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OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Version 5.2 User's Guide

Update firmware and driver on vSAN host

Before scheduling the firmware update on vSAN hosts (hosts in vSAN enabled cluster), ensure that the following conditions are met in the environment:
  • Ensure that host is compliant (CSIOR enabled and host must have supported ESXi version), associated with a host credential profile, and successfully inventoried.
  • The following prerequisites are checked before scheduling the firmware update:
    • DRS is enabled.
    • Host is not already in maintenance mode.
    • vSAN data objects are healthy.

      To skip the prerequisites, clear the Check Prerequisites check box on the Schedule Updates page.

  • For storage controller, HDD, and SSD components, the selected drivers and firmware versions in the selected repositories are compliant as per the VMware vSAN guidelines based on the vSAN version.
  • For drivers, OMIVV supports only the offline bundles that are listed in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.
  • The cluster satisfies the vSAN requirements for the selected data migration option. If the vSAN cluster does not meet the requirements for the selected data migration option, the update times out.
  • Dell EMC recommends selecting the baselined (Cluster Profile) firmware or driver repository.
  • Ensure that there are no active firmware update jobs for any hosts under the cluster that you are updating.
  • Ensure that you specify the required time out value for the "Enter maintenance mode" job. If the wait time goes beyond the specified time, the update job fails. However, the components may get updated automatically when the host is rebooted.
  • Rerun the inventory after enabling vSAN.
During the firmware update process, Dell EMC recommends not to delete or move the following:
  • The host from vCenter for which the firmware update job is in progress.
  • The host credential profile of the host for which the firmware update job is in progress.
  • The repositories that are located in CIFS or NFS.

OMIVV checks compliance of the host and whether any other firmware update job is in progress in any host within the same cluster. After the verification, the Firmware Update wizard is displayed.

  1. To launch the firmware update wizard, on the OMIVV home page, expand Menu, select Hosts and Clusters, and then perform either of the following actions:
    • Right-click a host, select OMIVV Host Actions > Firmware Update.
    • Select a host, in the right pane, select Monitor > OMIVV Host Information > Firmware > Run Firmware Wizard.
    • Select a host, in the right pane, select Summary, and then go to OMIVV Host Information > Host Actions > Run Firmware Wizard.
  2. On the Firmware Update Checklist page, ensure that all the prerequisites are verified before scheduling the update, and then click GET STARTED.
  3. On the Update Source page, select any one of the following:
    • Repository Profiles
    • Single DUP
  4. To load a single firmware update from a file, select Single DUP.
    1. A single DUP can reside on a CIFS or NFS share that is accessible by the OMIVV appliance: Enter the file location in one of the following formats, and then go to step 9.
      • NFS—<host>:/<share_path/FileName.exe
      • CIFS—\\<host accessible share path>\<FileName>.exe
      NOTE Ensure that the file name for the single component DUP does not have any blank space.
      For CIFS share, OMIVV prompts you to enter the username and password that can access the share drive.
  5. If you select the Repository Profiles option, select the firmware and driver repository profiles.
    If the cluster profile is associated to the cluster in which the host is present, by default, the associated firmware, and driver repository profiles are selected.
    If you change the firmware or driver repository profiles, a message is displayed indicating that the selected repository profile is not associated to baseline and using a different repository may affect the baseline comparison.
    NOTE If you have both driver and firmware repositories are associated with the cluster profile, it is recommenced to update both driver and firmware simultaneously.
    If you do not want to update firmware or driver, or firmware or driver is up-to-date, from the drop-down menu, select No Repository selected.

    The default firmware catalogs (Dell EMC Default Catalog and Validated MX Stack Catalog) are not displayed in the repository profile option. To use the repository profiles, create a custom repository in OMIVV.

    Perform the following to create a custom repository profile:

    1. Go to Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) and create a catalog.
      For more information about creating a catalog using DRM, see Creating catalog in Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) using OMIVV.
    2. Download the catalog and corresponding files.
    3. Create a repository profile in OMIVV using the downloaded catalog.
      For more information about creating a repository profile, see Create repository profile.
  6. Based on the firmware repository profile you have selected, select an appropriate bundle, and then click NEXT. Only 64-bit bundles are supported.
  7. On the Select Driver Components page, select the driver components that require an update, and then click NEXT. When you select a driver component for update, all the components in the package are selected.
    You can use the filter option to filter the data based on the specific column names.
  8. On the Select Firmware Components page, select the firmware components that require an update, and then click NEXT.
    The count of the components that is based on criticality status such as Urgent, Recommended, Optional, and Downgrades are displayed.
    The components which have lower version than the available version in the catalog, or it is in the same level (Up-to-Date), or scheduled for an update cannot be selected. To select the components which have lower version than the available version, select the Allow Firmware downgrade check box.

    To select all the firmware components across all the pages, click Icon used to select all the components.

    To clear all the firmware components across all the pages, click Icon used deselect components.

  9. On the Schedule Updates page, enter the firmware update job name and description. The description is an optional field.
    The firmware update job name is mandatory. If you purge the firmware update job name, you can reuse the job name again.
  10. Under the Additional Settings section, do the following:
    1. Enter the Maintenance Mode timeout value between 60–1440 minutes. If the wait time goes beyond the specified time, the update jobs fail and enter maintenance task will be canceled or time out. However, the components may get updated automatically when the host is restarted.
    2. From the Enter Maintenance Mode Option drop-down menu, select an appropriate data migration option. For more information about the data migration option, see the VMware documentation.
      NOTE Enter maintenance mode task fails if the cluster configuration does not support full data migration or the storage capacity is insufficient.
      By default, the following options are selected:
      • Exit maintenance mode after firmware update completes—If you disable this option, host remains in maintenance mode.
      • Move powered-off and suspended virtual machines to other hosts in cluster—Disabling this option disconnects VM until the host device is online.
    3. If you have issues while updating the firmware, select the Delete Job Queue and Reset iDRAC check box. This may result in successful completion of the update process. This increases the overall update time that is required for job completion, cancels any pending jobs or activities that are scheduled on the iDRAC, and resets the iDRAC.
      For hosts managed using chassis credential profile, delete job queue is not supported.
      By default, the Check Prerequisites option is selected.
  11. Under the Update Schedule section, select any one of the following options:
    • Update Now
    • Schedule Update
    • Apply Updates on Next Reboot
  12. On the Review Summary page, review the firmware update information, and then click FINISH.
    The firmware update jobs can take up to several hours depending on the components and number of servers selected. You can view the status of the jobs on the Jobs page.

    After firmware update task is complete, the inventory runs automatically on the selected hosts and hosts exit automatically from maintenance mode that is based on an option that is selected in the Schedule Updates page.


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