iperf3 and Chelsio T6225-CR

I ran four tests yesterday using iperf3. The T6225-CR NIC still runs with Chelsio’s SM10G-SR optics. It’s amazing that receiving TCP streams runs at full speed. Sending TCP streams limps away only at a few megabits per second. This wasn’t expected at all. Even IPv6 runs faster than IPv4 for these particular tests. The Cisco switch at the other end uses Fiberworks’ SFP-10G-SR optics. Does anyone have any clues? Continue reading iperf3 and Chelsio T6225-CR

Chelsio T6225-CR and TOE

After upgrading to a recent base/stable/11, I noticed ifconfig -m now displays two more bits:

        ether 00:07:43:XX:XX:X0
        hwaddr 00:07:43:XX:XX:X0
        media: Ethernet 10Gbase-SR <full-duplex,rxpause,txpause>
        status: active
        supported media:
                media 10Gbase-SR mediaopt full-duplex,rxpause,txpause
                media 10Gbase-SR mediaopt full-duplex,rxpause
                media 10Gbase-SR mediaopt full-duplex,txpause
                media 10Gbase-SR mediaopt full-duplex
                media 1000baseSX mediaopt full-duplex,rxpause,txpause
                media 1000baseSX mediaopt full-duplex,rxpause
                media 1000baseSX mediaopt full-duplex,txpause
                media 1000baseSX mediaopt full-duplex

TOE4 and TOE6 appear in the capabilities word, but not in the options word. (TOE being TCP Offload Engine in this case.) Continue reading Chelsio T6225-CR and TOE

Error 1603 when installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable and Autodesk Revit 2019

Today I got error 1603 while installing Autodesk Revit 2019 on a student’s laptop. The best solution is to uninstall all Microsoft Visual C++ runtimes, reboot the computer, and let the Revit installer get its way installing the supplied versions.

Chelsio T6225-CR and SM10G-SR

I finally got my two Chelsio SM10G-SR SFP+ optical modules. First light have finally been achieved.

cc0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
        ether 00:07:43:XX:XX:X0
        hwaddr 00:07:43:XX:XX:X0
        media: Ethernet 10Gbase-SR <full-duplex,rxpause,txpause>
        status: active

Continue reading Chelsio T6225-CR and SM10G-SR

Chelsio T6225-CR has arrived

Boot messages for stable/11:

t6nex0: <Chelsio T6225-CR> mem 0xfac80000-0xfacfffff,0xf9000000-0xf9ffffff,0xfaff6000-0xfaff7fff irq 16 at device 0.4 on pci6
t6nex0: firmware on card ( is older than the version bundled with this driver, installing firmware on card.
cc0: <port 0> on t6nex0
cc0: Ethernet address: 00:07:43:XX:XX:X0
cc0: 4 txq, 4 rxq (NIC); 4 txq, 2 rxq (TOE)
cc1: <port 1> on t6nex0
cc1: Ethernet address: 00:07:43:XX:XX:X8
cc1: 4 txq, 4 rxq (NIC); 4 txq, 2 rxq (TOE)
t6nex0: PCIe gen2 x4, 2 ports, 14 MSI-X interrupts, 31 eq, 13 iq
pci6: <mass storage, SCSI> at device 0.5 (no driver attached)
pci6: <serial bus, Fibre Channel> at device 0.6 (no driver attached)

The firmware was in need of an upgrade. Continue reading Chelsio T6225-CR has arrived

Chelsio T6225-CR and SM25G-SR

I recently ordered a Chelsio T6225-CR network interface card and a couple of SM25G-SR SFP28 optical modules.

The aim is to get a 10 Gbit/s connection to the LAN, utilise the off-load capabilities of the NIC, and of course utilise the on-board crypto accelerator. The latter will not be useable until the system moves to the upcoming stable/12 branch.

Speaking of stable/12, I look forward to encrypted crash dumps and linear ZFS scrubbing.

I hope both OpenSSH and OpenSSL will be able to use the crypto accelerator by ways of crypto(4). Imagine a crypto speed in excess of 30 Gbit/s. That’s pretty neat. If all goes well, another T6225-CR may find its way to a VPN router.

Renewing Root CA for Novell NetWare 6.5 SP8

I have a couple of Novell NetWare 6.5 SP8 servers that simply refuse to die. One of them can be quantum dated back to 2004, the other one dates back to 2008. Last night the Root CA expired, rendering LDAP services unavailable. Luckily, I had prepared for this event. Continue reading Renewing Root CA for Novell NetWare 6.5 SP8

Migrating UFS filesystem from one disk to another

I needed to migrate an UFS filesystem from one disk to another. I had several options including using two tar processes in a pipeline or using dump and restore in a pipeline. I opted for the latter to make sure everything got preserved during the transfer.

Here’s the sequence of commands where /dev/gpt/nroot0 is the GPT label of the new filesystem and / is the donor filesystem:

newfs /dev/gpt/nroot0
mount /dev/gpt/nroot0 /mnt
cd /mnt
rmdir .snap
dump -0LaP 'restore -rf -' /
cd /
umount /mnt

Micro Focus (Novell) iPrint on Windows 7

I need to remind myself of running the IPP webpage in compatiblity mode in IE11 when installing printers.

Even if you specify ipp.FQDN, IE11 will kindly enter your FQDN into the list of domain names to show in compatibility mode. Remember to remove FQDN from that list when you’re done.

iPrint client 5.99 seems to be the last of its kind. From now on, iPrint is an appliance. Maybe it’s time to leave Novell and their products for good.