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Setting up Fault Tolerence for Q57.LAN on Compaq Servers

(Last modified: 22May2003)

This document (10083418) is provided subject to the disclaimer at the end of this document.

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Load QASP.LAN just like a standard LAN driver with all necessary frame types for the team. QASP.LAN requires a special VSLOT parameter to specify the virtual slot. The virtual slot can be viewed as a team number. e.g:

LOAD QASP.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II NAME=QASP_1_EII VSLOT=1

Once the QASP is loaded follow the steps below to load the network card and bind protocols to the team.

1.      Load the network drivers for the NIC adapters that will be part of the team. The frame types loaded should be the same for all adapters in the team and same as those loaded for QASP.LAN in step 1. Do not bind protocols directly to these adapters. Be sure to load ODINEB.NLM before all network drivers.
eg: LOAD ODINEB.NLM
LOAD Q57.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II NAME=Q57_1_EII SLOT=1
LOAD Q57.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II NAME=Q57_2_EII SLOT=2

2.      After QASP.LAN is successfully loaded, a new screen similar to the one below appears. This screen displays all virtual adapter settings and statistics. Press Alt+Esc to switch back to the console and continue with step 3.

 

 

 

3.      Bind QASP.LAN to the NIC adapters in the team by using a custom QASP BIND command at the console.
Example:
QASP BIND QASP_1_EII Q57_1_EII
QASP BIND QASP_1_EII Q57_2_EII standby
Note that if there are multiple frame types loaded on the virtual and the physical adapters, it is only necessary to bind one frame type on the virtual adapter to the same frame type on the physical adapter. The other frame types will be automatically bound.

4.      Bind protocols to QASP.LAN.
Example:
BIND IP QASP_1_EII ADDR=x.x.x.x
MASK=x.x.x.x

Full example extract from an Autoexec.ncf:

load odineb.nlm
load tcpip
LOAD QASP.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II NAME=TEAM1 VSLOT=1
load bmapi.nlm
LOAD Q57.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II SLOT=10011 NAME=Q57_1_EII speed=100FD
LOAD Q57.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II SLOT=10012 NAME=Q57_2_EII speed=100FD
QASP BIND TEAM1 Q57_1_EII
QASP BIND TEAM1 Q57_2_EII standby
BIND IP TEAM1 ADDR=10.1.8.13 MASK=255.255.255.0 GATE=10.32.8.1

The "standby" switch on the second QASP BIND statement sets the second card as the standby card for fault tolerence.

The recommended sequence is to load QASP.LAN before the network drivers as outlined above. This allows QASP.LAN to determine the initial link state of the bound adapters without delay.

To Disable the menu-driven screen when QASP.LAN is loaded for the first time use the NOSCREEN option when loading QASP.LAN.

E.g.

LOAD QASP.LAN FRAME=ETHERNET_II NAME=QASP_1_EII VSLOT=1 NOSCREEN

 

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note

For more information please refer to the Q57NWARE.HTM file which accompanies the Compaq Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Server Adapter Drivers Software and Documentation Softpaq download. 

This document also descripts setting up the cards in a VLAN environment and for load balancing.

fact

The Q57.LAN and QASP.LAN are drivers for the new Broadcom 5701 based Gigabit NIC offerings from Compaq.  These drivers will not work with the Intel based NIC offerings from Compaq.  Q57.LAN is the actual NIC driver and QASP.LAN is the NIC teaming driver.

Netware 5.1

Compaq Proliant ML370 G2

goal

To set up the Q57 network card for fault tolerence fail over between to network cards.

disclaimer

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  • Document ID:
  • 10083418
  • Solution ID: NOVL89644
  • Creation Date: 21May2003
  • Modified Date: 22May2003
    • NovellNetWare

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