Intel S5400SF User Manual

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Intel® Server Board S5400SF

Tested Hardware and Operating System List

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November 2007

Enterprise Platforms and Services Division

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Disclaimers

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.

Intel retains the right to make changes to its test specifications at any time, without notice.

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Table of Contents Intel® Server Board S5400SF

Table of Contents

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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

Adapter / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing ............................................

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1.2

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

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Intel® Server Board S5400SF Base System Configurations.............................................

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Supported Operating Systems............................................................................................

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

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Adapters and Peripherals....................................................................................................

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PCI NIC....................................................................................................................

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PCI HW RAID SAS ..................................................................................................

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PCI Fiber Channel ...................................................................................................

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Video......................................................................................................................

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Infiniband ...............................................................................................................

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CD ROM Drives .....................................................................................................

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DVD Drives ............................................................................................................

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Input.......................................................................................................................

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Removable Media..................................................................................................

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

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Introduction

1.Introduction

This document is intended to provide users of the Intel® Server Board S5400SF with a guide to the different operating systems, adapter cards, and peripherals tested by Intel on this platform.

This document will continue to be updated as new adapters, peripherals, and operating systems are tested, or until the Intel® Server Board S5400SF is no longer in production. Each new release of the document will present updated information as well as information from previous releases.

Intel will only provide support for adapters and peripherals under the specified system configuration (system BIOS and firmware revisions) and tested operating systems versions.

1.1Test Overview

Testing performed on the Intel® Server Board S5400SF is classified as either basic installation testing, or adapter / 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 operating system can be installed on the system correctly and that the base hardware feature set is functional. A small set of peripherals is used for installation purposes only. No add-in adapter cards are tested. On-board RAID is not tested during basic installation testing. Network connectivity is tested, and proprietary and industry standard test suites are run.

The latest version of an operating system signifies the latest supported version at the time of the test run. Each new release of this document may list 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 tested operating system drivers for each of the server board’s integrated controllers, provided that the controller vendor has a driver available. Vendors are not 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 provide support to customers who experience issues with the integrated controllers on the server board due to the installation or functionality of the operating system if a driver is available.

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Intel will not provide support for issues related to the use of add-in adapters or peripherals installed in a server system with an operating system that received only basic installation testing.

Support is defined as helping a customer to root cause an issue and determining an acceptable resolution to the problem. The resolution may include, but is not limited to, on-board controller driver updates, engaging the vendor, BIOS changes, firmware changes, or determining an acceptable workaround for the issue with the customer.

1.1.2Adapter / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing

Adapter / 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 adapter / peripheral compatibility and stress testing process consists of three areas: base platform, adapter 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.

Adapter Compatibility: Adapter compatibility validation (CV) testing uses test suites to gain an accurate view of how the server performs with a wide variety of adapters under the primary supported operating systems. These tests are designed to check hardware compatibility between the cards and the server platform and include functional testing only. CV testing does not include heavy stressing of the systems or the cards.

Stress Testing: This test sequence uses configurations with add-in adapters installed in all available slots (depending on the chassis used) and run for a minimum of 72-hours without errors. Each configuration passes an installation test, a network/disk stress test, and a tape backup test. Any fatal errors that occur require a complete test restart.

1.1.2.1Support Commitment for Adapter / Peripheral Compatibility and Stress Testing

Intel is committed to providing the following level of customer support for operating systems that receive adapter / peripheral compatibility and stress testing:

Intel will provide support to customers who experience operating system issues when installing or using the server board whether or not the adapters and peripherals listed in this document have been tested with that specific operating system.

Support is defined as helping a customer to root cause an issue and determining an acceptable resolution to the problem. The resolution may include, but is not limited to, on-board controller driver updates, engaging the vendor, BIOS changes, firmware changes, or determining an acceptable workaround for the issue with the customer.

Intel will provide tested operating system drivers for each on-board video, network, and storage controller.

Intel will enable vendors to provide driver support for add-in adapters using these operating systems.

Intel will complete selected certification steps to ensure customers do not experience problems; however, obtaining the certification is the responsibility of the individual customer.

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