I also would like to know if i can upgrade AXX6DRV3GEXP from my s1200btl with IPMB since the firmware readme says:
- Intel(R) Server Board S5520HC, S5500HCV, S5500BC and Intel(R) Workstation Board
S5520SC with Fab 2 or higer, Intel(R) Hot-swap backplane AXX6DRV3GEXP, Fab 1 or
above, connected to server board or workstation board via IPMB cable
The link speed that the backplane supports is 3 Gb/s and I noticed that the RAID controller and the drives are 6 Gb/s ready.
The error does not indicate a particular issue with the link speed and the RAID controller should be able to negotiate the link speed of the drives to 3 Gb/s.
Could you share a copy of the TTY logs for the RAID controller to gather more information about this.
I seem to found the issue, as soon as there is high load on AXX6DRV3GEXP that is connected to axxrms2ll080 drives gets disconnected.
I first removed the 3tb drives from AXX6DRV3GEXP and added them direct to axxrms2ll080 and everything worked fine, as soon i started to copy information from disk in AXX6DRV3GEXP i notices that other drives that where in AXX6DRV3GEXP ( 2tb disks ) now started to lose connection as soon i was copying data over 70-100mb/sec from disk in AXX6DRV3GEXP. Some times i was lucky to see them connect again and some times i had to restart.
So i moved AXX6DRV3GEXP and connected it to my pci-e lsi 1068e, now everything works with out any disk jumping out.
Here is some info how it lookt when i was copying before i moved it to 1068e:
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.317041] sd 2:0:121:0: [sdr] Synchronizing SCSI cache
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.317335] sd 2:0:121:0: [sdr] Result: hostbyte=DID_NO_CONNECT driverbyte=DRIVER_OK
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.317508] mpt2sas0: removing handle(0x000c), sas_addr(0x5001e671499be001)
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.317990] sd 2:0:119:0: [sds] Synchronizing SCSI cache
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.318005] sd 2:0:119:0: [sds] Result: hostbyte=DID_NO_CONNECT driverbyte=DRIVER_OK
Nov 13 13:28:07 joker kernel: [169481.318126] mpt2sas0: removing handle(0x0010), sas_addr(0x5001e671499be005)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.113794] scsi 2:0:122:0: Direct-Access ATA WDC WD20EARS-00S 0A80 PQ: 0 ANSI: 6
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.113805] scsi 2:0:122:0: STP: handle(0x0010), sas_addr(0x5001e671499be005), phy(4), device_name(0x50014ee2046d87f5)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.113809] scsi 2:0:122:0: STP: enclosure_logical_id(0x5001e671499be000), slot(4)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.113916] scsi 2:0:122:0: atapi(n), ncq(y), asyn_notify(n), smart(y), fua(y), sw_preserve(y)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.113921] scsi 2:0:122:0: qdepth(32), tagged(1), simple(0), ordered(0), scsi_level(7), cmd_que(1)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.114125] sd 2:0:122:0: Attached scsi generic sg8 type 0
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.130174] sd 2:0:122:0: [sdr] 3907029168 512-byte logical blocks: (2.00 TB/1.81 TiB)
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.162093] sd 2:0:122:0: [sdr] Write Protect is off
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.162098] sd 2:0:122:0: [sdr] Mode Sense: 7f 00 10 08
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.172765] sd 2:0:122:0: [sdr] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, supports DPO and FUA
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.259893] sdr: sdr1
Nov 13 13:28:13 joker kernel: [169487.333271] sd 2:0:122:0: [sdr] Attached SCSI disk
information like that was spamming from random drives in AXX6DRV3GEXP.
Maby that could be a fix in upgrading AXX6DRV3GEXP, but as i said i dont know if i can do that since the readme file does not mention s1200btl so i hope i can do it with s1200btl over IPMB.
As noted the firmware package the update should work with those boards. I would need to investigate if the firmware is going to work with this board. The AXX6DRV3GEXP hot swap backplane was intended for 5000 series, 5500 series, and 3400 series platforms
Well not sure because i asked asked some years ago what expander that worked with my old card "AXX4SASMOD" and intel support said AXX6DRV3GEXP and AXX4DRV3GEXP works with that card. i did not get any information that is was not intended for specific boards since i guessed it was the raid module that maters sadly.
I just compared the board model you are using and the cable to be used for the update and it is not matching as the header on the board is a 3 pin connector and the cable is a 4-wired cable.
It is possible that the issue could be related to the backplane and if it is not possible to update the firmware, I would recommend contact Intel Customer Support for proper warranty replacement process.