dritterwal
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Wrong processor sockets count displayed

Hello,

I have 2 IBM same model servers her - 7233 6RG

one shows

Processor Sockets: 4

Processor Cores per Socket: 6

the other

Processor Sockets: 8

Processor Cores per Socket: 3

HT if not being used on both machines.

The first information would be correct. The wrong one is using the double number of licenses.

I have no idea what's wrong. Haven't found an option in the BIOS which says "yeah I'ld resolve your problem"

Any Ideas?

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AndreTheGiant
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BIOS version is the same?

ESXi is updated?

Andre

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dritterwal
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both running on BIOS 1.12

I am migrating from ESX 4.0 to ESXi 4.1 atm

the one with correct numbers is ESX 4.0 - which is missing the updates released in June

I think we had the problem before but I never really realized it as there were still enough licenses

but now another host was added and the missing licenses came up

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klou
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Copy users[/b] and passwd[/b] and reinstall ESXi on host with probles Smiley Happy

p.s. installation process won't touch existing "vmfs" volume with your VM's

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dritterwal
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reinstalled - same result

still 8 sockets

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dritterwal
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ok well that sucks now

updated the ESX 4.0 to ESXi 4.1 without any other changes

Now it also show's 8 Sockets with 3 Cores ?:|

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a_p_
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Even though there's nothing specific in IBM's release notes about BIOS version 1.15 and ESX compatibility, it may make sense to upgrade to the latest BIOS.

System x3850 M2 (7233) and VMware ESX Server

Flash BIOS update v1.15 (DOS) - IBM System x3850 M2, System x3950 M2

(Please double check that this is the correct one for your system!)

The interesting part is, VMware's HCL mentions BIOS release A3E157TUS, which is not listed on IBM's web page.

André

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dritterwal
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yeah I've checked the BIOS release notes as well but found nothing for ESX

both hosts have been upgraded to BIOS 1.15

both still show 8 Sockets

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Dthomsen
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I'm having the same issue.

Boot with Ubuntu and it sees 4-6core processors so I believe this is a VMware problem not BIOS.

x3850m2 7233 AC1 with latest firmware

POST/BIOS VPD

Version: 15

Build level: A3E169AUS

Build date: 07/02/10

Working on opening an SR but having trouble gathering the right info.

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dritterwal
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booting another Ubuntu + XenServer shows the correct numbers.

I have already opened the SR and send logs yesterday. Hope they could solve the problem very soon.

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dritterwal
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after I had telephon call with VMware Support we have solved the problem.

seems a BIOS Option caused the error.

Open up the BIOS and open up "Advanced Setup - CPU Settings" and switch the cluster setting from Logical to Physical

Boot up and everything works fine.

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Dthomsen
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I'll confirm that this worked for me too.

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aheacock
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Confirming that on a IBM x3950 M2 (7233AC2) this fixed the issue. It was set to Logical by default.

ESX was reporting 4 sockets, 3 cores per socket. Setting that setting to Physical it now reports 2 sockets, 6 cores per socket. BIOS 1.12.

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shaneschnell
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This worked for me as well. Thanks!

x3850 M2

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