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    vmware hba driver upgrade

    sibsbt Enthusiast

      Hi,

       

      I tried to upgrade  vmware hba driver  , before  doing upgrade i have taken the following information .

       

       

      esxcli  storage core adapter list

      HBA Name  Driver        Link State  UID                                   Capabilities         Description                                                              

      --------  ------------  ----------  ------------------------------------  -------------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

      vmhba0    ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba0                                                (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

      vmhba1    qlnativefc    link-up     fc.20000024ff09bf45:21000024ff09bf45  Second Level Lun ID  (0000:11:00.0) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA

      vmhba2    qlnativefc    link-up     fc.20000024ff09c3a9:21000024ff09c3a9  Second Level Lun ID  (0000:0c:00.0) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA

      vmhba3    megaraid_sas  link-n/a    unknown.vmhba3                                             (0000:1b:00.0) LSI / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS Fusion Controller        

      vmhba32   ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba32                                               (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

      vmhba33   ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba33                                               (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

      vmhba34   ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba34                                               (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

      vmhba35   ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba35                                               (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

      vmhba36   ahci          link-n/a    sata.vmhba36                                               (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller    

       

       

      /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -d

      Dumping all key-value instance names:

      Key Value Instance:  QLNATIVEFC/qlogic

       

       

      usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -l -i QLNATIVEFC/qlogic

      Listing keys:

      Name:   0

      Type:   string

      value:

      QLogic PCI to Fibre Channel Host Adapter for QLE2560:

              FC Firmware version 7.02.00 (90d5), Driver version 2.0.12.0

       

      after upgrading

       

      /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -d

      Dumping all key-value instance names:

      Key Value Instance:  vmhba64/qlogic

      Key Value Instance:  vmhba2/qlogic

      Key Value Instance:  MOD_PARM/qlogic

       

      /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmgmt_keyval/vmkmgmt_keyval -l -i vmhba2/qlogic

      Listing keys:

      Name:   ADAPTER

      Type:   string

      value:

      QLogic PCI to Fibre Channel Host Adapter for QLE2560:

              FC Firmware version 8.01.02 (90d5), Driver version 2.1.24.0

       

       

      esxcfg-scsidevs -a

      vmhba0  ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba0                             (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

      vmhba2  qlnativefc        link-up   fc.20000024ff09c3a9:21000024ff09c3a9    (0000:0c:00.0) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA

      vmhba3  megaraid_sas      link-n/a  unknown.vmhba3                          (0000:1b:00.0) LSI / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS Fusion Controller

      vmhba64 qlnativefc        link-up   fc.20000024ff09bf45:21000024ff09bf45    (0000:11:00.0) QLogic Corp ISP2532-based 8Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA

      vmhba32 ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba32                            (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

      vmhba33 ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba33                            (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

      vmhba34 ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba34                            (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

      vmhba35 ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba35                            (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

      vmhba36 ahci              link-n/a  sata.vmhba36                            (0000:00:1f.2) Intel Corporation Patsburg 6 Port SATA AHCI Controller

       

      After upgrading  I Cant' find  vmhba1 , instead it became  vmhba64

      found  key value instance

      Key Value Instance:  vmhba64/qlogic

      Key Value Instance:  vmhba2/qlogic

      Key Value Instance:  MOD_PARM/qlogic

       

      Before upgrading the key value instance   was only

      Key Value Instance:  QLNATIVEFC/qlogic

      What does it mean ?

      Anything wrong ?

      How do I make sure that  all are running after upgrade

       

      Thanks

       

      Message was edited by: sibsbt

        • 1. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
          Nick_Andreev Expert

          HBA name's changed, but as long as you can still see all LUNs and all paths to LUNs are active you should be fine.

           

          Just out of curiosity, why did you decide to manually upgrade the drivers?

          • 2. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
            sibsbt Enthusiast

            Hi,

            How to upgrade  other than this way ? .I thought this is the best practice .

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
              hussainbte Expert
              vExpert

              I dont think there is any issues with the way you upgraded the driver.

               

              check the KB which says it is not a ESXi Issue..

               

              If you are not OK with the current driver naming you can change(As mentioned above it should not have any impact)

               

              After upgrading the HBA card driver, storage adapter names change for some of the FC vmhbas (2127274) | VMware KB

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              • 4. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                Nick_Andreev Expert

                There are a few options for keeping drivers up to date:

                • Using official VMware updates/upgrades. Certain drivers are already included in the base image.
                • Custom vendor ESXi images (HPE, Dell, Cisco) that you can download from VMware web-site and use for upgrades. These images include vendor specific drivers, that may lack in vanilla VMware image.
                • Add vendor patch repository to Update Manager. This lets you get the latest drivers as soon as they are released, instead of waiting for an updated custom ESXi image.

                 

                I personally see manual driver upgrade as a significant risk. If you install a wrong driver or driver version that hasn't been tested and is not compatible, you can find yourself in a very difficult situation.

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                • 5. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                  sibsbt Enthusiast

                  Hi,

                  The drivers i downloaded from the vmware site .

                  Can you tell me how to do in update manager .  Iam using vcenter appliance

                  Thanks

                  • 6. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                    Finikiez Master
                    vExpert

                    That's not 100% true.

                    Drivers\FW upgrade is a standard procedure as with other operating systmes like Windows or Linux.

                    HW vendors releas drivers often and can recommend to update them separetly, there is no problem here.

                     

                    A wrong driver just won't work with your devices and that's all.

                    • 7. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                      Nick_Andreev Expert

                      You just need to add your vendor specific download source link to VUM, configure a baseline, attach it to your cluster and update. For example, this is the VUM download link for HPE drivers: http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-drv.xml

                       

                      Consult with your vendor documentation to find the link to the VUM patch repository.

                      • 8. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                        Nick_Andreev Expert

                        Finikiez, maybe I used some strong wording there. Nothing wrong with downloading specific drivers directly from vendors and installing them manually. I just like to use an approach that gives me the least headache possible.

                         

                        Driver that doesn't work can potentially stop server components from working, which is far from ideal.

                        • 9. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                          Finikiez Master
                          vExpert

                          You can download drivers for ESXi only from my.vmware.com. You can't download drivers directly from HW vendor site.

                           

                          My opinion that updating drivers should be as regular as you update ESXi hosts with latest patches.

                          Aslo firmware for hosts should be updated as well.

                          • 10. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                            sibsbt Enthusiast

                            Hi,

                            WHat does it mean

                            This is not an ESXi issue. A driver did not understand the API Contract, and has broken upgrade compatibility.

                            Thanks

                            • 11. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                              sibsbt Enthusiast

                              Hi,

                              I have found the following in esx.conf

                               

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008502/alias = "vmnic1"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000002.00/alias = "vmhba2"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000003.00/alias = "vmhba3"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008501/alias = "vmnic0"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008503/alias = "vmnic2"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008504/alias = "vmnic3"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/p0000:00:1f.2/alias = "vmhba0"

                              /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000001.00/alias = "vmhba1"

                              /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#1/alias = "vmhba64"

                              /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#0/alias = "vmhba1"

                              /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000002.00#0/alias = "vmhba2"

                               

                               

                              localcli --plugin-dir /usr/lib/vmware/esxcli/int/ deviceInternal alias list

                              Bus type  Bus address         Alias

                              -----------------------------------

                              pci       s00000001.00        vmhba1

                              pci       p0000:00:1f.2       vmhba0

                              pci       m00008504           vmnic3

                              pci       m00008503           vmnic2

                              pci       m00008501           vmnic0

                              pci       s00000003.00        vmhba3

                              pci       s00000002.00        vmhba2

                              pci       m00008502           vmnic1

                              logical   pci#s00000002.00#0  vmhba2

                              logical   pci#s00000001.00#0  vmhba1

                              logical   pci#s00000001.00#1  vmhba64

                               

                               

                               

                              Both 1 and 64  are having same bus address ?

                               

                              I dont'know how to change 64 to 1

                               

                              Thanks

                              • 12. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                                Finikiez Master
                                vExpert

                                Just modify esx.conf as per KB which was mentioned earlier to delete additional allias

                                 

                                After upgrading the HBA card driver, storage adapter names change for some of the FC vmhbas (2127274) | VMware KB

                                • 13. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                                  sibsbt Enthusiast

                                  I took the below part from the article

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  In the /etc/esx.conf file, locate this line:

                                   

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000003.00#0/alias = "vmhba5"

                                   

                                  Modify the line as:

                                   

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000003.00#256/alias = "vmhba5"

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  But the line " /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000003.00#0/alias = "vmhba5"" not there

                                   

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000001.00/alias = "vmhba2"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000001.01/alias = "vmhba3"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000003.00/alias = "vmhba5"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000003.01/alias = "vmhba6"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#2/alias = "vmhba2"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.01#3/alias = "vmhba3"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000003.00#256/alias = "vmhba5"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000003.01#512/alias = "vmhba6"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#256/alias = "vmhba64"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.01#512/alias = "vmhba65"

                                   

                                   

                                  2.

                                  In my case I don't know what I will change ,I want to change 64 to something else .

                                   

                                   

                                   

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000002.00/alias = "vmhba2"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000003.00/alias = "vmhba3"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008501/alias = "vmnic0"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008503/alias = "vmnic2"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/m00008504/alias = "vmnic3"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/p0000:00:1f.2/alias = "vmhba0"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/pci/s00000001.00/alias = "vmhba1"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#1/alias = "vmhba64"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#0/alias = "vmhba1"

                                  /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000002.00#0/alias = "vmhba2"

                                   

                                   

                                  Please help

                                   

                                   

                                  Thanks

                                  • 14. Re: vmware hba driver upgrade
                                    Finikiez Master
                                    vExpert

                                    Try the following steps:

                                     

                                    1. Make esx.conv backup

                                    cp /etc/vmware/esx.conf /etc/vmware/esx.conf.bak

                                     

                                    2. Remove the line /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#1/alias = "vmhba64"

                                     

                                    vi /vmkdevmgr/logical/pci#s00000001.00#1/alias = "vmhba64"

                                    go to the line and press dd

                                    then press : ':wq!'

                                     

                                    3. Reboot the host.

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