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IBM RSA-II Card Replacement and Re-configuration

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Although I don’t like IBM’s RSA-II technology, I recently came across a fucked up IBM x3850 server that I had to replace its RSA-II card among other hardware.

This card is installed on the I/O board that you see in the following diagram (this was taken from IBM’s manual for this specific model).



Before replacing the card, the IBM engineer that did the replacement resetted the RSA-II’s settings by pressing the button you see highlighted in the picture below.



Now, after booting the server I attempted to upgrade the RSA-II firmware to the latest version but I came accross the following error…

[root@somewhere ~]# ./ibm_fw_rsa2_zuep66a_linux_i386.sh -s
IBM Flash Update Utility v1.180
Licensed Materials - Property of IBM
(C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2008  All Rights Reserved.

Could not find RSA or RSA-II driver.  Please check your RSA or RSA-II driver
installation
Error flashing RSA2 firmware: 171
[root@somewhere ~]#

The solution was to first update the server’s BMC. So…

[root@somewhere ~]# ./ibm_fw_bmc_z2bt05j_linux_i386.sh -s -a
64 bit detected
IBM Flash Update Utility v1.148
Licensed Materials - Property of IBM
(C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2007  All Rights Reserved.

Flashing node 1
GETCMDS.TXT:..
OEMDEF.CFG:FULLFW.MOT:...............................................................................00:01 elapsed, 00:22 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:02 elapsed, 00:29 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:03 elapsed, 00:33 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:04 elapsed, 00:35 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:06 elapsed, 00:43 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:08 elapsed, 00:48 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:09 elapsed, 00:46 estimated remaining

[ ommitting ]

................................................................................00:56 elapsed, 00:01 estimated remaining
................................................................................00:57 elapsed, 00:00 estimated remaining
.......................................................
Rebooting BMC...
RSTTODEF.CFG:RESETBMC.CFG:GETCMDS.TXT:UPDATEBB.CFG:Node 1 flashed succesfully.
BMC firmware flashed successfully
[root@somewhere ~]#

Next, install and start the ‘ibmasm’ daemon that will provide you access to the IBM ASM from user space.
And at last, you can proceed to the RSA-II firmware upgrade…

[root@somewhere ~]# ./ibm_fw_rsa2_zuep66a_linux_i386.sh -s
IBM Flash Update Utility v1.180
Licensed Materials - Property of IBM
(C) Copyright IBM Corp. 2008  All Rights Reserved.

PAETBRUS.PKT: ...................................................

[ ommitting ]

Rebooting RSA.......o done
RSA2 firmware flashed successfully
[root@somewhere ~]#

Finally, in order to make the RSA-II accessible via network, install the IBM Advanced Settings Utility (IBM ASU) and initialize the network configuration using the following commands.

# Initilize network on RSA-II interface
asu set RSA_Network1 Enabled
# Set the IP address
asu set RSA_HostIPAddress1 XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX 
# Set the Subnet Mask
asu set RSA_HostIPSubnet1 255.255.255.0.
# Set the Default Gateway
asu set RSA_GatewayIPAddress1 XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX.

Hopefully, you will be able to connect to the web interface of the RSA-II and prompted for username and password.



The default credentials are:
Username: USERID
Password: PASSW0RD
Notice that the password is written with a zero (0) instead of the letter ‘O’.



And as you can see, there is no error detected so we are probably all done.

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Written by xorl

August 21, 2011 at 15:04

Posted in administration, ibm, linux

2 Responses

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  1. Which firmware version was your RSA II at prior to it’s firmware upgrade?

    Janice Lu

    December 28, 2012 at 20:53

  2. I’m very sorry but I really do not recall this. :(

    xorl

    May 18, 2013 at 12:48


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