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CFJSGeek
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Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

I have a PowerEdge 1950. Though the course of trying to troubleshoot some network issues after a physical move, I found that one of the PE1950's has one NIC that blinks both the green link and orange status codes in tandom about 12 (maybe 11) times, slower than a traffic indicator would blink. It pauses then starts again.

The other NIC on the same server is showing normal status lights.

I can ping to another server attached to the same VLAN it's on.

I've searched, but can't find anything referencing this type of indicator code.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

Hello.

What Operating System and model of the Network cards? Ensure the NIC drivers and firmware is up to date and speed/duplex on the NIC and switch are set to the same parameters.

Robert Alakara

Dell EMC | Enterprise Services

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CFJSGeek
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

The operating system is Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

The NIC cards are on-board Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II Gige (LOM).. Device manager reports Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II GigE (NDIS VBD Client) (drive 7.10.6.0)

They are connected via Gigabyte connection at the moment, but the interface will blink that even when the cable is not connected. So this doesn't appear to be any sort of link/switch issue.

According to OME, everything checks out and System Updates don't ask for updates.

I do notice however, even though they are the exact same onboard NIC, OME reports that NIC #0 has TOE capability, and is enabled, while NIC #1 (that is blinking) doesn't have TOE capability.

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theflash1932
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

Each port can have TOE enabled/disabled independently in the BIOS (or through OMSA with a reboot).

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CFJSGeek
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

I'm not seeing where you can enable that in OMSA, but it says it's not TOE Capable - so I don't think I'd be able to enable it anyway since it'd have to be capable.

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CFJSGeek
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

I did find the firmware versions in OMSA though:

#0 b8c2 7.4.0, UMP 1.1.9, ipmi 1.06, iSCSI v7.10.4
#1 b8c2 7.4.0, b8c2 7.4.0, ipmi 1.06 (missing the iSCSI like we see on #0)

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theflash1932
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

Yeah, the TOE key would have to be installed ... I thought you said TOE was enabled on one port but not the other. On one machine but not the other maybe?

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CFJSGeek
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

I'm not familiar with a TOE key, but it's the same machine, same motherboard, side-by-side interface.

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theflash1932
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

Might check the BIOS on the next reboot if it isn't showing correctly in OMSA (I'm assuming). Are you using CLI or the GUI?

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CFJSGeek
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RE: Tandom NIC Indicator Code on PE1950

I'm using the GUI. Do you think the TOE being off has to do with the blink status it's showing?

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