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idata
Community Manager
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Connecting a X520-DA2 to an HP Procurve switch

I have three hosts with X520-DA2's in them (1-SLES10sp4 and 2-VMware ESXi 5). I have connected them to an HP Procurve E5412zl (J8698A)switch with a 10G module (J9538) and an HP direct connect cable (J9285B). I am unable to get communication to cross the wire from the hosts to the switch.

Questions:

Is the HP SFP+ connector that is on their direct connect cable compatible with the Intel X520-DA2?

If compatibility is not the problem, what has to be done to get these two to communicate?

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Mark_H_Intel
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There was an update to the Intel Ethernet drivers to fix an incompatibility with the J9285B and similar cables. I suspect that you are encountering that issue. Updating the drivers will be a good next step.

The latest Linux driver is at http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=14687 http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=14687.

Directions for getting the latest driver for ESX can be found at http://www.intel.com/support/network/adapter/pro100/sb/CS-029808.htm http://www.intel.com/support/network/adapter/pro100/sb/CS-029808.htm.

Let me know if this solves your issue or not.

Mark H

idata
Community Manager
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I downloaded the latest driver for ESXi 5.0 (ixgbe version 3.9.13) and I still have the problem there.

On the Linux front I am using SLES 10 sp4. I downloaded the 3.9.17 driver and compiled and loaded it. I checked and it says I am using ixgbe version 3.9.17-NAPI (firmware version 0x546c0001).

I am not able to get traffic to go out through the cable. There are solid green lights at both ends with another green light flashing.

I really frustrated here. HP tech support tells me that I can only reliably connect HP cables to the HP switch, Intel says I should use Intel cables. So I'm getting nowhere fast.

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