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Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Hi folks

We have a bunch of C240 M5 servers with the inbuilt Cisco 12G Modular Raid Controller with 4GB cache (max 26 drives) (MRAID, is there a download link to install and manage the raid sets within the operating system.  Is it the LSI Mega Raid controller?

 

Thanks

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Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

The HUU (or C series bundle via UCSM integration) is the only current supported method of upgrading.

Checking https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/release/firmware_files/4_0/b_UCS_C-series_Firmware-Files_4_0/b_UCS_C-series_Firmware-Files_4_0_chapter_0100.html for 

Table 3. Files in ucs-c240m5-huu-4.0.4h.iso

NIC Firmware version included
============= ==================
INTEL X710-DA2 0x800042E0-1.816.1

INTEL X710-DA4 0x800042E1-1.816.1

INTEL X710-T4 0x800042E2-1.816.1

INTEL XL710 0x800042E3-1.816.1

INTEL XXV710-DA2 0x800042E4-1.816.1

Not sure how those line up with the OS reported firmware versions, but I would try running the latest HUU specifically for the Intel card, and see what it reports for firmware.

 

Kirk...

 

 

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Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

There is a storcli utility that is typically used for diagnostics as well as can configure.

https://docs.broadcom.com/docs/MR_SAS_Unified_StorCLI_007.1017.0000.0000.zip

 

There is also a megaraid manager (more around configuration/management), that we see used frequently on Windows servers, but not as much on Linux:

https://docs.broadcom.com/docs/17.05.00.02_Linux-64_MSM.gz

Overall software guide: https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/3rd-party/lsi/mrsas/userguide_june_2017/pub-005110_DB15-001199-08_2017-06-09_MR-614-SW-UG.pdf 

Redhat install instructions for MegaRaid Manager start around page 254.

Kirk...

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Thanks Kirk.

One last piece of assistance please - each server we have is using the Intel X710-DA2 dual port 10G SFP+ NIC card

 

What we have seen is the Cisco 5k switch the cards are connected to are seeing multiple lldp packets from each server causing it to suspend the ports after a fairly sort length of time.  The network team have disabled the lldp on the switch side as a temporary measure - however to disable it on the server side I am advised by Red Hat to update the firmware for the Intel cards.

 

The issue I have had after speaking to Intel is they are 'oem' cards - the driver update does not work using Intel's utility.  They have advised me to speak to Cisco.  Have you heard or seen of issues updating the firmware on these cards, or do you have a procedure or download link to do this?

If I run the nvmupdate tool from Intel - I get

 

Intel(R) Ethernet NVM Update Tool
NVMUpdate version 1.33.15.1
Copyright (C) 2013 - 2019 Intel Corporation.


WARNING: To avoid damage to your device, do not stop the update or reboot or power off the system during this update.
Inventory in progress. Please wait [|.........]


Num Description Ver.(hex) DevId S:B Status
=== ================================== ============ ===== ====== ==============
01) Intel(R) Ethernet Controller 1.134(1.86) 1563 00:001 Update not
X550-T2 available
02) Cisco(R) Ethernet Converged NIC 5.05(5.05) 1572 00:025 Update not
X710-DA2 available
03) Cisco(R) Ethernet Converged NIC 5.05(5.05) 1572 00:216 Update not
X710-DA2 available


Tool execution completed with the following status: Device not found.
Press any key to exit.

Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

The UCS HUU firmware bootable ISO, will have firmware for any of the supported option cards (including Intel NICs) on the spec sheet.

https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286318800/type/283850974/release/4.0(4e)

 

Might also be able to turn it off with OS level command.

https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=c61c8fe1d592552c34b189963036efbf68b93940

 

ethtool --set-priv-flags eth0 disable-fw-lldp on

ethtool --set-priv-flags eth0 disable-fw-lldp off

ethtool --show-priv-flags eth0

    :disable-fw-lldp: off

Replace eth0 with your actual network device name.

 

Kirk...

 

 

 

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Thanks Kirk, interestingly the batch of servers we have been given from Cisco have different BIOS on them -

# dmidecode 3.2
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 3.0.0 present.

Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
System Information
Manufacturer: Cisco Systems Inc
Product Name: UCSC-C240-M5SX

This does not work when you issue

ethtool --set-priv-flags eth0 disable-fw-lldp on
Cannot set private flags: Operation not supported

 

The following does work

ethtool --set-priv-flags eth0 disable-fw-lldp on
ethtool --set-priv-flags eth0 disable-fw-lldp off


 dmidecode -t system
# dmidecode 3.2
Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs.
SMBIOS 3.2.1 present.

Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

What OS version (RHEL 7.7) ?

Also what driver for the intel NIC is running?

Kirk...

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Hi, yes all on 7.7.  I was hoping for a simple NIC firmware update if possible at the OS level rather than a bootable ISO as we have 40 of these servers

 

Older FW

ethtool -i eth0
driver: i40e
version: 2.8.10-k
firmware-version: 5.05 0x80002a3c 0.385.33
expansion-rom-version:
bus-info: 0000:19:00.0
supports-statistics: yes
supports-test: yes
supports-eeprom-access: yes
supports-register-dump: yes
supports-priv-flags: yes

 

Newer

driver: i40e
version: 2.8.10-k
firmware-version: 6.01 0x800036bd 0.385.33
expansion-rom-version:
bus-info: 0000:19:00.0
supports-statistics: yes
supports-test: yes
supports-eeprom-access: yes
supports-register-dump: yes
supports-priv-flags: yes

Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

The HUU (or C series bundle via UCSM integration) is the only current supported method of upgrading.

Checking https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/release/firmware_files/4_0/b_UCS_C-series_Firmware-Files_4_0/b_UCS_C-series_Firmware-Files_4_0_chapter_0100.html for 

Table 3. Files in ucs-c240m5-huu-4.0.4h.iso

NIC Firmware version included
============= ==================
INTEL X710-DA2 0x800042E0-1.816.1

INTEL X710-DA4 0x800042E1-1.816.1

INTEL X710-T4 0x800042E2-1.816.1

INTEL XL710 0x800042E3-1.816.1

INTEL XXV710-DA2 0x800042E4-1.816.1

Not sure how those line up with the OS reported firmware versions, but I would try running the latest HUU specifically for the Intel card, and see what it reports for firmware.

 

Kirk...

 

 

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Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

As most of the drivers are 'inbox' on those releases,,,,if you upgraded to 7.7 from previous RHEL release, you may need to manually upgrade to the driver RPM that was included on the 7.7 release.

I haven't had a chance to trace down what RHEL shows for 7.7 drivers for I40e

 

Kirk...

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Hi Kirk

They were installed with red hat 7.4 initially then updated to 7.7 - the drivers do seem the same (driver: i40e
version: 2.8.10-k) but the firmware is different on the 2 cards.  This seems to match with the older bios revision shipped with the servers.  I will have a go with the ISO, it would have been very useful though to do a one liner firmware update now we have fully configured the servers and OS.

Cisco Employee

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

There are no published details on how to swiss knife the firmware from a Linux level, because in general, we don't want customers getting mismatched firmware (i.e. customer decides to do BIOS, but not CIMC), but want the HUU applied as a whole.

I sent you a PM with some suggestions.

Kirk...

Re: Cisco RAID controller utility -Red hat 7.7 (Megaraid)?

Hi Kirk

Thank you for your help and suggestions. 

I used the HUU tool as the servers are not live yet to update the NIC firmware.  The LLDP option can now be turned on and off correctly.

Thanks

Andrew

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