System x3950 M2 (7141-3Sx)
Network Server
IBM
22 Apr 2008
101129

YES CERTIFIED with the following products:
Operating Systems:
  Open Enterprise Server     Support Pack 2 for Open Enterprise Server

Other Products:
  Novell® iManager 2.5    Novell iFolder® 2.1 
  Novell iPrint 5.0    eDirectory™ 8.7 
  Apache2 Web Server 2.0 


Product Description
Built on the next generation of Enterprise X-Architecture® servers, the IBM System x3950 M2 takes performance, efficiency and reliability to the next level. Featuring an unmatched combination of x86 performance and scalability with a balanced design, the x3950 M2 delivers unrivaled reliability, providing confidence in your IT solution deployments. An easy upgrade path provides the necessary flexibility to deliver an optimized solution for scale-up database, enterprise applications and server consolidation through virtualization services. Fourth-generation Enterprise X-Architecture chipset design enhancements deliver performance, balanced design and proven reliability that customers have come to expect from this class of server. Active Memory™ with features such as Memory ProteXion™, hot-add memory and Chipkill™ memory provide a level of reliability and availability that helps reduce downtime and maintain data integrity Two times the memory availability than previous generations with 32 DIMM slots, running DDR II PC2-5300 creates a more balanced total system design. Ability to upgrade to scalable system with the ScaleXpander Option kit allowing customers the flexibility to scale as their business needs change. 4-processor, 4U rack-optimized enterprise server with Intel Xeon Series 7200 and 7300 processors. Dual-core and quad-core processor options with up to 2.4 GHz (dual-core) and 2.93 GHz (quad-core) speeds with up to 8MB L2 cache. Seven PCI-Express x8 high-performance I/O expansion slots, two support hot-swap capabilities. ScaleXpander Option kit offers customers the flexibility to scale from 4 sockets all the way to 16 sockets.

Tested Configuration:
Computer Type:Rack Mount
Mother Board Revision:1.0
BIOS:v1.03
CPU:4 Intel®  Quad-Core Xeon® Processor E7330 2.40 GHz
RAM:63 GB
Bus Type:7 PCI Express X8
5 USB Ports
Video Adapter:ATI®  ES1000
Host Bus Adapter:Intel®  Integrated 82801GR ICH7R , IDE
LSI Logic®  SAS1078-IR , Serial SCSI (SAS)
Hard Disk Drive:4 IBM  146 GB 10K 2.5" SFF HOT-SWAP , Serial SCSI (SAS)
CD/DVD:HLDS  HL-DT-STCD-RW/DVD DRIVE GCC-T10N , IDE
USB Floppy:IBM
USB Keyboard:IBM
USB Mouse:IBM
Test Kit:System Certification Kit 6.2.0-0.7


Config Notes
#1. During installation, 'APIC' has to be specified as a kernel boot option to enable the APIC controller.
#2. Installation and testing were done using the Update 2 CD. Please visit the following URL for the latest version - http://forgeftp.novell.com/driver-process/pub/update/IBM/sle9/u2/i386/sles9sp3u2cd1/

Referenced Bulletins
92487

Adapters and Drivers
2 Broadcom®  Integrated 5709s NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Driver Type: LAN DriverFile Name: bnx2.ko
File Date: 05-Feb-2007File Size: 153197
Checksum: 422a3eea00f92bce29c964a405a08722

Intel®  Integrated 82801GR ICH7R
Driver Type: HBA DriverFile Name: PIIX IDE
File Date: 12-Dec-2005File Size: 1688207
Checksum: f849e3a831f27a6ed5a86f0c31a7115c

LSI Logic®  SAS1078-IR
Driver Type: HBA DriverFile Name: mptsas.ko
File Date: 05-Feb-2007File Size: 40791
Checksum: 89820e2e2bae08d514c0b03814cd82ca

ATI®  ES1000
Driver Type: Video DriverFile Name: radeon_dri.so
File Date: 02-Dec-2005File Size: 1744093
Checksum: 9f310d3b6b7b7ef3022e24e84c5875cb


The term YES CERTIFIED applies only to the exact configuration documented in this bulletin. Components including LAN adapters, host bus adapters and other individually YES CERTIFIED components may be exchanged for other YES CERTIFIED components. For more information on swapping YES CERTIFIED components, please access the following web page:

http://developer.novell.com/devres/system/policy/exchange.htm

For more information regarding the specific test configuration, please contact:

IBM
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