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idata
Community Manager
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Firmware version on x520-SR2

Hi,

I have installed x520-SR2 on my Dell poweredge server running ESXi 5.1. I have configured this CNA with software FCoE

The driver version on the CNA is ixgbe 3.14.3. How can I find the Firmware version on the card?

I tried reading the release notes and checked the VMware website but couldnt find any helpful info.

~ # ethtool -i vmnic4

driver: ixgbe

version: 3.14.3iov

firmware-version: 0x61bd0001

bus-info: 0000:04:00.0

Can any one help?

-Malhar

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Patrick_K_Intel1
Employee
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Hi Malhar,

On the newer Dell systems you can find out the firmware version by connecting to the iDRAC (Dell's BMC), it has all that information as well. This is assuming you purchased the NIC from Dell and it has all the Dell secret sauce in it to provide this information to the BMC.

- Patrick

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Patrick,

No we did not purchase the NIC from Dell. Is there anyway I can find the firmware from the ESX? or while bootup?

-Malhar

Patrick_K_Intel1
Employee
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That makes it a bit tougher, but not impossible. The tracking # of the EEPROM is stored in words 0x2D and 0x2E. You can use ethtool to dump these words:

ethtool –e vmnic4 offset 2d length 1

ethtool –e vmnic4 offset 2e length 1

We can then use that to associate with a specific version. What information are you trying to associate with a version?

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