Pinned topic IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware
i have problem with IBM Blade Center S 8886-1TG.I am not able to upgrade firmware of Hard disk drives. we are using 600 GB and 2 TB SAS drives. (FRU :42D0767). 2 TB HDD shows drive is unsupported. i have already upgrade SAS module and raid controller with firmware bundle but Hard Disk firmware is not update. Any body knows how to update Hard drive firmware.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-23T06:35:33ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.Hi,
how did you perform the updates? We had the same problem some months ago, we could solve the problem while perform the updates over python update package.
Maybe you have to update to some older fimraware packages, before using the actual one. Depends on the revision you have still installed.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-23T08:53:15ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.hi
i have updated lastest package
bm_fw_bcsw_s0cl-1.2.3.006_anyos_noarch_scm (41.08 MB)
IBM BladeCenter S SAS RAID Module Firmware Update Package . But not through python update. could you please tell us how to upgrade the HDD firmware with python update.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-23T09:06:17ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- ajaynp 270002BV4S
the tutorial to update per python is found under following link:
Depending on your OS you have to use the ibm_fw_bcsw_s0cl-1.2.3.006_windows_noarch/ibm_fw_bcsw_s0cl-1.2.3.006_linux_noarch firmware package.
By the way, you have used the storage manager firmware package. I recommend to not use the storage manager! We had cases where customers create arrays and volumes over the scm which were shown as good and mapped in the scm but the servers couldn't use them. The result was that we looked over the SAS RAID Module CLI and the created arrays weren't configured at all. The scm is really buggy in my eyes and I only use the CLI to configure and maintein the chassis s storage.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-23T09:28:17ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.thanks for giving the information. i have one more question for updating the HDD firmware the controller should be in svervice mode or online.?
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-23T09:38:19ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- ajaynp 270002BV4S
shutdown -service -state servicemode
you have to put this command on one of the controller. You can verify the state with "list controller".
By the way, make sure that the Blade Server doesn't access the storage during the update. The best way ist to shut them down.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-24T05:05:48ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.The Command Line Firmware Update should be run in a "serial" mode when running
from Windows. what does it mean? do we need to use serail cable for firmware update?
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-24T05:56:07ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- ajaynp 270002BV4S
no you do not need a serial cable. I have made the best experiences with an computer which has installed python in the same subnet as the controller. Then you have to start the updates in the cli of your os (terminal / cmd).
In MS Windows:
Change in the directory where you store the update package and type following command:
ibm_fw_bcsw_s0cl-N.N.N.NNN_windows_noarch.bat -i IP of primary raid controller -n -passwd password of raid controller -sas_p1 IP of sas switch bay 3 -sas_p2 IP of sas switch bay 4 -ftx_pwd AMM password
Look that the folder name where the update package is stored has no spaces.
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2012-04-24T06:08:30ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.hi Greetz
we are sussfully updated the Hard Drive firmware using python update. Thank you very much for the information.
MrkDodd 270001C4U82 Posts
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2013-08-29T13:13:54ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
I have a question for you: I've just added one more HDD to our IBM Blade Center S that is totally upgraded with latest Firmwares (Controller, Switches, AMM and so on). Obviously, the new disk has a older firmware revision and I need to upgrade it to mount HDD with others inside production Storage Pools. Is there an option inside CLI console (phyton Mode) to perform a single disk firmware upgrade? Or have I to perform the whole Controller RAID upgrade again?
Thanks in advance,
Josh_Corder 060001PKXB94 Posts
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2013-08-29T14:02:08ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- MrkDodd 270001C4U8
The only way I know to do this is by running the full firmware upgrade. You may try to assign the drive to a blade (without adding it to a RAID pool) and upgrading it from within the operating system running on the blade. I have done this before with some success.
Guy Kempny 270000AFXA18 Posts
Re: IBM Balde Centre S not able to update Hard dirve frimware2013-09-24T02:16:46ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.
- MrkDodd 270001C4U8
Josh is correct. The way the HDD is configured dictates the manner in which you do the firmware update. So:
1. If its part of a pool and/or volume, you have to do the upgrade via the HDD controller method. As you have the SAS RAID controllers, you have to run the complete upgrade process.
2. If the new HDD is assigned exclusively to a blade, you can do it within the blade OS environment.
I have done this using the SAS connectivity module but cannot remember if I have dont it with the SAS RAID Controller module. This is how I would approach it though.
A shameless plug for the latest redbook on the bladecenter S has a section on HDD firmware upgrading. It can be sourced here: