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Using Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2: Broadcom NetXtreme II Network Adapter User Guide

Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Overview

Installing the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Software

Modifying Management Applications

Repairing or Reinstalling the Management Applications

Removing Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

Starting Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

Using Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

Configuring Teaming

Resource Management

Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Overview

Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 (BACS2) is an integrated utility that provides useful information about each network adapter that is installed in your system. BACS2 also enables you to perform detailed tests, diagnostics, and analyses on each adapter, as well as to view and modify property values and view traffic statistics for each adapter.

NOTE: Not all information is available for all adapters.

BACS2 contains three panes:

Broadcom Advanced Server Program (BASP), which runs within Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2, is used in Expert Mode to configure teams for load balancing, fault tolerance, and virtual local area networks (VLANs). The Teaming Wizard can also be used to configure teams and VLANs. BASP functionality is available only on systems that use at least one Broadcom network adapter.


Types of Information Provided by Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 lists all of the network adapters in your system and provides the following information (if available) about each adapter:

  • Driver Status
  • MAC Address
  • Link Status
  • IP Address
  • Memory Address
  • Physical Address
  • Speed
  • Duplex
  • Slot No.
  • Driver Name
  • Driver Version
  • Driver Date
  • Firmware Version
  • ASIC Version
  • Bus Type
  • Bus No.
  • Device No.
  • Function No.
  • Interrupt Request
  • Team Name
  • Team Type
  • VLAN Name
  • VLAN ID
  • Properties

Vital Sign. At-a-glance information on all of the LAN adapters in your system

Resources. Shows the resource settings for the selected adapter

Hardware. Shows the hardware information for the selected adapter

Advanced. Shows the available properties and their values for the selected adapter

Statistics. Provides detailed performance statistics for the selected adapter

Resource Reservations. Displays a pie chart of the allocated TOE, iSCSI, and RDMA connections, as well as the unallocated and unlicensed resources. Only available with some Broadcom NetXtreme II network adapters.

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Licenses. Displays licensing information for the TOE, iSCSI, and RDMA technologies. Only available with some Broadcom NetXtreme II network adapters.

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BASP Statistics. Provides detailed performance statistics for the selected team (this BASP Statistics tab is displayed only when you click the name of an adapter that is part of a team)

Testing, Diagnostics, Analyses, and Teaming Functions

The following testing, diagnostics, analyses, and teaming functions are provided:

Network Test. Confirms network connectivity to a remote station

Diagnostics. Performs comprehensive diagnostics on Broadcom network adapters

Cable Analysis. Analyzes Category 5 cabling conditions in depth

Configuring Teaming. Allows you to group multiple network adapters into teams for load balance and failover

Installing the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Software

The Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 (BACS2) software and related management applications can be installed from the Dell-provided driver CD or from one of the Windows driver packages available at http://support.dell.com or by using the silent install option (see Using Silent Installation).

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Using the Installer

In addition to the Broadcom device drivers, the installer installs the management applications. The following are installed when running the installer:

To install the Broadcom drivers and management applications

  1. When the Found New Hardware Wizard appears, click Cancel.
  2. Insert the Dell-provided CD into the CD or DVD drive or download the software driver package from the Dell website at http://support.dell.com/.
  3. On the driver source media, or from the location to which you downloaded the software driver package, open the folder for your operating system, open the Driver_Management_Apps_Installer folder, and then double-click Setup.exe to open the InstallShield Wizard.
  4. Click Next to continue.
  5. After you review the license agreement, click I accept the terms in the license agreement and then click Next to continue.
  6. Select the features you want installed.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Install.
  9. Click Finish to close the wizard.
  10. The installer will determine if a system restart is necessary. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Using Silent Installation

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To perform a silent install from within the installer source folder

Type the following:

setup /s /v/qn


 

To perform a silent upgrade from within the installer source folder

Type the following:

setup /s /v/qn

To perform a silent reinstall of the same installer

Type the following:

setup /s /v"/qn REINSTALL=ALL"


 

NOTE: The REINSTALL switch should only be used if the same installer is already installed on the system. If upgrading an earlier version of the installer, use setup /s /v/qn as listed above.

To perform a silent install by feature

Use the ADDSOURCE to include any of the features listed below.

Type the following:

setup /s /v"/qn ADDSOURCE=Drivers,BACS,BASP,SNMP,CIM"

The following command-line statement installs only the Broadcom drivers:

setup /s /v"/qn ADDSOURCE=Drivers"


 

NOTE: The Broadcom device drivers are a required feature and are always installed, even if you do not specify ADDSOURCE.

To perform a silent install from within a batch file

To perform a silent install from within a batch file and to wait for the install to complete before continuing with the next command line, type the following:

start /wait setup /s /w /v/qn

Modifying Management Applications

To modify the management applications

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Broadcom Drivers and Management Applications, and then click Change.
  3. Click Next to continue.
  4. Click Modify, Add, or Remove to change program features.
  5. Click Next to continue.
  6. Click on an icon to change how a feature is installed.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Install.
  9. Click Finish to close the wizard.
  10. Reboot your system to complete the modification of the management applications.

Repairing or Reinstalling the Management Applications

To repair or reinstall the management applications

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Broadcom Drivers and Management Applications, and then click Change.
  3. Click Next to continue.
  4. Click Repair or Reinstall to repair errors in installed applications.
  5. Click Next to continue.
  6. Click Install.
  7. Click Finish to close the wizard.
  8. The installer will determine if a system restart is necessary. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Removing Management Applications

If you remove the device drivers, any management application that is installed is also removed.

To remove management applications

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click Broadcom Drivers and Management Applications, and then click Change.
  3. Click Next to continue.
  4. Click Modify, Add, or Remove to remove management applications.
  5. Click Next to continue.
  6. Click on an icon to remove a management application.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Click Finish to close the wizard.
  9. The installer will determine if a system restart is necessary. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Starting Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

In Control Panel, click Broadcom Control Suite 2.

Using Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2

Start BACS2. Click the tab that provides the information of interest or from which to perform a desired test, diagnostic, analysis, or set adapter properties. To create a team, from the Tools menu, click Create a Team, which starts the Teaming Wizard.

Vital Sign

The Vital Sign tab shows useful information about Broadcom network adapters and other network adapters that are installed in your system. Such information includes the link status of the adapter and network connectivity. To view this information for any installed network adapter, click the name of the adapter listed in the Name pane.

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MAC Address. This is a physical MAC (media access control) address that is assigned to the adapter by the manufacturer. The physical address is never all 0s.

Permanent MAC Address. The unique hardware address assigned to the network adapter.

IP Address: The network address that is associated with the adapter. If the IP address is all 0s, this means that the associated driver has not been bound with Internet Protocol (IP).

Driver Status. The status of the adapter driver

Loaded. Normal operating mode. The adapter driver has been loaded by Windows and is functioning.

Not Loaded. The driver associated with the adapter has not been loaded by Windows.

Information Not Available. The value is not obtainable from the driver that is associated with the adapter.

Driver Name/Version/Date. The file name, version, and creation date of the adapter driver.

LiveLink IP Address. The network address of the LiveLink enabled adapter.

Offload Capabilities. The offload capabilities supported by the adapter. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

TOE. TCP Offload Engine (TOE) allows simultaneous operation of up to 1024 fully offloaded TCP connections to the hardware.

LSO. Large Send Offload (LSO) prevents an upper level protocol such as TCP from breaking a large data packet into a series of smaller packets with headers appended to them.

CO. Checksum Offload (CO) allows the TCP/IP/UDP checksums for send and receive traffic to be calculated by the adapter hardware rather than by the host CPU.

Local Connection. Identifies the module to which the blade server is attached.

Chassis SW. Chassis switch module

Chassis PHY. Pass-through module

None. No modules attached

BASP State. Information about the status of the BASP application. This information is displayed only when there is a team (see Configuring Teaming).

Network Status: The following network status information is provided:

Link Status. The indicator is green if a link is established. A red indicator means that a link is not established.

Speed. The link speed of the adapter

Duplex. The duplex mode in which the adapter is operating

Team Status

The team status is also graphically indicated by the appearance of the icons representing the team and the team members. If the adapter icon shows only the adapter, the adapter is connected to a network, but is not correctly participating in the team, which corresponds to a Not Active BASP state. This condition does not apply to an adapter that is a standby member of a team. The standby adapter may be working properly even though it is Not Active.

If the adapter icon shows a superimposed running yellow figure, the adapter is connected and participating in the team correctly, which corresponds to an Active BASP state.

If the adapter icon shows a superimposed red letter X, the adapter is not connected to the network.

Resources

NOTE: Some information may not be available for all Broadcom network adapters.

Bus Type. The type of input/output (I/O) interconnect used by the adapter

Bridge. The bridge type, which is the PCI-E to PCI-X bridge. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Bridge Lanes. The number of PCI-E lanes connected to the bridge. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Bridge Speed. The clock speed on PCI-E bus. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Slot No. The slot number on the system board occupied by the adapter. This item is not available for PCI Express type adapters.

Bus Speed (MHz). The bus clock signal frequency used by the adapter. This item is not available for PCI Express type adapters.

Bus Width (bit). The number of bits that the bus can transfer at a single time to and from the adapter. This item is not available for PCI Express type adapters.

Bus No. Indicates the number of the bus in which the adapter is installed

Device No. The number assigned to the adapter by the operating system

Function No. The port number of the adapter. For a single-port adapter, the function number is 0. For a two-port adapter, the function number for the first port is 0, and the function number for the second port is 1.

Interrupt Request. The interrupt line number that is associated with the adapter. Valid numbers range from 2 to 25.

Memory Address. The memory mapped address that is assigned to the adapter. This value can never be 0.

Hardware

NOTE: Some information may not be available for all Broadcom network adapters.

ASIC Version. The chip version of the Broadcom adapter (this information is not available for adapters made by others).

Firmware Version. The firmware version of the Broadcom adapter (this information in not available for adapters made by others). This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme adapters.

Boot Code 1 Version. The version of boot code 1. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Boot Code 2 Version. The version of boot code 2. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Vendor ID. The vendor ID.

Device ID. The adapter ID.

Subsystem Vendor ID. The subsystem vendor ID.

Subsystem ID. The subsystem ID.

iSCSI Boot Version. The version of the iSCSI Boot software initiator.

Advanced

The Advanced tab allows you to view and change the values of the available properties of the selected adapter. The potentially available properties and their respective settings are described below. To view the value of a property, click the name of the property in the Property list. The property value is displayed in the Value box. To change the value, click an item in the Value list or type a new value, as appropriate (selection options are different for different properties).

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802.1p QOS. The 802.1p QOS property enables quality of service, which is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) specification that treats different types of network traffic differently to ensure required levels or reliability and latency according to the type of traffic. This property is disabled by default. Unless the network infrastructure supports QoS, do not enable QoS. Otherwise, problems may occur.

Ethernet@Wirespeed. The Ethernet@Wirespeed property enables a Gigabit Ethernet adapter to establish a link at a lower speed when only two pairs of wires are available in the cabling plant. By default, this property is set to Enable. To disable Ethernet@Wirespeed, change the setting to Disable.

Disable. Disables Ethernet@Wirespeed.

Enable (default). Enables Ethernet@Wirespeed.

Flow Control. The Flow Control property enables or disables the receipt or transmission of PAUSE frames. PAUSE frames enable the network adapter and a switch to control the transmit rate. The side that is receiving the PAUSE frame momentarily stops transmitting.

TOE performance is more susceptible to packet loss when flow control is disabled. Enable flow control to reduce the number of packets lost.

Auto (default). PAUSE frame receipt and transmission are optimized.

Disable. PAUSE frame receipt and transmission are disabled.

Rx PAUSE. PAUSE frame receipt is enabled.

Rx/Tx PAUSE. PAUSE frame receipt and transmission are enabled.

Tx PAUSE. PAUSE frame transmission is enabled.

IPv4 Checksum Offload. Normally, the checksum function is computed by the protocol stack. When you select one of the Checksum Offload property values (other than None), the checksum can be computed by the network adapter.

Rx Enabled. Enables receive TCP/IP/UDP checksum offload.

Tx Enabled. Enables transmit TCP/IP/UDP checksum offload.

Tx/Rx Enabled (default). Enables transmit and receive TCP/IP/UDP checksum offload.

None. Disables checksum offload.

IPv4 Large Send Offload. Normally the TCP segmentation is done by the protocol stack. When you enable the Large Send Offload property, the TCP segmentation can be done by the network adapter. This property is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Disable. Disables Large Send Offload

Enable. (default). Enables Large Send Offload

Jumbo MTU. The Jumbo MTU property allows the network adapter to transmit and receive oversized Ethernet frames that are greater than 1514 bytes, but less than or equal to 9000 bytes in length. This property requires the presence of a switch that is able to process jumbo frames. This property is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Frame size is set at 1500 bytes by default. To increase the size of the received frames, increment the byte quantity in 500-byte increments.

LSO & Jumbo Frames. The Jumbo Frames property allows the network adapter to transmit and receive oversized Ethernet frames that are greater than 1514 bytes, but less than 9000 bytes in length. This property requires the presence of a switch that is able to process Jumbo frames. This information is available for some Broadcom NetXtreme adapters and is not available for all Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Frame size is set at 1500 bytes by default by selecting the LSO Enabled, Jumbo Off option.

NOTE: Jumbo Frames and Large Send Offload (LSO) are mutually-exclusive properties.

Normally the TCP segmentation is done by the protocol stack. When you enable the Large Send Offload (LSO) property, the TCP segmentation can be done by the network adapter.

Both Disabled. LSO & Jumbo frames are both disabled.

LSO Enabled, Jumbo Off (default). LSO enabled and jumbo frames disabled.

LSO Off, Jumbo 3000. Frame size of 3000 bytes and LSO off.

LSO Off, Jumbo 4500. Frame size of 4500 bytes and LSO off.

LSO Off, Jumbo 6000. Frame size of 6000 bytes and LSO off.

LSO Off, Jumbo 7500. Frame size of 7500 bytes and LSO off.

LSO Off, Jumbo 9000. Frame size of 9000 bytes and LSO off.

Locally Administered Address. The Locally Administered Address is a user-defined MAC address that is used in place of the MAC address originally assigned to the network adapter. Every adapter in the network must have its own unique MAC address. This locally administered address consists of a 12-digit hexadecimal number.

Value. Assigns a unique node address for the adapter

Not Present (default). Uses the factory-assigned node address on the adapter

The appropriate assigned ranges and exceptions for the locally administered address include the following:

NOTE: In some cases, network devices will allow a different combination of hexadecimal and alphanumeric characters than what is entered, which could result in an invalid MAC address. If you assign an address, confirm the assigned address using the ipconfig utility at the DOS prompt.

Receive Side Scaling. The Receive Side Scaling property allows for configuring network load balancing across multiple CPUs.

Enable (default). Enables Receive Side Scaling.

Disable. Disables Receive Side Scaling.

Speed & Duplex. The Speed & Duplex property sets the connection speed and mode to that of the network. Note that Full-Duplex mode allows the adapter to transmit and receive network data simultaneously.

10 Mb Full. Sets the speed at 10 Mbit/s and the mode to Full-Duplex

10 Mb Half. Sets the speed at 10 Mbit/s and the mode to Half-Duplex

100 Mb Full. Sets the speed at 100 Mbit/s and the mode to Full-Duplex

100 Mb Half. Sets the speed at 100 Mbit/s and the mode to Half-Duplex

1 Gb Full Auto. Sets the speed to Auto-Negotiate at 1000 Mb Full-Duplex mode only

Auto (default). Sets the speed and mode for optimum network connection (recommended)

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Speed & Duplex (SerDes)

1 Gb Full. Forces the speed to 1 Gb Full based on a matching setting for its link partner.

Auto (default). Sets the speed to auto-negotiate with its link partner at the highest matching speed.

Auto with 1Gb Fallback Full. Sets the speed to auto-negotiate with its link partner, but if the attached link partner is forced at 1 Gbit/s, it will fall back to this mode.

Hardware Default. Sets the speed to negotiate according to the setting specified by the manufacturer (see manufacturer documentation for more information).

Wake Up Capabilities. The Wake Up Capabilities property enables the network adapter to wake up from a low-power mode when it receives a network wake-up frame. Two types of wake-up frames are possible: Magic Packet™ and Wake Up Frame. This property is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme adapters.

Both (default). Selects both Magic Packet and Wake Up Frame as wake-up frames.

Magic Packet. Selects Magic Packet as the wake-up frame.

None. Selects no wake-up frame.

Wake Up Frame. Selects Wake Up Frame as the wake-up frame and allows the network adapter to wake the system when an event such as a ping or an Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) request is received. This option works in conjunction with the operating system power mode saving and does not work if the Power Save setting does not enable WOL.

WOL Speed. The WOL Speed property sets the speed at which the network adapter connects to the network while the network adapter is in Wake on LAN mode. By default, the WOL Speed property is set to Auto. This property is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme adapters.

10 Mb. Sets the speed to 10 Mbit/s. This is the network speed when the system is in a standby mode awaiting a wake-up frame.

100 Mb. Sets the speed to 100 Mbit/s.

Auto (default). Sets the speed for optimum network connection.

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Adapters Supporting Remote PHY

The following properties are specific to blade servers using a NetXtreme II BCM5708S adapter that supports the Remote PHY feature.

Chassis PHY Ethernet@Wirespeed. This property is the same as Ethernet@Wirespeed, and is only available when the blade server is attached to a pass-through module.

Chassis PHY Flow Control. This property is the same as Flow Control, and is only available when the blade server is attached to a pass-through module.

Chassis PHY Speed & Duplex. This property is the same as Speed & Duplex (excludes 1 Gb Full Auto), and is only available when the blade server is attached to a pass-through module.

Chassis SW Flow Control. This property is the same as Flow Control, and is only available when the blade server is attached to a switch module.

Chassis SW Speed & Duplex. This property is the same as Speed & Duplex (SerDes), and is only available when the blade server is attached to a switch module.

Network Test

On the Network Test tab, you can verify IP network connectivity. This test verifies if the driver is installed correctly and tests connectivity to a gateway or other specified IP address on the same subnet. Network Test uses TCP/IP. The network test sends ICMP packets to remote systems and waits for a response. If a gateway is configured, the test automatically sends packets to that system. If a gateway is not configured or if the gateway is unreachable, the test prompts you for a destination IP address.

Diagnostics

On the Diagnostics tab, you can perform diagnostic tests on the physical components of a Broadcom network adapter. The tests are continuously performed. The number of passes and fails in the Pass/Fail column increments each time the tests are performed. For example, if a test is performed four times and there are no fails, the value in the Pass/Fail column is 4/0. If there were 3 passes and 1 fail, however, the value in the Pass/Fail column is 3/1.

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Control Registers. This test verifies the read and write capabilities of the network adapter registers by writing various values to the registers and verifying the results. The adapter driver uses these registers to perform network functions such as sending and receiving information. A test failure indicates that the adapter may not be working properly.

MII Registers. This test verifies the read and write capabilities of the registers of the physical layer (PHY). The physical layer is used to control the electrical signals on the wire and for configuring network speeds such as 1000 Mbit/s.

EEPROM. This test verifies the content of the electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM) by reading a portion of the EEPROM and computing the checksum. The test fails if the computed checksum is different from the checksum stored in the EEPROM. An EEPROM image upgrade does not require a code change for this test.

Internal Memory. This test verifies that the internal memory of the adapter is functioning properly. The test writes patterned values to the memory and reads back the results. The test fails if an erroneous value is read back. The adapter cannot function if its internal memory is not functioning properly.

On-Chip CPU. This test verifies the operation of the internal CPUs in the adapter.

Interrupt. This test verifies that the Network Device Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) driver is able to receive interrupts from the adapter.

Loopback MAC and Loopback PHY. These tests verify that the NDIS driver is able to send packets to and receive packets from the adapter.

Test LED. This test causes all of the port LEDs to blink 5 times for the purpose of identifying the adapter.

Cable Analysis

From the Cable Analysis tab, you can monitor the conditions of each wire pair in an Ethernet Category 5 cable connection within an Ethernet network. The analysis measures the cable quality and compares it against the IEEE 802.3ab specification for compliance.

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To run a cable analysis

  1. Connect the cable to a port on a switch where the port is set to Auto and the Speed & Duplex driver settings are also set to Auto.
  2. Click the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet adapter listed in the Name pane.
  3. Click Test. The Test Status reveals one of two options: Completed or Failed. See below for test result options.


The test results are described below:

Good. Good cable/PCB signal paths, but no gigabit link.

Crossed. Pin short or crosstalk along two or more cable/PCB signal paths.

Open. One or both pins are open for a twisted pair.

Short.Two pins from the same twisted pair are shorted together.

Noise. Persistent noise present (most likely caused by Forced 10/100).

GB Link. Gigabit link is up and running.

N/A. Algorithm failed to reach a conclusion.

NOTE: Valid cable lengths are returned for all test results except for Noise.

There are several factors that could have an effect on the test results:

Statistics

On the Statistics tab, you can view traffic statistics for both Broadcom network adapters and network adapters made by others. Statistical information and coverage are more comprehensive for Broadcom adapters.

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General Statistics

Frames Tx OK. A count of the frames that were successfully transmitted. This counter is incremented when the transmit status is reported as Transmit OK.

Frames Rx OK. A count of the frames that were successfully received. This does not include frames received with frame-too-long, frame check sequence (FCS), length, or alignment errors, or frames lost due to internal MAC sublayer errors. This counter is incremented when the receive status is reported as Receive OK.

Directed Frames Tx. A count of directed data frames that were successfully transmitted

Multicast Frames Tx. A count of frames that were successfully transmitted (as indicated by the status value Transmit OK) to a group destination address other than a broadcast address

Broadcast Frames Tx. A count of frames that were successfully transmitted (as indicated by the transmit status Transmit OK) to the broadcast address. Frames transmitted to multicast addresses are not broadcast frames and therefore, are excluded.

Directed Frames Rx. A count of directed data frames that were successfully received

Multicast Frames Rx. A count of frames that were successfully received and are directed to an active nonbroadcast group address. This does not include frames received with frame-too-long, FCS, length, or alignment errors, or frames lost because of internal MAC sublayer errors. This counter is incremented as indicated by the Receive OK status.

Broadcast Frames Rx. A count of frames that were successfully received and are directed to a broadcast group address. This count does not include frames received with frame-too-long, FCS, length, or alignment errors, or frames lost because of internal MAC sublayer errors. This counter is incremented as indicated by the Receive OK status.

Frames Rx with CRC Error. The number of frames received with CRC errors

IEEE 802.3 Statistics

Frames Rx with Alignment Error. A count of the frames that were not an integral number of octets in length and do not pass the FCS check. This counter is incremented when the receive status is reported as Alignment Error.

Frames Tx with one Collision. A count of the frames that were involved in a single collision and were subsequently transmitted successfully. This counter is incremented when the result of a transmission is reported as Transmit OK, and the attempt value is 2.

Frames Tx with more than one Collision. A count of the frames that were involved in more than one collision and were subsequently transmitted successfully. This counter is incremented when the transmit status is reported as Transmit OK, and the value of the attempts variable is greater than 2 and less than or equal to the attempt limit.

Frames Tx after Deferral. A count of the frames that were delayed being transmitted on the first attempt because the medium was busy. The frames involved in any collision are not counted.

Custom Statistics

NOTE: Custom statistics are available only for an enabled Broadcom network adapter.

Out of Recv. Buffer. The number of times the adapter ran out of Receive Buffer Descriptors. This information is only available for Broadcom NetXtreme II adapters.

Frames size less than 64-byte with bad FCS. The number of frames with a size less than 64 bytes with bad FCS.

MAC Rx w/ Pause Command and Length = 0. MAC control frames with the pause command and a length equal to 0.

MAC Rx w/ Pause Command and Length greater than 0. MAC control frames with the pause command and a length greater than 0.

MAC Rx w/ no Pause Command. MAC control frames with no pause command.

MAC Sent X-on. MAC Transmit with X-on was on.

MAC Sent X-off. MAC Transmit with X-on was off.

Large Send Offload Transmit Requests. The number of times the adapter was requested to transmit a packet performing TCP segmentation.

Total Offload TCP Connections. The total number of offloaded TCP connections.

Resource Reservations

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From the Resource Reservations tab, you can view the number of connections allocated to an offload technology: TOE, iSCSI, and RDMA.

You can also view the number of unlicensed resources and unallocated resources.

TOE, iSCSI, and RDMA can only be configured on certain adapters and require a license key. License keys are installed on the motherboard for use with LOMs and are preprogrammed in add-in NICs. TOE is a technology best suited for long-term TCP connections. TOE used in conjunction with applications that primarily deal with short-term connections may see suboptimal performance when compared to not using TOE. A short-term connection is a TCP connection that is established for only a few seconds at most, often less than one second. The overhead of establishing and tearing down the TCP connection with short-term connections may diminish the benefit that TOE provides. An example of an application that uses short-term connections is a web server that is not behind a load balancer. TCP connections for HTTP sessions are very short-lived and last only long enough to serve up a web page, after which the TCP connection is terminated. On the other hand, the same web server behind a load balancer benefits greatly from TOE since the TCP connections are long-lived between the web server and the load balancer. In contrast, a backup application is very likely to benefit from TOE since backup applications establish long-term connections between the server and the client.

To reserve resources

  1. Click the Broadcom NetXtreme II adapter listed in the Name pane.


  2. Click Configure to reserve the number of connections you want for each offload technology. Reservations allocate the minimum number of connections per technology. If resources are available, actual use may exceed the reserved amount.
  3. From the Resource Configuration window, click the configuration type (TOE, RDMA, iSCSI).
  4. Configure the number of connections by sliding the bar to the right or entering a number in the value box. The percentage in Pre-Allocated Resources (%) changes upon changes to the number of connections.


  5. Click Preview to see a chart of the resource allocations.
  6. From the Resource Reservations tab, click Restore to revert back to the previous settings.
  7. After the configurations are complete, click Apply to save the settings.
  8. If prompted, reboot the system.

Licenses

On the Licenses tab, you can view the number of connections available for TOE, iSCSI, and RDMA offload technologies.

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BASP Statistics

On the BASP Statistics tab, you can view performance information about the network adapters that are on a team. To view this information for any team member adapter, click the name of the adapter. To view the BASP statistics for the team as a whole, click the virtual adapter in the Virtual Adapters folder.

Configuring Teaming

The teaming function allows you to group any available network adapters together to function as a team. Teaming is a method of creating a virtual LAN (a group of multiple adapters that functions as a single adapter). The benefit of this approach is that it enables load balancing and failover. Teaming is done through the Broadcom Advanced Server Program (BASP) software. For a comprehensive description of the technology and implementation considerations of the teaming software, refer to the "Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet Teaming Services" section of your Broadcom network adapter user guide.

Teaming can be accomplished by either of the following methods:

Team Types

You can create four types of load balance teams:

Smart Load Balance and Failover

In this type of team, a standby member handles the traffic if all of the load balance members fail (a failover event). All load balance members have to fail before the standby member takes over. When one or more of the load balance members is restored (fallback), the restored team member(s) resumes the handling of the traffic. The LiveLink feature is supported only for this type of team.

Link Aggregation (802.3ad)

In this type of team, you can dynamically configure the network adapters that have been selected to participate in a given team. If the link partner is not correctly configured for IEEE 802.3ad link configuration, errors are detected and noted. All adapters in the team are configured to receive packets for the same MAC address. The outbound load balancing scheme is determined by the BASP driver. The link partner of the team determines the load balancing scheme for inbound packets. In this mode, at least one of the link partners must be in active mode.

NOTE: Link Aggregation team type is not supported for TOE teaming.

Generic Trunking (FEC/GEC)/802.3ad-Draft Static

This type of team is very similar to the link aggregation type, in that all adapters in the team must be configured to receive packets for the same MAC address. This mode does not provide link aggregation control protocol (LACP) or marker protocol support. This mode supports a variety of environments where the link partners are statically configured to support a proprietary trunking mechanism. Trunking supports load balancing and failover for both outbound and inbound traffic.

NOTE: Generic Trunking (FEC/GEC)/802.3ad-Draft Static team type is not supported for TOE teaming.

SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable)

This team is identical to Smart Load Balance and Failover, with the following exception—when the standby member is active, if a primary member comes back online, the team continues using the standby member rather than switching back to the primary member. This type of team is supported only for situations in which the network cable is disconnected and reconnected to the network adapter. It is not supported for situations in which the adapter is removed/installed through Device Manager or Hot-Plug PCI. If any primary adapter assigned to a team is disabled, the team functions as a Smart Load Balancing and Failover type of team in which auto-fallback occurs.

Standby Team Member and Auto-Fallback Disable Mode

You can designate one team member in an SLB type of team to be the standby member. The standby member does not actively send and receive normal network traffic while other adapters on the team are active. If all of the active adapters on the team fail or are disconnected, the standby member takes over the handling of the network activities.

In Auto-Fallback Disable mode, if a load balance member returns on line, the team continues using the standby member rather than switching back to using the load balance member. Consequently, the adapter that was initially designated a load balance member remains in an inactive state and becomes the new standby member.

The LiveLink feature is not supported if Auto-Fallback Disable mode is enabled on an SLB type of team.

Using the Broadcom Teaming Wizard

You can use the Broadcom Teaming Wizard to create a team, configure an existing team if a team has already been created, or create a VLAN.

Creating and Modifying a Team Using the Teaming Wizard
  1. On the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Tools menu, click Create a Team.
  2. NOTE: If you prefer to work without the wizard for now, click Expert Mode and then click Next. If you want to always use Expert Mode to create a team, select Default to Expert Mode on next start and then click Next. See Using Expert Mode.

  3. To continue using the wizard, click Next.


  4. Type the team name and then click Next. If you want to review or change any of your settings, click Back. Click Cancel to discard your settings and exit the wizard.
  5. NOTE: The team name cannot exceed 39 characters, cannot begin with spaces, and cannot contain any of the following characters: & \ / : * ? < > |



  6. Select the type of team you want to create and then click Next.
  7. If the team type is an SLB type team, click Next. If the team type is not an SLB type team, then a dialog box appears. Verify that the network switch connected to the team members is configured correctly for the team type, click OK, and continue.


  8. From the Available Adapters list, click the adapter you want to add to the team and then click Add. Remove team members from the Team Members list by clicking the adapter and then clicking Remove. Click Next.
  9. NOTE: There must be at least one Broadcom network adapter assigned to the team.

    NOTE: A team created with a single adapter will not have load balancing or failover capabilities.

    The TCP Offload Engine (TOE), Large Send Offload (LSO) and Checksum Offload (CO) columns indicate if the TOE, LSO, and/or the CO properties are supported (Y) or not supported (N) for the adapter. The TOE, LSO, and CO properties are enabled for a team only when all of the members support and are configured for the feature. If this is the case, then the team offload capabilities appear on the bottom of the screen.

    NOTE: Adding a network adapter to a team where its driver is disabled may negatively affect the offloading capabilities of the team. This may have an impact on the team's performance. Therefore, it is recommended that only driver-enabled network adapters be added as members to a team.



  10. If you want to designate one of the adapters as a standby member (optional), then click Use the following member as a standby member.
  11. Select the standby member from the list of adapters.
  12. The Auto-Fallback Disable mode feature allows the team to continue using the standby member rather than switching back to the primary member if the primary member comes back online. To enable this feature, click Enable Auto-Fallback Disable mode and then click Next.


  13. If you want to configure LiveLink, click Yes and then click Next. If you do not want to configure LiveLink, click No, and click Next.


  14. Set the probe interval (the number of seconds between each retransmission of a link packet to the probe target) and the maximum number of probe retries (the number of consecutively missed responses from a probe target before a failover is triggered).
  15. Set the Probe VLAN ID to allow for connectivity with probe targets residing on a tagged VLAN. The number set must match the VLAN ID of the probe targets as well as the port(s) on the switch to which the team is connected.
  16. NOTE: Each LiveLink enabled team can only communicate with Probe Targets on a single VLAN. Also, VLAN ID 0 is equivalent to an untagged network.

  17. Click the probe target at the top of the list, click Edit Target IP Address, type the target IP address in the IP Address box for one or all probe targets, and then click OK. Click Next.
  18. NOTE: Only the first probe target is required. You can specify up to three additional probe targets to serve as backups by assigning IP addresses to the other probe targets.



  19. Click a listed team member, click Edit Member IP Address, and then type the member IP address in the IP Address box. Repeat for all listed team members and then click OK. Click Next.
  20. NOTE: All of the member IP addresses must be in the same subnet as the subnet of the probe targets.



  21. If you want to create a VLAN on the team, click Yes and then click Next. If you do not want to create a VLAN to the team, click No, click Next, and continue with the wizard from the Finish screen (see Step 20. of this procedure).
  22. VLANs enable you to add multiple virtual adapters that are on different subnets. The benefit of this is that your system can have one network adapter that can belong to multiple subnets.

    NOTE: VLANs can only be created when all team members are Broadcom adapters.



  23. Type the VLAN name and then click Next.
  24. NOTE: The team name cannot exceed 39 characters, cannot begin with spaces, and cannot contain any of the following characters: & \ / : * ? < > |



  25. To tag the VLAN, click Tagged and then click Next. Otherwise, click Untagged, click Next, and continue with the wizard to add additional VLANs (see Step 19. of this procedure).


  26. Type the VLAN tag value and then click Next. The value must be between 1 and 4094.


  27. Click Yes to add another VLAN and then click Next. Repeat until you do not want to add any additional VLANs.
  28. NOTE: You can define up to 64 VLANs per team (63 VLANs that are tagged and 1 VLAN that is not tagged). Adding several VLANS may slow down the reaction time of the Windows interface due to memory and processor time usage for each VLAN. The degree to which Windows performance may suffer depends on system configuration.



  29. To apply and commit the changes to the team, click Commit changes and return to Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 and then click Finish.
  30. To preview the changes to the team in Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2, click Preview changes in Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 and then click Finish. The wizard exits and Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 opens. Click Apply to commit the changes or click Cancel to discard the changes.


  31. Click the team to view the team's statistics from the Statistics tab and the team properties from the Team Properties tab. Click the VLAN to view the properties of the VLAN from the Vital Signs tab and the VLAN statistics from the BASP Statistics tab.


Using Expert Mode

Use Expert Mode to create a team, modify a team, add a VLAN, and configure LiveLink for a Smart Load Balance and Failover team. To create a team using the wizard, see Using the Broadcom Teaming Wizard. To switch to the Teaming Wizard from the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Tools menu, click Customize. Select the Default Teaming Mode tab and select Wizard Mode.

Creating a Team

NOTE: Enabling Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is not recommended for members of an SLB type of team.

  1. From the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Tools menu, click Create a Team. The wizard Welcome screen appears.
  2. To work without the wizard, click Expert Mode.
  3. NOTE: If you want to always use Expert Mode to create a team, click Default to Expert Mode on next start.

  4. Click Next.


  5. Type a team name in the Enter a name you will use to identify this team box.
  6. Click the type of team, and then click Next.


  7. Assign any available adapter or adapters to the team by moving the adapter from the Available Adapters list to the Load Balance Members list. There must be at least one adapter in the Load Balance Members list.
  8. Assign any other available adapter or adapters to the team by moving the adapter from the Available Adapters list to the Standby Member list.
  9. NOTE: There must be at least one Broadcom network adapter assigned to the team.

    NOTE: A team created with a single adapter will not have load balancing or failover capabilities.

    The TCP Offload Engine (TOE), Large Send Offload (LSO), and Checksum Offload (CO) columns indicate if the TOE, LSO, and/or the CO properties are supported (Y) or not supported (N) for the adapter. The TOE, LSO, and CO properties are enabled for a team only when all of the members support and are configured for the feature. If this is the case, then the team offload capabilities appear on the bottom of the screen.

    NOTE: Adding a network adapter to a team where its driver is disabled may negatively affect the offloading capabilities of the team. This may have an impact on the team's performance. Therefore, it is recommended that only driver-enabled network adapters be added as members to a team.



  10. Click Next to configure LiveLink for this team. See Configuring LiveLink for a Smart Load Balancing and Failover Team.
  11. -or-

    Click Apply.

  12. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
  13. NOTES:

    • The team name cannot exceed 39 characters, cannot begin with spaces, and cannot contain any of the following characters: & \ / : * ? < > |
    • Team names must be unique. If you attempt to use a team name more than once, an error message is displayed indicating that the name already exists.
    • The maximum number of team members is 8.
    • When team configuration has been correctly performed, a virtual team adapter driver is created for each configured team.
    • If you disable a virtual team and later want to reenable it, you must first disable and reenable all team members before you reenable the virtual team.
    • When you create Generic Trunking and Link Aggregation teams, you cannot designate a standby member. Standby members work only with Smart Load Balancing and Failover and SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable) types of teams.
    • For an SLB (Auto-Fallback Disable) team, to restore traffic to the load balance members from the standby member, click the Fallback button on the Team Properties tab.
    • When configuring an SLB team, although connecting team members to a hub is supported for testing, it is recommended to connect team members to a switch.
    • Not all network adapters made by others are supported or fully certified for teaming.
  14. Configure the team IP address.
    1. From Control Panel, double-click Network Connections.
    2. Right-click the name of the team to be configured, and then click Properties.
    3. On the General tab, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and then click Properties.
    4. Configure the IP address and any other necessary TCP/IP configuration for the team, and then click OK when finished.
Modifying a Team

After you have created a team, you can modify the team in the following ways:

To modify a team

  1. From the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 Tools menu, click Configure a Team. The wizard Welcome screen appears.
  2. Click Next to continue modifying a team using the wizard or click Expert Mode to work in Expert Mode.
  3. Make the desired changes, and then click OK.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
Adding a VLAN

You also can add virtual LANs (VLANs) to a team. This enables you to add multiple virtual adapters that are on different subnets. The benefit of this is that your system can have one network adapter that can belong to multiple subnets. With a VLAN, you can couple the functionality of load balancing for the load balance members, and you can employ a failover adapter.

You can define up to 64 VLANs per team (63 VLANs that are tagged and 1 VLAN that is not tagged). VLANs can only be created when all teams members are Broadcom adapters. If you try to create a VLAN with a non-Broadcom adapter, an error message is displayed.

To configure a team with a VLAN

  1. Click the name of the team you want to configure.
  2. From the Team Properties tab, click Add VLAN.


  3. The Welcome screen appears.
  4. Click Expert Mode.
  5. Type the VLAN ID and VLAN name, and then click Preview to view the configuration of the team. If you are satisfied with the configuration, click OK. If you are not satisfied, either delete the team or reconfigure it.
  6. -or-

    Click Apply.



    NOTE: The Untagged VLAN box is exclusively used by the VLAN ID field. To use VLAN ID 0, simply click this box. If you type a VLAN name or ID and the name already exists, an error message is displayed.

  7. When you are finished adding VLANs to this team, click OK. A new virtual adapter is created for each VLAN.


  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
  10. NOTE: To maintain optimum adapter performance, your system should have 64 MB of system memory for each of the eight VLANs created per adapter.

Viewing VLAN Properties and Statistics and Running VLAN Tests

To view VLAN properties and statistics and to run VLAN tests

  1. Click the name of the VLAN adapter of interest.
  2. Click the Vital Sign tab to view the properties of the VLAN adapter.
  3. Click the BASP Statistics tab to view the statistics for the VLAN adapter.
  4. Click the Network Test tab to run a network test on the VLAN adapter.
Deleting a VLAN

The procedure below applies when you are in Expert Mode. To delete a VLAN when you are not in Expert Mode, right-click the VLAN in BACS2 and select Remove VLAN.

To delete a VLAN

  1. From the Tools menu, click Configure a Team.
  2. If there is more than one team, click the name of the team that has the VLAN you want to delete, and then click OK.
  3. Click Remove VLAN.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
  6. NOTE: If you delete a team, any VLANs configured for that team are also deleted.

Configuring LiveLink for a Smart Load Balancing and Failover Team

Read the following notes before you attempt to configure LiveLink.

NOTES:

To configure LiveLink

  1. Right-click the name of the Smart Load Balance and Failover (SLB) team, and then click Configure LiveLink. The Welcome screen appears.
  2. Click Expert Mode (to configure LiveLink using the Teaming Wizard, see Using the Broadcom Teaming Wizard). The LiveLink Configuration screen appears.
  3. It is recommended to accept the default values for Probe interval (the number of seconds between each retransmission of a link packet to the probe target) and Probe maximum retries (the number of consecutively missed responses from a probe target before a failover is triggered). To specify different values, click the desired probe interval in the Probe interval (seconds) list and click the desired maximum number of probe retries in the Probe maximum retries list.
  4. Set the Probe VLAN ID to correspond with the VLAN where the probe target(s) resides. This will apply the appropriate VLAN tag to the link packet based on the shared configuration of the attached switch port(s).
  5. NOTE: Each LiveLink enabled team can only communicate with Probe Targets on a single VLAN. Also, VLAN ID 0 is equivalent to an untagged network.

  6. Click the probe target at the top of the list, click Edit Target IP Address, type the target IP address for one or all probe targets in the IP Address box, and then click OK.
  7. NOTE: Only the first probe target is required. You can specify up to 3 additional probe targets to serve as backups by assigning IP addresses to the other probe targets.

  8. Click one of the listed team members, click Edit Member IP Address, type the member IP address in the IP Address box, and then click OK.
  9. NOTE: All of the member IP addresses must be in the same subnet as the probe targets.

  10. Repeat step 5 for each of the other listed team members.
  11. Click Apply.


Viewing the Team Properties and Statistics

To view the team properties and statistics

  1. Click the name of the newly created team.
  2. Click the Statistics tab to view the team statistics.
Saving and Restoring a Configuration

To save a configuration

  1. From the File menu, click Team Save As.
  2. Type the path and file name of the new configuration file, and then click Save (a .bcg extension is added).
  3. The configuration file is a text file that can be viewed by any text editor. The file contains information about both the adapter and the team configuration.

To restore a configuration

  1. From the File menu, click Team Restore.
  2. Click the name of the file to be restored, and then click Open.
  3. NOTE: If necessary, go to the folder where the file is located.

  4. Click Apply.
  5. Click Yes when the message is displayed indicating that the network connection will be temporarily interrupted.
  6. If a configuration is already loaded, a message is displayed that asks if you want to save your current configuration. Click Yes to save the current configuration. Otherwise, the configuration data that is currently loaded is lost.


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