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OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Version 5.2 User's Guide

Update firmware on vSphere host

Before scheduling the firmware update on vSphere hosts (ESXi only), 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 DRS is enabled.
    NOTE For a stand-alone host, the DRS check is not applicable.

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

    NOTE Driver update is not supported on vSphere cluster and host.
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 8.
      • 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 repository profile.
    If the cluster profile is associated to the cluster in which the host is present, by default, the associated firmware repository is selected. Else, Dell Default Catalog is selected.
    If you change the firmware repository profile, 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.
  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 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.
    You can use the filter option to filter the data based on the specific column names.
    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 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.

  8. 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.
  9. 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 timed out. However, the components may get updated automatically when the host is restarted.
      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.
    2. 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.
  10. Under the Update Schedule section, select any one of the following options:
    • Update Now
    • Schedule Update
    • Apply Updates on Next Reboot
    • Apply Updates, and Force Reboot without enetring Maintenance mode
  11. 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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