sa_taku
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What is Isilon Generation5?

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https://support.emc.com/docu69984_Isilon-Node-Firmware-Package-10.0.1-Release-Notes.pdf

Hi,

I read the following document.

[Isilon Node firmware Package version 10.0.1 Release Notes]

In this document, EMC says the following warning on page2.

<! CAUTION>

Only update firmware with this package if your cluster contains Generation 6 hardware or Generation 5 with 40G Ethernet cards.

If your cluster does not contain Generation 6 or Gen5 with 40GB Ethernet cards, update your firmware with  the 9.3.5 Node Firmware package.

I'd like to know which hardwares are Gen6 or Gen5.

How can I specify the Generation of the node??

And I'd like to know what is "40GB Ethernet cards" on Gen5.

Is the 40GB Ethernet card different from IB card?

If anyone know, please let me know.

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sjones51
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Re: What is Isilon Generation5?

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Hi sa.taku,

Gen5 hardware is S210, X410, NL410, X210, and HD400. Gen6 has not been released yet. The 40GB NICs are referring to an external interface, not IB interfaces although in Gen6 IB will have an ethernet option. They would be a very recent hardware upgrade for Gen5 nodes so it is not likely that it applies in your case. Here is the product support bulletin on Gen6:

https://support.emc.com/docu84749


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That looks like it may be an internal link so you may not have access to the information in it. These should work for you though.

Isilon F800 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41848_Isilon-F800

Isilon H600 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41847_Isilon-H600

Isilon H500 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41846_Isilon-H500

Isilon H400 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41843_Isilon-H400

Isilon A200 & A2000 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41844_Isilon-A200_A2000

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sjones51
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Re: What is Isilon Generation5?

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Hi sa.taku,

Gen5 hardware is S210, X410, NL410, X210, and HD400. Gen6 has not been released yet. The 40GB NICs are referring to an external interface, not IB interfaces although in Gen6 IB will have an ethernet option. They would be a very recent hardware upgrade for Gen5 nodes so it is not likely that it applies in your case. Here is the product support bulletin on Gen6:

https://support.emc.com/docu84749


**Edit**
That looks like it may be an internal link so you may not have access to the information in it. These should work for you though.

Isilon F800 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41848_Isilon-F800

Isilon H600 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41847_Isilon-H600

Isilon H500 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41846_Isilon-H500

Isilon H400 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41843_Isilon-H400

Isilon A200 & A2000 Support page: https://support.emc.com/products/41844_Isilon-A200_A2000

sa_taku
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Re: What is Isilon Generation5?

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Hi sjones5,

Thanks for your reply.

I understood what are Gen5 , Gen6 and the 40GB NICs.

I have another question.

If you don't mind, could you answer it?

question:

Our customer has Gen5 hardware (NL410).

According to Release note, we must not apply Node Firmware Package 10.0.1 in this condition, correct??

Do we have to apply Node firmware Package 9.3.5?

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sjones51
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Hi sa.taku,

I am assuming that they have not done a hardware upgrade in the last month or so to add the 40GB NICs to these nodes. That being the case, you are correct. You should apply Node Firmware Package 9.3.5. 10.0.1 does support Gen4/Gen5, but is really meant for Gen6. So right now 9.3.5 would be the best fit for your cluster. When you are ready to add Gen6 hardware to the cluster, plan on doing another node firmware update at that time.

sa_taku
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Re: What is Isilon Generation5?

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Hi sjones5,

However I understood what you mean, I have additional question.

Can I downgrade Node Firm Package 10.0.1 to 9.3.5??

I upgraded NFP to 10.0.1.  ;(

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sjones51
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Re: What is Isilon Generation5?

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Hi sa.taku,

There is no need to downgrade. 10.0.1 will still support Gen5 hardware.

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sa_taku
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Hi sjones5,

Thanks, I got it.

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