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Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Christos Simos
Occasional Visitor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

I have a CU with 6 Bl460c Quad Core and Emulex-FC with Virtual Connect, and we have this strange behavior. In the Virtual Connect Manager we can "see" the HP Predefined Set-1 of WWNs assigned to the Port Mapping of each server, but in the FC-Brocade Switches we detect the Hardware assigned WWNs from the HBA's and on the EVA we get the same. So now we are moved back to use the physical WWNs from the HBAs. Is there any solution with the Emulex?, we have tried latest Firmware and drivers the only issue is that we work with W2000 Advanced Server SP4.
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timcross
Occasional Visitor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

This is a known issue that can be resolved by updating the Boot BIOS on the HBAs. I believe the latest is 6.00a2. We had the same problem and this is how we fixed it. Unfortunately, this isn't a HP firmware so you will need to create a bootable floppy or floppy image.
John Cagle
Frequent Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

It isn't necessary to use a boot floppy. Emulex has online firmware update capabilities with their drivers. Just use lputilnt on Windows or 'lputil' on Linux. You'll need to download the latest firmware file to use with the utility. lputil is part of the Emulex HBAnywhere package which can be downloaded from HP here: http://tinyurl.com/5bmbk3 Another option is to use Emulex's HBAnywhere utility, which can update the firmware across all your Emulex adapters from a single console. Here is a link to the home page of HBAnywhere that describes its capabilities: http://www.emulex.com/products/hba/hbanyware/ds.jsp Here is a presentation about using HBAnywhere with HP Virtual Connect: http://www.emulex.com/white/hba/hpvirtconnect.pdf John
neilburton
Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

I'm in a situation with a customer where the Emulex HBAs in all our blades are picking up the VC WWPN for port 1 but not for port 2. Therefore the VC WWPN is presented to one fabric but the hardware WWPN is presented to the other All hardware concerned is running the latest firmware, the HBAs are 2.72A2 with BIOS 6.00a5 VCM shows VC assigned WWPNs across the board
David Billot
Frequent Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Please contact our HP Support (1-800-hp-invent) and reference the revision B Emulex HBA issue. They'll get you fixed up. Thanks, Dave
neilburton
Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Thanks once again Dave - I have already raised a call but I suspect this information will point them in the right direction.
mtalen
Established Member

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Hello neil Iam thinking about an implementation of 2 c7000 enclosures with BL460c blades and in each enclosure Virtual Connect modules. The Fibre channel HBA will be the Emulex LPe1105. How is your case progress with HP. Is there some results, and what are those results. Is the problem resolved with the VC WWPN. Mattijs
neilburton
Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

To their credit HP were swift to supply a BIOS update for the LPE1105 which - I have been assured - will fix the problem with the VC WWPN. I'm just waiting to hear back from the end-user to confirm whether or not this has been successful.
fishmn
Regular Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Does this problem also show up in the context of not being able to see the WWID from the SAN switch side of things? We have been having issues with not being able to present LUN's to the 1105's because the SAN guys can't see the WWID's without fully resetting the VCFC modules which not the greatest way to operate to say the least! We have the latest 1.11 VCFC firmware and this is still happening.
neilburton
Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

With the problem I described we had connected each blade HBA port to seperate fabrics for redundancy. The VC-assigned WWID appeared on the switch connected to port 1 but the factory-burned-in WWID appeared on the switch connected to port 2. This was corrected with a firmware update. After that the VC-assigned WWID's appeared on both switches. You shouldn't have to reset the VCFC modules, the VC-assigned WWID's should be visible to the SAN switches as soon as the server profile is assigned successfully and the blade powered on.
fishmn
Regular Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

We don't use VC WWID's. We chose to go with factory default WWID's. We are not seeing these WWID's on new blade servers inserted into the enclosure. I did notice the emulex firmware is relatively old. However we're supposed to use HP firmware updates to update these.. I'm pretty sure I updated what could be updated from HP's firmware update CD.
David Billot
Frequent Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

If you are using factory default WWIDs, then the HBA firmware is moot. If you are unable to see the WWIDs in the SAN fabric, then the issue is more likely that either the VC-FCs have not been able to login to the fabric using NPIV, or that the HBAs themselves haven't logged into the fabric. Simply inserting a blade server into the enclosure and even having them power on will not log the HBA ports into the SAN fabric. You must power up the server and either run the Emulex BIOS utility or load an OS with the appropriate drivers. Thanks, Dave
fishmn
Regular Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

We have seen this with windows and ESX boxes. The enclosure I'm having issues with right now has an existing Windows DB server connected to the SAN and is operational so clearly the VCFC is logged in. VCE firmware at 1.24 and VCF 1.11. I'm bringing on line an ESX 3.5 box and having the issue. I just updated all firmware to 8.10 levels. I just booted up ESX and looked at one of the HBA's below. The "Unknown NPIV State 0" is troublesome. I'll check with the SAN guys and see if they can see it, suspect not. "[root@mltssvm01 root]# more /proc/scsi/lpfc/1 Emulex LightPulse FC SCSI elx_7.4.0.13-1 HP BLc Emulex LPe1105-HP FC Mezz Option Kit on PCI bus 44 device 00 irq 161 BoardNum: 0 SerialNum: MY17501K69 Firmware Version: 2.72A2 (Z3F2.72A2) Hdw: 2057706d VendorId: 0xfe0010df Portname: 10:00:00:00:c9:6f:ee:b8 Nodename: 20:00:00:00:c9:6f:ee:b8 SLI Rev: 3 Unknown NPIV State 0 RPIs max 512 RPIs used 1 Vports list on this physical port: Link Down"
fishmn
Regular Advisor

Emulex LPe1105 and Virtual Connect

Jeeze.. I've been off doing too much design work and not working with the hardware enough lately.. just found that my SAN ports were disabled in the VC profile!! HBA looks good now.. although the "NPIV Unsupported by Fabric" output looks a bit fishy. [root@mltssvm01 root]# more /proc/scsi/lpfc/1 Emulex LightPulse FC SCSI elx_7.4.0.13-1 HP BLc Emulex LPe1105-HP FC Mezz Option Kit on PCI bus 44 device 00 irq 161 BoardNum: 0 SerialNum: MY17501K69 Firmware Version: 2.72A2 (Z3F2.72A2) Hdw: 2057706d VendorId: 0xfe0010df Portname: 10:00:00:00:c9:6f:ee:b8 Nodename: 20:00:00:00:c9:6f:ee:b8 SLI Rev: 3 NPIV Unsupported by Fabric RPIs max 512 RPIs used 6 Vports list on this physical port: Link Up - Ready: PortID 0x8000f Fabric Current speed 4G Current Mapped Nodes on Physical Port: