System x3950 M2 (7141-4Sx)
Network Server
IBM
22 Apr 2008
101131

YES CERTIFIED with the following products:
Operating Systems:
  SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64® & Intel® EM64T® with XEN     Service Pack 1 for SUSE® SLES 10

Virtual Machines (Guests OS):
  SLES 10 for x86
    Arch:  32pae     Mode:  Paravirtualized   Support Pack:  Service Pack 1 for SLES 10
  SLES 10 for AMD64 & EM64T
    Arch:  64     Mode:  Fully Virtualized   Support Pack:  Service Pack 1 for SLES 10
  Windows 2003 Server R2
    Arch:  32     Mode:  Fully Virtualized   Support Pack:  Service Pack 2 for Windows 2003

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:1.03
CPU:4 Intel®  Quad-Core Xeon® Processor X7350 2.93 GHz
RAM:63 GB
Bus Type:5 USB Ports
7 PCI Express X8
Video Adapter:ATI®  ES1000
Host Bus Adapter:LSI Logic®  SAS1078-IR , Serial SCSI (SAS)
Intel®  Integrated 82801GR ICH7R , IDE
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 6.1.0-0.28


Config Notes
#1. Testing was done with an updated BNX2 driver. Please see the following URL for the latest supported version - http://forgeftp.novell.com/driver-process/pub/update/IBM/sle10sp1/ptf/common/
#2. Windows Server 2003 R2 : Virtual Machine used the Virtual Machine Driver Pack (VMDP) which can be downloaded from the following URL: http://download.novell.com

Referenced Bulletins
92426

Adapters and Drivers
2 Broadcom®  Integrated 5709s NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Driver Type: LAN DriverFile Name: bnx2.ko
File Date: 27-Sep-2007File Size: 175485
Checksum: 90749a409165cd92630e9a20722b3be9

LSI Logic®  SAS1078-IR
Driver Type: HBA DriverFile Name: mptsas.ko
File Date: 18-May-2007File Size: 40896
Checksum: 3ccb32081eab5ea92a8b2116be5a4d5b

Intel®  Integrated 82801GR ICH7R
Driver Type: HBA DriverFile Name: piix.ko
File Date: 18-May-2007File Size: 22784
Checksum: 5bef324157428a37bb3ddf0a8181d32b

ATI®  ES1000
Driver Type: Video DriverFile Name: radeon_dri.so
File Date: 20-Sep-2006File Size: 2178256
Checksum: a4ebe7953fef8787e8a02230fd963802


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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