Hello, I also my Microserver G8 slow down with HP's customized imaged. I have installed HP's 5.5U2 image and after ugraded with ESXi 6 standard image with better results, but it cannot detect my DVD ROM device. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the answer. I'll also plan to try 5.5->6 upgrade scenario.
I haven't DVD drive. I have installed SSD drive in that place and configured through RAID controller as RAID0 (single drive).
ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 see them fine.
"thick" client is free or paid option?
I've lost in vmw vSphere vCenter vWeb vClient vVirtual vJungles :/
I finally found the problem. In the last ESXi 5.5 and the 6.0 release they have replaced the hpvsa driver (HP vSphere ISO !!). With these drivers, I have experienced major problems with the data stores and thus the B120i (RAID) controller of the HP MicroServer Gen8.
The problem is caused by the last (HP) ISO's (from march);
- VMware ESXi 5.5.0-Update2-2403361-HP-522.214.171.124 Mar2015.iso
- VMware ESXi 6.0.0-2494585-HP-600.9.1.39 Mar2015.iso
I have found out (because I had an older ISO), the ISO VMware ESXi 5.5.0-Update2-2068190-HP-5.77.3-Nov2014.iso works well! With this ISO, all performance problems disappeared .
The difference between the ISO's is the following. The older ISO contains the storage driver scsi-hpvsa 5.5.0-88OEM. ISO(s) of March come with newer storage driver scsi-hpvsa 5.5.0-92OEM or scsi hpvsa-5.5.0-90. These drivers are the cause of the problems in the B120i controller!
When installing ESXi 5.5 or 6 from the last ISOs, you must manually install the older storage driver (SCSI hpvsa-5.5.0-88). I've tested this with the vib file scsi HPSA-5.5.0-88OEM.5126.96.36.1991820.x86_64.vib. I then adjusted the HP ISO and equipped with the older driver. Now I can install ESXi 5.5 or 6 from the (customized) HP ISO, which includes the older driver.
I hope this helps!
I made some investigation now and found that hpsva ...-90 driver is marked as hotfix and urgent. I didn't find yet what the bug was in -088, but at this moment I don't want to risk with older one.
P.S. There is also newer HP iso for ESXi 6 (...HP-600.9.2.38-Mar2015) from 30 March, but it didn't help me also
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ESXi 6.0 iso also uses the wrong storage drivers. As I indicated before .
These are the fixes in the new releases:
5.5.0-90.0(6 Oct 2014)
- Fixes an issue where HDD logical volumes were not being detected at installation.
- Fixes an issue where an updated driver was not persistent after a reboot. Previously, after updating the driver and rebooting, the system would revert to the originally installed driver.
188.8.131.52-1(30 Mar 2015)
- Spin lock update to fix a potential boot hang.
possible, the older driver is stable enough to use
Ok, thanks nthorst for changelog. (BTW, where they are?)
Installed 088 driver and indeed in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS speeds goes up tenfold.
vSphere client however still doesn't work fast - ~100-150Mbps from SSD datastore to desktop SSD.
Also problem is still when I copy from one VM to another (Ubuntu<->Win10) on the same SSD. Speed often fall below 1 MB/s and even freezes for some time.
I decided to try Hyper-V. I also have large HDDs and could stuck in 2 TB limit with esxi.
I have the same problem I think...
I upgraded my ESXI 5.5.0 to ESXI 6.0 today and my top speed is 20 MB/s sometimes lower... Got RAID 10 with 4 hard disks...
How can I downgrade the storage driver?
Can you help me maybe?
Thank you very much!
Found my old installation ISO: VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-HP-5.71.3-Sep2013.iso
This one worked fine. But I dont know how to install only that driver package
Installed now "scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.5184.108.40.2061820.x86_64.vib" from here.
ESXI 6.0 running better now! Speed collapsing to 120 MB/s (I think it should be faster , maybe some of you guys have any idea) but it runs smooth again.
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How to install scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88 on ESXi 6 on HP microserver gen8
(if an other scsi-hpvsa-driver is installed)
1. Stop all VMs
2. Enable ssh-conection
3. Copy "scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.5220.127.116.111820.x86_64.vib" to /tmp (using WinSCP)
4. Start ssh-conection (using putty)
5. chage directory to /tmp
6. Copy the vib file to /var/log/vmware
cp scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.518.104.22.1681820.x86_64.vib /var/log/vmware/
7. Start maintenanceMode
esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable true
8. Deinstall the running scsi-hpvsa driver
esxcli software vib remove -n scsi-hpvsa -f
9. Install scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88
esxcli software vib install -v file:scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0-88OEM.522.214.171.1241820.x86_64.vib --force --no-sig-check --maintenance-mode
10. Restart ESXi, stop maintenanceMode, disabel ssh and start VMs again
Thanks a lot for the post! Do you know if this driver issue also applies to AHCI mode?
I am using AHCI mode for 2 local SATA disks, and got about 80MB/s to 120MB/s during VM copy between these 2 local disks in the same ESXi. Is this performance normal?
ls how to install this driver
!i used mac os
Just for reference: driver version 100 in the June 2015 HP ESXi 6 image hasn't fixed the problems, version 88 as described above works like a charm.
I was a little skeptic about this hp faulty driver, so i made some test in my lab made of two identical MicroServer Gen8, same G2020T cpu, 16 MB memory and same raid-zero lun as datastore built on two WD black 1TB drives.
As testing VMs I used two clones of CentOS 7 minimal with fio 2.1.10 installed, testing to /dev/sdb1 (thick eager zeroed vmdk).
No other vms were running during test.
fio command lines used
fio --filename=/dev/sdb1 --direct=1 --rw=randrw --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=libaio --bs=8k --rwmixread=70 --iodepth=16 --numjobs=16 --runtime=120 --group_reporting --name=8k7030test
fio --filename=/dev/sdb1 --direct=1 --rw=read --refill_buffers --norandommap --randrepeat=0 --ioengine=libaio --bs=4k --iodepth=16 --numjobs=16 --runtime=120 --group_reporting --name=4kseqread
host1 : scsi-hpvsa 126.96.36.199-1OEM
host2 : scsi-hpvsa 5.5.0-88OEM
read : io=358192KB, bw=2971.9 KB/s, iops=371, runt=120529msec
write: io=153376KB, bw=1272.6 KB/s, iops=159, runt=120529msec
read : io=341192KB, bw=2832.1 KB/s, iops=354, runt=120438msec
write: io=145792KB, bw=1210.6 KB/s, iops=151, runt=120438msec
read : io=5732.3MB, bw= 48'906 KB/s, iops=12226, runt=120024msec
read : io=43512MB, bw= 371'288 KB/s, iops=92821, runt=120005msec
The randow rw test are equivalent and i even got some more iops with driver version 100,
but the sequential read test was very bad.
After downgrading hpvsa to version 88 and rebooting, 4kseqread test now gives me : read io=39374MB, bw=335981KB/s, iops=83995, runt=120005msec.
I think I'll stick with driver version 88.