Required BIOS Settings for Intel® Data Center Blocks for Nutanix* Enterprise Cloud Platform for Intel® Server M50CYP-based Server System

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08/24/2021

Check the required BIOS settings for Intel® Data Center Blocks for Nutanix* Enterprise Cloud Platform for Intel® Server M50CYP-based server system to prepare it for deployment and installation of Nutanix software.

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BIOS Option Settings

BIOS Option

Default

ITK Change

Custom BIOS Revision

NA

NX03

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > Mid-Plane 1 Volume Management Device (CPU0,IOU3) 

Disabled

Enabled (setting only available when using Mid-Plane Switch
Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > Mid-Plane 2 Volume Management Device (CPU1,IOU3) 

Disabled

Enabled (setting only available when using Mid-Plane Switch) 
Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > Direct HSBP Volume Management Device (CPU0,IOU3) 

Disabled

Enabled (setting only available when using HSBP Direct connect) 
Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > Direct HSBP Volume Management Device (CPU1,IOU3) 

Disabled

Enabled (setting only available when using HSBP Direct connect) 
Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > VMD for Direct Assign 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD0 (CPU0 Port 3A) 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD1 (CPU0 Port 3B) 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD2 (CPU0 Port 3C) 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD3 (CPU0 Port 3D) 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > VMD for Direct Assign 

Disabled

Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD0 (CPU1 Port 3A) 

Disabled Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD1 (CPU1 Port 3B) 

Disabled Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD2 (CPU1 Port 3C) 

Disabled Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Volume Management Device > PCIe-SSD3 (CPU1 Port 3D) 

Disabled Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O 

Enabled Enabled

Advanced > Integrated IO Configuration > ACS Control 

Enabled Enabled

Advanced > Memory Configuration > Memory RAS and Performance Configuration > ADDDC Sparing 

Disabled Disabled (setting only available when using 4x DIMM) 

Advanced > Power & Performance > Hardware P States > Hardware P-States 

Native Mode Disabled

Advanced > Processor Configuration > Intel(R) Virtualization Technology 

Enabled Enabled

Advanced > Processor Configuration >Intel® TXT 

Enabled Disabled

Advanced > System Acoustic and Performance Configuration >Set Fan Profile 

Acoustic Performance

Server Management > Resume On AC Power Loss

Stay Off Last State

Advanced Boot Option > Secure Boot Enable 

Enabled Disabled
FRU Information Settings (non-default only)

In addition to the normal L9 Product FRU and in “Chassis Extra” “Nutanix-Qualified”

FRU

“Chassis Extra” “Nutanix-Qualified”

To be added in: Additional Field 1

“Chassis Extra 2 “LCM 6.00”

FRU

“Chassis Extra 2” “LCM 6.00”
To be added in: Additional Field 2

Note: The Product Version must reflect the number of drive slots in the system not the total drives present.

Configuration

  Product Version

16 drive slots  2U1N 16 SATA M50CYP 

FRU LCY2216NX1xxxxx 

16 drive slots  2U1N 16 NVMe w/ SATA M50CYP 

FRU LCY2216NX2xxxxx 

16 drive slots  2U1N 16 NVMe M50CYP 

FRU LCY2216NX3xxxxx 

24 drive slots 2U1N 24 SATA M50CYP 

FRU LCY2224NX1xxxxx  

24 drive slots  2U1N 24 NVMe w/ SATA M50CYP 

FRU LCY2224NX2xxxxx 

24 drive slots  2U1N 24 NVMe M50CYP 

FRU LCY2224NX3xxxxx 

 12 drive slots (3.5 in) 2U1N 12 3.5in SATA M50CYP

FRU LCY2312NX1xxxxx

The Product Version must reflect the number of drive slots in the system and type of system. 

24 drive slots 

 “Product Version”  “LCY2224NXzxxxxx” 

16 Drives slots  

 “Product Version”  “LCY2216NXzxxxxx” 

Where z =  

1 for all SATA  

2 for mixed NVMe and SATA 

3 for all NVme (no RSP3QD160j card 2-mid plane SW) 

FRU

“Product Version” 

 

“LCY2224NXzxxxxx”  

Or  

“LCY2216NXzxxxxx” 

Server Management (BMC) Settings (non-default only)

Required Change

Component

Setting

Enable Complex Password set to DISABLED

 

Ipmitool raw 0x3e 0x76 0x01 0x00

BMC

DISABLED

Resume on AC Power Loss

syscfg.efi /prp RESTORE

BMC

RESTORE

Configuration > User Configuration > User 2 > Privilege

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /up 2 3 ADMIN

BMC

Administrator

Configuration > User Configuration > User 2 > User Status

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /userenable 2 enable 3

BMC

Enable User 2 for Channel 3

Server Management > BMC LAN Configuration > User Configuration > User 2 > User Name

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /user 2 root <DMN MAC >

BMC

root

Server Management > BMC LAN Configuration > User Configuration > User 2 > Password

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /user 2 root <DMN MAC>

BMC

<DMN MAC Label>

 

Password must match Barcode label value – Case Sensitive. All lowercase

Server Management > BMC LAN Configuration > IPv6

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /lc 3 102 enable

BMC

Enable IPv6

Channel 3

Server Management > BMC LAN Configuration > IPv6 Source

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /lc 3 103 static

BMC

Set IPV6 source static

Channel 3

Server Management > BMC LAN Configuration > IPv6 Address

 

Via syscfg

syscfg /lc 3 104 <Link-local IP>

BMC

Channel 3 

Set IPV6 link-local IP using the Dedicated Management NIC address for channel 3 as shown by running ipmitool lan print 3

 
C:\ipmitool_1_8_18_steve>ipmitool -Ilanplus -Umartin -Pbackd00r -H192.168.43.5 lan print 3 

Set in Progress         : Set Complete 

Auth Type Support       : MD5 PASSWORD 

Auth Type Enable        : Callback : 

                        : User     : 

                        : Operator : 

                        : Admin    : 

                        : OEM      : 

IP Address Source       : Static Address 

IP Address              : 192.168.43.5 

Subnet Mask             : 255.255.255.0 

MAC Address             : a4:bf:01:ec:6f:d2 

SNMP Community String   : public 

IP Header               : TTL=0x40 Flags=0x40 Precedence=0x00 TOS=0x10 

BMC ARP Control         : ARP Responses Enabled, Gratuitous ARP Disabled 

Gratituous ARP Intrvl   : 2.0 seconds 

Default Gateway IP      : 192.168.43.250 

Default Gateway MAC     : 00:00:00:00:00:00 

Backup Gateway IP       : 0.0.0.0 

Backup Gateway MAC      : 00:00:00:00:00:00 

802.1q VLAN ID          : Disabled 

802.1q VLAN Priority    : 0 

RMCP+ Cipher Suites     : 1,2,3,6,7,8,11,12,15,16,17 

Cipher Suite Priv Max   : XXaXXXXXXXaXXXX 

                        :     X=Cipher Suite Unused 

                        :     c=CALLBACK 

                        :     u=USER 

                        :     o=OPERATOR 

                        :     a=ADMIN 

                        :     O=OEM 

 

For example, if the DMN MAC  address was “a4bf01ec6fd2”, the IPv6 link-local IP would be 

fe80:0000:0000:0000:a6bf:01ff:feec:6fd2.

 

mac_to_ipv6 () { 

IFS=':'; set $1; unset IFS 

ipv6_address="fe80:0000:0000:0000:$(printf %02x $((0x$1 ^ 2)))$2:${3}ff:fe$4:$5$6" 

Usage: 

mac_to_ipv6 a4:bf:01:ec:6f:d2 

Result: 

fe80:0000:0000:0000:a6bf:01ff:feec:6fd2  

 
Commands to retrieve the MAC address from channel 03:  

# DMN MAC ADDRESS        ipmitool lan print 3 

cipher3_enable.nsh (Script in flash package K6930601)

BMC

Enable Cipher 3 for channel 3

ipmitool raw 0x0c 0x01 0x03 0x18 0x00 0x00 0x04 0x00
0x00 0x00 0x04 0x00 0x00

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