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I am seeing packet loss from all my blade servers within the HP Blade C7000 enclosure.

# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.210 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.185 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.206 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=64 time=0.164 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=64 time=0.210 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=64 time=0.213 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=64 time=0.213 ms

--- ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 7 received, 22% packet loss, time 8000ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.164/0.200/0.213/0.018 ms

# ping
 PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
 64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.990 ms
 64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.204 ms
 64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.165 ms
 64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=0.168 ms

 --- ping statistics ---
 6 packets transmitted, 4 received, 33% packet loss, time 5001ms
 rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.165/0.381/0.990/0.352 ms

$ /sbin/ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr E4:11:5B:D0:36:B0
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::e611:5bff:fed0:36b0/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:44022 errors:29632 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:10025
          TX packets:42694 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:4345443 (4.1 MiB)  TX bytes:4549025 (4.3 MiB)

$ netstat -i
Kernel Interface table
eth0       1500   0     5124  32118      0      0     2651      0      0      0 BMRU
lo        16436   0     4522      0      0      0     4522      0      0      0 LRU

 $ route -n
 Kernel IP routing table
 Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface U     0      0        0 eth0     U     0      0        0 eth0         UG    0      0        0 eth0

# ethtool -S eth0 | grep -i errors
  rx_errors: 43821
  tx_errors: 0
  rx_crc_errors: 14812
  rx_alignment_symbol_errors: 0
  rx_in_range_errors: 0
  rx_out_range_errors: 0
  rx_address_match_errors: 150211
# ethtool -S eth0 | grep -i drops
  rx_drops_no_pbuf: 0
  rx_drops_no_txpb: 0
  rx_drops_no_erx_descr: 0
  rx_drops_no_tpre_descr: 0
  rx_drops_too_many_frags: 0
  rx_drops_invalid_ring: 3215
  rx_drops_mtu: 0
  rx_drops_no_fragments: 0

Network configuration looks fine .

Kindly suggest steps how to resolve the issue.

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Do you see some errors from netstat -i ? – klerk Feb 24 '14 at 11:07
Added netstat -i output – Zama Ques Feb 24 '14 at 11:12
have you consider to change the cable ? so much RX errors... Also you should try to connect to the interface directly with a cross cable to check if the problem is internal or comes from environnement (other computer on network, bad switch...) – Kiwy Feb 24 '14 at 11:14
ethernet device statistics, ethtool -S eth0 and driver information, ethtool -i eth0 would help. – etherfish Feb 24 '14 at 11:21
you should check device which is first connected to the enclosure, here is no droped packets just packets received with errors – klerk Feb 24 '14 at 11:29

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I had a simliar issue on my notebook, so I suggest you could give it a try.

iwconfig | grep 'Power Management'

If it shows "Power Management:on" it could be the problem that your (wireless?) device has some issue. In this case try turning it off using

iwconfig wlan0 power off

This will not turn the power off, it will turn the power-management off :) The parameter "wlan0" could differ on your machine, just type iwcofig to see a list of interfaces.

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I think a HP Blade C7000 will not have a wifi lan install – Kiwy Feb 24 '14 at 14:59

I's difficult to tell, what is your operating system version and patch level?
Here are some things you could check :

  • Your network switch may be polluted/overloaded by a broken card generating garbage. Check the errors on the switch.
  • If you are using "virtual connect" on your enclosure, you could check the error on the virtual connect box.
  • If you are using "pass through" connection on the enclosure , check if all your connection are going through the same pass through pannel, maybe it must be replaced. Pass through are not passive, they have their own firmware too check with your HP support if its recent.
  • If you recently patched your Operating system, try to install the supported driver of the last SPP (support pack, only for redhat or SuSE I'm afraid), the drivers may be less recent but they are supported by HP.
  • Maybe its a simple duplex mismatch, check the speed on the switch and on the host (ethtool ethX)
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