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Intel® Server Compute Blade

SBX44 / Intel® Server Chassis

SBCE

Tested Hardware and Operating

System List

Revision 2.1

January, 2007

Enterprise Platforms and Services Division

Revision History Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 / Intel® Server Chassis SBCE

 

 

 

Revision History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revision

 

 

 

Date

Number

Modifications

 

 

February 2003

0.5

Initial Draft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2003

0.9

Updated with latest vendor roadmaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2003

0.91

Incorporation of TME comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2003

0.92

Updated SCSI drive list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2003

0.93

Revised USB Key Fob device list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 2003

0.95

Updated to reflect latest device lists and OS changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2004

0.96

Removed Hitachi SCSI drive from approved list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2004

1.0

Final Product Launch Version with Test results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June, 2004

1.1

Added WHQL submission numbers for Windows 2000 Advanced Server

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 2004

1.2

Added new IDE HDD, changed OS list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 2005

1.3

Updated BIOS/FW and OS list. Move IDM from 3.2 to 3.3. Added Brocade

 

 

 

 

FC Switch Module.

 

 

June 2005

1.4

Updated BIOS/FW and OS list, added new SCSI HDD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept 2005

1.5

Added OPM and CPM, updated IDE HDD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2005

1.6

Updated Supported OS, FW revisions and IDE HDD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 2006

1.7

Updated FW revisions, SCSI/IDE HDD and floppy drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2006

1.8

Updated FW revisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2006

1.9

Add reference sell switches. Update IDE RAID configuration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2006

2.0

Add Hitachi IDE HDD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 2007

2.1

Add new ethernet switch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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The hardware vendor remains solely responsible for the design, sale and functionality of its product, including any liability arising from product infringement or product warranty.

Copyright © Intel Corporation 2007. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

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

4

1.1

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

4

1.1.1

Compatibility Testing ...............................................................................................

4

1.1.2

Stress Testing..........................................................................................................

5

1.2

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

5

2.

Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 Server Base System Configurations

................... 6

3.

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

7

 

3.1

Server Management Software Support....................................................................

7

 

3.2

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

8

4.

On-Board Components and Expansion Board..................................................................

9

5.

Peripherals..........................................................................................................................

11

6.

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

16

7.

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

18

 

7.1

Operating System Installation Issue ......................................................................

18

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Introduction

Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 / Intel® Server Chassis SBCE

1.Introduction

The Tested Hardware and Operating System List (THOL) is intended to provide users of the Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 Server and the Intel® Server Chassis SBCE server system with a guide to the different operating systems, expansion cards, and peripherals tested on this platform.

This document will continue to be updated as new expansion cards, peripherals, and operating systems are tested or until the Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 and Intel® Server Chassis SBCE 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 to those cards and peripherals under the specified system configuration (System BIOS and firmware) and operating systems and versions to which they were tested.

1.1Test Overview

Testing performed on the Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 Server and Intel® Server Chassis SBCE server systems are classified under two separate categories: Compatibility Testing and Stress Testing.

1.1.1Compatibility Testing

Basic compatibility testing is performed with each supported operating system. Basic compatibility testing validates the blade server can be used to install the operating system and that the base hardware feature set is functional. A small set of peripherals is used for installation purposes only. Testing may include network connectivity and running of proprietary and industry standard test suites.

Extended compatibility testing will occur on only the latest versions of a supported operating system. Extended compatibility testing will test for functionality of a variety of peripherals. Test applications used will consist of both proprietary as well as 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 compatibility test process.

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1.1.2Stress Testing

Stress testing is performed only on the most current release of a supported operating system at the time of a given validation run. The stress test process consists of three areas: Base platform, expanded configuration, and Endurance.

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.

Expanded Configuration: This testing uses configurations and test suites to gain an accurate view of how the server performs under varying complex configurations while interacting with network clients. Each configuration is tested for at least 12 hours.

Endurance Test: This test sequence uses full configurations for a minimum 72-hour test run without injecting errors. Two servers operating under Windows* 2003 Enterprise Edition and RedHat* Linux* Advanced Server 2.1 are tested in parallel. 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.

1.2Pass/Fail Test Criteria

For each operating system, adapter, 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 were used for the operating system installation.

No extraordinary workarounds 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® Server Compute Blade SBX44 testing was performed using the Intel® Server Chassis SBCE.

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Base System Configurations Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 / Intel® Server Chassis SBCE

2.Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 Server Base System Configurations

The following table lists the base configurations tested. Base configurations will change as new revisions of the Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44 Blade Server are released and/or new system BIOS or firmware are cut onto the board in the factory. Each base configuration is assigned an identifier number that is referenced in the tables throughout this document. New base configurations are added with each new release of this document.

 

Base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

System

 

 

Board

 

 

Part

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diag Firmware

 

 

BMC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOS Revision

 

 

Firmware

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identifier

 

 

Type

 

 

Number

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

SBX44

 

 

 

 

SBX44.86B.0001.P02

 

BREO58A

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

SBX44

C27810-012

SBX44.86B.0002.P04

 

BREO59F

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

SBX44

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0005.P05

 

BREO73F

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

SBX44

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0001.P06

 

BREO73I

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

SBX44

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0004.P06

 

BREO82F

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

SBX44

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0004.P06

 

BREO82H

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

SBX44

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0006.P06

 

BREO85F

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

SBX44

 

C27810-014

SBX44.86B.0006.P06

 

BREO86G

 

SBO113AUS

 

BMC 00.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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