810 adapters. The following settings are reset:

  • DCB Protocol
  • SRIOV
  • number of VFs per PF

Workaround Reconfigure the settings. (CSCui64842)

CIMC

Symptom A Mac OS 10.8.4 user cannot map USB disk as a vMedia device.

Workaround Run sudo chmod 666 /dev/rdiskX to change permissions on the USB device before mapping it as a vMedia device. (CSCui80717)

Cisco Flexible Flash Controller

Symptom On C220 servers, with 1.5(1f) firmware, the following message is displayed when there is only one SD card:

FlexFlash Degraded RAID

Workaround Complete the following steps:


Step 1 Remove all the SD cards from the system and reboot CIMC. The error message is no longer displayed.

Step 2 If CIMC reboot is not possible, then insert 2 SD cards in the system (if it has only 1 card), launch Cisco UCS SCU and click Hypervisor SYNC. The error message will no longer be displayed.


 

Release 1.5(2)

The following defects are open in Release 1.5(2):

CIMC

Symptom UCS C-Series server alarm during Vdisk rebuild cannot be silenced.

Workaround Some customers have had success clearing the event log. Depending upon software version:

MegaCli -AdpEventLog -Clear -a0 <--assuming controller 0.
MegaCli -AdpEventLogInfo -Clear -a0 <--assuming controller 0.

To check that all events are cleared:

MegaCli -AdpEventLog -GetEvents -a0

Other customers have had to disable the alarms until patch is available.

MegaCli -AdpSetProp AlarmSilence
MegaCli -AdpSetProp AlarmDsbl -a0

Re-enable after patch is available.

MegaCli -AdpSetProp AlarmEnbl -a0

(CSCty64353)

Symptom CIMC CLI and WebUI allow provisioning of usNIC and VMFEX at the same time, but both features are not supported simultaneously.

Workaround Avoid provisioning usNIC and VMFEX at the same time. Use each feature one at the time. (CSCug67576)

Symptom LSI Nytro MegaRAID8110 controllers do not show up in CIMC storage display.

Workaround None. This is intentional behavior. Due to some differences in the display and management of Nytro controllers, their support will be added in a later CIMC release. (CSCuh52878)

Symptom Onboard network devices (LOM) does not get enabled on doing CMOS reset.

Workaround Rebooting the system again one more after CMOS clear will enable the onboard network devices. (CSCue52142)

Cisco usNIC

Symptom Cisco usNIC is not supported when used together with VIC VNtag, iSCSI, or FCoE. This restriction will be lifted in a future release.

Workaround None. Keep in mind the following:

  • Do not send usNIC traffic with iSCSI or FCoE traffic on the same server.
  • Do not enable VNtag mode on VIC adapter with usNIC configured.
  • Do not configure usNIC on a server which has a non usNIC-capable adapter installed. (CSCuh36170)

BIOS

Symptom UEFI PXE boot is not working in C-series servers.

Workaround None. This feature is currently not supported. (CSCui32274)

LSI

Symptom Creating VDs with Disk Cache set to "Unchanged," Seagate disks will have their Disk Cache enabled. This causes the Seagate-based VD to have faster performance but they are exposed to data loss in the event of a power loss.

Workaround To avoid the potential data loss in power failures, please set the Disk Cache to "Disabled" when creating VDs, especially when Seagate disks are present. (CSCug38260)

Symptom Sometimes in MSM, Logical View for a VD is not shown.

Workaround Use MegaCLI or StorCLI to get full VD properties (CSCuh07307)

Symptom Once a BBU learn cycle is done, MSM Event logs generate the learn cycle complete event as a Warning instead of Information.

Workaround Complete the following steps:


Step 1 Go to Tool -> AlertSettings -> Change Individual Events .

Step 2 Change the severity for event id 153 from Warning to Info. (CSCuh41966)


 

Symptom BBU Charging Status shows either Charging or Discharging all the time. This could lead to confusion to customers as Charging or Discharging indicate that battery is not in optimal state.

Workaround Customers should use the BBU Status field to determine if the battery is in optimal state. If the BBU status is optimal, it will indicate a good battery. If the BBU status indicates battery needs replacement, then the BBU is bad and needs to be replaced. Charging Status is working as designed and will always indicate Charging or Discharging because Firmware keeps checking the battery charge and ensures that the charge does not fall below the band gap. It charges the battery when it is in lower limits and once it reaches the upper limit of the band, it will stop charging. There can be leakage current which can discharge the battery and bring it back to lower threshold. When this happens, the firmware initiates charging.(CSCui29979)

Symptom Software RAID(SWRAID) setup option is visible in the BIOS setup menu for C24-M3 24 HDD Model Servers even though it is not supported feature in this model.

Workaround By default this option is set to disabled. Do not set this option to enable, as it would cause undefined behavior if set to enabled. (CSCug79131)

Symptom Battery should be declared "bad" when Max error is over 10%.

Workaround If the Max error is over 10% then the BBU should be replaced. (CSCui30440)

Symptom MegaCLi can report that a BBU is both Charging and Discharging at the same time.

Workaround None. (CSCui30414)

Release 1.5(1l)3

The following defects are open in Release 1.5(1l)3:

BIOS

Symptom When the number of boot enabled devices exceeds the maximum number of bootable devices supported by the server BIOS, the server does not boot.

Workaround Reduce the number of devices on which the boot option is enabled. (CSCuh98808)

Web Management

Symptom When firmware updates are tried with local files using IE 9 (Version: 9.0.8112.16421Ic), it fails and the following message is displayed:

Firmware Update is taking longer than expected. Please check the selected file is correct, refresh your browser, try again.

Workaround Use some other browsers (like Fire Fox or Google Chrome) or old version of IE. (CSCud81488)

Release 1.5(1)

Following are the defects that are open in Release 1.5(1):

CIMC

Symptom SEL has memory entries, but no entries are seen in the fault page. Cisco UCSM fault codes are unavailable for these SEL.

Workaround None. SEL has to be used to decode the memory related events. (CSCud84978)

Symptom When using the CLI with the create-virtual-drive command, entering incorrect parameters for Physical drive slot number, such as like, exit, quit, is not flagged as an error.

Workaround Enter the listed physical drive slot numbers for Virtual drive creation. (CSCuc72251)

Symptom In the CLI, the create-virtual-drive command in the virtual drive scope does not display the largest possible size of the virtual drive being created.

Workaround Use the WebUI to create virtual drives from unused physical drives if a maximum-size VD is desired. (CSCuc98444)

Symptom In the CLI, the create-virtual-drive command accepts non-existent Physical Drive numbers as well as invalid virtual drive size and creates a virtual drive. The show-virtual-drive command lists the virtual drive created with invalid parameters but marks the state of the virtual drive "Offline”.

Workaround Enter valid parameters for all fields like Physical Drive number, Virtual drive size, Cache policy to create a virtual drive with optimal state. The virtual drive created with invalid parameters can be deleted using the delete-virtual-drive command in the CLI. (CSCuc99149)

Symptom No fault and no SNMP trap are reported when a virtual drive rebuild fails.

Workaround Check the rebuild status using the CIMC's web interface or host-based MSM or MegaCLI interface. (CSCud36158)

Symptom Certain character combinations in passwords are rejected by CIFS and HTTP(S) protocols.

Workaround '$' and '@' characters are not advised in passwords. (CSCud36375)

Symptom Faults to signify physical drive rebuild status are not reported.

Workaround Check the rebuild status using the CIMC's web interface or host-based MSM or MegaCLI interface. (CSCud42692)

Symptom When creating Virtual drive from WebUI, sometimes the Virtual drive creation update in WebUI takes a long time and an error message stating Error Timed Out appears.

Workaround Ignore the Error Timed out Pop up window and click OK to cancel it. The Virtual drive is actually created and can be viewed in the Virtual Drive tab. (CSCud73130)

Symptom Unplugging and plugging the MegaRAID controller's BBU is not detected by WebUI or pmcli without rebooting the CIMC.

Workaround Rebooting the CIMC updates its knowledge of BBU presence or absence. (CSCud88548)

Symptom When a RAID controller cannot load its drive configuration, no fault is generated.

Workaround Check manually whether drive configuration has been lost. (CSCue00749)

Symptom Sometimes after carving a new virtual drive out of an existing drive group, the new virtual drive does not show in the list of available virtual drives during a subsequent carve-virtual-drive command. The drive is created.

Workaround Since the new virtual drive is sharing a drive group that already existed, select a previously-created virtual drive to specify that drive group. (CSCue04743)

Symptom On some MegaRAID controllers, a maximum of 16 virtual drives can be created. If the maximum number of virtual drives is created, then one is deleted, neither the WebUI nor pmcli will allow another virtual drive to be created, even though MSM and MegaRAID allow the last drive to again be created.

Workaround Use MSM or MegaCLI to re-create the last virtual drive. (CSCue04815)

Symptom When a physical drive is set as the boot drive via MegaCLI, this change is not picked up by the pmcli or WebUI display of virtual drives: The previously-set boot virtual drive is displayed as the current boot drive. The show detail command in the controller scope does show the correct information, both the PD's deviceID and the fact that the boot drive is now a PD.

Workaround Disregard the "Boot Drive" column in WebUI and pmcli. Refer to the pmcli output of the show detail command in the controller scope. (CSCue49438)

Symptom The bootable virtual drive is displayed in a column in the WebUI virtual drive tab, and in the show virtual-drive output in the controller scope, and show output in the virtual drive scope. Also, in release 1.5(1), the boot drive can be set via both the WebUI and pmcli. But if the boot drive value is changed via MegaCLI, that change is not picked up by the WebUI or pmcli. Note that the MegaCLI's command does succeed and the boot drive is changed, but the WebUI and pmcli do not display the correct value.

Workaround Set the boot drive using the WebUI or pmcli to the value set via MegaCLI. This will synchronize the CIMC with MegaCLI's value. (CSCue58217)

Symptom Sometimes a physical drive holding a foreign configuration may generate a fault, even though it is a good disk.

Workaround Verify that the physical drive is indeed a foreign configuration as shown by "Status" value on the Physical Drive Info page, and then ignore the fault. (CSCue79793)

Symptom Sometimes, the Storage Log in the CIMC WebUI and CLI does not show the latest events generated. This usually occurs after CIMC is upgraded to the new version.

Workaround Reboot CIMC only once and this will fix this issue and Storage log will show the latest events generated. (CSCuc94314)

LSI

Symptom RAID CD-ROM Drive appears in the Boot Options. Booting to this option will give blank screen.

Workaround This is an invalid option and is not usable and should be ignored. (CSCud27042)

Web Management

Symptom Occasionally WEB UI shows Reset link for UCS VIC P81E card.

Workaround None. Refresh the WebUI. (CSCue76985)

VIC

Symptom In VIC 1225T, when the system is booted in the 1Gbps mode, the MAC sometimes does not detect the link. PHY seems to detect the link. But the MAC shows a link down error.

Workaround Reset the switch port. Both Phy and Mac will show the link as up after a switch port reset. (CSCue56950)

SNMP

Symptom Duplicate SNMP traps are obtained for sensors.

Workaround None. Please ignore the traps. (CSCud83006)

Symptom Sometimes, after CIMC reboot, CucsEquipmentPsuPre shows both PSUs are missing, offline and inoperable.

Workaround Disable and then enable SNMP, or generate any event or trap for PSU. (CSCuh35858)

XML API

Symptom XML API does not support configuring of LSI RAID storage controller.

Workaround Use CIMC CLI. (CSCue88298)

Release 1.4(8)

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

CIMC

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).

Release 1.4(7)

This section lists the open caveats for release 1.4(7):

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)

LSI

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)

Release 1.4(6)

This section lists the open caveats for Release 1.4(6):

CIMC

Symptom The SEL event is not logged in the OS Watchdog timer expiration.

Workaround None. (CSCtz77929)

Symptom CIMC power capping is not supported on VMware ESXi 5.0.

Workaround When CIMC is upgraded to 1.4(2), the CIMC will automatically disable power capping. Power capping must manually be re-enabled to use it. (CSCtt08424)

Symptom CIMC storage view of LSI 9260 card occasionally reports 0 Cache Memory size.

Workaround None. You can use host-based MSM tools to corroborate data. (CSCtn08982)

Symptom When updating CIMC firmware through TFTP, if the image file is corrupted, the update status indicator is the same as if the file does not exist.

Workaround Be aware that this error message can actually indicate either of the above conditions and should make sure that the file both the exists, and is a valid firmware image for the CIMC being upgraded. (CSCti17492)

Symptom The following symptoms are observed in RHEL 6.3

  • OS Kernel Panic.
  • FC Target not visible to the OS.
  • SAN OS installation fails to recognize the FC Target.

Workaround Follow these steps:

Check and verify the switch configuration to ensure that only 1 VSAN and VLAN is configured on the FCOE interface. Verify Virtual Interface Information (FCOE interface) to check that only 1 VSAN is allowed.

Run the following command to check if multiple VSAN is configured:

switch> show interface vfc <vfc_num>
 

Trunk vsans (admin allowed and active) (n-m)

Run the following commands to change the Virtual Interface Configuration to allow only 1 Vsan.

switch> config terminal
switch> interface vfc <vfc_num>
switch> switchport trunk allowed vsan <n>
 

Verify the bound interface configuration.

switch> show interface vfc <vfc_num>
 

Bound interface is <bound_interface_name>

Run the following commands to change the Bound Interface Configuration to allow only 1 VLAN.

switch> config t
switch> interface <bound_interface_name>
switch > switchport trunk allowed vlan <vlan>
 

LSI

Symptom The system hangs when you type Exit in the EFI shell.

Workaround Hard reset the server to recover from system hang. (CSCtx64756)

Release 1.4(4a)

This section lists the open caveats for Release 1.4(4a):

CIMC

Symptom The LED sensor color is red or amber or blue (or any supported color) even though the LED state is set to OFF.

Workaround Ignore the LED color when the LED state is set to OFF.(CSCth84883)

Symptom The AES encryption field does not show the encryption level (128, 256, and so on) on the Web GUI and CLI.

Workaround The SNMP V3 encryption key length must be clearly indicated. The SNMP agent supports AES - 128 bit encryption by default. (CSCtr31577)

Symptom The SNMPv3 walk, with AES encryption enabled, produces a “Decryption Error” when an SNMPv3 trap is triggered by an event. An “authentication failure” error is also encountered on triggering an event with the secure hash algorithm (SHA) authentication. The SHA trap error is encountered with both “authpriv” and “authnopriv” settings. The issue is observed till the master agent is restarted by clicking Save All in the CIMC Web UI SNMP configuration page.

Workaround Use the Message-Digest algorithm 5 (MD5) authentication and DES encryption for v3 user configuration. (CSCtx11173)

Symptom The KVM viewer version does not display the FCS version, that is, 2.0.0.27. This means the client machine has not downloaded the new .jar file for the KVM/vMedia client and the old client is getting executed. This issue is seen when you use KVM with the old CIMC firmware and then upgraded the CIMC. To check the KVM viewer version, invoke KVM and go to Help >About KVM Viewer. The KVM Viewer version should be 2.0.0.27 for Release 1.4(4a).

Workaround To resolve this issue delete the Java temporary cached files and invoke KVM from CIMC GUI. The Java Control Panel app (javacpl.exe) is in the bin directory of the Java JRE installation.

For Windows, go to in c:\Program Files\Java\<JRE VERSION>\bin and delete the cached Cisco Virtual KVM Console application and re-launch remote presence.

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 GUI 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:

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