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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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How to Update IOS on Cisco 3650 Stack

Posted by paris on Jul 29, 2017 in Networking

Find the latest Firmware : https://software.cisco.com/download/release.html?mdfid=284846029&softwareid=282046477&release=3.3.0SE&flowid=45549

Setup TFTP Server ( Download : http://tftpd32.jounin.net/tftpd32_download.html )

Copy Bin file to TFTP Directory

3650-SW1#copy tftp flash

3650-SW1#Address or name of remote host []? 10.1.1.250
3650-SW1#Source filename []? cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.06.E.152-2.E6.bin
3650-SW1#Destination filename [cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.03.01.SE.150-1.EZ1.bin]?<enter>

3850-SW1#software install file flash:cat3k_caa-universalk9.SPA.03.06.06.E.152-2.E6.bin switch 1-4

The install should ask you to reload which will restart the whole stack ( All Stack members should run the same IOS ) 

If the SSH console disconnects during the install progress you will need to do an Manual Reload Command

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How to Find Driver version of HBA / Firmware / BIOS in Vmware

Posted by paris on Jan 25, 2017 in Fixes

 

I tried to use VMwares Article : https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1027206

However this command was giving me nothing : vmkload_mod -s HBADriver |grep Version

I had to use the command:

 
/usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -d

I can see the names of the NIC, here: vmhba3 and vmhba4

With the command: 

 
/usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -l -i vmhba4/qlogic

I can see this information:

  • Name: QMH2562
  • Firmware 8.01.02
  • Flash firmware level: 7.03.00
  • Bios: 3.24
  • Driver version: 2.1.27.0
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the type 11 controller is not supported by this firmware

Posted by paris on Oct 6, 2016 in Research

dell51

Was recently trying to update a PS6000 SAN from Firmware upgrade Failure from V5.0.8 to V6.0.7

FYI when trying firmware updates make sure you have the passive controller setup , as this will take the controllers offline during the update.

The error displayed was the type 11 controller is not supported by this firmware

 Upgrade your 5.0.8 to 5.2.x first and than to 6.0.7.

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iLO HP ML380 G7 Certificate Error SSL_ERROR_BAD_MAC_ALERT / ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

Posted by paris on Jun 12, 2016 in Fixes

iLO-3-Image[1]On trying to get to it in Firefox I was presented with 

SSL_ERROR_BAD_MAC_ALERT 

On trying to get to it through Chrome I was presented with

This site can’t provide a secure connection

10.0.0.2 uses an unsupported protocol.
ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

The client and server don't support a common SSL protocol version or cipher suite. This is likely to be caused when the server needs RC4, which is no longer considered secure.

We tried through CLI : 

load -source http://webserverip/iso/ilo2_229.bin /map1/firmware1

However this was giving us errors for some reason

We found a workaround in Internet Explorer is to disable TLS 1.2 (Tools >
Options > Advanced > UNTICK Use TLS1.2). 

After Restarting IE , it logged us into the ilo , however this was not the stop of the problems , upgrading to the latest firmware 1.57 gave us errors

We had to update to 1.28 first , then we could upgrade to the latest , below is a link to someone has all the links to the correct BIN files

HP ProLiant ILO firmware

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Dell Update Repository Manager Hack

Posted by paris on May 9, 2016 in Random

To get the lastest firmware/drivers

Instead of downloading the application , then creating a ISO with the lastest drivers, this website has every bootable iso already made and updated. just replace the M610 with what ever you have.

https://dell.box.com/bootableM610

 

Dell ESXI Install

https://dell.com/support -> Browse for a Product -> Select Servers, Storage & Networking ->PowerEdge -> Select Support Platform (See Dell VMware ESXi 6.0 blog for supported platforms) ->Drivers & Downloads -> click Change OS & select VMware ESXi 6.0 -> Expand Enterprise Solutions

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How to Update Drive Firmware and Shelf Firmware on a Netapp

Posted by paris on Aug 20, 2015 in Random

You can loign to here https://signin.netapp.com/oamext/login.html for upgrade advisor for OnTap Data Upgrades , should have shout home stuff about your drives firmware recommendations 

Drive Firmware

Use to find the current firmware

*> storage show disk -x

To do the disk FW upgrade on the background, check the following is enabled:

options raid.background_disk_fw_update.enable

Disk Firmware Update Location : http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/tools/diskfw/

Download the .LOD files to \\fascontrollerip\c$\etc\disk_fw

Disk firmware files should have been installed correctly to the system. Within two minutes the system should detect and begin updating any eligible drives.

Shelf Firmware 

Check this setting is enabled

options shelf.fw.ndu.enable

 

 

Disk Shelf Update Location : http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/tools/diskshelf/

Download the .SFW files to \\fascontrollerip\c$\etc\shelf_fw

 

storage download shelf

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Upgrading Firmware on a HP Switch 5406zl(J8697A)

Posted by paris on Mar 7, 2013 in Research

J8699ARecently a HP 5406 Switch randomly crashed in the middle of a working day. A reboot fixed this however , we wanted to update the firmware from V12.16 to the latest version  K.15.09.0012, ROM K.15.28

The link to the latest firmware is here :

https://h10145.www1.hp.com/Downloads/SoftwareReleases.aspx?ProductNumber=J8697A&lang=en&cc=us&prodSeriesId=1827663

After backing up all the config, We downloaded the K.15.09.0012 firmware to start with. These switches have Primary and Secondary firmwares which allows some fault tollerence when it comes to an upgrade. If the Primary firmware fails it will switch to secondary so you can reflash

Upon trying to upload the K.15.09.0012, ROM K.15.28 via the web interface , it error-ed on Internet Explorer and Firefox with no immediate error. The next method we tried was a Telnet Firmware Upgrade , a bit more long winded.

We setup a TFPT server to be able to download the

Just download this free TFTP Server tool and setup defaults and copy the firmware to C;\TFPT ( or your default location )

Next we telneted into the Switch , and used the Command Menu to bring up the Switch Menu

We then went to Download OS , entered the TFTP IP of the PC with the file and the file name , and it brought back

Aborted, File Error

OK so the switch is bouncing back the file , probably because it’s referencing something with the current version ( The web interface should of been nice and told us this! )

After checking the ReadMe for the 15 upgrade , we found the following :

(BootROM K.12.12 – K.12.14)  Update and reload into software version K.13.58 or K.13.68

So we updated to K.13.68 (for BootROM updates only) via telnet which worked , and then updated to K.15.09.0012, ROM K.15.28

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