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Hardware Activation Notification (Error Code 1199) After Upgrading to V6.4.x

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When upgrading a system containing 10Gb Ethernet hardware to V6.4.x, an alert for error code 1199 will be logged to indicate that hardware activation is required. This alert is expected and does not indicate an actual error.


When upgrading a SAN Volume Controller or IBM Storwize V7000 system to V6.4, an alert will be logged for each node installed with 10Gb Ethernet hardware, indicating that the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) functionality has not yet been enabled for the 10Gb Ethernet ports.

The alert appears as:

  • Node error: 841 (as seen on SVC node front panel or service assistant GUI/CLI)
  • Cluster error: 1199 (as seen using system management GUI/CLI)
  • Description: Detected hardware needs activation

These alerts are expected and do not indicate an actual error.

Any 10Gb iSCSI functions previously in use continue to operate as normal.

Once the system software upgrade has completed, the FCoE functionality can be enabled on each node by following the fix procedures for these events using the management GUI.

On Storwize V7000 systems you should ensure that an enclosure firmware update is not in progress before starting the fix procedure for hardware activation. To check if a firmware update is in progress, launch the management GUI and navigate to the Monitoring > Events panel. Select the 'Show All' option in the toolbar, then search for "firmware update". The events to look for are:
  • 984501 - Enclosure component firmware update started
  • 984502 - Enclosure component firmware update completed


If you see a "firmware update started" event without a corresponding "firmware update completed" event then a firmware update is currently in progress and you should wait for that to complete before starting the hardware activation procedure.

For both SAN Volume Controller and Storwize V7000 systems the FCoE activation procedure involves a node reboot and it is therefore recommended to allow time for host multipathing to recover between activation of different nodes in the same I/O group.

It is not possible to activate the FCoE function if the system has a remote copy partnership with another system which is running a software release earlier than

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Disk Storage Systems IBM Storwize V7000 (2076) 6.4 IBM Storwize V7000 6.4

Document information

More support for: SAN Volume Controller

Version: 6.4

Operating system(s): SAN Volume Controller

Reference #: S1004195

Modified date: 05 September 2012

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