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Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

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mujzeptu
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Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

As the title suggests, I am trying to find help or a guide on how to upgrade an EVA8000 array with 4 enclosures and no loop-back switches, to 8 enclosures (4 more) and 2 loop-back switches.

Any help or direction you can point me is appreciated.

Also, the kit didnt come with enough FC cables or long enough? And, I am unable to find a part number for a failed power supply for one of the enclosures, so:

1) do you have a part # that works for a replacement power supply and fan?

2) Can I just bring up 3 more enclosures (for a total of 7) and not have issues? Also I am guessing this upgrade is easy without losing data on the existing 4 enclosures?

Thanks!
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Víctor Cespón
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi, check you can find a hardware configuration guide here:

http://bizsupport.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01364500/c01364500.pdf

Check page 24 for 2C6D configuration and page 28 for 2C12D configuration.

You'll need 4 loop-switches for 8 disk enclosures, you can only have 6 enclosures per loop on a single rack.

The part numbers for the power supply and fan are:

Disk enclosure power supply 212398-001
Disk enclosure blower 123482-001
mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

My bad, I have 4 loop-back switches (2 1U racks) for a total of 4 switches.

I am guessing I would just go off of the 12d configuration setup then?

Also, I dont find those part numbers for ordering, could they potentially be listed under another HP part #?
Víctor Cespón
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

The problem is that the power supplies are not sold separately, they are part of the enclosure M5314B (D542B)
I can only find the spare part number for parts of the enclosure.
In one rack, with the 4 loop-switches, you can go up to 12 enclosures (168 disks). If you purchase the expansion cabinet you can go up to 18 enclosures (240 disks).

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

For upgrading EVA8000 you need AD553A that Contains four FC loop switches, mounting hardware and cables and then you can have up to 12 enclosures.
You can also buy another enclosure and use it's power and ... as spare parts.
mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Can I just leave the controllers online and re-wire everything to use the loop-back switches? Currently we have 4 enclosures with no loop backs.

So, can I leave the controllers online, re-wire everything to the loop-backs, and then access the data again?

Anything I am missing or need to watch for?
Uwe Zessin
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Last time I checked, the whole system had to be shut down before the loop switches could be cabled, because they are only recognized during power up.
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mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Ok, i had also just recently read that too.

I just wanted to make sure before I risk losing the data currently on the existing enclosures I was prepared for any gotchas.


Is there any issues with the data paths changing or now routing through the loop-backs? Also can I just plug n play the loop-back switches and it will work "out of the box" or do they HAVE to be configured to even operate?
IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
A)in general there are the following upgrade steps:
1. upgrade CVE to minimum 6.02
2. shutdown the EVA -> (prefferable via the Command View). (turn off the power switch on the back of each controller to standby,
Turn off the main circuit breakers on the racks)
3. upgrade the HW
4. power up the EVA
5. check the successfull HW upgrade via the Command View.

B) no, the back end is fully isolated from the front end, the paths are host to storage connections, they will not change

C) For loop switches themselves, no configuration but only correct cabling is important.

To reduce the downtime, the whole upgrade can be divided into two steps:
1. Loop switches addition and connection with the existing disk enclosures - OFFLINE with EVA powered off
2. Disk enclosure addition - ONLINE
the pain is one part of the reality
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

You must make sure that all disk enclosures are cabled consistently. E.g. all A-I/O modules must go to the same switch and a disk enclosure must not span two different loop pairs. There isn't any setup on the loop switch - in fact, it is locked from the user.

All disk drives on an EVA are properly 'tagged' - you can even shut down the system, swap both controllers, shuffle all disks and after a power-up all data is still there (well, I've managed to do it two or three times).

I hope you do take a full backup anyway - please say 'yes' ;-)
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mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Sounds good, thank you everyone!

I am currently running command view EVA 5.0. How do I go about obtaining the latest release? Where can I download it from?


And yes, making sure we have a full and inc backup of all the data prior to. I just wanted to realize all possibilities and the likeness of losing any data.
mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

I have valid access to a Command View EVA 7.0+ license I just cant find the media. Any suggestions?
IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
without any license changes you can upgrade to the CVE 6.02 version, which is minimum:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3185481&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=471497&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1005
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IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
here is also the 7.01 kit
ftp://hp.com/pub/softlib/software9/COL20904/co-54892-1/
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IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

And finaly,
here is the latest 8.01:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software10/COL23525/co-60976-1/
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mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

It tells me its a patch for 8.0 (or 7.0, etc) when I try to run this update.

I need the core suite installer.

Any ideas?
Uwe Zessin
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Here it V8.0:
http://h20293.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=CommandViewEVA

Watch out. You must uninstall any old CV version manually before you go to version 8, because it uses a different installer.
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IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
According to the the EVA compatibility reference
http://bizsupport.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01494607/c01494607.pdf

, you can stay at the Command view version 6.02 for a while (it is compatible with 1 before the latest controller firmware 6.110, which is still supported - was not deactivated)
the pain is one part of the reality
mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Ok, I dont have the firmware version handy, but I know the current CVE version is 5.0.

Thanks for the site but it appears to be down right now. LOL Hopefully it comes up soon.

What firmware updates are recommended at this point, and how long do they take? I read that the disk firmware for my size could take 6 hours itself! Granted that appears to be online, but I dont want to push my downtime window...
IBaltay
Honored Contributor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
the firmware 6110 support document is here:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01035871&dimid=1446033282&dicid=alr_jun07&jumpid=em_alerts/us/jun07/all/xbu/emailsubid/mrm/mcc/loc/rbu_category/alerts

it can be downloaded from here:
ftp://15.192.32.69/

the HDD firmware bundle from here:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3351789&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=3302267&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=54

can you check the current controller firmware pls? If it is above the 5.031, it can be online upgraded. If it is pretty old, it cannot be upgraded directly to 6.110 and the first step would be probably offline (aprox. 30 minutes for the upgrade itself). From then the whole upgrade procedure is online with no downtime HDD firmware upgrade included
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IBaltay
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Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
as it was allready written, the CVE 6.02 can be used for the CVE upgrade, because it is fully compatible with the 6.110 controller firmware version. But also it needs to be upgraded in two steps, first from 5.0 to 6.0 ->
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software7/COL16255/co-43018-1/
and then from 6.0 to 6.02
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mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Ok thanks!

I was able to get CVE 8 installed, patched and licensed. So now that that is done, i will figure out the firmware version and get that all ready.

Appreciate the help everyone! Are the firmware updates done through CVE?
IBaltay
Honored Contributor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
yes, via the Code load section
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mujzeptu
Super Advisor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Ok, is this what is needed to determine FW upgrade path?

PPC # and rev #?
OCP FW ?
controller # and ECO?
HSV210-#?

This is all I could find on the controller front. Let me know what numbers are necessary.
IBaltay
Honored Contributor

Re: Directions for upgrade EVA8000 from 4 enclosures to 8 enclosures with 2 loop-back switches.

Hi,
you can better see the firmware version via the CVE in the main display in the System section under the controller version
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