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Type: Server System
Manufacturer: IBM
Model: System x3950 M2 (7233)
Support: Solaris Premier Subscription  available on Certified Systems
Runs on OS Versions: Oracle Solaris 11 11/11    Reported to Work
Oracle Solaris 10 10/08 to Oracle Solaris 10 1/13    Certified
CPU Type: Intel Xeon X7460 @ 2.66GHz
Num CPUs: 4
Num Cores (per CPU): 6
Chipset: IBM X4 4th Generation Chipset
 Firmware Maker and Version
IBM -[A3E159AUS-1.09]- 12/03/2008
Driver Info: For Solaris 10 10/08, download BNX Driver version 4.4.3 driver for Broadcom BCM5709 Gigabit Ethernet device from:
Test Suite: true
(May not apply to all OS Revisions. Please refer to 'General Notes')
General Notes: 1. Do not select a graphical install.
This may leave the monitor in an unviewable mode to continue with the installation.

2. The support for onboard network interfaces BCM5709 are not integrated in Solaris 10 10/08. Before rebooting the system after the installation, the existing BRCMbnx driver must be removed and the Broadcom bnx driver version 4.4.3 must be applied.

The driver can be retrieved from Broadcom's website located at:

Before reboot root file system is mounted on /a. To remove the existing bnx driver use:
# pkgrm -R /a BRCMbnx

To add the Broadcom bnx driver version 4.4.3 :
# cd
# pkgadd -R /a -d BRCMbnx.pkg
# reboot

3.On Solaris 10 10/08, system which have Intel Xeon processor(MP 7400 Series) will have reduced performance. As an workaround, following parameter need to be added to /etc/system file and then reboot the system.
set idle_cpu_prefer_mwait=0

4. For Solaris 10 10/08, use Xorg workaround as it is described in detail at http://wikis.sun.com/display/BigAdmin/Servers

This is a Single Node x3950 M2 System with a Scalability Key

The system is tested with the following network adapters:
IBM 39Y6136
IBM 39Y6098
IBM 39Y6066
Submitter Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Last Updated: 2013-05-07

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