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Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

Two questions.

- Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE  from .28 to latest .29?

- Where can I find the release notes.

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

Thanks. Strange but I could not find the release notes first. But I'v got it!

Do you have any tips about the first question?

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

There is an EMC document titled Storage Target Revisions and Adoption Rates. This lists the operating codes that all EMC hardware should be running at. These may not always be the latest revisions of the code but is the revision that EMC reccommends be running on your array. The document is updated about once a month it seems and is located at:

https://powerlink.emc.com/nsepn/webapps/btg548664833igtcuup4826/km/live1/en_US/Offering_Technical/Technical_Documentation/ActualCodes.pdf

The current target for FLARE 29 is 04.29.000.5.003.

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

WOW. Great document. It helps a lot. But there are only 9% of systems that running flare 4.29

hmm what to do, what do to?

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I think that is because it takes a while for everyone to get to the target levels. Everyone has different change control and maintenance windows. My company only has one maintenance window a month and it is six hours long. Because that window is for all servers in a data center with 350 servers and five storage arrays, upgrading FLARE can fall to the bottom of the list. It is a challenge for me just to keep the host agents/drivers up to date.
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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

@Roy: Are you not able to find FLARE release notes using this powerlink menu selection?

Home > Support > Technical Documentation and Advisories > Hardware/Platforms Documentation > CLARiiON CX4 Series Systems > CLARiiON CX4-960 > Release Notes

There are two docs, one for the 28 brach and another for 29 branch.

About whether at all to move to FOE 29, is there a compelling reason presented to you from EMC or any that you discovered for this decision? Perhaps the Release notes' Fixed problems section will help you decide.

Cheers,

-joji

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

Sorry, redundant info!!

Cheers,

-joji

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

HI GUYS,
Thanks for your comments.
350 servers with a couple of arrays. We are lucky with having two 🙂

The reason for upgrading is that FLARE 29 is more vmware aware.

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Re: Is it save yet to upgrade to FLARE OE .29

Oh, all those servers aren't SAN attached. There are only about 80 SAN attached servers. I just listed the datacenter count as we all have to share the same maintenance window.

I am taking my Cx4-480 to Rel 29 for that reason as well, the improvements to VMware integration make it worth it in addition to the updated features to VP. I have a Cx3-80 that is being upgraded to a Cx4-960 and that will be on rel 29 as well.

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