[Linux-PowerEdge] Mellanox ConnectX-4 Ethernet in DSU

Dietrich, Stefan stefan.dietrich at desy.de
Tue Nov 28 10:00:04 CST 2017


Hello Jesper,

in case you missed it, there is an OEM firmware download area on the Mellanox page:
http://www.mellanox.com/page/firmware_table_dell?mtag=oem_firmware_download

Those firmwares have the Dell branding and I was able to apply those updates without problems on Dell machines.

Regards,
Stefan

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jesper Lykkegaard Karlsen" <jelka at mbg.au.dk>
> To: "linux-poweredge" <linux-poweredge at dell.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:41:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [Linux-PowerEdge] Mellanox ConnectX-4 Ethernet in DSU

> Good discussions came out of this thread, but no answers to my question ;-)
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Last year I bought a bunch of R630, R730xd and some C4130. They were all
> configured with Mellanox ConnectX-4 from Dell and I have installed CentOS 7 on
> them.
> 
> 
> I guess, since I bought it as a boxed solution, that Dell would support this
> network card in DSU. But not so far.
> 
> 
> The firmware apparently has a Dell tag on them, which means that I can't even
> flash a stock Mellanox firmware on them with mstflint.
> 
> 
> I have seen there are a few Dell guys listening to this mail list, perhaps they
> have a comment?
> 
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> 
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> 
> Jesper
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> On 2017-11-27 17:59, Rene Shuster wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Looks like some of you need to start reading changelogs.
> 
> Excerpt from the widely popular R730 and the release of 2.4.3 BIOS:
> * The Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v4 based system may have CPU Internal error
> (iERR) and Machine Check error when idle.
> * Rarely, the system may stop responding because of a power failure during the
> boot process.
> 
> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 8:43 AM, Stefan M. Radman < [ mailto:smr at kmi.com |
> smr at kmi.com ] > wrote:
> 
> 
> David,
> 
> For what it's worth:
> Firmware updates for the sake of updating firmware might not be a good idea but
> ...
> I've been more successful with frequent (e.g. quarterly) incremental updates
> than "Jumbo Patches" every couple of years.
> Keeps you practicing your updates, change management and rollback procedures.
> 
> Your mileage may vary.
> 
> Stefan
> 
>> On Nov 27, 2017, at 2:13 PM, David Newall < [
>> mailto:linux-poweredge at davidnewall.com | linux-poweredge at davidnewall.com ] >
>> wrote:
>> 
>> On 27/11/17 23:18, Jesper Lykkegaard Karlsen wrote:
>>> The firmware on the cards are rather old and could need an update
>> 
>> Perhaps, if it's not broken, don't fix it. I get the impression that a lot of
>> people are spending a lot of time regularly upgrading the firmware of their
>> machines for no reason other than that a newer version is available. This,
>> perhaps, is asking for trouble.
>> 
>> I'm sure this is not the advice you were hoping for, probably not even advice
>> that is welcome, but I think it's wise.
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