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AIX Power 5 server - cfgmgr is not able update ent0 & ent1 adapter to an available state.

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I have two IBM 9113-550 (Power 5) servers that are running HA cluster. The non-active node crashed overnightand I have not been able to figure out why. It looks like hardware related issue with the network but can't figure it out. I do not have IBM support on this these machines. Wondering if someone could be so kind to assist! Thanks in advance.

bestest1[/] ># lsdev -Cc adapter
ent0      Defined   04-08 2-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter (14108902)
ent1      Defined   04-09 2-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter (14108902)
ent2      Available 06-08 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter (14106902)
ent3      Available 07-08 2-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter (14108902)
ent4      Available 07-09 2-Port 10/100/1000 Base-TX PCI-X Adapter (14108902)
ent5      Available       EtherChannel / IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
ent6      Available       EtherChannel / IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation

bestest1[/] ># cfgmgr
Method error (/usr/lib/methods/cfggoent -l ent1 ):
        0514-086 Cannot perform the requested function because the specified
                 device is not supported on this platform.


Method error (/usr/lib/methods/cfggoent -l ent0 ):
        0514-086 Cannot perform the requested function because the specified
                 device is not supported on this platform.


bestest1[/] ># lsdev -Cc if
en2 Defined   06-08 Standard Ethernet Network Interface
en3 Defined   07-08 Standard Ethernet Network Interface
en4 Defined   07-09 Standard Ethernet Network Interface
en5 Available       Standard Ethernet Network Interface
en6 Available       Standard Ethernet Network Interface
et2 Defined   06-08 IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Interface
et3 Defined   07-08 IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Interface
et4 Defined   07-09 IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Interface
et5 Defined         IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Interface
et6 Defined         IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Network Interface
lo0 Available       Loopback Network Interface


bestest1[/] ># lsdev | grep -i etherchannel
ent5       Available               EtherChannel / IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
ent6       Available               EtherChannel / IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation

errpt log
bestest1[/] ># lsattr -El ent5 -a adapter_names -a backup_adapter
adapter_names  ent0,ent3 EtherChannel Adapters                 True
backup_adapter NONE      Adapter used when whole channel fails True


bestest1[/] ># lsattr -El ent6 -a adapter_names -a backup_adapter
adapter_names  ent1,ent4 EtherChannel Adapters                 True
backup_adapter NONE      Adapter used when whole channel fails True


IDENTIFIER TIMESTAMP  T C RESOURCE_NAME  DESCRIPTION
8924BF96   1025193916 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025193916 I H ent1           Device not supported
A6DF45AA   1025193316 I O RMCdaemon      The daemon is started.
CE9566DF   1025193216 P H ent6           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
CE9566DF   1025193216 P H ent5           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
8924BF96   1025193216 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025193216 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025193116 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025193116 I H ent0           Device not supported
EC0BCCD4   1025193116 T H ent2           ETHERNET DOWN
9DBCFDEE   1025193216 T O errdemon       ERROR LOGGING TURNED ON
EC0BCCD4   1025155116 T H ent2           ETHERNET DOWN
8924BF96   1025122916 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025122916 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025114116 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025114116 I H ent1           Device not supported
A6DF45AA   1025043716 I O RMCdaemon      The daemon is started.
CE9566DF   1025043616 P H ent6           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
CE9566DF   1025043616 P H ent5           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
8924BF96   1025043616 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025043616 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025043516 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025043516 I H ent0           Device not supported
A6D1BD62   1025043516 I H unspecified    Firmware Event
A6D1BD62   1025043516 I H unspecified    Firmware Event
A6D1BD62   1025043516 I H unspecified    Firmware Event
2BFA76F6   1025043516 T S SYSPROC        SYSTEM SHUTDOWN BY USER
9DBCFDEE   1025043616 T O errdemon       ERROR LOGGING TURNED ON
6D19271E   1024234116 I O topsvcs        Topology Services daemon stopped
A924A5FC   1024234116 P S SYSPROC        SOFTWARE PROGRAM ABNORMALLY TERMINATED
AA8AB241   1024234116 T O OPERATOR       OPERATOR NOTIFICATION
CB4A951F   1024234116 I S SRC            SOFTWARE PROGRAM ERROR
D82EF8B5   1024234116 I O grpglsm        Group Services GLSM daemon stopped
BC3BE5A3   1024234116 P S SRC            SOFTWARE PROGRAM ERROR
FE2DEE00   1024234116 P S SYSXAIXIF      DUPLICATE IP ADDRESS DETECTED IN THE NET
BC3BE5A3   1024234116 P S SRC            SOFTWARE PROGRAM ERROR
CB4A951F   1024234116 I S SRC            SOFTWARE PROGRAM ERROR
12081DC6   1024234116 P S haemd          SOFTWARE PROGRAM ERROR
9DEC29E1   1024234116 P O grpsvcs        Group Services daemon exit to merge doma
CE9566DF   1024234116 P H ent6           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
CE9566DF   1024234116 P H ent5           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
ED85A605   1024234116 P H ent4           PORT LACP RECOVERY
ED85A605   1024234116 P H ent3           PORT LACP RECOVERY
CE9566DF   1024234016 P H ent6           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
39A93764   1024234016 P H ent4           PORT LACP FAILURE
CE9566DF   1024234016 P H ent5           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
39A93764   1024234016 P H ent3           PORT LACP FAILURE
173C787F   1023234116 I S topsvcs        Possible malfunction on local adapter
CE9566DF   1023234016 P H ent5           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
CE9566DF   1023234016 P H ent6           TOTAL ETHERCHANNEL FAILURE
ED85A605   1023234016 P H ent4           PORT LACP RECOVERY
ED85A605   1023234016 P H ent3           PORT LACP RECOVERY
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Not sure if this will help anyone, but the answer lies within the result of the cfgmgr output.

bestest1[/] ># cfgmgr
Method error (/usr/lib/methods/cfggoent -l ent1 ):
         0514-086 Cannot perform the requested function because the specified
                  device is not supported on this platform.

This machine was purchased directly from IBM and we have not changed out any parts in this machine, so I did not want to believe that an adapter that was working perfectly fine for years would no longer work in the machine it came with. Furthermore, this machine is part of a two node HACMP cluster and at the time I post this question, the other machine in the cluster was fine. I've tried replacing the adapter with similar cards but to no avail. Then yesterday I noticed these error messages in the errpt of other server that was working fine:

8924BF96   1025174416 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025174416 I H ent1           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025174316 I H ent0           Device not supported
8924BF96   1025174316 I H ent1           Device not supported
EAA3D429   1025170716 U S LVDD           PHYSICAL PARTITION MARKED STALE
EAA3D429   1025151716 U S LVDD           PHYSICAL PARTITION MARKED STALE
EAA3D429   1025150516 U S LVDD           PHYSICAL PARTITION MARKED STALE

I went to the below IBM site and look up the 4-digit feature code (sticker on the adapter) for my server and viola, the adapter is really not supported. How do you buy a server from a company and its own OEM part is not supported? That is a new one for me. Anyway, replace the card with a supported one I found on the site and all is well!

http://www-912.ibm.com/e_dir/eserverprereq.nsf/HWSearch?SearchView&Query=([Model]+CONTAINS+550)+AND+&searchorder=4&start=1&count=5000&SearchMax=5000&UC=Hardware&OS=
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