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Dell PERC 5/i Adapter Firmware Update
This package provides the Dell PERC 5/i Adapter Firmware Update and is supported on the Enterprise Servers and Powervault models that are running the following Operating System: NA.
Release Date 5/16/2012
Importance: Recommended
Version: 5.2.2-0072,A09

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Description

This package provides the Dell PERC 5/i Adapter Firmware Update and is supported on the Enterprise Servers and Powervault models that are running the following Operating System: NA.

Level of Importance:Recommended

Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).

Important Information

1. All RAID volumes will be presented as write through (WT) to the operating system (Windows and linux) independent of the actual write cache policy of the virtual disk.The controller manages the data in cache independently of the OS and any applications.Please use OpenManage or the BIOS Configuration Utility to view and manage virtual disk cache settings. 2. When viewing SATA physical disk properties from Ctrl-R or other management applications, the Vendor Identification. 3. If all physical disks making up a virtual disk are removed from the system or enclosure, the RAID controller will delete the virtual disk. If the disks are later re-inserted, they will be marked foreign and can be imported using a management application. 4. If the cable connecting a PERC 5/E to an enclosure is removed, the RAID controller will immediately delete all virtual disks on that enclosure. To recover, power down the server and ensure all cables in the configuration are securely connected. When the server is powered on, the RAID controller will detect the disks as foreign and the configuration can be imported with a management application. 5. Physical disks determined to contain a foreign configuration are not available for configuration as a new dedicated or global hotspare, or as a member of a new virtual disk. The foreign configuration must be imported or cleared from the physical disk before it may be used as a hotspare or member of a virtual disk. Physical disks with a foreign configuration will not appear on the Create New VD screen in Ctrl-R. 6. Prior to performing a virtual disk migration, the source system must be powered off before removal of the physical disks to preserve the correct virtual disk state. This is not required for the target system and the physical disks may be inserted while the system is powered on or off. 7. This version of firmware will not ensure complete compatibility with an older version of the management application, OpenManage 5.0 or 5.1.OpenManage 5.2 or greater is recommended. 8. It is recommended that the customer upgrade the management application and device driver to the latest version available from Dell at the time of installation of this firmware. 9. The firmware restricts the importing of virtual disks that are undergoing RAID level migration or Capacity Expansion. Do not interrupt virtual disks that are performing either of these operations because it will disable the ability to import the virtual disk and the data will be unavailable. Dell recommends that the user perform a data backup before starting these operations. 10. Foreign dedicated hot spares are now imported as global hot spares. 11. Default Physical disk cache settings for hard drives are ON for SATA drives and OFF for SAS drives. 12. A EMM change or a drive migration is not a supported action during a Capacity Expansion or Raid Level Migration. This may cause the VDs to go offline.Dell recommends the user to take a data backup before starting these operations. 13. A Rebuild operation cannot be stopped/interrupted from the Ctrl+R configuration utility but can be done from the Dell Open Manage Storage Management Software.

Compatibility

Systems
PowerEdge 6850
PowerEdge 6950
PowerEdge 840
PowerEdge SC1430
PowerVault DP100
PowerVault NF100
Operating Systems
Not Applicable

Applies to

  • PERC 5/i Adapter

Fixes & Enhancements

Fixes - DeviceType on the Device Manager display has been corrected to show the proper device type: RAID - Disk Timeout has been increased from 60 seconds to 65 seconds to safely allow drives to complete recovery. Enhancements - Added a bus rescan after a logical volume are initialized to effectively remove stale data. This will allow the OS to invalidate its cache data.

Installation instructions

            
2.0 Performing the Firmware Upgrade
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Web pack:
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Download
1. Click Download Now, to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save
 this program to disk and click OK. The Save In: window appears. 
3. From the "Save As" field, click the down arrow then click to 
 select Desktop and click Save. The file will download to your desktop.
4. If the Download Complete window appears, click Close. The file 
 icon appears on your desktop.

Hard Drive Floppy Disk Creation
1. Get 2 blank, formatted floppy disks.
2. Double-click the new icon (it looks like a floppy diskette) on 
 the desktop. The Self-Extractor window appears.
3. Click the 'Continue' button on the self-extractor window after inserting 
 one of the formatted floppies. 
4. The utility prompts the user to insert the second floppy diskette after 
 it completes writing on the first floppy. 
5. Remove the first floppy and insert the second floppy diskette. 
6. Press 'Continue' button.
7. After all the files have been copied to the last floppy disk, press the 'Finish'
 button to close the Self-Extracter window

Install
1. Insert the first (or the only) disk of the set into the Floppy 
drive.
2. Click Start, click Shutdown, click Restart, and then click OK. 
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Zip pack:
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Download 
1. Click the Download Now link to download the file. 
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to
 your hard drive. 

Extract Files 
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the
 new file to unzip the download package 
2. Click Continue. 
3. Specify the location to unzip the files. 
4. Click on the OK button to extract files.
 After the files are extracted the message all files were successfully
 unzipped will appear. 
5. Click the OK button to exit from the installer. 

Installation
1. Copy extracted files to bootable media.
2. Reboot system to bootable media.
3. Execute update.bat to perform flash.
4. After flash is complete, remove bootable media.
5. Reboot system for changes to take effect.

Windows Update Package:
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Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to
 your hard drive.

Installation
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click
 the new file.
2. Read over the release information presented in the dialog window.
3. Download and install any prerequisites identified in the dialog window
 before proceeding.
4. Click the "Install" button.
5. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.

Linux Update Package:
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Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to
 your hard drive.

Installation
1. Read over the release information presented by executing the
 "./FRMW_LX_RXXXXXX.BIN --version" command from the shell.
2. Download and install any prerequisites identified in the above step before
 proceeding.
3. Run the update by executing "./FRMW_LX_RXXXXXX.BIN" from the shell.
4. Follow the remaining prompts to perform the update.

GnuPG Signature of Dell Update Package Instructions for FRMW_LX_RXXXXXX.BIN:
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Download
1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. When the "File Download" window appears, click "Save" to save the file to
 your hard drive.

Installation
1. Import the Dell public key. (You only need to do this once on your system.)
2. Verify the Dell Update Package by using its signature file,
 FRMW_LX_RXXXXXX.BIN.            
        

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