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How to upgrade Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Expansion Switch firmware (Doc ID 2394706.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 03, 2018

Applies to:

Private Cloud Appliance X5-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Private Cloud Appliance - Version 2.0.1 and later
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X4-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 Hardware - Version All Versions and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

The PCA internal NM2-36P Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Expansion Switch may require minimum firmware to support newer sub-component hardware (power supply) on the switch. 
This document describes one method to upgrade the firmware from version 2.1.x to version 2.2.9-3

Additional detail:
Recent InfiniBand switches use a power supply that requires a newer firmware version. Because some firmware versions may cause the ILOM shell to hang, Oracle PCA requires that you install firmware version 2.2.9-3.

Oracle PCA racks shipped prior to Release 2.3.3 all contain InfiniBand switches with firmware version 2.1.8-1 or older.  Because the firmware has changed from unsigned to signed packages, there is no direct upgrade path to version 2.2.9-3. Therefore, an intermediate upgrade to unsigned version 2.2.7-2 is required. 

Newer shipping PCA 2.3.3 racks may already have the 2.2.9-3 firmware already installed on the switches.

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