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Updating NimbleOS

Posted by paris on Sep 24, 2017 in Random

Updating NimbleOS

The Basics

Upgrading Nimble OS is something clients can complete easily and with confidence, thanks largely to the thorough pre-checks and verifications that are part of the process.

If your arrays are communicating back to Nimble Support, InfoSight will be able to determine if there are updates available and present the GA versions of Nimble OS suitable (whitelisted) for your environment. Because InfoSight works to inoculate the WW install base from known issues, it may blacklist some Nimble OS versions from being available upgrade choices. Clients can discuss with Nimble Support in order to understand what changes may be required in the environment before safely being able to install a version currently blacklisted for your environment.

Many clients perform upgrades during business hours however there is no shame in scheduling these outside of hours and when there is little workload running. Clients with a valid Support Status may contact Nimble Support anytime 24 x 7.

Do not hesitate to contact Nimble Support on 1-800-751-916 https://www.nimblestorage.com/customer-support/

This indicates there is a communication issue preventing the array from sending heartbeats and ASUP detail to Nimble Support and this should be resolved unless installed on a dark site.

From InfoSight, Reports – Asset Report you can verify Support status. Contact your local Nimble Representative if you need to renew your Support cover.

Nimble Connection Manager

 

Install or Update Nimble Connection Manager

Nimble Connection Manager (NCM) simplifies configuration on iSCSI, automatically creates the optimal number of iSCSI sessions for each Nimble volume and manages the selection of paths to the volumes.

NCM is available for Linux, Windows/Hyper-V and vSphere environments.

Please refer to the latest VMware Integration Guide which includes details for NCM installation/upgrade and much more. Available for download from InfoSight (Resources

– Documentation).

For Update Manager installs on 6.0 & 6.5 see: https://connect.nimblestorage.com/thread/11802

NCM Version Compatibility With Nimble OS

On the Nimble Validated Configuration Matrix, Select NCM for VMware Compatibility with Nimble OS, from the drop down, select the version of Nimble OS you are running OR planning to run after upgrading.

NCM Version Compatibility With vSphere

On the Nimble Validated Configuration Matrix, Select Nimble Connection Manager for VM, you can then select from the drop down the vSphere Version you are running OR planning to run after upgrading.

Download NCM for VMware

On the Nimble Validated Configuration Matrix, Resources – Software Downloads, select Connection Manager (NCM) for VMware. Download the appropriate package for your vSphere version.

From: NTS-2001-I Course

One-click, zero-downtime Nimble OS upgrades

? Before you begin:

– Check your current version

– Obtain the most recent version

– Check system health

Selecting Different Versions

? If you click Download, you may be presented with different versions to upgrade to.

Firmware

Firmware

1. Load new firmware to standby

2. Reboot standby to run new rev.

3. Load new firmware to other controller

4. Reboot active to activate new rev. – causes failover and the

standby becomes active

From: Nimble GUI Administrator Guide

Software Updates

Nimble Storage offers several ways to keep an array up-to-date, to improve its performance, and to increase data storage capacity. (The term upgrade refers to Nimble array hardware.) The term update refers to the NimbleOS software (NOS).

Upgrades and Updates

There are multiple upgrade paths for hardware, as well as NimbleOS software updates available that can run on the array, depending on your array model. If you want to increase data storage capacity, you can add expansion shelves without having to perform an update or upgrade.

Upgrades

Depending on which model of Nimble array you have, there are upgrade paths for the controllers and cache drives. An upgrade procedure is the same as replacing a controller or the cache SSDs. However, the new component is more powerful or has greater capacity.

Contact Nimble Storage Support at www.nimblestorage.com/support when you want to upgrade.

See the applicable upgrade quick start guide that ships with the upgrade component. The Nimble Storage

Hardware Guide also covers upgrades.

Updates

The NimbleOS is the software that runs on the array. Nimble provides regular maintenance releases and periodic updates to the NimbleOS. Maintenance releases typically correct bugs and enhance features. Updates involve a major new release of the NimbleOS with new features and capabilities.

If a NimbleOS update is available for your array, you can accomplish the update in less then an hour for each array in the group. (If you want to combine your Nimble arrays as members of a group, each of them must have the same version of NimbleOS 2.x or later installed.) The update procedure works on one controller at a time and results in a controller failover. To avoid any data service disruption, make sure that the initiators connected to the array have proper MPIO timeouts configured before performing the software update.

If the Nimble Windows Toolkit (NWT) is not installed on the Windows hosts, be sure to configure timeout values appropriately. See Timeout Values on page 233.

The NimbleOS has an automated procedure to download and install updates. Or, you can download NimbleOS software at the Nimble Storage InfoSight™ at https://infosight.nimblestorage.com. If you do not have a user account, you can create one on your first visit.

See Update the NimbleOS.

Find the NimbleOS Version

Procedure

To determine which version of the NimbleOS is installed on the array:

1 In the NimbleOS GUI, choose Help > About Nimble Storage.

2 Look for the Version number just below the Nimble Storage logo.

3 Click OK to dismiss the dialog box.

Download the NimbleOS Update File This task is required if your Nimble array has no Internet access. Procedure

To download the NimbleOS update file:

1 From another workstation, in your browser address field, type: https://infosight.nimblestorage.com

The Nimble Storage InfoSight™ opens in a browser window.

2 On the NimbleOS tab, select the NimbleOS update version from the drop-down menu.

3 In the list of download packages, click Software and save the NimbleOS update file and save the file to a convenient

place on your PC or host.

Update the NimbleOS

Procedure

1 Choose Administration > Software.

2 In the Software pane, click Download.

3 In the list of NimbleOS Updates, check the update to install and click Download.

4 When you see the downloaded NimbleOS update file in the Software pane, click Update.

5 When the End User License Agreement (EULA) appears, scroll to the bottom of the EULA, check the box,and click Agree.

Installation does not continue until you click Agree.

6 Read the Software Update message and click OK.

The NimbleOS update process takes about 20 minutes per array. During that time, a controller failover and a browser reload occur automatically. The array itself remains online and available throughout the update.

If you have multiple arrays in a storage group, all group arrays are updated, one at a time, to the same version of

NimbleOS.

Note If your connection to the array drops during the update, you might not be able to re-establish connection until the update is done.

When the update is finished, the new NimbleOS version is listed as the Current version.

Verify the NimbleOS Update

Procedure

1 Go to Events.

2 Verify the NimbleOS update by checking the Events list for the update event. For example:

A successful software update is indicated by two update events, one for each controller

From: https://esxsi.com/2016/09/22/nimble-os/

 

Log into the web interface of the Nimble device. Select

the Administration drop down menu and click Software.

On the software page click Download to download the latest operating system version, this does not being the update process but downloads the software to the array. If you have obtained the software from Nimble support

click Upload and browse to the folder location.

Once the software has downloaded click Update. In this example we are upgrading from v2.3.14 to v3.4.1. The process involves updating one controller at a time, since they run as active / passive there should be no outage.

When prompted with the license agreement click Agree. Click Ok to the message about clearing your browser cache and reloading the page once the update is complete.

The update will now commence, keep in mind that you

may see the process stages ‘1 of 7’ jump forward and then back a step, this is normal. Once the first controller has finished updating the browser will reload during fail-over.

Once the update is complete you will be returned to the software page, where the current version number should now be updated. Depending on what you are upgrading to and from, some of the menu pages look a little different, such as the home page. If you have any issues with the web client at this stage then delete your browsing history and restart the browser.

Check in RECENT EVENTS, you should see the software successfully updated message for both controllers. If you have email notifications setup you will also have been notified of this via email. It’s worth checking over the servers that have Nimble storage volumes mounted and that all paths are available.

Explanation of Nimble OS Version

 

Release family Planned maintenance

release

Unplanned

maintenance release

Patch release

The Meaning of Each Software Release Status

 

Software Release Status Description

Initial Production Release (IPR)

GA Candidate Production Release (GAC)

General Availability Production Release (GA)

The software release is ready for production use. Until the release achieves General Availability status

(see below), the release will be available upon request to customers desiring the capabilities of the new release. In addition, the release will also be proactively made available to a subset of customers and/or systems. The set of such proactively notified / white-listed customers/systems will gradually expand until GA status is achieved.

The software release is ready for production use. These are the maintenance releases after IPR up until the release achieves General Availability status (see below). The release will be available upon request to customers desiring the capabilities of the new release. In addition, the release will also be proactively made available to a subset of customers and/or systems. The set of such proactively notified/white-listed customers/systems will gradually expand until GA status is achieved.

The release is designated as GA after it has demonstrated a high level of stability across a large number of production systems and sufficiently long runtime across those systems. The specific thresholds are determined by Nimble and will depend on the

Release Notes (READ ME FIRST)

Release Notes contain important update prerequisite information, and should be reviewed before updating the software.

Documentation and downloads are available on InfoSight:

• Release Notes (Resources > Documentation > Release Notes > 4.x)

• Nimble Storage Software Release Model (Resources > Documentation > Support Policy)

o NOTE: An updated version of the “End of Availability / Support Policy” document was uploaded on 12/07/2016

• Software Update FAQ (Resources > Documentation > Knowledge Base Article > KB-000351 Nimble Array: Software Update

FAQ)

• Compatibility Matrix (Resources > Documentation > Compatibility Matrix)

• Host Integration software (Resources > Software Downloads > Integration Kits)

 

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Firstwave url quarantine

Posted by paris on Sep 21, 2017 in Random

Check the email by getting it replayed ( Go to Email, then Trace and Replay ) 

It will then come through. Open the email in HTML and find all the links it links to and also any image links

Found the linked in Image on poor reputation of the website http://www.seosydney_com_au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/linkedin.png which is embedded in the email body

You can confirm this on the Talos website which is one of the reputation services used by Firstwave:

https://talosintelligence.com/reputation_center/lookup?search=www_seosydney_com_au%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F04%2Flinkedin.png

Changed Email Body of signature to link to LinkedIn Logo from main LinkedIn Site

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How to install .ADMX Office Files for Group Policy Settings

Posted by paris on Sep 11, 2017 in Random

Download files from here : https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35554 for your right 64bit or 32bit

Extract the files to a new temp directory, this will create 3 directories and a spreadsheet file (ADM, Admin, ADMX, Office2013GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings.xls)

Now create the directory PolicyDefinitions under: \\your_domain_controller\SYSVOL\your_domain_name\Policies\

It’s easy to do this from your domain controller or just UNC to your sysvol share off your domain controller

Copy all the files that were unzipped in the temp ADMX directory to the new PolicyDefinitions directory you created.

Restart GPMC and either edit or create a new group policy

When the Group Policy Management Editor window comes up, you should see new templates under Administrative Templates.

The folder should state: Administrative Templates: Policy Definitions (ADMX) Retrieved from the Central Store

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This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings – IBM IMM

Posted by paris on Sep 6, 2017 in Random

Trying to access the IBM IMM brought up the following error in Internet Explorer

“This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings.”

 

  1. Connect to IMM2 by telnet.
  2. Enter “username” and “password” as prompted.
  3. Enter the ‘SSL’ command. The return value should show as ‘-server e on’ meaning the HTTPS feature is enabled.
  4. Enter the ‘SSL -se off’ command.
  5. The result of the ‘SSL’ command now should show as ‘-server e off’ meaning the feature is disabled. If users need to re-enable the HTTPS feature, use the ‘SSL -se on’ command in the sequence described previously.
  6. Exit the telnet connection.
  7. Connect to IMM2 with a browser using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) without SSL.
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365 – Your server administrator has limited the number of items you can open simultaneously. Try closing messages you have opened or removing attachments and images from unsent messages you are composing.

Posted by paris on Sep 1, 2017 in Random

Recently had a client with Office 365 trying to Cache a Shared Mailbox. Outlook brought up a load of Sync Errors

Your server administrator has limited the number of items you can open simultaneously. Try closing messages you have opened or removing attachments and images from unsent messages you are composing.

If the server is self hosted you can remove the restriction via  : http://henrysluiman.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/how-to-increase-number-of-open-items.html

Microsoft fix for this is removed the Cache! https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3115602/performance-problems-when-you-try-to-access-folders-in-a-secondary-mai

After rebuilding the OST and Profile and still no luck I started Outlook in Safemode which enabled the downloading of the emails

Once downloaded I could start Outlook Normally and all worked fine

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Veeam File Copy – Error: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect

Posted by paris on Aug 28, 2017 in Random

Recently an Veeam Backup and Replication Software was upgraded from v8 to 9.5 , to fix an issue with Internal Database

Failed to copy item ‘\\network\Location’ Error: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect

this feature is not supported since version 9, so this might work but the product does not guarrantee this feature would work properly, and unfortunately we do not support features that does not supported by the version you are using.

please see this guide: https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/hyperv/file_copy_source.html?ver=95

it says “You cannot use deduplicating storage appliances, shared folder backup repositories and shared folders as a source for the file copy job.”

This is annoying as it did work with Older Versions , in the end , I have to add \\network\Location\Folder ( extra folder on the end ) for the source folder instead of \\network\Location

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How to reboot HP Records Manager

Posted by paris on Aug 21, 2017 in Random, Research

Ensure these instructions are followed before the reboot occurs.

To shut down your IDOL services:

  1. On your IDOL server, navigate to a web browser and run the following two commands (we recommend having 3 separate tabs open, and running one command per tab):
    1. http://localhost:9002/action=stop
    2. http://localhost:9102/action=stop

If these commands run successfully, you should see the below response from the browser:

<ACTION>STOP</ACTION><RESPONSE>Stopping</RESPONSE><RESPONSEDATA></RESPONSEDATA>

  1. Navigate to Windows Services, and ensure that the following services have stopped:
    1. HP Records Manager IDOL Service
    2. HP Records Manager IDOL Content Service 1

If the above services have stopped, you can proceed with rebooting your IDOL server.

WARNING

Stopping the services via Windows Services can cause IDOL to become corrupt

If the services have NOT stopped, you will need to stop them via Windows Services. Please DO NOT stop the services using Windows Services until you have tried the above method, and confirmed the services have not ceased.

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faulted lacp negotiation for Server 2012

Posted by paris on Aug 8, 2017 in Random

Set Load Balancing Mode = Address Hash

  1. Set 

 

port-channel load-balance src-dst-mac

2) 

interface Port-channel3
description %portchannelname%
switchport mode access
switchport nonegotiate
end

3)


interface GigabitEthernet2/0/17
switchport mode access
switchport nonegotiate
channel-protocol lacp
channel-group 3 mode active
spanning-tree portfast
end

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scheduled task coming back with 0x2

Posted by paris on Aug 8, 2017 in Random

When running a bat file scheduled task coming back with 0x2 

You need to put the exit of the IF statement to exit 0

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Unable to truncate Microsoft SQL Server transaction logs. Details: RPC function call failed. Function name: [BlobCall]. Target machine: []. RPC error:The remote procedure call failed. Code: 1726

Posted by paris on Aug 3, 2017 in Random

A veeam backup showed a warning with the following error

Unable to truncate Microsoft SQL Server transaction logs. Details: RPC function call failed. Function name: [BlobCall]. Target machine: []. RPC error:The remote procedure call failed. Code: 1726

Leaving this to run the following day proved a success so must of been SQL Issue

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