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HP releases Virtual Connect firmware 3.60

June 6th, 2012 11 comments

HP has released a new version of its Virtual Connect Firmware 3.60 which is used in HP c-Class Chassis with Flex-10, FlexFabric, VC Enet and FC Module interconnect modules.
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3794423&prodNameId=3794431&swEnvOID=2079&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-f8ab0a5ea5c8462390b90a1986

This release adds support for the following server models, HBAs and Adapters:

  • HP ProLiant BL420c Gen8 Server Series
  • HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 Server Blade
  • HP LPe1205A 8Gb FC HBA for BladeSystem c-Class
  • HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 361FLB Adapter
  • HP Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 366M Adapter

This update has fixed quite a number of bugs, 14 are listed in the release notes but there are 7 new issues reported so make sure you read the notes carefully.

There are also quite a few general issues HP is tracking even with this new firmware, some of which have workarounds and others with promised fixes in future versions.

Also make sure you check through the pre-requisites to ensure you follow some of the advisories or you may lose configuration data and ensure you use the Virtual Connect Support Utility 1.6.0

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HP G7 Blade new Emulex be2net ESX(i) drivers 4.1.334.0 now supported

June 6th, 2012 5 comments

VMware recently released a new Emulex be2net driver version 4.1.334.0 for both ESX(i) 4.x and ESXi 5.x for the Emulex OneConnect 10Gb Ethernet Controller which is used in HP G7 Blades.

These new drivers were not supported by HP when released but HP has now certified this driver and included it its new HP ESXi images.

ESX(i) 4.x
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESX4041-EMULEX-be2net-413340&productId=230
ESXi 5.x
https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESX50-EMULEX-be2net-413340&productId=229

I’ve updated my post: HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 & VMware ESX(i) pre-requisites

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HP releases new June customised images for ESXi 5.0 Update 1 and ESXi 4.1 Update 2

June 6th, 2012 2 comments

HP has released new versions for June of  its customised ESXi images and offline bundles which include ESXi 5.0 Update 1 and ESXi 4.1 Update 2.

You can view the contents of all customised HP images here:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/software/vmware-esxi/driver_version.html

ESXi 5.0 Update 1
https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPVM09

Offline Bundle
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-83016c4f7e82421f82ad5c2fcc

What’s new:

  • VMware ESXi 5.0 U1 is supported on new Gen8 servers.
  • Updated VMware IOVP Certified Device Drivers added to HP ESXi 5.0 U1 installation images for HP device enablement.
  • Supports HP Dynamic Smart Array.
  • Updated providers:
    • New Gen8 servers and new hardware.
    • Additional support for HP Smart Carrier.
    • Additional support for AC Lost detection for power supplies.
  • Updated Agentless Management Service to:
    • Support new hardware.
    • Report network and SAS driver information.
    • Report performance data.

ESXi 4.1 Update 2
https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPVM06

Offline Bundle
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-8fff2cc8385e4e92a7a209a51b

What’s new:

  • VMware ESXi 4.1 U2 is supported on new Gen8 servers.
  • Updated VMware IOVP Certified Device Drivers added to HP ESXi 4.1 U2 installation images for HP device enablement.
  • Supports HP Dynamic Smart Array.
  • Updated providers:
    • New Gen8 servers and new hardware.
    • Additional support for HP Smart Carrier.
    • Additional support for AC Lost detection for power supplies.
  • Updated Agentless Management Service to:
    • support new hardware.
    • report network and SAS driver information.
    • report performance data.
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