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Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25,

Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS35,

Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI

Tested Hardware and Operating System List

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Revision History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revision

 

 

 

Date

Number

Modifications

 

 

November, 2007

1.0

Initial Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January, 2008

1.1

Added support for Windows 2003 Server, clarified Virtualization Software

 

 

 

 

testing/certification details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 22 , 2008

1.2

Added Fujitsu 146GB 2.5” HDD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 25 , 2008

1.3

Corrected 146BG FJ HDD – 10K instead of 15K drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 1, 008

1.4

Added SLES 10 64-bit Stress Testing and Novell Certification Status for

 

 

 

 

both 32 & 64-bit versions

 

 

August, 2008

1.5

Added VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 U1 GA Certification and Windows 2008

 

 

 

 

Server support. Updated USB Device list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December, 2008

1.6

Updated OS support. Added initial MFSYS35 HDD information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2009

1.7

Corrected Hard Drive FW revisions in Table 5.2 Tested Hard Drives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 16,2009

1.8

Corrected Xyratec external array information, added note for 3.5” drives-

 

 

 

 

mixing of SAS and SATA not supported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2009

1.9

Updated Table 4.6 External Tape Drives and Table 5.2 Tested HDDs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimers

THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR ANY WARRANTY OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF ANY PROPOSAL, SPECIFICATION, OR SAMPLE.

Information in this document is provided in connection with Intel® products. No license, express or implied, by estoppel or otherwise, to any intellectual property rights is granted by this document. Except as provided in Intel's Terms and Conditions of Sale for such products, Intel assumes no liability whatsoever, and Intel disclaims any express or implied warranty, relating to sale and/or use of Intel products including liability or warranties relating to fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, or infringement of any patent, copyright or other intellectual property right. Intel products are not intended for use in medical, life saving, or life sustaining applications.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction ..........................................................................................................................

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1.1

Test Overview..........................................................................................................

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1.1.1

Basic Installation Testing .........................................................................................

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1.1.2

I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing .........................

7

1.2

Pass/Fail Test Criteria .............................................................................................

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2.

MFS5000SI / MFSYS25 / MFSYS35 Base System Configurations....................................

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3.

Supported Operating Systems & Software......................................................................

10

 

3.1

Operating System Certifications ............................................................................

12

 

3.2

Operating System Storage Component Support ...................................................

13

4.

I/O Expansion Cards & Peripherals ..................................................................................

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4.1

Ethernet Expansion Card.......................................................................................

15

 

4.2

Monitors .................................................................................................................

15

 

4.3

USB Devices..........................................................................................................

15

 

4.4

Ethernet Switch Modules .......................................................................................

17

 

4.5

Storage Controller Modules ...................................................................................

17

 

4.6

External Tape Drives .............................................................................................

17

 

4.7

External Storage ....................................................................................................

17

5.

Hard Disk Drives.................................................................................................................

18

6.

Installation Guidelines .......................................................................................................

20

 

6.1

Slipstreamed install for Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition (32 & 64 bit)................

20

 

6.2

Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition (32 & 64 bit) Remote Installation Method ........

21

 

6.3

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 (32 & 64 bit) Remote Installation Method ...............

25

 

6.4

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (32 & 64 bit) Remote Installation Method........

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List of Tables

 

Table 2.1 Base System Configurations Tested.............................................................................

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Table 3.1 Operating Systems Tested .........................................................................................

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Table 3.2 Operating System Certifications .................................................................................

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Table 3.3 Operating System Storage Component Support ........................................................

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Table 4.1

Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI Supported Items...............................................

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Table 4.2

Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25 Supported Peripherals..............................

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Table 5.1

Tested Operating System Identifier Numbers.............................................................

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Table 5.2

Tested Hard Drives .....................................................................................................

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1.Introduction

This document is intended to provide users of the Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25/MFSYS35 and Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI with a guide to the different operating systems, expansion cards, and peripherals Intel plans to test on this platform.

This document will continue to be updated as new expansion cards, peripherals, and operating systems are tested or until the Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25/MFSYS35 and Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI are no longer in production. Each new release of the document will present updated information as well as continue to provide the information from previous releases.

Intel will only provide support for those expansion cards and peripherals under the specified system configuration (System BIOS and Firmware revisions) and operating systems versions with which they were tested.

1.1Test Overview

Testing performed on the Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25/MFSYS35 and Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI is classified under two separate categories: Basic Installation Testing, and Expansion Card/ Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing.

1.1.1Basic Installation Testing

Basic installation testing is performed with each supported operating system. Basic installation testing validates that the server board can install the operating system and that the base hardware feature set is functional. A small set of peripherals is used for installation purposes only. No expansion cards are tested. Testing includes network connectivity and running of proprietary and industry standard test suites.

The latest version of an operating system signifies the latest supported version at the time of the actual test run. Each new release of this document may have a newly supported release of a given operating system. Previous releases of a supported operating system may not be tested beyond the basic installation test process.

1.1.1.1Support Commitment for Basic Installation Testing

Intel commits to provide the following level of customer support for operating systems that receive only basic installation testing:

Intel will provide and test operating system drivers for each of the server board’s integrated controllers, provided that the controller vendor has a driver available upon request. Vendors will not be required by Intel to develop drivers for operating systems that they do not already support. This may limit the functionality of certain server board integrated controllers.

Intel will support customer issues that involve installation and/or functionality of operating system with the server board’s integrated controllers only if a driver has been made available.

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Intel will NOT provide support for issues related to use of any 3rd party expansion cards or peripherals installed in the server system when an operating system that received basic installation testing only is in use.

Support is defined as assistance in root causing issues, and determining a customer acceptable resolution to the issue associated with the operating system. The resolution may include, but is not limited to on-board controller driver changes, engaging the vendor for resolution, BIOS changes, firmware changes, or determining a customer acceptable workaround for the issue.

1.1.2I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing

I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress testing is performed only on the most current release of a supported operating system at the time of a given validation run. The I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress testing process consists of three areas: Base Platform, I/O Expansion Card Compatibility, and Stress.

Base Platform: Each base platform will successfully install a given operating system, successfully run a disk stress test, and successfully run a network stress test.

I/O Expansion Card Compatibility: I/O Expansion Card compatibility validation (CV) testing uses test suites to gain an accurate view of how the server performs with the available expansion card under the primary supported operating systems. These tests are designed to show hardware compatibility between the cards and the server platform and include functional testing only. No heavy stressing of the systems or the cards is performed for CV testing.

Stress Testing: This test sequence uses configurations that include expansion cards in all available slots, for a minimum 72-hour test run without injecting errors. Each configuration passes an installation test, a Network/Disk Stress test, and tape backup test. Any fatal errors that occur will require a complete test restart.

1.1.2.1Support Commitment for I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing

Intel commits to provide the following level of customer support for operating systems that receive I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress testing:

Intel commits to provide the following level of customer support for operating systems that receive I/O Expansion Card / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress testing:

Intel will provide support for customer issues with these operating systems involving installation and/or functionality of the server board with or without the I/O Expansion Card and peripherals listed in this document as having been tested under the particular operating system.

Support is defined as assistance in root causing issues, and determining a customer acceptable resolution to the issue associated with the operating system. The resolution may include, but is not limited to on-board controller driver changes, engaging the vendor for resolution, BIOS changes, firmware changes, or determining a customer acceptable workaround for the issue.

Intel will provide and test operating system drivers for each onboard video, network, and storage controller.

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Intel will enable vendors to provide driver support for I/O Expansion Cards using these operating systems.

Intel will go through some of the steps to achieve certification to ensure its customers do not run across any problems, but the actual certification is the responsibility of the individual customer.

For operating systems, adapter cards, and peripherals not listed in this document, there is no support commitment. Intel will consider support requests on a case-by-case basis.

1.2Pass/Fail Test Criteria

For each operating system, I/O Expansion card, and peripheral configuration, a test passes if specific criteria are met. Specific configurations may have had particular characteristics that were addressed on a case-by-case basis. In general, a configuration passes testing if the following conditions are met:

The operating system installed without error.

-Manufacturer’s installation instructions or Intel’s best-known methods (BKMs) were used for the operating system installation.

-In some cases rKVM BKMs used involve workarounds and were required during the operating system installation.

-The server system behaved as expected during and after the operating system installation.

-Application software installed and executed normally.

Hardware compatibility tests ran to completion without error.

Test software suites executed successfully

-Test and data files were created in the correct directories without error.

-Files copied from client to server and back compare to the original with zero errors reported.

-Clients remain connected to the server system.

-Industry standard test suites run to completion with zero errors reported.

All Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI testing was performed using the Intel® Server Modular System MFSYS25 or the Intel® Server Modular System MFSYS35.

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2.MFS5000SI / MFSYS25 / MFSYS35 Base System Configurations

The following table lists the base system configurations tested. Base system configurations will change as new revisions of the Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI or the Intel® Modular Server System MFSYS25/MFSYS35 are released and/or new system software stacks are cut onto the boards in the factory. Each base system configuration is assigned an identifier number that is referenced in the tables throughout this document. New base system configurations are added with each new release of this document.

Intel will only provide support for I/O expansion cards and peripherals under the specified base system configuration and operating systems versions with which they were tested.

The following table lists the base system configuration tested.

Table 2.1 Base System Configurations Tested

 

 

 

Intel®

 

 

 

 

 

Compute

 

Unified

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modular

 

System

 

 

Intel®

Module

 

Firmware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Config

 

 

Server

 

PBA/TA

 

 

Compute

PBA/TA

 

Update

GUI

 

BIOS

 

BMC

 

Switch

 

 

 

Id #

 

 

System

 

Number

 

 

Module

Number

 

Rev

Rev

 

Rev

 

FW Rev

 

Rev

 

SCM Rev

 

1

 

 

MFSYS25

 

D91400-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.0.5

8633

 

32

 

1.25.1

 

1.0.0.25

 

2.91.140.11

 

 

 

003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

MFSYS25

 

D91400-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.2.3

11328

 

43

 

1.30.3

 

1.0.0.25

 

2.91.140.45

 

 

 

 

006I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

MFSYS25

 

D91400-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.6

14717

 

43

 

1.34.9

 

1.0.0.27

 

3.00.0140.77

 

 

 

 

006I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

MFSYS35

 

D91403-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.6

14717

 

43

 

1.34.9

 

1.0.0.27

 

3.00.0140.77

 

 

 

004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

MFSYS25

 

D91400-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.7

16239

 

48

 

1.35.1

 

1.0.0.27

 

3.02.0140.15

 

 

 

 

006I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

MFSYS35

 

D91403-

 

MFS5000SI

D70726-402

 

P2.7

16239

 

48

 

1.35.1

 

1.0.0.27

 

3.02.0140.15

 

 

 

004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: All base system configurations tested used the Intel® Compute Module MFS500SI

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3.Supported Operating Systems & Software

The following table provides a list of the operating systems and software applications that Intel plans to test with the Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI. Each of the listed operating systems was tested for compatibility with the base system configuration listed in Section 2 of this document. Operating systems are supported only with the specified base system configuration(s) with which they were tested.

The following table also indicates whether each operating system received Basic Installation Testing, or Adapter / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing. For information on the support commitments for Basic Installation Testing vs. Adapter / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing, please reference Section 1 of this document.

Any variations to the standard operating system installation processes are documented in the Installation Guidelines section of this document. If no installation guidelines are noted in the following table, then the operating system installed as expected using manufacturer’s installation instructions or Intel’s best-known methods.

Operating systems supported by Intel® System Management Software may be different than the operating systems supported by the Intel® Compute Module MFS5000SI. Please reference the Readme and User Guide documents that are included as part of the Intel System Management Software distribution for operating systems that are supported by that release.

Table 3.1 Operating Systems Tested

 

Operating System

 

Type of Testing

 

 

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intel’s testing was completed with

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

 

Microsoft Windows* 2003 Enterprise

 

Configuration 1 -

Compatibility

 

Enterprise R2 SP2, 32-bit. Although not

 

 

 

specifically tested on this product, the

 

(32-bit), R2 SP2

 

& Stress

 

 

 

 

 

 

MFS5000SI compute module also

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

supports Microsoft Windows Server

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 R2, 32-bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intel’s testing was completed with

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

 

Microsoft Windows* 2003 Enterprise

 

Configuration 1 -Compatibility &

 

Enterprise R2 SP2, 64-bit. Although not

 

 

 

specifically tested on this product, the

 

(64-bit), R2 SP2

 

Stress

 

 

 

 

 

 

MFS5000SI compute module also

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

supports Microsoft Windows Server

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 R2, 64-bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows* 2008 Enterprise

 

Configuration 1 -Compatibility &

 

 

 

(32-bit)

 

Stress

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Windows* 2008 Enterprise

 

Configuration 1 -Compatibility &

 

 

 

(64-bit)

 

Stress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 5.0 U1

 

Configuration 1 -Compatibility &

 

 

 

(64-bit)

 

Stress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 5.0

 

Configuration 1 Basic Installation

 

 

 

U1(32-bit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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