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Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) 2.3.1 Upgrade: How to check the Oracle System Assistant (OSA) BIOS status on PCA nodes. (Doc ID 2281943.1)

Last updated on FEBRUARY 01, 2024

Applies to:

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Private Cloud Appliance X5-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Certain versions of the ILOM firmware installed on all OVCA / PCA compute and management nodes have Oracle System Assistant (OSA) enabled by default.  In combination with Oracle PCA Controller Software Release 2.3.1, this setting is not permitted for Oracle PCA nodes, as it exposes an additional target disk for the operating system installation. During node provisioning, if the OSA is enabled, it will become corrupt and provisioning will fail.

pca_upgrader may report this (or a similar) warning:  "Oracle System Assistant (OSA) is not disabled on server ovcamn05r1.Oracle System Assistant (OSA) is not disabled on server ovcamn05r1 (or ovcamn06r1)

This document describes how to check and to disable the OSA if needed.  The example shown here is an x5-2 node as documented in the 2.3.1 Release notes: 
4.1.12 Oracle Server X5-2 ILOM Firmware Causes Provisioning Failure and OSA Image Corruption with Oracle PCA Release 2.3.1 Controller Software

This check is needed for both compute and management nodes.

Note: This process does not apply to x6-2, x7-2 or x8-2 compute or management nodes.  They do not have the OSA internal device.


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