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How to Prepare an Infiniband Switch for Replacement (Doc ID 1636229.1)

Last updated on MARCH 06, 2023

Applies to:

Oracle SuperCluster Specific Software
Sun Network QDR InfiniBand Gateway Switch - Version All Versions to All Versions [Release All Releases]
Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 - Version All Versions to All Versions [Release All Releases]
Exadata Database Machine V2 - Version All Versions and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This document helps the user to prepare an Infiniband Switch for replacement and collect information required by Oracle Support / On-site team prior to Dispatch of a replacement IB Switch part.


- The document distribution is EXTERNAL since it needs to be shared with and used by the Customer-admin, as well as referenced by Partners, Field Engineers, and Oracle Support.

- Where Oracle Support has confirmed the need for an IB Switch replacement (whether that replacement will be performed by Customer-admin, Partner or Oracle Field Engineer), Customer-admin is requested to confirm by updating in MOS SR-notes that all the pre-check actions in this document have been completed - by copying/pasting the requested checklist(s) into the SR in MOS - prior to Oracle Dispatching the Part for replacement.

- Oracle Support will not Dispatch until these checks have been performed unless customer has given a clear statement acknowledging the risks of not performing these checks prior to replacement.


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In this Document
 Note: For IB switches within an exalogic system, use Doc ID 2218443.1 instead of this document
 1. Checks needed prior to Dispatch of Part/Onsite
  1.1. Check the IB Fabric to ensure resilience to later booting (refer to companion KB article)
  1.2  Check/update the configuration backup
  1.3 Check the firmware version of the Switch
  1.4 Check for presence of workaround firewall rule on port 623
 2. Complete the check-list template – IB Switch preparation for Replacement
 3. Provide a report on the replacement pre-checks to Oracle Support including outage type
 4. Final pre-Dispatch preparation (IB Switch replacement in production IB Fabric)
  4.1. Disable SM on the switch being replaced
  4.2. Check if running ASR / block alerts if so
  4.3. Update in MOS that step 4 actions are completed
 5. Contact Oracle Support for Part/Onsite Dispatch
 6. Replace the switch and perform Follow-up actions

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