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System fails to boot with "SP failure. Resetting SP from primary FW" message on AFF A300/FAS8200

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • AFF A300
  • FAS 8200
  • FAS 2720
  • AFF A220


  • Service Processor (SP) reports SP load is high error in the console log and a node goes down.
  • ONTAP is unable to boot from Loader with the following error after the node down:


LOADER-A> boot_ontap
Loading X86_64/freebsd・・・
Loading X86_64/freebsd・・・
Starting program at ・・・
NetApp Data ONTAP 9.3P4
This platform is not supported in this release.
The system will now halt
BIOS Version: 11.1
Portions Copyright (C) 2014-2017 NetApp, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Initializing System Memory ...
Loading Device Drivers ...
Waiting for SP ...
SP failure. Resetting SP from primary FW. This can take a few minutes


Failed to recover SP
IPMI:Get controller FRU inventory:failed
IPMI:Get midplane FRU 0 inventory:failed
Configuring Devices ...
IPMI PCI Slot Control failed.
CPU = 1 Processor(s) Detected.
  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU D-1587 @ 1.70GHz (CPU 0)
  CPUID: 0x00050664. Cores per Processor = 16
131072 MB System RAM Installed.
Boot Loader version 6.0.10
Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Broadcom Corporation.
Portions Copyright (C) 2002-2020 NetApp, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
BIOS POST Failure(s) detected: SP IPMI failure. Abort AUTOBOOT

  • Even if the controller is replaced, the system fails to boot with same error
  • The following message appears in the SP events all. Example:

Record 231: Sun Aug  1 00:25:04 2021 [SysFW.notice]: Failed to recover SP
Record 232: Sun Aug  1 00:25:04 2021 [SysFW.critical]: IPMI:Get controller FRU inventory:failed
Record 233: Sun Aug  1 00:25:04 2021 [SysFW.notice]: IPMI:Get midplane FRU 0 inventory:failed
Record 234: Thu Jan  1 00:05:00 1970 [Trap Event.critical]: hwassist post_error (26)

  • The following message appears in the SP events all log on the partner node. Example:

Record 649: Sat Oct 15 13:05:38.834785 2016 [Agent.notice]: 720.089: 150 : Local Serial Exchange Error Internal MLER[4] asserted
Record 1003: Mon Oct 17 08:38:52.362718 2016 [Agent.notice]: 193.618: 151 : Local Invalid Serial Exchange Bus Internal MLER[5] asserted
Record 807: Thu Jan 01 00:00:36.931067 1970 [Agent.notice]: 000.267: 152 : Midplane I2C Local Buffers Not Ready Internal MLER[6] de-asserted
Record 797: Mon Oct 17 08:52:11.001689 2016 [Agent.notice]: 919.800: 148 : Midplane Local Grant Timeout Internal MLER[2] asserted





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