Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Configuring Multiple Palo Adapters in the Cisco UCS B250 Blade

I found out something interesting today that I wanted to share.  Version 1.1.1 of the Cisco UCS Manager code only supports one Palo card on the B250 at this time.  Here is the line from the release notes and the link to the release notes.
  • Cisco UCS M81KR Virtual Interface Card. In a UCS B250 M1 Extended Memory Blade Server, the UCS M81KR Virtual Interface Card must go in slot 0 only and can not be mixed with other adapters. 
This by itself isn't that big of a deal because I can't see many people wanting more than one Palo card at this time.  The problem is that the Netformix configuration tool allows you to configure the B250 with 2xPalo cards with no errors.  I have no idea if you can take the Netformix configuration and turn it into an order at this time (there might be an error check somewhere else in the system that would kick this out) but somehow I doubt it.  Just in case, I wanted to let everyone know.

5 comments:

Tarun Lohumi said...

The team that caters to 90% of the field BoM requests is aware of this. Also, the quote created via NFX is scanned before it is approved.

Aaron Delp said...

Tarun - Thank you very much!!

Tarun Lohumi said...

Hi Aaron, both the release notes & the Hardware Installation guides have been updated :)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/release/notes/ucs_21494.html#wp59398

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/hw/chassis/install/fullblade.html#wp1003242

Aaron Delp said...

Tarun - That is awesome news! A big Thank You to Cisco for correcting clearing that up!

Fridge said...

Aaron,
My UCS order went in w/ 2 of the Palo's for each B250. The UCS gear arrived at the end of last week and the packing list shows 2 Palo's for each B250.

I am working to confirm that the 2 installed adapter's are in fact the Palo adapters.