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Brendan Newport_2
Frequent Advisor

rp7410 GSP weirdness

It's been a while since I visited the GSP on the rp7410 at our site. In the past it has been used for LAN Console connectivity.

However I recently encountered a snag with it.

The LAN interface pings but does not respond to telnet requests.

However partition manager displays the following error;

"The service processor could not be located. This probably due to a cabinet with a non-unique cabinet ID. Either move the service processor to another cabinet in the complex or modify the cabinet numbering so that each cabinet is unique."

I accessed the MP Console with a tip session from a PowerBook and had a look around.

LC displayed the following;

Current configuration of MP LAN interface
MAC address : 00:30:6e:38:82:a9
IP address :
Hostname :
Subnet mask :
Gateway :
Status :
AutoNegotiate : Enabled
Data Rate : 100 Mb/s
Duplex : Half
Error Count : 3898
Last Error : rx FIFO overflow

Which indicated the former IP/netmask and gateway details lost (though why the interface pings is a mystery).

So I re-entered the parameters, noting that I was being prompted for the very same parameters(?);

Current IP Address is: 10.114.10.144
Do you want to modify it? (Y/[N]) y
Enter new IP Address : 10.114.10.144
New IP Address will be: 10.114.10.144
Please confirm (Y/[N]) y

-> IP Address will be updated.

etc. etc.

-> Parameters have been updated.

Then checked again;

MP:CM> lc

This command modifies the LAN parameters.

Current configuration of MP LAN interface
MAC address : 00:30:6e:38:82:a9
IP address :
Hostname :
Subnet mask :
Gateway :
Status :
AutoNegotiate : Enabled
Data Rate : 100 Mb/s
Duplex : Half
Error Count : 3898
Last Error : rx FIFO overflow

Which looks like they weren't written.

However the IP is detailed for the interface;

MP:CM> if

This command displays information about the network interface.
Do you want a brief or verbose report ? ([B]/V) y

=== Host table ===

hostname inet address aliases
-------- ------------ -------
localhost 127.0.0.1
host 15.11.130.190
gsp0 10.114.10.144

and telnet access is enabled. Still no response though to telnet requests.

Anyone any thoughts as to the cause of the partition manager error and the seeming unwillingness to record LAN details in LC?

Its been a while since I configured GSP, but I'm sure I've run through the basic settings.

Many thanks


Brendan
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Jeff Schussele
Honored Contributor
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Re: rp7410 GSP weirdness

Hi Brendan,

That error:

"The service processor could not be located. This probably due to a cabinet with a non-unique cabinet ID. Either move the service processor to another cabinet in the complex or modify the cabinet numbering so that each cabinet is unique."

usually indicates a need for a GSP and PDC. PDC firmware upgrades here -

http://www2.itrc.hp.com/service/patch/patchDetail.do?BC=patch.breadcrumb.main|patch.breadcrumb.search|&patchid=PF_CKEYMAT0602&context=firmware:cpu

and here -

http://www2.itrc.hp.com/service/patch/patchDetail.do?BC=patch.breadcrumb.main|patch.breadcrumb.search|&patchid=PF_CKEYMAT0603&context=firmware:cpu

GSP FW upgrades can be obtained via ftp from HP as I don't see it in the patch list. They have to be installed from a system on the GSP subnet via local ftp.

HTH,
Jeff

PERSEVERANCE -- Remember, whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger!
Brendan Newport_2
Frequent Advisor

Re: rp7410 GSP weirdness

Thanks Jeff.

I was hoping that a solution wouldn't involve patching, seeing as the server has run uninterrupted for 18 months, but I guess its downtime period is coming soon.

Bren
Jeff Schussele
Honored Contributor

Re: rp7410 GSP weirdness

Hi (again) Brendan,

Yea - what usually happens is that patch levels of utils like Diags & STM start to outpace the FW levels & start causing this type "weirdness".

Besides these updates always containf fixes of some sort or another & cell-based systems are still rather new - so you need to stay up-to-date - certainly no more than 3 revisions old I'd say.

Rgds,
Jeff
PERSEVERANCE -- Remember, whatever does not kill you only makes you stronger!