Please remember that the new Emulex drivers that were released are currently not supported by HP.
I'm running 12 CPU (Intel) BL460c G7 hosts (10 of them) and trying to install the correct H/W firmware and drivers for ESXi 5.1.
Attached is what I have configured. Though my processors are INTEL and not AMD should the firmware of my Emulex NC553i 10 Gb 2-port FlexFabric
Net Adapter be at 4.2.401.605 instead of 4.2.401.6 ? Also has anyone tried the newest Emulex driver mentioned 2 posts earlier?
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You are correct, the HP NC553i CNA (Emulex) should be running 4.2.401.605 instead of 4.2.401.6.
Resolved Issues in version 4.2.401.605 from Firmware Version 4.2.401.6:
- Fixed VMware PSOD seen on AMD based servers with BE2 based cards
- Fixed FW memory leak with multiple logins to a redirected target
The newly released Emulex drivers that were mentioned before (184.108.40.206) are currently not supported by HP.
I have seen this issue on BL680c G7, also on BL680cG5 with VirtualConnect behind, but WITHOUT FLEX-10.
On the G5 servers I´m using Broadcom Mezz-Cards.
AND: This issues are since the upgrade from 5.0 to 5.1! VDS version (5.0/5.1) is equal.
If I try to connect my VDS with only one uplink per host, the drops are gone!
I have opened a SR@VMware about that.
I will keep you up2date.
We have absolutelly the same issue.
Not only with Flex10. I got this case because of vmotion performance troubles. Nevertheless the average migration duration is absolutely OK, particularly with our DL980G7 hosts we notice dramatical vm freezes during vmotions. Allthough we use a dedicated 10Gb NIC-Team directly connected to the NEXUS Cores for vMotion some VMs experience sync lags up to 40 seconds and worse. That's absolutelly inaccaptable. We are only allowed to migrate VMs at late evening.
I'm not really sure this problem refers to the "RX Packet Drop" topic, but after some days of debugging time and no outcome I have to clutch at every straw
BTW: Greetings from Bergheim @Jo
Hi at all,
my SR at VMwareSupport is closed now.
My issue is only a cosmetic one, drops are shown but not really there
I can ignore the shown drops at the vCenter side.
On the host side himself I can't see this drops.
This bugfix is addressed for 5.1 Update2, at the moment the release will be at the end of the year.
Greetz back, Manuel
How did you conclude that the errors where just cosmetic?
We are seeing the same kind of errors, but we cannot find any solution.
as many of us apparently, I had the same errors on ESXi 5.0 (same on different builds...) : plenty of "Receive packets dropped" , both on BL 460c G7 and Gen8 since several months. (All blades are in 2 stacked C7000 enclosures and members of a VC Flex10 domain, 10GbE back end)
this driver be2net-220.127.116.11-offline_bundle-1028063.zip (https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESXI5X-EMULEX-BE2NET-442310&productId=284 ) fixed the problem for me (+ HP firmwares up to date with lastest HPSUM iso.)
Name Version Vendor Release Date Acceptance Level Status
---------- ----------------------------- ------ ------------ ---------------- ---------
net-be2net 18.104.22.168-1OEM.500.0.0.472560 Emulex 2013-01-12 VMwareCertified Installed
PS : ESX update procedure, follow this : Updating ESXi 5 - Single use esxcli How To
hope it can help
yes, I'm running HP BL 465c G7 and G8 and here's the detailed version of firmware and the hardware model from vSphere console and from SSH console:
NIC: Emulex Corporation NC551i
~ # ethtool -i vmnic0
may I know what was the fix for this issue here ?
I'm detecting intermittent TCP resets and TCP retransmissions event from my Sniffer appliance (Riverbed SteelCentral / Cascade).
ragmon the link that you specified on your blog or the post above is not working ?
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i'm trying to get the detailed information before I apply the firmware and driver to my production ESXi 5.1 Update 1 hosts.
The information I posted on my blog is awfully out of date.
Please use the information found in the "February 2015 VMware FW and Software Recipe" available at:
For the BL460 G7 for example, with the NC553i CNA and ESXi 5.1, you should use the following:
Driver : 10.2.293.0.-1OEM.510
Many thanks ragmon for the clarification.
Yes, I can see it from the Recipe page that for my HP BL 465c G7 running HP NC551i Dual Port FlexFabric 10 Gb Converged Network Adapter I must be using:
update the firmware to 4.9.416.2
update the driver to 10.2.293.0
But somehow there is no Official HP Advisory page or VMware KB article to support the idea offirmware upgrade.
I need to convince the management team and the implementation team regarding this Firmware update but still I cannot find the supporting KB article for that apart from this generic blanket statement: VMware KB: Performance issues with HP NC55x Network Adapters in which my adapter firmware is more recent than the one suggested in the KB article.
The VMware KB that you have mentioned is out-of-date and therefore not relevant anymore.
I would justify the firmware/driver update by using the following HP advisory:
You can update the firmware by:
1. Using the offline update utility: Drivers &amp; Software - HP Support Center. </title><style>ul.breadcrumbs-custom, ol.brea…
Cool, many thanks RAgmon