I had this happen during a vSAN PoC in the early days of vSphere 6 (VMware HPSA driver didn't support P440AR but its version was newer that the HP version so upgrade manager replaced it) but I wouldn't expect this to happen in 2017 ? During that PoC after running Update Manager I had to manually downgrade the HPSA driver to the HP version.
What version of the HPSA driver did in install ?
I installed 6.06 firmware and 188.8.131.52 driver and that did not resolve the issue. I tested installing the ESXi patches before and after driver and firmware were updated. Downloaded HPE firmware from Drivers & Software - HPE Support Center. and the driver from VMware Compatibility Guide - I/O Device Search .
It is possible when updating you updated the controllers driver to a version that was incompatible with the firmware installed on the controller thus rendering this unusable.
"I installed 6.06 firmware and 184.108.40.206 driver and that did not resolve the issue"
These are mismatching - I can only find nhpsa driver family (e.g 2.0.24) driver using firmware 6.06 (on vSAN at least) not hpsa (including 220.127.116.11).
Firmware version 6.06 is not supported for vSAN on P440 nor P440ar, nor is driver 18.104.22.168 (and as per above these appear to be a non-matching pair).
Try installing driver hpsa version 22.214.171.124 and firmware version 5.04-0 as is the current latest recommended as per the vSAN HCL for these devices (on 6.0 U3):
I *may* be able to take a look from the other side if you PM me the SR# and have logs uploaded.
I checked the VMware I/O Device Search for the controllers and it reported that the 126.96.36.199 driver is the match for firmware version 6.06:
Unless I'm reading it wrong.
I did check the vSAN compatibility site for the new version and indeed the new firmware and driver versions are not compatible with vSAN. I performed this in test, I wasn't too worried about it but I am going to roll the updates back. 5.04 and 188.8.131.52 are the versions we are currently running in production but please note, the issue with the ESXi patches also occurred at that firmware/driver version.
Update: I spoke with a storage engineer from VMware. He installed the earlier version of the driver 184.108.40.206 but left the firmware at 6.06 and the storage controllers were visible to ESXi once again. This is the working fix they want me to go with until a new driver is released. My only issue is that, as mentioned before, 6.06 firmware is not on the vSAN compatibilty list. I'm glad it's working but this isn't really a "fix." They were putting a request in to the VMware developers to work with HPE to get a working driver but they report that this will likely not get any results "anytime soon."
Still wondering if anyone else is experiencing this.
After some more playing around, I realize what the issue was: the ESXi patches replaced the hpsa drivers. I reinstalled the latest working driver post-ESXi patch, rebooted and everything is fine. Output post controller driver install:
VIBs Installed: HPE_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_220.127.116.11-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585
VIBs Removed: VMware_bootbank_scsi-hpsa_18.104.22.168-4vmw.600.0.0.2494585
Wish I had noticed that earlier. Lesson learned. Though it's a shame VMware couldn't find that for me ;-) Thanks everyone for the input.